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Re-writing our future

Re-writing our future

Sorry about my little disappearing act. I’ve been offline for a while for many reasons and here’s the main dealio: Jim and I decided, due to financial constraints, that we needed to sell our home. It was an emotional, but logical, decision and we had to act fast and work hard. While it took a while to prep for our sale, we were incredibly lucky about the speed with which we...

Best Gift Ever

Best Gift Ever

All work and no play

All work and no play

Jim and I love going out of town together. Who doesn’t relish a holiday from everyday life? Our love of vacationing runs the gamut between a fabulous trip to Paris…to spending a week in a tent in the Wisconsin woods…to renting a car and taking a day trip to a campy Old West Town. We aren’t that picky. Spending time together away from home relaxes and recharges us. It...

Memory keeping

Memory keeping

Jim sent me this picture last night. He had snapped it a couple weeks ago while we were hanging out in the park. I had completely forgotten that I’d even gotten on the swings, forgotten that I felt so giddy as I pumped my legs like a kid, flying high in the air. Seeing this image reminded me of that brief window of freedom and weightlessness. I’ve been feeling stressed out lately by...

Remembering Ol’ Jim

Remembering Ol’ Jim

When Peter and I were married five years ago, his father presented us with a beautifully framed, hand-illustrated poem titled Beloved Gift. His dad had composed the piece in the months leading up to our wedding day. The world changed twice today, Two hearts entwined in love did pray and gathered in their blissful sphere A place of haven, safe and dear. Life can grant you many gifts...

Wedding Photo Inspiration

Wedding Photo Inspiration

Congratulations! You’re getting married this summer! Yay!!! Wait, it’s your sister who’s getting married? That’s wonderful!! Oh…it’s your co-worker Duane who’s tying the knot. Fun! Wedding season has officially begun.  The invitations are arriving like credit card offers pre-housing crash. No matter who you are, there’s a good chance...

Slogging through

Slogging through

I’m treading molasses these days. Busy as a bee, a to-do list a mile long, but my limbs feel as if they weigh a thousand pounds and I am finding it difficult to stay motivated. I think it’s the oppressive gray Chicago weather. What’s weird is although I feel like I’ve accomplished a big old ZERO in the past month, the truth is, it’s been a fruitful and prolific several weeks...

What’s Love.

What’s Love.

By Michelle Tamoush Watson.  It was originally published April 14, 2011 in mimi & lu It’s never too late for true love. Ask my grandma. Sometimes I’d catch my 90-something year old grandparents flirting. Sometimes it was hard to remember that their 16 year marriage started when they were in their late 70′s/early 80′s. My “real grandfather”...

We’re Engaged!

We’re Engaged!

Today’s blog was written by guest blogger, Claire McClanahan *** I’m 36 years old and I recently got engaged. I grew up pretending to be Mary Tyler Moore and playing “office,” not dreaming about a princess wedding. The movie Blood Diamond permanently ruined me for ever being able to wear diamond rings and tulle makes me scratch inappropriately. Divorce is so common that...

Being married to me must be exhausting

Being married to me must be exhausting

Last night, I was still up at 2:30 in the morning helping Jim on a art project he’s completing. My bedtime is usually somewhere between 10:30-11pm, so I was really pushing the envelope. And while every cell in my body was begging for bed, I wanted to give him my time and energy in the same way he has whenever I’ve needed his input. Most of my work is project/deadline based. I’m...

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