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How long does a Mylar balloon float?

As you may remember, Julia celebrated her first birthday with a party five weeks ago. As part of the party, we got some Mylar balloons, and about a dozen regular balloons. The regular balloons lost their helium and came crashing back to the ground after just a couple days. However, two Mylar balloons are still floating, attached to a couple end tables in the living room.

So here’s my question: how long do you think these balloons will keep afloat? Leave your guess in the comments.

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American Girl, Meanie

I ran across a post from Consumerist about a six year old that was denied the chance to get her doll’s hair “styled” at an American Girl store in Manhattan.

On the original post, it was hard to make out exactly what was going on because it was ripe with sarcasm. Here’s the idea: daughter is invited to go with a friend to American Girl Place. She can take her favorite doll and have a “stylist” work up the doll’s hair (for $20!). Turns out the girl didn’t have a real American Girl doll, so said “stylist” refuses to work on the doll. Then the other people in line start to stand up for the “stylist.”

Now I’m not sure how much is really true and how much is just hyperbole. There’s just a few things that seem odd to me. First, twenty dollars to style a doll’s hair? I don’t even spend that much on a hair cut, and I’ve got a lot more hair than a doll. Second, why make a big stink over it not being a real American Girl doll? Who cares? It’s a doll. Finally, $20? Really? I never knew how much those dolls cost in the first place. So I looked it up. I really don’t see myself shelling out that kind of money on a doll for Julia or Baby #2. But that’s just me. I’m cheap when it comes to that, and I’m happy to admit it.


Julia’s Big Day


So Julia had a big day today.

She started by going to the Children’s Museum. That was a lot of fun because she got to be very social and she got to play with her new friend Ireland. And Julia got to wander all over the place.

I didn’t get to go, but it looks like a really nice place. And if Julia really likes it, I’m sure we’ll be going there many more times.

I do have a video of Julia there, but I still need to encode it. Hopefully, I’ll have time to do it tomorrow.


Jeopardy Three Way Tie

So there was a three way tie on Jeopardy last Friday. So they all won $16,000 each, and got to play again today. Seeing that gave me an idea.

What if three people managed to team up on Jeopardy and colluded to make for a three way tie every night? It would be pretty simple – the person in last at the final clue bets nothing, the others the the final question wrong and bet enough to get to the person in last. You get a three way tie, everyone gets as much as the person in last, and they do it again tomorrow. Sure, it would make for a boring show, but they would keep on going. Of course, greed would just take over, and someone would bet enough to win.

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When Pandas Attack?

Or get attacked, I guess…

Susan forwarded this bizarre story from CNN on to me today.

A panda was found in a fight, it ended up losing part of a limb. So doctors in China want to help the panda by giving it an artificial limb.

There’s at least four disturbing things I’ve seen so far…

  • The Chinese seem to treat pandas a whole lot better than they treat their people.
  • I don’t remember pandas looking that nasty. This is what everyone thinks of pandas.
  • What’s up with pandas fighting? Who knew?
  • How does an artificial limb help the panda to mate? I don’t know, and quite honestly, I really don’t want to know.
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    Julia, Walking

    So Julia has been getting a bit more brazen in her attempts to walk. We finally decided to try and record one the attempts.

    Now she can walk, and has been able to for a few weeks now. The problem is the desire to walk. Right now, she can crawl faster than she can walk, so crawling wins out. I have a feeling it won’t be too long until she starts walking faster than she can crawl.

    Until then, I’m okay with Julia continuing to crawl. The sooner she walks, the sooner she is getting into even more stuff.

    Click the link below to view a video of Julia walking.