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Dinner of Champions

August 23rd, 2012, posted by Aimee

Like all moms, I spend a lot of time and energy fussing over my child’s diet. From organic steamed broccoli and nitrate free hot dogs, to Farmer’s Market fresh heirloom tomato soup and wild caught fresh grilled salmon and poached cage-free eggs, Tav’s diet is a page right out of the Alice Waters’ manifesto. I am vigilant about avoiding too much processed foods and instilling healthy eating habits (despite the all too frequent Trader Joe’s chicken nuggets that end up on his plate, let’s be honest). It’s a good thing, then, that my little man doesn’t see what his mommy wolfs down on the nights when I don’t get around to dinner until after he hits the hay. I may fuss and fret over his diet, but mine – particularly during a crunch times at work when I barely have time to breathe, let alone cook – is pretty much crap. Cold pizza crusts. Rice cakes, salsa and chicken broth. Crappy take-out sushi and Sauvignon Blanc. Leftover Mexican rice and pinto beans from our weekend taco party. Three bites of more...

Maternity Leave Only for Pussies Now, Evidently

August 3rd, 2012, posted by Aimee

So, a few weeks have passed now, and between the Olympic Games, a Chick-Fil-A gay marriage throwdown and the horrible tragedy in Aurora, the media’s attention have shifted away from the oh-so-controversial hiring of a pregnant Marissa Mayer as CEO of Yahoo. But just because the rest of the world is now obsessing over “The Flying Squirrel” Gabby Johnson and Ryan Lochte’s abs, it doesn’t mean I have finished mulling the whole thing over. What has bugged me from the beginning is not by any means that an impending first-time-mom-to-be is about to take the helm of one of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies, but the statement she has given about her intention to take just a few weeks off after the birth and “work through” her maternity leave. Shit. So now, this hero and pioneer for all Womos everywhere has set the precedent essentially that maternity leave is for pussies. Real Womos – the truly ambitious and dedicated women hoping to following in Mayer’s courageous footsteps – more...

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