Monthly Archives: August 2013

Roll Out That Red Carpet, I’m Coming…

versatileblogger11I’m so excited….And I just can’t hide it…..I’m about to lose control and I think I like it. Oh yeah. What is the reason for my unbridled joy? I recently received news that I’ve been nominated for a blogging award.

Actually, in the blogging world, actual awards are given to bloggers and I have been to some of their sites and think, “Wow, how did they get these?” I mean, some people have a lot of blogging awards. What I want to know is,  who’s in charge of this exactly who is doing the awarding? And, is it a statue? That would be cool. Even though I am among the elite favored, I admit to being in the dark about the whole thing.

So, I decided to do a little investigating, but didn’t get very far…probably because I googled “blooging awards.” But  I did eventually reach the ultimate source of all information: Wikipedia, which states that, “like film or television awarding committees, blog awards are started by a certain body, usually composed of blog enthusiasts.” Which is kind of cool…and that “the nominated websites, varying from independent servers to provider hosted are scanned by a selected team of judges.” Which is also pretty neat. But, then according to Wikipedia, “the filtered nominees are then announced online or by other means such as newspaper or radio stations.” OMG…newpapers??? Radio stations??? The knower of all things continues, “Other bloggers or Internet users are given the opportunity to vote for several categories such as Best Single Post, Best Blog Site, Best Design, and others. The winners are announced in a ceremonial night usually held in large venues and online.” What?? A ceremonial night held in a large venue? I…I don’t know what to say…”I’d like to thank my family and my, ummm…oh, my readers, of course and the nice blogger who nominated me.  Yeah, especially her. She seems totally AWESOME…”   Wow, this is all happening so fast. I’m going to need to buy a new dress…

Oh, wait. Hmmm…Wikipedia goes on to say “there are also blog awards initiated by small groups of bloggers in certain locations. The nomination and selection process is usually the same with major awarding bodies but the awarding is usually less extravagant.” Yeah…that would probably be me. Actually, the more I’m reading, the more I see that there are probably millions of blogging awards. There are the MAJOR ones: The Bloggies and the BOBS (Best of Blogs – that’s really a biggie), and then there all the rest: the Environmental and Land Use Law Blog, the Tax Law Blogs, the Expat Blog (“Celebrating expats around the world”) the Bob Loblaw Law Blog (just kidding) among many, many others.

But, I don’t care. I’ve been nominated for a blogging award that alone is pretty astounding. And I can honestly say, it feels great to be nominated and the upside of probably not celebrating my victory at a large venue is that now I don’t have to go shopping for a new dress. I hate shopping. Just read my previous blog, I Feel Like A Woman…Well, Sort Of. Thanks again to all of you Box Wine Budget fans 🙂


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I Feel Like A Woman…Well, Sort Of…

Woman Crying picOver the years, I’ve often wondered if, perhaps, somewhere in the dark recesses of my chromosomal make-up, I might be harboring an extra Y marker. I say this because I’ve never been the mom who gets weepy on the first day of kindergarten,  high school, college or graduations from said institutions. In fact, when my youngest was headed for all-day kindergarten, I could barely control my euphoria. Move-in day to college has never been an occasion for multiple boxes of Kleenex.  Is there something wrong with me?

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You Might Be From Chicago If…

Chicago-skyline nightI wish I could take credit for this, but, truth is, I saw it on Facebook and just had to share it on my blog. It is SO true! Parentheses following some of these are my own comments.

