so, it looks like lobsters do feel pain after all. last year boo begged out of a school vivisection project (he didn't want to "dissect" a live lobster, despite the lobster expert's reassurances that the lobster couldn't feel anything). maybe he had a feeling that further research might be needed on that subject...
okay, that's all my animal rights talk for the day! although i did check this book out of the library today, along with this one, this one and this one.
speaking of boo, he wants the playstation game rock band so bad! it's at the top of his christmas list. m is now an official nominee for the coolest dad of the year award, because he took boo and three of his friends to best buy (on a school night, no less), and set them loose to play the rock band demo pretty much as long as they wanted to.
bean has started the afs application process, officially choosing 1. finland, 2. iceland, and 3. anywhere in scandinavia for her trip next year. the fact that she'll be away for an entire year will probably not sink in until we put her on a plane -- at any rate, i feel extremely calm about it from my perspective and wildly excited on her behalf.
last friday night i was sick on the couch with a baked potato, remember? tonight i plan to be sitting on the couch in perfect health with a bowl of chocolate pudding, which i made all for myself (the posse is out bowling tonight), but which is now riddled with craters from where some certain friends of mine helped themselves...not to complain, though. a half a bowl of chocolate pudding is still a lovely thing.