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There is currently an ad on the Sacramento Craigslist for a bunch of toys. Second item on the list is "Jump rope -- needs batteries. No idea if it works."

It's a freaking jump rope!

Just call me Posty McPostersen tonight.
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I was reading through one of those free local parenting magazines, and found an ad for Arbonne International makeup proclaiming "Look younger than your daughter".

This is a magazine aimed at parents with school age or younger children.

That's just creepy.

I can't help feeling that the attitudes behind that are related to things like this.
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The food co-op generally has coloring papers for kids. These are drawn by one of the employees, and are often more than a little bizarre.

Today's paper takes the cake, though - it features a hamster in a heart, and the words "Hamster d'amour.'
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I don't feel like updating.

Leif and I are visiting at my mom's house. The keyboard sucks, so please excuse any typos I don't correct.

We're supposed to go to San Diego tomorrow, but my mom is sick, so I'm not sure we'll make it.

I wonder if Leif is weaning. I can count the times he's nursed since we left early Tuesday morning on one hand, and he actually didn't want to nurse before his nap this afternoon, and fell asleep on his own, which I don't think he's ever done when he was with me and not in some form of transportation (car, stroller, baby carrier, whatever). It's possible that he has certain associations that were broken by going someplaces else.

I went out on my own this afternoon. I went to a coffee shop and drank a latte and ate a sandwich and finished my book. Then I wandered around stores and a library. Whoo. I saw the oddest thing in a women's clothing boutique - a fleece spaghetti strap tank top. Huh?

Leif is currently watching Finding Nemo, and seems to want me to come over and hold him, so I suppose I will do that.
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If I wasn't an honest person, we'd be over $200 richer.

I found myself in Safeway today (they have carts with ride-in toddler cars attached to the front - seemed a good way to entertain Leif for a while), and decided to get a pumpkin. Apparently when you buy a pumpkin, you get a coupon for a free pumpkin spice latte. While digging my coupon out of the cash register drawer, she removed some large bills along with it. Then she tried to give them to me as change. I explained that I had overpayed by less than a dollar, not with a $500 dollar bill, and that I'd already received my change from the little coin dispenser.

It was very bizarre. Who finds themselves with several hundred dollars in their hand, and tries to give it to the customer as change? For that matter, do I really look like the type of customer who would accidently forget several hundred dollars worth of change?

On second thought, I probably do look that absent-minded enough at least.

Oh well. I still get free caffeine.
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From a recipe for cookies with cocoa powder in them:

Bake in preheated oven 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until crisp and light brown on bottoms.

WTF? They're dark brown to begin with! How can "light brown" be an adequate indicator of doneness?
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I got carded today. At the library.

Librarian: "How old are you?"

Me: "25"

Librarian: "Can I see some ID? Your card is listed as Juvenile"

So I showed my ID card, and was then allowed to check out my "Richard Scary's Silly Songs" DVD.

We're down in San Diego. It's raining. Leif is sick. What fun! I'm debating trying to be social sometime this weekend, but between Leif's sickness, plans we already have, and the fact that I don't really have anyone to be social with, I doubt it will actually happen.

Leif almost always gets sick when we're here (we think he may be allergic to the down comforter, which I've thrown in the closet this time around), but this time he got sick before we even left. He has a fever, no appetite, and generally seems draggy and lethargic. Last night he was awake for about an hour at 3:00AM. I hope that we don't have a repeat tonight, but I'm not really holding out hope, since he was dozing much of the evening.

Not that I don't want him to get better, but I have to admit, the idea of sitting around tomorrow watching TV with a cuddly quiet baby isn't half bad, especially if it keeps raining.

There are currently fireworks going off. I'm not sure why.
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Occasionally I understand why people drive. I just had a crazy guy on the bus yelling at me about how he was almost 50, and a Christian, and celibate by choice, not by chance, and he had just got out of the hospital, and he yelled because he can't hear and forgets that everyone else can't, and he's an ex-con who beat up a policeman and had sex with a dog, and he's looking for a wife, and he's heading for Lincoln Liquor Locker.

Today we went to story hour at the library for a third try. It went slightly better than last time, but not much. We still left early, and hung out in the kids section playing with puzzles. This was when I discovered that the library has free wireless, making it a near ideal place to go hang out. Too bad that story hour doesn't work better.

I discovered after we left and were quite a ways away that Leif had two puzzle pieces grasped in his hand. Oops.
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Yesterday, I saw this list posted somewhere:

The average cost of preparing for a baby
Crib, mattress, dresser, rocker $1,500
Bedding/Decor $ 300
Baby Clothes $ 500
Disposable Diapers $ 600
Maternity/Nursing Clothes $1,200
Nursery items, high chair, toys $ 400
Baby Food/Formula $ 900
Stroller, Car Seat, Carrier $ 300
Miscellaneous $ 500
Total $ 6,200

WTF? That's the *average* price? If I had to buy all this stuff new, I could probably get it under $2000 (decent enough quality to be safe and attractive, but not necessarily top of the line), and how many people actually buy all of it, let alone new?

I'm not sure which is more disturbing - that "average" means that quite a lot of people spend more than this, or that so many people believe that all this stuff (and spending this much on it) is truly necessary.

The list was attached to a comment basically trying to convince a 14 year old that she couldn't afford to be a mother. Stupid, really. The list is WAY too easy to pick apart, and it draws the focus to the exaggerations, not to the real issues involved in a 14 year old becoming a parent.

We head back up to lala land in a few hours. I am filled with various vague discontents.
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Mooching internet access (and kitchen use. We're baking cookies. yay!) off of a friend tonight...

