If you hate the earth
But still want a lovely home:
Plant plastic flowers.
Well, it has begun: the take-over of our house with baby things. Over the weekend, the wife went down to Chicago for a baby shower thrown by her family. At the shower, she was given a number of gift cards for Babies R Us. Last night, while I was winning softball with the Skirt Turtles, those gift cards were spent. When I arrived home, I was greeted with a stroller (in easy-to-assemble parts!), a "pack and play," a tiny bath tub, and a used-diaper storage facility. At this moment, these items are taking up space in the back room of our house. This room was once known as the "improv room," for that's where I would practice my improvisations. Today, this day is known as "the room that holds the stuff that the baby will need." As the day of labor draws closer, other items both large and small will find their way into our house. Other rooms will be redefined. The "computer room" will become the "baby's play room." The "bedroom" will become the "bedroom/nursery." The "anti-baby room" will become the "pro-baby room."
To be certain, I'm as excited as an old man with a bag of bread crumbs in a park full of ducks. The arrival of these gifts, however, have reminded me that I have a lot of work to do before this kid gets here. I have to assemble the stroller. I have to purchase and assemble the crib. I have to buy a second car... and assemble it. It's going to be a busy few months. Luckily I'll be able to rest once the baby is here, right? Right?
Anywho, I should be off. Before I depart, here's Today's Joke:
Coffee, the fountain of youth?
If you like to drink coffee, drink more. Lots more. It probably won’t hurt you and may even save your life, especially if you’re a woman.
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health studied the histories of 125,000 men and women who reported how much coffee they drank between 1980 and 2004. The more coffee they drank, the less likely they were to die from a heart attack or cardiovascular disease. That was especially true for women. Compared to those who didn’t drink coffee, those who drank 5 to 7 cups per week had 7 percent lower risk for death. The real coffee addicts who drink 4 to 5 cups per day had a 26 percent lower risk of death. The lower risk was mostly related to heart disease, but cancer deaths in women were lower, too, the researchers found.
It’s not the caffeine that does it because they found a similar pattern in the people who drank decaffeinated coffee.
When asked why the study showed a link between coffee and positive health, the researchers replied, "Idon'tknow.We'relookingintoit.ComebackinacouplehoursmaybeandbringsomeStarbuckswhenyoudo."