Mad Men and Mai Tais


Tonight is the night that many of us have been waiting for: the season 5 premiere of Mad Men. I am going over to my friend’s house to watch it. We are going to make mai tais and eat junk food.

It’s fun to get excited about watching a TV show again. Besides Downton Abbey, I don’t think I’ve been excited about a TV show since the early 2000s.

In birthday list news, I completed item #21 this morning. I visited the Peabody Museum at Harvard. It was cool. I saw a lot of beautiful textiles and baskets. And I liked the museum’s use of video and audio.

Next up is dinner at Locke-Ober. Boston has a restaurant week in March, so a restaurant I’ve never tried always ends up on the list.

The Average American’s Water Footprint


How much water do you think you use each day? Besides what you drink? I was shocked to read this.

And am still shocked that billions of people don’t have access to water year-round.

This Thursday is World Water Day. Take the opportunity to think about how you can use less water. My workplace just banned the use/sale of bottled water. That is awesome!

Check out the movie Tapped to learn more about the bottled water industry or Flow or Blue Gold to learn more about the privatization of water.

And happy first day of spring! It’s 62 degrees in Boston.


My Kitchen Smells Like Fresca


…because I just dumped four cans if it down the sink drain.

I’ve always liked Fresca. When I have it in the house, I drink it a few times a week. I also buy Mountain Dew once in awhile. What sodas do you drink? Have you ever looked at the ingredients?

The other day my coworker sent me an article about brominated vegetable oil. It’s an ingredient that is found in many citrus sodas. It is also an ingredient in flame retardants.

I was appalled that I have been ingesting a toxic chemical for years. The FDA says that small quantities are OK…yet brominated vegetable oil is banned in sodas in Europe and Japan.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out this Scientific American article.