Posts in category "Life in Chicago"

Three little words: Thank you, Chicago

Today is my last Stop and Blog The Roses post for ChicagoNow as H and I are relocating to the City of Angels. But I will continue to blog the roses at BlogHer so please find me here and follow me on Facebook here and Twitter @FernRonay to keep up with the amazing adventures of... Read more »

How to sell your home … with the help of a statue

Every red-blooded Italian American knows. It’s practically common knowledge. I mean, honestly, how does everyone not know this perfectly logical, perfectly valid technique for the sale of a home? It’s simple.  You get a statue of St. Joseph. You bury it, upside down, facing the street, on your front lawn. Of course. So, shortly after... Read more »

Stop and Blog the Roses is going Hollywood

Oh yes, we’re heading west! Mr. & Mrs. Ronay are moving to L.A. After almost six years in Chicago, opportunities and new adventures are calling the Ronays to the left coast. It’s put me in a bit of a reflective state, thinking about some of the funny, fabulous, far out (far out, right? That’s how... Read more »
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Q&A with Tara Scalzo

Fellow CN blogger Tara Scalzo writes Red & Company and, as her bio states, she’s a “Chicago native, freelance writer/blogger and full time mom with a wicked sense of humor and a love of cheap wine. She documents her everyday adventures and observations – in the raw, full of snark, but always honest. Tara has been... Read more »

Strange Encounters of the A-hole Kind

Magoo, our cat, had a 10:30AM appointment for his annual check up on Saturday. Me to H: Can you take him? I have to go the gym, go to Whole Foods, go to Walgreens, write, get my eyebrows threaded. H: No problem. Me to H: Oh wait, it’s near my eyebrow place. Okay, I’ll go... Read more »

Japonais by Morimoto Grand Opening Event

I watch a lot of things on Bravo.  I wish I could say most of it, or at least some of it, included the cooking shows like Top Chef but, alas, the only cooking I see is done by the Giudices.  Remember when they made sausage? That was nuts. Anyway, when one of my favorite... Read more »
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Just when you think you've got it together

Like Duchess Kate, I recycle. Dresses, I mean. Well, one dress, recently. I wore it to my high school reunion, where – let’s just say – I got super silly. Read this. Five days later, I wore it to the She Writes Chicago event with a completely different mindset.  It went like this: It’s OK... Read more »

Tests I've Failed

I passed the CPA exam. I passed the New York bar exam. I passed the New Jersey bar exam. But, I failed another test, recently. It was more like a pop quiz. It happened like this. The lesson: I’m not an extremely religious person but I like going to church on Sunday.  I particularly like... Read more »

Dog bite: One way to change your thought pattern

“Bad is never good, until worse happens.” ~ Danish proverb This is bad -  There I was doing my morning run along the lake and thinking “My calf still hurts.  I haven’t been able to run in days.  Why, why, why, when it’s finally nice out, this happens?  It’s been cold for so long and... Read more »
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Cure for the Winter Blues: Ditch the Car

My mother (in New Jersey and always glued to the Weather Channel):  You’re going to get 10 inches of snow! Me (in Chicago and filing my nails):  We are? My mother:  YES! 10 inches! Me (still filing):  Huh…Wow… My mother:  They’re saying it’s going to start around noon. Me:  Alright, Ma. Who cares? What else is... Read more »