Monthly Archives: February 2011

Join a Classics Book Club

The Internet is consuming more and more of my time. When we leave the house for anything, my boys groan when I have to “just check Facebook,” and it inevitably becomes a delay. So while reading classics isn’t really new … Continue reading

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Going Meatless Monday

(Updates are posted here.) As a follow-up to my week of vegan eating, I have taken the Meatless Monday pledge. My family is even on board for dinnertime. (“Huh?” the boys gasped in alarm.) For our first family Meatless Monday, … Continue reading

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105 Degrees and the Awkward Pose: My First Bikram Yoga Class

I am sweating. A lot. I am in a 105-degree room with 40 percent humidity. I balance on my right foot and hold my left foot with my left hand. I lean forward and point my right arm straight ahead, … Continue reading

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50 Greatest Rock Songs

My list of the “50 Greatest Rock Songs” is hopelessly subjective and changes in my own head constantly, but it was fun to try to pin them down. Which is your favorite? The opening lyrics of the 50 Greatest Rock … Continue reading

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Buying local eggs

Boys and eggs Which is which?  I cracked the egg open and was struck right away by the yolk’s rich orange color. I have wanted to find a source for locally grown, non-factory farmed eggs and meat, and I finally … Continue reading

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Vegan for a Week, Part Two

Sweet potato enchilada (Vegan for a Week, Part One) After a week of vegan eating, I am surprised how little I missed meat. I missed dairy a lot more, especially cheese and yogurt. I am sure, though, that if I … Continue reading

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Gimme Some Nudgin’: Ideas for Future Challenges

Skycoaster   Any more ideas out there? I have gotten some great ideas for future challenges, as well as some not-so-great ones. Some are in the hopper: Take a flying trapeze lesson Shoot a gun Sweat through a Bikram Yoga … Continue reading

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Vegan for a Week, Part One

Butternut squash, chickpeas and green beans, brown rice, and spinach I am three days into a week of vegan eating. So far, so good. Some things I’ve learned: Animal products are everywhere I was surprised to learn that many foods … Continue reading

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It’s Pho Time

Fragrant steam rises from the big bowl, the perfect thing on this frigid February night in the city. Cilantro, lime, basil, beef — I am finally having a bowl of Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup. I have been driving by … Continue reading

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Push-ups Challenge

  It’s getting tough at two weeks in. I am trying a push-ups challenge and repeating days as often as needed. I plan to stick with it for at least six weeks and see how far I get. One thing … Continue reading

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