Posts tagged "Suburbs"

Don't Sleep with the Schwan's Man and Other Things I've Learned Living in the 'Burbs

Don't Sleep with the Schwan's Man and Other Things I've Learned Living in the 'Burbs
After reading the numerous stories regarding the CPS strike and general frustration with the Chicago Public Schools,  it occurred to me that some current city dwellers might be contemplating packing up and heading to the land of minivans, lawn movers and cookie cutter abodes. Before you trade in your urban-cool digs, there are a few... Read more »

Bullied: Take back your power and reclaim your life

Bullied: Take back your power and reclaim your life
It started with a puncture wound – a deep, sharp stab in my tender young skin. Cruel words can cut deeper than any knife. My elementary school was located in an utopian suburb with tree-lined streets, lush green yards and stay-at-home mothers who baked cupcakes for their children even when it wasn’t anyone’s birthday. I... Read more »

Masculine Confusion in Aisle 9 – A Suburban Dad Hits the Drugstore

Masculine Confusion in Aisle 9 –  A Suburban Dad Hits the Drugstore
The first thing I notice when I pull into my neighborhood CVS is that the sign is gone. The “Parking Reserved for Pregnant Women” sign the local moms found so cute when we first moved into suburbia had been ripped from its moorings, leaving a big blotchy stain on the wall that will stand as... Read more »
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Local Family Featured in Chicago Tribune Today: Should Their Adoption Efforts Be Stopped?

Local Family Featured in Chicago Tribune Today: Should Their Adoption Efforts Be Stopped?
I originally wrote this piece to spread the word about Carolyn Twietmeyer, a local mom who advocates for the adoption of children with HIV. She and the not-so-local organization she started, Project Hopeful, was featured in the Chicago Tribune this morning and in light of this compelling article, I thought it best to refresh your memory... Read more »

Not Your Average Suburban House Party!

The evite said 7:30 p.m.  It was still too light outside to camouflage me, so I waited until 8:00. And, of course, I couldn’t arrive alone – I am not that brave, so I insisted on arriving with two other friends so I didn’t have to walk into the house by myself. The evite arrived... Read more »

Playing Dress Up

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My doppelgänger lives in France, according to my jet-setting in-laws, who frequent the romantic streets of Paris. My idea of the perfect day is to bask in a French café on a cobblestone street with my striking husband, sipping coffee whilst donning a darling hat. (I have given this scene a lot of thought, can... Read more »
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One Mother Confesses her Dirty Little Secrets

Lightning trying to flee from his stinky dirty cage.  If only he would stop spitting out and flinging the food he refuses to eat, the cage would be a lot cleaner!
Forgive me, Fellow Mothers and Fathers, for I have sinned.  It has been too long since my last parental confession:  In the beginning before my first child was born, I was a great mom, a text book mom.  As I was unemployed during my first pregnancy, I had plenty of time to memorize both of... Read more »

The New Name for the Modern Mom: My Toddler's Tomato?

Labels. I can’t seem to shake one label in particular now that I am a middle class suburban mother who just so happens to drive a mini van. “BB” (before baby) I had so many opinions, most of which have been abandoned due to necessity and a tight budget. I am not going to say... Read more »

A big thank you from the 'Burbs

This morning I checked ChicagoNow.com for my scheduled blog post and my eyes caught an earlier submission entitled, “Suburban People are Assholes“, from one of my favorite bloggers, The Masked Server. Intrigued at the title (and a teensy bit annoyed), I clicked through to read the rest of the post.  In short, the post did... Read more »
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Keeping Up Appearances

I’ve been saying to myself lately that there is something artsy and eccentric about leaving the house in mismatched clothes and no makeup. That my over-plucked, uneven eyebrows make me look more thoughtful and intense. It has never occurred to me that my rugged eye brows and freakishly “unique” outfits make me look crazy…  Such... Read more »