Tag: good gifts

Why I refuse to feel guilty for being an imperfect mom

Why I refuse to feel guilty for being an imperfect mom
Today was the first day of the 2015-16 school year, and I forgot to take my girls’ pictures. I remembered as I backed out of the driveway on my way to work and saw my neighbor outside with her girls taking pictures. I’m grateful she snapped one of mine, too. Even so, I refuse to... Read more »

30th High School Reunion: Who are all these old people?

30th High School Reunion: Who are all these old people?
Thirty years. It’s hard to believe that I graduated from high school thirty years ago. Last Saturday was my 30th high school reunion, and after¬†getting comfortable in my own skin, I decided to attend. The drive took about an hour. I was consumed with thoughts and scenarios about the night and how things would unfold.... Read more »

Getting comfortable in my own skin before my 30th high school reunion

Getting comfortable in my own skin before my 30th high school reunion
It’s only 3 weeks until my 30th high school reunion. 30 years! It doesn’t seem possible. It doesn’t seem possible that I’m nearing 48 years old. It doesn’t seem possible that a small group of us managed to make it from kindergarten through high school together and remain friends today. It doesn’t seem possible that... Read more »
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Why being good at smiling makes my life great

Why being good at smiling makes my life great
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s blogapalooza. We receive a topic at 9 pm – we must write, edit and publish straight up at 10 pm. It’s great fun, it’s challenging, and I’ve only missed a couple of them. Tonight’s challenge is:¬†“Without trying to be humble, write about something you’re really good at.” I am really good at... Read more »

What my tomorrow looks like

Tomorrow is always just a breath away, but I know what my tomorrow looks like. I get to sleep in tomorrow. Blissful, restful sleep with no alarm clock to scream at me, “GET UP! GET UP!” Tomorrow is filled with food I can eat, but don’t have to cook. It will be very easy for... Read more »

Trichotillomania: More reasons why a great stylist is so important

Trichotillomania: More reasons why a great stylist is so important
Yesterday, a rainy, dreary Saturday, I found another reason why a great stylist is so important in helping my oldest walk through life with trichotillomania (trich for short). According to the Mayo Clinic: Trichotillomania (trik-o-til-o-MAY-nee-uh) is a disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of... Read more »
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Trichotillomania: My girl's artwork made the middle school art show

Her early work - a wolf in the desert
I’ve been telling my oldest’s story for about 18 months. She is nearly 13 years old, and because of an impulse control disorder called trichotillomania, she has pulled out most of her hair. Instilling confidence in her, in spite of the trich, takes effort from me and all the important people in her life. So,... Read more »

Why I won't be at your home party demonstration

You know what I’m talking about…that dreaded “invitation” to a home party demonstration. It used to be just Tupperware, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Avon, then along came Celebrating Home, Party Lite and Pampered Chef. Now, there’s Thirty-One, Origami Owl, lingerie, jewelry and naughty “adults only” parties in addition to all those others. Sorry ladies, but... Read more »

Trichotillomania: Just try bullying my girl

Trichotillomania: Just try bullying my girl
From previous blog posts, you may know that my oldest has trichotillomania. Trich is an impulse control disorder (ICD) where an individual pulls out her hair, most of the time without even realizing she is doing it. Both girls and boys suffer from this ICD, but it is more often found in girls. If you’d... Read more »
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I purchased my first smartphone today and I already hate it

I purchased my first smartphone today and I already hate it
It’s true. Ask my friends and family. I bought my very first smartphone today and I already hate it. There’s nothing wrong with the phone. It’s a “certified pre-owned” iPhone 4s, 16G with a pay-as-I-go plan. I’m extremely frugal, so the price of a brand new phone about gave me a rash, or a heart... Read more »