Growing up in California where much of our country's produce is grown, I was no stranger to fresh fruits, healthy vegetables, and organic produce. My grandparents lived in Palm Springs, which is an inland oasis between San Diego and Los Angeles. They would visit us a few times every year, stopping along the way at local farms and small organic produce shops to pick up some delicacies for us. My grandma would get especially excited over the eggs. She would bring us a flat of eggs (which carried 36 eggs on it), and each of them would be the size of a small fist.
Hot water bottles haven't been around much lately. People have heating in their homes, electric blankets, electric mattress pads, and regular old blankets to keep them warm at night. Not to mention the fact that I live in San Diego, which doesn't get very cold in comparison with the rest of the world. So why use something old fashioned like this?
Sometimes it's the littlest, most mundane things that excite us the most. Take, for instance, my new stapler. Instead of using metal staples like a regular stapler, it punches, folds, and then tucks the pages into themselves. The result is an elegant, efficient, economical, environmentally-friendly, and super cool way to bind your papers.
Have you ever been to an Olympic event? Those of us who are lucky enough to live near an Olympic venue have the slim chance of seeing first hand some of the excitement, athleticism, and energy that surrounds these rare events. I was only 8 years old in 1984. We were living in San Diego, California, and my parents scored tickets for our family to attend the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Games in Los Angeles. It's about 2 hours from San Diego.
I was looking for an art project that I could do with the children in my son's kindergarten class. It had to be something simple, not too messy, and with an attractive outcome. I decided on string art. It was new to me, though it seemed easy enough for me to try.
Well, not really. I am a human being. However, I was born in the year of the dragon in accordance with the Chinese zodiac. The dragon is one of twelve creatures written into the folklore of the zodiac. There is one creature for every year of a twelve year cycle.
Have you ever been whale watching? One of my good friends gave me the gift of whale watching (with San Diego Whale Watch) for my birthday this year. Thanks to him, my son and I got to spend an afternoon on the beautiful San Diego coast in search of marine life. Little did we know when we boarded the boat that we were in for such a treat.
Take a look at the pile of prescription medications below. This is the accumulation of one family's (my family's) medications over five years. Every single one is expired, yet they were still in my medicine cabinet.
Have you ever heard of an ice circle? Neither have I. Until today. I saw this amazing video of an ice circle, which is described by Becky Oskin of LiveScience as "a spinning ice disk" in the middle of a body of water. And that is exactly what it appears to be. Watch this video: