Midday Coffee Break

What’s up?

Here is where I am at in the countdown until Christmas:

Christmas cards filled out….Check.
Christmas cards sent….Check.
Gifts wrapped….Check.
Gifts sent….Check.
Pack for the Trip….Almost.
Throw away perishable food items….Check.
Stock MotherTalkers story queue….Check.

We leave today for El Salvador to visit my mother-in-law and will be returning on Monday, January 4. I will be back into the groove, hopefully, by Tuesday, January 5. In the meantime, our MotherTalkers extraordinaire Gloria and Erika will be updating the site every day. If you must reach your MT moderators, please e-mail them at gloria at mothertalkers dot com or erika at mothertalkers dot com.

“See” you in the new year! Please have a safe, restful and fun holiday. XO, Elisa


Tuesday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

The healthcare bill passed a key Senate vote yesterday early morning, according to the Associated Press. This vote, which was passed by the 58 Democrats and two Independents, puts the bill on track for passage before Christmas. The healthcare overhaul is expected to cover 30 million uninsured Americans. AP also had a list of “winners” and “losers” of the bill.

MomsRising.org circulated a YouTube clip of Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) answering questions about the healthcare bill.

The U.S. Department of Transportation just set a three-hour limit for an airplane to sit on a tarmac without letting passengers off, according to the Washington Post. Furthermore, the airlines must also provide adequate food and potable water for passengers within two hours of an aircraft being delayed on the tarmac.

Laurie Puhn over at the Expecting Words blog had a not-so-fun list of pregnancy “pains in the butt” like sciatica and nighttime trips to the bathroom.

The Army general commanding U.S. forces in northern Iraq has prohibited pregnancy among his officers, according to the military Stars and Stripes newspaper. A soldier who becomes pregnant or impregnates anyone can face court martial and even jail time.

Because Conde Nast shut down Cookie magazine, it is now giving subscribers Vanity Fair subscriptions. It is an interesting choice, considering one would presumably never associate Vanity Fair with parenting articles!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?