Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Several restaurants and bars offer special festivities to ring in 2011.
We know many people head Up North for this holiday weekend, but if the rainy forecast keeps you from the northern Michigan ski hill, here are several options here at home to help you welcome 2011. If your plans take you outside of Rochester, there are many party options in neighboring towns. In Royal Oak, a Rockin' the Eve party will feature music by the Gin Blossoms and a real live ball drop, not unlike the one in Times Square.
I have some "alone" time shopping and at the movies.
Well, I am another year older. I won't even begin to tell you my real age, but let's just say that it is older than I could imagine and still young enough to rock. Following an early morning chorus of "Happy Birthday" from the kids and husband, I make the mistake of referring to my daughter's doll by the manufacturer-given name of Lalaloopsy. "Her name is not Lalaloopsy," she says. "Her name is Salt." "Why did you name your doll Salt?" "Because, Mom, she eats a lot of salt." OK. With that, I declare I must have some birthday "alone" time, which was well-deserved after entertaining the kids (and documenting it for you all to read) for the past week and a half. And so, my morning consists of a trip to the Village of Rochester Hills, where I…
Monday, December 27, 2010
I venture downtown to Rochester Play and return home with two tired kiddos.
The first week of winter break is under our belts, and we survived unscathed. Now, we move on to Week Two. But first, let's do a quick recap of our Christmas weekend. My son lost tooth No. 6 the day after Christmas, and the tooth fairy only had a $5 bill and a $20 bill in her wallet. So, the kid scored $5 for a front tooth. (After begging for "tooth medicine" and saying that he would "faint from the sight of my own blood," she felt the dramatics deserved at least that.) Then the dog decided that eating Italian rice balls off the kitchen table was an awesome idea. For an impressive encore, he preceded to drink the remainder of my mimosa from a flute glass (seriously). A bellyache ensued, and he was rendered useless for two days. But, …
Put it on the curb or take it to a drop-off site, but first remove the ornaments and lights.
Done with the Christmas decorations so soon? Unless your tree is the kind you disassemble and pack away until next year, you will need to find a way to dispose of it — and if it's dropping needles, the sooner the better. Here are your options: In Rochester, the Department of Public Works will pick up your tree if you leave it by the curb on Mondays or Tuesdays through the week of Jan. 26. In Rochester Hills, Republic Services will pick up trees on regular trash pickup days beginning this week and continuing through Jan. 22. The trees will be taken to a compost site. If your tree is taller than 6 feet, you must cut it in half before you place it at the curb. If you use a plastic bag to take your tree outside, dump the tree out of the bag …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Here are some ideas to get you out of the house on Christmas Day.
Done with Christmas so soon? Here are five places open around Rochester today, just in case you need to escape all the merriment inside your home.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Children of all ages can follow St. Nick's every move with the help of NORAD's website.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is charged with keeping the United States and Canada safe from dangers originating from the sky or space. Tonight, however, the Colorado-based government agency adds one more important task to its daily list of duties. NORAD will provide its Official Santa Tracker, which marks St. Nick's every move as he makes his way around the globe. Included on the site is a countdown and activity page and a flight-tracking system. You can download a special application to follow Santa on your phone, and you can follow Santa's journey on Facebook and Twitter. NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command, have tracked Santa's flight every Christmas Eve for more than 50 years. 9:07 a.…
Sunday, December 19, 2010
A Rochester mom gives readers daily advice on what to do, where not to go and when it's OK to just run away.
Well, here we are. It's winter break: two weeks of entertaining the littlest set so they don't bludgeon one another with heavy objects. I'm the mom of two: a 4-year-old daughter and a 5-year-old son. Luckily for me, I live in Rochester — land of play dates, kids-eat-free nights and indoor play areas. My best girlfriends know I'm the mom who needs to start each week — each day, really — with a well-laid plan of attack. Because I can sit through only so many "Super Mario Kart" tournaments and because, sadly, I know all the words to Barbie's "Get Your Sparkle On," I have a specific thing-to-do every day over break. None of them involves Mario or Mattel. My goal is to entertain the kids while keeping their fighting to a minimum and my sanity …