Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I Heart Melville Dewey

Okay, I just need to put this out there: If you are not using your public library, you are a chump! Sorry, but it is true. Do you even know what they have in that place?

First of all, and obviously, books. Buying books is for chumps. Well, mostly. Some books that you will reference over and over (cookbook, home improvement, etc.), and maybe a couple of favorite novels make sense. But-- think about it-- why do you need to own any others? All it is doing it taking up space in your life, yo. And, trust me, if you ever do decide that you want to read Sons and Lovers again (unlikely), I promise you can check it out from the library.

Um, oh by the way- you can get pretty much any movie you wanna watch or CD you wanna listen to from the library, too. FOR FREE. Some also have video games and even stuff like framed art to hang on your wall. You could have a rotating museum!

Don't forget programs. The library is one of the best places to entertain little ones. Not only do they have the materials to check out, a lot of them have programs for kids like story time and classes. Plus, many libraries have play rooms full of toys!

Seriously folks- JUST GO TO THE LIBRARY. It rocks. Really.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


So I have all the usual self-improvement ideas knocking around in my brain for this year. Got a membership to the YMCA...actively working toward being more optimistic...etc., but I have just decided tonight that my major goal for 2012 will be to reduce our household food waste. We throw out so. much. food.

Okay, so this is probably easier said than done with a two year old in the house, but there are some big ideas that I can think of right now:

1. EAT THE LEFTOVERS. Just freakin' eat them. Don't tell me there's nothing in the fridge because there are definitely leftovers. (That's a chastisement to myself, by the way.) I need to learn how to repurpose leftovers. That stir-fry that didn't quite turn out surely can be turned into something more edible. Leftover potatoes could be used in a new dish and not just as a sad, late-afternoon microwave affair.

2. Buy what we will eat, not what we think we should eat. I am so guilty of this. At Wegmans, I am totally going to snack on carrot stick and unsalted cashews. When that stuff comes home, suddenly it's a different story.

3. This is a bit of a tangent, but why aren't we ALL bringing our own containers for restaurant leftovers? It would be at least as easy to do as reusable grocery bags, and would result in lest waste when eating out.

Any other good tips for reducing food waste at home? Anybody want to join me in this goal?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, Babe!

Today is Murphy's second birthday.
He is becoming, like, a real person or something.

Right now he loves:
Count von Count
matchbox cars
the Jeopardy theme song
peanut butter sandwiches
reading letters (of the alphabet)

He says "Hey Mommy!" about 50 times a day.
When I ask if he wants, say, a banana, his response will be a shake of his head and something like, "Mm, just blueberries."