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Do-Rite Donuts

My sister is a girl after my own heart.  For her birthday, she would rather have a “doughnut crawl” than a bar crawl.  And she lives in a great city for it.  Chicago is home to some of the best, if not the best, doughnuts in the country.  People in my neck of the woods think a certain local bakery in Durham has wonderful doughnuts.  This makes me sad for they in fact have never had a delicious doughnut.  Chicago doughnuts put ours to shame.  To be honest, I think Dunkin’ Donuts is the best we’ve got.

Chicago has several high-end doughnut shops.  There is Glazed & Infused, Doughnut Vault, and Firecakes Donuts, to name a few.  I truly enjoy Glazed and Infused (located in the Raffaello Hotel), but my personal favorite is Do-Rite Donuts.  

Whenever I am in Chicago, we take a Saturday morning stroll to Randolph Street to pick up some of the most delicious doughnuts in the world.  We swear all the walking burns off the calories.  The place is kind of a hole-in-the-wall, and can only fit about five people inside at a time to order.

They have some of the novel flavors like candied maple bacon (not my cup of tea) and carrot cake, to name a few.  As a chocoholic, I really enjoy the double chocolate old-fashioned.  Our family’s personal favorite is the Valrhona Chocolate, pictured below.  Just look at the extra dollop of chocolate.

 ImageMy sister told me that they are going to be opening a second location closer to her apartment.  While that is exciting, I’m almost scared that it will make it too easy for us to get doughnuts.  I could seriously inhale these things.  So, the next time you are in the Windy City, I suggest that you check out the various doughnut establishments if you can afford to spare some calories (or even if you can’t).  If you have time for only one, go to Do-Rite


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May 19th

If I could meet any person, living or dead, it would be Anne Boleyn.  I have been fascinated with her since I was about ten years old.  We all know how her tragedy ends.  Today is the anniversary of Anne’s execution, and I would like to write about one, specific trait I find so fascinating about her.

“What His Majesty is denied, he go half-mad to obtain.  What he gets freely, he despises.” – Thomas Boleyn (Anne’s father), Anne of the Thousand Days

ImageWhile the above quote if fiction, from my favorite movie of all time, its sentiment rings true in the way Anne conducted her courtship with the king.  Her sister, Mary, was definitely Henry VIII’s mistress, and her mother may have been, too.  In fact, Mary had a reputation for loose morals, established in the French court as a girl.  When Mary became pregnant, potentially with the king’s illegitimate child, she was discarded and of “no further use.” 

Anne saw the foolishness in her sister’s ways.  She was not going to let her family live off “prostituting” herself to the king.  Back in this time women didn’t have a lot of control over their lives; Anne was going to be forced to court the king.  If she was going to do so, she might as well get something out of it.  So, for seven years, she led Great Harry on a chase until she had her prize – Queen of England.  She refused his gifts.  She did not submit to his sexual advances.  She embarrassed and confused the King of England, who believe his power was absolute and his will divine.  While I believe Anne ultimately grew to love Henry, if she had not been made queen, she would have bailed before sacrificing her virtue.

It is ironic that Anne was called “the great whore” as she was hardly thus.  She clung to her honor when other women would have easily given it away.

For me, Anne was definitely a role model in the way I conducted myself with the opposite sex as a teenager and young woman.  You can be vivacious while still keeping an air of mystery.  While I don’t believe you should play love games, I also believe it is important to protect your honor.  As the saying goes, why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?  Don’t sell yourself cheaply.  Don’t sell yourself at all.


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Thin Shaming – Who Are You to Say What a “Real” Woman Is?

Last year, Fit Mom felt the heat from those who accused her of fat shaming.  Recently, I read an article about a Yale medical student who was “thin shamed.”  Very thin a 5’2″ 92 lbs, Frances Chan was told to gain weight or be put on medical leave.  It turns out she doesn’t have an eating disorder; just a very fast metabolism and petite bone structure.

She was subjected to appointments with psychologists, doctors, and nutritionists when she didn’t have a problem at all.  She became so annoyed by the harassment that she at lots of junk food and adopted a sedentary lifestyle in order to gain weight.  She only gained two pounds.  It sound like she has family and friends who are involved in her life and could vouch to the fact that she is a normal, healthy young woman.

Women who try to get back into shape after pregnancy are portrayed as bad mothers with a lack of priorities.  After I have a child, I will continue my fitness routine.  While this would never come at the detriment of my child, I don’t think I would be a horrible person for trying to get back in shape.

With the exception of doctors, I don’t understand why people feel the need to judge somebody based on their size.  I feel like we have to put everybody in a box at the average 5’4″ 150 lbs or whatever it is.  If you are heavier than that, it’s okay, but if you are smaller, you are “too skinny.”  It just doesn’t work that way.  I’m so tired of other people deciding what a “real woman” is. People come in all shapes and sizes.  Just as you shouldn’t attack someone for being overweight, you don’t have the right to harass someone uncomfortable for being underweight.


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Impractical Jokers

I love Thursday nights. It’s not because it is just the end of my work week (although that is awesome) and The Big Bang Theory is on. There is another show my husband and I look forward to just as much: Impractical Jokers.

Impractical Jokers airs on TruTV most Thursday nights. It follows the members of the comedy troupe The Tenderloins (Joe, Sal, Murr, and Q) as “they compete to embarrass each other.” The prank is done in public before an unsuspecting person or crowd, like Candid Camera. The “jokers” do not know the details of the prank until they are actually doing it. While one joker is doing a prank, the other three are feeding him embarrassing lines through a hidden microphone. The joker that’s “it” has to say or do what he is told or else he “loses.: The person with the most losses at the end of the episode gets a punishment, which is usually more public humiliation.

I enjoy this show because it creates awkward situations, not offensive ones. It is rarely mean-spirited, and most seem to be having a good time. These are lifelong friends who have known each other since their school days. Their is also minimal bad language and/or cross behavior. One of my favorite sketches is the one posted here. Good, wholesome family fun.


May 6, 2014 · 12:51 pm