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For the record, Joan Cusack DID NOT try to kill my friend

Do you have a doppelgänger? You know, In fiction and folklore, a doppelgänger, doppelgaenger or doppelganger (literally “double goer”) is a look-alike or double of a living person who is sometimes portrayed as a harbinger of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person’s relative or friend portends illness or danger while seeing one’s own doppelgänger is said to be an omen of death. In contemporary vernacular,... Read more »

Six Annoying Things That Make Me Want to Stab Myself in the Eye

Brace yourself. It’s been a rough day that included my mom kicking me out of her hospital room after I asked her to stop cursing at me (I did manage to get a high-five from the CPD officer outside…which totally elevated my mood). Because I don’t want to fixate on her current medical situation, I... Read more »

Joan Cusack watched me lose my mind

The holidays are a stressful time for many. Presents, money, time, money, calories, money. What can make them a little easier? Joan Cusack. “What?”, you say? Let’s do this. This past weekend, I was buzzing around Old Town looking for the perfect gift for my mother-in-law because the other three gifts I had purchased were... Read more »

Wicker Park resale shops are bad for self-esteem

Last week I had one of those freak out moments where I felt like I needed to purge everything in my closet or my head would explode.  I should have taken a “before” picture of my closet but I was too lazy. So just imagine actively choosing to go to Taste of Chicago to hang... Read more »

Bridal Gown Shopping for the Discerning Frugalista

It’ s been a minute since my last post and I have a fantastic excuse: bridal gown shopping with two sisters. Not sister-wives, mind you. That would be the easiest shopping trip ever; sew some sleeves on a peasant dress, clip in a long braid and you are ready to go. But no, these bitches... Read more »

Who really benefits from the CTA's Ventra card?

In today’s Chicago Tribune, reporter Jon Hilkevitch provided a superb summary of the ridiculousness that is the CTA’s new Ventra card. His take: Fees, fees, fees with regard to the prepaid debit card and a lot of ambiguity as to the implementation of the new transit card system. Below are my two immediate questions: 1. CTA... Read more »

Chicago Spring Break: Secret parks

I don’t think these parks are really all that secret, but that is how they were billed when I was younger. Regardless, they seem to be off the path (pun REALLY intended) for people like me because I don’t make enough of an effort when it comes to entertaining my kid. And if none of... Read more »

Chicago Spring Break: Indoor Activities

Let’s be honest, it rains in the spring. A lot. And I certainly don’t want to go anywhere that requires a cover charge (same rule applied in college.) So I present to you the list of sometimes free but always fun indoor places to visit: a. Art Institute’s Ryan Education Center. Make some crazy ass... Read more »

Chicago Spring Break: Weird Family Activities

I was a real brown-noser in elementary school. I loved being teacher’s pet to the point I wanted to stay in the classroom during lunch to “hang-out”. I also use to to bring my teachers flowers. Sometimes I would break off fragrant purple and white lilacs growing from the bushes behind our house, but most... Read more »
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