Friday, February 27, 2004

On the fridge: What's going on around the home

Lunch bunch

Eat and meet: Who says you can't meet someone nice over a turkey sandwich or a green salad? Next month, the folks at will begin offering lunch parties in addition to dinner and special events gatherings.

The first will take place March 26 at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse. Just as for dinner, you'll get set up for a meal with six to 10 other members for a meal and conversation. Good news - there's an even larger pool of singles to be matched with now: the organization recently expanded its age range to 25 to 65. "In the eight months we've been operating, we've had dozens of requests from both younger and older singles who want to participate," said Jill McBride, who handles public relations for the group.

Cost for the lunch event is $35; register at

Fix yourself up

Weighty issues: Carrying extra weight often makes folks self-conscious about approaching members of the opposite sex. Enter The Web site, founded four years ago by Ian Klein of Boston, lets BBW (Big, Beautiful Women) and BHM (Big Handsome Men) search for their soulmates online. Registration is free.

Pack your bags

Family ties: Grandparents, be sure to sit your grandchildren down and tell them all about how you met and married. Not only will you be preserving history, you could also win a trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan. Just have your grandkids tell your story and submit your wedding photo to; visitors to the site will vote for the most romantic story, and the winning couple will get a romantic weekend at the historic hotel.

The contest runs until March 12; winners will be announced March 15. See the site for complete rules.

Sweet survey

Like a box of chocolates: If your sweetheart were a type of chocolate, what type would he or she be?

In a poll of 1,000 adults, sponsored by the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, most men and women said "hot chocolate" most aptly described their sweetheart, followed by "solid, plain chocolate."

Women were two-thirds more likely than men to describe their guy as a "chocolate-covered nut."

On the shelf

For new moms: The newly revised The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is now available from La Leche League International, a nonprofit organization that provides information and encouragement through mother- to-mother support groups.

The book features current research on the benefits of human milk, instructions on how to position a baby. For more information or to contact a local group, see

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