Archive for September 2011

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced
Are you SOOO excited?  The nominations for the Class of 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.  The actual inductees will be announced “in the coming weeks” according to the website, which seems very vague.  Here are the nominees: Beastie Boys – Hey, did you know the Beastie Boys have a newish... Read more »

How Reading "Donna's Cancer Story" Has Changed Me As a Mother

I’ve been feeling a bit sluggish about writing lately.  One of my fellow ChicagoNow bloggers (or “bloggists” as my daughter refers to us), Mary Tyler Mom, has been chronicling her toddler daughter’s 31 month battle with cancer in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September).  Each day, Mary Tyler Mom has written about a month... Read more »

My Superheavy Disagreement With the New York Times

My Superheavy Disagreement With the New York Times
Well, this is awkward.  Music Mom is engaged—make that embroiled—in a difference of opinion with the New York Times.  I’m not even sure how it got to this point.  It’s about music, of course, because is there really anything else that raises ire or elicits the kind of emotion that music does?  Occasionally kids do,... Read more »
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I Love Free Music!

I Love Free Music!
I’m on a free music high right now.  Sometimes I get lulled into thinking that buying musically digitally doesn’t cost money because all I need to do it type my password and I magically have a new song or album.  The buzzkill comes when I get a receipt for it in my email.  And the... Read more »

I Don't Know How SHE Does It, But Here's How I Do It

I Don't Know How SHE Does It, But Here's How I Do It
This weekend marks the release of the new movie “I Don’t Know How She Does It.”  I read the book years ago and hated it, partly because it made it seem like the working mom main character barely knew her kids and risked a nervous breakdown on a daily basis.  Since I have four kids... Read more »

How Do I Know When I'm Done Parenting?

How Do I Know When I'm Done Parenting?
As I see it, there are two distinct jobs that a parent has.  The first is most immediate and practical: make sure the kids are clean, healthy, don’t forget to wear pajamas on Pajama Day, etc.  That part of the job, while harried, is a bit easier in terms of actual task-based responsibilities.  In that... Read more »
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Please Save Your "I Don't Know How She Does It" for Someone Else

Please Save Your "I Don't Know How She Does It" for Someone Else
There’s a new movie with Sarah Jessica Parker coming out, perhaps you’ve heard of it: “I Don’t Know How She Does It.”  It’s based on a book that I read several years ago, and I hated it, partly because people have often made that comment about and to me over the years. I started working... Read more »

Am I a Horrible Person Because I'm Not Watching the 9/11 Coverage?

Am I a Horrible Person Because I'm Not Watching the 9/11 Coverage?
I’m feeling guilty about the fact that I don’t want to watch the 9/11 coverage.  I’m probably the kind of person people from New York find really irritating.  It’s not that I don’t care- quite the opposite actually.  I am finding the coverage of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 more emotional than I found the... Read more »

The Good Part of 9/11/01

The Good Part of 9/11/01
Everyone can remember where they were on September 11, 2001, and everyone has their own story about it.  One of my kids said a teacher told them that 9/11 is the modern day Pearl Harbor, which gives me more of an appreciation for the national impact of that event.  Throughout the past week, however, I’ve... Read more »
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Say It With Me: Just Say "No!" to Kidz Bop

Say It With Me: Just Say "No!" to Kidz Bop
You know what I hate?  Those Kidz Bop albums.  I don’t get why you would want to listen to a bunch of kids singing the same song you could hear the original artist sing.  I get annoyed just listening to the commercials for those albums.  They’re even promoting stupidity by putting a “z” on the... Read more »