A chef created an uproar when he tweeted asking if parents should be bringing a baby to a high-end restaurant. You can watch the story on the Today show clip above or read the AP summary below.
“CHICAGO — A chef at a high-end restaurant in Chicago has stirred up quite a controversy after sending out a Tweet asking, in short, what he should do when a baby disrupts other diners.”
“Chef and owner of one of the world’s top restaurants, Grant Achatz, sent out the Tweet Saturday night after a couple brought their 8-month-old to his restaurant Alinea.”
“Instead of traditional reservations, Alinea offers a ticketed system, where diners must pay between $210 and $265 up front for the tasting-menu-only dinner (the price does not include tax, tip or beverages). The restaurant does not accept walk-ins,” Today.com’s Tracy Saelinger wrote.”
“The couple said their babysitter cancelled on
We have an opportunity to tour a brand-new Mormon temple in our area before it is dedicated. Non-Mormons can only tour temples before they are dedicated. Non-Mormons can visit Mormon meetinghouses any time. This is the fourth temple built in Arizona. It looks like Georgia has one that was built in the 1980s.
You have to make reservation to tour the temple and even though I reserved tickets the very first day, the weekends were already taken and I was assigned a Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. So while absolutely interesting, we are trying to decide if it’s worth pulling our kids from school to tour it with us?
I have a lot of friends with teenagers who are using driving schools in addition to or in lieu of teaching driving themselves.
A friend out here was so happy with the instructor that taught her first daughter that she used him again for her second. She liked using him because she says he is extremely calm and she thinks the girls take it more seriously coming from him than from them. I was impressed that one of his driving lessons included driving on the freeway to the city’s airport and navigating a fake passenger pick up at the airport. (That’s hard for me! That airport has tons of cars and is difficult to circle.)
A high school friend, Davilyn Keller of Hall County, took the class Fear This For Life (sometimes known as TVOC) with her son. She highly recommended it to all her friends on Facebook. (She also posted videos of the experience.)
“I highly recommend this class, even so much to say it should be required for all new drivers. Defensive Driving courses don’t hold a
A 58-year-old Utah woman is serving as surrogate to her daughter’s child. Here’s the full story from AP.
“PROVO, Utah (AP) – A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks – to her first grandchild.
Julia Navarro is serving as a gestational surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law after the couple struggled with fertility problems.
Navarro’s daughter Lorena McKinnon said she began trying to have a baby with her husband, Micah McKinnon, three years ago.
The 32-year-old Provo woman said she’s had about a dozen miscarriages, with the longest pregnancy lasting 10 weeks.
After several tries, the couple began looking for a surrogate. McKinnon said a friend and sister both considered carrying her baby, but ultimately decided against it.
That’s when her mother offered to step in.
“As a family, we have to help each other,” Navarro told The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1a40CaE ).
Navarro had to undergo hormone shots for three months
I was talking to my 40-something friend who is getting divorced about starting to date again. She has been told by other friends that she needs to get the “full Brazilian” when she does start to date because that’s what all the 20-somethings do and that’s what the men expect.
(”The Mindy Project” talked about this very thing last night at the end of the show. I tried to pull the clip but it wasn’t posted yet. I will add if they post the scene.)
My friend thought hard about this. Besides being painful and awfully intrusive, she is worried about what type of message this would send her daughters. She thinks they would notice the change and thinks it would send them a weird message.
The other item is sexual expectations. From what I understand from some men friends who are dating younger women apparently nothing is off the table sexually for many 20-somethings. So are 40-something divorced women who were raised in an entirely different generation supposed to go along with that?
I’m not completely sure it’s real but it’s probably still worth a discussion: A mom supposedly posted a photo of her daughter on Facebook with a sign describing how the child bullied other kids online. The idea being that the post would shame the daughter for her behavior. However, is the mom truly teaching a lesson or just cyberbullying her own daughter? Here are more details from Yahoo Shine.
“The image shows a girl, who appears to be in her early teens, holding a sign and an iPod. The sign reads: “My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong.”…
I am hearing from lots of friends that they do NOT want a snow day on the first day back to school. Teachers and parents alike are saying it’s time to go back and they don’t want another day off.
One teacher friend from Gwinnett said she doesn’t need a break now. The snow should try her later in February.
Several moms on Facebook expressed that they just want the kids out of their houses and back at school.
Since I now live in a city that rarely gets rain much less snow I think I would be excited about one more day’s reprieve from getting up at 6 a.m. I am already looking forward to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
So do you want a snow day or not? Are your kids ready to get back to school? Are you done with the holidays?
My husband has been working some out of New York City and staying in a corporate apartment when he’s there. We went to visit him during Christmas break and while the apartment was perfectly lovely, I couldn’t believe how little he had in his cupboards and refrigerator. It was truly a bachelor’s apartment.
He had some milk, eggs, cheese, bread, peanut butter, grapes, lettuce, some cold cuts and some spreadable butter but that was pretty much it. What in the heck had he been eating? Was he going out or just not eating at all? (He said the office kept having parties and he was living off of that.)
When he first started staying at the apartment, I had him show me via Facetime what I would have to work with in the kitchen when we visited. There was one fry pan, three pots, one brownie pan, the top to a broiler pan but no under part. There was a coffee maker. The apartment only had five sets of cutlery – we needed six because Michael’s brother was also joining us. The knives were
(Editor’s Note: Happy New Year!! Sorry I haven’t been posting. We went to visit Michael in New York for Christmas. I will have more on the trip soon. I have lots of advice for families visiting New York City.)
The Centers for Disease Control and my Facebook feed are both reporting a rise in H1N1 flu cases in the southeast. Friends are reporting pediatrician offices flooded with cases and even asking families to wear masks to protect themselves from the virus if not already infected. Here’s more.
ATLANTA — Brace yourselves. The CDC is reporting positive flu tests in the Southeast are up nearly 23 percent this week and it’s hitting young adults hard.
“The predominant virus this year so far is H1N1,” said Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Jhung with the Centers for Disease Control Flu Division….
“It’s affecting a different age group this year. More young adults rather than elderly this year,” Dr. Jhung added.
“Georgia’s Department of Health reports 4
The AJC is following an investigation of nude photos of Gwinnett County high school girls being posted on social media sites, and they want your input on this phenomenon. Here’s what’s happening in the investigation thus far:
“The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into who is responsible for posting racy and nude photos of several Gwinnett County high school girls on social media outlets.
The postings were removed by authorities, but because the subjects are underage, anyone who posted or distributed the photos could be charged with distributing child pornography, a felony that carries a potential 20-year prison sentence.
The incident, which occurred last week, is the latest in a growing trend of young people having explicit photos of themselves – intentionally or otherwise – posted online for the world to see, experts and law enforcement officials say.
“The problem is once these photos are out there they can show up anywhere,” said former DeKalb County