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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Just more stuff

I feel like posting and Maree' is standing here next to me, so she's giving me info to type. We were upstairs almost finished reading bedtime stories when Tom finally came home, and disrupted everything. "Let's order pizza!" (he just got paid and was very hungry). So now the only child sleeping is the baby. So...................................................
Maree' says that people call her May-May and Mars and "EE". She wants to marry Jesse MCcartney cause he has better hair than Aaron Carter. She has a boyfriend in real life too, his name is Anthony. Her mother lists her occupation as MILF on her myspace page. LOLROTF! If you don't know what that means, don't ask me cause I prob. won't tell you then anyway. I find that hysterical.

I thought some of you might like.....

to see Tom's tongue again......
if you point a camera at him, it's almost sure to appear!


Maree', who is really tired, when asked if she had any advice to offer anyone, said, "Eat Porridge." She also added, "Don't get allergies, they hurt."

(If asked) I would advise her to remember to bring her clothes when staying for the weekend. But that's just me.

The coolest of babies........

Career moves for Maree'

Maree' currently wants to be a fashion designer and a professional soccer player and a dancer and a chef. If anyone wants to see her dancing, I videotaped some of it yesterday.

One day, all the children will get together and destroy me and my evil videocamera. My only defense is that they perform voluntarily.

Justin strikes again!

I went to clean the outside of the toaster today only to discover a partially melted pacifier inside it. Too bad I don't have my camera.

Good injuries

Latest serendipitous injuries: In March, Donald Batsch, 54, was shot in the abdomen during a robbery in Bakersfield, Calif., but during surgery, doctors discovered a tumor that surely would not have been identified until much later. And in Southampton, England, in March, college professor Ronald Mann had a heart attack while driving, and his car smashed into a tree, but his body's banging against the steering wheel acted like a defibrillator and restarted his heart. (Doctors said that if the car had had an airbag, Mann would be dead.) And in February in Altamonte Springs, Fla., Ms. Arnie Fairclaw fell, broke her leg, and was taken to a hospital; later that night, a drunk driver lost control of his truck, which rammed her house and smashed into the bed where she would have been sound asleep. [Boston Globe-AP, 3-8-06] [Daily Mail (London), 3-24-06] [WKMG-TV (Orlando), 2-22-06]

Friday, April 28, 2006

Missing it already

We took our camera back to be sent to the manufacterer I'll be without a camera for a while. So naturally tonight Justin found a pair of Maree's shorts(actually a skort) she left here and tried to put them on. He had one leg hole over his shoulder and the other one hanging under the arm and looked like he was wearing a green toga. You had to see it. These things always happen when I don't have a camera!

My budding artist

I found this picture tonight while cleaning......I think she tried to draw the bird on the page. I like her version better! (Not bad for a 4 year old)

A few more pictures

Leanna in Uncle Jonathan's house, going out the cat door in the back porch, and Leanna sleeping with Luggin Bear, the bear she made at the Boyds bear factory on the way home from NC.

Running through the sprinkler

Justin preferred the pools to the sprinkler!

Sunbathing lessons with cousin Tracy

Tracy actually gave Leanna lessons on how to sunbathe. Can you tell which one is wearing sunscreen? It was really cute, and also good for Leanna to learn things from other women too.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Last summer

Disposable camera pictures from after our summer vacation last year.....Justin enjoying a yogurt(why bother with a spoon?) and Leanna, caught playing with water again.

family health history

A new government website-to hlep create a handy family health history you can share with physicians. It's free, you can update whenever. Supposed to take 15 minutes to complete(I haven't tried it yet).


Good for so many things, food, cleaning, killing grass, dying easter eggs, deodorizing, etc.

She looks just like........

Speaking of looking like a celebrity, I was just told this weekend that Justin looks like Haley Joel Osment (I see dead people!). That's a first. Since Leanna was about two I've had multiple people in multiple places tell me that she looks like the girl in Problem Child II. There was one bus driver who felt the need to comment on it every single time we got on his bus! I really have to rent that movie sometime and see for myself. And a few people have commented that she reminds them of Dakota Fanning(I am Sam, Uptown Girls, Cat in the Hat, etc.).

