Dining out with your baby can be a very stressful situation. This is true, especially if you are taking your baby out to eat for the first time. However, if you can anticipate your baby’s needs ahead of time, you will be able to still enjoy a nice dinner with your friends.
If you are a first timer, here are some fantastic tips that you can use in order to make dining out with your baby an enjoyable experience.
Once in a while, there comes a time when you get invited to some soiree or occasion which will require you to go out and eat at a fine dining restaurant. It could be a meeting, a birthday, or any other special event. This kind of special occasion is wonderful since you will get to practice good fine dining etiquette. Also, it can even provide a certain kind of charm that you won’t encounter in just any other type of dining establishment you may usually go to.
1. THE 2014 SOCHI OLYMPICS: Even for those who aren’t a fan of sports the rest of the time, the Olympics are one of the marquee spectacles in the entire world. This has certainly been true of the Summer Olympics of late, as both the Beijing and London Olympics have quickly established themselves as two of the more impressive and memorable international displays in recent memory. The Winter Games have had their fair share of memorable moments too—from the Miracle On Ice to the fantastic overtime finish to the USA-Canada Gold Medal Men’s Hockey Game to all the ice skating stars which have found their way to glory on the world stage, the Winter Olympics are always a must-see. With the USA trying to avenge that last-second loss to Canada in the last Gold Medal men’s Hockey Final, the tension surrounding Russia’s treatment of its LGBT community and the overall tension between the USA and Russia over Syria, the Sochi Olympics are sure to chock full of drama and one marquee winter event you won’t want to miss.
2. THE SUPER BOWL: It’s the biggest football game of the year. The biggest unofficial holiday of the year. Between the halftime concert, party dishes and some of the most inventive commercials you’ll see all year, the Super Bowl is a no-brainer for this list.
3. “THANKSGIVIKKUH”: The Hebrew calendar operates independently of the Gregorian calendar which we use in or daily lives; as such, Hanukkah falls at a different time during each winter. As such, we have something of an incredible rarity this year—for the first time in living memory, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are set to overlap. This represents a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange. What’s more, if you need an escape from the Hanukkah banter of your relatives, you can sit back and relax the Dallas Cowboys play and, hopefully, lose in their annual Thanksgiving game. And then, of course, there’s the really important factor in play here—namely, the possibility of a crossover between Hanukkah and Thanksgiving foods. Drumsticks and latkes and noodle kugel—oh my!
4. THE DECEMBER MOVIE SEASON: Extending an “event” to an entire month, the December movie season is always worth taking notice of, and this year is no exception. With movies such as the long-anticipated Anchorman 2 and the next installment of The Hobbit saga, this is one film season you won’t want to miss.
5. NEW YEAR’S EVE (ANY WAY YOU SPEND IT): Go out to a bar. Go out to Times Square. Go out to a rocking party with music blaring and the champagne popping. Or just stay home and enjoy the evening with friends or your significant other. As we flip the calendar, take the time to reflect on this last year and resolve to make the next one something special. For some extra fun, you might want to check out the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl the next day.
Between Justin Bieber’s insistence that Anne Frank “would have been a ‘Belieber’” (as if she wouldn’t have had anything else occurring in her life to think about besides being a fan of the polarizing Canadian pop star), Miley Cyrus’ already-infamous MTV performance and the controversy and charges of sexism and promotion of rape culture surrounding Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” it’s safe to say it’s been an odd, controversy-filled year for music this year. However, artist oddities and controversies are as traditional as the Old Masters of classical music. To show that while musical tastes change but eccentricity, controversy and musicians are constants, here are just five odd and interesting tidbits about classical music composers.
1. MOZART THE POET: Mozart’s come to epitomize the idea of a child prodigy. That being said, Mozart was also rather notorious for what his peers found to be odd and eccentric behavior, and he had a keen interest both in scatology—that is, an interest in, well, “bodily functions,” and he put the two together in a scatological poem them. Imagine the Queen of the Night having a King of Flatulence, and you get the idea.
2. WHO KILLED TCHAIKOVSKY?: The music world has had no shortage of controversies surrounding the death of famous artists. Where Elvis famously died on the toilet and the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson sparked an enormous amount of controversy, we can look to the death of the great Tchaikovsky for an early example, and potentially one to put them all to shame. Speculation has swirled for centuries now whether his death was related to a glass of unboiled, likely unsafe water he drank and, indeed, if he drank it by accident, in an act of suicide, or if there was some foul play at work in the death of one of the great Romantic composers.
3. LULLY’S FOLLY: The French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully had a thing for smashing his staff against the ground exceptionally hard while keeping the rhythm while conducting performances. One day he smashed his staff down on his foot, leading to a deep wound, which became infected, leading to his death.
4. UNCLE BEETHOVEN: Beethoven’s rightly considered today to be one of the greatest musical geniuses in history, but if you find yourself wishing you’d known him like family, you may want to hold off on that thought. Beethoven got to be extremely possessive when it came to his nephew, fighting and winning to take custody of him, only to lead to nephew Karl’s attempting suicide as a result of the stress.
