Archive for June 2014

A goodbye letter to my childhood home

This post was written as part of the monthly ChicagoNow Blogapalooza challenge. Blogger are given a topic and 9 PM and have one hour to write. Post due at 10 PM. Topic? Write a love letter to something, not a person, a thing. This is what I ripped out in an hour. Dear Old House,... Read more »

De-weaponizing the word geek: An interview with Geek Girl Chicago

If I could go back in time and do some things differently in my 20’s, I’d find Lauren Faits and beg her to be my best friend. She is, in a word, phenomenal. You can read her blog here on ChicagoNow – Geek Girl Chicago. You want to read it. It will make you powerful... Read more »

Early Christmas shopping at Bass Pro Shop

I'm exercising my first amendment right to remind a motherfucker that nobody wants to infringe on your rights. But personally, I just don't want my kid's brains blown out while they are learning their ABC's, yo, so whatever. This is not on my list. NO.
My husband wanted to have dinner at Bass Pro Shop for Father’s Day. YEAH! He is a wonderful dad and deserves to be celebrated with fudge and fish  and general tomfoolery. These things abound at Bass Pro Shop, because Bass Pro Shop has a gift shop! The place gives me the happy, nervous, funny feels,... Read more »

Make this Father's Day one you will not regret

A good friend of mine will be spending Father’s Day with her dad for the last time. He is dying. She recently asked me if I had any regrets or if I would have done anything different during my father’s last days. I was happy to tell her that I wouldn’t have done a goddamn... Read more »

When did summer vacation stop being about doing nothing and all about always doing something?

When did summer vacation stop being about doing nothing and all about always doing something? I’m fucking serious. We have always had low key summer vacations, yet my kids seem to think that everyday should be jam packed with super-fun activities. WHAT THE SHIT? I have a love/hate relationship with summer vacation. In short, there... Read more »

How to find a literary agent in 10 simple steps

Getting a literary agent is really a simple process. People ask me all the time how I got literary representation. My story isn’t typical, but I do know how it’s usually done. The truth is that you just have to be a ballsy sort who can do what it takes, you know, because none of... Read more »

Don't you DARE call my breakfast white trash! Food racism - is this even a thing?

Food racism. Is that even a thing? You know, sort of like how some people say that Throw Back Thursday, when people post old pictures, isn’t a real thing. I don’t know! I do know that I posted this photo on Facebook Scrambled eggs and fried hot dogs! And a friend made a comment about... Read more »