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 update to the update's update (family / adoption / holmes)

I went ahead and paid for the 24-hour internet connection from the room. It wasn't even double the cost of one hour. I also swapped out the flaky cable and that seems to have fixed the connection problem. Wrong. I had to call the techs back to fix it. The hotel ... read more

moscow update continued (family / adoption / holmes)

We're in Moscow. Bill already summarized our trip here. I do believe that I am fully initiated into the sisterhood of Mothers. I have changed an exploding poopy diaper in an airplane bathroom, with turbulence! I'll spare you all details, but let's just say, I w ... read more

 salt water filter invented (education / technology / )

Salt water filter invented ... read more

 restroom difficulty (culture / humor / stories)

Don't you hate it when you're at work? The end. Wait, that's not the end. You're at work -- on the bottom floor, because that's where the snack machine is -- and you decide to use the restroom. The cleaning lady is in there, with her cart blocking the door. S ... read more

 kite flying (family / holmes / elizabeth)

As it turned out, today was a good day for kite flying. Elizabeth, 6, had been bugging me about flying her new kite since returning from the vet this morning. We had brought all three pugs in to see Dr. Paula: Daisy due to recurrent painful skin irritations, which ... read more
large crab found abandoned behind pharmacy in england
Workers at a pharmacy in Britain were left baffled when they found a large crab had been abandoned live in the alley outside their store, rescuers said. ... read more
judicial watch sued to get footage of the 'plane' hitting the pentagon on 9/11 (video)
Finally, we can put to rest the theory that a plane hit the pentagon on 9/. Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch released a video today on his Twitter showing what looks like a Tomahawk cruise missile going into the side of the Pentagon on 9/. Although Fitton claims ... read more

 airport arrival (family / adoption / holmes)

Some pictures as we arrived in the airport. There was a great welcoming party there! We've never had an airport welcoming party before! amznassocdefaultsearchphrase Airport arrival; ... read more

chandler (family / pets / )

Chandler's a good dog. He's been through a lot in this life and will probably never fully recover. Never fully trust anyone again. I know the feeling. Maybe that's what we have in common. Whatever it is, I just love the heck out of that dog.And now he's getting ol ... read more

 went for a walk... (family / adoption / holmes)

... in the freezing cold, because we were THAT bored. I'm starting to hate this place. There's just nothing to do when we're not visiting Elizabeth or going shopping. And both of those require a driver, and usually a translator. I can't wait until we're out of her ... read more

 list of common meds which destroy your brain (life / health / )

List of Culprit Drugs (according to them): Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, Nytol, Sominex, Unisom, Benadryl, Dramamine, Paxil, Detrol, Demerol, Elavil You wouldn't think that taking a little pain pill would cause long term cognitive impairment, but that's just one of t ... read more

 best thrillers of all time (culture / writing / books)

New book coming out!Best thrillers of all time. According to the Telegraph, anyway. An interesting list. Several if not most of these were that author's first novel (first published novel, anyway). I've actually read half of these, though it's been years. I sho ... read more
magic cards, masters of the universe, nerf blaster among toy hall of fame finalists
The Strong National Museum of Play announced the finalists for National Toy Hall of Fame induction include My Little Pony, Risk, Masters of the Universe and Magic the Gathering. ... read more

anti-inflammatory smoothie to heal you from the inside out (life / health / food)

I think I'll try this. If you are battling an aliment or just want to feel good - this smoothie rocks. The addition of cranberries helps reduce water weight too - a little aesthetically pleasing benefit that makes you look good too. ... read more
butcher-bound yak on the run after virginia escape
An animal control officer responding to a report of escaped livestock in a Virginia road discovered an unexpected animal -- a yak. ... read more

doug sells power tools! (life / money / shopping) Used New Hilti Tools and Accessories Hilti professional demolition / concrete tools SHIPPING WORLDWIDE ... read more