Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Pankey Dentists

If you are looking for a good dentist, I would suggest looking for a Pankey trained dentist in your area. They have a website that lists Pankey dentists by area.

They have a patient oriented way of practising dentistry. I was going to Dr. M. Hughes in PA, and my experience was the best that I have ever had at a dentist. The Pankey theory is very comprehensive, and on your first visit they do an extensive whole mouth check up--so they really know what is going on in your mouth. Not only that, they keep their practises small, and really get to know their patients. Dr. Hughes put in a porcelin onlay that I subsequently cracked, and he redid the whole thing (with a gold onlay) for free. He said it was b/c he is proud of his work, and it's not right if it doesn't last.

Anyhow, tomorrow I am going to see my new Pankey dentist Dr. Hermann in NOVA, and I expect to have a very similar experience with him.

Flensted Mobiles

I am really excited about the monkey mobile that I just got Gretta, and she loves it! They are adorable. They also have really cool ones for the home. I'm considering the "black rhythm".

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Lansinoh/Dry Skin Cure

I bought Lansinoh lanolin for breast feeding (chapping). It didn't work at all for that--the Mayo Clinic suggests dabbing on a bit of hind-milk--which really does work!--but anyhow, I have found to be really wonderful at relieving Gretta's dry skin (around her ears and eyebrows). It cleared it up after a day when no moisturizers were working.


CW suggests this site for more on Children's literature:

LibriVox takes texts already in the public domain, asks volunteers to make audio recordings of that text, and then releases the resulting audio back into the public domain.

Monday, August 28, 2006

MP: Peter Pan Flies Again!

The NYTimes reports this morning on a sequel to the original Peter Pan, as officially sanctioned by the Children's Hospital of London, which owns all the rights to Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie bequeathed said rights in his will to the hospital till 2007).

While the "sequel" sounds like it has much more of the actual spirit of the original stories, I'm skeptical of it. Mostly because it is a piece of commerce, not a piece of imagination. The children's book buyer of Barnes and Noble said "Now there’s the new ‘Peter Pan in Scarlet,’ the official sequel, so you find out what really happened to Peter with the official voice and sanctioning of the estate"--as if the "estate" has a special insight into J.M. Barrie's mind and imagination, and secretly knows what happens next.

Besides, if you read the book (which you ought, really!) you'll come to the final chapter: "When Wendy Grows Up". And in it you find out that Peter comes back, and takes Wendy's daughter to Neverland, and then Jane's daughter Margaret (yay!) to neverland, and on and on Peter returns, as long "as children remain young and gay and heartless"...

So if you want a real sequel, please, read the book and let it grow in your own imagination, and come alive! As we all know: "To live will be an awfully big adventure!"

Managing Menus

I have discovered it to be helpful to sit down and make a menu each week for dinners prior to my weekly grocery shopping. Not only does this cut down on extraneous/impulse purchases while at the grocery store, it saves the refrigerator from becoming overly full and unused food from rotting. This way one only buys what one will use for the meals each week. It also keeps our weekly grocery bill extremely consistent (around $80-90 for 2.5 people).

Once you make the menus, then you go through and write down the ingredients that you don't already have, and add a couple of staples for breakfast and lunch.

To help out with this RealSimple has made a cute (and actually helpful) line of organizational home tools.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Reading lists

I am looking for some new reading, hopefully fiction. What are your suggestions?

Some of my favorite books are:
Art: A New History. Paul Johnson
Possession: A Romance; The Game; Babel Tower. AS Byatt
A Far Cry From Kensington; Loitering With Intent; The Girls of Slender Means. Muriel Spark
Witness. Whittaker Chambers
What is Faith? J. G. Machen
A Heart Aflame, Calvin's Commentary on the Psalms (a devotional)
Lectures on Art (Aesthetics Today). John Ruskin
The Moviegoer. Walker Percy [& Lanterns on the Levee. William Alexander Percy]
The Christian's Daily Walk. Henry Scudder
The Rape of the Masters. Roger Kimball
Portrait of a Lady. Henry James
The Education of Henry Adams. Henry Adams
Selected poems of Denise Levertov

Saturday, August 26, 2006

I Heart New York

ML requested that I post some of my favorite places for fabric, paper, books, etc. in NYC. So I began searching for the stores that I have frequented... and it turns out I can't remember their names. I really would suggest, however, just going to the Garment District and wandering around. Many of the places I just ran into that way. Be sure to look up though! In this district there are many shops that are upstairs too. I will find the name of the place that I bought my wedding fabric though, since one would never find that from the street. Another caveat: Not all the stores are open on Saturday since this is a business district and not really touristy.

