The damn thing blew its safety valve last night just as we were getting ready to go to bed. Large piles of water dumped into the brand-new carpet in Mike's office, OF COURSE, because the water heater is just on the other side of an access door from the office. Fortunately I have one of those pseudo-steam carpet cleaners, which is a champ at sucking water out of a carpet, and since it was clean water, we should be ok on that front. But SHEESH.
Also fortunately, we have a coffee maker that heats water rapidly, so I got to wash my hair with (some) hot water this morning. SHEESH. The new water heater is in place and doing its thing now, so that's a very good thing, and we even still have a leetle bit of money in the bank for whatever breaks next, as long as whatever breaks next is VERY SMALL, so we are fortunate and we know it. But even so, I say SHEESH.
[description of image: this is an instance of a ubiquitous "Obama Asks Moms to Return to School" web ad that talks about Pell grants, but instead of being illustrated with an image of an ostensible mom, it has a photo of a long-haired, bearded shirtless white dude]
I called Mike to tell him about it - he was on his way home from our day care after picking up Charlie
Me: A day care in Maywood was running a dog fighting ring!
Mike: That's crazy. Jeez. Oh hey, our day care just got an award from the Daily Southtown [newspaper].
Me: The no-dogfighting award?
The people involved have been arrested for dogfighting-related stuff, but not for child endangerment, to which I say WTF? Apparently the dogs and kids were kept separately, sorta kinda. Kids in the house & yard, dogs in the garage. The article talks about a law--maybe not passed yet--that requires cross-reporting between animal welfare and DCFS, which I think would be a very good thing.
1. Dorky, expressionless face sculpt
2. Hand sculpt is also lacking in detail and expressiveness
3. US-designed vinyl ball-joint dolls generally suck in both poseability and body realism
4. Schoolgirl by day, whore by night! Just like in the movies. No wait, that's why I DO want her. That and her slamming punk party dress.
I adore dolls, and I sort of enjoy the particularly awful ones, although I mostly don't buy the particularly awful ones. Except for when I simply must - I think I have Native American Barbie and Pioneer Barbie around here somewhere, as well as Pilgrim Barbie, who thanks to her red dress has been modified by yours truly to be Scarlet Letter Barbie.
Anyway, they're really pulling out all the stops for the 50th anniversary many-nations Barbies. So far I've only seen three, but oooo, they are simply delicious in their awfulness, and portray our international friends in the best possible light. (Pictures linked from Angelic Dreamz, which is a very nice store. Don't blame them! )
Scotland (this one's for you, haddayr )
And, um. Amazonia Barbie:
guy: "huh, it's glass, I wonder why?"
me: "maybe that's to make it seem fancy, since it's the pure stuff."
guy: "is that better?"
me: "well, it is if your kid can't have the regular kind. I like the regular stuff better, but it's made of corn syrup and other stuff."
guy, looking puzzled: "then what is this made from?"
guy: *looks incredulous*
me: "yeah, maple trees."
guy: "oh, wow. Wild!"
(For those who can't see the pic, or for the day when Amazon has a glitch and hides it, the pendant is oblong and curved with sort of veiny things. It's not entirely penislike but it's more penislike than anythingelselike).
And here's the PETA Sea Kittens site. The graphics are cute, but to me it looks like those fishies have chopped and flayed (as opposed to fileted) some kittens, and are wearing them like Aztec war trophies.
Here is my
I love that you can give your fish a bowl of water.