We got a great deal and bought plane tickets to Barcelona on a whim last March. In preparation for the trip, we watched with baited breath as Catalonia voted to separate from Spain and waited for the fallout. Should we go through with the trip? Is it safe? The answer is “Si”. Currently … More Barcelona – great vacation despite political unrest
As some of you may know, last month I shopped the neighbourhood and stopped shopping online. The primary goal was to support neighbourhood businesses, secondly to decrease the amount of packaging we receive, and a lesser goal: to see if the siren call of internet offerings could be ignored. Day 3: I walked 20 blocks … More Shopping locally in October – a reflection
Halloween is always fun in North America, you decorate your home, kids (and some adults) get dressed up, and you go trick or treating! It’s especially fun with preschoolers, who love to be brave and check out all the fun neighbourhood decorations. This was our second Halloween in NYC and here are some of the … More Halloween on the Upper West Side
Our quest to reduce garbage and packaging was going so well…the trash can became the recycling bin and one week’s worth of garbage could fit in a small unlined bin under the sink. We made produce bags and hankies from old t-shirts that were too far gone for donation, bought compostable toothbrushes and compost like … More One step forward, two steps back (and a decision to shop the neighbourhood for one month).
Remember the 1998 Rom-Com “You’ve Got Mail”, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? It’s about the owner of a children’s book shop who unwhittingly falls in love with the owner of a big box bookstore over AOL instant messenger? (Remember AOL???). Well, here’s some trivia…the movie was filmed exclusively on location on the UWS. … More You’ve Got Mail tour of the UWS
This is a post about reducing the amount of garbage we produce, but first, a story: A few weeks ago, some friends and I were talking about leaps in technology and the exponential tech advances predicted for the future. Specifically, the quest for the ultimate AI (which may take over the world), paired with Stephen … More Reducing trash – one family at a time.
This summer we are kind of on a “tour de famille”, if you will. First stop was Amsterdam to visit my sister, second stop is Michigan to visit my mom and third will be Toronto to visiting M’s family. Can you tell I’m taking advantage of a summer off work? Currently O and I … More Beach bums in Michigan
Back in NYC after a fun (and rainy) 2 week visit to Amsterdam. My husband was lamenting the two pairs of shorts he packed and didn’t wear, and we all could have used another sweater. We mainly stayed at my sister’s place near Amsterdam Centraal. We biked (and even found a bakfiets – a … More So long Amsterdam!
School’s out for the summer and it is time for some vacation fun! We are visiting my sister at her home in Amsterdam for two weeks: O and I are exploring alone this first week while M is working in Brussels, then he will join us for the last half of the trip. Thus … More From Amsterdam with Love
Nights and CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Gardens is an after-dark experience where you sit on the great lawn and enjoy live music (and beer/wine), then admire the illuminated glass works of Dale Chihuly at the Enid Haupt Conservatory and throughout the Gardens. Dale Chihuly was the first American to study glass blowing on … More New York Botanical Gardens – Nights and CHIHULY