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 »

A Seat at the Bar, with Richard Brautigan

A Seat at the Bar, with Richard Brautigan
It was the kind of place you stumble into, accidentally. The kind of place very few people intentionally seek out, more often discovered by those who are lost, who have taken a wrong turn, veered far off from their destination and seek that which they cannot name. The kind of place set apart from others,... Read more »

Today's lesson: Yes, I can do this

Today could’ve been awful. It could’ve been another long, cold, horrible day with more bad news in a string of long, cold, horrible bad-news-filled days. But it wasn’t. After a night filled with very little sleeping and a whole lotta neck/shoulder/upper back pain, I woke up with more pain, a lot of pain. I’ve been... Read more »
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Mom vs. Teen: The case of the mysterious odor

Mom vs. Teen: The case of the mysterious odor
I like to think I’m a pretty bang-up detective when I need to be. In fact, I’m convinced one day I’ll rent space in a brownish/grayish/oldish-looking building somewhere and hang out a worn wooden sign: Intini, P.I. The only thing keeping me from this dream of mine is not knowing the difference ¬†between a private... Read more »

Black Friday 2013: Make it a Light Friday instead

Black Friday 2013: Make it a Light Friday instead
I hate Black Friday. I could say that it’s because Black Friday is the embodiment of all that is wrong with society today. Or because big corporations are evil. Or because we shouldn’t go straight from counting our blessings on Thanksgiving to chasing luxuries the following day. But honestly? I just find Black Friday exhausting.... Read more »

Life outside the lines

I’m a rule follower. I was a child born into violent chaos. Since escaping that life, I’ve thrived on rules. On absolutes and routines. Life in the lines is safe. Routine and predictability soothes me. Sure, I’ve experimented in gray. I’ve dabbled outside the lines from time to time. It was fun and exhilarating and... Read more »
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Parenting: Sometimes all you see is a hand

Parenting: Sometimes all you see is a hand
There are moments while parenting when I sit back and think, “Well, this is a huge waste of time.” There are times when I’m stuck driving to yet another soccer practice, choir concert or driving a car filled with loud teenagers home from a club meeting and I think of all the millions of things... Read more »

Naperville Marathon Results: I won

Naperville Marathon Results: I won
On Sunday, I ran my first marathon, and it was awful. It was awful and amazing, frustrating and exhilarating. It was one thousand times worse than all of my training runs, even the 18 and 20 mile ones.re I puked twice before reaching mile 10. Around mile 14, I was convinced I was indeed going... Read more »

26.2 Reasons why I'm running 26.2 miles

26.2 Reasons why I'm running 26.2 miles
Tomorrow morning, I will wake up entirely too early for a weekend and much earlier than all normal, sane people should ever wake up. I will put on clothing made entirely of too much spandex for someone my age and body type. I will pin my number onto the front of my shirt and hope... Read more »
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Sometimes even mom needs help

I had no idea that learning to mow the lawn would be so difficult. I couldn't even get it started. My teen jumped in and pushed me away.
I used to believe that strength and success meant never asking for help, never admitting that I couldn’t do something on my own. I spent years working so hard to maintain a facade, which I thought would ultimately lead to happiness and serenity. Statistics were never on my side, yet I was determined to have... Read more »