Mad Science Search

Things I've learned while hunting down mad science birthday accouterments: meth lab kits are readily available to anyone with a Paypal account, EBAY SELLERS LIKE TO RANT IN ALL CAPS (with a name like crazydave, I should have known better), and 20mm petri dishes come in orders of 1 and 1,000 only.


Happy New Year!

Sorry! It's been a while since I've blogged, but my New Year's Resolution is to get back to it.

Last year was rather exciting for us, but full of lots of changes, too.

Last spring we moved to Menlo Park and spent most of the year settling into a new neighborhood and home.

I've come to realize some interesting things about myself:
I'm pretty indecisive when it comes to picking out furniture.
I have a bunch of half finished projects laying around my life like Christmas tree needles in February (coincidently, I've yet to take down the holiday decorations and it's the middle of January).
I've become more dumber since hiring a nanny/personal assistant (she's more patient and better organized than I am, and I'm okay with it).
I'm am totally enjoying every minute of this thing I call my life (so long as coffee is within arms reach).

Other crazy happenings in 2010:
The Hubs: started commuting to work by train, signed up for an Electric car that has yet to be constructed (it ain't looking good), and has turned into a bigger foodie than I.

Thing 1: was love-sick over a girl, discovered to be dyslexic, changed schools, discovered the game Yhatzee, and STILL wants to be a spy when he grows up.

Thing 2: was diagnosed with sleep apnea, had his tonsils out, started pre-school, and asked for a dog (the answer was decidedly no).

I took a bunch of photos, planned a bunch of trips, and ran around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to keep up with it all.

2011 is looking up, and we're excited to see what the year may bring.



Want to go on an adventure? J.M. Barrie's beloved childhood story, Peter Pan, comes to San Francisco for it's U.S premier 360 production. Housed in a state of the art CGI theater, Peter Pan is performed in a round tent that is surrounded with high resolution video to fully immerse the audience in a multi-media experience that won't be soon forgotten! Actors and professionals integrate stage performance, music, computers, and video to create a sensory adventure for all ages.

We're heading to SF for our viewing this Wednesday (Math can't wait!)...I'll be sure to provide a more detailed review after!

Peter Pan will be performing Tue & Thur at 7PM, Fri & Sat at 7:30 PM, Wed & Sat at 2PM and Sundays at 1PM and 5PM. It's located at The threesixty Theatre at Ferry Park.

Tickets can be purchased here or you can call 415.551.2056


Have You Read "Three Cups of Tea"?

Last year the the bookgroup I'm part of read the book "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson, and then we had a tea party to celebrate this wonderful inspirational story. Unfortunately, at the time, we were unable to procure any rancid yak butter, but a member made some fantastic traditional Chai in it's stead...omg, yum!

Synapse Institute, the progressive lab school my son attends, has been inspired by the book, too! The students have decided to put on a garage sale to raise money for Pennies for Peace, an organization put together by the author. The proceeds will be sent to help students in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

This is a fun and interactive way to show your kids the spirit of citizenship in action, and heck, you might pick up a used Burberry bag for a steal ;0)

Located at 305 N. California Ave in Palo Alto from 8:30am-2pm this Saturday, March 20th.

Any donations to put up for sale are welcome, and can be dropped off at the above location anytime before Friday afternoon.

For the Facebook info page go here .
For more info go here .
For more info about the organization Pennies for Peace go here .



We did our first trip to the Exploratorium last month for a field trip with Math's school. Woah! So cool...especially the grounds surrounding the building. All the moms were all saying how we'd love to have gotten married right under one of those amazing arches...

First off, place was fantastic for kids of all ages (though toddlers might be a little tough, there was a space for them to play, too). We had kids ages 5-12 and all of them had a blast! There was tons of things to touch and explore and experiment. The kids got to watch a cow eye dissection (their faces were pretty priceless), and they enjoyed roaming around with free-reign of the entire space. We went during a week-day and there were plenty of schools there for field trips. The food from the cafeteria was pretty decent, and they had a nice selection of healthy options. I noticed that as we were leaving (around 2pm), the whole place was near empty...so if you are visiting during during the week that would be an ideal time to start!

To quote The Terminator, "We'll be back..."