The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack
Life around our house is never dull, but this particular August evening was especially memorable. As the newly appointed office manager at work, I work long hours, while my husband, now retired, takes care of the kids, the dogs and the house. However, we all like to eat, so I do the cooking. When I... Read more »

5 reasons why I hate Facebook

5 reasons why I hate Facebook
After seven years of using you, Facebook, I have come to the conclusion that I hate you. You are the reason I’ve struggled to write my blog over the last several weeks. With all your political clap-trap, social rants, perfect people/family posts, I’ve about reached my limit. Every time I open you, Facebook, I feel... Read more »

Why I avoid breaking the rules

Why I avoid breaking the rules
Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. We’re given a topic at 9 pm, and we have one hour to write, edit and click “publish”. Our topic tonight is: “Since rules are made to be broken, write about rules you routinely break or want to break” Nope, nope, nope. I confess to NOTHING. You see, I have... Read more »
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Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then

Genealogy: What I know now that I wish I knew then
Several years ago, I started doing my family’s ancestry research on Ancestry.com. I’ve learned about my great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War. I discovered two maternal ancestral lines that trace back to Colonists-turned-Revolutionists back in the 1770’s. I’ve even discovered that I am a direct descendant of William Brewster, elder of the Puritans and... Read more »

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream: I cannot believe how delicious it is

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream: I cannot believe how delicious it is
Ben & Jerry’s has delicious ice cream. I really like ice cream, but due to my whey protein intolerance, I’ve stayed away from it for years. On the rare occasion I chose to eat it, I paid a torturous gastric price. After a few too many embarrassing toots, and a few too many mad dashes... Read more »

Why I prefer the road less traveled

Why I prefer the road less traveled
Robert Frost wrote a poem entitled The Road Not Taken. It is my favorite poem of all time and a mantra I’ve lived my entire life. Tonight, being Blogapalooza, our topic for this one-hour exercise is to write about “the road less traveled by and how that made all the difference.” My mom first introduced... Read more »
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8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast
Last Friday, I left work around noon and headed out of town to spend the weekend writing my novel at a 120 year old Victorian bed and breakfast. I love restored old houses. This one, however, could use some TLC; wood flooring in need of refinishing, threadbare carpets, dilapidated and non-functional windows, peeling ceiling paint,... Read more »

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it
Parenting is tough. Anyone that does it day in and day out knows this. Temper tantrums, picky eating, homework, questionable decisions, time management, messy rooms, last minute forms, and bad attitudes permeate everything. Sometimes, I love being a parent; other times, not so much. The challenges can be overwhelming and draining. With faith as my... Read more »

The day I met Chicago Cub Ryne Sandberg

The day I met Chicago Cub Ryne Sandberg
As I trolled along Facebook tonight, I spotted a post shared by fellow ChicagoNow blogger, Raining Cats and Dogs, about Ryne Sandberg purchasing a home in Lake Bluff.  As a self-professed non-fan of baseball, and an especially huge non-fan of celebrities in general, I normally would have just scrolled on by without a glance. However,... Read more »
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People's appreciation for the beauty of classical music is dying

Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. That means at 9 pm we are given a topic to write about, and we have one hour to write, edit and publish. We are to write about something we find beautiful that we think others may not understand. My thoughts immediately went to classical music and how I... Read more »