Breastfeeding Exclusively for Six Months

I read this article about the recommendation for women to feed only breastmilk to their infants for the fist six months of life with interest and a little guilt.  I am definitely a proponent of breast feeding and always prided myself on lasting over a year with my two oldest girls, but it turns out, maybe I didn't do enough. ...more

Barbie World

As the group, Aqua, so eloquently put it:  "I'm a Barbie girl in this Barbie world.  Life in plastic, it's fantastic.  You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere.  Imagination, life is your creation.  Come on Barbie, let's go party, ah ah ah yeah." ...more

Fighting Against Puppy Mills

West Hollywood recently voted to ban the sale of puppies and kittens by pet stores in the city.  As a veterinarian, I was thrilled to see this action, and hope it spurs similar laws in other cities around the country.  Some of the news reports I saw recently indicated the ban was proposed by a council member after they had spent time in a pet store and learned, first hand, what an unregulated and unscrupulous business it can be. ...more

I agree 100%.  People need to know what they're buying and make informed decisions. ...more

I Hate Daylight Savings Time

No matter the reason for Daylight Savings Time, I have grown to hate it.  It didn't used to be that way.  When I was a kid, Daylight Savings Time was fantastic.  There was enough light so I could go outside after dinner to play.  It signaled the beginning of spring, the end to the long Minnesota winter, and the promise of summer with no more school.  Now, as an adult with children, I dread it. ...more

I have finally adjusted and am no longer a walking zombie.  The kids did pretty well ...more

Coveting My Daughter's Bed

I have a confession.  I want my daughter's bed.  All to myself.  She's almost four.  Six months ago, we moved her from a toddler bed to a brand new big-girl twin bed with a wonderful pillow top mattress.   I love that mattress, and I now spend my time imagining ways I can sleep in it, all alone.   ...more

Should We Be Forced to Donate To Charities?

Every year we get at least six notices on our door that some charity group has been authorized by the city of Los Angeles to repaint the numbers on the curbs.  They all leave information of the importance of these numbers for emergency vehicles to quickly identify our home.  They all request a donation to their charity in exchange for the service, with twenty dollars being the average donation requested.  They all leave a way to opt out of the service, usually by taping the notice to the curb over the number.  All but one. ...more
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Too Much To Do

Do you ever have times in your life where you have so much to do you can't manage to get anything done?  I'm there right now.  Every morning when I wake up, I have lists in my head of things I have to do, things I need to do, and things I want to do.  I usually manage the things I have to do, but the items on the other two lists are piling up, being neglected. ...more

My Blog Has Gone International

I started my personal blog in January and joined Blogher a week and a half ago.  All that time and effort has finally paid off.  Thanks to one Canadian reader, I can now say my personal blog is international.  (Sarcasm aside, I am really excited about it.)...more

I'll have to check out statcounter.  I didn't really do any research, just set up the ...more

Mr. Fix It

My dishwasher is not working right.  It doesn't clean off small amounts of food, leaving them stuck onto the dish after the cycle so I have to scrub it to get it clean.   It leaves crumbs and other small particles in my glasses, so I have to wash those again too.  I need to call a repairman to get it looked at.   Unfortunately, I'm married to Mr. Fix It.  He plans on having a look at it first, to save some money....more

Happy Girls' Day

March 3rd is Girls' Day in Japan. It is a day to celebrate your little girls and wish them happiness and growth for the coming year. You can read more about it here and here. Every year, the girls' Nana buys them each a hina, a princess doll, that we display in the house. The traditional dolls are porcelain and wear beautiful kimonos. They are displayed in enormous glass cases....more