Chuck doing his best impersonation of Marilyn Monroe

Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.

  • Squirl

    Thanks for the Chuck picture and the beautiful Leta letter/pictures.

  • Berta

    I want to see some drunk frogs race!

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    When do we get to see Jon teaching Chuck to play the piano? I’ll bet he’d be quite good if you clipped his nails.

  • Muffy

    Oh, other hicktown crap we have in NEPA….You animal lovers will ADORE this one. It’s called the Hegins Pidgeon Shoot, in Hegins, Pa. Its so repugnant, I find it hard to discuss. But I will try. For CHARITY sake, they release pidgeons, and people SHOOT them. If the bird gets hit, but doesnt immediately expire, little boys run out onto the field and BREAK THEIR NECKS! They FINALLY stopped this heinous display of torture a few years back, because it cost too much money to provide security from all the animal rights people. RIGHT ON PETA. But I’m still eating a steak tonight.

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    I agree with Vaida. Dooce always seems to be the first thing to pop up on my screen. Email comes second. Then coffee!

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    I always eat a banana during sex.

    Muffy, you are right. There are lots of great bazaars in NEPA. And then there is the Bloomsburg Fair – a weeklong festival abounding with loony carnies and smelly pigs and chickens. And the college and schools in Bloom get the whole week off from school.

  • Maggie

    Chuck, what a dog. He can definately pull off the starlet look.

  • Dawners

    KBBAW – do you guys call them by another name than Crab Rangoons? I luvs me some rangoons.

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    If only Marilyn could’ve cured the Seven-Year Itch with Advantix…

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    I remember that pigeon shoot. They had something similar going on in Milton, PA with crows.

  • La Pixiatrix

    That is the beauty and content look of a dog with comfortably empty anal sacs.

  • Berta

    Poor birds!

  • Tanya

    Thanks, Katie-be-bored-at-work. That was going to drive me nuts. :o )

  • Vaida

    Muffy…you’ve got to be f’ing kidding me. I’m no crazed PETA lobbyist, but a big fat F*** THAT!
    What kind of freaks organized that debauchery?????

  • stella

    Month 14! Time flies, little lady Leta is growing up so cute and looking more like both her parents. and those eyes! I have a new internet crush, but not in a weird way, more in the way OF FRANCE!!!!

  • Muffy

    I think it was again, for their volunteer fire/ambulance company, but don’t get me to lying. I don’t want any pidgeon shooting rednecks coming over to my house to put my PC up on blocks. Or J-Lo. She’s not allowed in my house. Ever. Did you hear that, Cheeze-Lo? Good. Because, I don’t want there to be any confusion on your part.

  • Vaida

    Katie, you should try the coffee and Dooce at the same time! It’s a winner. I wonder if I should change my name to Vaida-be-bored-at-work?

  • bean

    ah, baby love. i’ve got tears. thank you.

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    Aw La Pix, it’s back to the anal sacs, and the expression of same.
    Gives a whole new meaning to the song “Express Yourself”
    (wouldn’t that be hard to reach?)

  • kieran

    I thoguth chuck was only here on Friday????

  • Katrina

    Hey, what does Leta’s shirt say…I definately read DOOCE on it but can’t tell what else it says. Branding your children…tsk.tsk. Beautiful letter, brought tears to my eyes and Leta is absolutely gorgeous!

    Love the pic of Chuck, makes my week not seem as long because now I don’t have to wait 4 MORE DAYS to see Chuck! Yay!

  • giggles

    Dawners: LOL! I love those signs as well! Have you ever been to one of the Testical Festivals yet? Do they have them all over MO? I think there’s one every year not far from me here – where are you in MO (general area)?

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    I guess it depends on whether or not you are bored at work. Or you could be “Vaida-be-chugging-coffee-and-reading-Dooce”.

  • Dawners

    Slightly off-topic, has anyone here used Squarespace for their blog?

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    I wrote earlier that I think it is says Product of Blurbodoocery, or some such.

  • Jo

    Ah, sweet Leta.