Here's a good link describing fabric, ribbon, and notions places in the Garment District.

While you are there be sure to go to The Burger Joint
118 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-5000
Cross Street: Between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
Directions: F at 57th St

The Scene
Around a curtained corner in the posh Le Parker Meridien, a neon burger sign points the way. People pack into this crowded hole-in-the-wall, where names are etched into walls next to kid's drawings and movie posters. Even though it's decorated like a regular's hangout, no one sticks around--the few coveted booths are hovered over shamelessly.

As for book stores, I would suggest The Strand bookstore. They claim to have 18 miles of used books in their store. It's a great place to find deals, and is well organized.

Does the former New Yorker have anything to add to this?

NHPCA Playgroup

Alissa S. says:

I hope everyone is able to make playgroup beginning September 7 at the S. house. Please keep connected here for updates to play schedules and cancellations (when necessary). Regretfully, I do already have to make a couple of cancellations to our current schedule. My little Johan is scheduled for surgery Sept. 27th so playdates for Sept. 19th and Sept. 29th are canceled at my house. Anyone else interested in hosting?

Current Playdates:
Sept. 7
Sept. 11
Sept. 19 canceled
Sept. 29 canceled

In addition, due to the presence of a medically fragile child in my home, we'll have to keep a strict sick policy. You can follow the rule; "When in doubt, keep them out!". Thanks for your understanding.

Speaking of Food... [farmers' markets, co-ops, and farm shares]

I miss the farmers' market in Chestnut Hill. I did all my shopping weekly at the farmers market... I walked up with my canvas bags and pick up fresh meat and produce. When I got into cooking Asain food, the guy at the produce stand would always pull out special ingredients that he must have kept in his van only for special requests. The old man at the sausage counter was irrascible but had the best pork apple sausage (that carmelized when you cooked it).

Anyhow, I was looking for local farmers' markets and ran across this site. Does anyone have a favorite farmers' market?

In looking up farmers' markets I thought to look up co-ops and farm shares as well. I don't think there are any co-ops in Northern Virginia, but I know there are farm shares. Does anyone have any experience with these?

Donna Hay

I discovered Donna Hay several years ago when I was a volunteer shelving books at the local public library. I used to love reshelving the cookbook section. I didn't note the author at the time, just the cookbook--Flavors. It categorized the recipes and tips by flavor: salt & pepper, basil & mint, vanilla, etc. Then recently a Donna Hay magazine was sent to the late tenant of our apartment, and I just loved it! The subscription price put a damper on my enthusiasm though... until I found that she had published cookbooks. The cookbooks are available for a very reasonable price, and at your local library.

They are wonderful cookbooks--the pictures are enticing, the recipes only have around five ingredients (so it's all fresh and simple), and she includes a little section of tips in each chapter. I used her Instant Cook when my mom left, and I had to begin cooking again. Each of the meals took only about 20 minutes. It was a good way to ease back into the normal swing of things and still have fresh tastey meals.


For our paper anniversary J gave me a gift certificate to the Secondhand Rose, a cool store in New York City that deals in antique wallpaper. They carry original William Morris prints, other Arts and Crafts movement artists' papers, and Art Nouveau papers. They also carry other vintage papers (more 50s & 60s).

MP just sent a link to Imports from Marrakesh. They carry tiles, textiles, and wrought iron works.

More tiles--gorgeous Art Nouveau tiles at Tile Heaven & a list of handmade tile designers.


My sister-inlaw does transcription from home. What else do you do to just keep sharp or make a couple of extra bucks?

Family Worship

Friday, August 25, 2006

Books on Pregnancy and Child Rearing

I read several books during my pregancy, but none were so helpful as the Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby's First Year. It is very concise and not fussy. It discusses one's options in each area (natural vs. what is typically done, etc.).

I read Baby Wise to help me get some idea of feeding and sleeping. I think it's helpful , but should be taken moderately. Ezzo stresses flexibility and parents learning their babies queues--which I think is most important. I have found, however, that Gretta does very well with being more regular in her feeding and eating schedule--and now prompts me in a very regular fashion.

On rasing children, I read Ted Tripp's book, Shepherding a Child's Heart. I LOVE this book. I think it is just the most thoughtful and helpful book in thinking about the subject. Unlike the previous book, it doesn't outline any "strategies" for behaviour. Instead, Tripp focuses on the Biblical understanding of who you are as a parent, and who the child is as a fallen creature created in the image of God. With that perspective, he also outlines faulty "strategies"--his purpose being that strategies are besides the point.