We got Leif a red moose/dragon/dog-like thing at Ikea, as it was the first stuffed animal besides his cow puppy that he's shown much interest in. He snuggles it, gives it a kiss, and then casually tosses it away. I suspect he's picked up from one of his videos that you're supposed to snuggle stuffed animals, and is mimicking that without really understanding the concept.

He has started giving us throwing his arms around our neck and giving us kisses, though.

Any of you other parents seen the Baby Songs movies? Some of you younger non-parents may have seen them as kids, even. They're quite obviously 80's vintage. The first one we got ("Baby's Busy Day", actually the second one in the series and the source of Leif's stuffed animal knowledge.) is fairly normal, if somewhat inane. The ABC/123/Colors one is stranger. Some of the songs are so amazingly bizarre that I'm tempted to stick them online for others to marvel at. The "Good Night" one, which I bought today, is just wacked, and religious to boot, in a rather UU way.

[livejournal.com profile] koyote wishes I would stop buying them and find some other movie for Leif. Leif likes them though, and I find them strangely addicting. He's probably right, though.

Some crazy person is ranting loudly outside. We have lots of crazy people around here, homeless and otherwise, including one who talks about how she has a thing for towheaded babies every time she sees Leif, and insists we get him and ourselves tinfoil hats to protect us from the government brain control waves. Really. We try to avoid her.

I guess that's what we get for living next to a park in LA with covered picnic tables and semi-public showers (they're intended for the users of the guest docks, but the lock code is pretty much general knowledge).

We probably won't be here much longer, though. We're working on moving up to Oregon. Bandon, specifically. It looks like a nice place, except for the lack of public transportation, which could be problematic. We intend to get a car, but I really don't want to have to learn to drive. Bah.

Leif fell asleep at something like 6:30 tonight. I dread to see what time he wakes up in the morning.

I lj-friend people for three reasons - I know them, they friend me and I don't have any specific problem with them, or I find what they write absolutely fascinating for some reason. Two people in the latter category, [livejournal.com profile] zeppo and [livejournal.com profile] pamamama, deleted their journals at some point in the recent past. This makes me sad.
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Another seller on ebay copied the picture from one of our auctions. This would be only minorly stinky, except that he claims the picture is a generic photo from HP's website, while specifically mentioning that our auction has the same photo!

We've received very few bids since that auction was posted (though there's no way of telling if this is related or not). We can't modify our description because the auction ends in 3 hours. Basically, he's screwing us by saying the picture we are using is not an actual picture of the item we're selling.

[livejournal.com profile] koyote brings up the fact that this is basically interstate fraud. Whee! :)

I don't know what it is about ebay. For months we go along with everything going fine, and within the past 3 weeks we have several non-paid items, a $300 item gone missing (after we shipped it), and now this. Grr.
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I know I shouldn't make fun of the mistakes of non-native English speakers, especially considering my poor grasp of Spanish after years of instruction, but this email we received (about an ebay auction) was too funny:

Would you send me to Brazil by Air Mail?
Payment PayPal.
I would like to know the sending cost for Air Mail for Brazil?
I would like to know if I won, if I could send the payment through payPal in 07/10,
the reason is the limit of purchases of my card this month. Thank you.


He asked only 45 minutes before the auction ended, and we didn't see it in time. He didn't win.

I received a spam today where the text appears to be an excerpt from White Fang. The HTML attachment is the actual spam. I'm sure this is common enough (I don't usually pay any attention to spam, but read this one by accident), but it was kind of neat.

As neat as spam can get, anyways.

Speaking of my poor grasp of Spanish... I've been thinking about it, and it makes a lot of sense that I can't understand Harry Potter. I have the vocabulary of a 2 or 3 year old. This means I have the opposite problem of someone who is learning to read in their native language - I can read the words just fine, but I don't have the vocabulary to know what they mean. I'm not entirely hopeless - some I remember, some are close enough to English that I can guess, and sometimes I can figure out from context.

I'm not sure I'd do all that much better with a book aimed at first graders. The vocabulary isn't all that much different - the sentences are just less complex.

I suppose if I work my way through it with a dictionary, I'll get there eventually.

I realize that none of this is exactly rocket science, but it helps me to think it through.
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Today we ate dinner at a Mediterranean grill place.

We were eating outside, and two people walked up and started looking at the menu.

One guy says disgustedly, "This is a taco shack, man!"

The other says, "Well, they have, like, wraps and stuff."

Guy one says, "I can't eat this junk. Let's got to McDonalds."

...
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I'm ebaying my maternity clothing. I received this email about the auction:

Hi I really like your lot. but i would like to fit it too.

How big were you before you became preg. wt. and bust size

Thanks


Is it wrong of me to be a little creeped by this?

My guess is that it is someone foreign, who is not familiar with US sizing conventions. Still, I don't see how my weight and bust size can provide her with enough context to figure out if the clothing will fit.

I'm going to reply with an explanation of US sizing conventions, and leave out personal details.
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Today I was waiting at the bus stop with Leif, and a lady asked, "Isn't he cold?"

He's wearing long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and socks. He's inside a canvas carrier that covers his whole torso and holds him up against my body. It's 60 degrees out.

Am I wearing a sign around my neck saying I'm utterly incompetent of caring for my child or something? Silly people.
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The doctor's office said that test results won't be back until Monday or Tuesday, and in the meantime just keep doing what we're doing (mainly making sure he's well-hydrated) unless he starts getting worse.

I realize that it doesn't make any sense for them to do anything more than this considering that he's not showing any signs of a major problem and it's probably just a minor bacterial infection or something that will clear up on it's own, it's still frustrating.

This is the funniest medical article I've ever read:
Cut for the squeemish )

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