Happy Birthday Mom!

April 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

Today is the anniversary of my mom’s 21st birthday! I mentioned this to Scott last night and he said, “haven’t we been celebrating her birthday for a month?” and the man had a point. But that’s okay because my momma is so special that she deserves it!


Not me but my sister.

Her trip to Chicago with my sister was part of her birthday celebrations and that was nearly a month ago. We went down to visit her over Easter and we took her out to eat at one of her favorite restaurants, The Chicken House. You know I love my mom when I, a vegetarian, paid for an entire dinner at such a place! We also sang to her on Easter with the rest of the family and then my sister and I had flowers sent to her work today as an extra surprise. You may think that’s going above and beyond for one little lady but trust me – she’s worth it. Here are some of my favorite things about my mom:

  • She refuses to take shit from anyone and passed that trait along to my sister and me
  • She snorts when she laughs (also passed on to me…)
  • She tells it like it is, like the time she told me I may have inadvertently killed my kitten when I stepped on it (“Well, if you did some internal damage it will probably just die…”)
  • She makes the best fried egg sandwiches ever
  • She is clever and has more tricks up her sleeve to improve or simplify one’s life than you could possibly imagine
  • She’s always prepared and her Mary Poppins bag is as handy as it is entertaining to rifle through
  • She’s one of the most thoughtful and caring people I know – and I know quite a few of them
  • She’s pretty smart with her money and that’s something else that I’m glad she passed along to me
  • In fact, I’m pretty happy I inherited just about all of her traits
  • She knows more about plants than I know about the indigenous people of New Zealand. And that’s a lot
  • She’s tougher than dirt and stronger than nails yet she always has on pretty nail polish and has more than her fair share of good hair days
  • She’s a ton of fun and has drunk me under the table on more than one occasion
  • She’s always there for me and one of my very best friends
  • She deserves the whole damn world but I’ll settle for a damn good birthday!

Happy Birthday to my Momma!


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Mommy Dearest

May 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Man, I know a lot of women who have kids.  Besides the wonderful grandmothers, aunts and cousins in my life who are all fantastic mothers, more and more of my friends now fall into that category too.  I think they’re all pretty amazing because they all have what I consider the hardest job in the world.  I’ve yet to decide one way or the other if I’ll ever join that club because while they all make it seem like it’s something that comes naturally and is the greatest job in the world, it kinda sorta scares the hell out of me.

Even though the Moms in my life are all inspiring and awesome in their own ways, I’m especially grateful for the particular woman I call Mom.

Thanks for everything, Mom!

I wish I could’ve spent some time with her today but I’ll be seeing her three times in the next few months so I’ll have plenty of time to show her my appreciation then.  My sister got to spend the day with Mom though so she at least had a consolation prize (ha).  We really did luck out with our mom because she’s honestly the woman I still want to grow up to be.  I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am in life without her guidance, advice and support.  She’s also one of my best friends – I probably spend more time on the phone with her than with anyone else I know (Scott can attest to that!).  She can always calm me down or cheer me up when I’m upset or having a bad day and anytime I get good or bad news she’s the first person I think to call.  She lives her life in a way that I hope I’m still living mine in 3o years and she’s got more balls than all of the Chicago Bears combined.  She’s the reason I’m here and I really don’t know what I would do without her.

So Happy Mother’s Day to my Mommy.  If I ever wind up being just half the mother you’ve been then I will consider myself a success indeed.  I love you, I miss you and I will see you in a few weeks!

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Green with Envy…or Alcohol Poisoning

February 16, 2012 at 10:12 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

So my mom flew down to New Orleans yesterday for her third Mardi Gras adventure in the past four years.  Am I jealous?  Why yes, yes I am.

I’m trying not to be because I get to go to New Orleans on a regular basis and have even been in that area during a Mardi Gras myself.  Sure, I fifteen and couldn’t fully partake in the debauchery (though I managed a bit) but I did get to at least experience the atmosphere.  And to be honest I’m not entirely sure I’d want to be down there right now anyway because the older I get, the more I tend to dislike large, drunken crowds.  I’m sure I’ll go to The Big Easy for The Big Party at some point or another but for now I”ll have to settle for living vicariously through Mom.

