The Government Shutdown: Two Sides

One Side....

I, like many Americans, am embarrassed. Imagine one of those dreary winter days where getting out of bed seems like a marathon. Most of us would hit the snooze a couple of times but eventually, stumble out of bed. Scalding water and hot coffee would do wonders for that lack of motivation. It seems that our congress, made up of well-paid officials elected "by the people and for the people," has pulled the covers over it's head and said "not today." Well, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Obama, and everyone else who can't possibly come up with another solution, hate to break it to you but you are … [Read more...]

Kombucha: WTF?

Kombucha

Stop it. I am a professional. What I meant was: What's The Fuss? This last work week was all about kombucha. Everyone from newly diagnosed diabetics, to folks struggling to lose weight, to headache sufferers wanted to hear my two cents. Since I really try not to spout opinions on topics I know nothing about, I decided to read up on kombucha and it's supposed health benefits. After several hours of scouring medical and non-medical sites I am ready to share what I know. Hope you are sitting. What I Know About Kombucha: Nothing. That's right, I still basically, know … [Read more...]

Vitamix: A Lunchtime Debate

Vitamix

Over lunch today, Chris and I had a very typical "discussion." I want a Vitamix. He thinks it's ridiculously expensive. Disclaimer: If you believe any of the following, please read no further. 1. A Cap'n Crunch coating is just the thing to "liven up" a boring chicken breast. 2. A can of Cream of Mushroom soup is capable of transforming a humble pile of ingredients into a one dish dinner. 3.The microwave is a fine appliance for cooking an entire meal. 4. Thomas Keller* is just some guy. *The chef/owner of The French Laundry: arguably the WORLD's best restaurant (Yountville, CA) Chris took … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cupcakes: How a Nerd Infiltrated the “In” Crowd

The Secret to  Lunch Happiness Lies Within

Yesterday was an emotionally charged day. My post about M's interactions with mean girls spurred a lot of debate. After reading through hundreds of comments I sat down and thought about the memories I have of my very own mean girls. One may assume that the most popular girls in school would also be the meanest. After all, they had no competition they were "it"---the in crowd. But, that is not necessarily true. In fact, I learned one year that the most popular group of girls in my school, despite being aloof, were actually quite kind and generous...at least to each other. You will … [Read more...]

Dear Mean Girls

I was really hoping it wouldn't come to this. But, you have made me do it. Today, for the first time, I saw a tiny crack in my little girl's armor---a crack you caused, in the armor you have forced her to wear. Since you don't have a choice, I am going to tell you a very important story; one I had to tell my own daughter tonight thanks to you. A long time ago there was a 13 year-old girl who lived in a not-so-nice house in the not-so-nice part of town. She wore the same outfit twice in one week and sometimes her shoes had holes in them. At lunch, she had to sit alone and read books. … [Read more...]