I Need My Own Bathroom. The Struggle Is Real.

When we first bought our house, I remember thinking it was so big. We had closets that were barren. We had entire bedrooms that were uninhibited. I didn't know what to do with all of that unoccupied territory. Now I look around that exact same space and feel claustrophobic. Sometimes I can't even breathe. There's no room. There's crap everywhere (sometimes literally). There are people everywhere. Many of whom I don't even know. I lie in bed at night dreaming of a bigger house. Having space for everything. And everyone.…

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There Will Always Be Something About Mary

This post was originally published on April 9, 2015. It's so hard to believe that another year has gone by without Mary. It's so important to me to keep her memory alive. Please read and share as a reminder to everyone just how precious life is. And share Mary's message, that it indeed goes on. One year ago today my cousin Mary died. It was a huge blow to all that knew her. She was a beloved fiance, amazing daughter, cherished sister, sincere friend, insanely talented teacher, loving niece and…

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Going to the ER is Painful. Even When You’re Not the Patient.

I really don't know where to begin with this one. On Friday night my Aunt Batsy called me to tell me she fell. She just had one knee replaced and was coming home from therapy. It was the bad knee that still needs to be replaced that gave out and caused the fall. She said her ankle was swollen and she was in pain. I immediately sent a group text to all of the parties involved. When we got to her house, she acted surprised to see us. She asked…

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What to Really Expect When You’re Expecting. The Lost Chapters.

When I was a little girl I always dreamed of getting married and having kids. I wanted to have five kids. I just couldn't wait to be a mom. I thought it would be so fun and that I'd be really good at it. When I was pregnant with my kids I read every single what to expect book there was out there. I was prepared. Knowledge is power and I was full of both. All the books I read were great, but I think they forgot a few chapters.…

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The Man Flu. Give Me a Freaking Break.

There was a report on the news the other morning that the man flu is a real thing. Beau couldn't wait for me to get out of the shower to tell me this. I haven't seen him that happy in a long time. Like all he's ever needed was some goof to come out with a study stating men are big babies. I wonder how much that guy was paid to do that study. And yes, of course, it was conducted by a man. I guarantee you I could have done…

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Another Terrorist Attack. What the Hell is Going On In the World?

Sometimes I have a hard time sleeping. Early this morning around 2:45am I was half asleep when one of my little darlings crawled into my bed. Now that my kids are getting older I enjoy this time of the night. It's my time to hold them while I still can. Pretty soon they'll be too big to climb into my bed. I love holding them and smelling their hair. Still damp from their bedtime bath. I want to bottle it up and keep that smell forever. I love how they…

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Sometimes Taking My Kids to the Store Has a Happy Ending. Well, One Time.

So I took my kids to the store the other day. It's something I try to never do. But I had a little too much fun this past weekend and I didn't quite get all of my motherly chores accomplished. I basically only go to the store every two weeks to stock up on a bunch of the unhealthiest food known to man to keep my kids quiet until the next payday. And it usually works pretty well. When I'm organized. If I have the wherewithal to place an online…

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I Don’t Care Who You’re Voting For. Really, I Don’t.

I love the month of March. It's still snowing but it doesn't matter because you know it will be warm soon. St. Patrick's Day falls right in the middle of the month, so you're guaranteed a good time. And there's Easter to symbolize new beginnings. It's just a hope filled month. The only thing raining on my South Side Irish parade this year is politics. It's election time in Chicago. The primary is a little over a week away. I don't like primaries. I don't like having so many options.…

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Oh Snow You Di’int. The Blizzard That Never Was.

There is nothing more exciting than a huge snowstorm. The anticipation is so fun. And it's all anyone can talk about. Earlier in the week, the weather people started saying we would get a dusting of snow. No bigs. After all it is February in Chicago. But by the time I flipped on the news on Tuesday night, the word blizzard was being used. I had to check the channel I had on. What the hell city were they talking about? Schools were already closing. What the what? A few…

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For the Love of God. Suicide is Not Taking The Easy Way Out!

When you have the flu, you feel horrible. You lie in bed in the fetal position. You don't try to hide it from everyone. You don't try to deal with it all on your own. You let others know that you're sick and that you need their help. When the flu knocks the socks right off of you, you run to the doctor, talk openly about your symptoms and have no problem taking any medication the doctor prescribes. Because you don't want to feel that lousy anymore. You want to…

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Life Without Cable Is Not Worth Living

About two years ago we cut the cord. The cable cord. We didn't need cable. Our lives were so much more than television. We'd be able to spend more quality time with each other. As a freaking family. Cutting the umbilical cord was easier, but those scissors they use are amazingly sharp. I could use a pair of those in my kitchen I was going to get back to reading every night. Well the nights I didn't drink. So about every other night. But still, this was going to be…

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All Teachers Suck. And Should Be Fired. And Stoned to Death.

I have been reading a lot about what is happening to the public school system in Chicago. Because I'm a teacher and have too much time on my hands. I always read the comments that follow an article. And I have to tell you, the people who wrote these comments are the ones who should be running the show. Their thought provoking, in-depth opinions are exactly what we need to save this sinking ship of a school system. As always, I have not edited any of the comments. For your…

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