Friday, March 31, 2006


Staten Island is cleaning up their waterfront. While walking to the ferry terminal, I stumbled upon this sobering, yet beautiful, image. These are the names and profiles of Staten Island residents that died during the September 11th attacks. So many from Cantor Fitzgerald [exhale]. Rest in peace, friends.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

My Vacation is Awesome

Nothing like a new baby to refresh your perspective on the world.

This is really why we came to New York.

Cousins and Twister made up for a rainy afternoon.

And the next day was sunny and warm. So what if we're in a concrete jungle when there are friends about.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Road Trip

It's spring break and we're heading to New York. WaHoo.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


I am in a funk. Why? I don't know, it's unidentifiable. All I know is that I came home today and saw the same mess in my house that I left the day before and went straight to bed.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Puddles on the Playground

Chloe and I went out to the farm last weekend to enjoy a little mother nature and an extra day off of school. When we arrived, we went to the school playground across the street hoping to meet some of the local kids. Once again, as always, the playground was empty.

In Chicago, on almost any day, the local school playground is buzzing with kids and their families. It is has been central to our community experience. We have had pizza delivered to the playground for those impromptu gatherings when the weather is good, the kids are playing nice, and we just don't want to go home and cook supper. A kind, anonymous donor supports an annual Easter Egg hunt. My kid knows little of Easter, but what the heck, it's a community event - a chance to see friends who've been cooped up behind closed doors all winter. Even if no one from our immediate circle will be there, a trip to the playground is always a chance to meet new friends.

Not so in the country. When school is out, the kids are gone. Where? To their homes to play in their big backyards with their own private playground?

There is nothing so lonely as an empty playground. "Will you be my friend, Mom? Will you play with me?"

I choked back tears of regret. "Sure, honey. I'd love to play."

We went from swings to the slide to the monkey bars. We stirred up the puddles with damp sticks, making bubbles from the muddy water. "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble..." We became witches, casting spells on the local population. We threw in a few for Daddy. "When these bubbles pop, you'll suddenly want to do the dishes, cook dinner, fold some clothes and stay up all night playing Uno. I made her laugh so hard she almost peed her pants. It didn't matter, because before we left we were mostly covered in mud, giggling all the way home.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Street Light

It is a cold and blustery day today in Chicago. The StreetWise vendor confirmed it, the wind simply blew it down.

And this morning it was as high as 65 degrees.