Tag: Soapbox Momma

Confessions of a special needs mom

Welp, Mother’s Day is fast approaching. I used to hate Mother’s Day, but now I don’t. In celebration of this blessed Hallmark card buying, excessive chocolate partaking, flower giving event, I thought I would confess to all the weird things that I have done to keep some semblance of my own sanity while parenting my... Read more »

12 reasons why 60 is NOT the new 40

I turned 60 on my last birthday, and while I would agree that my generation is in much better shape, more active physically and mentally than my parents’ generation, I still think that the idea that 60 is the new 40 is a load of crap. I remember how I felt at 40 and it... Read more »

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez wants to send all pot smokers to treatment programs

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that she will dismiss minor marijuana possession cases. It is not because she thinks pot smoking is acceptable but because it costs a lot of money to keep “drug offenders” locked up and it diverts a lot of resources to keeping them incarcerated, not to mention ruining their... Read more »

It's National Infertility Awareness Week; our journey to parenting through adoption

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and those of you currently going through this heartbreaking ordeal need to know that you are not alone. Our roller coaster ride of infertility is now a distant memory since at the end it, we were able to adopt a beautiful baby boy in 2000. We had 18... Read more »

How I recently taught my old geezer husband how to use a computer

Apparently, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks…although it takes a very long time and a shitload of patience. My husband, Martin, a very smart, funny, talented, yet shy man has avoided using a computer…until a few months ago. Hell, he could barely use his cellphone…or email. The good thing about having his smart... Read more »

I refuse to work for less than I am worth

As many of you know, my “day job” is that of a traveling massage therapist. Not easy, especially when there is a polar vortex mixed with 19 inches of snow. I actually injured myself a few months ago schlepping my massage table through the snow because the parking spots in front of my client’s house... Read more »

Hair raising tales of a massage therapist

Here I am providing chair massage to participants of the 2014 Portage Park 5K Run. I am in charge of organizing the massage tent. As many of you know, my day job is that of a licensed massage therapist. That is a subject that I don’t often blog about, but the events of the past... Read more »

Parental Oversharing: How much is too much?

As many of you know, I have a 14 year old adopted son whom we adopted when he was 2 days old. As a result of the trauma of being adopted, he has displayed many behaviors that have caused our family unit a great deal of stress. Now, there’s an understatement. Over the years, I... Read more »

Why I stay home on St. Patrick's Day

Don’t get me wrong…I have nothing against people of Irish descent. In fact, my husband’s people are Irish. They are lovely people with lovely, lilting accents, lovely traditions, lovely dancing and lovely music. As we all know in Chicago, “everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day” due to our fair city’s large Irish/Irish-American population which... Read more »

Mummy, can I buy this?

As he uttered those 5 words, chills ran down my spine… Mummy.Can.I.Buy.This. This is “E speak” for I want to spend my allowance, to which I am not entitled until I get the money from the After School Matters program to pay for the TV I broke on February 2 which my Mom paid to... Read more »