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2016 - the year I won't begin my US presidential campaign

Before some of you get a little sniffy and say it’s a bit late to be thinking about 2016 resolutions, the beloved daughter has just returned to university, the house and the fridge are both empty, so officially my new year has just started. And here’s what I plan to do. 1. Take the Christmas... Read more »

What kind of message is that to send our girls out unprotected?

As a mother, I’m appalled. What message is that to send a girl out there unprotected? After so many years of chanting as they leave – ‘you might need it later’, ‘you’ll catch something otherwise’, or ‘better safe than sorry.’ I am, of course, talking about the Great Hatless Scandal of 2016 (be it, only... Read more »

10 gifts for the Chicago lover in your life

Chicago Skyline Thong - a skyline worthy of  adorning any bikini line. The perfect Chicago present for Grandma. From <a href=",1309967805">CafePress.</a>
You may have family living away from home and missing Chicago dearly. You may, like me, be living away from home in Chicago and need to stock up on some Windy City goodies before you head back for the holidays. Either way, here are my top 10 Chicago-themed gifts for this year, chosen to be... Read more »

Bikinis and leafpiles? No way November

I saw a bikini on the beach this week. And it wasn’t just lying discarded on the sand, there was actually someone lying in it, thanks to the Indian summer we’ve been enjoying. Meanwhile I’ve just swept up 6 huge bags of leaves from the backyard. Here are a few other things I’ve not expected... Read more »

Could the Marathon have been a better international advertisement for Chicago?

You’ve probably just had your best moment in the sun this year Chicago. Your marathon was a stunner – yes, perhaps a little warm for those heading towards the finish line in the middle of the day. But the photos, the video footage that will be shown again and again on screens across the world... Read more »

To all overseas visitors heading to the Chicago Marathon

I’m no runner but I’ve just started finding my feet in Chicago after moving here over two years ago. So if you’re from overseas and are on your way to this Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, here are my very tongue-in-cheek (ie Irish) suggestions for all those necessary pre-event preparations. For a short, intense work-out – Forget... Read more »

10 signs of Chicago 'Fallification'

It’s hard to believe earlier this week we were in shorts, T-shirts and flipflops. I was warned the seasons changed quickly in Chicago but I didn’t imagine temperature-wise, it would be from one day to the next. Especially when nothing happened on September 23, the Autumnal Equinox. I know we’ll probably have a few more... Read more »

How to catch glimpses of Hawaii from Chicago

We’ve just ticked off one huge item in our ‘Things to do while living in the US’ bucket list – we visited Hawaii. Needless to say attempts were made by some to stand up using wooden boards on white, frothy stuff in the water. I’m not calling it surfing because it certainly wasn’t. But we... Read more »

What does your Chicago sound like?

Something happened this week which made me realise it’s not just certain sights you associate with a particular city – it’s sounds as well. So here’s my Chicago ‘Top 10’. The pronounciation of ‘Devon’ and ‘Goethe’ by Mr CTA on the bus –  now sealed in my auditory memory as ‘Ger-te’ and ‘De-vonne’, thanks to voiceover... Read more »

Getting it right in the bedroom - the temperature, I mean

I expected to have to learn how to layer up when I moved to Chicago, thanks to all the winter horror stories. I didn’t expect to have to learn how to layer down in the bedroom during the summer. And I’d like to clarify here that I mean my bedding as opposed to my bedwear.... Read more »