Category: marriage

In Sickness and In Health

IT HAS BEEN A MONTH. Our boy started feeling lousy and also somehow hurt his wrist. A few days later, his fever was spiking and at the urging of our neighbor and trusted confidant for all things kids, we went to urgent care. We had them both swabbed and sure enough, TWIN STREP THROAT. Twins... Read more »

For all this I am thankful - but mostly for pie

For the child coming out of an hour long floor hockey class proclaiming in all seriousness, “WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE ANYTHING TO EAT THAT WHOLE TIME”,  solidifying forever that she’s my kid. For the child who acts like a 45 year old man asking, “DOES HE NEED A NEW ROOF? HOW CAN WE MAIL HIM A NEW... Read more »

In defense of the quitters

The word quit gets a bad rap. The mere thought of quitting makes some folks break out in hives.  You know QUITTERS NEVER WIN AND WINNERS NEVER QUIT and so on and so forth. Well, I’m here in defense of the quitters.  I’m here to say I’m a quitter and quitters do quit and are... Read more »
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Everything is terrible! Here is some good stuff to counter balance the horrors

I watched Patton Oswalt’s new stand up recently.  It was really good.  I cried and laughed and shook my head and marveled at how he can turn his pain and laughter through pain into something we can all relate to. Among his many gems he did a bit about “I wonder how many AA chips... Read more »

I Found Kindness and Gratitude at the Other End of a Hairbrush

“You ready to have your hair brushed mama?” was the question that greeted me as I arrived home from work yesterday afternoon. This may well be the sweetest development in our 4.5 years together. Monday evening, as my girl was playing with my hair like she does, I asked her to go get my hairbrush.... 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 »
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Things moms think about at 5am

I cannot seem to sleep past 5am anymore.  No matter what day it is, no matter if I have to go to work or not, my eyes flip open at about 5am automatically every single day.  Our kids sleep until 6 or 6:30, but there I am, wide awake, full of anxiety and worry and... 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 »

I Never Wanted Kids

I rarely take taxis anymore, but when I do I get extremely nauseous. The minute I enter, maybe even before my feet hit the floor, the bile rises to my throat before I can ask, “can you please roll my window down back here?” Why do all taxis smell the same?  It’s not an altogether terrible... Read more »
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Giant Backpacks on Little Bodies - Preschool Begins

ALL I DO IS CRY.  I’m really really good at crying. I cry like it’s my freaking job. We had preschool orientation last night.  Because my husband was there, I held it together as we entered the room after weeks of prepping our kids for “school”.  While my girl has been really excited about making... Read more »