What’s your favorite family activity that burns calories and puts a smile on your face?

Right now we don’t do much that gets calories burning for the adults. Alexander can’t keep up on a long hike, and although I enjoy riding bikes, playing sports and hikes with the kids, it’s not exactly a cardio workout for Mr. G. and me. I used to push the kids all over Los Angeles in the double stroller. We’re at an in between time right now. What about you?

What things do you know you can count on your family for?

This is such a funny question. I’m a mom blogger. What DON’T I get from my family? Our parents babysit the kids. I have to say that Grandparents make the most amazing babysitters. When I call my mom and ask her if she can pick the kids up after school (or camp) for me, she typically says, “I have an appointment, but I’ll change it. I’ve been hoping you would call.” Yes, really. I have babysitters that I could charge for the honor of taking care of my kids. I …

Backyard games, summer camp, trips to the pool… what’s your favorite childhood memory of summer?

Just one? Is it just me, or does the word “summer” let you hear the waves crashing? I can sit here and smell the ocean, while I feel the hot sun, and taste the salt on my lips. I loved living on the beach, and particularly knowing that sunbathing was an activity. Laying in the sun was considered doing something. Amazing. And artichokes, eating artichokes in the back yard, while butter dripped down our hands.

What would you do with an army of minions who would do whatever you tell them?

Heh. Laundry, and maybe dusting too. I know it’s shallow, but I’m okay with that. I would live in the world’s cleanest house. My floorboards would gleam, and I wouldn’t have to bring my laundry upstairs again, ever. I understand there are wiser ways to use minions, you could make yourself fabulously wealthy, you could combat global warming, or even start a religion. Why not, right? My life is perfect, with two big exceptions. I hate putting away the folded laundry, and I hate dusting the floorboards. Clearly I need …

What’s the best new place you’ve ever found using your phone?

Yelpers, I want to hear from you. What’s your best find? I just text my friend Jay and ask him what’s good. I’m pretty sure he’s finding it on Yelp or Urban Spoon. Also, has anyone else noticed that google maps has a number of businesses on them? I end up using it even though my new car has GPS, because I can see the whole neighborhood.