Category: Activities

What it looks like when people who can’t camp camp

As part of the Mac & Cheese I Can’t series where adults state they’re unable to do something, they try it with a bunch of other adults who also “can’t,” and everyone proves themselves wrong and not only does the thing, but enjoys it and says, “That wasn’t so bad. In fact, kinda fun. Good Read more…

10 simple steps to being a sexy vixen

You know when you exit something at the top of its game? Cause you don’t want to exit any less than top? And it’s right and perfect and you’re so glad you did? And then two years later, you’re like, “I still haven’t been Mimi from RENT on stage. WTF?!” And since you can’t sing, Read more…

When you realize a thread that connects your entire life has frayed

I enjoy list making. Lists are double neat; neat like “Cool!” and neat like “Clean!” They’re easy to ingest. Their conciseness and lack of fluff fits our inability to consume depth anymore. They’re shareable. They’re fun to checkmark and cross off. They’re easy to add to and remove from. You can nest and sub-nest and Read more…

Who knew a Top Ten Moment would happen in a parking lot?

I’ve had many highlight moments over my years. Being surprised in elementary school by my Aunt with a trip to Disney World that my single-mom couldn’t afford (she also surprised me with an adorable tiny red convertible once we arrived). Walking through Cabrini Green as a high school student with a WGN TV crew, as Read more…

Home Improvement Project: Mixtiles

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Saya On Stage: “Have You Always Been This Way?”

Via CHIRP Radio’s show First Time, I shared a story and then a band played a song to go with my share; ridiculously fun! If you’ve never had 200 something people sing along to one of your favorite childhood songs, highly recommend. I may have had tears in my eyes. Also had my current crew of Read more…

How I happily lost $599

  Well, maybe “happily” is a strong word. A wrong word. Let’s rephrase — “How I okayed’ly lost $599.” After getting into the best shape of my adult life ten years ago, I gradually got into the worst shape of my adult life. Tired of feeling and looking like a schlub, last Spring I signed Read more…

Contest: fun, easy way to win $500 THIS WEEK!

This event is provided by partner The Debt Free Divas with background support by Mac & Cheese How does an easy $500 in your pocket sound? What about a fun way to get better at personal finance? How ’bout exploring and learning about a new friendly neighborhood resource and hangout? Join the Capital One Cafe Savings Scavenger Hunt, Read more…

If there was ever a spreadsheet symbol of our love…

Airport Pickup: after Best Friend had been gone for almost two weeks in Estonia and Lithuania Best Friend and I met in December 2009 and started “hanging out” January 2010 (he thought it was a date; I didn’t). Our first trip, besides to a wedding the Western suburbs, was to Amsterdam, Paris, and Brugges July Read more…