We went birthday shopping for Fishy at Tree Town Toys in Ann Arbor today. O. M. G. It's kind of reminiscent of J. T. Puffins back in Madison (though it will be hard to ever top that place!) and every nook and cranny is filled with FABULOUS things.
I nearly wet myself over the ginormous variety of darling Calico Critters stuff. They have that cool fuel cell car kit that I can't imagine anyone actually paying $150 for as a child's toy, but that sure is neat. They have tons of Plan Toys wooden dollhouse goodies, Playmobil galore, Legos, craft kits, and Schleich and Papo out the wazoo. They had darling sleeping puppies that just lie there and breathe. Silly, huh? So why did I keep going back to stare at and coo over them? ^_^ Corolle dolls and goodies, Animalz (soooo cute!) and oh so much more. As it was, I stuck to some Lego kits and marbles, bearing in mind the recent "going through stuff for the garage sale" experience. I have a marble shooter set coming in the mail for him that I imagine will get misused for a great number of things. ^_^ And I'll make him a snazzy drawstring bag to keep that stuff in.
We came home to an exciting message from Egan that BABY ANNA IS HERE!!! Welcome, wee girlie!! :)
Shortly thereafter, the Bigs and I were doing our pushups and situps to the headbanging noise of Creed when some of our friends from TKD called to let us know they were bringing the menagerie over for our week of petsitting while they're off at camp. Excitement! The kids have been looking forward to this for a long time. In addition to the original lhasa apso and rabbit whom we've babysat before, there is a new lhasa apso - a 6 or 7 month old little boy named Bandit. Ayla, the girl dog, has adopted me as foster mama, and as I type, she is lying on the couch next to me looking remarkably like one of those breathing puppies. Bandit is hanging out by the front door, enjoying the cool breeze wafting up his nostrils, and Patches, the evil rabbit ;) after spending some time alternately conjoined to Mollusc and Sluggie, is now in his hutch thinggy in the yard where he can mow the lawn and possibly continue to eat the baby's breath. (his mom said he usually knows what's OK to eat, but I should still look this up just in case) He really is a very cool bunny. We just need to make sure that all power cords stay well out of reach! So the current household animal count is: MuNKis: 5 (1 lg, 4 sm) , CATS: 4, BIRDS: 2, DOGS: 2, RABBITS: 1
I'm finally reading the last Outlander in earnest now. 100 pages down, 800 or so to go.