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The Stroller Wars: One mom's attempt to not be "that asshole"

The Stroller Wars: One mom's attempt to not be "that asshole"
I started commuting with my 2 month old daughter yesterday. I’d been agonizing over the commute for months, after we found an affordable and awesome daycare provider near my work. How am I going to get to work with her stuff and my stuff–all without being “that stroller asshole”? Ugh. The stupid stroller wars. My... Read more »

I had to stop breastfeeding

I had to stop breastfeeding
As I type this with one hand, my newborn daughter is snuggled up, happily snoozing in my arms, with Pepper resting his heads on her legs. She just finished a bottle of formula. I know. Formula. Don’t I know that “breast is best,” full of delicious nutrients and love that are lacking in the corporate-created... Read more »

The Milk Crate

The Milk Crate
The black milk crate sits upside-down and askew on the weather-eaten sidewalk. Someone once sat there, wearing two hats and mismatched gloves and a thin coat over as many layers of clothing as he owned. He would rock, disturbed by his own demons and memories. We’d give him a wide berth–is he mentally ill? Even... Read more »
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Standby jury duty summons for the Chicago Criminal Court...while 9 months pregnant

Standby jury duty summons for the Chicago Criminal Court...while 9 months pregnant
A couple of weeks ago I got an important looking envelope from the city, with “Jury Duty Summons” emblazoned on the front. I’m supposed to report as a standby juror in the first week of January–when I’m 36 weeks pregnant. 9 months. Four weeks before the little girl is due. Pregnancy in of itself isn’t... Read more »

"My Husband's Not Gay": who's to judge their choices?

"My Husband's Not Gay": who's to judge their choices?
TLC is coming out with another one of those “so horrible I need to watch it” reality shows with “My Husband’s Not Gay.” If you haven’t heard about it yet, the premise is that these three gay Mormon men are married to women and raising families. I was skeptical at first. Are these guys trying... Read more »

12 slightly altered Christmas songs

Joy to the world! The tree has come! With lights and dangly things. Let every cat prepare their paws, and every ornament fall. And every ornament fall, and every every ornament fall.
There are so many Christmas songs for every situation, but I can’t stand the tunes of most of them. So….I’ve more than slightly altered a number of Christmas (okay, and Advent) songs to make them more suitable. Enjoy!
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Protip: Don't wrap a gift in any old box

Protip: Don't wrap a gift in any old box
It was the worst way to give a gift to a teen girl. Let me back up. I’m sure you’ve seen homilies or sermons when the priest comes up to the ambo with two gifts, one wrapped in plain brown paper, and the other wrapped in the fanciest paper and bow. It’s a well-used crutch,... Read more »

Caitlyn Ricci sues parents for college tuition

This is like Rachel Canning all over again. A college student, Caitlyn Ricci, sued her parents in order to have them pony up for college tuition. Headlines are calling her “spoiled,” and commenters (why do I even read the comments?) are ripping her apart based on very little information. Maybe she is spoiled and it... Read more »

Having a baby shower without my mother

I had a baby shower a couple weeks ago back in my hometown, thrown by my MIL. My therapist asked if I missed my mom at the shower. Honestly? I didn’t. I know that sounds crass, but I didn’t. I don’t miss the toxic family relationships, the  emotional coercion to capitulate and help my dad’s... Read more »
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Ten ways to dress up your pup for the Pride Parade

You could dress your dog up in drag, complete with a party wig, a pretty bow, and doggie makeup/hair coloring (use the ones safe for your pup)
I’m going to the Chicago Pride Parade for the first time this year. Fortunately, I’m going with a friend. A friend who is disappointed with the local pride parade which consists of  pickup trucks with big rainbow flags and bigger advertisements. The whole thing lasts 20 minutes, tops. Mayyyybe 30 if they walk slowly. While... Read more »