Toys, Books, and Bones

We went to the mall today and little remote control cars (pretty cool that they can make fully functional RC cars about the size of a Hotwheels) were $25 off, so we got the car and radio package for a whopping $4.96, picking up one for each of us. At that price, if someone wanted to build little robot projects, you’d be getting micro-servos, motor controls, and RC interfaces for far less than parts cost!

At the mall Nefarious also stopped at one of the kiosks that sells makeup and did herself up in clown makeup. I’m not sure if that sort of thing is frowned on or not but it was also quite fun.

We read for about two hours today, starting with the somewhat sad but beautiful “Blue Stone” by Jimmy Liao but the bulk of the time was spent reading “Trick of the Tail”, which has great illustrations by Tomislav Tomic and is nicely written as well — it’s shocking how hard it is to find good books, as most kids literature is complete junk. I shop at Another Story, which helps a lot as they’ve got a superior selection of stuff that’s quite hard to find.

Other than that I got my knee x-rayed again. Not too exciting but there’s some concern that there are going to be follow-up issues other than just nerve damage. You can see the lump on the side of the bone where the tumor was originally removed. I’m not sure how much of that is regrowth if any; either way it’s a very slow growing benign hunk of bone. It’s definitely not something I’m particularly concerned about, but I sure learned my lesson the first time around and if it’s something that needs intervention, it’s not going to happen after 15 years of pain again!!! (Duh!)

PS. I added more “ducks”.


  1. cirrin wrote:

    Those little remote control cars look fun.

    Friday, May 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  2. heather wrote:

    The “Read Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease has a great list in the back half of great books to read aloud to kids of all ages.

    Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 5:45 am | Permalink
  3. p7tms wrote:

    Hi Shannnon,

    I bought a small (size of the top of my thumb) remote control car (I think its run on infrared – not sure since I havent used it in a while) – and the controller is on the top of a pen.

    Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 6:11 am | Permalink
  4. Gracie wrote:

    There are two books by the same author, “The Napping House” and “King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” that gave me literally hours of amusement when I was a kid. I’m not sure if they’re in print any more, but you could probably find them on eBay or places like that.

    Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 11:12 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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