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I’m Back. New Year. Pretty Much Same Me.

So I took a little time off from writing. I just needed to recharge and regroup. And really concentrate on my other passion. Drinking. Best thing I could have done. Because now I'm back and ready to rock. My holidays were amazing. Santa was extremely generous to my kids. And some day soon I may actually pick up the remaining wrapping paper that's littering my basement and put away the decorations. But for now I'm content with just closing the basement door. On New Year's Eve we took the kids…

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Actually, Stilettos Are Not the Most Practical Choice in a Hurricane. For Realz.

For the love of God. People need to calm the F down. Earlier today I posted a pic of Melania Trump wearing stiletto heels getting on a plane to visit Texas to survey the hurricane damage. It was merely an observation. I found it to be not the most practical form of footwear for a hurricane. That's it. Nothing more. Nothing less. It was not a political statement. Not in any way, shape, or form. It was a fashion statement. And a bold one at that. I think Melania Trump…

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It Takes a Freaking Village to Raise These Kids

We hear it all the time. It takes a village. We can't possibly raise these kids on our own. We need everyone's help. And it's so true. Doing my research for this post I read that Hillary Clinton wrote a book about this subject. And that conservatives went nuts and claimed it doesn't take a village. It takes a family to raise a child. It takes both. Duh. I yell at other people's kids often. And every time I do, I think of how it takes a village. And how…

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I Left My Kids Home Puking and It Was Amazing

Monday night at 10:30 pm my son walks into our room to alert me someone is puking. He walks right past his father to my side of the bed. Bless his heart. I rush to the bathroom dropping F bombs along the way. I find my seven-year-old daughter in the bathroom. No sign of barf anywhere. I make the sign of the cross and give thanks to the Lord. My relief is short lived. I take a little peek into her bedroom. Jesus. Mary. And. Joseph. My eyes confirmed what…

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Dear Celebs. Please STFU. Now.

No one cares. No one. Not me. Not my friends. Not anyone who has to work for a living. I never try to put my religious or political beliefs on anyone. Because half the time I'm not even sure what they are. I wish people would stop trying to put theirs on me. I am a school counselor. A Wife. A mother of four. I work in the Chicago Public Schools with children who see so much gun violence that they are totally desensitized by it all. I have two…

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Some of My Favorite Aunt Batsy-isms

When it comes to quotes, my Aunt Batsy is right up there with Dr. Phil McGraw. Where she comes up with this stuff I'll never know. But I'm glad she does. When someone dies she likes to call me and tell me about it. I normally have no clue who the person is. That's when she gets all fired up and says something like, "You know who I mean, the Nolans from the fruit stand." Um, I'm not even sure I know what a fruit stand is, let alone the…

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How Does Two Weeks Off Completely Ruin Me?

New year, new me. I say it every new year. And I never quite know how I got here. In a matter of two weeks I have completely let myself go. I can no longer wear pants. Being a teacher, you think, "this is awesome". Two glorious weeks vacation around the holidays. I'll get so much accomplished. I'll get my house completely organized. I'll take my kids to all sorts of fun places. I'll have so much more time to workout. But that's never the case. The reality of it…

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It’s Time We Start to Respect the Police Again

Tensions are high in the city of Chicago right now. A lot has been going on. The Cubs won the World Series. There was a shooting of an armed man by an off-duty Chicago Police Officer. And there was the election. Those three events have directly impacted the police. They are the ones who are called to control all of the drunks celebrating in the streets. They are the ones called when a man is wielding a gun in the middle of a family oriented neighborhood. They are the ones…

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It’s Time We As Americans Work to Make Facebook Great Again

The election is over. The people have spoken. At least the people who attend the Electoral College. Wherever that is. It's time to accept and move on. This is life. You can't always get what you want. I have learned so much from this election. Most importantly, people are cray to the Z. A lot have people have asked me what I'm going to tell my children. I don't generally discuss politics with my kids. Because they're freaking kids. So I found it odd that so many people were so…

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I Need These Election Commercials to End. Now.

Every morning I walk (crawl) on the treadmill for thirty minutes. It's just my time to be by myself. And I love every second of it. And by every morning, I mean the last couple of months. Who knows how long this will last. There are no calls. No texts. Just me. Alone. Watching the morning news. This used to be the most peaceful time of my day. But it has now turned into my least favorite time of day. Thanks to all of the insane election commercials. I. Can.…

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How to Help Your Friends Through the Grieving Process

When a friend experiences a loss, you want to be there for them. You want them to know that you love and care about them. You want them to know that you are there for them. But how? I get asked this question a lot. I mean a lot, a lot. People ask, my best friend just lost her mom or dad, what do I say to her? My short answer is always the same. Nothing. Donโ€™t say anything. Not one damn word. There is nothing you can say that…

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What I Need the World to Know About Raising a Gender Nonconforming Child

When my husband and I decided to have kids we didn't put all that much thought into it. Because we had been drunk for ten years. But we have learned that there is never really anything that can prepare you for having children. You just do it and figure it out as you go along. I'm pretty sure this is what everyone does. It's a total crap shoot. You're not guaranteed anything. Everyone just goes into it hoping for the best. The day we had our first born son was…

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