Happy New Year! New Years begin with promise and you can be sure to include East Bay Moms & Dads in your resolutions to meet new people, get exercise and spend more time with your family! Membership is half off for everyone for the month of January! Be sure to save the date, Saturday, January 24 from 10am-2pm for our 17th annual East Bay Preschool Fair! We’ve got over 50 preschools from around the East Bay and from an array of styles, philosophies and schedules; featured local start-ups/momtrepreneurs; a rest area for the kiddos, including face painting and toys to distract the kids while you absorb the mass amounts of info you are sure to get! We will also have local practitioners and service providers ready to answer questions and offer advice and plenty more resources to get you set for the new year! This event is not one to miss! We’re also back to our regular programming, complete with stroller walks and hikes. I hope to see you soon!
by Angelina Grab
- There is deep satisfaction in being married for almost 15 years–the butterflies change, but there are still butterflies. Getting flowers is nice, but having someone hold you while you ugly cry is better. Having someone hold you while you ugly cry then bring you flowers is just awesome.
- There is nothing wrong with building a new family from friends—you need to get love and support where you find it. Just because you share DNA doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be best friends. Just look at Sirius Black’s family… or the Weasleys even. Percy was a jerk.East Bay Mom, Nancy Duley explained this as “When what you want is Norman Rockwell and what you have is Norman Bates,”
- The generosity and kindness of people will never cease to amaze me. People will pull together to get shit done, you just have to ask for help and sometimes you need to be specific. Example 1: You are freaking out because of all the things. Not sure I know how to help with that. Example 2: You are freaking out because you need help with X, Y & Z—I’ll be over in ten minutes. I’ll be working on this in the coming year.
- There can be no strays in my world. I will take every last stray home, human or otherwise, even if temporary. Unless it’s a duck. Any stray ducks that cross my path will be used for food. (I promise to write about the duck raising experience of 2013/2014 when I am over the trauma.
- Never overlook an opportunity—little bubbles of opportunity wrapped in serendipity pop up all the time. If you look for them, you will find them. The key is to act quickly.
- You can never underestimate kindness. Every interaction you have has the power to make or break someone’s day. That being said, if someone is a jerk it is wholly appropriate to call them on it—extra points if you can manage to tell someone how sorry you are that they are having a rough enough day that they need to take it out on a stranger—so much more satisfying and screws with their sense of entitlement. There can be no strays in my world. I will take every last stray home, human or otherwise, even if temporary. Unless it’s a duck. Any stray ducks that cross my path will be used for food.
- Sometimes people need to be reminded that they are both as small and insignificant as they are extraordinary. You never know when life experience is going to come around and kick you in the nards.
- If you think race and class are insignificant aspects of people’s reality, it’s time for your reality to change because you live in a bubble of entitlement. We do not live in a post-racial society. Read anything by Tim Wise, White Like Me is a great place to start.
- Don’t be afraid to do anything. Courage comes later. Brevity is just “crazy” with PR. (Take it from someone who knows.) As a good friend of mine once said to me when I had gone through a terribly disillusioning experience at work and was thinking about walking out, “If you have to burn bridges, may the fire light your way.”
- Sobriety far outweighs the pleasure of a good glass of wine. It’s much more fun to do ridiculous things sober than wake up in the morning trying to piece together what embarrassing things you may have done the night before. Recounting events for friends who were two sheets to the wind is also a plus…especially if you took pictures.
“Organic mini-burgers, milkshakes, potato tots & draft beer in a compact hangout with outdoor seats.”
Maybe it’s a throwback to childhood and going absolutely crazy over tiny things–baby clothes, dollhouses, miniature action figures, but I get overcome by the same glee when it comes to sliders.
My sister-in-law was in town and we spent an afternoon on Shattuck in Berkeley walking around, chatting and generally trying to convince her to move to the Bay Area in a few years. We got hungry, which is the absolute worst time to try and decide on where to eat. Fortunately for us, we ended up at Phil’s Sliders on Shattuck. Being the tiny food connoisseur that I am, I ordered one of each slider: fried chicken, beef, portobello, and veggie. We ordered sweet potato fries and potato tots and for conscience’s sake, a salad (though it was cole slaw). They were out of the Salted caramel milk shake ingredients (read caramel), so we ordered a coffee milkshake instead and some water.
The sliders were juicy, satisfying and I had no trouble inhaling four of them “for research.” The potato tots—perfect rectangular pieces of fried deliciousness—were great, as was the poppy seed coleslaw. Sadly, the lower cholesterol sweet potato fries were neglected in favor of its starchier cousin, the potato, but we assume they were just as good. If you are ever in Berkeley, near Shattuck, and craving teeny, yet satisfying food, this should be your stop. Great for kids, super casual environs and lots of yummy to go around.
2024 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704