In my earlier post......
re: The Sarcastic Jesus Comment - that was merely a feeble attempt on my part to mask my increasing paranoia that Arun is not gaining weight. Yeah, he is fine, but in accordance with the Dictums of Motherhood, #442 "Thou shalt always worry about SOMETHING", I've been concerned about his weight despite repeated assurances from the lactation consultant and despite the fact that he is perfectly healthy and on target for his developmenal milestones. So, last night, when he sucked down TWO cups of soymilk in rapid succession, I almost cried with relief. While he would sip here and there on the "no spill" sippy cups, it was slow going. He totally snarfs down on a sippy cup of the "spill" variety, but DAMN, it's messy. The straw? Perfection.
re: Gifts of Gold - I hope I didn't come off as ungrateful or blase because it's quite the opposite. I just thought it was hilarious that such a precious thing would come in the equivalent of a retainer case. I am still in complete awe of my bangles - I've always wanted some and as a little girl was completely fascinated with my step-grandmother's bangles (each one has a story). Anyway, these babies never come off (well, except for the photo). I have to be careful not to look at them too much - I'm afraid I'll drive off the road. I'm THAT mesmerized by them. I think the sweetest part is that X dug them out of his laptop bag while we were still in the airport because HE was that excited to see my reaction.
re: Plagiarism - The whole concept has been a hot topic lately and is of interest to me, of which Monkey is well aware - I've been teasing her that I was going to swipe all her cool words (look for Goblin, Frock, and Mothership coming to a blog near you! Squee!) Anyway, what really interests me is the question "Where do we draw the line?" Obviously, swiping entire paragraphs IS plagiarism, but what about words and phrases or even writing techniques? For example, I came up BeelzeBush on my own, but I find it hard to believe that no one else has thought that up, too! And what about writing techniques? I ADORE WRITING IN ALL CAPS, but the technique has often been attributed to Dooce. What about Random Capitalization and seriously.inappropriate.punctuation? I wasn't influenced by anyone on that, either, but EVERYONE is doing it now. Who's zooming who here? However, interestingly enough, I noticed while reading My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Piccoult the author used ALL three of those techniques. Anyway, food for thought.
So, yeah, my post last night was pretty punchy. I guess I was in A Mood. But Hey! I shaved my legs this morning and mysteriously, all is right with the world again now that I am Bikini Ready.