Archive for 2013

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 »

Did Facebook's new algorithm make me invisible?

Did Facebook's new algorithm make me invisible?
Facebook’s new algorithm has me feeling like a nobody. The last few times I posted a status update, no one Liked it. No one commented on it. I got crickets. I felt betrayed by all 986 of my closest friends. Usually I get all sorts of Likes and comments. Only rarely, crickets. So, what’s up?... Read more »

Liz Phair and Wheat: Baby It's Cold Outside

Liz Phair and Wheat: Baby It's Cold Outside
What the heck is up with this song? It’s everywhere. On every radio station in town. I LOVE it.  I want to OWN it. And yet, that is seemingly impossible. It appears, according to many Google searches, of every shape size and form (Wheat first, Liz first, Baby It’s Cold Outside first), that I am... Read more »
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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 »

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 »
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Skinny Mirrors - You know what I'm talking about

Skinny Mirrors - You know what I'm talking about
Finally, a store that gets it. When I’m out shopping for clothes, I totally want to be lied to by the mirror. I want a Skinny Mirror. Now don’t you be pretending you don’t know what I’m talking about, because don’t we all know the one mirror in our house that was forged, fun-house style,... Read more »

Regret not running the Chicago Marathon? The A City Mom solution

Regret not running the Chicago Marathon? The A City Mom solution
It’s that time of year again, when the marathon is over and you are full of regret because you let another year go by without running it. (Feel free to use the same excuse I used this year: Someone brought back Twinkies.) However, A City Mom believes a better choice than offering excuses is offering solutions!... Read more »

Christmas is Coming

Christmas is Coming
My oldest son, when he hears the phrase, “Christmas is coming,” says it’s like the equivalent of hearing a Neanderthal dragging his un-manicured talons in vicious circles across a pre-historic chalkboard, you know, if there were chalkboards in pre-history. But, have I mentioned in the last fifteen minutes that all three of my children have... Read more »
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Save the Cat: when bad luck turns to good

Save the Cat: when bad luck turns to good
Because I dunked my car’s cellphone charger in my cup of coffee, I saved a cat. Really. It’s weird how life works sometimes, when you think you’ve done something so totally stupid and spend the next twenty-minutes lamenting, in that, Why do these episodes of idiocy only happen to me? tone of voice. And then,... Read more »