Oh! I just remembered-on my 25th birthday this guy told me I have eyebrows like Brooke Sheilds. I'm not kidding. I told him my mother would be so happy cause she's the only one who's ever commented on my eyebrows! Who looks at eyebrows, you know?

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I think I've been insulted

So last night I run into the grocery store five minutes before they closed because we need diapers, and as I'm walking past this woman yells out, "Simpson!" "You look like a Simpson, one of them!" I'm picturing the cartoons and wondering if this lady needs her medication, but as I turn the aisle she yells out, "Ashlee! You look like Ashlee Simpson!" Then I hear her asking her husband/boyfriend/whatever, doesn't she look like Ashlee Simpson? And he agreed. Then I ran into her again at the checkout and she started up again. She kept asking, "Hasn't anybody ever told you that?"

Ummmm, no.

More checkups

Justin's up to 23 pounds 11.5 oz, and is 34 inches long. And also very healthy!
And man, what a flirt! (He gets that from his Daddy)

Being a soldier's hard

So if I Do a tupperware party, does that officially make me OLD! I think the answer is yes.

I'm not familiar with pampered chef-I pretty much need indestructable stuff here. My kids are hard on everything.

I do have a fond tupperware party memory though.
I think we were at Violet's house. I don't remember Laura being there, although where else would she have been? So I probably just blocked the presence of my annoying little sister. The kids were outside, no adult supervision, it was a different world then. Me and this boy had an enormous amount of fun taking turns hiding his GI Joe action figures and the other person would have to find them. We didn't have to be bored inside the tupperware party and could run around. What fun! Until one of us hid them in a thick bush and even working together we could never find them. He had to leave without those poor GI Joe dolls. I mean, action figures.

that's pretty funny

David Copperfield and two of his assistants were robbed at gun point after one of his magic shows Sunday night by three armed teens. The best part of the story is that Copperfield actually did some magic on them, pulling out all of his pockets to show they were empty, even though he had a cell phone, passport and wallet in them.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Timothy's 16 pounds, 12 oz. and 26 1/2 inches long. And very healthy!

Why Mommy?

So how do you explain to a four year old why she can't go in the doctor's office next door? You know, the one with all the toys and books and carpeting and nice staff? The one where they give you a little booklet where they record your baby's height/weight/head circumference every visit? And treat you as though your time is valuable too? (The one for people with private insurance.)


Leanna asked me today, "Do people eat fish?" I explained that yes people do, although we don't really because Daddy and I don't like fish. "real fish?? Like the kind that swim?" Yup. "Eeeeeewwwwwwww!"

Influenced by biology

Article on Courtney Love (very troubled singer) being the 4th first born daughter to be "cursed" and speculates that her daughter may escape the curse. Shows how we echo the past.....interesting. Things Nanny Sue did in her past could be similar to things her grandmother did in hers-and Leanna will do in the future. For example.

making mothers neurotic for 40 years

Mothers got wrong advice for 40 years:,,2087-2147863,00.html

channeling Debbie Gibson

Morning: As Timothy sits in his exercauser Leanna and Justin eagerly await breakfast.  Both sit at the table drinking the orange juice I just made with my juicer.  Whole wheat pancakes with wheat germ and very little syrup…..and they eat it all up.  Fast forward to lunch……what!  Are you kidding, Leanna actually wants to try some of my salad!  And she’s eating it!  Wow, all that dark leafy green stuff and carrots, tomatoes, and egg will be so good for her.  Justin sits in his seat, eating his broccoli and brown rice.   I smile, thrilled that all my hard work is finally paying off.  A mid-afternoon snack of kiwi helps tide them over until suppertime.  Leanna plays with Timothy while Justin naps and I start supper.  Tom has finally agreed to try something new.  He’s even been letting me use fresh vegetables instead of canned!  And amazingly enough, they all eat supper-Tom and the kids.  All the same meal.  And at the table together.  Talk about a good feeling-I know my family have all eaten something I’ve made, and it’s really good for them too.  I’m so happy, I don’t mind that Tom turns the TV up loud enough to destroy the whole neighborhood’s hearing, or that Justin cries for an hour straight while Leanna dumps toys all over the floor.  We’re finally on track towards normalcy…..eating a meal together as a family, the kids more even tempered because they’ve been eating good food at regular times, and Tom letting me make normal (more healthy) food.  Then I wake up.  

Monday, April 24, 2006

I'm crushing your head!

