Recalling the cherub trend

As I’ve settled into the fourth decade of my life, I’ve become accustomed to noticing a group of teenagers and thinking, “Oh, that’s cool again?” The plaid grunge thing; sunflower prints; neon: we did that first. And we swore we were original, and not distinctively trendy. We were just being ourselves. On the CTA last... Read more »

I've been dreaming of being a hero in a dark world

My subconscious has been incredibly active lately. It’s also been incredibly dark. I’ve awoken or been disturbed in my sleep by scenes of violence or suspense. I don’t know what this means about my psychological or spiritual state. It probably isn’t good. Here’s the interesting thing: I’ve been in positions of strength in the dreams–at... Read more »

If the Cubs were a Southern team

“When the Cubs win the World Series it’ll be a warm day in November.” I’m certain that’s how the saying goes. Right? If the Cubs were a Southern team, there would no doubt be a number of odd sayings associated with the team. But the Cubs are a decidedly Midwest team with solid Midwestern beliefs... Read more »
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Voting and other ways to adult

A few weeks ago I made a very adult decision and implemented a new house rule: No adult beverages until the floor in the apartment is swept. As the pet mom to what I assume are the two most fur-producing animals on the planet, I had grown disgusted by how much fur was vacuumed up... Read more »

5 truths I learned from a 90s cover band

Last weekend, I attended a bachelorette party. The affair was fun – no drama, no fussiness, no sashes. And it was delightfully free of penis paraphernalia. Thanks, Kimber, for that. The highlight of the night was a 90s coverband that was playing at Bottom Lounge. I have to admit I was dubious of such an... Read more »

The hate and violence feel like a hurricane

It feels like every time we start to get back up, we end up right back on the floor – we fell, or were pushed, or were knocked over by a force so great it knows no bounds, a hurricane. That’s life, I guess. It’s always tough. It’s a series of triumphs and defeats –... Read more »
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Pleas to Chicago weather gods fall on deaf ears

Yesterday, on the oh-so-holy platform of Instagram, I made an appeal to the Chicago weather gods. I reminded Chicago that although winter is its best accomplishment, it does spring very well too. I harkened back to last month when the city seemed to embrace the beauties of springtime. But I may have pushed the limits.... Read more »

You do you: Accepting who you are, stereotype and all

It took approximately 30 years, but finally I learned to be okay with who I am. Who I am is a lot of things, as is true with all of us. I like to believe that I can’t be defined easily, that I’m unique and unpredictable. Those who know me may disagree. Sometimes though, when... Read more »

The night G-Eazy came to Uptown and threw me for a loop

Well, winter has finally arrived in force to Chicago. Despite the frigid temps, going out to your favorite neighborhood bar and grill in the cold winter weather is a must to avoid the cabin fever. And, when your neighborhood is Uptown, you come to expect the unexpected en route. However, on a recent outing, after... Read more »
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11 perfect food pairings for dinner and a holiday movie

<iframe src="//giphy.com/embed/12h6Ivq9eiGSR2" width="480" height="204" frameBorder="0" class="giphy-embed" allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href="http://giphy.com/gifs/christmas-jesus-12h6Ivq9eiGSR2">via GIPHY</a></p> Love Actually: "Banoffee pie?" "No thanks." "Thank god, you would have broken my heart if you'd said yes." It's lines like these that make this movie a must-see every year. There are actually a lot of great food pairings for this film - the scene with Emma Thompson munching on cereal and the good digestives with the chocolate come to mind, or Nativity Lobster. But, banoffee pie is simple and decadent which is perfect for holiday movie night. Go ahead, have cereal for dinner and <a href="http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/banoffee-pie-2383">this pie</a> for dessert.
Whether you like it or not, holiday movies are a staple for December. Are they cheesy? Yes. Are they miraculous? Oh, hell yes. And because we so often find ourselves bustling and overbooked this time of year, it’s nice to snuggle with loved ones and stay in with a light movie when you can. From... Read more »