I can be a a news snob. I used to regularly read The Economist and Le Monde. I refuse to watch any local news, especially FOX. I like to get my daily news from NPR. I like the variety of their programming and the depth of the stories. I've been listening so long that the various hosts and reporters feel like friends.
That said, I often spend ten or fifteen minutes in the morning drinking my latte and watching Today. By 7:00 a.m., I'm done with my shower, the car is loaded, and, with any luck, the kids are either still sleeping (ha ha ha, rarely) or are awake but happy to hang out for a few more minutes. Those few minutes in front of the TV give me a chance to pull myself together at a time when I'm not naturally at my best, and I get a taste of breaking news and the main headlines, albeit often with a bit more sensationalism than I'd really like.
It's "Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?" week on Today. As I've watched Matt jet-set around the globe—The Netherlands yeseterday, Istanbul today—it has occurred to me that he has a seriously cool job. I'm sure it's not all wine and roses and that it involves long hours and a lot of hard work, but I still think it would be a really great job to see all the places he gets to see, meet the people he gets to meet, and be constantly keeping up with the world's happenings. Not too shabby.
Here are a couple of things that are in the news a lot lately that I just can't seem to get worked up about:
1. Bisphenol A. I'm not seeking it out or anything, but I drink from a Camelback that is a #7, and I don't have any plans to replace it. When I need a new bottle, I'll get a Sigg or something else, but I just don't feel like I need to panic about this. My kids drank out of Avent and Dr. Brown's bottles, and I have no worries about how that is going to affect their future well-being. Were I to have kids now, I'd get some other kind of bottles, or use glass, but what's done is done and I'm not losing sleep about it. Am I alone?
2. The cost of gas. Yeah, it sucks. A lot. From an environmental standpoint, I feel like Americans have been living in low-cost gas fantasyland for a long time now and we need this kick in the pants. Granted, it's easier for me to say this than it is for some; I can walk to many needed services and do so whenever possible, my car gets decent mileage, and while the increased prices hurt, I can still make ends meet.
I can't say that I'm totally blasé about gas prices, but it's not the actual number that is making me hot under the collar. It's the global politics. I heard a story on NPR (and we come full circle) about global petroleum supply, speculative buying, ethanol, and other reasons behind rising costs at the pump that gave me pause. My consolation is that perhaps the high prices will make people think a bit more about how much they drive and what kinds of cars they buy. I'm such an idealist.
In a completely different kind of news, the twins and I met some friends at one of those paint-your-own-pottery places on Saturday morning. I had hoped to make a bowl with the kiddos' handprints on it, but M&R had different design ideas. That's cool. I was not together enough to take pics, but my friends did. Check out my budding artists here.