You Might Be From Chicago If:

1. The ‘living room’ is called the ‘front room’.  (Or, as we always said, Frunchroom)
2. You don’t pronounce the ‘s’ at the end of Illinois and, you become irate at people who do.
3. You measure distance in minutes (especially ‘from the city’) and you swear everything is pretty much 1/2 hour away.
4. You have no problem spelling or pronouncing Des Plaines
5. You go to visit friends, or family, down south and laugh when they complain about the traffic.
6. You understand that no person from Chicago can be a Cub fan AND a White Sox fan.
7. It’s ‘Kitty corner’ not ‘Katty corner’.
8. You know the difference between The Loop and Downtown.
9. You eat your pizza in squares, not triangles, and you never refer to it as ‘pie.’
10. You own celery salt. (I do..didn’t think that was a Chicago thing…)
11. You understand that the primary is the official local election. (Is there another election?)
12. You have drunk green beer on St. Paddy’s Day.
13. Stores don’t have sacks, they have bags.
14. You end your sentences with an unnecessary preposition. Example: ‘Where’s my coat at?’ or ‘Can I go with?’ My English teacher had fits with this one.
15. Your idea of a great tenderloin is when the meat is twice as big as the bun, ‘everything’ is on it and a slice of dill pickle is on the side.
16. You carry jumper cables in your car. (Ugh, unfortunately)
17. You drink ‘pop’- not soda.
18.. You understand that I-290, I-90, I-94, and I-294 are all different roads.
19. You know the names of the interstates: Stevenson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Dan Ryan, and the Eden’s.
20. You call the interstates ‘expressways.’
21. You refer to anything South of I-80 as ‘Southern or Central Illinois.’
22. You refer to Lake Michigan as ‘The Lake.’
23. You refer to Chicago as ‘The City.’
24. ‘The Super Bowl’ refers to one specific game in January 1986. (Have there been others??)
25. You have two favorite football teams: The Bears, and anyone who beats the Packers.
26. You buy the ‘Trib’, not the ‘Tribune’ or the ‘Times’, not the ‘Sun Times.’
27. You know that despite being on the lake, there is no such place as the Waterfront.
28. You think 45 degrees is great weather to wash your car.
29. You picnic or ride your bike in the ‘forest preserve’.
30. You cried when Bozo was canceled on WGN.
31. You know what goes on a Chicago style hot dog.
32. You know what Chicago Style Pizza REALLY is. (And, don’t EVEN try to say any other pizza reigns supreme)
33. You know why they call Chicago ‘The Windy City.’ (Hint: it ain’t cuz of the windy-ness)
34. You understand what ‘lake-effect’ means.
35. You know the difference between Amtrak and Metra, and know which station they end up at.
36. You have ridden the ‘L’.
37. You think your next door neighbor is a cousin to Tony Soprano. (Well, I’m pretty sure he is…)
38. You can distinguish between the following area codes: 847, 630, 773, 708, 312, & 815.

39.You have, at some time in your life, used your furniture . . . or a friend’s body, to guard your parking spot in winter.  (Ugh, unfortunately…)
40. You respond to the question ‘Where are you from?’ with a ‘side’. Example: ‘Westside,’ ‘Southside’ or ‘North Side’. (Then once honed in on which Side, the question is: “What parish are you from?”  My personal favorite actually said to me: “I’m Jewish, but I’m from St. Denis.”)

(Annnnnd….finally….drum roll…)

41. You know the phone number to ‘Empire Carpet’! (588-2300 EM-PIRE!)


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It Seems All My Wildest Dreams Will Come True…

Mom_and_MoneyYou know, I’ve never considered myself  to be a lucky person. I’m not one of those people who always seems to win things. We all know someone like that and I’m sorry to say that I’ve never been “that guy.” But, it seems my luck has taken a well-deserved u-turn. I recently received an email from AGENT JOHN EDWARD (the caps seemed to be a really important part of his name) informing me of a windfall that fate has blown my way. In a post I published on 5/13/2013, Money Can’t Buy Me Love…But I’m OK With That, I related the exciting news from AGENT JOHN EDWARD who had received notice from the WHITE HOUSE with instructions from Homeland Security (apparently not cap-worthy) for release of $10,000,000,000 (TEN MILLION DOLLARS) to little ol’ me. It was imperative that I  contact him immediately, as it was URGENT. All I needed to do was simply offset the “TAX CLEARANCE LEVY” mandated by the IRS in order to authorize deposit into my bank account. I mean, how lucky can a girl get? Continue reading

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