Baseball In April Is Pure Hell. Except Hell is Sooooo Much Warmer.

There's nothing more American than baseball. And I'm American, so I love going to baseball games. I love watching my kids play. And I have so many happy memories of my Dad taking us to White Sox games, where we kept score even though there was a scoreboard. My memories always include one thing. Warmth. Baseball was a sport meant to be played during summer months. Not in April. April is no where near summer. Let's start with the White Sox home opener. I work in walking distance to Sox…

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The Things I Still Miss the Most About My Dad

I honestly cannot believe it's been 13 years. Where the hell does the time go. It was a lifetime ago. I really miss the way his left arm got really, really tan from hanging it out the car window to smoke all summer long. Yet his right arm was pasty white. It would have been no big deal if he wore long sleeve dress shirts. But he didn't. Only short sleeves and a tie for him. I also really miss report card days. Those were some crazy times in our…

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It’s Summer. Out With the Bras. In With the Booze.

I really didn't think this day would ever come. But it is finally here. The first day of summer! And it's raining. Which makes it even more perfect. I'm still in my jammies. Still drinking coffee. Still don't have a bra on. Because I don't have to. Because I'm a freaking teacher. I've had to put a bra on every day for the last ten months. I mean every day besides every weekend, every holiday, every furlough day, Christmas break and Spring break. But still. That's a lot of bra…

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I Have Finally Found the True Meaning in Mother’s Day. Me.

A few weeks ago I got an invitation to attend a Mother's Day Tea and Fashion Show at my daughter's school. My initial thought was I can't go because I have to work. I told my five year-old this. She was upset. Like all my kids are when they ask me to do something and I say I can't. But I always explain that I work to make the money to buy the toys and they're usually okay with this. But this time was different. I really don't know what…

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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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