Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

Lisa Belkin had an interesting column at the Huffington Post about how more mothers multi-task than dads and are crankier for it. I believe the statistics she presented in the story. I work from home so by default I am also doing all the cooking and most of the dishes and laundry while working. I am not cranky, but I have developed a caffeine habit that I am not proud of. Are you a multi-tasker? What are your short cuts to getting it all done?

The Curvy Girl Guide had a fabulous story by a wounded war veteran and father who wrote about why he was with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Yahoo Shine wrote a helpful column about explaining death to a toddler.

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


Thursday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

I have the date of the Netroots Nation Parents Caucus, which will be co-hosted by moi. It is on Friday, July 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. I will be co-hosting with Momocrats’s Sarah Granger and we will be cooking up ideas in the next week to make it the biggest and baddest caucus ever. Please mark your calendars if you will be in Las Vegas that day. It will be at the Rio.

Mamapedia ran a thoughtful and funny column on the home study, which understandably makes many adoptive parents nervous. (You must subscribe to read the story.)

Hybrid Mom magazine covered the pitfalls of working from home. I found myself nodding in agreement. I, too, rely on the virtual babysitter (TV) and “multi-tasking madness.”

I love our president. The Obama Administration has filed a lawsuit challenging Arizona’s anti-Latino anti-illegal immigrant law on the grounds that, “The Constitution and the federal immigration laws do not permit the development of a patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country.”

This story gave me the willies. To achieve the wide-eyed anime look in a Lady Gaga video, young people are purchasing these contacts imported from Asia. These contact lenses have not been approved by the FDA.

Young women are addicted to Facebook as evident by the fact that as many as one-third of ladies between the ages of 18 and 34 check for updates before they use the bathroom in the morning, according to a study covered by Mashable. For the record, this 33-year-old doesn’t check Facebook until later in the day. And I only have two accounts. What about you? Are you addicted to Facebook?

In other health news reported by Parents magazine: A glass or two of red wine a day increases lubrication and makes women more interested in sex, according to a study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. But more than one glass a day can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.

A new study in the Journal of Food Science says dark leafy greens like spinach and kale can help reduce discomfort caused by the glare of a computer monitor. Good to know!

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


Late-Night Liberty: Things You Never Knew You Could Do With One Hand…

I giggled at this Parenting column on “10 things you never knew you could do with one hand.” (Sorry, I could not find a link!)

They were:

• text-message
• make spaghetti
• feed a pet
• wrap a present using a mini-shopping bag, tissue, and a stick-on bow
• brush an older child’s hair
• fold baby clothes and put back in drawers
• repot a plant
• write thank-you notes
• whip up a smoothie
• tend to husband’s needs (if you know what we mean)

My ultimate example of multi-tasking — and don’t think I am not proud of this! — was sitting on the toilet while I was nursing Ari and talking on a cell phone. And I used to load up the washing machine or fold laundry with a baby on me.

What other things have you discovered you can do with one hand — or two — if we are talking of more than one task?