Saturday, January 31, 2015

Powered by Bambino

"Hey, why is it not moving? It always moves when I'm in my cart! remarks the Bambino.

"OK, I give up." he continues.
" I'll just stay here and pretend I'm at a drive in movie."

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Superbowl Football

The Wilson Sporting Goods factory is the source of the N.F.L.’s handmade footballs. This NY Times interview with Jane Helser ,who recently retired after working for nearly 50 years sewing these special footballs, shares her experience in making footballs for the SuperBowl.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An Adventure Box

"Nah hah hah haaaaah" whispers the Bambino with obvious glee.
"I found an empty box!"

"I am going to use it for some pretty exciting adventures!"

Thursday, January 22, 2015


"I'm ready to embrace winter.  Let's go skiing!"

"I've changed my mind. I'm now ready for spring!"

"Please try and keep up with my changing moods and desires. "

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Problem Solving Skills in a 1.5 Year Old

Some kids seem to be born with a blueprint of their interests and abilities on display at a rather young age. For example, when I observe the Bambino, I can see this 1.5 year old's mind actively work and solve problems in a way similar to how his engineer father used to do, at a similar age.

For example, in these series of photos, it is as if you are able to observe the Bambino's thought process, clicking through different stages of a problem he needs to solve.

He begins first with a pouty face, as if he is faced with a problem that has just been handed to him. He displays an emotion of doubt, concern, or even frustration in his facial expression and slumped posture. He then quickly seems to have a plan and starts to pull tracks out of the box to create his solution.

Next, he diligently focuses on putting the pieces together to express what he is thinking.

He will not, and cannot be stopped at this stage of the process; he is very focused.

He finally reaches a point where he pauses, as if to check his work, placing the engine on the track and watching it move.

It is absolutely fascinating to watch this young mind go click, click, click while he creates, expresses, focuses, and learns.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bambino's Walk in the Park

Bambino and his buddy take a walk in the park, making sure they hold hands, follow the rules, and don't get lost.

So grown up.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Google Year in Search 2014

Google's 2014 year of searches and what it says about us.


Soaked to the bone
Sink like a stone
I will take you home
It's not the first time
It's not the worst crime
Our souls will be OK

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Preparing for the White House

"Gramz, I keep getting mealtime etiquette lessons from Pops, like 'how to hold my spoon', or 'no spitting out my food', or 'no throwing what I don't want on the floor'.

"He says this just in case I go to the White House. He doesn't want to be embarrassed."

"But I'll probably do it anyway. I like to be in charge of my own destiny."

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Rock'n and Roll'n

"Gramz! Guess what we are doing tonight?" says the grandkid.

"We're going to rock and roll with Curious George!"

" 'cause this is how I roll."

Friday, January 9, 2015

Creating music the natural way

"Gramz, over the holidays I learned something about myself. If you sit me in front of a piano, on a beautiful young lady, music will just pour out of my nimble fingers. I am a complete natural at creating my own kind of music!"

Monday, January 5, 2015

Bambino's New Magic Trick

"Gramz, let me show you my new magic trick!" says the Grandkid.

"You take your favorite stacking cups..."

"...squish them together...."

"...and then shake them up a bit while you sprinkle on a bit of fairy dust...."

"and then give them the secret message via a mind-melt...."

"...and THEN watch how the cups suddenly disappear right before your eyes!"

"but then, VOILA! the cups will magically rematerialize through my belly!"

"Pretty cool, huh?"

What's in a name?

There is an app called Nametrix, which analyzed public records to find the most inordinately common names in each profession.

Their data also identifies the top names for Republicans, Democrats, as well as strippers.  Pretty interesting article. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Story Time Two (the sequel)

"Gramz, it's time once again for stories!" says the Bambino.

 "Once upon a time...." the Bambino begins.

"Ahhhh, look at this cute baby picture, Gramz!" says the Grandkid.

"Hey, what happened to the rest of the story? This book had no story line! No plot. No drama. No happy ending. All it had was cute pictures of babies!"

"Gramz, but look at this clever book. Do you see how this book is also a tractor? Pretty cool, huh?"

"And this one is a jeep! There are lots of action shots."

"Some of the kids recommend tasting a book to really get the full experience of the story.  Have you ever heard of that, Gramz?"

"Gramz, story time is sometimes exhausting. Would you be a love and bring me a bit of refreshment? I'll just stay here and recuperate, OK?"

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sayonara 2014

I had 365 days in 2014 to become someone new and since it is now 2015, I am now someone you probably don't know.

So let me explain what happened in 2014 which helped to create the 2015 version of ME!

I wanted to FEEL healthier in 2014 so I switched to buying and eating only organic and doing even MORE cooking than the year before.  I expanded my herbs and spices and tried out a gazillion new recipes. And because I have a LOT of kitchen failures, my composting pile is doing very well, thank you.
do I feel better than last year?  Am I healthier?
Well, I would say, yes.
My goal has been to get off all medications before I retire (in 5 years), and I'm almost off all my medications! So becoming friends with the kitchen is slowly starting to pay off.

Aging is supposed to make you smarter and wiser, which is why I am now an official wise ass. It happened, in part, because eating food without pesticides has made my brain work better. The other part was the natural process of just not dying young.

My adventure this year was going on a cruise to Scandinavia and Russia. This cruise was total luxury, which tells me my definition of adventures has changed as I aged. Adventure now no longer includes any huffing and puffing up a mountain but now includes drinks with umbrellas.

I'm going to be a grandma again!  So now, I get to see if I remember anything from being a grandma the first time around and will now be able to do it again, but with more confidence.

This year I made several new friends through the Qi Cultivation classes I started giving. It has been fun to meet new people who have similar interests in Qi, health, wellness, and improving the world.  So what will happen with this group? Will we continue to be inward focus or will we start to also see how to use Qi to improve the world?  An interesting question.

Because I am now WISE, I realize I can change my story in 2015! I can add new characters, make some dramatic pauses, and can take the story in a totally new direction.  So, in 2015, I'm going to shake things up a bit and make this one of the best years yet. So stay tuned because things may get a bit messy, chaotic, romantic, exuberant, and may become totally fascinating (from the perspective of sitting on a lounge chair sipping an umbrella drink). Yep, 2015 is definitely going to be different and new.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Looking Outside the Original Box

"Gramz, do see what I see?" asks the Bambino.

"My cousin is showing how we can take a train track and go UP!"
"We are no longer limited to just the confines of circulating around the floor!"
"We have the whole sky to work in!!"

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Alone and Grounded

"Am I grounded?" asks the Bambino

"and have to stay alone on this big couch with nothing to do?"
"I want to go live with Gramz!" 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Babysitting the Pixar Way

Here is a Pixar short film about what can happen when providing neurological stimulation to children while babysitting, especially if the kid is inquisitive, likes to play hide-and-seek, and then you discover also has incredible and unusual powers.