Monday Morning Open Thread

February 3, 2014

What’s up?

Are any of you into the Super Bowl? Admittedly, I view it more as an opportunity to chat with friends over a cup of tea while our husbands watch the game. And of course, I watch the halftime show. I was feeling old since I was more into the Red Hot Chili Peppers than Bruno Mars — and I had no idea that Mars was that young! What were the highlights for you?

Here’s a shocker: I was sad to learn that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday at the age of 46. He died of a drug overdose, according to CNN.

Also from the breaking news files: I am a supporter of breastfeeding rights, but this is a bit much. The United Arab Emirates is now mandating by law that women breastfeed their children for two years. It isn’t clear whether formula will be banned altogether. As someone who went 9 months and then a year with my two children and supplemented with formula when they were born because I was waiting for my milk to come in, this makes me shudder. Those poor women…and babies.

In other health news: the UK Daily Mail had an interesting article — and discussion — on one teen’s idea for a plus-sized Disney princess. While moms welcomed the idea to improve body image among teen girls, some also wondered whether it was healthy for Disney to promote either skinny or plus-sized princesses. What say you?

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?