Archive for February 2014

Floral Arrangement for the Grieving Mom

So yesterday I went to a workshop on floral arrangement.  I mused on the way over that with today’s social media environment and daily battles in the mom wars selling books and magazines and page views, a gal with a graduate degree taking a flower arranging workshop on a Thursday morning had morphed into a... Read more »

Donna Day 2014: A Tale of Two Cities

A couple of weeks ago I brought my son and his friend to see the Lego movie on opening weekend.  He was stoked and I was reflective. Imagine that, me being reflective . . . See, I couldn’t stop thinking about a virtual friend I have, a fellow Cancer Mom, who was generous enough to... Read more »

What I Learned About Parenting from Last Night's Dinner Fail

I pretty much put dinner on the table Monday through Friday.  On the weekends, I don’t worry about it too much.  There’s leftovers and Mary Tyler Dad is around to help “man” the kitchen.  Last night was one of those infrequent nights that we cooked dinner together.  Aside from me not having showered all weekend,... Read more »

The Dark Window

Yesterday our next door neighbors moved.  Not far — just about six blocks away, but still, they moved.  And this makes me sad.  Sigh.  Wah.  Sigh. The move for them is a fantastic thing.  I get that and am so happy for them.  There is a great school just a few doors down from their... Read more »

Requiem for the Wedding Sheets, Ode to a Marriage

My husband left for a four day business trip today.  That always makes me feel reflective and anxious — I imagine him not coming home, that some terrible destiny awaits him in Oklahoma or Nevada or Minnesota or wherever his travels take him.  I imagine life without him, how empty and sad and terribly, terribly... Read more »

Suburban Bliss

This post is part of The Social Butterfly Mom‘s Validate Thy Neighbor series — an awesome and amazing campaign by a fellow ChicagoNow blogger.  #vtn is a way of using empathy to better understand people who have made different choices or have disagreements, by writing a post that embraces a choice or practice you yourself have not... Read more »

Lego Movie Review: Fun for the Kids, Smart for the Parents

Everything is AWESOME!! I won some mom points this weekend and took Mary Tyler Son and our neighbor to the Lego Movie.  As other movie reviews suggested, it really was awesome.  The five and six year olds like it and so did all the moms and dads in the audience.  Best, was that I think... Read more »

Why I'll Be Watching the Olympics with My Kids

It’s not very PC, this Sochi Olympics, is it?  The Russians hate the gays and don’t believe in adequate housing for journalists and have dangerous “face water” coming out of their sinks and are killing stray dogs, so we hate the Russian hosted Olympiad, or something like that. Not me. I love the Olympics.  Not... Read more »

An Invitation to the Cancer Party

Yo, yo, yo!  It’s World Cancer Day!  And you’re all invited!  Woot woot!  Are you ready to party?!  I hope so, cause this is an invitation you can’t decline. Maybe your invitation hasn’t arrived yet.  No worries, it will.  It absolutely will.  Maybe you will never get your name on the cancer party envelope, but... Read more »