I like to put these, uh, "special interest" topics together, since not everyone is special-interested.
You remember the dealer who said the minivan needed $4500 of work, despite running beautifully and not showing any symptoms of anything being wrong? My since-before-blogging friend Firegirl is a car girl, married to a car guy and friends with other car guys. AND, I have a dad who is the kind of person who READS MANUALS. My crack team of Car People looked over the estimate and said "PSHAW." Firegirl suggests saving up for the timing belt and water pump, but all the rest of it is stuff that gets fixed WHEN IT BREAKS, not FOR FUN. So that's a relief.
Update on the cat-peeing-on-the-bed situation. Several of you suggested ideas such as closing Mouse into the bathroom, or closing our bedroom door, and it all seemed too overwhelming: we can't keep our door closed at night because we need to be able to hear the kids; if we try to keep anything closed during the day, the kids will open it and forget to re-close it.
But there was a load of cat-pee sheets that kicked me over that edge and made me willing to try it: she peed on a pile of CLEAN sheets I hadn't even PUT ON THE BED yet. So at night, Mouse is in the bathroom in her beloved linen closet, and we shut the door; during the day, we shut the door to our room. It doesn't work consistently (the kids DO open the door and then leave it open), but "closing door sometimes" turns out to be less opportunity for peeing on our bed than "closing doors never"---see also "frustrated perfectionism, and the importance of thwarting that tendency."
Not only has there been significantly less peeing on our bed, today she came into the living room and JUMPED ONTO MY LAP and PURRED, and we haven't seen that kind of thing in awhile.
Also, in addition to the litter box we put in the linen closet, I've put a bowl of kitten food in there (more calories than regular cat food), and she's gained a little weight, which is VERY GOOD considering she's been at less than half her usual weight.
Review blog business:
This week just the eighth of twelve Kellogg's posts, through October 4th, for another $100 Visa gift card, this time a comment about weekend mornings and how they differ from weekday mornings. Comments have (unsurprisingly) been falling off as the series progresses, which means if you DO comment you have a greater chance of winning.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...