Monthly Archives: April 2010

Leave them alone and they’ll come home…

… likely carrying pizzas behind them.   Sometimes when I travel I’m hesitant to call home.  Not because I don’t miss those left behind, but because of what I might hear on the other end of the phone.  This seemingly irrational fear is somewhat heightened when the boys are home alone, left to fend for themselves.   This past weekend, while my daughter and I were four states away my son called on the third day to chat with me.  […]

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The fries of Texas are upon you.

I’d never been to Austin, Texas and while I was familiar with their unofficial motto of “Keep Austin Weird” — I truly felt I was prepared for anything.  Why wouldn’t I be?  I was born in Santa Cruz, CA where the UCSC mascot is the ariolimax dolichophallus or, more commonly: the banana slug.  Imagine my surprise when I found out about some of their more unusual culinary choices.  Ten minutes into the walking tour of the University of Texas campus […]

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Earth Day.

April 22nd is Earth Day, a day set aside out of 365, to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.  There are celebrations around the world to honor the planet and some communities take the entire week to pay tribute and educate folks how to take care of the old gal.  Earth Day started back in 1970, which means that it turns 40.  Wow.  40 years old.  A tough time in anyone’s life (unless you’re Jennifer Lopez, I hear). […]

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HOT Yoga

I attended a Hot Yoga class, at the recommendation of a friend, thinking it would be a good thing for my back and neck after my December car crash.  Oh, the road to you-know-where is paved with good intentions and I’m here to tell you it’s more than a little hot along the way.   Hot Yoga.  What is it?  First clue?  First word.  Everything else doesn’t matter.  I knew from the get-go what I was getting into, but thought […]

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…and National Library Week

Because I hadn't FINISHED my multiple mugs o' tea this morning — I forgot to encourage you to celebrate National Library Week, too!  April 11-17 is the week to remember "Libraries are the heart of their communities."  As an extra added bonus author Neil Gaiman is the Honorary Chair.  You may know him as the man behind the films Coraline and Stardust, but he is an AMAZING author and I encourage you to run to the library (or bookstore) and pick […]

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D.E.A.R. Day

Today is D.E.A.R. Day – Drop Everything and Read in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, April 12th.  If you’re not familiar with the legendary author Beverly Cleary, you might know her characters: Beezus and Ramona (coming soon as a movie to theaters – but, cheese & crackers people… read the book FIRST!)   Growing up, I remember thinking that I had a lot in common with Ramona Quimby.  I also thought the girl behind my house might have been the […]

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Vegas in the Spring? Elevator Tour!

Flowers in bloom, tax filing doom, laundry in hall, kids bouncing off wall – why, it must be Spring Break!  During this week off, some families hit the road to visit relatives or theme parks while others hunker down at home to TSP their walls (don’t laugh, I know where these people live and they are NOT me).  We chose the divide and conquer method of tackling the time off – sent the 17 year old off for a great […]

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