Chicago Gives a Fantastic Sendoff

Chicago, Day 2. (See previous post Art and Architecture Make Chicago A Sure Hit! for Day 1.) I was off and running. I had less than 11 hours to squeeze in a full day of sites before I had to get on a plane back home. I had used two of my five City Pass admission tickets…

Art and Architecture Make Chicago A Sure Hit!

If you only have one or two days to spend in Chicago you can still get a lot done and see many wonderful things. My suggestion is to buy the Chicago City Pass to do it. And then get the 24 or 48-hour Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. pass with unlimited on and off privileges to get you everywhere…

Sweet Spot in my Heart for Chicago!

I love candy. I always have. I remember as a kid saving up fifty cents just to walk down to the nearest quick mart to buy a handful of colored sugary goodies like Jolly Ranchers and Tootsie Pops. I really didn’t have a sophisticated palette, any sugar would do. Here I am three and half…

Can I Cross This Off If I Never Wrote it Down?

What happened today was not a thought on my “shit I need to do before I kick the bucket list.” Nor has it ever been either a thought, or on my list. But today I got to look at being a small cog in a big wheel, and how sometimes when all things go serendipitiously…

The Plan

So here it is. Start paring down the “stuff” that is weighing me down. That means going through boxes that haven’t been open in years, analyzing everything in the garage, storage unit, closets, etc. and getting rid of all the excess shit. And there is a lot of excess shit. If you are reading this…

Ugh, trying is so hard!

In all honesty I am lazy. I think I have always been lazy. But I am the busiest lazy person you will ever meet. I have hated the fact that I was lazy since I was a child, so in an effort to cure that part of my genetic code, I over-compensated by getting involved…

Ashley Madison: The Lovers and the Haters

So I have been reading a lot of dribble on my Facebook feed this week regarding the Ashley Madison hack. Not so much the hack as it is about the release of the MILLIONS of email addresses associated with the website. A website built for married people to cheat on their spouses, if for some…

A Public Service Announcement

I have never been a fan of laundry. It has always taken way too long and sometimes I have packed up my car and taken my things to the laundromat because it was faster and easier to do it all at once. Well let me tell you, pretty much my entire life the problem wasn’t the…

And just like that, Christmas is over.

In a previous blog post I mentioned that I was boycotting Christmas this year. Well I did, but Christmas still came to my house. My sweet husband refused to let the holiday go by without a tree, and so there it is, in all its glory. One string of working lights was found in the…

Boycotting Christmas 2013

This is the first year in the history of my life that I will not partake in Christmas. No Christmas tree will be put up at my house. No lights strung. No presents wrapped. No fanfare. And Santa will not miraculously appear and save the day either. He doesn’t have any money stashed in a…

New Kind of Challenges

So in this day of social media madness, I have bits and pieces strewn all over the web. From this day, and that year, from this last name and that last name. In all, I have been Brown, Martinis and now Nalley. I have profiles on sites to reflect all three. Then there are the…

There are days…

There are days when I wish my life was as uncomplicated as an infants. Feed me, change me, put me in a toasty warm blanket and cuddle me up. But then reality strikes. I am wrapped in a blanket watching TV, for a moment forgetting about my financial stresses and repetitive activities of daily living…