Archive for January 2014

Why Mary Hatch Bailey is the heroine in It's a Wonderful Life

It’s blogapaloozhour, everyone! That means that our illustrious leaders have given us a topic and we, the bloggers have one hour to write, edit and publish a blog. Tonight’s topic is “write about a character or scene in a movie or book that affected you in some way.” ¬†Good general topic, and I choose Mary... Read more »

Trichotillomania: The difference a great stylist can make

Trichotillomania: The difference a great stylist can make
As most of my regular readers know, my oldest daughter suffers from an impulse control disorder (ICD) called trichotillomania (trick-oh-til-oh-may-nee-ah). She pulls out her own hair compulsively, and often, without any cognizant thought to do so. She has pulled her eyelashes and eyebrows for years, but about 8 weeks ago, she moved up to pulling... Read more »

I hate buying books

I hate buying books, because I absolutely love to read and they just don’t last long enough. Being part of a new book club, I ordered a book,¬†Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell on Thursday, Jan. 23rd, received it Saturday, Jan. 25th at around 3pm (thank you Amazon prime), and finished the 398 pages of hardcover delight... Read more »
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Trichotillomania: the new therapist

Trichotillomania: the new therapist
Trichotillomania is a sneaky little booger. Everything that I’ve read about it says that there isn’t usually one “cause,” so how in blue-blazes are we supposed to treat this? Carefully, slowly and with a variety of approaches. That’s how. Before I get too far into this post, I wanted to say thank you to those... Read more »

My life on hold with AT&T

Well, seriously. My entire life is on hold with AT&T and it’s all their fault. Boogers. I’m sitting here, waiting for a tech to show up. “Your technician will arrive sometime between….. noon and 4pm. Once the technician arrives, he may need up to 2 hours to complete the work. An adult must be home... Read more »

Top 10 reasons to get off my chunky butt and workout

I am a “big” girl. No, I’m NOT big-boned. Bones don’t jiggle. I’m obese. There. I said it. I’m obese, and these are the top 10 reasons to get off my chunky butt and workout: I need to stop knocking the shampoo and conditioner bottles off the shelf thingies with my butt when I turn... Read more »
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I prayed for something - God laughed and gave me better

Last Spring, after being a SAHM for over 11 years and for a variety of reasons, my hubby and I decided it was time for me to look for paid employment. So, I prayed for a job. God laughed and gave me far better than I could have ever asked for. I applied for several... Read more »

Avoiding the public use hot tub eeew factor

Ahhhh…..in this frigid Chicago weather, doesn’t a steaming, bubbling hot tub sound like pure heaven? Well, it can be, but first you need to know about avoiding the public use hot tub “eeew” factor. First of all, I’m not a chemist, and I am not a pool maintenance specialist. I am, however, the proud owner... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Step 2 - getting help

Trichotillomania: Step 2 - getting help
Trichotillomania: Step 2 – getting help Oh. My. Goodness. Why is this such a difficult process? I have to throw a shout out to my oldest’s school social worker. She jumped right in, offering the help she can. When we got done on the phone today, I felt as though my oldest will have the... Read more »
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Top 10 reasons I LIKE the cold weather

It’s cold outside, and I really, really like it. I like winter. I like the cold temperatures. I am glad I live in the Midwest where I can enjoy the cold air. What’s to like about the cold? It’s brisk and invigorating. I walk outside, and BAM! I’m awake and alert. (I may also be... Read more »