Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Heart The Blogosphere

A resounding round of applause for RobinH is in order.  Because she used to work as a design engineer for a company that makes appliance seals (or so she says, hmmphs my unbelieving husband), RobinH was able to explain to me that it is indeed possible that my dishwasher has stopped leaking without any assistance from us.  Hard to believe, eh, that one of my readers possessed the exact expertise needed to explain this problem?  I was a little skeptical, too, until she started throwing around words such as "rotating seal" and "main shaft seal" and generously mixing them with layman's terms I could understand such as "crud." Thanks to RobinH, you may no longer have to hear me whine about this particular appliance.

Long-time readers may recall that this is not the first time RobinH has come to my rescue.  She generously donated time and pixels to me last year when I complained that I did not have the technological know-how to make a de-lurking button for my blog.  And she has recommended many books for my son David, who - like her - is a very creatively-minded techy.  He has enjoyed them all.

People like RobinH restore my faith in the blogosphere.  And even though Larry is still not entirely convinced of her existence, he is happy enough to have an excuse to screw the bottom panel back on the dishwasher and forget about it for a while.


You know what else raised my spirits today?  People actually took time to click on over and vote for me in this Circle of Moms contest for large-family blogs.  I've reached 29 votes (well, 2 of them are from me) which, if not a winning number, at least indicates that a few people like my blog.  That, or a few people feel sorry enough for me to make me feel less like a loser.  And Ann in NJ said (in yesterdays comments) that I happen to have the most succinct blog description of all the contestants/participants.  Brevity is the soul of wit, you least, that's what I tell myself...

Voting is allowed every day (I still don't get that) through October 3rd.  So if you have nothing better to do (or if you just feel like being nice), you can vote both early and often without getting into any trouble for it.  I don't think I've ever been in the top 25 of anything ever.  So this could turn out to be a life-changing experience for me.


Tomorrow?  I tell you about my new-found plumbing expertise.  I feel empowered.  Dare to Repair, baby!

[Dishwasher image: The Real Estate Sizzle]
[Book image: Marie Claire]


  1. Now you're at 31 votes--and I'm off to check out your competition.

  2. You're up to 35 and ahead of the Duggars..

  3. But you know, it's going to be the families with the most kids that'll win because each of the kids can vote and will do so religiously.

  4. You're at 44 now, keep it up readers! Let the "mice! kids! vomit!" win out over the "my happy, full life" blogs!

  5. I'm afraid I also suffer from an uncontrollable tendency to Explain Things. It's an engineer thing. (Okay, I'm sure you've noticed!)

    Have I recommended "The Information: A Theory, A History, A Flood" by James Gleick to David yet? Excellent book. Among other great books I've read lately, I highly recommend "The Floor of Heaven: A True Tale of the Last Frontier and the Yukon Gold Rush" by Howard Blum--nothing to do with tech, but a really amazing story, filled with adventure and derring-do (and gold!). And no bugs- you might enjoy it yourself.

  6. Number 59! :)
    I'm a sucker for "mice! kids! vomit!" --yes, seriously-- I had to come back for more visits after me first experience.
    And that just sounds So Wrong.
    ~Karen (formerly kcinnova)

  7. I will go and vote for you right now : )