I have not read Betsy Hart's, It Takes a Parent yet, but plan on it. Has anyone already read it? I'd love to hear what you think!

I also heard that The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth was also good. Can anyone give a review of this book?

Ritz Camera

I discovered today that Ritz Camera has an online function that allows you to upload digital photographs to your local store. So now you don't have to waste any more blank cds taking your pics over to be developed. I got 33 photos for $9. They are very nice quality (better than Wegmans or Target)... and what convenience! They were done just about 20 minutes after I sent them in.


I am already starting to think about Christmas travels... does anyone have suggestions for carriers (car seat & stroller)?

Modern Times

No, I am not referring to GCC's Modern Civ. reading requirement. Bob Dylan's first album in five years will be available on August 29!

Strollers and Car Seats

Well, after much consideration J and I decided on the Rock Star Baby stroller. I was a bit embarrassed that Bon Jovi had designed it, but it was everything we were looking for. I didn't know how much we would use the bassinet, but as it turns out--it is just the greatest! We use it all the time. In fact, on my recent trip to the Jersey shore and Philly, that's all I had to bring for Gretta to sleep in. It was very convenient. I also like that it is not plastic, and not pastel. We had also liked the Bumble Ride Queen B, however when we got it home and tried it out for a while, we realized that it is just too big and doesn't maneuver that well. What strollers do you have?

As for car seats: Gretta grew out of her infant carrier within the first month. Do you know of any that accommodate a taller baby, but are still convenient to carry around? She is now in the Britax Roundabout. It's very nice, but does not recline as much as I would have hoped, specially since Gretta is still little enough that her head lolls quite a bit! Any opinions, suggestions?

Bible Exhibit

In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000

"In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000" is a landmark exhibition on view Oct. 21, 2006 through January 7, 2007 at the Smithsonian Institution Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, presented in association with the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, which is the principal lending institution for this exhibition and is one of the greatest repositories for early manuscripts in the world.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Leaves from three of the six oldest surviving Hebrew codices.
  • The oldest known manuscripts of the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy.
  • One of the earliest known manuscripts of the Gospels written in Latin.
  • The oldest dated parchment biblical codex in the world.
  • A page from the earliest Bible with full-page illustration.

This site has pretty neat things, more hip--less fru-fru.

eg. the oeuf baby lounger

Baby's Bliss

Gretta was fussing a lot (gas!) so I called CW, who let me know of this product and thinks it works pretty well. It is a dietary supplement, with ginger and fennel, to ease the discomfort of babies with gas and stomach upsets, hiccups and teething.*
  • 100% Natural
  • No Parabens
  • No Alcohol
  • No Sucrose
  • No Petroleum Products
  • Pleasant Taste

GripeWater is here at last! We are happy to introduce this time-tested supplement from Europe. GripeWater is an old formula that has been used for over 100 years to ease the discomfort of babies with gas and stomach upsets, hiccups and teething*.

We are dedicated to providing products with the highest quality and natural ingredients that parents can use with confidence.

Our product is formulated under strict manufacturing practices to assure quality and safety. Our GripeWater is also made without alcohol or petroleum products, ensuring that babies get only the best and safest ingredients for their well-being.

Ginger and Fennel have been shown to be beneficial for easing nausea and pain due to gas and stomach upsets*.

Contains no filler, binders, artificial flavors, artificial color, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy or starch.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.


My mom told me about this site. It is a place where you can offer things for free. It is strictly local... so you have to find one in your area. Here are the rules:

OFFER: Nothing is too small to offer. Anything can be posted - apple corer to zither BUT it MUST be free!

TAKEN: Post a TAKEN message when item has gone to it's new home.

WANTED: Please use this judiciously.

Two strikes you're out. Strikes are issued for being naughty in any of the following areas:
2. TABOO: No Politics, Opinions, Spam, Email Harvesting, Bickering, Selling, Trading, Matchmaking, Bottlecaps, Coupons or "Come-and-Get-it" Posts
3. EMAIL: Special Notices is the minimum email setting allowed. The No Mail setting is a no no
3. LOCATION: List in offer "off Rt 50 near_"
4. DESCRIBE: Good for parts? Needs work? Just tell us - we can take it.
5. MULTIPLE GROUPS: No Posting items on more than one group. Post in your MOST local group & wait a few days. Remove it from the first and OFFER to the next.
6. INTANGIBLES: No Gmail, requests for play groups or dates - keeping things out of the landfill is our goal.

This is a fun site for miscellaneaous gifts including the "message bean"!