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New York City
Entrepreneur ( taking a break and mom to 2.
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I rarely get interview requests anymore, and usually when I do, it's because people want to hear about Evan Williams. If you haven't read this site since 1999, maybe you don't know that he and I co-founded Blogger together, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Megnut
A beautiful spring day in New York and after doing some errands, I let Minna out of the Ergo carrier. She walked all the way from Spring and Wooster to Prince, walked down Prince to West Broadway and made it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Megnut
If there's some way you read this site but you don't read my husband's, you should know that he's launched a new web app called Stellar. The story is here on if you're interested. I'm totally addicted to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Megnut
After dropping Ollie at school, Minna and I headed to the suburban-esque Whole Foods in Tribeca for groceries. Though she's been in a shopping cart once or twice before, today she wouldn't have it. She screamed "Nooooooo!!!!" and cried and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2011 at Megnut
On the bad PR part you forgot a third thing: obsessive overstatement of all possible dangers for children! Which has led to such idiocy that children can't walk to school alone or babysit at age 13. Who wants to have a baby only to see it kidnapped by the many strangers lurked on every corner? Lovely post and I'm so happy for you and the adventure you've undertaken. You've said everything I've felt about parenthood these last 3.5 years. It is so transformative and fulfilling and simple, all at once.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2011 on Malcolm Browne Dash at
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Two photos from making cookies at Christmas from my mom, who finally got around to posting them. This was Minna's first time using her new rolling pin. As you can tell, Ollie's used his a lot! Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Megnut
Awhile ago I read Tom Sawyer in large part because I wanted a window into how kids, and boys in particular, used to live. I know it's a work of fiction, but I figured it would still provide insight into... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Megnut
Here are the Newbery Awards from 2007-1968 listed on Amazon. I'm realizing why I didn't distinguish between the two awards properly. These are definitely "big kids" books that I read when I was older, so I always though the Caldecott was just for younger kids books. Anyway, tons of great ones in this list too, for your bigger kid or kids who like to sit and be read to. I loved so many of these as a kid! Thanks Mamacita!
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2011 on All the Caldecott Medal Winners on Amazon at Megnut
Which ones do you have? And which did you buy? Do you have "A Snowy Day"? I love that one!
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2011 on All the Caldecott Medal Winners on Amazon at Megnut
I never realized that but you're right! I just checked and it's "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." I always thought it was just best picture book. Well the art is good, and the stories, at least the older books, are really good from what I've read. Thanks for pointing this out. Are there any that should really be avoided?
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2011 on All the Caldecott Medal Winners on Amazon at Megnut
I love giving books as presents and lately I've been really into older children's books (more on this in another post) so I figured someone had a list on Amazon of all the Caldecott Medal Winners, right? Easy ordering for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Megnut
Did you know you can follow this site on Twitter? I update the megnutcom Twitter account each time I publish here with the post title and a link to the post. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Megnut
We don't let Ollie watch any TV and his computer/iPad/iPhone screen time is regulated. But when he gets the iPad, one of his favorite things to do is watch YouTube videos, which he picks from ones I've favorited. At some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Megnut
@beyond: Don't be anxious! First of all, if you go for the epidural, you should be pretty comfortable the whole time. If you're going to try and go without, just remember your body evolved to do this thing, without modern painkillers. You can do it! And looking at your kid will totally make it worth it, so much so you might even do it again! :) @renee Part of the Pitocin trouble for me was being hooked to a fetal monitor, so I could see the contraction before I felt it, which let to dread and tensing up before it arrived. And they seemed to last forever! There was, as you say, no way to get on top of them. For Minna contractions were very close but somehow they didn't freeze me up in the same way. Also I was able to move around. With Ollie I was hooked to IV and stupid monitor, so it was hard to even move. It's very difficult to manage the pain without moving around, I found. And yes, I agree about intense! Congrats and good luck with #2!
Toggle Commented Feb 9, 2011 on Pain and Birth and 2000 Meters at Megnut
My freshman year in college, a former rower stopped by our boathouse following the birth of her first child. At that point in my life, and in the lives of all the women I rowed with, a 2000 meter race... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2011 at Megnut
Somewhat proven theory: Including kids in the food process creates good eaters. I often take Ollie to the supermarket with me and I let him pick out all kinds of things to buy. Last week he really wanted to get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Megnut
I keep a list of things I want to write about on this site because I've had lots of ideas lately but not always the time to write the whole post. I recently came across this note to myself: "Babies... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Megnut
Tim, glad to hear that. Valid points for sure.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2011 on Eating well and working less at Megnut
Renee, I actually didn't take the picture. I wanted to take some of my own shots but didn't have the time and, in an effort to just get the posts done and not be perfect, I grabbed it online from someone selling the same set. But this is what mine looks like, and I just polished it the old fashioned way by placing it in an electrochemical dip. Works great, no rubbing required, and no icky chemicals either.
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2011 on Grandma's Silver at Megnut
Great "A Food Manifesto for the Future" from Mark Bittman containing some concrete suggestions to improve the food supply and with it, the health, of Americans. But I really liked comment #2: I can't imagine how Americans can possibly eat... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Megnut
A little back story: in the early nineties, when I was in college, I went on a ski trip to Colorado. We have relatives who live out there and at the time of our visit, a young cousin was training... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2011 at Megnut
For a long time I've been trying to use the good stuff, trying to enjoy the nice things I have rather than save them for some far off "better" time when they'd be appropriate. I learned this lesson the hard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at Megnut
At least since last winter, if not before, I've observed a trend I like to call "Arctic Extreme!!!" People dressing like New York City is some vast frozen tundra, wearing huge Sorel boots rated to -60°F, donning 800 fill power... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Megnut
Took apart my stove hood this morning for a thorough cleaning and found this little message. If I were a Ms. Electrician I'd be pissed. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2011 at Megnut
Here's a video of Ollie skiing last weekend up at Mad River Glen. It's not very good because I was skiing behind him and it's hard to film and look through camera and follow him and try to ski all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2011 at Megnut