Archive for August 2011

Awesome and Awful, Facebook Rocks My World

Awesome and Awful, Facebook Rocks My World
        Picture this: It’s 9:00 PM on a quiet Thursday night. Guy Fieri is on TV, groaning in ecstasy over a New Mexico steak restaurant serenely tucked away behind a liquor store. The doorbell rings. Surprised, you head over to the door and peek through the hole. Standing there, with a curious look on his face, is... Read more »

Aw shucks... we've been nominated!

Aw shucks... we've been nominated!
We’ve been nominated on Parents.com as Best All-Around Mom Blog!  How cool is that?  Now don’t make us resort to passive agressive tactics, which we’re not afraid to use.  Just head on over and give a few clicks for the gals here at Families in the Loop.  We’ll love ya forever!  

Getting Real about the Real Housewives

Getting Real about the Real Housewives
I’ve fallen off the wagon again. Well, I can’t even say I’ve fallen off the wagon, because I haven’t been able to stop – not yet, at least. No, it’s not alcohol or drugs and it’s not gambling or anything like that. But it’s just as bad. I can’t stop watching the Real Housewives. My... Read more »
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Soothing words to my tummy after a week of PMS

Soothing words to my tummy after a week of PMS
I’m sorry I strayed with that piece of chocolate cake and those french fries. I didn’t realize the impact it would have on you. I’m sure somewhere in the world, although I can’t tell you where, people would pay lots of money to have a belly like that. My apologies for having to stuff you... Read more »

Heel, Chicago Dog Owners... We're Taking Back the Sidewalk

Heel, Chicago Dog Owners... We're Taking Back the Sidewalk
Another day, another walk to school with my daughter, and yet another near miss with a dog that sees my child as a fabulous new chew toy. I love dogs. I truly do.  When my grandma passed away years ago, it was the family dog more than any other breathing creature who provided the solace,... Read more »

What I wish I could ask the people around me at Starbucks

I know Starbucks is supposed to be a home away from home, but do you really have to clip your fingernails at the table right next to me? Can you please stop singing this annoying remake of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”? Hey, you, over there, you, too. Can you please stop singing this annoying remake... Read more »
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A Road-Trip, a Crash, and a Reality Check: 48 Hours in the Life of a Parent

It was supposed to be a simple weekend trip to Cincinnati. A quick visit to the in-laws and back to Chi-town on Sunday for some rest and the usual prep-for-the-week activities. Little did I know that the drive home, typically a five-hour zip through, would be the reality check I never saw coming. The trip down... Read more »

The Permanently On-Call Mom - and why you shouldn't feel bad for me that my husband travels (a ton)

If I had a dollar for every time another parent says to me, “Oh, your husband is traveling again?” or my favorite, “You must be so lonely with your husband gone all week,” I could retire right this minute a very rich lady (with a husband who would still very likely travel a ton). I... Read more »