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Eyjafjallajokull

We have come to England to enjoy Spring Break this year. We have had a really nice time visiting with family and enjoying all that Warwickshire has to offer. We were due to travel home on Saturday but because of the Volcano in Iceland we can first get home on Wednesday…as long as Eyjafjallajokull doesn’t blow again. Still, as everyone keeps saying, its nice that we are with family and not stuck in an airport or a hotel somewhere.

One of the things that has been special about being home with the girls is relearning the history of where I come from. We spent a day at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry, where we learned the story of Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom

Painting of Lady Godiva, by John Collier 1898


The girls being 'Peeping Tom's'


What the 'Peeping Tom's' saw

We’ve had time to enjoy some lovely food.

Ariana eyeing my 'Giant Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding'

Get the recipe here

We learned a little about the Inland Waterways System that runs through England. Hatton Locks

The Girls with Nanny Opening a Lock

We also visited: The Butterfly Farm, The Think Tank, saw Alice in Wonderland IMAX 3D (I highly recommend it – though I have to see it again because I fell asleep during the Mad Hatters Tea Party – jet lag caught up with me!) and Coventry Cathedral

If we can get home on Wednesday, I’m going to start talking to Ronnie about a beach vacation – I’m pooped!

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Chic Tech: Apple’s iPad

Happy dude with iPadApple’s latest product has finally been released after over a year of speculation and rumor, and months of anticipation and media attention. On the very first day the iPad was available, Apple claims to have sold 300,000 units. Facebook, Twitter, and pretty much every news source were lit up with stories about Apple’s new device, and just about everyone was wondering how this new gadget works.

Elegantly, as it turns out.

No stranger to great design, Apple has created another beautiful device with the iPad. It is thin and minimalist; it has a sleek aluminum back, and a glossy screen with a black bezel on the front. It only has three buttons: The home button at the bottom of the screen, the sleep button on the top edge, and a volume up/down button. There is also a switch that will lock the screen orientation in place.

Upon first turning it on, it is immediately apparent how to use it. Videos have already shown up on YouTube (see below) of cats and dogs touching the screen and interacting with the device. For a human, it makes even more sense. Tap an icon to launch an “app”, press the home button to quit the app. Swiping your finger across the screen is the most common way to navigate your way around the device. If you’ve already used an iPhone or other touchscreen mobile device, the iPad will feel completely natural and intuitive. To those who haven’t, the device will make complete sense within 20 seconds.

So, what can you do with it? If you already have a laptop or netbook, the advantages of the iPad don’t seem immediately apparent. The beauty of the iPad is in the apps. Sure, computers already have thousands of applications and programs available to them, and there is an equally vast selection of web apps available to everyone on the web, but the iPad makes many of these applications completely portable.

Laptops and netbooks can travel anywhere, but they can’t necessarily be used everywhere. The iPad can. To use a netbook or laptop, you need to set the computer down on a surface to be able to type or use the trackpad. The iPad doesn’t require this. If I need to do any sort of task while I am standing up, or on the move, the iPad is my buddy.

In addition, there are so many tasks that are currently reliant on computers, yet don’t really need much computing power or sophisticated input to be accomplished. The iPad is perfect for these tasks. Imagine doctors being able to access your medical file, or warehouse workers doing an inventory, or even scientists out in the field collecting data. The uses for the iPad will continue to expand as developers write more software for it.

Of course, there are so many other things that it can do right now: Manage your contacts, browse the web, play movies and music, plus act as a digital reader. Right now, publications are hard at work porting their content to the iPad. Before we know it, we may be reading all of our books, newspapers, and magazines on devices like the iPad.

Tablet computers are still very much in their infancy, but I think in a few years, your average person will no longer consider owning a computer. Everyone will be carrying a tablet, because they do so much of what a computer can, yet are cheaper and easier to use. Once again, Apple leads the way in practical and useful computer technology.

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Made With Love

Meet Laura. She is one of my dearest childhood friends.

Me (left) and Laura in my backyard circa 1990

Though we’ve grown apart and come together and grown apart again throughout our middle and high school years and have now carved lives for ourselves in different states, I have had the good fortune of rekindling a friendship with her thanks to Facebook. Though it’s not the same as being there in person, through her status updates, messaging, and photo uploads I’ve been able to follow and support her recent milestones: engagement, marriage, pregnancy and birth of her first baby!

Doesn’t she make the most radiant mama-to-be?

Just last week she became a beautiful, strong mother to Baby Eden.

Laura has always been extremely gifted when it comes to anything arts- and crafts-related. When I was five I was taking my drawing cues from her. As part of Laura’s preparation for Baby Eden she taught herself to knit. Just try telling me you don’t have baby fever after scrolling through these.

How cute are those little booties?! And the little coveralls with the fish buttons?! Her photos just make me melt. Then she had to go and post photos like this below of Baby Eden wearing her knitwear and my heart almost burst from swelling with joy for her and her family.

Congratulations, friend! Yours is one of the richest lives I know. Thank you for sharing it with me and allowing me to forward it on.

For Baby Eden’s birth story you can visit Laura’s blog here. In fact, I encourage you to read it. It is the most eloquent, insightful, beautifully-primitive birth story I’ve ever read.

The opinions expressed by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Bebe au Lait or any employee thereof. Bébé au Lait is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the Bébé au Lait Bloggers.

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