From Will Wheaton (the actor)’s blog:
the los angeles flatheads
Two tickets from TicketBastard: $52
Parking: $10
Four Dodger Dogs, two sodas: $27
Crushing heads with my stepson: Priceless
Watching the Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles blow a one-run lead in the 8th to lose to the Cubs: Sadly predictable.


I’m a lyrics person, I generally pay attention to the words of a song, while Tom is the exact opposite. But yesterday he pointed out that the song Lola (I think by the Kinks) is about a transvestite. I had no idea. Never really paying attention, I had always assumed they were singing about some young Lolita, nicknamed Lola. Read for yourself:

I met her in a club down in old soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola [lp version:Coca-cola]C-o-l-a cola
She walked up to me and she asked me to danceI asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said lolaL-o-l-a lola lo-lo-lo-lo lola
Well I’m not the world’s most physical guy
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
Oh my lola lo-lo-lo-lo lola
Well I’m not dumb but I can’t understand
Why she walked like a woman and talked like a man
Oh my lola lo-lo-lo-lo lola lo-lo-lo-lo lola
Well we drank champagne and danced all night
Under electric candlelight
She picked me up and sat me on her knee
And said dear boy won’t you come home with me
Well I’m not the world’s most passionate guy
But when I looked in her eyes well I almost fell for my lolaLo-lo-lo-lo lola lo-lo-lo-lo lolaLola lo-lo-lo-lo lola lo-lo-lo-lo lola
I pushed her away
I walked to the door
I fell to the floor
I got down on my knees
Then I looked at her and she at me
Well that’s the way that I want it to stayAnd I always want it to be that way for my lolaLo-lo-lo-lo lola
Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for lolaLo-lo-lo-lo lola
Well I left home just a week before
And I’d never ever kissed a woman before
But lola smiled and took me by the hand
And said dear boy I’m gonna make you a man
Well I’m not the world’s most masculine man
But I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man
And so is lola
Lo-lo-lo-lo lola lo-lo-lo-lo lolaLola lo-lo-lo-lo lola lo-lo-lo-lo lola


Leanna has given herself and her brothers new nicknames.  She is jumping bean, Timothy is SugarPop, and my favorite, Justin is Monkey Fantastic.  

reasons not to smoke

Still More Reasons Not to Smoke, Beyond What the Surgeon General Told You: In February, the cigarette of a 46-year-old woman in Parkersburg, W.Va., accidentally set fire to her long hair, and she later died at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Also in February, Dennis Crouch, 53, who had earlier chased his wife with a knife during an argument in Daytona Beach, Fla., resisted police when they arrived, provoking one officer to fire her Taser, which struck a cigarette lighter in Crouch's shirt pocket, setting fire to his upper body. (His burns weren't serious.) [WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)-AP, 2-14-06] [Orlando Sentinel, 2-22- 06]

happy marriage

“We live in a world right now where over half of marriages end in divorce, and of those that survive, how many are actually happy? OK, OK, you may say, happiness was never the point. Putting food on the table, a roof over their heads, and raising children, that is the point. Ain't it so, word up. The institution of marriage was created for the purpose of the survival of the human species. And therein lies the problem. In this wealthy, abundant world, we no longer need marriage to survive…….I see so many women who get absolutely sucked dry by the Institution. They have spent much of their lives planning their wedding and looking for their prince, just as their mothers did before them. Now add a full-time job to all their expectations of themselves, and you have a generation of women who are positively fried. They are supposed to keep beautiful homes, prepare healthy meals, spend quality time with their children, bring home a paycheck, and manage their own careers while emotionally supporting and encouraging their husbands to be all that they can be, and delivering great, regular sex…..”

For her solution……
It’s an excerpt from a book on marriage (female perspective).  

Someone's gonna kill me for this one!

Ok, can you guess who this word from word-a-day reminds me of?

