Archive for November 2012

Puppy's First Year: Destroyed by Cuteness

The breeder lured me in with sweet pictures of fat whippet puppies.
To say the last nine months of puppy ownership have been an adventure would be a gross understatement. Life with our whippet puppy, Rosie Run Her Up, is certainly never dull. If it weren’t for her sweet round eyes, ridiculously long nose and comically thin body, I would’ve brought her back to the breeder after... Read more »

My Pregnancy Anthem

My Pregnancy Anthem
Music has always been an outlet for me emotionally, not because I make or play music, but because I feel like some music speaks to me in any given mood. When I was a teenager and discovered “Emo Music” was “a thing” I about lost my mind. “Finally!!” I thought, “Music that ‘gets’ me! It’s... Read more »

Hiking In the Rain: How Quickly One Mother Goes From Mother Earth to Cranky Grouch

Hiking In the Rain: How Quickly One Mother Goes From Mother Earth to Cranky Grouch
It sounded like a pleasant idea, a trip to the Morton Arboretum. A morning storm passed through town as we loaded the kids into the car. Our resident meteorologist, 6-year-old Raymond, informed us the rain would be passing soon, so we decided to live on the edge and take a hike amid the beauty of... Read more »
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Black Friday: Stay Home and be Thankful

Black Friday: Stay Home and be Thankful
I confess I fear Black Friday. As a child, I feared Black Friday the way others feared the dark, strangers and death. Black Friday sounded ominous and lurking, something to feed my overly active childish imagination and nightmares. Black Friday — a day where the sun never rises and darkness suffocates the unicorns. My family stayed in pajamas all day... Read more »

I’m Expecting! The less-than-lovely details of my first trimester

I’m Expecting! The less-than-lovely details of my first trimester
This is a post I feel I’ve waited my entire existence to write. In May 2013, I am going to become a mom. A real mom! Not just a doggie mom, or a horsey mom. A real mom. Of a tiny person! While I could go into the dreamy details of how blissful my first... Read more »

How To Make a Difference this Holiday Season

How To Make a Difference this Holiday Season
I have some bad news. The radio station 93.9 is already playing holiday music. Most kids are still eating Halloween candy, and retailers are already pushing Christmas and Hanukkah on us. Thanksgiving may as well give up. At this time of year, I begin to experience a kind of malaise. I don’t want to set... Read more »
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Dear Son, Please Stop Teasing My Mother’s Heart

Dear Son, Please Stop Teasing My Mother’s Heart
My roller-coaster relationship with my junior high school son often leaves me dizzy, confused and nauseous. Phillip celebrated his 12th birthday earlier this month. Not even a week later, I have yet to walk that sober line to his bedroom and discuss our relationship. While I’ve struggled this past year with his changing voice, ridiculously... Read more »

Easy Ideas For A Last-Minute Election Night Party With Kids

Election Day fun does not need to end the moment you walk away from the voting booth and proudly stick the “I voted” sticker to your shirt. Sure, you might not be attending the Obama celebration at McCormick Place or a swanky city party with fancy foods you cannot even pronounce nor figure out how... Read more »

What the Election Means to This Mommy

Every four years, we as Americans, are lucky to have the freedom to vote for the next President of the United States. The months leading up to the election are exciting with knowing that the next four years could be even better. This is a meaningful election for me. It is the first time voting... Read more »
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