Archive for October 2012

Halloween Holiday Help. From squirrels? I'll take it.

Halloween Holiday Help. From squirrels? I'll take it.
As a busy mom, I appreciate all the help I can get. Especially around the holidays. And now the beginning of the whole insane Holiday Season seems to start with Halloween. So, imagine my joy at finding a little help carving our pumpkins this year. Pumpkin carving is a serious tradition at our house. A... Read more »

Guest Post, Patrick O'Hara: I Am Not Really The Costume Type.

I am not much of a Halloween party person.  I mean I like parties and Halloween is alright but why would I pretend to be someone else.  I mean I am pretty awesome.  Some might even dress up like me this Halloween. Hey it could happen… Anyway most if not all Halloween parties require a... Read more »

Help the Aimless!

Help the Aimless!
It started in the Trader Joe’s parking lot. After circling and circling to find a parking space, once we finally snagged one, my husband had to back the car out a bit to straighten it. But he couldn’t. Blocked first by one car and then another. I listened to him spit out in frustration, “The... Read more »
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Stepping out of my binder: A City Mom waxes political

Stepping out of my binder: A City Mom waxes political
Normally, A City Mom, shies away from politics, but today she’s going to step out of her binder, not to talk politics per se, but to talk about this wonderful new meme, “A binder full of women” that we now have, thanks to politician Mitt Romney. The words went viral almost before they were out... Read more »

The Good Mom's Manifesto: How to "find yourself" in your everyday life

The Good Mom's Manifesto: How to "find yourself" in your everyday life
When do I get to go out and find myself? That’s the question that’s been troubling me lately. I’m just about finished with Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and I’d already read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. These memoirs are about two women who each get to spend close to a year out exploring the world... Read more »

Come on down to the Joliet Regional Author Fair!

Come on down to the Joliet Regional Author Fair!
The weather is supposed to stink tomorrow, so why not come on by the Joliet Library and say “Hi”? I’ll be there, along with about fifty other Chicago area authors, all of us selling and signing copies of our books.  I’ll have both my novels, Wish Club, and my latest, Down at the Golden Coin,... Read more »
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They Did It! 26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause

They Did It! 26.2 Miles, Three Brothers, One Cause
In September, I wrote about three brothers running the Chicago Marathon together. They weren’t doing it to be macho or because it was a good way to spend a day together. They were running to raise money for cancer research, specifically research into mulitple myeloma, a rare blood cancer that one of the brothers, Jeff... Read more »

Guest Post, Patrick O'Hara: I Remember Having Days Off...

I remember as a kid having every day off memorized.  I would count them out and figure out just how many days off of school I had.  Teacher Institute Day!!!  I had no idea what the hell that was, all I knew is that I was off that day.  I mean it was like a... Read more »

Pardon me waiter, but there’s a Lawyer in my salad

Pardon me waiter, but there’s a Lawyer in my salad
Apparently, something(s) got lost in the translation here. At least, I hope so. This menu is from a French pizza place that I don’t honestly believe serves “droppings of goat” on its Giant Salad, but, still you won’t find me ordering it. There are quite a few easter eggs in the menu, which gave me... Read more »
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An awful (wonderful) trick for dining out with two-year-olds

My latest post on parenting hindsight, Mountains into Molehills: letters to my rookie mom self, over at Families in the Loop discloses my awful secret: How we managed a late-night formal dinner with twin two-year-olds. It isn’t pretty. Thank you for reading A City Mom! I scream for ice cream. If you scream for ice... Read more »