Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tooth fairy

Gorilla Girl lost her first tooth.  This physical signal of her development took me a bit by surprise. Though I was a little worried that Gorilla Girl lost her tooth too soon, our dentist assured me that even though she … Continue reading

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Looking a gift horse in the mouth

We are moving my mother-in-law into our apartment, and in the process, we’ve been giving away, or attempting to give away, various items that we no longer have the space to keep.  I’ve posted the items we want to give … Continue reading

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Personal questions

I was picking up a former college roommate from Midway Airport a couple of days ago, and because of the sudden thunderstorm, Monkey Man, Gorilla Girl and I had to wait longer than expected for her arrival.  While we waited, … Continue reading

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Reading, writing, and arithmetic

Gorilla Girl and Monkey Man spent the summer without any scheduled activities — no summer school, day camp, lessons, or classes.  Our summer was about as  unstructured as they come, and we needed it.  So, I have been surprised at … Continue reading

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Coming to terms with my addiction

Hi, I am Necessity, and I am a food-blog junkie. I love scouring food blogs, making a list of ingredients for my next market trek or grocery run, and I love planning, chopping, blending, baking, and otherwise making and tasting … Continue reading

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Morning mourning

Last night at 10 pm, I got a call from the University of Chicago Medical Center asking me to participate in a survey about my experience with the hospital. I suppose hospitals do this from time to time, survey patients … Continue reading

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Look, it’s the “M” store!

Gorilla Girl and Monkey Man call McDonald’s the “M” store when they see the impossibly huge and ubiquitous highway signs. They remain blissfully ignorant of the desires created by the fast food giant, and I want to keep it that … Continue reading

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