Archive for September 2013

My Healthcare Journey Before Obamacare

Being uninsured sucks. It sucks even more when you are in your mid forties and unemployed. Yet, as we’ve all been told, in order to remain healthy you have to have your yearly exams—preventative maintenance for your body.  A tune up so to speak. In case you didn’t know, unemployment = COBRA.  COBRA = Expensive... Read more »

The Unemployed, The Uninsured and Obamacare

Obamacare, or the Affordable Health Care Act, starts enrollment tomorrow. Depending on your particular unemployment situation there are several options that you may be able to choose from, but for the purposes of this post I’m focusing on single unemployed people with no dependents that live in Illinois. In short—me. Related posts Unemployed, Uninsured &... Read more »

Sir, Stop Hitting On My Boyfriend

Sunday I had the rare pleasure of spending time with my boyfriend. He works a great deal, so it’s rare that we actually get to spend time with each other on the weekends much less the luxury of watching a Bears game together. We went to a local bar a few blocks from his house.... Read more »

Unemployment Stories: Why I Don't Go To Food Pantries

Yesterday, a friend and I were discussing the proposed cuts to the SNAP program passed by the House of Representatives a few days ago. During our conversation she commented that a new food pantry had opened in Uptown and attracted a sizable crowd on its first day.  She later went on to say that in... Read more »

Caught By The Grammar Police

Dear Lisa Boucher Cabral, Thank you for serving as the grammar police and catching the errors in my last post. One of the hazards of putting your thoughts and opinions out for the world to see is that you open yourself up to scrutiny.  It’s part of the process that I fully embrace; mostly because... Read more »

Now I Know Why Moms Drink And Swear

Raising children can be hard work and endless self sacrifice. Which is exactly why I don’t do it. Nonetheless, understand two things about me:  The first is that I know what you parents are doing is hard work—I truly (somewhat) get it.  The second is that despite my understanding of how challenging it is to... Read more »

A Pregnant Cat, Cute Kittens & Cluelessness: The Backstory

I tend to get a little self absorbed when I’m job hunting. Even more so when I’m actually interviewing. When my downstairs neighbor told me about the kittens last week you could of knocked me over with a feather. I had been feeding Mama cat for months and mistakenly thought that she was a he. ... Read more »