Category: Holidays

2022's First Lesson: Set an Alarm

“The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be.” I’m only 37, so I’m still able to do almost everything I could when I was 22, with a few notable exceptions: using the phone without the speaker function, drinking more than a glass of wine without a hangover, and sleeping in past 8am…or... Read more »

O, Canada! Updates from up north: Life umbrellas, cross-country Canada, & the gift-wrapping Grinch

It’s been a long time, been a long time, been a long lonely lonely lonely time… since I did a life update blog post that is!  The last one was back in June, and so much has happened since then that it makes the ol’ noggin spin.  So let’s get on with the show, eh?... Read more »

Two Days of Tudor History Around London

In case you haven’t noticed from my flurry of blog activity in December, Elliot and I aren’t exactly the best at “spreading out our weekend trips”.  Because of the awesome flight deals and friends in Europe, we were out of London for the majority of September and November.  It’s super fun, and I’m by no... Read more »
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Christmas Songs That Make Me Want to Stuff My Ears with Coal

It’s the holiday season! A time of good will, broken family-treasured ornaments, and Mariah Carey actually being tolerable.  No doubt you’ve been inundated with carols playing everywhere you go, and if you’re like me, you probably have your favorites.  After all, who doesn’t love a good Bing-a-ling ‘White Christmas‘??? But for all the fantastic Christmas songs out there, there are... Read more »

London Life Updates: Brexit, Barbecues, and Rugby 7's Bacchanalia

It’s been a hella long time since I’ve blogged some updates, and I swear I have a good excuse.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been contracted to write a Religious and Moral Education curriculum ::Pause for you to compose yourself after laughing uncontrollably:: for a school in Sierra Leone.  The school hires teachers... Read more »

Sexy Chicago-Style Halloween Costumes Part 2

Sexy Chicago-Style Halloween Costumes Part 2
Another year has passed, and one of my favorite holidays is just around the corner.  With the forthcoming arrival of Halloween, it’s time to turn your attention to deciding upon a Halloween costume.  For many folks, that costume needs to be the perfect combination of clever, cute, and trampy; or, as I like to call... Read more »
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The Year That I Ruined Christmas

The Year That I Ruined Christmas
1999.  Not only was it the year that the world partied like it, it was also the precious time when I was a year away from driving and rocking some chunky highlights.  According to Thrillist, those bad boys cemented my reputation as being someone from Orland Park.  Y2K = Youth 2 Kewl.  The 1999-2000 school year... Read more »

My 12 Weeks of Fantasy (To the Tune of the 12 Days of Christmas)

My 12 Weeks of Fantasy (To the Tune of the 12 Days of Christmas)
Now that we’re in Week 13 of Fantasy Football, and I’ve cinched a playoff spot in one of my two leagues, I figured it was a good time to reflect on my team’s performance thus far.  As with any fantasy team, there have beens highs, lows, and “What the hell??!! How can this guy not... Read more »