Archive for July, 2012

Would calories posted on food menus change your order?

Would seeing the calories change what you ordered? It did for me!

Would seeing the calories change what you ordered? It did for me!

On vacation I was surprised when we walked into a California In-N-Out to find all the calories posted on the menu.

I usually get the burger protein style (meaning wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun), but I never knew how many calories it was saving me. It was a bunch. The posted calories also made me reconsider what I ordered for the kids. (Walsh asked for the double-double which weighed in at 670 calories! That’s like a third to a fourth of all the calories he should have in one day!)

Later in the trip we ate a Panda Express and seeing the calories completely changed what I ordered. It was great to feel like I made a healthier choice.

California has a state law that requires restaurants with more than 20 locations to post calories on the menu.

I found online that a federal law about posting calories was supposed to go into effect but I don’t think it did because we don’t have it where I live and I don’t …

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How are you watching the Olympics?

Look it's men's volleyball on the big TV, which we on't paticularly care about, and live swimming on the 14-inch computer that we do care about. Something is wrong there!

Look! It's men's volleyball on the big TV, which we don't particularly care about, and live swimming buffering on the 14-inch computer that we do care about. Something is wrong there!

Are you watching the Olympics live on your computer or avoiding all social media and tuning in at night to watch the tape-delay version? Are members of your family watching live while others are waiting?

Our family is having a very hard time with how NBC is broadcasting the games. We want to watch the events live as they happen and participate in the social media discussions, but it stinks to watch the events buffering on a 14-inch monitor of a computer or on the iPad.

The first day Michael was the only one that watched live on the computer, and I told him not to ruin it for us. I avoided social media and didn’t look at my Olympics app on my phone.

By the second day the whole family was crowded around a 14-inch monitor on the computer and the iPad to watch swimming live with the 42-inch TV …

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Was 9-year-old provoked in alleged daycare attacks? Could it be justified?

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Video of a 9-year-old kicking, biting and hitting toddlers in a daycare center has been circulating widely on Facebook. It looks like the boy in the video looks over his shoulder to make sure no one is watching and then hurts the child.

The daycare worker doesn’t appear to be aware of the strikes and was arrested.  Now the grandfather of the boy says he was provoked by one of the children.

From NBC News:

“Family members claim a 9-year-old boy shown on surveillance video attacking two children at a Vicksburg day care was provoked by one of the children.

Johnny Taylor, who said he’s the boy’s grandfather, told 16 WAPT’s Tammy Estwick that the 9-year-old was retaliating after he was scratched by an 11-month-old boy.

Surveillance video given to police by the owner of the Kiddie City Child Care Center shows the 9-year-old boy punching and biting the toddler, police said. The same 9-year-old was also …

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Can you ever leave a kid in the car? They did in the 1970s!

Once again a mom has been arrested for allegedly leaving her kids in a car while she ran into a store to shop. In this case, the kids were 5 and 2 and asleep in the car.

From the AJC’s story:

“Zecole Wilkerson Thomas, 29, if Milton, was charged with two counts of reckless conduct and booked into Fulton County jail, where she spent the night before posting $2,000 bond Wednesday, booking records showed.

Passersby called police after seeing the two children in the SUV, which was parked at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store on North Point Drive, according to Alpharetta police. The vehicle’s engine was not running, police said.

Following their mother’s arrest, the two children were released to their father, according to police.

In an interview with Channel 2 Action News, Thomas said her children, ages 5 and 2, were sleeping when she arrived at the store. She said she decided to go inside the store for about 10 minutes to buy sewing supplies.

“I would never do anything to harm …

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Should boys in coed dorms be right next door to girls?

My wonderful babysitter is heading off to college next month, and I was surprised to learn that she will live right next door to boys! (Smelly, loud boys! Sorry but it’s true!)

Her family is very religious and she is absolutely a good girl so I am so surprised she will be living next door to boys. She’s not thrilled about it but it’s where she was placed.

