Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gymbo is a clown?

Yesterday in addition to voting and mailing off some Valentines I treated Mira to her first day at Gymboree (the activity center, not the store). Skeptical at first, she approached these children with the utmost caution. We made merry with maracas, hand drum, cage bell, and peek-a-boo scarf. Little did I know that Gymboree actually has their own version of a scary clown that joins in the singing and dancing fun. Somewhat embarrassing, for me at least, was all the singing. Of the one song that I partially remembered the words had been changed (oh do you know the muffin man... who lives on Hickory Lane?). Overall I am glad that we went but watching the staff and other parents interact with the kids I became aware that I probably don't baby our baby enough. We don't do all those little nursery rhymes and itsy bitsy spider things. Mostly we make up our own songs and games; consider the classics: throw the pacifier till your mama takes it away, feed the dog our snack and make her fat, who's got a stinky?, and of course, this monkey is a carnivore - courtesy of her dad.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kristin Met Bill

While I was watching a tv show about chocolate...
My sister Kristin met Bill Clinton. She's so lucky!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Chocolate all the time!

Sunday was some sort of food network chocolate marathon. The best thing I saw was Giada on Everyday Italian making a chocolate soufflé. I have made soufflé before but this one just seemed extra special. I made immediate plans to have it. This one is special because of the truffle-like rounds at the bottom - which when cooked melt to an exquisite sauce to be sopped up with the rest. Though we didn't have frangelico I used kahlua and the results were quite delicious.

Next up is her Panini with Chocolate and Brie. The husband is skeptical but really, it's chocolate and brie so why not?
February 15, 2008 4:30 PM ET/PT
February 17, 2008 7:30 AM ET/PT
February 22, 2008 1:30 PM ET/PT

Friday, February 8, 2008

Bottled Up

Our little country has got issues, serious health issues. No one, I mean NO ONE is looking out for our health relative to toxic exposure of consumer goods. Today I read another article about the bisphenol A (BPA) controversy. This time not on a mom board, not from an email chain, but from a place that I consider a reputable source - The Washington Post. I've held off being reactive to the BPA controversy. Maybe plastic baby bottles leach chemicals when heated and maybe they don't when they're cool. There is no conclusive evidence or report being released or fessed up to by any company, business or health organization just a lot of writing, speculating and crazy mom blogging. Toss 'em all, the extremists have said. My hesitance at first was that we had just bought them, they weren't cheap and if I tossed them they'd be going to a landfill (no recycling logo)... I asked the pediatrician if he had any thoughts on BPA - no concerns from him. But after the Post article today I finally threw out my Avent bottles. Whether they leach BPA or not I have read too many articles indicating they "might" cause reproductive harm!, leukemia!!, AUTISM!!!, and given up any hopes that anyone in our happy, red country is in charge of our health. I just hope that I haven't potentially, unwittingly poisoned baby M to the point that I have done harm.
I have other bottles - tried the Born Free (5 pieces! how much time do I have to clean this nonsense?!) she didn't like the flow anyway. We have the drop-ins... but today I found something BPA-free and ORANGE from thinkbaby. Hopefully the change will make some difference. But this isn't the only way I may be poisoning our baby... Gerber puts their organic baby food in #7 plastic containers. #7 polycarbonate has been ruled unsafe, especially when heated for some of the same reasons BPA has. Besides that I always thought that only #1's & 2's could be recycled at most facilities so why is an "organic" product put in a non-recyclable container to begin with? And don't even get me started on plastic blister packaging. Impossible to open, harmful to humans and the environment (cancer, anyone?), and requiring their very own infomercial scissors to cut through. I think that companies generating these products should be held responsible for the madness and taken to task. Can we have an election about that?

Friday, February 1, 2008

praise for wiki!

I love wikipedia. I really can't imagine how I got my information before I noticed it. The Daily Show or e!online maybe. Every now and then when I can't think of which celebrity micro-tragedy to research I just head to wiki and think, "hit me!" The hit me wiki button is also known as "Random Article." On one quite memorable occasion I was not ready for bed and wanted to find something good, really good. So I hit it, hit it, hit it till I came up with The Purple Rose of Cairo. I knew this was good so I went to bed, saving it till tomorrow. Over my morning coffee I followed all the leads until I actually landed on dear Ava Garder (whom did not trust anyone to get her bio right so she did it herself, and my what a story she told!), sideways to the iron lung, the genius son of Woody and Mia and even back to the Sudan! Amazing how it's all connected. Actually while collecting the links to make your life easier I caught up with the Beatles too! Who knew! It's like six degrees of separation for the entire universe. Did you know that my grandmother met Ava in Spain buying flowers?

Sad but true: I heard about wiki on NPR. The piece I heard (this wasn't it) was about how anyone that has a wikipedia account for 24 hours or so can post whatever it is they want about whatever it is that they think they know. This is my kind of storytelling! I can't even tell you how many things I think I know what I'm talking about but can't remember everything so I just go with whatever comes out.

You get what you pay for, I guess.
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