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Life Between Naps

The narrative adventures of a full-time, unemployed, stay-at-home dad.

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Jim Noonan is a former shoe salesman, landscaper, park ranger, office clerk, unauthorized handyman, "actor," waiter and student.  At no time during his journeys did he ever imagine that he would take a full-time job with no salary, insurance or stock options, but that's exactly what happened.  Jim is currently working for a $20 a week allowance as a stay-at-home dad, a job his wife gave him (on the second interview) after a new teaching degree and a plethora of student loans failed to land him a job.

It didn't take long for Jim to find the humor and horror of being a stay-at-home-dad, and he now channels his experiences with Lucy, 3, and Ruby, 1, into "Life Between Naps."  Jim and the girls can currently be seen wandering around the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago.



Pray for Me!

Posted Aug 10, 2010 1:45 PM

I'm doing it. It might cause laryngitis, diarrhea, baldness, memory loss, white rage, paranoia, uncontrollable twitches, blackouts, drooling or worse, a bear attack.
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An Argument for Nice Things

Posted Aug 5, 2010 12:48 PM

It’s obvious she’s blinded by the allure of Crate and Barrel and not looking at the big picture. This stupid dish is our existence.
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Death and the City

Posted May 14, 2010 10:43 AM

"Oh we're going to see that." She says looking over her shoulder just in time to see me cup a hand over my mouth and swallow my dinner… again!
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The Shape of Dough

Posted Apr 29, 2010 4:24 PM

Labeled as a 90 day fitness routine that was guaranteed to transform your body into that of a Greek God/Goddess, there was no way I could fail.
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Lucy & The Fly

Posted Apr 7, 2010 5:05 PM

A little less than a week from her fourth birthday, I bring you the story of how it all began...
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From Lucy's Lips III

Posted Mar 25, 2010 9:14 PM

I'm a good cook!
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You Better Recognize

Posted Mar 13, 2010 9:24 PM

I refuse… flat out refuse to blame Cathy, my loving wife, for her crude assumption, lack of couth, class and respect toward a dedicated husband who after close to one year has painstakingly acquired all the finite skills necessary to be called a...
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The No-Panty Nanny

Posted Mar 5, 2010 9:51 AM

I'd really like to say this is a story about chipmunks, ice cream and teddy bears, but it's not. It's about parenting, and the fact that I just can't leave well-enough alone.
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The Week Of

Posted Feb 24, 2010 2:50 PM

LBN’s new semi-regular feature about the things, thoughts and conundrums overheard during the course of a week. Otherwise a bunch of small instances that are good enough to mention, but didn’t necessarily deserve a whole story.
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Posted Feb 12, 2010 9:30 AM

It all happened so quickly! I wasn’t trying to prove a point; I wasn’t even trying to show off. In fact, I couldn’t give you one good reason why I was standing on the chair, especially since I’d been screaming at Lucy for the past few weeks to stop standing on the furniture.
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