It’s the weekend, y’all! What’s up in the news?
The general consensus seems to be that President Obama owned GOP lawmakers at a Q&A session on Friday. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the video… and a slew of admiring comments on Obama’s off-the-cuff, always in control performance.
In car recall news, Honda has recalled 646,000 Fits due to a fire hazard. That’s on top of Toyota not only recalling 9 million cars worldwide but suspending sales on practically all of its best-selling models including the Camry, Corolla and RAV4.
Do any of you drive cars affected by the recall? Does this make you more or less likely to buy a Toyota in the future?
In philanthropy news, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation made the single largest contribution to a single cause— a $10 billion pledge to develop vaccines for the world’s poorest nations.
The investment aims to prevent the deaths of some 7.6 million children under age 5 through 2019 by increasing delivery of life-saving vaccines for ailments such as severe diarrhea and pneumonia to the developing world.
The foundation estimates that an additional 1.1 million children could be saved with the rapid introduction of a malaria vaccine beginning in 2014, bringing the total number of potential lives saved to 8.7 million. Even more could be saved if vaccines are developed for other illnesses, such as tuberculosis, that are common in developing countries, the charity said.
“Vaccines are a miracle,” Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the foundation, said in a statement. “With just a few doses, they can prevent deadly diseases for a lifetime.”
I must say I admire the Gateses for putting their (obscene amount of) money where their mouth is. What do you think?
In whiny news, I must report that yesterday I got the Worst. Pedicure. EVER. I decided to treat myself, thinking some pampering was in order since I will be giving birth soon (and who knows when I will have the time or energy to get another pedicure).
I don’t know what the hell this woman was doing to my cuticles and toenails but OUCH!!! I kept telling her it hurt, and she kept apologizing, and then she’d go at my poor feet again. At one point she asked me when I was due and seemed to indicate that’s why I was so sensitive to pain… well then BACK THE EFF OFF, LADY!!!
There was a language barrier so at some point I decided to just grit my teeth and bear it. I wanted to run screaming from the place. The worst part? I paid extra money upfront for a hot oil foot massage… but when it came time to rub down my feet and legs, her torturing touch became weak and wimpy. UGH.
OK, /rant. From now on I’ll leave the foot rubs to DH, and leave the pedicures to Sally Hansen. It reminded me of my first professional massage… uncomfortable, and downright painful at times. And no, I don’t have a low pain tolerance.
I didn’t dare get a massage again until a recent prenatal massage, which was HEAVENLY. Sigh… I guess beauty treatments are always a crap shoot, until you find a professional you like and trust. Which is why we still drive 400 miles to Sacramento twice a year, just to see our old hairstylist. People think we’re crazy but he is SO worth it!
What about you? Do you have any similar stories? Have you found professionals that you will stick with, no matter what?
So… what’s everyone up to this weekend? I will do some last-minute shopping and cleaning and do lots of walking to see if baby boy decides he’s ready to come out. I think I’ll have DH take a few more belly shots for posterity. It’s weird (and not a little sad) to think this belly will be gone soon, and I won’t get to experience it again! I really do enjoy the round, full bump, the kicks and the shape-shifting. It all seemed to go by too fast…
As always, chat away!