Archive for November 2012

Chicago overnight parking ban goes into effect tomorrow!

The overnight ban for parking on main streets starts December 1, and is in effect from 3 am to 7 am, regardless of snow or the snow forecast. The ban stays in effect until April 1. If you live in the city or get there frequently, you need to listen to your City Mom and... Read more »

When men talk turkey

When men talk turkey
This Thanksgiving season it seems I’m on the receiving end of an inordinate amount of advice on how to cook the turkey, and most of this advice is coming from men, most of whom have never even tasted my Thanksgiving turkey. My husband started it. He happened to be listening to the radio and some... Read more »

Down at the Golden Coin Blog Tour Begins!

Down at the Golden Coin Blog Tour Begins!
The blog tour for my second novel, Down at the Golden Coin, begins today at Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd! The first stop on the tour features an excerpt from the book, a Q & A session and a guest post on the topic of rejection in the publishing world written by moi. I hope you... Read more »
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Hostess Twinkies: Don’t Go!

Hostess Twinkies: Don’t Go!
It’s impossible for me to imagine life without Twinkies! I’m already craving them and I haven’t had one in over a year. (I am not pregnant!) And fruit pies. I’m craving Hostess Cherry fruit pies with that waxy sugar coating. Hostess Please don’t go! The Twinkie is a part of my life! My childhood! My... Read more »

Facebook's "Other" in-box: Do you know about it?

Facebook's "Other" in-box: Do you know about it?
This morning I just discovered an e-mailbox I didn’t know I had. It had 53 messages in it. A lot of them were important. No one should have to wake up this way. Ever. Thanks a lot, Facebook. I’m all for surprises, but who wants to be snuck up on by an unknown in-box? I... Read more »

"The Europe Club" When co-workers become like family

"The Europe Club" When co-workers become like family
A group of people I work with have become like family to me. I mean that in the nicest possible I love these guys kind of way and not in the Can you believe Uncle Ernie just poured gravy on the cat again kind of way. It’s a rare thing in my industry, at least... Read more »
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Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes, part 8: A 15K and some numb toes

Transitioning to Vibram Running Shoes, part 8: A 15K and some numb toes
Yesterday, I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K in Chicago and my goal was just to finish. I know! Not a lofty goal. I’ve been experiencing some numbness in the toes of my right foot (my plantar fasciitis foot) and didn’t know who was going to show up at the start line. Fortunately, my good toes... Read more »

Follow the Soldier

Follow the Soldier
After landing at O’Hare on Wednesday evening, we taxied the jet off the runway and turned to face Terminal 1, which looked like it was in a state of emergency. Several Crash/Fire/Rescue trucks and a bunch of airport police cars and ambulances surrounded it, with all their lights flashing. A large crowd of people stood... Read more »