Category Archives: Out and About

What’s The Ten-Year-Old watching this week?

Disneynature’s Born in China  As you know, The Ten-Year-Old adores tigers and feels passionately about supporting organizations like the World Wildlife Fund that work to help keep tigers around for future generations. So when she learned that part of the ticket … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: “What kind of tree is that?”

No, seriously. We want to know. We saw these Monster Pollen Buds while wandering through Hollywood Studios at DisneyWorld last month. None of us knew what kind of tree this was. If you do, please leave a comment or send me an … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Jupiter, again

Just after sunset tonight, glance up at the full moon. That bright star immediately next to it is Jupiter. Enjoy the view. Related Links:  Top 7 Must-See Sky Events in 2017 (National Geographic)

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Wordless Wednesday: That tree has eyes

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“Cotton Candy: Clothing fiber or food?”

Last week, Daddyo introduced The Ten-Year-Old to the faux nutritional miracle that is cotton candy. He got her to try it by casting it as a scientific experiment: “Cotton Candy: Clothing fiber or food?” They ate most of the bag trying … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Mercury (and Mars)

If you happen to live in an area where clouds and/or light pollution aren’t blocking your view of the sky (Chicago, I love you, but you do have a tendency to thwart my inner astronomer), take a moment to look for Mercury. The … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: Mars helps Mommyo spot Uranus

Apparently, the moon is tired, because Mars will be our tour guide tonight. (Assuming cloud cover and light pollution in Chicago permit us to even find Mars, that is. Oh, to live in a place with stars.) But let’s be … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Guess who climbed her first tree 4 years and 360 days ago?

Hint: When she woke up the next morning the first words out of her mouth were “Mommyo, have you made me a trophy for climbing my first tree yet?” Here she is, posing Caterpickles style with her tree-climbing trophy on that … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Nine-Year-Old (briefly) gets a goldfish

The Nine-Year-Old and I had the chance to tag along on Daddyo’s business trip to D.C. last week, so of course we took it. Our hotel room came equipped with — of all things — a goldfish. The Nine-Year-Old absolutely loved … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Saturn

The moon is really working over time to help me spot things in the night sky this month. Tonight and tomorrow, it’s pairing up with Saturn. The best view is, sadly, just before dawn. Still, Andrew Fazekas at National Geographic tells me … Continue reading

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