I got a new toy

I got a totally fun totally cheap RC car today… It’s got big flotation tires on it so it can flip over and drive upside down (it seems tough enough to handle the abuse we’ve been gifting it), and better yet, can drive in the water as well. It’s pretty fast, and it drives like a tank, where you can control the left and right sides separately which lets you do things like spin in place. We had a ton of fun with it at the park, as well as at home, and shared our glee with the many kids who gathered to watch our games. Not that their parents were mad about Nefarious smashing into them with the car, but I figured that letting them have a try too would alleviate any anger they were subconsciously considering!

All in all a nice day, especially after a couple very rough days (made worse by the brutal temperatures in our skylight-heavy studio) where I was feeling so terrible I was melodramatically almost wondering if I was even going to wake up the next morning. Nefarious and Cassie and I sat on the roof today under sun-umbrellas reading The Ogress and the Snake, a collection of fairy tales from Somalia (not as good as I’d hoped), and then in the evening before bed read a couple more chapters from Island of the Blue Dolphins, a gift from Caitlin who also enjoyed it as a child. We went to Another Story today, one of Toronto’s best bookstores (especially for kids’ books), and picked up some great additions to our library, including some graphic novels which Nefarious is starting to enjoy reading by herself.

Oh, and I fixed my truck. It’s been making nasty banging and creaking noises when I go over bumps, and I worried that my suspension was having troubles, but thankfully it was nothing more than one of the clamps holding the exhaust in place having broken… A quick wire-job, and now the problem is “solved”.


They’re not terribly exciting but there are more toy pictures after the break.







  1. Amanda wrote:

    Island of the Blue Dolphins!!! I LOVED that book as a wee chicky! I don’t hear about it often, so I’m glad people are still reading it.

    Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  2. BusyBee wrote:

    I absolutely loved that book as well. I so wanted to be that girl and be deserted on an island when I was a kid. Over the past few years, I have thought about that book, but forgot the title so was never able to grab a copy, now that my memory has been refreshed, I will be picking up a copy to have around for the kids to read one day (and honestly, I will be re-reading it as I loved it so much). Thanks.

    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 9:27 am | Permalink
  3. Anselm wrote:

    I love that book! A friend of mine named his boat (38′ yacht) the Zia after the sequel to that book.

    Also, that RC car- those are totally tough, one of my childhood friends used to have one. We’d routinely run it down the stairs in their house.

    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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