I think I found Waldo

To be fair, she deserves a little fun and relaxation and the gal pal she’s reveling with will help her find just that.  Mom actually had a layover here in Chicago last night and while I wish I could’ve gone and had a beer with her while she waited, I had to settle for a vague wave and a text message instead.  But she made it safely and it looks like the temperature there is 72 degrees today so I’m happy for her.  And cold myself.  But not as cold as I usually am because it’s seasonably warm here this winter.  Still, I’m stuck in a cubicle all week while she wanders the French Quarter and there just seems to be a slight injustice in that.

Oh, well.  If I know her, she’ll at least have a drink for me!

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Mother’s Day Thanks

May 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

There were many things for me to be thankful during Mother’s Day.  I’m lucky enough to have the absolute best mom of all time and she’s been proving that to me on a daily basis for nearly 30 years.  She has always encouraged me in everything I’ve ever wanted to do (well, except for ballet lessons…) and I know that she has my back if when I screw things up.  She was strict enough while I was growing up that I thought she was a horribly oppressive tyrant but as I’ve aged, I’ve realized she was pretty much always right.  And if you know me, you know it’s not easy for me to admit that.  My mom is awesome and my only regret on Mother’s Day was that I couldn’t say that to her face.  Though there’s always next year!

Hi Mom!

Something else  was thankful for yesterday is the fact that I’ve got plenty of other amazing mother-type figures in my life.  My aunts, grandmothers, even cousins and sister are all beautiful, strong and empowering women that have helped me through thick and thin.  Same goes for my fabulous lady friends, some of whom are now mothers themselves.  Which is weird, but seems to be happening with more regularity.  This brings me to the final thing I was thankful for this most recent maternal holiday:

The fact that I’m not a mother myself.  I’m pretty sure I’d be fairly decent at having a kiddo of my own but it’s just not something I’m ready for yet.  Maybe ever?  I don’t know that but I do know that I’m extremely happy to have a uterus that’s never been used.  I think motherhood is a beautiful and wonderful thing but so is staying up until 2am watching cartoons and eating candy.  Wait – perhaps having children won’t be so different from my everyday life after all?  Though I think throwing dirty diapers and breastfeeding into this mix would alter things a bit.  So until I’m ready to spend my free time thinking about cribs and crusty snot, I’ll continue to marvel at the astonishing things that the mothe’s I know have done and continue to do.  Thanks for being such an inspiration and if I ever need a babysitter I’ll know who to call!

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Sickness, Sightseeig, Strawberries and Sandals

April 4, 2011 at 10:51 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

That pretty much sums up my weekend.

Before I fell asleep Thursday night, I noticed my throat was a bit scratchy and my nose was stuffed up.  Then I had a dream that I started chugging some NightQuil and when I woke up Friday I was in full blown cold mode.  Ain’t nuthin’ gonna keep me down though and I battled through it like a champ…mostly because I had a super fun weekend with my momma planned (had I been on my own I likely would’ve wallowed in self-pity and spent the entire weekend on my couch).

As I mentioned, my mom came in town Friday we definitely made the most out of it.  We went to dinner

There were no survivors, I mean leftovers

Friday evening at a gyro/pizza place that’s super close to my apartment.  It was one of the last places on my list in the area that I wanted to try before moving to a different ‘hood and while it wasn’t the best food I’ve ever had in my life, it was certainly worth the trip.  On Saturday we woke up early to go check out my new apartment and once it got the Mom Seal of Approval we began to wander through some of the stores and shops surrounding my upcoming place (side note: I found an old school shoe repair shop where I left the boots that broke during the bachelorette party – should be good as new in a week!).  We got a great brunch at the Ravenswood Grill (this photo doesn’t do our meal justice) and after finding some great deals at Open Books non-profit bookstore, we went downtown and walked around a bit more.  After sufficiently wearing ourselves out, we hopped by my place for a quick beer and then headed to Wrigleyville to watch the Butler/VCU basketball game.  Wrigleyville was a drunken nightmare since the Cubs had played that day but we found a bar with good beer and many TV screens so we were happy.  Then they played an entire Led Zeppelin album and I was even happier.  After a dinner at the Burrito House we watched UK lose (!) and then relaxed with a movie.  The movie was The Little Mermaid and watching it with my mom was awesome.  Yes I’m being serious.

