Nick & Knight: My secret date with Jordan Knight

Despite the crisp winter air, Jordan Knight was so hot that he didn't need a heavy winter coat nor gloves. Always the perfect gentleman, he surprised me and held two perfect flowers in his plastic hand.
I’ve kept a salacious secret for months now. I’ve tried to be a good girl, keep it quiet and respect his privacy. Alas, I cannot keep quiet another minute longer as my crush from the time I was 12 years old, is back in Chicago tonight for the Nick & Knight show. Yes, my sweet... Read more »

My HowAboutWe Chicago Dating Challenge: Dance Class

My HowAboutWe Chicago Dating Challenge: Dance Class
One evening not so long ago when the wine seemed to magically refill in my glass, I may have confessed something to my gentleman caller/man-friend/boyfriend. OK, before I continue on with the rest of this blog, I really need to figure out what the heck to call him. I seriously have no idea what to... Read more »

How to Survive the First Day of a New Job

How to Survive the First Day of a New Job
Today after 19 years, I will go to work outside my home.  After learning some devastating financial news on Valentine’s Day, I wrote a blog post to help me cope: Food Stamps, Oprah and the 2014 Listen to Your Mother Chicago Show. I was amazed by the many people who left comments on my blog,... Read more »
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I got schooled at Oprah's Lifeclass

I got schooled at Oprah's Lifeclass
I got schooled at Oprah’s Lifeclass. Well, I think I got schooled. In all honesty, I’m not really sure what that phrase means. It’s entirely possible that I’m using it incorrectly. I tend do to that. I also tend to NOT learn from my mistakes, which leads to a lot of humor, mostly at my... Read more »

Food stamps, Oprah and the 2014 Listen To Your Mother Chicago Show

Food stamps, Oprah and the 2014 Listen To Your Mother Chicago Show
Last Friday on Valentine’s Day, I thought life couldn’t get any better. I had a weekend audition for the 2014 Listen to Your Mother Show Chicago and a Monday interview for my daughter and I at Harpo Studios for an upcoming Oprah’s Life Class. I had Valentine’s Day plans with a sweet, funny, adorable man.... Read more »

How to lie about your age: Christie Brinkley, this article is not for you

How to lie about your age: Christie Brinkley, this article is not for you
Tomorrow is my birthday. Today, I am 36. Tomorrow, I will proclaim to all that I am 41. No, not 31. 41. I am intentionally lying about my age and adding 4 years starting tomorrow. Why? My answer is simple really. Unless you look like Christie Brinkley at 60 on the cover of People Magazine, you... Read more »
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Back to College: The first class kicked my ass

I should’ve started with something easy like a nice literature, psychology or history class. I would’ve done well in any of those subjects. But, no. I was scared and worried and so consumed by self-doubt that I did something stupid: I registered to take Earth Science. Math and Science are not really my thing. Sure, there’s... Read more »

The best mornings start with gratitude

The best mornings start with gratitude
Some mornings, I wake up to chaos, to disaster, heartbreak and stress. Some mornings, the kids are fighting before I even get out of bed. Some mornings, my panic attack starts before my feet even touch the floor and I have to weigh the consequences of taking an in-case-of-emergency pill that early in the morning... Read more »

Going Back to School - Mom Edition

Going Back to School - Mom Edition
In 2 hours, I’m going back to school. My first class starts tonight in some idyllic land called Sugar Grove. Sugar Grove, a place I’ve never been and really didn’t even believe it existed until I actually looked it up a couple of minutes ago. Sugar Grove, a Candy Land destination, a place where my... Read more »
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What NOT to Wear to Court

What NOT to Wear to Court
Today, I spent my afternoon in court. No, I didn’t finally lose it and go on a Fred Flintstone kissing bandit crime spree. This is still a possibility; however, at the moment I do have enough impulse control left to reign in those lovin’ urges. For now. I was asked to appear as a witness... Read more »