I am in Richmond this week. Everytime I am here, I remind myself to explore the city. I seldom do that. Head to the same old restaurants, a trip to Barnes and Nobles and retire to my room. Guess this time is going to be no different.
You enjoy the other side of my family room while I try to wrap this trip up soon.
Not a great day at work. Actually it was pretty bad. I know ...this too shall pass. The best part, it did not bother me much. I guess there's only so much corporate BS you can ingest in a way it affects you badly. On my drive back, I mentally came up with a list of business ideas I could potentially not be working on.
Like I cannot open up cup cake shop as I cannot ice a cake
Too many yogurt shops; Saturated market, blah blah
One too many blogs turned into books. You also need readers for the blog first.
I was deeply disappointed to find that there is already an apple app that can generate junk messages to post on your facebook or blog. I was totally banking on it. I even had a name for it. BS Gen.
Came back home to my lovely serene Buddha statue and flowers. Nah just kidding. I took this picture a while ago and thought I should share it with you. I came home and talked to my mom. Nothing beats talking to my mom who can go non-stop chitter-chatter. You are bound to forget why you called her in the first place.
Oops did I not tell you, she is here in the country, in California.
I just finished reading Paris in Love. A beautifully written journal of a women who packed all her possession, including a young family and relocated to Paris for a year. I have a love hate relationship with my job. There are moments I dream of a perfect sabbatical and yet at other times, love it dearly and look forward to it. A good book for those hate moments when you simply want to run away from everything with a huge overdose of Paris.
Well, the first book left me yearning for more of Paris. There's always Samantha Brown's Passport to Europe on Travel Chanel but you can't beat a good book like "The Sweet Life In Paris" written with a sense of humor. I hate to finish a good book. I am savoring every bit of it to last me a while.
With less than a month to go, back to school is already around the corner. My daughter is out of back packs and carries a Vera Bradley Tote for books and a cross body for cell phone, change, chap stick and other necessities for a middle school-er like pencils, erasers, markers and the likes.
The kids are both crazy about the Free Run Nike shoes. The shoes are so light, it feels light almost like walking barefoot.
No points for guessing, the Ugg Boots are for my daughter. She usually gets one boots and one athletic shoes for the school year. Crocs and/or flip flops for the Summer. The boots in the picture are my favorite. We could not agree on something we both liked. I can foresee another trip to the store.
My effort to be Plastic free is going no where. At the least, I would like to get some stainless steel lunch boxes for kids, in varying sizes. Some extras to pack sides and some for those they lose. I saw a few at "Sprouts", a local farmers market and have been shopping online as well.
Image Sources From Left to Right; top to bottom.
1. Ugg Boots - http://www.uggaustralia.com
2. Nike Free Run Boys - http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/
3. Nike Free Run Girls/Woman - http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/
4. Stainless Steel Lunch box - Grand Trunk 152116 Lunch Box SS 5. Vera Bradley Tote - http://www.verabradley.com 6. Vera Bradley Lunch bag - http://www.verabradley.com
Looking for a hang out spot for the weekend in Dallas? The top two Dallas favorites are the Highland Village and the McKinney Avenue, not as in the suburb McKinney instead Uptown McKinney. The trolley is a great place for the kids to take a ride in. The best part, it's absolutely free.
On my radar are the Standard Pour, Malai and Sfuzzi. Would love to go to Sfuzzi for a girl's night. Most restaurants in the neighborhood did not look kids friendly. I hate to take my kids to places where they can't be themselves. What's the point in kids acting like adults? They have all their life to do that.
A few years ago, 4 years to be exact, I wanted to go "non-stick cookware" free. Tossed the non-stick ones out and in with new stainless steel ones and I was good. Of course with the exception of a griddle. I find cast iron ones effective in lieu of stainless steel for pan cakes, crepes, dosa and rotis. Never once did I miss the non-stick cook wares again.
Of late, I have been thinking about going microwave-cooking-free and plastic-free. Leaning more towards the latter than the former. It all started with opting for stainless steel lunch boxes for the kids for the next school year as they are too young for the glass containers. I stumbled upon Beth Terry's "Plastic Free" book. A few pages into her book, I knew realized it was Pandora's box that I had opened. Believe it or not, plastic is everywhere. Literally everywhere - from mattresses, packaging materials, diapers to the small label on the fruits.
In stead of getting overwhelmed and trying to reach for the stars and declare myself green, I prefer to set up achievable goals. Here are a few I already do -
No more goody bags. I wrap a book or two and
pass it out for the kids as a goody bag instead. Never once have I heard
a kid come back and say they miss the goody bag. Believe it or not,
kids are pretty honest and up front when it comes to matters as this.
Not sure if you like this one or not, I recycle gift bags. I find it
such a futile waste of good earned money on gift bags. Trust me these
bags are so sturdy, it can last a few rounds.
Use stainless steel water bottles in lieu of plastic ones.
Here are a few I am trying to accomplish.
Stainless steel Lunch boxes
Recycle bags in stead of plastic ones - It's a shame, most of the time, the
bag is either in the car or in the house. Going forward, I may simply opt to buy the recycle bag instead of bagging in plastic ones. At some point I am sure I will have enough in the house to simply remember to take it with me.
Turn all plastic storage containers to glass ones. Too bad the lids are made out of plastic.
Challenges I am still working on a solution are -
Long drives and other outings need large quantities of water, especially when you are not sure about refilling stations on the way. Stainless steel bottles do not help here much.
Disposable plates versus cleaning dishes during parties and such. I have to admit, my guests are great, more often than not, most volunteer to do the dishes after the party.
I was watching Office Space rerun on TV. The movie is true in today's world as it was ten years ago. The multiple time sheets, status reports that take longer than the actual work itself and other work related pet peeves. I am still on vacation (except for the two times I had to log in to work) and thoughts of work can surely wait until Monday. Now is the time to soak up the sun and enjoy the hay days of Summer with kids, of course with loads of sun screen.
We drove to Lake Lewisville with our family friend hoping to jet ski and then bike on the trails. Unfortunately the place needed reservation and we did not have one. We continued with our picnic and then headed to the biking trails. We got to see a deer and a green snake. Well it's Texas, you can't go a few miles with out seeing snakes in wilderness.
You enjoy the rest of your weekend and we are off to watching a movie by the pool side.