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Hello! How was your weekend? Mine was busy, I managed to finally get all of my "work" done, the Christmas decorations are down and put away for another year, the mail is sorted, shredded and recycled, and the bags and boxes are unpacked. Sadly, the laundry is not finished yet, nor is all of the "stuff" from all of the boxes put away. I guess that will be my after work project for next week.
It was not all work for me this weekend, I did find time for my favorite entertainment. I know a lot of us love PBS and NPR, for quality programs, like Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs or to listen to Story Corps or the Splendid Table, this weekend was no exception. On The Splendid Table I learned a few great recipes and about a cool new product, it is called Mappetite. Mappetite is maps for food lovers; for now San Francisco, London and New York are the only ones available, Paris( I am waiting for this one) and Chicago are to follow soon.
These interesting and cool maps fold like a regular map but also have little neighborhood parts that open up, and each area showcases the best bakeries, food stores and restaurants in different neighborhoods. Doesn't this sound cool? What I love about these maps, is that the authors do not take any payback to feature any of these restaurants, must do food shops or bakeries and they update the maps and their web page frequently. I love museums and landmarks but I have to honest, I love visiting bakeries and food stores! That is one of my favorite things to do in any city I visit. Food is my number one souvenir.
And on PBS last night, a bonus, a rerun of Downton Abbey! A tiny fix until the year 2013. And a great animated program of Story Corps. Are you familiar with Story Corps?
"Story Corps is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives."
If you are not familiar Story Corps you must tune in to NPR, or download a podcast. The stories are the everyday loves, adventures, trial's, tribulations and lives of people all over the country. Since 2003, 40,000 stories have been recorded and archived in the Library of Congress. Everyone has a story...you can even record yours! Go to the link above for more information on this fascinating project and perhaps make reservations to record your own story.
I hope you have a very happy Monday and a great week! I am looking forward to hearing all about your weekend!