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Labor Day Labor of Love

Dear Kid,

Labor Day is all about celebrating the workers in our society. Which—depending on how you look at things—is pretty much everyone.

Today I want to talk about a labor of love: writing

Sometimes people ask how I write a blog every day. Today I shall attempt to answer that question with something other than “um…well, I don’t really know.”

Sometimes blogs just appear, fully written, just needing to be typed out.

Often, I write them in my head, while walking the dog, driving to work, or at the gym, trying out sentences and rewriting them as necessary.

Sometimes it’s harder. I stare at the blank screen, willing words to appear. I can pretty much always manage to get “Dear Kid” written down. The rest of the words, not so much.

Sometimes it feels like I have a good idea. One short paragraph later, I hit delete. It’s the modern equivalent of ripping the paper out of the typewriter and crumpling it up. (Remind me to explain to you what a typewriter is.)

In the olden days, we used to write on paper.

Some days I write about what’s going on in my life. Some days I write about what’s going weird in the world. Some days I write about what went on in the world a zillion years ago. Some days I make up what should be going on in the world.

People have asked why I have a car Post-It note holder in my car...

People have asked why I have a Post-It note holder in my car. The answer is because some days, this is how you write a blog.

Some days this is how to write a blog.

Happy Labor Day!

Love, Mom

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Disappointing Dinner and Social Media Consequences

Dear Kid,

We had a very disappointing dinner this weekend.

I decided we should go out. Pi kindly provided a list of 57 possible restaurants. I consulted Yelp! and began a thorough analysis of not ridiculously expensive Italian places.

Based on 614 independent factors and a little bit of eeny-meeny, I chose Cucinova. Cucinova got great ratings on Yelp! They serve pizza, pasta, and salads and you get to pick your own ingredients (think Italian Chipotle).

I had penne, Dad and Pi had salads (the key ingredient in the proteins and the roasted veggies is pepper which explains why Dad made the salad choice). The meals were served in heavy paper bowls that clearly said compostable (both in feel and in the pressed message on the bottom of the bowls).

My whole life has been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that let’s you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap. Bette Midler

There was no compost bin in the restaurant. None.

This did not sit well with your sister.

Not at all.

Especially since Cucinova is right next to Fusion where they have a whole compostable/recycling message.

The average US. Household generates 650 lbs. of compostable materials each year.

So not only did Pi ask the mostly indifferent staff (except the dude who made our meals—he was awesome) where their compost bin was (they didn’t have one and didn’t seem to care much) she started tweeting.

Kinda strange that @Cucinova has compostable bowls but no compost bin. #SaveThePlanet

As of this writing that one tweet has gotten 4 RTs, almost 40 favorites (we’re trying to hit a record—please feel free to retweet or fave), and no response from @Cucinova. Which goes to show why monitoring your social media accounts is not a 5 day 40 hour responsibility.

#SavethePlanet“Why,” says Pi, “would you go to the trouble and expense of buying compostable bowls and then NOT have a compost bin??”

I’m queen of my own compost heap and I’m getting used to the smell. Ani DiFranco

I raised good kids.

Love, Mom

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National Coffee Day, Caffeinated Squirrel, and 7 Facts About Coffee

Coffee on Campus, DearKidLoveMom.comDear Kid,

Once upon a time there was very nice little a goat who was having trouble staying awake to study for Upcoming Exams of the Important Variety. Distracted, the goat nibbled on a few berries from the bush he was standing beside and immediately started kicking up his heels and studying chemistry with abandon. ‘This would be even better in a cup,’ thought the very nice little goat. And the coffee industry was born.

How to make coffee

Option 1

1. Grow a coffee bush, either arabica or robusta.
2. Pick, process, and dry the berries to get to the seeds.
3. Roast the aforementioned seeds.
4. Grind the roasted seeds.
5. Brew.
6. Drink.

Option 2

Get someone else to do the work in numbers 1 through 5.

Seven Facts You Might Not Know About Coffee

Coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Countless (except for Grandma who can count anything) people have studied the health effects of coffee. Some by doing actual scientific studies, some by drinking enough espresso to send their eyeballs twitching in different directions. Unsurprisingly, there are 3.72 times as many opinions as there have been studies, and pretty much none of them agree on anything except that they were studying coffee.

There are people who say a good cup of coffee is akin to a religious experience. They don’t know how right they are. While we know nothing of the religious orientation of the goat, coffee was for years mostly consumed by Muslims. Then in 1600, Pope Clement VIII declared coffee a Christian beverage. (I did not make that up.) These days it is clearly a non-denominational beverage unless you consider Starbucks a church.

The East India Company was the first major importer of coffee. This is important because you learned about the East India Company in grade school. See? Social Studies was not complete waste of time.

When there is a choice, choose shade grown coffee. MUCH, much better for the environment. Also coffee beans can’t apply sunscreen all by themselves and they taste better when roasted in the roaster rather than in the tropical sun. Trust me, you’ll thank me.

Coffee grounds are excellent for composting. Worms dig coffee grounds (get it?) and why not? Dirt can get pretty boring.

Decaf coffee is coffee that has had some to most of its caffeine removed. Some to Most means there really is no such thing as caffeine-free coffee. Starbucks for example keeps enough caffeine in their decaf to power a small city. “What,” you ask, “is done with the leftover caffeine?” Excellent question. The extracted caffeine is usually sold to the pharmaceutical industry for things like medication to take when you have a headache from coffee addiction.

Coffee can also be incorporated with alcohol in beverages—it is combined with whiskey in Irish coffee, and forms the base of alcoholic coffee liqueurs such as Kahlúa, and Tia Maria. Coffee is also sometimes used in the brewing process of darker beers, such as a stout or porter. That is important because everyone knows that all college students live solely on beer and coffee. Drink a stout or porter (once you’re old enough) and you get a two for one!

Sunday (September 29) is National Coffee Day which only means that you can say “Happy National Coffee Day” as you lift a cup.

Love, Mom

and because I love you, 42 seconds of Hoodwinked. Caffeine baby!

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