Posts in category "Family"

P.S. I Love You inspired me to travel to Ireland

P.S. I Love You inspired me to travel to Ireland
Possible spoilers if you’ve been living under a rock. I rarely get excited to see new movies, but from the first preview I saw of P.S. I Love You, I knew I had to see it. I don’t know if it was the story line, the cast, or the Irish scenery that made me want... Read more »

Dear Mom, Please take the trip to Germany

Dear Mom, Please take the trip to Germany
Mom, I know you and bonus pops (what I call my step dad) want to go to Germany. You talk about it and you want to go. Here’s why you should go summed up as simply as possible: If not now, when? You know that I’m big on travel and lucky for you, I’ve been... Read more »

Why We Don’t Need a Straight Pride Day Because Apparently I Have to Explain That

Why We Don’t Need a Straight Pride Day Because Apparently I Have to Explain That
You know those awkward moments when an aging relative says something homophobic to your cousin’s “friend” at Thanksgiving dinner and everyone pretends like it never happened? Or when you’re watching the Tony awards and your friend’s imagination isn’t big enough to handle a Hamilton cast that isn’t all white? Or when a co-worker reveals himself... Read more »
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To the new homeowner of my childhood home – I hope it remains a happy, safe place to make memories

You see I hope it remains a happy place because, for the most part, 217 was my happy place.  It still is on a bad day.  I close my eyes and remember the times I had there over the 20+ years I called what is now your house, my home. Yesterday I had a challenging... Read more »

Drinks with the Sister: The first ever Christmas 2.0 gift

Drinks with the Sister: The first ever Christmas 2.0 gift
So as many of you may know from my previous post, I gave up Christmas as I previously knew it. Gone are the days of going broke from buying a gazillion gifts that would no double end up in a land fill or bottom of a closet or returned for cash. Here is the precious... Read more »

I made a million choices in 2015, but the most important? Putting myself first.

I made a million choices in 2015, but the most important? Putting myself first.
Over the course of the last year, much hasn’t changed.  I’m STILL in grad school. I work for the same company (not complaining!).  I still have two cats that make it hard to have nice furniture.  I still live in the same shitty Chicago apartment under the same crappy neighbors. At the same time a... Read more »
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I didn’t buy gifts for Christmas this year, but that doesn't make me a Grinch!

I didn’t buy gifts for Christmas this year, but that doesn't make me a Grinch!
It’s not a secret to the people who know me best, I don’t like Christmas.  I know it’s crazy. I mean who doesn’t like Christmas!? Me… but why? It’s too commercialized! Ever shopped on black Friday or been forced to work on Christmas Day? It’s sad. Competition.  Everyone is trying to outdo themselves from the year... Read more »

A trip down memory lane -- 100 blogs of Chicago, travel, single life, admissions, family and more

A trip down memory lane -- 100 blogs of Chicago, travel, single life, admissions, family and more
One Hundred Blogs. I honestly and slightly shocked that I’m at this point with Coming to Terms.  This post, the one you are reading right this second, is Coming to Terms 100th blog.  That’s right 100. Over 2 years ago, I wrote a letter to the editor at the Chicago Tribune.  Two guys from my high... Read more »

Life with a step family -- One year after the wedding

Life with a step family -- One year after the wedding
First off, I have to start this blog by saying HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my mom and step dad on their one year anniversary. It’s been an interesting road to this point but I want to say I am very happy you have found each other and made each other happy. A little over 6 years... Read more »
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Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma: An interview with a fighter

Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma: An interview with a fighter
Until a few years ago, I always thought blood cancer=leukemia. There are actually multiple types, correct? Yes, there are multiple types – the 3 main types are: Leukemia, which is found in blood and bone marrow.  Lymphoma, (the type I have) which affects the lymphatic system, and Myeloma which is a cancer of the plasma... Read more »