July 31, 2009
It’s a jungle out there. If you don’t know the ins-and-outs you could put money down on an apartment, show up to move in and find yourself with 4 other people who also put money down on the same space all waiting for a phoney broker who has since left town. This did not happen to us. But this has happened for real to others.
After messing around with Craigslist, waiting outside apartments for a broker who doesn’t show up, or who gets there and shows you an apartment that doesn’t look like the photo online, or who tells you they don’t have the keys to that apartment but do have other keys, I finally walked into a realtor’s office on 13th and Fifth Ave, threw my hands up and begged someone to show me a nice apartment for my student son. My NY Realtor friends are annoyed with me for not coming to them in the first place- but I thought they wouldn’t want to bother with my low budget for Micah’s first NYC apartment. Well, my low-budget grew and grew, the more places I saw. Teeny, tiny, have to slide in side-ways to get to the toilet in miniscule bathrooms, dirty, strange and dark hallways, weird configurations of chopped up spaces. I couldn’t bear it and upped the ante. Along with upping came the broker and the commission and the one month FREE rent, nice trade. It has not been the best experience financially, but we found a great studio right near school. We’ll save on the monthly subway pass, he’ll cook for himself, I’ll send care packages. And that will have to be that.
Now for those of you who are out there shopping. Here is a good site with helpful info about the do’s and don’ts of apartment shopping in NYC.
July 21, 2009
This is a wonderful rendering real of our 2 dimensional cartoon favorites.Isn’t Charlie Brown sweet? and funny -looking? All the characters are very distorted- which is right, isn’t it? Cartoons are stretching our imaginations (sometimes). And the exaggerations are for the most part so very accurate we can really get who the characters are as cartoons and even more so when they are humanized.
Via: The Firewire
July 16, 2009
July 15, 2009
Here is a link to Rodney Yee’s Yoga tips from GaiamLife.com. You will find motivating tips on how to do basic poses. You can watch a video on downward dog. There is always something new to add to our Yoga practice. Also today there is an interesting article about Yoga being a weight bearing form of exercise. Of course it is! You hold you body up and using different muscle groups to do that in all the poses. Read the article.
Bone Health is the main conversation for many people. The Bone Health Trio from Nikken is a crucial addition to anyone’s daily nutrition.
July 9, 2009
Just to direct you to the EWG site again in case you’ve lost it. The Environmental Working Group’s lip balm sunscreen guide has ranked 154 products according to their testing standards- see how your lip balm ranks.
“At EWG, our team of scientists,engineers,policy experts, lawyers and computerprogrammers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and our own laboratory tests to expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions. Our research brings to light unsettling facts that you have a right to know.” A worthy group to consider for contributions to help:
update Skin Deep, our cosmetics safety database
support the Kid Safe Chemicals Act
fight for organic produce
get dangerous chemicals out of your food and water
protect your favorite national parks from mining destruction
July 7, 2009
It’s the Neuton CE6 . Easier to use than a gas-powered mower — squeeze the handlebar to start the motor, recharge overnight! 19″ cutting width.
Some gas mowers can reach 90 decibels — a noise level that can cause hearing damage with exposure beyond 15 minutes per session, according to The World Health Organization-with the Neuton CE 6 model, you’ll never need to wear hearing protection
No emissions. Amazing
- - Eliminate pollutants and carbon emissions (Americans use 800 million gallons of gasoline for their lawn mowers each year).
- - Eliminate accidental fuel spillage (the 17 million gallons of gas spilled filling lawn mowers each year is a major contaminate to our underground water tables).
- - Eliminate ear-damaging noise (gas mowers can damage your hearing and the peace & quiet of your neighborhood!).
- Removable, rechargeable battery
- Recharging costs about 10 cents
- Fully recharges in 12 hours
- Runs for up to an hour (depending on grass conditions)
- Battery lasts for five years (with proper care)
- Battery is over 95% recyclableR
- Rear grass collection bag
- Side discharge chute
- 360 watt-hour battery
- Battery charger
- Safety key