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For me, getting tanked in a back alley is a "Big" deal

For me, getting tanked in a back alley is a "Big" deal
Some people garden. Some people cook. Some people sew. I stare at this goldfish. His name is “Big the Goldfish.” (“Big” for short.) Maybe it was post-election projection, but for weeks I thought my favorite goldfish seemed a little sad in his 10 gallon condo. Entire commutes of mine were spent daydreaming about a big, beautiful... Read more »

10 reasons Lena Dunham's "Girls" is still THE SHIT

10 reasons Lena Dunham's "Girls" is still THE SHIT
It’s season 5 of HBO’s Girls, and this might be the best season, yet. Here’s why, five years in, this show is still THE SHIT: (Spoiler alert: There are no Season 5 spoilers in the following list. But if you haven’t seen the previous seasons, well…what are you waiting for?) 1. The last ninety seconds... Read more »

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Could you please make a separate Facebook for all political discussions?

Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Could you please make a separate Facebook for all political discussions?
November 19, 2015 Dear Mark: First, let me start by saying “thank you” for giving Facebook to the world. (Boy, if you had asked me if I thought the shade of blue you chose would work, I would have said keep lookin.’ But  I guess that’s why you have “Created Facebook” on your college resume, and... Read more »
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Bring back the original Big Wheel! 5 classic toys destroyed by the modern age

Bring back the original Big Wheel! 5 classic toys destroyed by the modern age
We often say we want to give our kids the things we never had growing up, but in this case I want to give my son the EXACT THING I had growing up: The Big Wheel. My relationship with my Big Wheel is seriously one of the my most cherished memories from childhood. Oh my... Read more »

10 reasons I love taking selfies (and why you should, too)

10 reasons I love taking selfies (and why you should, too)
I’m THAT GIRL on your Facebook feed: the one posting all those $#%* selfies. I have a name for people like me: Selfie-Indulgents. (Oh, it’s not at all a derogatory term. Day spas have created a whole industry around the concept of indulging in the “self.”) I can only imagine the thoughts that go through... Read more »

Deepak THIS, Chopra: The Shame of Hating a Good Life

Deepak THIS, Chopra: The Shame of Hating a Good Life
I’ve got it all, y’all. A healthy son. A healthy body. Living parents. A decent wage in a field that helps my fellow man. Friends who like me. A sense of humor. A good hairdresser. A Toyota. And boy-oh-boy do I know my way around a gratitude, list! I can craft a step-by-step guide to... Read more »
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I'm back! (And if you didn't hate me before, you will after reading this list!)

I'm back! (And if you didn't hate me before, you will after reading this list!)
Hey, folks! I’m back from a self-imposed hiatus during which I focused my brain on the half-written novel that’s (still) lodged up in there. During my time away from ChicagoNow, my passive-aggressive, moody muse whispered a few thousand words in my ear, then slipped out the window while I was sleeping. (bitch) When I realized... Read more »

Anthropologie furniture ads recreated with the crap in my condo

Anthropologie furniture ads recreated with the crap in my condo
Let’s be clear: I am unapologetically riffin’ off of a Tumblr called Let’s Make Fun of: Anthropologie furniture. In my mind, it’s no coincidence that all of the pieces Liz Galveo featured are sold out: that piece ruled like a boss. I felt a call to action when I read this piece. But what to do?... Read more »

Old Single Mom is taking a little "staycation"

Old Single Mom is taking a little "staycation"
Hey, folks! I just want to say that my OSM blahhg is going on a little staycation. I’ll be absent from this space until about late June/early July. I’m calling it a staycation because I’m not really going anywhere. It’s entirely possible that I might even pop back in if a topic won’t take “no”... Read more »
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10 reasons Disney on Ice freaked my sh*t out

I say without a hint of snark that I think Disney is the best at what it does. Hands down. But last night, rink side…oy. To be fair, my discomfort wasn’t entirely Disney’s fault. (But #1 totally was.) Here goes: 1. My group couldn’t afford to see Frozen on Ice. It’s not a secret that... Read more »