Category: Life's Lessons

Such a proud momma...I NEVER imagined we would get here!

To those of you who know me, either personally or through my blog, you will know that my husband, Martin, and I struggled for years with our adopted son, E, who just turned 15. When I say “struggle,” that is one helluva understatement. Our beautiful house that we bought just 5 short years ago looks... Read more »

Fair weathered friend

Do you have a “friend” that you thought when you met him or her that you would be life long friends but it didn’t exactly turn out that way? Yeah. I do and I ran into her yesterday and got the usual response from her; we chatted for about 5 minutes…I probably haven’t seen her... Read more »

Saying goodbye to an old friend Part 2

This is the 2nd part of our car dying, car buying story. If you haven’t read Part 1, here’s the link. My husband and I looked at each other. Now what the fuck do we do? We’re stuck at Carmax with no way home. I guess we’ll have to buy a car. So, we went... Read more »

Saying goodbye to an old friend

I vowed I would never panic buy a car again. In fact, in order to avoid that, I pumped thousands of dollars into my 1999 Tan Ford Escort Wagon, the car that I had been driving for the past 12 years. I have systemically replaced this car piece by piece over the past 5 years,... Read more »

A lemon that thought it was a tankless water heater

After almost a quarter century of being renters, we finally bought our first house in September, 2010. Now, almost 5 years later, I am realizing what a double edged sword this purchase has turned out to be. On the one hand, we are building up equity and our mortgage is a fixed amount every month,... Read more »

It's National Infertility Awareness Week; our journey to parenting through adoption

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week and those of you currently going through this heartbreaking ordeal need to know that you are not alone. Our roller coaster ride of infertility is now a distant memory since at the end it, we were able to adopt a beautiful baby boy in 2000. We had 18... Read more »

How I recently taught my old geezer husband how to use a computer

Apparently, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks…although it takes a very long time and a shitload of patience. My husband, Martin, a very smart, funny, talented, yet shy man has avoided using a computer…until a few months ago. Hell, he could barely use his cellphone…or email. The good thing about having his smart... Read more »

I refuse to work for less than I am worth

As many of you know, my “day job” is that of a traveling massage therapist. Not easy, especially when there is a polar vortex mixed with 19 inches of snow. I actually injured myself a few months ago schlepping my massage table through the snow because the parking spots in front of my client’s house... Read more »

Hair raising tales of a massage therapist

Here I am providing chair massage to participants of the 2014 Portage Park 5K Run. I am in charge of organizing the massage tent. As many of you know, my day job is that of a licensed massage therapist. That is a subject that I don’t often blog about, but the events of the past... Read more »

Parental Oversharing: How much is too much?

As many of you know, I have a 14 year old adopted son whom we adopted when he was 2 days old. As a result of the trauma of being adopted, he has displayed many behaviors that have caused our family unit a great deal of stress. Now, there’s an understatement. Over the years, I... Read more »