Archive for October 2011

Fun Facts About Coldplay (oh, and a bit of an album review)

Fun Facts About Coldplay (oh, and a bit of an album review)
I bought the new Coldplay album, “Mylo Xyloto”, last week, which surprised me.  I’m not a huge Coldplay fan; I don’t really love them or hate them, but they’re so popular that I always think it’s me who doesn’t really “get” the appeal.  Sure enough, “Mylo Xyloto” is at number one on iTunes, so go... Read more »

My Family's Own "Mr. Mom" Experience

My Family's Own "Mr. Mom" Experience
A fellow ChicagoNow blogger recently wrote about a request to her child’s preschool that the staff evaluate their procedures for adults accompanying kids to the restroom as she was not comfortable with her 2-year old daughter being assisted by a male parent volunteer whom she did not know.  This seemingly reasonable request, coming from a... Read more »

Sasha and Malia Watching the Kardashians? Let Their Parents Decide

Sasha and Malia Watching the Kardashians?  Let Their Parents Decide
“Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians– when they watch that stuff — he doesn’t like that as much,” said the First Lady, “but I sort of feel like if we’re talking about it, and I’m more concerned with how they take it in — what did you learn when you watched that. And if... Read more »
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9 Reasons Why My Teen is Better Than Your Toddler

Once upon a time, many moons ago, my husband and I had four kids in 5 ½ years.  It seemed like a good idea at the time, just popping out one after another until my husband put his foot down and said no more.  He actually put his foot down after baby #3, but I... Read more »

Dealing With Stress, Part II: Strategies for Reducing It

Dealing With Stress, Part II: Strategies for Reducing It
In yesterday’s post, I talked about the negative impact of stress on our bodies, mood and behavior.  In ticking off some of my own current stressors, I forgot to even mention the pets.  This morning I decided to finally take the one dog to the vet for miscellaneous issues.  Speaking of needing to chill, that... Read more »

Dealing With Stress, Part I: The Setup

Dealing With Stress, Part I: The Setup
Are you stressed?  I don’t generally think of myself as a very anxious person, and my stress is often dealt with by enjoying a vodka-lemonade on the porch after work.  However, that isn’t always practical if, for instance, I have to drive carpool later in the evening.  Also, sometimes it’s winter. To establish myself as... Read more »
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What We Can Glean About Steve Jobs From His Music Preferences

What We Can Glean About Steve Jobs From His Music Preferences
With the death last week of Steve Jobs, the course of technology as it relates to music has been discussed quite a bit, specifically the impact of Apple under Jobs’ leadership.  I’m guessing there are very few people who don’t enjoy music today on either an iPod or an iPhone.  Embarrassingly enough, I know very... Read more »

To Listen or Not to Listen to Music During the Marathon: That Is the Question

To Listen or Not to Listen to Music During the Marathon: That Is the Question
This Sunday is Marathon Day in Chicago.  Yay- good for all those go-getters!  A coworker, who is a pretty strong runner, will be running on Sunday and has been discussing her music situation with me, everything from the optimal type of iPod to her song selections.  It got me thinking about the merits and drawbacks of... Read more »

Wilco's "The Whole Truth" Disappointed Me

Wilco's "The Whole Truth" Disappointed Me
Oh, Wilco.  This ablum, “The Whole Truth,” has been disappointing for me.  I feel like I should like it more, and the fact that I only like it somewhat is almost certainly a reflection on my inability to recognize high quality music. Last Tuesday, the day the album was released, Mayor Emanuel proclaimed it “Paint... Read more »
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