Posts in category "misc."

Maggie Daley Park dog ban: even more Chicago broken promises

Maggie Daley Park dog ban: even more Chicago broken promises
The Maggie Daley Park dog ban pissed a lot of people off. Including me. Why? It was a sudden reversal, made in some murky politicking. It’s more broken promises in Chicago. I keep trying to come up with scenarios of why the reversal–and they all imaginatively involve some rich person who hates dogs paying off... Read more »

Confronting a smoker at the dog park

Confronting a smoker at the dog park
Ever since I heard about the city passing a smoking ban for all Chicago Park District property, I wondered how I would handle smokers should they light up in the dog park. I hate confrontations. Haaaaate confrontations. I can never think fast enough to come up with witty retorts to make people think. (That’s my... Read more »

You can't change the world

You can't change the world
You can’t change the world. I know Gandhi said to be the change you wish to see in the world, but you can’t change the world. Take the burdens off of your shoulders, because it is impossible for any one person to bear the weight of the sins against humanity. To immerse yourself in the... Read more »
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Add Frozen to the list of movies that make me cry like a baby

Add Frozen to the list of movies that make me cry like a baby
My dog was confused as to why I kept trying to get him to come sit by me. He doesn’t usually see me cry like this. Actually, I don’t think he’s ever seen me cry like this. He just snorted and went off to eat cat turds or chew on a bone or something. But... Read more »

The lazy millenial myth : Can't we just let it die?

The lazy millenial myth : Can't we just let it die?
I saw this on the bus today, and it pissed me off. If you can’t read it, it says, “Expect something great without doing any work. (We’re Millennial friendly.)” (Sorry it was blurry–I was on a bus after all). Gee, thanks, Chicago Apartment Finder, for perpetuating that ugly and incorrect and offensive myth. I certainly... Read more »

L2O : Not a place for a simpleton like me

The appetizers were high-end cheese balls in some sort of parmesan bubble frothy thing, and cooked fish. I spurned the fish for the heavenly fried cheese ball goodness, and got myself another spoonful every time they brought out another tray. I might have been annoying, but I already told them I was pregnant because I was the only one carrying around a glass of Coke while everyone else drank yummy-smelling wine. 

Cheese balls. Mmm. That was the first inkling the evening might not be so bad.
I’m a simple person when it comes to food and eating out. I just want good food, and I know I don’t need to spend $$$$ to get good food. The fanciest I can get without feeling distinctly uncomfortable is Quartino and Smith and Wollensky, and I am perfectly happy with M Burger. Here’s an... Read more »
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10 books that have stayed with me

10 books that have stayed with me
This is a new Facebook status meme. A game for my book loving friends. In your status line, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard – they don’t have to be “right” or “great” works, just the ones that... Read more »

Christmas flu : to the tune of Jingle Bells

Christmas flu : to the tune of Jingle Bells
Note: I did get the flu shot. (Chorus) Christmas flu, I hate you And bronchitis too I hope you go away I want a good birthday. 1. It hit me like a truck Fever, diarrhea, Aches, chills, and lethargy Doc said it was the flu. I’ve got my Tamiflu Only one Walgreens had it Called... Read more »

Before and after photos of tornado's destruction

Elgin Ave in Washington, IL
I put together some before and after photos of the tornadoes in Washington and Pekin, IL using Google Maps and photos available online. The photos show houses reduced to a pile of wood and memories, but the magnitude of the destruction become more visible when you look at it in context: what did the houses... Read more »
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Memories smell like Albuquerque

Memories smell like Albuquerque
Incense is wonderful for covering up the smell of eau du litter box–much better than canned “Fresh Scent.” Because my kitties shit a lot, I had to order more incense. Amazon didn’t have sandalwood in stock, so I ordered cedar incense bricks. Normally, I like to smell things before buying, but I figured that if... Read more »