5. THE DYNAMIC BICKERING DUO: From the Lennon/McCartney fights to modern day feuds, it’s pretty common to hear about formerly-friendly musical acts turning on one another, but this, too, is nothing new. Gilbert and Sullivan are names forever linked with some of the most popular comic operas and most recognizable operatic tunes in the English language. For all that, however, it was well-publicized even in their day that the two, while not outright enemies, feuded and fought and even broke up on a regular basis.
1. JAMES BOND: When it comes to the entertainment factor, 007 remains The Man with the Golden Gun, and the golden touch. With over 20 Bond films in the can so far spanning fifty years and six actors portraying the most iconic spy in the world, the James Bond franchise has long stood for versatility as well entertainment value. A list on what makes Bond so entertaining could take up an article in and of itself, but suffice it to say that the men who’ve played the popular 00-agent have contributed in large part the franchise’s success. From the classic Connery era to the AK-toting Daniel Craig, Bond has, for the most part, been able to both adapt to the times and as such remain as relevant as he is timeless (even if Connery’s Bond was on record as criticizing The Beatles—that kind of thing looks even more silly than the death-by-expanding-air-bullet which met Mr. Big in Live and Let Die.) Perhaps the most enduring reason for the series popularity, however, is that it’s sheer wish fulfillment—fast cars, fast women, and adventures in exotic lands—oh my! With the recent success of Skyfall, it looks like Bond—James Bond—will be entertaining and saving us for years to come.
2. THE HOBBIT: True, the original Lord of the Rings movies were received with far more fanfare, but for all of that, you just can’t bet against the Tolkien-laden goodness at play in the new Hobbit films. Another reason not to bet against them in terms of the entertainment factor? Peter Jackson. One of the hottest directors in Hollywood, Jackson’s not a man you want to bet against. Where the first part of his new Hobbit trilogy received “only” decent-to-good reviews, there was still plenty of the epic framework that made the previous films such a hit. What’s more, the immaculate Sir Ian McKellan, who’s portrayed everyone from King Lear and Macbeth to Magneto and Gandalf over the course of his career, will be returning as the famed wizard once again—and he’s an entertainment factor in and of itself.
3. STAR TREK: Five years ago, this would never have found a place on this list, but while the previous two films have angered some of the most diehard fans in Trekker-dom, nevertheless, many fans and most in the mainstream will agree that the entertainment factor isn’t only there, but more vibrant than it has been in recent memory. While it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (Earl Grey, hot), the new adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise feel like supercharged versions of the classic 1960s serial—and that’s entertaining enough.
4. EVERY SINGLE LAST COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO MOVIE: Well, all those not entitled Fantastic Four or Green Lantern. All the same, superhero movies have come to dominate the summer blockbuster season, delighting comic book fans and mainstream moviegoers alike with compelling characters, surprisingly-sophisticated villains, and massive, city-demolishing spectacles.
In Dickens’ final full novel, Great Expectations, we come to meet one of Dickens’ most iconic settings and characters alike as we visit the vast home and deep, prolonged misery of Ms. Havisham. Shut away from the world in her dim, dilapidated, long-decaying home, a home she hasn’t left in years, Ms. Havisham serves as an example of the results of isolation and, likewise, as an example of the importance of community. Hers is a tragic life and a lesson well-taken. However, the concept of community is, as we speak, undergoing a radical transformation—with the rise of social media, more and more young people are content to shut themselves up in their rooms while commuting with the outside world via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and a whole host of other online sites.
In the 21st century, community and immediate company are no longer joined at the hip.
In one sense, the changing face of community may be likened to the changing way in which we read; there are those who are all too quick to give a final, eulogizing lament for the supposed “death” of the printed word in newspapers, books, magazines and so on. Likewise, there are those who are even now lamenting the “end” of conventional community and yearn for “the good old days” when friends and neighbors got together and held conversations in person rather than via Skype.
For all that, however, we may want to hold off on those sorrowful goodbyes.
There’s no arguing that Kindles, Nooks, iPads and other electronic paraphernalia are being used more and more and traditional paperback books are taking a hit—but it’s not likely that they’ll ever disappear. There will always be those of us (myself included) who prefer the feel of a nice, full bookcase to a list on an electronic screen. As such, technological progress doesn’t have to come at the cost of traditional paperbacks, and vice versa.
We may view the various conceptions of community today in the same way.
Social media is no fad. It’s here to stay. That being said, that doesn’t have to be the end of conventional community get together. Indeed, we’ve seen the power of Facebook and Twitter alone insofar as their ability to facilitate social gatherings, allowing for mass communication and planning as online groups and protesters have come together to meet.
It’s tempting to say that to meet in person is to “meet for real,” but that’s an unfair and untrue slight against this new and revolutionary form of togetherness and bonding that is the growth of online communities.
In any case, as always it’s the quality of the people you surround yourself with which makes for a great vibe and long-lasting sense of community—and for that, you’ll need to open yourself up to others. As John Donne famously said, “No man is an island,” and to shut yourself off is to repeat Havisham’s mistake and wither before time, alone.
Have you ever wondered how much energy is in a glass of red wine?
Australian website www.melbournegymguide.com.au recently posted this really helpful infographic which tells us that a solid 8 minutes of exercise is required per glass of red wine to burn of the energy intake!
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