A few good gems

Happy Fourth of July!! We've got one kiddo flying in today, so we aren't starting our official festivities until the evening. But I'm thinking strawberries and blueberries for breakfast count for something. Right? If you have a spare moment between barbecues and swim parties, here are a few good gems for your perusing pleasure.

I love this short interview with Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo. She's pretty sure that women can't have it all, and I tend to agree. She explains, "If you ask our daughters, I'm not sure they will say that I've been a good mom." Read the whole interview because there is a funny story about when her mom frankly told her the straight-up facts of being a woman. (Thanks to my sister Jennifer for this link.)

I'm listening to this podcast by David Sedaris. Of course it's funny.

This article in The Atlantic takes on the subject of missing mothers from classic children's fiction and animated movies. "Bambi's mother, shot. Nemo's mother, eaten by a barracuda. Lilo's mother, killed in a car crash. Koda's mother in Brother Bear, speared. Po's mother in Kung Fu Panda 2, done in by a power-crazed peacock. Ariel's mother in the third Little Mermaid, crushed by a pirate ship. Human baby's mother in Ice Age, chased by a saber-toothed tiger over a waterfall." WHY? Here's a guess -- "Mothers are killed so fathers can take over. And when plucky kids and plucky dads join forces, it looks like fun." Ummmmm. How rude.

Fourteen signs your not allergic to gluten. (I'm like the guy listed under "you and gluten will always be together.")

I made this garlic butter shrimp with quinoa for dinner last night. Super easy and super yummy.


Working on living this sentiment . . . watching my pile of good things grow. So . . . I'm off to my pile of weeds in the back yard, which, with a little luck, will be completely eradicated within the hour. Happy 4th everyone!