5 rookie mistakes I made as a kindergartner's parent

The transition to Kindergarten can be a sticky one. And by sticky I mean, “HOLY HELL, WHOSE PANTS ARE YOU WEARING?” While my kid settled in just fine after a rocky week or two, I continued to make foolish decisions all damn year long. Because I believe in paying it forward, I’ve got five tips... Read more »

Make the most out of screen time:10 film adaptations your family will love

Who doesn’t love a good book to Hollywood film adaptation? Some studios do an exceptional job bringing a book to the big screen(e.g., Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and others miss by the mark by a zillion miles (e.g., live- action The Cat in the Hat). And  let’s be honest, comparing what the  writers and directors perceive... Read more »

Worry about your kids, not Target's bathroom policy

My kid is a wanderer. Most of the time he’s not being insubordinate, just easily distracted. Yesterday, after school, he chased his friends around the perimeter of the lot and I watched as he slipped out onto the sidewalk to keep their pace. We left, and through tears, he promised he “would work on it”.... Read more »
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Spring Break 2016: Moms Gone Wild

It’s almost April, which means we’re heading to Cocoa Beach, FL to high-five manatees and sip drinks served in coconuts. There will be boobs, however, they’re strictly dedicated to the nine-month-old joining us. LAME. via GIPHY I’ve never been much of a spring break person. I’d watch MTV’s Spring Breakers like my life depended on it... Read more »

Sock-of-the-month-club member? Don't have a conniption when I mock your subscription

For many, including yours truly, modern life is one that is often focused on convenience and instant gratification. Groceries and even fully prepped meals are delivered to your doorstep. Your asshole friend can hire someone to stand in line at the Apple store for that new iFlismFlasm 2s that he needs like another  Google Glass.... Read more »

Who Said It: Donald Trump or Charlie Sheen?

Ready to play a little game of “Who said what?”  This round: The Donald vs. America’s favorite Warlock. (Answers at the bottom.) 1. “Boom, crush. Night, losers. Winning, duh.” [source] 2. “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” [source] 3. “I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars, and... Read more »
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Four documentaries that will restore your faith in humanity

While my husband and I are physically capable of sitting down and watching whathaveyou together, I tend to opt for an 8PM bedtime while he watches ESPN until his eyeballs fly out. He also hates to watch my “stories”. Hate is a strong word; my taste in television “bums him out”. Between Trump’s freakish rise... Read more »

A Valentine's Day story: I gave a guy the wrong number and then we got married

Today marks the fourteen-year and 364 day anniversary of poor Mr. Swirley enduring my rendition of John Mellencamp’s “Jack & Diane”. No wonder his ears routinely bleed. I met Old Man Swirley in the fall of 2000. After chatting at a party where he broke a couch, I decided the most subtle thing I could... Read more »

Caregiving Chronicles: Difficult decisions and bad hospital TV

I’m sitting in a dimly lit hospital room next to a sleeping mom (Ho-Ho). She’s just been transferred from the neuro unit of one hospital to the acute rehab unit of another. It’s like Groundhog Day ’round these parts; two lesions in four months. ER to rehab to home…and back. Multiple Sclerosis is an asshole.... Read more »
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Caregiving Chronicles: Easy gifts to help caregivers survive

The holidays may be over, however, you can help out caregivers year-round with thoughtful gifts that will ease their minds and help pass the time. 1. Sundries. Stuff like dry shampoo and chapstick are often overlooked when you’re rushing to the ER. What happens after you sit in a waiting room for eight hours? You... Read more »
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