#TBT: Diary of a TV Addict, 1989-1990

#TBT: Diary of a TV Addict, 1989-1990

Over spring break, I took the boys back to Illinois to visit my mom. It’s our usual trip (without last spring’s random vomiting, fortunately), and it’s always a good time: along with my mom, we get to see my sister…

Never, never, never give up (a quitter's resolution)

Never, never, never give up (a quitter’s resolution)

I’ll just say it: I wanted to quit this blog. I haven’t written a post in almost three months. Let me revise that: I haven’t posted anything in three months. I wrote stuff here and there, but nothing that felt worth…

Give Me A (Summer Blogging) Break

Give Me A (Summer Blogging) Break

We had a great kid-free weekend in Nashville. We ate, we drank, we listened to music and visited record stores and wandered around museums and, one day, slept until the mind-boggling hour of 9:30.  I’ve been meaning to write a…

March Media Round-up: The Plague, Mix Tapes, John Snow and more

March Media Round-up: The Plague, Mix Tapes, John Snow and more

Happy April! The Clean Eating Challenge is officially over (though, as of 10:02 today, I’ve kept my vow to keep going, and am on Day 9). As I blabbed about yesterday, I’m so glad to have done it and so…

Shel Silverstein (or, I was a junior high speech meet champion)

Shel Silverstein (or, I was a junior high speech meet champion)

If there’s one activity the kids and I can agree on, it’s reading. We’re not always aligned on favorite books, but fortunately I can reach high shelves and they can easily be distracted, so I can usually buy a couple…

Happiness, one sentence at a time

Happiness, one sentence at a time

Greetings from the end of a great long weekend. Yes, I said great. It’s true: the kids were out of school for five days straight, and we all survived. On top of that, Pat and I went out two unprecedented…

Five things I finished this week

Five things I finished this week

Monday was a holiday, but it’s been a long week nonetheless. Still, I managed to accomplish a few things. Here are five. 1) A book. Yep, I finally finished a book, Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri. It was my first since…

Happiness Commandment: #5 Books >TV

Happiness Commandment: #5 Books >TV

For a good part of my late teens and early twenties, I lived under the assumption that it was not cool to like TV. During my last year of college and first few months living in Chicago, I did not…

My week at the beach, part 1: sippin' on gin and Goldfish (somewhat laid back, with my mind on how much sand Rory ate and how much sand Rory ate on my mind)

My week at the beach, part 1: sippin’ on gin and Goldfish (somewhat laid back, with my mind on how much sand Rory ate and how much sand Rory ate on my mind)

I’m back from the beach. It was exactly what I needed it to be. We went back to the same house for the third year in a row with some good friends of ours. At peak occupancy, we had six…