Posts in category "Chicago"

It is my honor and privilege to buy school supplies

Our four year old twins start Pre-K tomorrow morning as it’s the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools and we have kids attending this year. As we were loading our Target cart today with supplies (times 2), I had to wrap my head around the idea that we have one more year of... Read more »

The Day Our President Openly Supported White Supremacy

It was Nikki’s birthday – August 15, 2017. I snuck out of work early to go meet our kids and our Nanny Nikki at the Museum of Contemporary Art and have lunch at Nikki’s favorite restaurant – Potbelly.  Oh wait, that’s the kids favorite restaurant. I should mention the looks that Nikki and I get... Read more »

19 Sweaty Yet Joyful Things to do in Chicagoland (or anywhere) with Children

Here’s the truth.  We go on a lot of adventures.  This summer in particular because I have a ton of vacation time that I need to use from work or I lose it, so, yes – we go on a lot of adventures.  And there is a lot of sweating because it is HOT.  I... Read more »
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Bottle Spotting Bingo

There’s this sick game I play and maybe you do it too. It’s probably mostly alcoholics like me who can spot a bottle a mile away. Like a twisted game of booze bingo.  And then I make up stories of the people who left them there. The discarded. The self medication aftermath. Is there a reason... Read more »

Love and Marriage and Mold-A-Ramas

Every time we go to the zoo, we have to get a Mold-A-Rama. I think it’s a law in Chicago.  We grew up with the molded plastic animals, warm to the touch after coming out the machines and highly collectible. Just the waft of them can spark up nostalgia, and if there’s one thing my husband... Read more »

10 Foolproof Steps to Make a Mom Friend

I MADE A MOM FRIEND TODAY! Because I am now an expert at mom friending, I shall give you 10 foolproof steps to make a mom friend.  You’re welcome. Pay close attention to social media.  When you see pictures pop up on a photographer’s page (who took your family pictures too!) of a cute family that... Read more »
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How to Persist in Kindness while Living in a Culture of Meanness

As we got out of our car last weekend to go to a new tumbling class (which both kids refused to do – but that’s another story), the woman in the car in front of us came over and said, “I’m random acts of kindness-ing you” and handed me a parking meter stub to put... Read more »

Things I Love Thursday - The Obamas

Many have written their beautiful tributes to President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their girls turned young women as of late.  I was going to let it pass and let others do the thanking for me, but alas, I need to throw my thanks in as well.  If you’re not here for this,... Read more »

A GrubHub Delivery Was the Key to Finding My Christmas Spirit

The water seeped through the kitchen floor from the refrigerator water line to the ceiling of the basement and then flooded the floor.  So the crews came in and did the same thing they did two years ago when we flooded. That time it was from the outside, and this time it came from INSIDE... Read more »
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Cozy is a Privilege

Cozy.  The word is evocative of warm blankets and maybe a fireplace with a mug of something warm and sweet.  Gathered with your people or a book or show and possibly some bed pie, something to make you feel warm all over down to your bones.  Safe. My kids have known the word cozy for... Read more »