To Stream or Not to Stream


There is no question.

If I wish to remain a productive member of society, the answer is “not to stream.”

I’m talking about the big decision I have to make about my Netflix account by the end of the week. As other Netflix users know, Netflix is now splitting DVDs and streaming into two separate price categories, and the package deal will be about $6 more per month than the current price.

The main reason I will choose DVDs is that I want to be able to watch obscure, random movies (which are rarely streamed, at least today). But a close runner-up is: I cannot be trusted with streaming TV shows!

I recently finished the streaming TV show Eli Stone. I would sit down to watch one episode. Two hours later, I found myself sitting through the third one in a row. Then, the next day, I would be watching another episode.

Now, Mad Men is streaming! What timing. I have three days left to relive some Sterling Cooper insanity before it’s back to DVDs in the mail, which I greatly enjoy finding in my mailbox. (I do still miss video stores, though. Sigh.)

Day 2 of Rain


Rain, rain, go away…

Hurricane Irene has made her way to New England. So far we’ve just had rain; I don’t think it has been horribly windy yet. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we don’t lost power. And, I guess I should be hoping and praying that no flooding occurs, since I live in the basement. I can’t even go there.

Here are some quotes about rain:

“Thy fate is the common fate of all; Into each life, some rain must fall.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” John Updike

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” Roger Miller

“Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.” Author unknown

Eat Food.


I recently read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. It is giving me just the push I needed toward eating more vegetables. I know I need to eat more veggies, of course. But I need to be hit over the head with it repeatedly, frightened by alarming facts, etc. etc.

I started down the path toward healthier eating after watching Food, Inc. a few years ago. If you haven’t seen that movie, see it. It will change your life, too. Then read In Defense of Food.

Actually, you don’t even need to read In Defense of Food if you don’t want to. Just abide by its simple manifesto. Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

When Michael Pollan says “eat food,” he means real food. Not the majority of “food products” sold in stores. Food that has five or fewer ingredients. Food that your great-grandmother would recognize.

Not too much = quality over quantity. If we are eating better (therefore, more expensive) food, we won’t eat as much. Bye, bye empty calories from crappy food. The better food tastes, the more satisfying it is, and the less we will need to feel full.

Plants are good for us. They contain antioxidants, omega-3, fiber, fewer calories…Pollan says scientists can’t even explain all of the reasons why they are just plain good for us.

If you have nothing to do on September 17, think about taking Slow Food USA’s $5 challenge and cooking a nice meal. Here’s a farmers’ market search engine.

9/11 Day of Service


It’s hard to believe that the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks are upon us. I feel extremely fortunate that I don’t personally know anyone affected by the tragedy.

Did you know that 9/11 is a national day of service? I encourage everyone to take part! …If not that day, sometime in September. You can find opportunities here.

I’ll be participating in the MSPCA Walk for Animals that day. Some of the money raised will be given to a 9/11 charity.

There’s another great volunteer opportunity in September: National Public Lands Day. Find an event near you here.

And while we’re on the topic of volunteering, I was sent the link to this website today and found it interesting. It shows all kinds of statistics about volunteering in America. I was shocked that my home state of New York has the lowest percentage rate of volunteers in the entire country! Come on, New York. BUT, I was psyched to see that my homeTOWN of Rochester has the fifth highest percentage of volunteers out of 51 large cities. Boston came in 25th…