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You're About to be Redirected to the New Home of Ground Control to Major Mom: 3/30/08 - 4/6/08

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Toaster Oven Update

Thanks everyone for your comments/advice. We are definitely a "toaster oven" family, I don't think we've owned a standard toaster in our 12 1/2 years of marriage. Don't know why -- I think it's because we received a great toaster oven from Dave's parents the first Christmas after we got married (1995) and it's just seemed crazy to me to have both a toaster oven and a standard toaster. That first toaster oven lasted until we sold out FL house in 2005 and the unit was hard mounted under a kitchen cabinet and figured the new owners might like it there.

Dave got a good deal on the same toaster oven at Linens 'n Things, so he bought it while I was in VA visiting my Mom with the boys.

At our yard sale on April 20th, some lucky soul will get to buy a very good condition toaster oven without a rack for $2 OBO.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Support Assistance Request


Oops, I did it again. I committed a brain fart and now I'm in need of a replacement RACK for our toaster oven. I popped in these little dessert h'or deurves the other night and the directions said they could bake in these little plastic "oven proof" trays that came with the dessert. Well I put the oven on about 100 degrees too hot and the pan melted all over the rack. So the rack is in the trash and I'm in need of the new one.

We really like our toaster oven, but for now I have to tell the boys, "No frozen waffles, bagels, English muffins or toast for breakfast." I've been searching searching searching on the web for a replacement rack and so far, no luck.

Black and Decker makes a billion different kinds of toaster ovens and I can't seem to find a replacement for my particular model.

And before you ask, no, I'd rather not just run to the store and get a new toaster or toaster oven. The one we have is pretty new (less than 2 years old) and we're feverishly trying to get rid of stuff in advance of our move, so getting a new toaster would defeat the purpose...

So if anyone is more astute than me at finding a replacement oven rack for a B&D TRO390W, please let me know. Leave a comment!

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

You won't see THIS on Animal Planet!

Here, play this song to set the mood.
From 2008 03 29 NC...

Yes, you're seeing what you think you're seeing here. I took this picture.

Yesterday, the boys and I joined Maryann and her two sons for the NC Zoo's annual "Wake Up with the Animals" event. We were also offered a sneak preview of the new Watani Grasslands Reserve exhibit, which was a multi-million dollar project to give several African animals a large, free-range habitat, plus close-up viewing of the animals in their habitats.

Close-up, indeed. At least mine is a rated PG-13 photo.

Maryann took MANY MANY MANY more pictures of this exhibition, which can be viewed here.

Photos 137 - 149. Hers are definitely rated R+!

The children were pretty oblivious to this event...Jake asked later in the day about whether I had taken a picture of the elephants "climbing all over each other" and I showed him that I had. I just explained that they were "playing around" and he seemed happy with that. Hopefully he can just mentally compare it with when he and Timmy are wrestling, or when he and Howie the dog are playing around.

Right around lunchtime, it began to rain, and the temperatures fell into the low 40s. It was a cold, miserable walk back to Maryann's van.

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