My sister just had a baby (Teagan) and dresses her so ultra feminine that I made the joke that if I were to have a kid with my fiance we would do the nondisclosure of gender and name zir Thistle (the most hipster nongendered name I could think of). That rumor has taken off like wildfire and people's reactions are hilarious.
In other news I really like Felix, Abraham, Beatrix (but not if I have a Felix) and Marion.
@Emby Are you from NJ? Because I did as well and teased my sister, Catie about it the entire summer they last took over.
All I can think to say here is that my mother's best friend was childfree and lived a 6 hour drive away, so when they wanted to get together that meant my siblings and I were coming. I remember she would push us to play outside a lot (but shoes off when you came in) and she had a lot of antiques so there was no touching. But if we were inside there was generally an activity (making home made dog biscuits, coloring pictures of her dogs)... The house wasn't as spotless as the LW seems to have it, since she was a german shepherd breeder, but yeah this seems more like a problem with the kids. I grew up visiting her and the only time she said something to my mom was when I stayed over alone and overslept and had to run in the morning to go to a college visit, she thought that was rude to "treat her like a hotel" (to be fair my mom made me stay there so my boyfriend and I wouldn't be in a hotel, and it was her and her husband's anniversary so it was awkward for all parties)
Last summer my childhood friend committed suicide. It was tragic and awful, obviously, and at her wake it was also really sad in that it was pretty empty. And then Barbara Walters walked in and I weirdly almost laughed because, of course she did. It was sad and bizarre and jarring.
@themegnapkin I live in a really big old house (I live with roommates) and the floors are wood but not nice wood like there are spaces between the slats. They would not die. Between the vet bills, the treatments for my dog, the failed fumigation, the Orkin and the diatomaceous earth (natural safe flea killer) it took about a month and 1300. Not including the fact that the Orkin contract makes me pay them for a year even though (thank god) I'm moving out and into a smaller space next month.
@Blackwatch Plaid - My aunt and uncle are doing that now. I don't understand how they can stand it. Maybe my infestation was worse than most but you could literally see them jumping through the air.
As a person who has had fleas... are they similar? Fleas were a nightmare. I have PTSD. And it cost me $1,300.
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That was amazing... Has anyone read her book "The Gin Closet"? I'm compelled to now, I love her writing style.
@parallel-lines I gift wrapped a box of wine for my cruise and wrote on it "Happy Birthday, Aunt Jules! SO excited to spend your birthday with you in Key West!" (I don't have an Aunt Jules)
When we waited for our luggage to arrive to our cabin I was super nervous I was going to have it confiscated or go to cruise jail, but when it arrived it was there, but unfortunately the TSA had thought it was a bomb, so they unwrapped it but then rewrapped it with "INSPECTED BY THE TSA" tape. So. That's how you sneak a box of wine on a cruise. I also did liquor in mouthwash bottles my second cruise.
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@nonvolleyball I have a creepy white van with FRE CNDY, though it is not yet posted to my blog vanityplated.tumblr.com
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@Absurd Bird I take pictures of plates for my tumblr (http://vanityplated.tumblr.com) I got chased by PRO NRA... pretty sure this hobby is definitely going to be what kills me.
SHE DIED DOING WHAT SHE LOVED.