Tag: good gifts

Thankful we averted a real-life disaster

Over the years, Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. Even though I put in the work of hosting each year, I love the food, the family and the football! Of course, it’s also the weekend we decorate for Christmas. For a couple of weeks now, I’ve seen people adding their Thankfulness posts on Facebook. It’s... Read more »

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me
Today I am officially 50 years old. FIFTY. I keep saying it to myself, hoping that I will eventually believe it. I know people who celebrate their birthdays in extravagant ways, or celebrate for more than one day. Growing up in a working class family, birthdays were celebrated, but it was a one day thing –... Read more »

Why I am thankful for the Plainfield woman in the silver Mercedes who nearly killed my husband

Why I am thankful for the Plainfield woman in the silver Mercedes who nearly killed my husband
First, I want to say that I adore my husband, and I do NOT want him dead. That being said, I am still thankful for the woman that nearly killed him yesterday, and this post will explain why. My husband is an avid angler. Translation? He loves to go fishing. We worked very hard most... Read more »
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Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?

Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?
My husband does the shopping now that he’s retired, and I work full-time. We do most of our shopping at Aldi, but today was a Jewel run. In order for me to have a night off from cooking dinner, he “made dinner” and bought a fried chicken for $5.99. It’s normally, $6.99, but today is dollar-off... Read more »

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream: I cannot believe how delicious it is

Ben & Jerry's non-dairy ice cream: I cannot believe how delicious it is
Ben & Jerry’s has delicious ice cream. I really like ice cream, but due to my whey protein intolerance, I’ve stayed away from it for years. On the rare occasion I chose to eat it, I paid a torturous gastric price. After a few too many embarrassing toots, and a few too many mad dashes... Read more »

Why I prefer the road less traveled

Why I prefer the road less traveled
Robert Frost wrote a poem entitled The Road Not Taken. It is my favorite poem of all time and a mantra I’ve lived my entire life. Tonight, being Blogapalooza, our topic for this one-hour exercise is to write about “the road less traveled by and how that made all the difference.” My mom first introduced... Read more »
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People's appreciation for the beauty of classical music is dying

Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. That means at 9 pm we are given a topic to write about, and we have one hour to write, edit and publish. We are to write about something we find beautiful that we think others may not understand. My thoughts immediately went to classical music and how I... Read more »

Why I am saying yes to less

Why I am saying yes to less
Yes to less – this is my motto for 2016. Less stuff. Less commitments. Less is more. Why am I saying yes to less? Three reasons: Time Energy Commitment When I say yes to too many things and too much stuff, my time and energy are spread too thinly, and I do not give my... Read more »

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza. We are given a topic at 9pm, then we write, edit, tweak and publish straight up at 10pm. Our topic for tonight is: “Write about a habit or routine of yours that you would either like to break or that you hope never ends.” I have several habits I would like... Read more »
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Trichotillomania: Her incredibly powerful poetry

Trichotillomania: Her incredibly powerful poetry
One thing I try to do to support my oldest child – the one that suffers from Trichotillomania – is encourage her creative side. This 13 year old girl who suffers from anxiety and compulsive hair-pulling is scary-good creative. She had to write poetry for her Accelerated Language Arts class, and the result is incredibly... Read more »