Category: I Left the House

I'm a Little Unsteady

Hello, dear readers. It’s been awhile, I know. I’m still here. I’m exhausted and typically close to a meltdown most of the time, but even people who live next to volcanoes have days where the wind shifts and they relax a little, right? Is that not a real saying? Who knows what I’m saying anymore?... Read more »

How Saying Yes to My Toddler Made This a Great Summer

How Saying Yes to My Toddler Made This a Great Summer
Sometimes the change you need comes in the form of a tiny hand. One of my two-year-old’s favorite things to ask now that he’s learning to talk is, “Outside?” He will often bring us his shoes and ask, or hold up his hand and say, “Hand? Outside?” knowing he’s not allowed to navigate the back... Read more »

We Took Our 18-Month-Old to the Movies!

We Took Our 18-Month-Old to the Movies!
People love giving warnings. We have been warned, since becoming parents, that almost everything we think might be fun is a bad idea with a baby or toddler. We were warned not to take him to a convention in Atlanta. We were warned against flying with him at three months. We were warned against taking... Read more »
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Star Wars: A Geek Parenting Win (Spoiler-Free)

Star Wars: A Geek Parenting Win (Spoiler-Free)
In the heyday of our geeky coupledom, Ryan and I would go and see a movie we had been excitedly anticipating several times in the theaters. This was actually something we had done separately and then enjoyed together, which is great. We discovered we’d both seen Moulin Rouge in the theater five times well before... Read more »

Scrooge and Date Night and Braxton-Hicks

Scrooge and Date Night and Braxton-Hicks
Scheduling a date night when your significant other works six days a week and there’s no family nearby to stay with the little one is a real challenge. Luckily, we have friends who are so close they are our family here in Chicago, and Ryan’s schedule is so wacky, he ended up with a free... Read more »

The Most October I've Ever Had

The Most October I've Ever Had
Wow. So, remember in this article I wrote in the beginning of the month I listed all the autumny things I wanted to do this month? I accomplished more of those than I really thought I would… and I’m the happiest for it! Here’s a little rundown of all the October goodness we were able... Read more »
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I Love Fall Most of All

I Love Fall Most of All
Fall is here! Picture me spinning in a pile of leaves and holding construction paper pumpkins and glitter bats. That’s my love of fall. And I have so many great things planned to help me truly enjoy it! I grew up in Florida, so “fall” and “winter” weren’t really “things.” In Florida, we had four... Read more »

Being Pregnant at Dragoncon

Being Pregnant at Dragoncon
I didn’t know what to expect this year. We’ve been going to Dragoncon for 11 years now, and I’d never been pregnant at the con before. However, for years and years I’d been making the same joke about a character I created in 2005, Dolly Deathstar. Perhaps I should explain her first. Back in 2005,... Read more »

Bonus Post: "I Left the House!" The Grocery Store Seagull Story

Bonus Post: "I Left the House!" The Grocery Store Seagull Story
This happened earlier today and I can’t stop laughing to myself about it. I felt inspired to share, despite my starring role in the silliness. So, Ryan and I were up a lot of the night with the the baby, who is a bit under the weather after his shots yesterday. We had planned to... Read more »
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Bonus Post: "I Left the House!" Jurassic World (No Spoilers)

Bonus Post: "I Left the House!" Jurassic World (No Spoilers)
// Oh man. I went into the theater at Navy Pier last night clutching my 3D glasses, a bucket of popcorn, and no expectations whatsoever. People told me Jurassic World would probably be terrible. I shrugged, since “terrible” movies can often be very fun (see: The Last Stand, Escape Plan, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen… shut... Read more »