Archive for June, 2011

Sleep More, Fight Less

Sleeping with someone else can be hard. I’m not talking about “sleeping” but actual sleep: snoring, REM-cycle, drool rolling out of the corner of your open mouth sort of sleep. Last week I stayed up late finishing a project for work, crawling into bed at 12:30. Then Maggie woke at 2, Sam at 3, and more »

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This is Great Papa, with Sam. Great Papa is almost 100 years old. In his lifetime, the Cubs have never won a World Series. Despite this, Wrigley Field is packed out every sunny summer day. Cubs fans have cornered the market on loyalty (and consumption of Old Style, but that’s a topic for a different more »

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Your Personal Top 10

One of the great joys of blog writing is that occasionally someone responds with a comment, critique, or suggestion. It makes me feel important in a “when I grow up I want to be a professional writer” sort of way. As such, I was delighted last week when a friend sent along a link to more »

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Our Father’s Day plans fell apart yesterday when our 18-month old daughter ended up in the ER with a broken leg. (For those of you who are curious as to how Maggie sustained this injury, and her current well-being … see the bottom of this post. I’ll spare the rest of you the details.) This more »

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By now, everyone is probably fairly familiar with Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s alleged exploits at a swanky New York hotel. But when “The Daily Show” punch lines stopped and France’s indignation waned, Newsweek swept in with an exclusive poll documenting that “Many married men expect sex along with their room service.” Find the article here:http://www.newsweek.com/2011/06/05/hotel-confidential.html If you’re more »

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The summer before Amber and I got married, I got a temporary job cold calling offices about their photocopier leases. Yes, it was painful. But you know what was even more painful than the work itself? That would be the commute. While I was initially planning to work in downtown Chicago, I ended up commuting more »

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The best “I need to baby-proof” story I’ve ever heard comes from a friend-of-a-friend who left her two year-old son playing quietly in the living room to quickly take something out to the garage. She returned a few minutes later to discover he had crawled to the kitchen, pulled a chair over to the counter, more »

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I’m not at my best in hot weather. This is what I’ve been telling myself for the last 48 hours, to offer some explanation as to why, at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning while riding a crowded blue line train, I grew so frustrated at a conversation (about our upcoming vacation, no less) that I more »

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The other night I met two dear friends at a theater (with air conditioning!) to watch Bridesmaids. (Side note: it’s vulgar, and hilarious, and you totally have to see it. Unless you’re the type that’s offended by things that are vulgar. Or hilarious.) We split a bag of popcorn and shared a pack of Kleenex more »

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If you enjoy squirming while reading for leisure, you should check out Mary Roach’s book Bonk. As the title suggests, it’s about sex. More particularly, it’s about the science of learning about sex. And while I can say it’s a real page turner, it’s also one of those books that leaves you turning the pages more »

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