Category: gratitude

The Summer of Our Kindergartenmoon

When I say I’ve been busy lately, it takes on entirely new meaning. I mean, this Summer I had a list. I had a list of all the places I wanted to take my kids, all the things I wanted to do and see, all the experiences I wanted to have with them before I... Read more »

Winks and Waves: Mothering Little Big Kids

There’s a distance that seems to be widening as they grow a bit older – 5 and a half to be precise. Like I’m watching from afar, not quite so close. They are doing exactly what they should be doing – what we want them to do – they are growing up. When I watch... Read more »

The Last Pick Up from Preschool

Is there anything more the definition of kids growing up than the word “bittersweet”? It seems every time I speak with other moms lately, we all throw that word around in between tears and relief and gratitude for all that is happening.  I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT ALL THAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. We went... Read more »
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Only the Strong Survive - FAKE NEWS

As I sit here on this grey, rainy day, I reflect on all I’ve been strong through. Alcoholism, infertility, anxiety, depression, IVF, pregnancy, childbirth, being a mom of twins, working full time, recovery. Yes, I am strong as hell. But that doesn’t always serve me so well, now does it. I’m dealing with work situations... Read more »

Can We Just Skip Mother's Day

I miss my mom.  She lives far away these days and while technology and airplanes make life more manageable for those we miss, I miss her every day. I miss being able to just go over there and hang out with her. I took it for granted when she was close by for so long... Read more »

I think I have a problem with drinking

I get this a lot. From friends, family, friends of friends, co-workers, people who read my blog and write me to share their stories.  People say, “I don’t know how to start this so I guess I’ll just say, I think I have a problem with drinking”. If you were to look in my inbox... Read more »
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Life with 5 Year Olds: Shark Teeth and Kindergarten Registration

It had been on my calendar for roughly two months.  The “Kindergarten Tea” at our Chicago Public Elementary School where these two five year olds will enter come this fall and there is even a facebook page for the Class of 2027 and I AM NOT READY. But I am ready. And more importantly, they’re... Read more »

Periods and Perimenopause and Plenty of Pesky Problems

I am tired of this shit. I have had my period since about 6th grade and I am almost 45 years old and that is TOO DAMN LONG. ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE WE DEAL WITH AS WOMEN WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS BLOODY MENACE EACH MONTH. And now being, ahem, older, it’s a... Read more »

Guns and the Definition of Insanity

I was texting with a mom recently about a play-date we are arranging and it never ever escapes me that I have this conversation now pretty regularly with other parents if we are visiting or they are visiting our home. This is not our parents playdate. Hell, our parents didn’t even know what a playdate was,... Read more »
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I LOVE A SNOW DAY

We got the call that Chicago Public Schools was cancelling school pretty early on. It was my first time as a CPS parent to get one of these calls (I still can’t believe I am a parent of children going to school) and I was pretty thrilled with that in itself. Plus a tweet! Due... Read more »