Category: Things to Do

Fundraiser Details Set For Local Ironman Athlete Battling Cancer

As I’ve discussed previously, local athlete Kristin McQueen, 33, has been battling cancer for almost nine years. Her response to the disease – and a range of unusual and debilitating side effects – has been to complete six Ironman competitions and countless marathons, triathlons and other races… raising over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society... Read more »

Favorite Highlights from C2E2

Now that I’ve covered how weird people are around John Cusack, here are a few of my favorite highlights from Sunday at C2E2. First, C2E2 is worth visiting for the people watching alone. Dressing in costume is not uncommon, whether it be as a zombie, superhero, storm trooper or any other favorite character. Anything goes.... Read more »

John Cusack Talks The Raven at C2E2. Or, Fans Are Freaks.

On Sunday, I trekked down to McCormick place for C2E2. It was my second year at the event and I have to say – I wish I’d been able to get out there for Friday’s and Saturday’s panels and features. The event seems to have grown exponentially from last year’s line-up and there was no... Read more »

Celebrate 100 Years of Girl Scouts Today

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. An organization that started in 1912 with a small group of girls in Savannah, Georgia, has grown to an amazing membership of over 3.2 million today, with over 50 million alumnae. As a former Girl Scout, I have first hand experience with the positive impact of this... Read more »

Survival Tactic: Work Widow Dinners

The kids are going through a bit of a phase right now, grumpy, melting down, not sleeping well and often leaving me staring longingly at the car outside – the one that doesn’t have car seats. I can attribute the problems to a myriad of reasons, but let’s face it. A lot of it is... Read more »

I May Try A Life Coach, But I Refuse To Become Zen

Cartoon credit: Mark Stivers In a couple of weeks, I am starting a series of group workshops with… A life coach. I have to be honest: I have not historically put a lot of stock into this profession. In my working days, I saw a number of colleagues who, frankly, weren’t hacking it, suddenly decide... Read more »

Is Your Kid The Cutest In North America? Join The Fun And Help A Good Cause

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is an organization of volunteer photographers who provide the gift of free remembrance sessions to families suffering the loss of a baby. The primary fundraiser for NILMDTS is the 2012 Charity Model Search for North America’s Cutest Kid. The event is run by Sandy Puc, co-founder of NILMDTS.... Read more »

Why A Girl Petrified of Weightlifting Tried CrossFit

Last week, I tried CrossFit. And I’ll do it again. I should tell you that have not lifted weights since high school gym class, and that was a long, long time ago. Sure, I’ve picked up the occasional hand weight while rockin’ out to a workout DVD, but I’m talking real weights – ones that... Read more »

New Year, New Blog: Resolutions To Change My Plight

Some time ago, I pitched a blog to the ChicagoNow network. It was to cover my adventures with my kids as we tried to find a taste of the city around the ‘burbs, while still exploring the city. Or something like that. After the proposal was accepted, I cheered and jumped and maybe even let... Read more »

Players Indoor Sports Saved My Life... Or At Least My Sanity

When my son was born, my daughter was 20 months old. I’d had my daughter actively enrolled in a number of classes since she was 4 months old for fun, to engage her, for socialization – and let’s face it, to keep me sane as a stay at home mom, too. So when Austin came... Read more »