I tried searching her college dorm site to see if  coed dorms are all they offered. They were all that I found but I didn’t click on every entry.  Then I searched UGA’s site. It looks like the majority is coed. Even my old dorm, Payne Hall, which was all women, is now coed.  (It looks like Brumby is still all girls. Even Mary Lyndon has boys!!)

When we went to Georgia, Oglethorpe House was coed with boys living next door to girls so long as they didn’t share a bathroom. So I know there have been coed dorms for 30 some-odd years but I am still bothered by it. (I feel like the oldest woman in the world shaking my …

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Need your ideas for an Olympic Opening Ceremony party!

We are all greatly looking forward to the start of the Olympic games.

I thought it would be fun to have an Olympic Opening night party with the kids, but I’m not coming up with super great ideas. So I wanted you guys to think on it too.

I immediately thought of fish and chips for dinner to celebrate the Games  being in London. (Or you could go All-American with the menu – hamburgers, hotdogs, BBQ. ) And I thought some type of red, white and blue dessert from the Pinterest 4th of July board.

I was thinking little American flags for the kids but what other decorations would make it festive and themed?

Michael thought we should do something with the medals but what? Or with the Olympic rings?

I found some good party ideas on the official  “London2012” website. Some theme suggestions were: Around the World, sports, Greek, or Red, White and Blue.

Here were a few ideas from the Around the World theme:

“2. Play a game and get your guests to create their own country

complete …

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Henson Company breaks off relationship with Chick-Fil-A over gay marriage stance

The Jim Henson Company has announced via it’s Facebook page that it no longer wishes to partner with Chick-Fil-A because Henson’s company supports gay marriage.

The Huffington Post:

“… on Friday, the Jim Henson Company posted the following statement to their Facebook page:”

“The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-Fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors. Lisa Henson, our CEO is personally a strong supporter of gay marriage and has directed us to donate the payment we received from Chick-Fil-A to GLAAD. (”

“With this, The Jim Henson Company joins the ranks of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who has vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city, office star Ed Helms who tweeted that the chain had “lost a loyal fan,” and the countless individuals who have taken to social media to voice disapproval, including those …

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After the Colorado shooting: Will going to the movies eventually feel normal?

We planned before the Colorado shooting to see the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises” on Sunday afternoon. I had a babysitter hired and hated to break that commitment to her.

After the shooting, we felt a little weird going to see the movie but thought it would be OK once we got seated and the movie started. It wasn’t.

Our local multiplex had the new Batman movie playing in multiple theaters starting about every 40 minutes.  The showings appeared to be packed.

When we walked into the lobby we immediately noticed all the extra employees – some with the security company and some just regular employees.

When we walked into the theater itself, we saw the manager and two other employees standing on the side of the theater watching everyone file in.

When I sat down my eyes went to the emergency exits picturing in my mind someone coming in through the door holding a gun.  I kept watching the doors to make sure they stayed shut.  The previews were rolling but in my …

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When is summer bedtime?

My kids are staying up way too late! But it’s hard to make them go to bed when you know you don’t have to be up in the morning.

One of my mom friends told me her kids were still going to bed at 8 p.m.! I can’t imagine. The sun is not even down yet. Mine would totally revolt?

What is a reasonable bedtime for summer?

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What are some ideas for old-fashioned family fun?

We were bored on July 4 and decided to play cards with the kids.

Michael had previously taught our 11 and 9 year old Gin Rummy and they are shockingly good at it. They really understand the rules and what they are looking for. They also understand how to play off of what others lay down and decided after a couple of hands that they were better to lay down a get some points instead of holding out for the 50-point bonus.

We played for two hours the first night. (The 5-year-old is my assistant or sometimes draws at the table while we play.)

We want teach them other card games to play with a regular deck like Hearts and Hi, Low, Jack.

I picked up UNO because I know the 5-year-old can play that one. And I picked up a “Clue” card game thinking that would be more portable for our trip.

They do have a Scrabble card game that I played with my niece and nephew last year at the beach. It was fun and even a kindergartener could play it.

So I’m wondering what are some other …

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