35, have been married to Andy
since 1998, and have a daughter, Quinn,
who was born in October of 2001.
We live in a house in McHenry, a Chicago
We have a dog, Baxter,
who has a habit of farting, then hurrying
into another room.
I come from a big, close-knit (read: nosey)
I have worked as a nursing home activity
director, a teacher, a writer for a trade
magazine. I did contract work for a software
company, selecting educational web sites
for school libraries. I am lucky enough
to be teaching part-time again at a school
I love with students I love and coworkers
I love. My main job, though, is to take
care of Quinn. When she's not busting a
move at her Montessori school, that is.
had this journal for seven years.
I stole the title of my journal from my
mom, who once had a newspaper column by
the same name. It was funny stuff.
Are the People In My Neighborhood
is my husband of almost seven years. From
all over this great land of ours, he comes
in peace to play computer games and read
trade rags he Dumpster dives for at the
Post Office. Probably the smartest person
I know...and the sweetest.
lives in the same town we do. This
has never been anything but good. She'll
make you dinner if you ask her nicely.
When I was little, I would stand outside
the bathroom door and knock if my mom took
longer than 30 seconds to emerge. "What
are you doing in there?!" I'd call
over and over. Finally, she'd get fed up.
What are you doing in there?!"
frying pork chops for a Jewish wedding!"
I didn't understand what this meant, and
I didn't ask. I just went away.
delightful habit I had when I was younger
was badgering my dad. "Where's mom?
Where's mom? WHERE'S MOM?" When he'd
had enough, he'd reply, "She broke
her leg, we had to shoot her." Each
time I'd repeat my question, he'd say it
louder and more dramatically.
BROKE HER LEG, we had to shoot her."
BROKE HER LEG, we HADDA SHOOT HER."
My dad passed away in 2004.
Have Two Sisters
and Denny have three fine children: Timmy
(He's 25 and still giggles), Danny (he's
a budding actor, and together we enjoy extremely
bad TV), and Maureen (a junior in college
and my mini-me).
Peggy and Jerry have a dog, Rosie, and a
well-tended garden. When we're on the phone
and the conversation gets heated, one of
us will yell, "DON'T YOU TURN ON ME!"
Have Three Brothers
and Pam moved to California in a fit of
independence, taking with them Edward (college
student and budding lawyer) and Kaitlin
(who is a freshman in college and endorses
any and all of Mary-Kate and Ashley's offerings).
Kevin tells a good story and likes chocolate
Dennis is my twin...well...maybe if there
were't nine years separating us. His prom
date went blind; ask him about it.