Who I Saw, 2022 Edition

Incredibly, the first entry on this list was not seen until September 2022. The infrequent sightings are due to Covid caution at the beginning of the year and then having a newborn in early June. Fortunately, on one of our first meal outings – a brunch place in Larchmont Village with another couple with an […]

What I Read, 2022 Edition

1. Good Drinks: Alcohol-Free Recipes for When You’re Not Drinking for Whatever Reason by Julia Bainbridge. This 167 page recipe book was a gift from my mom after a stray remark about trying out non-alcohol mixed drinks. After a brief exploration of cocktails in the summer of 2020 and dismay over the amount of work […]

Do I Have to Stimulate My Baby for Every Waking Moment?

New parents quickly learn that “eat, play, sleep” is the broad structure that should guide a newborn’s days.   I have already discussed eating and sleeping, which are two sides of the same coin, because playing with a baby is not really possible in the first eight-ish weeks.  Not only are babies that young hardly interactive, […]

The Diaper Genie Complete Versus the Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

We have used two trash cans for diapers, the Playtex Diaper Genie Complete and the Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail.  The former was chosen by my in-laws for when we stayed with them for three weeks after the baby’s birth, and the latter is what we chose for our home based on Wirecutter’s recommendation.  Overall, they […]

How to Clean Bottles and Breast Pump Equipment

If you have had to use a breast pump, you have also had to clean its parts.  If you cleaned the parts, you probably did so after each pumping session, which is what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and many evidence-based websites recommend.  Cleaning requires, at a minimum, rinsing with soap and water, though […]

What I Read, 2021 Edition

This writing distresses because Lepore is a very strong writer. I can therefore only conclude this book is a mixture of a rushed job and very poor editing, once the author and editor realized it should not have been a book. 2. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. […]

Who I Saw, 2021 Edition

I did not start writing this post until April because of Covid. Covid means much less being outside, so many fewer opportunities to see people. Mei Lin. We finally were able to order the Szechuan fried chicken from Daybird, Mei Lin’s casual new place. This is the Mei Lin of Top Chef who then opened […]