Monday, February 25, 2008


Believe it or not, this is Post 400 for me!! I don't have anything prepared, but I'd like to thank my devoted blog readers--I couldn't have done it without you. I would have switched to an off-line diary long ago if I didn't have the daily encouragement and spirited comments to look forward to. So thank you!

Now...on to Post 400...

To update everyone who was slighty squeamish over the handsy dad who I blogged about last week: I asked my husband what he thought about it, and his reaction was 'Where's he from?' I'm not sure exactly, but I have a suspicion that he's from Louisiana (based on his accent). And from what I understand, they're more overly affectionate there. Friends of mine from New Orleans hug/kiss all their friends hello. I'd meant to post this as an addendum but then forgot. So when I told my husband I suspected Louisiana, he said, 'Well that explains it.' Clearly he's not jealous.

Today's news: the two Labs next door alerted me to the impending approach of the ice cream man by howling and whining in a downright pitiful fashion. It's FEBRUARY and 80 degrees here, and the ice cream man is making the rounds! Texas really is a like its own country. The dogs do their little complaining bit everyday, but they never get ice cream bars. Poor babies. Maybe I could smuggle this something.

I started reading a new book to my boys today. It's called The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle, and they just love it. Evidently it's a NYT Bestseller, but I've never even heard of it. It chronicles a couple days in the life of the Gigglers, whose job it is to punish grown-ups who've been mean to little children. Their revenge of choice is collecting dog poo and placing it in the path of the offending grown-ups. The word 'poo' is liberally splashed over the pages, making it a rip-roaring good read for a six year old and eight year old boy. The quote on the cover is by J.K. Rowling, hailing Doyle as 'pure genius'. How can you argue with that kind of endorsement?

Now, on to the next 400! Who's with me?!


Sarakastic said...

I'm with you! Congrats! I don't care how old I get, the word poo is always funny

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Er...sorry. Rowling actually said, 'absolute genius'. Potato, po-tah-to, I know, but I thought I should clarify.

Melissa Walker said...

I'm with you! Love your blogging style, Alyssa!

Joanne Rendell said...

Happy 400th!!! I'm with you!

Sara Hantz said...

Happy 400 Blog...... and here's to 400 more!

~Virginia~ said...

if lady rowling says something's good, you know it's a winner! glad to hear that the dad's shoulder squeezes were more customary than creepy! :)

happy 400!

Trish Ryan said...

Happy 400! And what better way to celebrate than with a book about poo? (Which is what you'll have, BTW, if you give those dogs ice warned!)

Julie S said...

Congrats on your milestone!
I'm so jealous you're having good weather. Florida was FREEZING today. Literally. I had to wear a coat.

Vicki said...

Congrats on 400 and looking forward to the next 400. :)

Catherine Avril Morris said...

400 posts...! That's awesome! Happy bloggy birthday! :)

And I read The Giggler Treatment a few years ago. I LOVE Roddy Doyle. Have you read anything else by him? I guess when The Commitments, the movie, came out in the '90s, I immediately got the book, and was blown away by it, and my RD obsession just continued on from there. In fact, in college I went to a book reading he gave, and nervously stood in line to meet him and have him sign my book. When I got up to his table, I said, "I love Ireland! I want to move there after college!" and he said, "Ireland doesn't want ya!" I was like, freeze "Umm... Signmybookpleaseokaythanksbye." Later someone illuminated that for me: That Ireland's a poor country and lots of US kids move there in or post-college and take jobs Irish kids could be enjoying. Makes sense, but... I never did end up moving to Ireland, and I guess the country has Roddy Doyle to thank for that. :)

Melissa Walker said...

Can I give you fodder for entry 401?

I’ve tagged you for a meme on my latest blog. Here are the rules:

1/ you link back to the person who tagged you.
2/ post these rules on your blog.
3/ share six unimportant things about yourself.
4/ tag six random people at the end of your entry.
5/ let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs.