Archive for October 2012

Get Me Out of Paradise, Now.

Get Me Out of Paradise, Now.
I’m sitting at the airport with hubby and the kid now, getting ready to say a bittersweet goodbye to our week in paradise. Only there’s a catch. As I wait for our plane to arrive, I have a paper bag over my mouth and am trying hard to catch my breath. Yes, I am actually... Read more »

Dumbest Vacation Moment Ever: Asking Hubby if He Ever Notices Other Women

Dumbest Vacation Moment Ever: Asking Hubby if He Ever Notices Other Women
It’s day five of vacation, and my hubby, daughter and I have settled into an only slightly varying routine: breakfast, pool, lunch by the pool, more pool, gym (that’s the varying part), and dinner. Only today, one thing was a wee bit different, and that was the moment before lunch when I started screaming at... Read more »

Mommy Rides a Big Wave of Self-Loathing, Even in Paradise

Mommy Rides a Big Wave of Self-Loathing, Even in Paradise
Last night, at a beautiful Italian restaurant, I started an impromptu game with my hubby and daughter. It was called “what I love about you.” First, it was hubby’s turn. My daughter and I went back and forth, listing his many qualities: fantastic cooking skills, a gentle demeanor, and never-ending patience for the two feisty gals... Read more »
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How an Ass-Kicking Cold Became My Bette Midler/Beaches Moment

How an Ass-Kicking Cold Became My Bette Midler/Beaches Moment
When you start to see 40 peaking its head out at you from around the corner, you think you’ve seen it all. Sure, there are surprises here and there, but you know yourself and your body pretty well. At least that was my take on things, until I got slammed with one of the nastiest, most phlegm-filled,... Read more »

Crude and Offensive: Chicago Interactive Social Club holds "Sexy Little Devils" contest for women"

Crude and Offensive: Chicago Interactive Social Club holds "Sexy Little Devils" contest for women"
Someone please tell me I’m having a nightmare. Please tell me I was thrown into a time machine and forced back to the 50′s. Whatever you do, just don’t tell me that the invitation below for a local networking group’s Halloween party  – with its Sexy Little Devil costume contest – is anything but a... Read more »

Me, Glen Hansard & Shedd's Belugas: A Priceless Experience

I’ve never been one to swoon over VIP-type experiences. But I have to admit, I’m also not one to pass up a chance to meet an Academy-awarding winning singer/songwriter, hang out with some beautiful Beluga whales and have what turned out to be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience with my family. And that’s exactly what happened... Read more »
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Shari Duffy of Ladies Night Chicago Gives Moms a Social Life

Here’s what I envisioned after baby: eight or so weeks of getting into the swing of things, followed by fun girls’ nights out at least twice a month. The reality? I awakened from my post-baby stupor to realize I’d been out with my gal pals only three times in three years. Three years and three early... Read more »

Change a Life: Open Books Needs Our Help

Calling all Chicago Parents! Do you know how we’re doing all we can to make sure that our kids’ creativity is blossoming? Open Books, one of our city’s coolest nonprofits, is doing the same for underprivileged kids all across Chicago.  And now they need our help. Every week, Open Books hosts adventures in creative writing field trips to schools... Read more »

My Neighbor’s Bachelorette Party and Her Vagina: I Saw Both.

My Neighbor’s Bachelorette Party and Her Vagina: I Saw Both.
Ah, the good old days of bachelorette parties, with their silly satin sashes, fake penises, and copious amounts of alcohol. Until last night, I had thought those fun and festive days were behind me forever. That was until my new neighbor, whom I’d never met before, hosted her own pre-nuptial celebration. It was an evening... Read more »
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