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You are so wise. I hope some young moms read this. :)
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Oh I am so sorry about your dog. I just went through this with my golden. :(
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You're doing the best thing honoring him while he's with you. I'm certain he appreciates it. My thoughts are with you...
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Good for you. So many young moms are way too uptight. I think that's what leads to problems, not a little bit of latitude.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2009 on Sliding Scale Standards at Chicago Moms Blog
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I love this post - it's so true. I am glad my 17 year old has all but finished growing, because the dress clothes I invested in this year for banquets and Bar Mitzvahs, will fit at least through the next year!! My son's feet stopped growing at size 12.5. Thank goodness!!
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2009 on Dressing Up in a Casual World at Chicago Moms Blog
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And we made our plans, didn't we?? I'm so happy about that! For me, friends in the city give me an excuse to venture beyond the picket fence. It takes planning and time, and no, I'm not likely to take the train, and the El at night - but I am all over it during the day. I think that geographically diverse friendships are the things full lives are made of. I know because I have friends all over the country - and it's always worth it to make the effort to see them when I can. It might not be as often as we'd like -- but it's very meaningful. As for city moms with suburban friends - think of it like a day trip - or better yet - make it a weekend event when everyone is heading to the city, once in a while you can venture against traffic!
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2009 on The suburban Friend Conundrum at Chicago Moms Blog
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Love this, Susan!
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2009 on Sent Summer's Bounty at Chicago Moms Blog
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I love the Taste - maybe because I've only lived in Chicago a total of a dozen years - or maybe because my life in the suburbs is overflowing with chain restaurants. I took my 14 year old daughter on July 2nd, when it was 65 degrees and cloudy. You could have driven a truck around - plenty of people but plenty of space - and we all tried things we'd never had before as well as tried and true favs like the rainbow cone (for my daughter) and a Manny's potato pancake for me. To me, The Taste is a lot of the city in a little bit of time and space - like a shortcut. It reminds us of what is usually beyond our reach north of I-80!
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2009 on I am a Bad Chicagoan at Chicago Moms Blog
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Congratulations on your anniversary. Seven years married is no small feat. I was with my ex for 20 years and I must say that it's not always a matter of trying or not, being happy or not. Sometimes thing change and not being married is not an option, it's a necessity. I appreciate your questioning yet non-judgmental tone - you're obviously secure in your relationship and in your life. I think the people who attack divorce are the ones that feel bits of it are all too familiar to their head and hearts. I feel for them, but am often offended at the assumptions made by married folk that someone getting divorce did not try or doesn't understand what marriage is about. Perhaps we understand more than most - and that is why we get out.
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Great post, Shannon! I think you are making the most of summer South of I-80!
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I am very curious when people who are married have harsh judgments for people who have failed at marriage - for whatever reason. You were offended by Loh - as many were - I for one thought she was spot on, and funny. Perhaps a way to cope with failing at marriage is to make fun of it sometimes, to put it down and focus on the negative and not the positive. I do it all the time.
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This, to me, is not a matter of right or wrong, it's a matter of comfort. It is your home and your husband's. It's like saying "Oh sure, you smoke cigarettes in your own home so you can smoke them in mine." And yes, I know that your daughter and boyfriend sharing a room isn't a health hazard, if it makes your husband squeamish or uneasy - why should he have to deal with that? It's his house. I also understand it is your daughter's home as well, but accepting the bf and that they share a bed is different than having them co-habitate in your home. I don't find it hypocritical at all actually -- you're not denying they sleep together or even saying "Don't you dare." I think that 20 is different than 25 or 30 -- and that the good thing about rules is that they change. Good luck!!!
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I can just see the post: "Philly Mom Blogger arrested for feeding meters." Might be worth it just to see the blog traffic. Or not. ;)
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Annie, Your nostalgia and personal memories are not tainted in your opinion -- and you really shouldn't worry about anyone but yourself. If you are a few years younger than Michael Jackson, why are you writing on the 50-Something Moms Blog? I'm curious about that like Lollie is.
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I'm sure you are not alone in your extraordinarily harsh criticism of Michael Jackson and in no way do I believe that someone is exonerated of anything through death. But -- blind nostalgia can be comforting Personal memories are what allow us to study our own and others' pasts. History is what enables us go forward.
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