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Failing With Gusto

One Chicago mom's attempt to keep an accurate log so her kids will have something helpful to show the therapists.

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Marianne Navickas Walsh has an impressive history of failure. She walked away from a coveted career in the insurance industry after 10 years, dropped out of DePaul Law School after 10 minutes, and is completely incapable of producing a single girl-child to tend to her in old age. She also swore to never ever move away from Lincoln Park or marry a southside Irish cop or fireman like the mothers and grandmothers before her.

Marianne is now the proud mother of three sons and the wife of a southside Irish fireman. She has learned that sometimes you're just too dumb to know what makes you happy. Marianne blogs regularly at We Band of Mothers (webandofmothers.blogspot.com) and curses with even greater frequency. Her material is written for the imperfect, the imprudent, and the impatient mothers who know that all this stuff is really very funny if you just give it a minute.

Chicago mom: The time I thought I had things all figured out


Posted Apr 9, 2014 10:02 AM

Summer camp plans have caused a divide in the Walsh household - one boy wants an expensive sports camp, one boy wants the Chicago Park District camp and one boy wants to spend the summer being a Hoosier.
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Chicago mom envisions a world without swim noodles and it's just fine


Posted Apr 2, 2014 9:10 AM

Marianne has always believed you get what you pay for, but she never thought swim noodles would make her change her mind.
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Goodbye Sue: A Chicago boy's great love is gone


Posted Mar 26, 2014 12:53 PM

The ability to fiercely love another human being does not have an age requirement, says Marianne Walsh as she sees her little boy cope with the recent death of a very dear neighbor.
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Why Chicago should embrace the misunderstood centipede


Posted Mar 19, 2014 10:09 AM

The thousand legged centipede scared the (blank) out of Marianne Walsh until she decided to become their image campaign manager.
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Chicago mom on the strain of marriage


Posted Mar 12, 2014 12:28 PM

A kitchen sink strainer caused a big fight in the Walsh household recently. Guess who gets the last word?
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Chicago mom tries to stall aging with wine


Posted Mar 5, 2014 12:57 PM

Marianne Walsh was gung-ho on the anti-aging properties of red wine, until she considered other women throwing themselves at her younger-looking, hotter fireman husband.
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Chicago mom: For the love of Catholics, bingo and being accepted


Posted Feb 26, 2014 12:25 PM

An act of kindness at mother-son night at her sons' new Catholic school ends for Marianne Walsh with a really lost mom and burned banana bread.
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Chicago mom's take on the Olympics: I believe in Al Michaels


Posted Feb 19, 2014 9:54 AM

This Olympics, Marianne Walsh has had enough of the snark from commentators and journalists, talk about Bob Costas' pink eye and sadistic interviews making athletes cry. She just wants the miracles.
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When leaving your house is a really bad idea


Posted Feb 12, 2014 9:23 AM

One Chicago mom has found a good reason to stay inside this horrible winter: Fear of death by icicle.
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Chicago mom: It's been a long winter. Bring on the whiskey


Posted Feb 5, 2014 10:46 AM

This winter calls for some relief that comes in a pretty, shiny bottle.
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