Oniomania is another word for the urge to shop till you drop, habit of thedebit, thrill of the bill. According to a pearl of ancient wisdom, we don't acquire things, things acquire us. In the case of oniomaniacs, it is perhapsthe fun of acquiring things that acquires them. Imelda Marcos of the Philippines could be one prime example of this category, known as shopaholics, though she could be better known as a shoeaholic.This week we'll look at five uncommon words with common suffixes and prefixes.

oniomania (O-nee-uh-MAY-nee-uh, -MAYN-yuh) noun Compulsive shopping; excessive, uncontrollable desire to buy things.[From Latin, from Greek xnios (for sale), from onos (price) + -mania.]-Anu Garg (
"Like other compulsive disorders, scientists are working on a cure for oniomania. And according to a report in HealthScout, it could be just around the corner. At Stanford University, researchers are testing a drug to treat a shopaholic's desire to spend." Phenomena; Ottawa Citizen (Canada); Nov 25, 2000.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Birthday party

Went to a party Saturday afternoon. Here's the birthday boy-My friend's son is already two years old. He and Justin kept giving each other the biggest hugs-until the cameras were pointed! It was really cute to see though. He has the most adorable blond curly hair I've ever seen!

It seems like I just went to her baby shower. The one she had to miss because she was in the hospital with the baby she had in the night/morning! (Her extremely embarrassed husband had to open all the presents). And I was hugely pregnant at the time. Waiting out the two more months until it was my turn! Congratulations!

our camera

I'm really really frustrated with our camera. It's doing the same thing that it was when we took it to the shop a few months ago. It takes forever to focus or doesn't at all. Sometimes it tells you that it's in focus and the picture isn't. I even looked up reviews of that particular camera and it was supposed to be a good one! Maybe we just have really bad luck with digital cameras.


If I did a tupperware party would anyone come? Just curious.........

Furniture tipping over

It is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 children are injured each year as the result of tipping furniture. Approximately 6 children a year die as a result of injuries sustained from tipping furniture.
The website of a girl who died. She was born within a month of Leanna, and is gone already. Her foundation is trying to make manufacterers give free anchors and safety stuff along with warnings when you buy furniture. Pass it on to other parents.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Mommy doesn't know how to dress!

I didn't think this one would be happening for a long time yet. Leanna knows we have a party to go to today. When she woke up she looked over at me and said, "Is that what you're wearing? I'll help you get dressed Mommy." I didn't think that was coming til the teen years!
In my defense, because we had somewhere to go I purposely didn't "get dressed" though, because invariably, I'd end up with one or more body liquids on my clothes, several dirty hand substances, and lord knows what else!
(at least I wasn't wearing these: the horror that is (are?) MOM JEANS. ).

Imagination and the vacuum

Apparently my kids have a special relationship with the vacuum cleaner. I don't know what about it inspires such feelings. Leanna's always been afraid of it-for a brief period she was ok with it, but then her Daddy started chasing her with it and the fear returned. And hasn't gone away yet. I've tried explain that she's way too big to fit in there, but it doesn't matter. Justin's always been fascinated with it. I remember one time my Mom was vacuuming our living room and Justin was old enough to walk around, so he followed her right behind as she vacuumed, just watching. Yesterday I was changing his diaper and he didn't want me to. I swear I am not making this up. He actually turned to the vacuum, which was right next to him, and said, "vacuum. Help." He wanted the vacuum to help him! LOL!
Today Leanna took a blanket and draped it over the vacuum. Then she asked Justin, "Ok Justin, where do you want to go? To Wawa's for chocolate milk? Ok!" So now the vacuum functions as a car too. I love that I have such creative kids!

Edit: When I was telling my sister about Justin and the vacuum I commented that his, "vacuum. Help. " reminded me of how a superhero sometimes calls on their super power to help them. Like spiderman pointing his arm and saying, Web! and a spiderweb shoots out. Or Inspector Gadget saying, Go go gadget arms! Justin already has his superhero name, he's Justinvinceable! Ah, a boy and his vacuum!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Will your child be coming home from school today?

Stories like this I find absolutely terrifying. When I was a kid this stuff wasn't even a concern.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

If you won the lottery

What’s the first thing you would do if you won the lottery? I won’t name a specific amount, we’ll just assume that it’s enormous. Enough to do whatever you want with. What is the very first thing you would do, and after that, generally speaking, what else would you do?

