Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Easter Eggs

My local co-op has just started carrying these beautiful eggs laid by heritage chicken breeds. Aren't the colors gorgeous? The yolks are even more amazing-- the yolk might be bright yellow or gold or deep orange, depending on the kind of chicken that made it. I let my kid pick out which color eggs he wants to eat, then we crack each egg into a different ramekin and compare the colors of the yolks to the colors of the shell.

The first time he selected blue eggs for breakfast, he was upset when I served him his plate (scrambled, with toast on the side). "Not those eggs. I want the blue ones," he insisted. He had expected that the eggs would be blue on the inside since they were blue on the outside. Not yellow. We've since achieved some compromise: he claims these are different than regular eggs, and is happy to tell me we're having Easter eggs for breakfast.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Off-Label Cell Phone Use

Recently, I was home alone with the sleeping babe and I needed to take the garbage downstairs. Since we live in a loft, we don’t have a baby monitor. In an inspired MacGyver Mama moment, I improvised a baby monitor using two phone lines. I called my cell phone from the cordless home phone, and then put the cordless handset next to the crib. With the cell phone on speaker, I listened to the sweet sound of silence.

This make-do baby monitor would be useful for those times when you go on vacation and forget the baby monitor—just use two cell phones set on speaker. Most family cell phone plans have unlimited mobile-to-mobile minutes, so there’s no worry about running up the bill.