Tag: living well

I ran away from my husband, kids and job, and I'm not sorry

I’m exhausted. Between working 45-50 hours per week, taking classes for CEU’s to maintain my human resources certifications, making time for my husband and my kids, and a variety of other time sponges, I am spent. There’s nothing left in the tank to give. So, I ran away from my husband, kids and job, and... Read more »

Appreciation is everything

I really love being a writer, but writing takes time, effort and focus – all attributes that have been in short supply for me lately. Over the last five months, I’ve been working long hours and going to school. Now, I’m working long hours and studying for my certification tests in May.  What am I getting... Read more »

Responding to my Facebook comments troll and the irony of it all

Responding to my Facebook comments troll and the irony of it all
Never ever ever have I responded to a comments troll, but this time I feel compelled to. Not because he’s worthy of a response, but because the response I started to write and the post I started to write them on made the entire situation ironically funny! On July 6th, 2016, I wrote a blog... 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 »

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack

The spider that caused screaming, running and a panic attack
Life around our house is never dull, but this particular August evening was especially memorable. As the newly appointed office manager at work, I work long hours, while my husband, now retired, takes care of the kids, the dogs and the house. However, we all like to eat, so I do the cooking. When I... Read more »

5 reasons why I hate Facebook

5 reasons why I hate Facebook
After seven years of using you, Facebook, I have come to the conclusion that I hate you. You are the reason I’ve struggled to write my blog over the last several weeks. With all your political clap-trap, social rants, perfect people/family posts, I’ve about reached my limit. Every time I open you, Facebook, I feel... Read more »
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Why I avoid breaking the rules

Why I avoid breaking the rules
Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. We’re given a topic at 9 pm, and we have one hour to write, edit and click “publish”. Our topic tonight is: “Since rules are made to be broken, write about rules you routinely break or want to break” Nope, nope, nope. I confess to NOTHING. You see, I have... 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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8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast
Last Friday, I left work around noon and headed out of town to spend the weekend writing my novel at a 120 year old Victorian bed and breakfast. I love restored old houses. This one, however, could use some TLC; wood flooring in need of refinishing, threadbare carpets, dilapidated and non-functional windows, peeling ceiling paint,... Read more »