And So It Was Blogged (XXVIV)

Friday, October 29, 2010

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying fall. Mostly, that’s because of the trees here in Montclair, NJ. The leaves—those spilled out across the grass and those hanging on for just a little longer—are simply beautiful. The colors, so vibrant and rich. The random mix of tree heights, spans, ridges, roots, and types … it’s natural art.

Even at dusk, pausing for a moment to look up at the horizon, can deepen your breath and soothe you.

I’ve taken it all in (and plenty of pictures), so much so that I barely noticed how quickly we got here, at the end of the month. It’s almost as if October 31 tip-toed through the backdoor, wearing a goofy Halloween mask and all. So why not keep that momentum going, right? Here’s the Best of the Blogs—a few of the prime bloggy cuts from this week:

  • Speaking of photos, Slate offers some tips on how to take better family photos. Psst … it’s all about the flash, turned off.
  • What do they say about great minds? At the start of the week, MMM posted about a “maybe baby No. 2” dilemma. The next day talked on the topic with this essay from one woman who went from only child to big sister. Then there was this essay in the NYT looking at the link between having sisters and happiness.
  • NY1’s News anchor Pat Kiernan’s blog Pat’s Papers (a fave around here) highlighted this story from the NYPost about the city’s top baby names. Yes, someone indeed named their child “Fanta.”
  • Last week there was this story about a growing number of parents who use iPads as a babysitter. This week, The Thoughtful Parent looks at the role of media in our kids’ lives. She asks, is it a good distraction or lazy parenting?
  • Daily Worth offers working moms some tips on protecting their income.
  • Comparing yourself to other mothers. Sweating the small stuff. These are just two of the five big mom mistakes one woman is fessing up to on Momformation.

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    40 going on 28 says:

    I love following Pat’s Papers! I’ve been trying to get NY1 to come over here since we moved. No luck so far.

    I actually like the name Fanta. Not a big fan of orange drinks, however. I think it’s from an African language and means “wonderful day” or something like that. It was on a friend’s baby name list a few years back.

    I don’t have a fancy phone or iPad, but I do use DVRd episodes of The Backyardigans and Caillou to grab a shower or check email.

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      Well, now that you tell me the meaning to Fanta, that could change the side-eye I was previously giving. Guess the co-opting of the name by the soda is just unfair.

      As for the shows you DVR … I don’t even know what they are. I’m sure this “ignorance” will not last long, though. :-)