(Sorry the picture’s so blurry, but this was the best of the bunch) I know nothing, nada, zero, zilch about the PowerPuff Girls, but from the somewhat bitchy smirk on this one’s face (her name is Buttercup, I learned), she’s my kinda gal. While I was at it, I snagged this keychain, too. smile, smile, smile! I’m a sucker for happy faces, and this isn’t even the only one on my keychain. Little things make me happy. We had a fairly strong thunderstorm late yesterday afternoon, and at the very instant a loud crash of thunder sounded, our alarm went off. Apparently the thunder did something to the alarm so that every so often it would start beeping, and we didn’t set it last night, but we didn’t feel comfortable leaving it off while we were on vacation, so Fred called Securitylink this morning, and the fuckers claimed no one could make it out until sometime tomorrow. Well, fuck THAT, Fred thought, and then called around until he found a guy from another alarm company who was not only willing to come out to the house, but willing to come out immediately, as in "I’ll be there in fifteen minutes!" And he was, and he certainly knew what he was doing, and the problem was taken care of in about half an hour. If I have anything to say about it – and I think I do – the instant our four-year contract is up with Securitylink, we’ll be switching to G&G, which is the company Mike (the guy who came out) works for. He was rather easy on the eyes, if I may say so. The spud got her school pictures back and brought them home and I stupidly bought the whole package. I say "stupidly" because the pictures didn’t come out terribly well – the spud is a cute kid, but she doesn’t always translate well in pictures, and you know with those school pictures they take all of ten seconds to set up and then snap the picture. Okay, I’ll be blunt here. The spud has a big ol’ "I just smelled a fart" look on her face and it’s really pretty funny, but I don’t want to be sending those pictures out at Christmastime as I usually do. My solution, I decided, is that I’ll take a ton of pictures of her while we’re in Gatlinburg this weekend, and surely one or two will come out well, and then I can have them printed out in varying sizes and send those out instead. I think it’s a pretty good plan. Okay, I have to go make a trek through the house and decide whether I’ve forgotten anything, and then I have to run to WalMart to pick up some winter gloves (it’ll be cold in G’burg in the mornings, according to weather.com) and yarn for the spud, and then I have to pace through the house, picking up and straightening because Fred’s father will be feeding the cats and hamsters, and I don’t want him to know what slobs we really are, so I’m going to say goodbye for now, and I’ll see you on the flip side!