Thu Feb 5
At your next family meeting, try posing this question: "Who wants to get rid of the fridge?" All in favor, please say, "Aye!" If this sounds like an insane scenario, check out this NYTimes article about families who have given up their iceboxes in order to reduce their carbon footprints. Fine, it's a lovely gesture. But seriously, refrigerators have been around since the 1800s! Even my grandparents, who have experienced life without the toilet, washer, dryer and electric stove, cannot fathom a world sans fridge! Maybe a single college kid can exist without one--just keep the beer in a cooler and the Ramen in the cubbard. But parents? Come on. No more freezing breast milk. We'll have to keep our kids' string cheese in ice chests. And ice packs for boo-boos? Forget 'em. I'm all for green living, but where do we draw the line between saving the environment and saving our sanity?
CrackBerry for kids!
Thu Feb 5
Whatever happened to Slinkys and Lincoln Logs? You know, toys with souls? They've been replaced by gadgets and gizmos like LeapFrog's new "digital assistant." It looks exactly like your BlackBerry and allows tots to pretend to text message, make calls, etc. Sure, it was only a matter of time until something like this was created, and some parents are going to eat it up, but really? Really?!? I agree with one mom in the article who points out that kids are just going to be asking for the real thing sooner if they're given toy versions before age 3. I was in college before I got my first cell phone. Why do kids need to be 3 going on 30?
What's that smell?
Thu Feb 5
No, we're not talking about Junior's dirty diaper. We're talking about that weird syrupy odor that's been wafting through the city that makes you feel like you have an Eggo waffle affixed to your face. You've probably noticed it on and off for awhile now, and today Bloomberg finally addressed its cause . Apparently, it's emanating from " facilities in New Jersey that process food additives and fragrances." Specifically, a company called Frutarom. The place isn't violating any rules or regs, so the syrupy smell may stick around for a while--no pun intended. It's always Jersey's fault, isn't it?
The Real LEGO Land
Tue Feb 3
New York City--a source of inspiration for artists, designers, creators, innovators and entrepreneurs for hundreds of years. But does Gotham trigger your creativity as a parent? Christoph Niemann, an illustrator and Times blogger who used to live in NYC before relocating to Berlin, recently found himself surrounded by hundreds of tiny, colorful, interlocking blocks, better known as LEGOs, in his little boys' room. While his tykes likely constructed crime-fighting Transformer-esque behemoths, Niemann's thoughts drifted to the city that never sleeps, and he came up with this: a minimalist representation of the Big Apple. Silly, yes, but also a sweet reminder of the little things that make this such a wonderful place to raise a family. You can see more of Niemann's art, including a kids-eye view of the subway , by reading previous entries from his Abstract City blog .
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