The Year of Living Dangerously (in Uptown)

Mentioning Uptown in my previous post made me think of this. Since getting Kallie in a new day care situation closer to home I’ve been able to return to my normal route of taking Lake Shore Drive to get to work. (It’s fun to say to co-workers and superiors, “I took LSD this morning.”) As…

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Driving Miss Kallie

Kallie and I took a road trip this weekend. As mentioned in a previous blog, I love the colors, smells and sights of autumn. A drive out of the city offered some beautiful vistas of oranges, reds and coppers–along with cursing at truck driver’s and the Department of Transportation while sneaking glances at what Special…

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The Year of Living Dangerously (in Uptown)

Since getting Kallie in a new day care situation closer to home I’ve been able to return to my normal route of taking Lake Shore Drive to get to work. (It’s fun to say “I took LSD this morning.”) As I was driving toward the lake the other morning I took Wilson Ave. When I…

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Dangerous Liaisons in Pine Valley

While driving home from the Apple Store today in Lincoln Park, I passed a Bank of America branch on Clybourn Avenue. Sitting in traffic near it, waiting for the light to turn, I was reminded that it wasn’t always a bank branch, and was in fact part of my early years in retail hell in…

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The Day They All Knew My Name

With only a couple of months until high school graduation to go, I was content to quietly slip out the doors of my sleepy, small town high school and into my future at college. But one chilly spring morning in 1986, everyone knew my name as it was screeched out over the school’s PA system….

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Five Gems Shared at the Chop Shop

When it’s time for a haircut, it’s time for a haircut. I become Rainman-like in my need to get it handled, changing any other plans I might have had if necessary. I can only stand a “dirty” neckline for so long before I need to be clipped, trimmed and coiffed. In stark contrast to my…

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Whispers of Birthdays Past

Within my families June is a busy birthday month. Yet I constantly forget it also contains mine until someone reminds me. Not as surprising, the same thing happened last year–as my birthday will forever occur exactly two weeks after Ken died. I had hoped it would be different this year–and I suppose it is. I’m…

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LOA Update #1

My original intent for my LOA was to blog every single day, but that hasn’t happened. Then I meant to post an update of week 1, but I was just too drunk to get to it. But now as I am in the midst of week 2, I feel I have enough to report. I…

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The Bravest Thing I've Ever Done

Since writing about our last adventure together, I’ve thought a lot about all the ones Ken and I shared that came before. Particularly, I was reminded of the bold decision we made in packing up our lives and driving cross-country to relocate from Chicago to LA in the fall of 2002. When I met him…

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A Self-Indulgent Day Off

What is it about a day off work that can make you feel like the possibilities of the day or innumerable and exciting? Also, this streak of spring-like weather doesn’t hurt either. (I wasn’t aware today was President’s Day when I scheduled this day off a couple of weeks ago.) Since I was foiled in…

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