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
It’s CSA time again! If I sound excited, it’s because I am. We joined Cream of the Crop CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) last summer/fall and all season long picked up our share of delicious, local, organic veggies on Tuesday afternoons. Over the winter and spring we missed not only the bounty, but also the … More First CSA Bounty
“Glamping”, or glamorous camping, is a trend where city folk with limited gear go camping in a cabin-tent with most of the amenities of home: toilet, running water, beds and bedding, wood stove…you get it. It’s like renting a pared-down cottage in the woods. M and I were once avid campers with full gear and … More Glamping at Stony Creek Farmstead
The Northern part of Central Park is not one we’ve explored much as a family. I’ve biked and run through the area near Lasker Rink and Harlem Meer myself but wasn’t sure how to get a four year old with little legs over there. It turns out the number 2 or 3 subways stop at … More Gone fishing! Afternoon at Harlem Meer