Tag: minglers

How to win at dating

Dating. It’s the best. It’s the worst. It makes you feel alive. It makes you feel like crap. I can’t get enough of it. Conversations about deal breakers, pet-peeves, activities, turn ons, turn offs — I could participate in those forever. The details, the groans, the butterflies, the nodding heads, the over-analyzation, the rolling eyes. When I decided Read more…

The weight of your words and actions

One of my mostest favoritest aspects of my job what I do [it feels weird to write ‘my job’; that phrase seems so NOT laughter, adventure, and glue sticks] are the stories Cheese-Its share with me of how they’ve been positively affected by association with Mac & Cheese. It could be something supremely indirect, something I had Read more…

Saya? Saya??? Saya????

I’ve always prided myself on leading an active life, filled with classes [improv, guitar, salsa, yoga, writing] and activities [Pecha Kucha, Second Story, Clandestino, Second Friday Art Walks, Chicago Cares, Boston College Chicago alumni group, bike groups], cultivating old friendships and forming new friendships.  I often find myself coordinator,  due to my Type-A, only-child personality Read more…

You’re… welcome?

I’ve been having weird encounters with “Thank you’s” recently.  Weird meaning I don’t know how to react and that I feel odd accepting the Thank You. When I went to Rwanda a couple of years ago, I met a little boy, Patience, seen above with his sister and mom, with whom, even though we couldn’t Read more…

Media coverage for my baby

Fun to track what others say about the Minglers, with the various types of media outlets out there. Facebook Status Updates – Spending the evening with a room full of strangers, on purpose.  Yikes. Mac ‘n Cheese mingling tonight! Watch my cousin on TV tonight!  ABC 10:30PM. Good times at Mac ‘n Cheese. Texts – Read more…

40 strangers + adorable kids and giving adults + 37 strangers = ahhhh.

What a weekend! Friday night I had the biggest Mingler to date, with forty guests.  Some newbies, some repeaters, all interesting and with such different backgrounds!  They heard about the Minglers through ABC’s 190 North,  TimeOut Magazine, Boston College friends of mine,  guitar class, an arts organization I work with, and my current favorite “How’d Read more…

I have me some edumacated friends

At first glance, you might think the quote below is from some Norwegian psychoanalyst in a white coat, thick glasses and with a hard to pronounce last name.  But it’s from a Mingler friend who was responding to my scary possibly stupid idea to realize my dream of living in London by moving there this Read more…

Being on this side of the camera sucks

A film crew – a producer, a reporter, two lighting guys, a cameraman, an intern, the cameraman’s prom date, the reporter’s arch-nemesis, the intern’s stunt double, and a partridge in a pear tree – all showed up at my place on Friday to shoot a segment on the Minglers for the show 190 North.  I Read more…

How to have a hangover without drinking a sip of alcohol

Friday night, I hosted the family to celebrate Fall birthdays.  I gave my cousin a new board game to in hopes that it’d replace the worst game in the world, Apples to Apples, as a favorite.  The next present she opens?  The adult version of Apples to Apples! Saturday night, I hosted a Mac ‘n Read more…

Any waifish dictionary-lovers out there?

Inquiry if I offer matchmaking services and request in my inbox this AM from a male guest of last night’s Mingler – “keep a look out for a petite, very well-educated, word-oriented woman in her late 30s or early 40s…” Interesting what criteria is important to each of us.   Makes you ponder, what’d be Read more…