When a Chance Meeting Reminds You that You Matter

I just unsubscribed from a monthly social events club called “UpOut.” It wasn’t working for me, but that’s not relevant. The last ticket I nabbed was to the Chicago Wine Festival After Party at the Godfrey Hotel. I was promised champagne (there wasn’t any.) I hadn’t been feeling very social, and much to my chagrin,... Read more »

Rediscovering Chicago with Pokémon GO

“I did it! I went outside and got him.” I had a few glasses of wine last night, and while my husband was Skyping with his brother, wandered outside to catch a Tauros. This is Pokémon GO. It’s a nationwide craze, a total addiction, and honestly, the first thing that has made me happy in weeks.... Read more »

Good riddance, George Lucas Museum.

Unpopular geek opinion time! I’m glad Chicago won’t be getting The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. I’ve heard so many arguments in its favor from people I normally agree with. For many reasons, though, this concept never clicked for me. First, I don’t think the Lucas Museum would’ve brought a job creation boon. The construction jobs would... Read more »
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The heartbreaking happiness of downsizing

I just watched my Alice in Wonderland tea set walk out the door. Er, more accurately, its new owner took it. It’s going to a fantastic home where it will be loved. Let me tell you though, gentle reader, parting with my geeky collectibles is hard. A lot of life change is hitting me at... Read more »

Regarding "The Video."

Yes, I’ve seen Ron Ladao’s video of the event that happened at Kazecon. I’ve been asked to respond, mostly by people using name-calling and threats. While I certainly don’t owe a statement to any of the people who are foaming at the mouth to damage a stranger, I will speak as a gesture of thanks... Read more »

FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY! Friday passes to C2E2

We’re less than 3 weeks away from Chicago’s premiere pop culture convention. C2E2, the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, is the event of the year. Wanna go? Thanks to my friends at Lakeshore Beverage and Brooklyn Brewery, you can! I’m giving away two Friday passes to the show. Friday at C2E2 is great, especially for... Read more »
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Guideparents: The atheist answer to godparents

I don’t talk about religion much- mostly because I don’t have a religion. I am an atheist. No, I wasn’t born this way. I was raised Catholic. In fact, my husband is the only person I’ve ever met who was raised atheist from birth. Finding him was very exciting. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about religion... Read more »

Geekheart Guidance: Cosplay after baby

I’m excited to offer another round of Geekheart Guidance, where I answer advice questions for readers. I admit, I have been procrastinating on this particular submission. I was intimidated, for reasons that should soon become clear. S writes: I’m in my mid-30’s. I have had 2 kids, and the stretch marks to show for it.... Read more »

Zero tolerance: Naming my cosplay harasser

NOTE: Comments on this post are temporarily set to CLOSED, meaning they must be moderated before appearing. I want to publicly thank C2E2, Chicago’s premiere comic convention, for action they took this afternoon. I was not going to attend their Mardi Gras event tonight due their affiliation with a traumatic figure from my past. Now,... Read more »
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I am critical to a fault and I love the new X-Files

****WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for the 2016 season of The X-Files. If you haven’t watched the first 3 episodes of Season 10, STOP READING and go watch. It’s free!****           “Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder.” “So, you agree with me?” “No!” Let’s get 2 things straight before I... Read more »