Monday, February 19, 2007

Easy Living

I cannot even imagine what the world would be like without the Internet. Mostly I love the convenience of shopping online. Last week I signed onto Amazon and was able to order Treats for the Pooches.. Cereal in Individual Cups (like they sell in the deli's)... Wee Wee Pads for Carrie Bradshaw who doesn't quite understand the idea of "doing her business outside"... K Cups for the Keurig Home Brewing System www.keurig.com. Crystal Light "On The Go" packets too! Everything went into one shopping cart and was one transaction even though the items were shipped from several different vendors. Easy Easy Easy!!! All from the comforts of your own couch!! Getting back to Keurig!! I have to send a special thanks to Benjy, who is my sons best friend! Benjy told me about this machine and it has changed our regular coffee making routine. We love it and all the choices of coffees and teas you can order. One cup at a time! Choice of sizes too! A must buy!

Have fun! I always do!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

"One Person can make a Difference"

I can hardly remember a time when I wasn't actively involved in some organization or cause. Years back when I wasn't able to make significant financial donations I just gave my time. I remember getting involved along with my friend Debbie in the JDRF walkathon on Long Island shortly after I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes. Now I am fortunate that I can give my time and money too. There is something out there for everyone who wants to be involved with making this world a better place, helping those in need, effecting change at a grassroots level, donating time and of course money. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by lots of people who do this on a daily basis. Whether it is spending time with the mentally ill, volunteering at your child's school, volunteering in a not-for-profit thrift shop, organizing fundraising events, volunteering at a hospital, championing causes and feeding the poor you are making a difference. So what about all the other people out there who for one reason or another never quite find the time to volunteer or never quite find a few extra bucks to donate?? I don't understand that! I don't know what bothers me more.. I think its the donating money! That's very easy. No excuses!!! You don't have to give your time and its very easy to make a donation these days. Especially online. Most organizations have websites and you can easily donate right on the website.
I encourage you all to pass this blog around.. Lets make sure all those who can are reaching into their pockets and giving to the causes that have meaning for them. I think my "cage" was rattled recently after making follow up calls for my children's school for their Annual Campaign. I was shocked and saddened to see how many parent's had not stepped up to the plate to make a donation. The campaign was structured starting at $18 all the way up to 5 figures... So each person could participate at a level they were comfortable with. What a tough sell!!! Oh well....

Have fun! I always do!

RISA

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Breast Feeding in Public

While eating lunch today at Baby Moon Restaurant in Westhampton Beach I noticed at a table right across from us a woman breast feeding her baby. I thought she was just holding the baby until I noticed the entire side of her shirt pulled up. I felt this was extremely inappropriate to be doing in the middle of a restaurant without covering herself. Maybe I am old fashioned in this sense but I feel there is a time and place for everything.. OK maybe not a time when you have a hungry baby but that is your problem.. the entire restaurant doesn't have to be part of it. I guess if she covered herself with a blanket it wouldn't have bothered me as much.. Maybe?? Then she even talked on the cell phone and drank a cappuccino at the same time. I guess this would be an example of multitasking at its best... Feeding your baby... while feeding your self while talking on the phone... Needless to say I think people need to be more aware of the shared space we all inhabit!

Have fun! I always do!

RISA

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Weekend Roundup Feb 4th....

Friday night services at The New York Synagogue celebrating Shabbat Shira (the Sabbath of Song) were a true celebration!! We had the pleasure of listening to Cantor Netanel Hershtik and two incredible Cantors from Jerusalem, Cantor Yakov Rosenfeld and Cantor Tzvi Horowitz. The congregation was filled and everyone was truly mesmerized by the voices.

On Saturday, Jeff and I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential Candidate at a very intimate fundraiser for him hosted by major players in the tech world. http://pulverblog.pulver.com/I was thoroughly impressed by Senator Obama who answered all the questions asked of him with "thought-out" responses and truly spoke from the heart. He did not once "bash" any of his opponents but spoke at length about his vision on many pressing topics. I encourage you to find out more about this very intelligent and dynamic man who also shares a day that is very dear to me.. August 4th which is my birthday and his too!!

Hmmmm Saturday night and A Frozen Pipe... As we pulled up to our house in the Hamptons very late on Saturday night.. Really Sunday morning at around 1:00AM we noticed a flood in our driveway. Not a good sign!! We went into the house to hear the sound of a river flowing in our garage. I opened the garage door and was in shock!! A pipe had burst in the bedroom above our garage.... Water was pouring through the ceiling of the garage onto the cars and pieces of the ceiling had fallen down too... The bedroom carpet had turned brown and was soaked.. OYYY not a fun thing to walk into at 1:00 AM... Luckily with the help of our plumber by phone we found the shut off for the water for that part of the house... Then went to bed... So all will be fixed... Aggravating yes but nothing we could do... Confucius says: Make sure your heating system is always working when it is very cold outside :-)

In and Around Westhampton Beach....

Even on a blustery cold day like today.. There were still people walking around and shopping in WHB. I stopped at some of my favorites... Fahrenheit 451 and chatted with Liz.. Hugged Sammy (her dog) and bought the boys some cool jeans... Then headed over to Lavish Beauty... Randi is the best. She has all the latest body products.. Makeup from Trish McEvoy and Scott Barnes.. Bliss Products and Several Unique Fragrance Lines. Also Bond 9 Fragrances which is one of my favorites!! If you can't get out to WHB check out the website at www.shoplavishbeauty.com Then off to The Beach Bakery for a soda and some rainbow cookies for Dylan.. Many of the stores are closed for the season but there's still plenty to see.

Have fun! I always do!

RISA