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FitBit Update: Bracelets and Wristbands

I’ve been using my FitBit since June. I really like it. But a few weeks ago, a teeny tiny little tear appeared in the back opening of the wristband, where you put the FitBit device. Up until that point I’d been treating the wristband and FitBit reasonably carefully. I take it off to shower, and […]


I tried The Latest Facebook Challenge; I Lasted Ten Minutes

Last week I read about a guy who did an experiment: For two days, he liked everything on Facebook. Stuff that was completely opposite of what he believed in, stuff that he most definitely did not like, stuff that he felt really bad about liking. It didn’t take long at all until his feed was […]

What My Kids Give Me, Besides The Obvious

I think it’s a given that my kids give me love and affection and joy and exhaustion and the occasional cold and near heart attack. All that kid-related stuff. But they also give me structure. With both of them off at camp I’m finding my life completely devoid of structure, and I don’t really like […]


My SodaStream Experiment

A couple weeks ago I decided to buy a SodaStream machine. Bed Bath & Beyond was having a sale along with a $20 mail-in rebate. Combined with a 20% off coupon I had, I decided that it was a good time to try it out. I’d seen the SodaStream at consumer tech shows and had […]

Washing Machine Mold

Look At What I Found In My Washing Machine!!!

I love my front-loading washing machine, I really do. I’ve had it for eight years and I can put anything in there, from the most delicate sweater to the biggest comforter in the house. But… The mold. It gets under the rubber gasket inside the drum. I’m usually pretty good about cleaning it out once […]

Random Thoughts At 4am

Going to bed early to catch up on sleep only works if you don’t wake up at 3am. No matter what time I get up, my cat runs to me at a breakneck speed, meowing and begging for attention. I’m not a morning person, and I always ignore her for about half an hour. And […]


Organic Food: Not Necessarily Better?

My brother-in-law posted a link to this article on Facebook today. And this follow-up. The author discusses four myths of organic farming. I knew some of this, and basically already agreed with it, but it was nice to see it all laid out in one place, and especially the detail and comparisons in the rebuttal […]


Shaking Things Up A Bit

I’m a slow runner. I usually say that with a shrug and a resigned tone of voice. On paper my running pace could be mistaken for another person’s walking pace. Since the purpose of my running is usually focused on not dying during half marathons, I’ve never ever taken the time to try to get […]


BMI Rant Part THREE!

Years ago I wrote about what happened when Jake came home from school with a letter saying that he was obese. A few days ago I wrote about it again, because this nonsense is again making news in NYC. And yesterday, my daughter came home from school with her BMI report. My daughter, who is […]


Front Hallway Redesign

Our front hallway has a habit of becoming a disaster. There’s nothing more tempting when coming home after a long day than just tossing your stuff wherever. Sure, we could make a big effort to put things away in the areas of the house where we have more space, but I learned a long time […]