Photo Recap of the Past 10 Days

My Aunt, Mom, Sister and Me | U2 at Soldier Field

Birthday present from my mom: a ticket to see Bono and the boys with the girls! U2 rocked for over 2 1/2 hours which was the same amount of time it took for us to find our car afterward. Kind of our own version of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Wish I had a video of my Auntie Annie (person, not the pretzel) petting the police horse’s head while asking the officer where we parked. I pretended to not know her.


I set up a Hillbilly Heaven on the front lawn for the kids and their buddies: baby pool, Slip & Slide, chalk, bubbles and squirt guns. This is how they chose to entertain themselves:

Junior Gets Ink


We were in the dark for eight hours. (We were lucky — many folks in the Chicago area have been without power for 4 – 5 days.)


I found a condom on our welcome mat (after the mailman had to step over it):

How nice! Someone left me a rubber straight jacket!


Tom and I celebrated 15 years of wedded bliss.  The kids and their sitter decorated the house, made really cute signs, bought flowers, baked a cake and whipped balloons at my head when I came home from work. Super sweet:

It’s rare parenting moments like this when I think I must be doing something right:

And it’s recurring pig-out moments like this when I know I am doing something wrong:

All that cake damage was done by me. One fork scoop at a time. Right out of the pan. I even resorted to a soup spoon when all the dishes were dirty.


The Anniversary Glow quickly faded when I asked Tom to put the ironing board away (which was basically serving as an end table in the basement) and came home to this:

New excuse to not iron


Tom decided (again) to test out that whole “in sickness and in health” vow. He calls from work: “I think I have kidney stones again. My nuts and back hurt. I’m on my way home.”

When I picked him up from the train, he could barely walk. The pain was getting worse and he was extremely angry about the prospect of having another kidney stone ordeal. So we drive out the new ER for some tests, IVs, plastic gloves and a little fondling. The good news is that the results came back negative for stones. Maybe he has some kind of strain. The bad news, well, if you haven’t figured out our life story by now, is that the other shoe will drop at the most inopportune time.

The Lemon in the Garden of Love

“Maybe my pants were on too tight,” Tom self-diagnoses.

Like father, like son.

The last time I brought Junior to the doc for horrible stomach pain, we were told to buckle down for the flu. A few hours later, the kid dropped his drawers, announced that his pants were too tight and was healed.

Where the hell can I buy men’s and children’s Sansabelts?


What have you been up to the past 10 days?

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  1. GiGi

    I am so sorry, but, why do I giggle so much at your funny and crazy events?! Thank you for the laughs and happy anniversary.

  2. UT

    Just use baling twine and loosen the damn thing when it gets too tight!

  3. Kim

    If you eat a cake piece by piece with a fork, spook, spatula or your fingers straight out of the pan like that the calories don’t count.

    I am so proud of you right now.

  4. PR

    LOVE the pics! Tom doesn’t look like he’s in pain in that picture. Did he christen the new ER’s morphine drip? The kid’s gestures were so adorable! Robert would say “Ew, gross, this isn’t going to be another romantic moment, is it?”

  5. Kathy Swezy

    Hilarious. The notes and cake were so sweet!!! And that picture of the “after” cake. Awesome.

  6. Cindy

    Rich has always said, “You don’t know comfort until you hit 40, pant size! God, I’m lucky!!! 😉

  7. Michelle

    I love reading this stuff. Makes my life with husband and family seem so normal.

  8. Tommy


    You are a role model to all! I will take that advice to heart, now I need to go drink from my hippy cup!!!


  9. Karen

    Thanks! Yes the signs were really thoughtful. I should have included the Angry Birds card that Aidan made!

  10. Karen

    Aw, thanks. Think of this blog as your online support group for Family Fiascos!

  11. Louie

    Arrived at your web blog through Bing. You know I am subscribing to your rss.

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