Posts in category "Chicago"

Gender bias or just credit card bias?

Gender bias or just credit card bias?
Over a decade ago, I put my name on the Cubs waiting list for season tickets. Me, Kim Strickland. And then I waited and waited. And then three years ago, my name finally came up! And then I had to talk my huge Cubs fan of a husband into buying those season tickets. (I have... Read more »

How to stay married for 25 years

How to stay married for 25 years
My husband and I just recently hit that milestone anniversary and someone asked us how we did it. Of course, his flip reply was, “I just do everything she says.” Which was pretty funny, but decidedly untrue. I mean, if you could just see the way this man loads a dishwasher. So how did we... Read more »

A blue 1994 Mazda Miata to cure the blues

A blue 1994 Mazda Miata to cure the blues
Do you own something incredibly impractical that makes you smile every time you use it or look at it? My ridiculous and impractical happy thing is a 1994 Mazda Miata – in my absolute favorite color— a deep royal blue. This car was a dumb decision from the start. It made no sense to buy... Read more »
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My Television Drives Me Crazy -- Remotely

My Television Drives Me Crazy -- Remotely
My television won’t show me my programs. Or rather, I can’t make it show me. Do you see this? ^^^ In the photo up there? This mess of remote controls? I’m sorry, but nothing in our modern world, where something as simple as turning on a television and making a program you want to watch... Read more »

Bunnies: This is a Test

Bunnies: This is a Test
Bunnies are so cute! They are soft and cuddly and they have those adorable, long floppy ears and those cute tiny  little bunny noses. Who doesn’t love a bunny? They’re vegetarian. They don’t make noise. Bunnies are just really, really sweet. I love bunnies. That’s right. This is animal testing at its worst. And what... Read more »

A Super Bowl Salute to Quarterback Moms (and by that I mean moms who are like quarterbacks and not moms of quarterbacks)

A Super Bowl Salute to Quarterback Moms (and by that I mean moms who are like quarterbacks and not moms of quarterbacks)
As we approach Super Bowl Sunday, I’ve got football on the brain. Which could explain why I’ve begun to think of myself as the quarterback of our family. In fact, I think most moms out there are the resident quarterbacks, relentless calling the plays that get their husbands and children through the multitude of appointments... Read more »
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The Lincoln Restaurant is closed

The Lincoln Restaurant is closed
The iconic Lincoln Restaurant in North Center is closing its doors for good today. The diner was a throwback to a different era and I will miss seeing the giant Abe Lincoln head sign as I pass by on north Lincoln Avenue, you know, if someone eventually gets around to taking it down. I first... Read more »

My sons are Mathletes: Guess who's laughing now?

My sons are Mathletes: Guess who's laughing now?
My sons are math geeks and I couldn’t be more proud. They are mathletes. Math Team nerds. Geeks. They call themselves geeks. They call each other geeks. I can call them math geeks. But don’t you dare. More often than not, when people ask about my boys, they’ll say, “What sports are they into?” and... Read more »

Planes, Trains and Alligators

Planes, Trains and Alligators
As if I didn’t have enough to worry about, now this: Alligators. Not only alligators on the train. Alligators on a plane. Because weather, fuel and snakes weren’t enough. You probably heard the story about the woman who flaunted, not her alligator messenger bag, but her actual alligator on the Blue Line. Seriously. I can’t... Read more »
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Worrying what the neighbors think: my milk cooler OCD

Worrying what the neighbors think: my milk cooler OCD
I try not to spend too much time imagining what the neighbors think of us, or more specifically, what they think of me, because it has such potential to become one more thing that keeps me up at night (besides worrying about what’s going to happen to Carol out there all alone on The Walking... Read more »