@Jellybish Yup. My four year old daughter loves this and Regular Show.
@DullHypothesis Yes. And the DVR thing? I have threatened my husband with divorce for messing with the DVR. Some kid visiting me does it, along with all that other crappy stuff? That family is never invited back to my house again. Also, I have a very...spirited 4 year old daughter, who would be grounded from everything fun FOREVER for pulling the kind of crap relayed in this letter. And I, as the parent, would at least have the sense to be mortified over my child's behavior in this situation.
@hallelujah I just read that story in horror. My daughter goes to an in-home day care a few days a week, and she's been there for two and a half years and the lady who watches her is great, only takes in 2 or 3 kids at a time, takes them out to science museums and the library and shuttles my daughter to ballet class, etc. so I feel really lucky, but still...horror. I can't even imagine. And it angers me to no end how fucked-up the child care situation in America is. A woman at my work tried to get an office daycare started up a few years ago and was completely shot down. Why does nobody ever want to do things that make life easier on women and children? Ugh, I was already feeling defeated in life today for personal reasons and thinking about this just made it worse.
@Daisy Razor The bat plate might make for a creepy/classy Halloween decoration, you know, if you're the type of person to spend $100 on one Halloween decoration. Which I will be once I win the lottery.
@cuminafterall Blasphemy! My Italian grandma is rolling in her grave! All the allium you can handle, always! (I will concede that it is possible that this is sorta Americanized Italian cooking, but seriously, both my husband and I are of partial Italian heritage, and everyone in our families starts dishes with both garlic and onions.)
Oh, man, I have two period horror stories.
1. I got my period very young, I think the summer before 5th grade? I was super embarrassed to have it so early and none of my friends had theirs yet, so I almost never changed pads during the school day. Well, one day it was just too heavy and started leaking through my pants and smeared all over the seat of my chair. The only fortunate thing was that I was wearing black pants and a long shirt, so you couldn't see it on me, but I kept scooting to the edge of my little plastic chair and looking back in horror at the blood smears on the seat and praying to god that nobody would see it before the end of the day, and panicking about how I would get it cleaned off. It was on a Friday, and Monday morning, my chair was totally cleaned off. I was eternally grateful to the teacher or janitor who did that.
2. When I first started dating my husband, he had just moved to a new town and was living with his sister while he looked for an apartment, and I got my period during one of the nights I spent with him and got blood all over the mattress in their guest room. My husband is a medical professional, so I wasn't worried about grossing him out, but I was worried about ruining his sister's bed, when I didn't even know her that well. We ended up cleaning it as well as we could and then flipping the mattress over. After he got his own place, his sister just gave the bed to him.
Welp, I just added to my already enormous "to read" pile of books. At least we're going into the slow season for TV...
@bessmarvin I am so sorry for your breakup. One of my best friends is going through something very similar right now, and I suggested that she read books that have nothing to do with love/relationships at all--I actually just lent her my copy of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. If you're into YA, I'd recommend Libba Bray's Beauty Queens--I think there are some minor romantic storylines, but it's mostly about girls banding together and overthrowing patriarchy. But, (not knowing your literary tastes) maybe something in the mystery or horror genre would just keep your mind off of love altogether? (When I went through the Worst Breakup, instead of reading, I inhaled the entire series of Buffy and the West Wing on DVD, so...there's that.)
@flanhoodles Yuuuup, Fox Mulder. And Noah Wylie, early ER days. Now it would be Lee Pace.
I just wanted to say that this story sounded very familiar to me-undeniable great chemistry with a guy who is stuck in a bad relationship because of a small child. That guy is now my husband of almost 7 years. Here's how it worked for us--neither of us allowed ourselves to act on that chemistry until he was fully single (including taking things very slowly and casually to start with, even though we'd already known each other for a couple years). The separation didn't affect his child, who is now a happy and well adjusted 10 year old with two sets of awesome parents. I guess I'm saying that it is possible for him to disentangle himself from his domestic situation, if he really wants to, and that the kid will probably turn out better for not living with parents who are miserable with each other. If the relationship is as he describes, both he and his "fiance" deserve better.