Monthly Archives: September 2013

Beating the Boredom Battle


“Daddy, I’m bored.”

“You’re bored?  Here.  I’ll tell you a story.  When I was a kid, my dad had a set of 1963 World Book Encyclopedias.  An encyclopedia was a set of books.  There were about 27 of them in all and they were supposed to give you an ‘encyclopedic’ amount of information, which means they tried to include all the information you could ever hope to ask.  So you’d look things up like you would in a dictionary, but instead of just telling you what a word meant, it would tell you all about that thing or place or person.

I called my dad up to ask him to send me a picture of his encyclopedia set, but he gave away our set!  Now how am I going to keep from being bored?!?  Anyway, I got this image off and eBay classified ad.  If you live near Oak Park, IL give this ad a look and then buy the set! http://chicago.ebayclassifieds.com/books-magazines/oak-forest/world-book-encyclopedia-1963/?ad=19880255
I called my dad up to ask him to send me a picture of his encyclopedia set, but he apparently gave it away years ago! Now how am I going to keep from being bored?!?  Anyway, I got this image off an eBay classified ad. If you live near Oak Park, IL give this ad a look and then buy the set for yourself!  Here’s a link to it for you:

http://ebayc.us/19880255

Continue reading Beating the Boredom Battle


Skyline from Boston Harbor

View of the Boston Skyline from the Harbor
Panoramic View of the Boston Skyline from the Harbor

The kids started school a couple of weeks ago and in the chaos of adjusting to a new schedule I’ve neglected my duties here on the blog.  I’m sorry.  No.  Really.  I’m so sorry.  I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.  In the meantime, please accept this offering of a panoramic view of the Boston skyline from the harbor.  It’s a very pretty picture.  You can click on  it to see a larger version.

Link to an awesome website: The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Boston

 

Geese by Muddy RiverWhether you live in Boston and want an easy escape to a more pastoral setting or just want to grab a moment of relaxation while visiting, this website from the American Academy of Landscape Architects is worth a look.

The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Boston

Because of the amazing work of Frederick Law Olmstead, Boston really has an amazing history of incorporating landscape architecture into its urban fabric – which is part of what makes it such a beautiful city.  It’s cool to see exactly how extensive and extraordinary Boston’s green spaces are.

Baby Bongo Born at the Franklin Park Zoo!

A baby Eastern Mountain Bongo named Mdogo (click the link for pictures and the story from Buzzfeed) was born at the Franklin Park Zoo on August 21, 2013!  These Bongos are a critically endangered species of antelope in central Kenya.

A Western Lowland Bongo Photo by Greg Hume
A Western Lowland Bongo
Photo by Greg Hume

Of course, as beautiful as they are, they’re not as popular as the lions and tigers, but Mdogo’s birth is important because bongos are part of the Species Survival Plan set up by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  It is thought that only about 100 Eastern Mountain Bongos survive in the wild.  As cool as it is to see rabbits hopping around at the park or coyotes wandering through town, it’s even more incredible to be able to take the family to the zoo to see animals that may soon be extinct in the wild – especially if it helps kids to understand how important it is to take an interest in conservation that could ultimately prevent that extinction from ever happening!

And just since they’re so darn cute, here’s a link to a video of a baby bongo frolicking at the Melbourne Zoo.

Thai Curry: Cooking with Kids from Start to Finish

I really love Thai curries with all their sweet/spicy, coconutty, vaguely fishy splendor.  I didn’t grow up eating Thai food though.  Like many confused, young college students, I went through an experimental phase.  My experimentation involved revisiting the foods I’d tasted and turned down as a kid as well as the foods I never would’ve even given a chance.

My quest to expand my palate led me to a table at the only Thai restaurant that existed in Jackson, Mississippi at the time. Continue reading Thai Curry: Cooking with Kids from Start to Finish

Cheap Family Activity: Visiting the Haymarket

Welcome to the Haymarket.  Make sure you tell your kids there's not going to be any hay BEFORE you arrive.
Welcome to the Haymarket. Make sure you tell your kids there’s not going to be any hay BEFORE you arrive.

I am currently eating a pretty decent peach that I bought for next to nothing at the Haymarket last Saturday.  This fact may be influencing me as I report to you that the Haymarket is pretty awesome.  I mean, I’m in Boston, not Atlanta, so the peach isn’t mind-blowingly good or anything, but it’s got just the right level of juiciness and it tastes like a peach instead of like moist corn meal, so I’m declaring it a success. Continue reading Cheap Family Activity: Visiting the Haymarket

Nature in the City: Hall’s Pond Sanctuary

Great Blue Heron.  I think he's waiting for a bus.
Great Blue Heron. Probably just waiting for a bus.

Over in Brookline, just a few blocks from Fenway Park, you can find the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary and Amory Park.  The sanctuary, with a central marshy pond surrounded by the Amory Woods, is home to a number of birds like the Great Blue Heron in the picture above.  The woods have trails to explore and the pond is surrounded by a boardwalk. Continue reading Nature in the City: Hall’s Pond Sanctuary