Tag: moving

United Airlines isn't as horrible as what you read in the news

It’s almost becoming cliche to say the friendly skies of United Airlines seem not-so-friendly lately. It all started with the passengers flying as pass riders who were kicked off for wearing leggings which apparently is outside of United’s employee attire policy. Of course that video of the doctor being dragged off a United Express flight by... Read more »

A college reunion and twenty years of change, processed through the light of the sunset

I just wrapped up a trip back home to New York to attend my college reunion, among other things. In the 4 days I was there I drove hundreds of miles mainly through the hills and valleys of New York but I covered way more emotional terrain than I ever expected. I am not really... Read more »

Selling a not-so-fresh smelling house? Try these quick and easy tricks before your showings

1. Swiffer Wet Jet, lavender vanilla scent. This was my favorite go-to trick and the best part is you don't have to sweep each floor in its entirety. Right before you leave the house, just give a few squirts on the floor nearest your entrances and swiff away. The scent is very pleasant and not overpowering at all, it hangs lightly in the air.
Based on all the new “For Sale” signs I see popping up in the neighborhood, it looks like we are heading into prime real estate selling season. It reminds me of when we listed our New York City area home nearly two years ago. I do think one of the keys to success to our... Read more »

Throwing a Super Bowl party is proof I am settling into my new home

Earlier this evening I did something I have never done in my 41 years. My husband and I threw a Super Bowl party. Now, we bought a house with a bar. I think even the MLS listing had a description to the effect of, “Love Super Bowl? Then this is your house!” So, sure, we... Read more »

My aversion to Chicago pizza has nothing to do with being from New York

Now that I have lived here almost a year and a half, the question I am asked most often after, “Do you like it here?” the answer to which is an emphatic yes, is, “Which do you like better, Chicago pizza or New York pizza?” I have to say it’s New York style. You know,... Read more »

Mammogram callbacks like mine happen year round, not just in October

Unless you live in a cave, you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can’t walk more than a couple of blocks or click more than twice without bumping into a pink ribbon. Even the shopping bag I got after buying my son new sneakers the other day was adorned with pretty pink... Read more »

Enough with pumpkin spice flavored everything in August

Today is August 30. Technically it’s still summer. In fact, it isn’t even Labor Day yet. I can still wear white pants or skirts according to the fashion police, etiquette protocol or whoever dictates these things. The summer date on the calendar hasn’t stopped the food companies from rolling out the fall foods. We’re having... Read more »

What is your tornado preparedness plan?

On Tuesday we had an unexpected outbreak of severe weather here in Chicagoland. Sometimes we are fortunate to get a couple of days heads up but then again, it is the weather so you really never know when or where these storms will strike. I have been lucky so far this year during these severe... Read more »

I'm 41 going on 14, making new friends all over again

It’s back to school time for my kids. My daughter will be going to preschool for the first time and my son will start second grade at a new school. They get to press the reset button and everything will be new once again: teachers, routines, friends. Same for me. I feel like I am... Read more »

One year ago today

One year ago today I proudly started calling Chicagoland my home. Putting all the belongings accumulated by a growing family for over 10 years into a moving truck longer than most city blocks and transporting them 1000 miles certainly complicated things. Because of that, our move happened in two stages. Once everything, including my car,... Read more »