5.13.14 – Found: Two Parenting Survival Tools

May 14, 2014

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Oh hi there!  Life has been blurring by, which I hate. I blink and a week is over.  What I like best about blogging is as I sit here on the couch at night, digesting what I’ve seen and sharing it with you, time slows down a bit.  I usually start blogging by looking through the photos on my phone — this photo is from last Friday night when after school Alex and I headed down to Riverside Park, just because the weather was finally warm and it was still light out. The boundary between land and water always has a magnetic pull – most noticeable at the beach, I think – but we still felt it down on the shore of the Hudson. We spent an hour just watching debris and boats run by, throwing rocks into the fog, making up reasons for the  police lights across the river in NJ (pirate attacks, mostly!)

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I discovered two parenting survival tools in the last few weeks and wanted to share.  Both are practical – one is the Mophie battery case for the Iphone.  Alex had his first emergency room visit ever over spring break (seven stitches which have healed nicely, I’m happy to report!) and while I might someday write a post about that experience in its own right (An Emergency Room Survival Guide?), the main thing I realized as we sat 12 hours in the ER waiting room was that I never wanted to have a low phone battery again. I watched my fully charged battery slowly run out of juice, my anxiety increasing with every bar of battery lost –  it made an already stressful situation even more so.  On our way home, in the airport in Raleigh, at a Best Buy Vending Machine of all places, I snapped up a red Mophie case. It carries an entire extra charge and I have been so very happy with it. Best of all, it uses Blackberry/Kindle chargers which are ubiquitous in my house and this simple fact has vastly simplified our nightly family charging routine. NB: Does anyone else juggling family charging (ie who charges what device at what time? Our routine has become pretty elaborate sad to say).  PS: This is the truth.

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The second tool is the more appropriate for city dwellers without cars … the BubbleBum Inflatable Car Seat. For those parents lucky enough to live someplace with a car, this will not seem noteworthy.  However, if you’ve ever had to lug a booster seat to a car rental place or on a plane or really anywhere, you will be interested in this.  The BubbleBum is inflatable and this makes it very lightweight.  Also, it has an ingenious system I can’t describe with words that manages to make the chest strap comfortable for kiddos of a certain age  (the seat is rated for 4-11 year olds).  I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say it is down right revolutionary. Ha!  We’ve used it on three or four trips and it has been easy and so comfortable for Alex.

Finally, I’m in the middle of serving on Jury duty in NYC and wondered if any New Yorkers had lunch recommendations?  And thanks, as ever, for reading along and sharing!

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Becca May 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

If you are at jury duty downtown, The Smile To Go is my favorite place in the neighborhood. It’s on Howard between Lafayette and Crosby. Sometimes the line is long, but it’s delish. There’s also Oro on Broome between Mulberry and Mott. There’s a good Pho place closer … although it’s not really Pho weather … Nha Trang Centre @ Centre and White St.

thea May 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

lunch is the best part of jury duty! I second the recommendation for Nha Trang Centre and also like to hit up Parigot for French food (great merguez sandwich!) on Grand and Lafayette.

joanna goddard May 16, 2014 at 11:11 am

WHOA those inflatable booster seats! thanks so much for the tip!

Abbey May 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

Becca – I went to The Smile to Go and it was amazing!

Abbey May 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

Joanna – it is LIFE changing for us carless city dwellers …

Dena May 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

And– this one’s a little far– there’s La Colombe for coffee on Church between Walker and Lispenard…Also, there’s a Tuesday/Friday Greenmarket on Broadway at Chambers. I loved wandering around that area when I was on jury duty this winter…

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