  • Katrina

    Oops, just read the other comments, thanks Katie for reading my mind and answering before I could ask.

    Gotta stop that premature commenting.

  • Dawners

    *Giggles*: I haven’t attended a formal Testicle Festival, but I held one of my own once. It was well-attended, but the locals were none too pleased about the sign.

    I’m in the STL area, but travel around the inner-MO areas a lot for camping.

  • La Pixiatrix

    I think Leta’s shirt says “Product of the Blurbodoocery” or something like that.

  • Grammarqueen

    He is so beautiful! What a sweet wonderful dog … *sigh*

  • La Pixiatrix

    That’s what I get for not having time or inclination to read the comments!


  • cat

    I’m a little frightened by the people posting amorous odes to the Chuckmeister. Honestly. Perhaps I should be a little more open-minded?…

    Nah. Can’t wrap my mind ’round it. I may be a misplaced redneck, but no sexy shenanigans with doggies! Just say NO, Chuck!

  • Vaida


  • Vaida

    Well, it’s obvious why you feel frightened. You’re a CAT.

    HA HA HA

  • a fan in Wisconsin

    First time commenter, long time reader. Heather, you are so gifted. As a writer and especially as a Mother. Leta will cherish these newsletters. You are an extraordinary person–your ability to acknowledge human-ness is refreshing. Your style of parenting will insure that Leta is filled with self esteem and a positive outlook on life. I applaud your outlook on many things and appreciate your continuing honesty. You really need to write a book–you have an incredible gift with words!!

  • Vaida


  • Vaida

    WOW. I couldn’t agree more with a fan in Wisconsin. That takes the cake for compliment of the year!

    Today was my first day in the comment section to fan in Wisconsin. Can I call ya’ Wiskey?

  • Effie

    I don’t know why, but Vaida, you just cracked me up–LOL! and everyone just looked over at me! Yikes–I’m glad it’s almost the end of the day–15 minutes to go…

  • becaru

    Chuck, trying desparately to look as cute as Leta.

  • Spurious Plum

    Muffy – What’s with people in PA killing things. Every other person I meet here is a hunter…My last boss used to have me send pictures of deer he shot to his son. Ick, dude. Send it your damn self.

  • marie

    anyone have a clue what the blue thing is that leta has in her mouth?
    i am also “bored-at-work” and speculating on leta’s shirt and the contents of her mouth is WAY more interesting than working!

  • Berta

    SP, trust me, people in Texas are just as bad!

  • southern fried girl

    Let’s take a headcount – how many of us are bored-at-work? I know I am definitely bored at work. Come on people – HOLLA!!!

  • Vaida

    I live to crack people up. I’m leaving in 40 minutes myself. YAY to cracking up and then leaving!

  • shelli

    thanks for putting up more pictures of the almighty Chuckles!

  • Aimers

    Your monthly letter was just what I needed this morning to remind me to savor the small moments with my little one. Definitely a tear-jerker as I started thinking about the little hands reaching up and touching my face or blowing raspberries at each other.

    Timing was escpecially good considering she was up about every two hours last night (she usually sleeps 10-12 straight). Just not used to that kind of schedule anymore.

  • Vaida

    HOLA from Vaida. SNORE!

    Maybe it’s a mini travel toothbrush!!

  • southern fried girl


    It appears to be countdown time. One hour and 36 minutes. :)

  • Disgruntled and Cynical

    Seriously, people. Do we really freakin’ care what is in the child’s mouth? I certainly don’t. And she’s cute- but gorgeous? I mean, that’s a term I could only apply to 14 month olds that I really love or am very close to- not some child thousands of miles away who’ve I’ve never met. Just a little over the top I think.

    And I like reading Heather’s entries usually as they’re funny and irreverant and all of that good stuff, but am getting a little weirded out about reading her letters to her daughter which should be for her daughter and not posted as evidence of her maternal affections for the rest of us.

  • Effie

    I gotta run now–quitting time! It’s been a blast!
    See y’all tomorrow!