Monday News: 1,4 Dioxane Tide and the Microsoft Nook.

Last week I learned, through testing by environmental group, Women’s Voices for the Earth, that Tide Original Scent and Tide Free and Clear detergents both contain 1,4 Dioxane, a probable carcinogen. Because 1,4 Dioxane is a by product of the process used to make the products and not an additive, it does not appear on the label’s ingredient listing. The 1,4 Dioxane could be removed by altering the formulation process for the detergents, but Proctor and Gamble, the corporation that makes tide, maintains that the amount of 1,4 Dioxane is in keeping with safety regulation. Representation for Proctor and Gamble maintains that clothing would have to be washed and worn 1,000 a day in order for one to be exposed to toxic levels of 1,4 Dioxane. I understand that this substance may be in my food and drinking water, but I will be researching alternatives, because I don’t understand why anyone would knowingly use a product that contains a “probable carcinogen”.

The Microsoft Nook?

Microsoft has announced that they will be investing $300 million into Barnes and Noble’s Nook division for a 17.6 percent stake. Microsoft will use the opportunity to expand its presence in the tablet field and Barnes and Noble will most likely benefit from the cash infusion and the resolution of several patent disputes it has with Microsoft. Book publishers are also happy about the deal.

Taking our kids to work.

Yesterday was “Take Our Kids to Work” day. Al went with his father, but I think next year Nat and maybe Little A will be going, too. Al is a teenager now, so he has the whole, “what’s the big deal?” attitude, but I remember going to visit my parents’ workplace so I know it’s a big deal. I’m slowly learning to emphasize important concepts with my son while ignoring the attitude part.

Monday News: Cleaning up my timeline.

My Twitter is set up primarily as an information and news source. I am connected to a few friends, several news outlets, journalists, and other professionals in fields I am interested in keeping up with. Imagine my surprise when a firsthand blow by blow of a domestic altercation between a former professional athlete, his wife and one of her friends found its way into my timeline. I really did not think that was my business so I made some changes, and once again, all is peaceful in the realm of my timeline.

I know that our society is really into getting all possible details into celebrities (and former celebrities’) lives, but sometimes I really would not mind getting back to the days when everybody famous’ business was not all over the tv and web.

16.72 Miles. What happened to being my best for myself?

I still feel things toning up, so that’s always good. Earlier this week, I read a blog post where a lady expressed a desire to lose weight so that she could meet more men/have a relationship. It made me think about reading the lingerie catalog from Nordie’s. The catalog was full of romantic photos of ladies in their pricey brandy skivvies with their handsome dudes. I figured there was nothing wrong with that (I’ve bought my share of clothing and lingerie for my husband’s entertainment), but what happened to wanting to look good for one’s self? Or wanting to exercise and eat healthy because it feels better and looks better? And not because some loser at the club didn’t speak? Maybe it’s me.

Monday News: Housewives and Prostitutes.

First we’ll start with the housewives.

I’m sorry that Ann Romney has battled breast cancer and Multiple Sclerosis. I am also well aware that working at home is real work. However, from the information that I have read and heard about and from her husband (including his numerous gaffes about the problems of the poor), I think it is a safe assumption that she does not have a working knowledge of the economic issues that face most regular women. I know that raising children is work from experience, but I sincerely and completely doubt her credibility as an economic advisor on women’s issues. Maybe Hilary Rosen should have said something closer to that, because what she did say was a hot mess. The response of the GOP was the sweeping generalization that all Democrats share Hilary Rosen’s views and don’t respect housewives, when if this was the case, it would be a conflict with our First Lady’s choice to be a stay-at-home mom.  How many more months of this do we have left? Six and change? Sigh.

And now for the prostitutes.

The U.S. Secret Service is known for its work guarding our presidents, cabinet members and candidates. It is also well known for doing this quietly and professionally.  They often hold parties after the assignments are over and the president has departed the location, but not this week. Eleven agents have been suspended as a result of misconduct with prostitutes near the site of the Americas Summit, (in Cartagena, Colombia) the day before President Obama arrived, so that our government could deal with the investigation and the summit at the same time.

Last but not least…

Keep the people of the Great Plains in your thoughts and prayers. Seventy-five tornadoes touched down there this weekend killing six and injuring 28.

Product Review. Lunchbots

Lunchbots are transformers, but they are not robots. They have changed my cabinets into a much neater place. because where I had several plastic containers for snacks and lunches, I now have a few stainless-steel boxes. I’ve had my Lunchbots for a few months and they are bpa free, durable, easy to clean, keep snacks in and are much better for my family than the containers they replaced.