The very first thing I would do is pay off all our debt-student loans, credit cards, medical bills, anything I had a place to pay off, I would. We’d be completely in the clear, nothing hanging over our heads anymore. That would feel so good. The closest I’ve come to that is when I paid off my car. I practically skipped to the mailbox to put in the last payment. That was a really nice feeling.

joys of motherhood

He cries, and I pick him up. He burrows his little head between my neck and shoulder, tiny arm quickly swung up and around the other side of my neck. The cries stop the second I pick him up. Ragged breaths become slow and steady. He is content. Sweet baby breath on my neck. We sway to the music playing and I think that this is one of the best feelings.
Motherhood is just magic sometimes......I don't have to do anything but be me, and all the bad feelings go away. That's a powerful magic.

Where Have all the Grandmas Gone?

Interesting essay-and it has two points: 1. women today are often left without support for childrearing and its time-consuming and draining tasks and 2. older women today are made to feel that they have to keep themselves at a certain level of perfection, age is not respected, and they are no longer able to sit back and enjoy a lifetime of labor's rewards, while helping with the younger generation.

Although I should add that I think it's much more complex than just women having vanity issues. It seems that people no longer make enough money for a grandmother to be able to afford to go live with or even help her children on a regular basis. This is not a personal fault, it has more to do with society.

Where Have All the Grandmas Gone?
by Katie Allison Granju
A good friend of mine is going through a tough time at the moment. She is eight months pregnant with her second baby and hasn't felt that great since the first trimester. In addition to her pregnancy, she is being kept frantically busy caring for her three-year-old daughter, who has been suffering from a nasty infection in her spine for the past eight weeks. Early in the illness, her little girl was hospitalized, but now her daughter is at home -- in a back brace and on a semi-permanent IV drip inserted into her upper arm. My friend has been trained by the home-healthcare nurses from Children's Hospital to handle her toddler's medical needs, which involve getting up around the clock to check the IV drip and adjust the back brace. Her husband is very supportive and helps all that he can, but he has to be at work more than 40 hours per week so that the bills stay paid until his daughter has recovered and his exhausted wife gives birth.
Not so many years ago, a situation like this would have had "Grandma comes to help out" written all over it. But not today. My friend has relied heavily on the generous love and support that she has received from her pals and neighbors, but has been decidedly underwhelmed by the reaction of her own mother and mother-in-law, each of whom has been minimally helpful at best. Each grandmother lives within a few hours of my friend's front door, and each of them undoubtedly loves her three-year-old granddaughter, but the idea that they might move into the guestroom for the duration in order to do traditionally grandmotherly (and undoubtedly none-too-exciting) things like knit baby booties, prepare meals, answer the phone, and do laundry seems not to have occurred to them. There have been a few two-day visits and cards and gifts sent sporadically via mail, but there have also been many days at a time when my friend doesn't hear from either of these women at all. As disappointed as she is, she knows that grandmothering just isn't what it used to be.
For one thing, each of these particular grandmothers is divorced from the man with whom she shares her granddaughter's genes (although neither of them by choice). One of them has been divorced for thirty years and the other, for less than one year. And one of them, at age 56 (definitely only middle age in this era of botox, estrogen replacement, and tae-bo), is just now hitting her peak years in a demanding career. One grandmother stays very busy caring for her invalid second husband and the other is busily enjoying the dating scene after suffering through 30 years of an unhappy first marriage and a cheating spouse. (This grandma also takes fly-fishing lessons and likes to do amateur road-racing competitions in the red sports car she insisted that her ex-husband buy for her before she would sign off on their divorce.) One is a blonde, and one is a brunette. Neither of them can knit, but both of them see therapists, get massages, and like to travel. In other words, these are not your mother's grandmothers.
While it's clearly a great improvement in our culture to see older women exercising, working, continuing to learn and grow, and defying stereotypes, there is a downside as well. Grandmotherhood has become a cultural liability. While older women were once accorded a measure of community respect and instant gravitas by virtue of their years and experience, today's post-menopausal women are seemingly no longer allowed to age at all. Today's fifty-plus role models for women include Goldie Hawn, Lauren Hutton, Cybill Shepherd, and Susan Sarandon, women who clearly don't look like they spend much time baking cookies for grandchildren.
There was a time when a man who would abandon his 55-year-old wife of 30 years for his 25-year-old secretary was the recipient of community scorn and disapproval. Today, however, divorce has become so normalized that men no longer fear that stigma. As a result, older women have gotten the message that they better not get any wrinkles or let their hair go gray or they might just end up in the infamous First Wives Club. The "grandmother" label -- with all its associated baggage -- is no longer one that many older women want to carry.
Sadly, this represents a loss for our entire culture. Older women who should be able to "let down their hair" during the grandmothering years and enjoy the fruits of a lifetime of hard work and family-building are frightened into a constant and often desperate vigilance lest their true age become obvious. Communities are deprived of the unique nurturing skills and wisdom traditionally offered by female elders. And mothers in a pickle, like my friend, are left without anyone to rock their babies to sleep with a practiced hand and the lullabies passed down through generations.
This essay originally appeared in Metro Pulse in 2002.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Not for my older readers

