Archive for March 2014

Shamrock Shuffle Done: Now whether or not to run another marathon

Yesterday  I ran the Shamrock Shuffle for the billionth time in my life. The Shuffle is considered the official start of Running Season, at least for self-proclaimed Recreational Runners. For avid runners like myself, the season never really ends. I run all year long, although in the harsher winters I now succumb to the Dreadmill... Read more »

5 places to get good cheap produce in Chicago

<a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/stanleys-fruit-and-vegetables-chicago" target="_blank">Stanley's Fruits and Vegetables</a>

<strong>1558 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Neighborhood: Noble Square</strong>
Produce can be expensive at Big-Box stores like Jewel and Whole Food. Mariano’s is starting to uptick their prices as well.  And while the Farmer’s Markets will be here soon, they can get pricy as well. What you may not realize is that there are tons of smaller family run grocery stores.   They’re not located... Read more »

Archbishop of Genoa: How would you feel if we swapped Gay with Catholic

In a speech published this week by the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire, Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco slammed the recently announced Italian government pamphlets in schools aiming to teach children about love and diversity.  The anti-homophobia campaign follows a series of high profile murders and suicides among young people in Italy. (source.) [Cardinal Bagnasco] wants parents... Read more »
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Guilty Pleasure: Why I hate the ChicagoNow Blogapalooza events

So the challenge from the Powers-That-Be at ChicagoNow: Write a post passionately defending your guilty pleasure(s).  Yeah I know that was the feature of an episode of Glee. Jimmy hasn’t been the same since Julie left our ship so let’s cut the guy some slack. This is what I really hate about our CN Blogapalooz... Read more »

The Green Zone Litmus Test

Since this blog started out about house-hunting and it lives in the Real Estate section of ChicagoNow, I figured I should still occasionally write about Realty, property and related topics. What is the Green Zone? In certain local Real Estate Circles, the term Green Zone refers a subset of neighborhoods that are set apart from... Read more »

What to do before a Parent Dies Part III: Safetyproofing the home

A friend of a friend went through the aftermath of losing a parent not too long ago and after all the dust cleared, she sent around an email that covered a lot of bases. In this three part series I will share her advise along with what she learned. [At her request, I am preserving... Read more »
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What to do before a Parent Dies Part II: Post-demise planning

A friend of a friend went through the aftermath of losing a parent not too long ago and after all the dust cleared, she sent around an email that covered a lot of bases. In this three part series I will share her advise along with what she learned. [At her request, I am preserving... Read more »

What to do Before a Parent Dies Part I: Gather all the paperwork

Something almost everyone might face some day is the loss of a parent or parents.  What can you do to prepare for that inevitable day?  Well, you could try to convince them to live forever, but we are not there yet. The next best option is to be as prepared as possible.  It’s a difficult... Read more »

IKEA Hack: Entryway Storage using Expedit Shelving Unit

The previous owners had the hallway painted a dark red and had a storage bench with coat hooks.  Unfortunately, they took this piece with them when they moved.
So we were trying to figure out what to do with the hallway of our new house. We needed storage because the three hooks on the wall were insufficient to hold our coats, especially since somehow coat after jacket after coat after handbag  would pile on until the poor hook screamed for its life.  Not... Read more »
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