Category: Holidays

It's time to separate Trick-O-Treat from Halloween

Two years ago,  I wrote about my well documented desire to move Halloween to a potentially better weather day in October.  I’ve argued that it is time to embrace the practicality of celebrating this holiday on a day other than the last day of October because it is almost always too cold in most parts of the country for an... Read more »

Things everyone should do for Thanksgiving once in their lives

Thanksgiving is once again upon us.  If you live in the USA you celebrate on the 4th Thursday unlike our more sensible neighbors to the North.  In the US, the holiday is meant to commemorate an event that took place when English colonists held a feast to thank Native Americans for helping them start new... Read more »

Can we move Halloween already?

Last week was unseasonably warm for October; Sunny and temperatures in the 70s, even 80s.  But this week is more season appropriate and on Halloween the expected forecast is 50s and maybe even rainy.  It is time to embrace the practicality of celebrating this holiday on a day other than the last day of October.... Read more »
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Father's Day finally has some meaning in my life

Today is Father’s Day and I get to partake in it, as much or as little as I want.  Father’s Day never really meant much to me, especially when I was a child.  My father was not a part of my life and that’s just how it was.  It wasn’t really that odd when I... Read more »

Memorial Day: You celebrate it your way, I'll celebrate it my way

While scrolling through FB on Monday I saw a post by a former CN blogger asking Chicago-area peeps to share their “Mem day photos, especially if they were going to a memorial and/or parade.  We are looking for some for TV.”  She left the glamorous life of CN blogger to work the more glamorous and... Read more »

2015 Year in Review: half-assed edition

Every December I think about writing a year in review post but I always forget things that happened in the early part of the year (and by early I mean Jan-early Nov because, old age). This year I tried to keep a notepad file chronicling events as they occurred.  Unfortunately, while that was an improvement... Read more »
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Why all the hate for the Holiday Newsletter?

Back in the days before social media, there was this animal called the Holiday Newsletter. The basic concept was innocuous enough.  Hello dear old friend.  I’m terrible at keeping in touch throughout the year so here is my annual attempt and reaching out and bringing you up to speed on what’s going on in my... Read more »

Don't Overthink the New Starbucks Red Cup Design

If my Facebook feed is any indication, certain groups are up in arms about the new look for Starbuck’s Holiday cups.  A friend linked to a Buzzfeed piece that reads more like an Onion article.  “The Starbucks coffee cup change smells more of political correctness than a consumer-led change,” British conservative MP David Burrowes told... Read more »

8 sexy, not slutty Halloween costumes for ladies

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<strong>Who: </strong> Lily Adams -- AT&T Mobile (IRL: Milana Vayntrub) <br><br>
<strong>Why She's Sexy:</strong>  Lily represents purity meets opportunity.  She's your high school girlfriend who came up to visit you at college.  
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What you need to make the Costume work</strong>:  a casual blue button down shirt, preferably denim.  Add a name tag, an ATT logo and put your hair up in a <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/hair/tools-techniques/ponytail-hairstyles/ad?slide=4" target="_blank">Sidewinder ponytail</a> and you are good to go.
Note:  This post is a work-in-progress.   I’m publishing to meet a deadline but please check back for updates. Halloween is my favorite holiday and it’s just around the corner.  As a kid, I loved it because free candy and Haunted Houses.  As an adult, I loved it because it was the one time a... Read more »
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Father's Day never meant much to me

Father’s Day never really meant much to me, especially when I was a child.  I have a few memories of my dad, none of them very good. My dad was an Absent Father, which is the politically correct term for not wanting to have Any-Fucking-Thing  to do with his offspring. One time when I was... Read more »