Saturday Surfing


Finds of the Week:

  • Giant Chocolate-Toffee Cookies, Janae Monir — Oh my goodness.
  • It’s official! Pizza is a vegetable!, Food Politics — The word is out.  Congress caved in under pressure from lobbyists on the school nutrition standards and pizza now counts as a vegetable.  Just ridiculous.  (And yet another reason for homeschooling — keep Nora as far away from cafeteria “food” as possible!)
  • Local Food Is No Small Potatoes: Farmers Rake In Almost $5 Billion, NPR The Salt food blog — It’s easy to think of local food as a diversion for people with plenty of time and money — something that could never be a major source of food in a globalized world. But the number $4.8 billion might change that perception.
  • Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers: 1961–2008, Census Report — The gems:
    • Paid maternity leave has risen slightly in recent years, but about half of all U.S. women still don’t have access to paid maternity leave
    • Some 51% of working women who had their first birth between 2006 and 2008 received paid leave (either maternity leave, sick leave or vacation). (That’s up slightly from 49% between 2001 and 2005 and from just 42% between 1996 and 2000.)
    • About 22% of first time mothers quit their jobs – 16% while they were pregnant and another 6% by 12 weeks after their child’s birth.
  • Performance artist gives birth in NYC art gallery, Wall Street Journal — Remember how I shared the link to the Bard alum who was planning to give birth in as gallery?  Well, she had a successful birth last Tuesday, giving birth to a boy who was 21 inches long and weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces.
  • Teaching Good Sex, NY Times Magazine — More on this very soon.
  • Thanksgiving Centerpiece Crafts, One Charming Party — Cute and easy; turn candlesticks into candle holders

Etsy Love, Thanksgiving:1. Thanksgiving Place Setting, hand painted magnetic clothespin set 2. Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props Printable 3.Thanksgiving Toile Boutique Dress  4. Timmy the Timid Turkey Clip  5. Forest print at Thanksgiving Fall Photography 6. Get Stuffed Spoon  7. Quilted Thanksgiving Table Runner 8. Gobble, Gobble Thanksgiving Turkey Banner/Garland 9.  Thanksgiving Turkey Feathers Felt Fascinator Headband

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