If you liked Clerks, here's the trailer for Clerks II:

How was your day?

Did anyone have as big an adventure today as we did?

We were out walking and suddenly we turned into dolphins, except for Leanna, who turned into a dolphin/mermaid. All the houses and cars were underwater and we had to swim through it. Lukily we were all good swimmers.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Leanna's apron

I finished Leanna's apron! It took all afternoon and numerous stop and starts(to attend to Justin and Timothy) but it's done! Yay! Far from perfect, but unless you look closely, you can't really tell. The material has little red hearts on it(we picked it out a few months ago).
I will be so glad when I don't have to feel guilty for taking a shower!!!!!

About time!

Good NEWS! The usual practice in the USA is that a new mom gets sent home from hospital with a gift bag that includes infant formula. It is sort of 'free advertising' by formula companies, and these bags have been proven to reduce breastfeeding duration. NOW, a group of women in Ohio are starting something new: breastfeeding supportive gift bags.


So Tom's income increased from 2004-2005, and I was checking WIC's website to see if we would still qualify. I missed our last appointment(Long story) and didn't reschedule because I'd have to bring income documentation, which for us is our income tax papers(since we don't have check stubs) and we just had our taxes done at the end of last weekend. It's funny sometimes to see what income levels different people classify as being poor at. Some people make quite a bit of money and still consider themselves to be "poor." There are many things that factor in, such as where you live. I once read an article where the comments from people debated how little/much you could make and be considered poor/middle class/rich. Interesting. Anyway, for those who are curious, this is how much you can make in PA to be considered poor enough for the Women, Infants, and Children program.


Family size: 1
$756-twice monthly
Family size:2
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Family size-8

Monday, April 17, 2006

more action shots, mostly

We woke up, checked out Easter baskets, then went to Grammy's for (the first ever)Easter Breakfast. Then just kind of hung around a while, and ran around outside. That served two purposes, to burn off their energy, and to allow for prettier easter pictures.
It was so beautiful outside, they didn't want to go back inside again.


Easter-late morning, in Grammy's backyard.
I think this is my favorite of Leanna. Lauratook this one.

Want some candy?

Justin wanted to share.....

Easter morning

Leanna was waiting and waiting for Daddy to wake up! (If you look, you can see daddy's head under the blanket next to Justin). Sometimes, if he's completely covered by the blanket, you can't even tell there's a person in the bed!

You can see the bunny's tracks on the floor, going out the door. Leanna was way more excited to see the bunny's tracks than she was to get candy or presents. I had to keep reassuring her the night before that I would leave a note for the Easter Bunny telling him not to clean up his tracks(like he does at Grammy and Nanny Sue's house!)

Decorating Eggs

With root beer floats to drink, of course.

ol Crazy eyes

Tom didn't care to watch us make Easter eggs.

backyard Easter

Yesterday was a long day. Fun, but long.
Here's a few pictures from Nanny Sue and Pop-Pop's backyard


Off-center and all, I love this picture.

Are you hungry?

Science on the Cutting Edge

In work by various labs in the United States, the Netherlands and Australia (reported by Toronto's Globe and Mail in March), meat was grown in test tubes, and such dishes may yet be a staple in progressive kitchens. "Before bed, throw starter cells and a package of growth medium into the (coffee maker-sized) meat maker and wake up to harvest-fresh sausage for breakfast," wrote the Globe and Mail. Engineered meat would taste like beef or pork, but could be created to be as healthful as salmon. One private group told researchers it was interested in growing human meat, but funding for any of the work will be difficult, said a Medical University of South Carolina scientist. [Globe and Mail, 3-27-06]

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter Bunny

In case you don't know-you can make the picture bigger by clicking on it.