Bits, Pieces and Recalls

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last night I had a vicious migraine and passed out around 9am. I woke up this morning, got out of bed and my legs didn’t want to work. After thumping down onto the bedroom floor and telling my body it was time to wake up I made my way to the computer. I had my morning brew then read my compulsory blogs, finding some kick ass posts from Keira and Corinna. Following in the eclectic and fun style of both, here are a couple tid bits for today.

  • In 2005, John got me hooked on Rescue Me. Since then it’s been a staple for us and we countdown the days until we can download the torrents for the new season in the USA. A while back, Keira started calling John “Probie” and Duane “Garrity”. This of course makes me laugh out loud whenever I hear it and you would too, if you’ve seen the show. I was looking on the show’s site and decided to actually compare my hubby to “Probie” aka Mikey Silletti aka actor Mike Lombardi.
  • probie.jpg
    Okay well they could be cousins at least
  • Our good pal Duane is going on vacation soon, a well-deserved vacation where he can be in tropical weather, sit on the beach, be served froofy drinks with umbrellas in them. He told us the news last night over iChat, while also trying to sell us a used car.
  • Happy Duane!

  • I spent some quality time with my family this weekend, starting off with a lovely lunch then I watched Ella Enchanted with my niece and nephews while playing with sticker albums. These children are the most important part of our family yet it seems they’re actually in constant danger when playing with their shiney new birthday or Christmas gifts.

    I heard about Thomas the Tank Engine recalls a while ago and alerted my sister, as there was found to be lead in the paint.

    In June, for instance, another major toy company, the RC2 Corporation of Illinois, recalled 1.5 million popular Thomas & Friends wooden toy railway sets because for at least two years they were being coated with excessive levels of lead paint, even though the manufacturers were aware of restrictions on lead paint [NY Times]

    Well this morning Mattel is all over the news, recalled 9 million products because of the same issue, lead paint, along with magnet problems [Mattel/Safety].

    Toys affected by the lead paint are: Fisher Price CARS movie ‘Sarge’ character, Dora the Explorer and Elmo various plastic toys [Recall 1]

    Those affected by the magnet recall include: Polly Pocket, Batman Magna Playsets, Barbie and Tanner, Doggie Daycare, Shonen Jump’s One Piece [Recall 2]

    It runs in the family My mother would say that when she was little they would play with sharp, pointy, electro-shockey devices full of lead paint all the time. And yes, I remember a couple of my toys or games that, thinking back now, could have really put my eye out, but it’s more an issue of accountability on the toy manufacturers’ part. I’m just super glad that my niece’s preferred gift to receive is actually a book.

  • We’re off for a little adventure today, it will be our first “quality time” since the long weekend and we’re looking forward to it. John’s back at work tomorrow and then the PNE starts up, which means he’ll be uber busy for the next 2 weeks. I’m so unplugging for the rest of the day now.
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    1. gusgreeperTuesday, August 14th, 2007 — 9:59am PDT

      that picture of john is priceless i love it, and there is a resemblance.

    2. Keira-AnneTuesday, August 14th, 2007 — 10:16am PDT

      John will always be Probie, Duane will always be Garrity. It’s not so much that Duane looks like Garrity (because he doesn’t), but there’s a fun chemistry between them, y’know?

      Have uber fun at the beach today – enjoy the sun!

      I’ll see you soon, babelicious.

    3. Miss604Tuesday, August 14th, 2007 — 10:29am PDT

      I know it’s mostly their dynamic… that also makes you want to shake your head in disbelief or just laugh yourself silly 😛

    4. JennyTuesday, August 14th, 2007 — 11:04am PDT

      She doesn’t really wear those glasses btw…she put them on for a joke while playing ‘teacher’

      This weekend was fun. And ya, now I have to look for friggin dangerous polly pockets in my house. argh

    5. Uncle DuaneTuesday, August 14th, 2007 — 11:13am PDT

      Have fun at the beach!

    6. GZ ExpatTuesday, August 14th, 2007 — 11:48pm PDT

      Posted to my blog about the Mattel thingy…and you are right, it is all about accountability of the manufacturer.

      Books are a great gift/toy for any kid because they force them to use their minds! BUT…was it printed with lead ink????

      Wow…two trips within a couple weeks. Ya’d think you guys were in love or somethin’? You need kids to tie you down!! Heh…

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