My family and I visited the San Diego Botanic Gardens this past weekend. The gardens are large and have an expansive collection of bamboo. Even though I have been there many times in the past, I never took note of the many varieties of bamboo they have. Each one has a unique color, girth, and stature. Some of them are even striped. Here are some pictures the show the beautiful diversity of this incredible plant.
There are many popular children's stories these days about witches and wizards, all of whom mix magical potions in their magical worlds. My son was inspired by these books and decided to try his own hand at potion making this weekend. He and a friend mixed everything they could get their hands on into a few bottles -- water, chocolate syrup, an entire jar of Cholula hot sauce, mayonaise, multi-colored sugar, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice -- and then froze their concoctions in the freezer. Here's a picture of the result. Looks yummy, doesn't it?
My company is big on safety. All employees take lessons and are tested on things like road safety, fire safety, office safety, and more. It keeps us safe on and off the job.
One of the safety videos I remember from many years back was on personal health and safety. I.e., keeping our own selves safe in common places, like the office. The video was graphic. It showed how a simple personal artifact (a wedding ring) could do a lot of damage to a person's finger and hand if it gets caught in a drawer. Necklaces, watches, earrings, and any type of jewelry can be hazardous in certain environments, like in a construction zone or oil rig. The video didn't say you should never wear any type of jewelry. But it did remind us to be aware of ourselves and our situations, and that in certain environments jewelry should not be worn.
Every Wednesday is Lego day in our house. After school, homework, and naps are done, my kids and I walk to our local library to take part in Lego Club. It's a simple concept: kids + Legos = fun. There's nothing more to it than that.
I am a native San Diegan, and I have lived here for all but 12 years of my life. Given that this city is considered to have the best weather on the planet, I have become spoiled for warm sunny days almost all year long.
Except in June.
A few years ago I visited India, a country where malaria is regularly found. This disease sickens more than 200 million people each year, 80% of them children. It was the first time I had thought seriously about my health and considered the risk I was taking by potentially coming into contact with malaria. Given the preventative drug options given to me by my doctor, I felt comfortable taking my trip.
Last weekend I came down with a nasty stomach virus. It started with a headache that came and went several times for two days. Then I felt my body get weaker and weaker. Soon my head was spinning, my stomach ached, and I couldn't even stand up. Instead of fighting through it to accomplish my neverending list of tasks, I decided to lie down on the couch. Within an hour I was much worse and was forced to abandon any social plans and get into bed.
Many people are afraid of earthquakes and they wonder what they are like. I have lived in California for most of my life and I have experienced countless earthquakes. The first one I remember occured when I was about 7 years old. It came in the middle of the night. It woke me up, though I didn't realize that the whole room was shaking. I only remember hearing some banging noises on our piano. I thought in my disoriented state that my dad was playing the piano in the middle of the night. It turned out to be a big shaker, which knocked a bunch of books off of our shelves and onto the piano.
* At the recommendation of a friend, I recently read a new book called Power Foods for the Brain. In it, author Dr. Neil Barnard presents his theories on how to keep your memory sharp as you progress into older age. For the most part, his advice coincides with commonly known tactics for remaining healthy in general. For instance: eat well, sleep well, and exercise.