Thursday, August 25, 2011

I wonder if I could have an old school road trip i.e. not use technology…

Hi guys, 

I recently wrote about my dependence on technology. That was just a little part of it. I was uploading my Food Truck Road Trip photos and wanted to write about the trip when I realized how integral technology was to the success of the trip. We planned our trip using the PC and followed food trucks on twitter and Facebook. We navigated to our destination using our GPS, entertained The Boy with the iPad and used apps on our smartphones to find food trucks.

I don’t know how I would plan without a PC. It just makes things a little bit easier. The Boy keeps me so busy that I need all the shortcuts I can take. If I had to get out a map and plot a route, forget about it. I can never refold a map anyway. I’m directionally challenged too so we definitely would have gotten lost. I need directions to be left/right and include landmarks.  I never know where north/south/east/west is.  I probably should learn this though to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse.

We had a great trip. We had lots of yummy food, did some sightseeing and shopping and got to spend some time with great friends and family. The Boy was a trooper. It was fairly easy to get around too. We took the train from NJ to Penn Station and then walked or took the subway. The subway isn’t always stroller friendly but we managed to get around. New York is the summer is hot but beautiful. It was all about the food for us though. Next time around, we will get to the museum and cultural stuff. Here’s a peak into our trip.

Yes, he is sweet and their cupcakes were awesome too!

Subway station nap anyone?

30 Rock. No Tina Fey sighting.

Curry goat and rice and peas from the Jerk Pan food truck. Delicious!

The Boy could not have enough of the oxtail and rice and peas from Jerk Pan.

Had to stop here! Got a custom made muppet for The Boy.
A little bit of Big piano dancing.

Chicken biryani from a food truck? Yes, please Halal Guys!

Always have room for Magnolia cupcakes.

Waffle time at Waffles and Dinges.

Score! Richshaw Dumpling Truck right next to the waffle truck!

Waffles and dumplings together? It worked.

You made me miss Greece so much, Souvlaki GR.

You must get ice cream from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. Wasabi crusted (left) and The Salty Pimp (right).

Life Lesson: when the opportunity presents itself, always stop to dance on a giant piano.

Can you plan a trip without using technology? See how my friends at Intel Canada use technology in their daily lives at the Intel Canada Facebook Page.



Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Hi friends,

Look at this sad photo. (Do not judge my ugly but comfortable carpet. I made it black and white to try to pretty it up but it did not work. It came with the house and there is no new floor $ on a mat leave budget). 

So long for now Old Friend!

This is the last of my nursing clothes, all packed up with my breast pump (and close friend for the last year or so) on top. The Boy is officially weaned. It had to be done as I hope to renter the outside of the home work world soon and breastfeeding and pumping would not be practical in my situation. It just makes me so sad. I didn’t think I would miss breastfeeding but I do sometimes, especially when I see a new Mom feeding her little one. I do relish my new found freedom though. Bring on the crazy foods and the alcohol (well, I still have to stay relatively sober to take care of The Boy and completely sober when Baby Daddy is travelling).

I miss the little cuddle sessions that went along with feeding. There were times when I could not wait to be done. Like teething time. The Boy was always a quick feeder but nothing can replace or explain the feeling of nursing your child. I am happy and proud that I stuck it out for an entire year. It is a lot of work.

The Boy still misses the boobies. I am sure one day he will hate that I put this on the internet but right now he doesn’t know. He likes to rest his head on my chest and sometimes if he is sleepy, he tries to nuzzle.  I don’t miss the nursing bras and nursing pads. Time for some new non-nursing centric duds. I am happy to have the ladies back to myself (and Baby Daddy). Too much info? Meh…


Why not use it of you have it? How technology helps me keep my sanity.

Hi everyone,

Did you know that the PC turns 30 this week?  We’ve come a long way. For one, we can actually carry them around now. I think we have gotten a little spoilt too. I know I’ve come to rely on PCs and computer type devices a lot, maybe a little too much. The Boy may turn into an introvert who wants to live in our basement forever or a computer genius. I’m hoping for the latter.

We really are lucky to have so many devices at our fingertips. I use different devices in different situations, at home, the car, in public. At home, we have laptops (including a MacBook) and a couple of desktops.  The laptops are great because of their portability. Recently, we hooked one up to a TV in the family room. Unfortunately, I don’t have one with WiDi so I have to plug it into my Smart TV. This has been a lifesaver sometimes…those  times when I need a brain break or when I am doing mindless tasks like folding  9 load of laundry. I can stream videos or surf on a giant monitor. I love it. I also use it to stream National Film Boardmovies for The Boy. Go ahead and judge me for showing videos to my son, I’ve made peace with it.

On our recent road trip, the iPad proved its worth. I gladly admit that I use it more than I thought I would, despite all my protests when Baby Daddy bought it because he “needed” it. We had the foresight to load several Dr. Seuss books a while ago. If we are stuck in traffic or on a long trip, we can read to The Boy or use the auto run feature on the books. He loves them.  It also came in handy when I couldn’t find my ereader. I was able to pull up my ebook from my Kobo account (so addicted to the Game of Thrones books right now).

There are occasions though, when even the iPad is not portable enough. This is when I rely on my smartphone.  The easiest thing for me to do is pull up videos of The Boy and show them to him. He loves watching himself. As a fall back, we can always call “Da Da” for backup. Sometimes just babbling to Baby Daddy distracts The Boy enough to prevent a meltdown.

I’m so glad that we live in the times that we do. If I had to entertain my child with just my intelligence, he would be in for one boring time.

How are you commemorating the 30th anniversary of the PC? How has it changed your life? See what my friends at Intel Canada have to say at

Technology makes me happy!


Friday, August 12, 2011

What happen to Meg Ryan’s face and other useless rants…

Hi friends,

I just watched “You’ve Got Mail” again. It is one of those movies I can watch over and over. What happened to Meg Ryan’s face? She was so adorable now she’s just so…unnatural? She really messed up her face.

Anyway, back to the movie (spoiler alert). In the beginning of the movie, Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) talks about his dog Brinkley. Later into the movie, when Joe and Kathleen (Meg Ryan) become friends and hang out together, his dog is with them a lot. Joe must have mentioned the name of his dog. It never comes up in the movie though. Kathleen does not catch on, does catch on but doesn’t say anything or the movie making people just gloss it over. I don’t remember it coming up at all. Did it and I completely miss it?

Don’t movie making people/editors/producers/ whoever pick up on things like that? Or do they just think people will not notice? I know, I do tend to harp on silly little things. I just don’t like it when people put forward a sub-par product and expect consumers to eat it. The other thing I don’t like is the blatant, in your face, buy this product marketing. I was watching MasterChef and one of the judges, in his comments, remarked on the performance of the MasterChef brand of pots. I was so annoyed. I know everyone is trying to sell something but the marketing got in the way of the show in that case (in my opinion).

Anyway, that’s my rant for today. I better go and do something productive to counter my TV watching time wasting.

Meg around You've Got Mail time, 1998 ish. Adorable

Meg 2011 ish. WTF? Eyes, plumped up lips? What else?