Since Mom decided to stay until today (Monday), we were able to make the most out of our Sunday as well.  We did a bit of grocery shopping at Trader Joes, then grabbed a bite to eat on our way to the Field Museum (of course I took her there).  After showing off the areas I’m involved in and checking out the Horse exhibit, I took her out for an early birthday present of martini’s and dinner at The Blue Line Lounge and we wound down our weekend.  After watching some crazy awesome thunderstorms, I took some more sinus medicine and settled into my third night on the couch.

Just gotta say – as much as I love and appreciate my time with my mom, I am really looking forward to having my bed back tonight.

Oh and the sandals – it was WARM here this weekend!  Yesterday it hit 70 degrees, which I haven’t seen since October.  If I tell you I had tears in my eyes when I looked at the temperature you might think I was joking but I know the truth.  The warm weather warmed my heart and while wearing sandals in April could end up contributing to my sickness, it was totally worth it.  Winter be damned!

And that was my whirlwind weekend that leads into my whirlwind week.  Back to class, volunteering, writing, book clubbing, attending lectures and being interviewed for a guest blog piece I wrote for the Center of the Future of Museums (exciting!) are all on the agenda for the next few days so I should probably keep taking my sinus medicine.  Once again, winter be damned!

PS – I also have an update on my upstairs neighbor…I ran into the woman below me this weekend and she said that our landlord had told her the guy upstairs had been evicted.  I thought that was the end of the story but I heard him moving around up there all weekend and saw him in the street once or twice.  I’m not sure if he’s in the process of packing up or if he’s not actually leaving to begin with but I’m washing my hands of the whole thing.  Unless something super crazy transpires, this will be my last writings about that guy.  And in my new place I’m the one on the top floor so maybe I’ll give someone else something to write about!

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Congrats to My Mom!

March 23, 2011 at 6:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Oh hi Mom

Today marks the 21st anniversary of my mom being cancer-free.  You may remember that I blogged about it last year and I just want to take a moment today to say once again how thankful I am for the past 21 years (okay, I’m thankful for all of them) with my momma.  She’s one of my all-time favorite people and I consider myself lucky to call her both my parent and my friend.  I wish I could be with her to help properly celebrate today but she’ll be visiting in a couple of weeks so I’ll be sure to treat her to something nice then.  My mom is one of the strongest woman in my life and she taught me everything I know about being independent, resilient and just plain amazing.  So congratulations Mom, and Happy Anniversary!  Love you Mom!

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Mom Gone Wild

March 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

My mom is at Mardi Gras.  Again.

Two days ago, she flew south to meet up with an old friend of hers who happens to be kind of a big deal in the casino circuit.  Or at least, she spends kind of a lot of money.  For the second time in three years, she procured a room at Harrah’s Casino near the French Quarter in New Orleans – during Mardi Gras – and took my mother.  The last time, Mom drunk dialed me one morning while I was on my way to the office just to rub it in that she was watching parades and I was going to work.  I haven’t received a call yet and I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.  I do know that she texted me during her layover in Tampa to tell me she was enjoying lunch in the warm sun and I responded that I was sitting in my cubicle wearing long underwear.

This was pretty much the safest Mardi Gras photo I could find

Of course I’m jealous.  Not that I haven’t been to New Orleans many times before (even once during Mardi Gras but since I was underage at the time it’s illegal for me to get into those stories…), I’m just sick of looking at gray skies so a vacation sounds nice.  Actually, it sounds wonderful.  Between 40 hours of work, 10 hours of volunteer stuff, 3 hours of class and 3 hours of working on a class presentation, his week has thoroughly kicked my ass.  I’m exhausted and it’s not over for roughly another six days so the thought of drinking a hurricane while watching (and perhaps participating in) the antics on Bourbon Street is more than appealing.  However, I know Mom really does deserve it and I know she’ll have a good time.  I just don’t want to know how many beads she brings back.

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