Archive for the Humor Category

Love those berries

Posted in Family, Humor, Photos on February 9, 2010 by maryrestaino


How do you get your teen to clean his/her room?

Posted in blogging, Family, Humor on February 2, 2010 by maryrestaino

A source of contention between my daughter and her father and I:

If we don’t do something soon, she will earn a place on the show “Hoarders”. Just kidding, but I’m going to see if I can help organize her things while she’s at school today. Clearly, she’s overwhelmed.

To buy or not to buy name brands?

Posted in Family, Humor on October 15, 2009 by maryrestaino

Yes, I buy generic brands, sometimes.

I was in a grocery store yesterday, where a generic “Pop Tarts” were on sale for about a dollar or so less than real thing. Of course, being short on money I bought these for my daughter. My teenage daughter doesn’t have lunch period this year in high school, and also doesn’t eat breakfast. She takes two of the Pop Tarts to school every day.

“I told you not to buy these,” she said, rolling her eyes. “They taste like crap.” Meanwhile, my husband had one and said they taste fine. “He’ll eat anything,” my daughter argued.

I also plan to buy generic cereal more often. I bought three boxes of cereal at the store the other day, paying about $5 per box. My oldest son, 17, eats the stuff all of the time, because he is too lazy to make himself anything else. After two days, two of the three boxes were almost gone. Except the Cheerios. “ I told you, Mom, get Honey Nut Cheerios,” my daughter complained once again.

How important is it to have to have name brands? If each child closed their eyes and sampled the generic store brand next to the name brand, could they tell the difference?

I wonder, maybe I’ll try a taste test.

Carnival goldfish beats the odds

Posted in blogging, Family, Humor, Photos on September 3, 2009 by maryrestaino


We never had much luck with goldfish. We set up a ten gallon tank, with a few goldfish, and they always died, one by one. We tried everything: taking samples of water to the pet store, buying chemicals that are recommended, not having too many in the tank at once, watching the amount we were feeding them. They always died anyway after a week or two.

Until my daughter brought home a goldfish she won at a carnival.

Of course, I was skeptical that this one would escape the clutches of the grim reaper. We got an ordinary plastic goldfish bowl and put him in. We got him a “companion” goldfish from the feeder tank at the pet store for 19 cents. With our track record, I wasn’t investing a lot of money.

The companion goldfish died after about two weeks, but the carnival goldfish is still going strong after almost 2 months. My daughter doesn’t even change the water in the bowl that often, about once a week or so.

I’m amazed.

Little hideaways

Posted in Family, Humor, Photos on August 15, 2009 by maryrestaino

My kids shared with me their hiding place when they want to eat their goodies undisturbed. They invited me to join in on the fun:


Do you think you will live to be 100?

Posted in blogging, Family, Health on July 21, 2009 by maryrestaino

A headline in the news recently is the 112-year-old Montana man who became the world’s oldest living man after 113-year old Henry Allingham of England died Saturday.

The lucky man, Walter Breuning, was born September 21, 1896. He learned to read by kerosene lantern and remembers his grandfather’s stories of his service in the Civil War. He still dresses in a suit and tie.

In fact, it looks like all of us have an increased chance of living to at least 100 years old. The dramatic rise in population over the last century has been accompanied by an even more dramatic rise in life expectancy.

For example, when the U.S. population reached 100 million in 1915, the average lifespan was 54 years. When we hit 200 million in 1967, it reached approximately 70.

Some experts on aging say that within 50 years, the average person living in an industrialized nation with access to health care will live to be at least 100.

During the first half of the 20th century, revolutionary advances in medicine and public health raised the average life expectancy in the U.S. by more than 20 years – from age 47 in 1900 to age 68 in 1950.

According to the CDC, the 10 greatest medical and public health achievements of the 20th century were:

  • Vaccination against disease, resulting in the elimination of major diseases of the early 20th century, such as smallpox and polio.
  • Control of infectious disease through improved sanitation, clean water sources, and the introduction of antibiotics.
  • Improvements in motor-vehicle safety.
  • Improved workplace safety.
  • Improved food safety.
  • Decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke.
  • Smaller families with longer birth intervals due to family planning.
  • Improved prenatal care.
  • Fluoridation of drinking water.
  • Public health efforts to reduce smoking.

Sources: New York Post,

Can a car really make it to one million miles?

Posted in Family, Humor, Travel on July 20, 2009 by maryrestaino

I believe this story is an interesting follow-up to my previous post about whether or not it is possible for your vehicle to reach the one million miles mark. Today it was reported in the Weird but True column of the New York Post  that a 90-year-old woman, Rachel Veitch, still drives her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente every day. It has already racked up 559,000 miles.

The Florida woman reports she has the oil changed every 3,000 miles and maintains extensive maintenance records for the vehicle.