the smell of my desperation has become a stench
  • dearbeth

    2004/10/23 at 5:17 am


  • Ellyn

    2004/10/23 at 5:18 am

    Very pretty…the colors look very unreal. Your hair looks great, btw!

  • Kat

    2004/10/23 at 5:19 am


  • Sue

    2004/10/23 at 5:26 am

    Oh that is beautiful! The thumbnail really pulled me in to see the picture….

  • Fenix

    2004/10/23 at 5:30 am

    What are those called?

  • Shlee

    2004/10/23 at 5:30 am

    *So jealous of your camera*

  • Mir

    2004/10/23 at 5:34 am

    Very cool, but didn’t you feel just a little powerful yesterday? 😉

  • laura

    2004/10/23 at 5:43 am

    hi heather,

    on your “stop bush” photo from yesterday….. (the comments are now closed) we have that here in Ireland too. I’ve seen a few stop signs with “Bush” spray painted under the stop sign. i’d help you in getting rid of Bush if I was allowed to vote in the American election. Unfortunately, I am an Irish citizen and therefore not eligible.

    you might be interested in these articles.

    oh, and this:

  • domino

    2004/10/23 at 5:51 am

    cool plant!

    I like your hair, and I want to say that I love that you got over 500 comments on pooping, and no-one mentioned the Red Sox.

  • Laurel 825

    2004/10/23 at 5:54 am

    No idea what plant that is.

    RE: red hair. Red fades faster than any other color in the hair spectrum. The Septic Tank of ’02 “grabbed”; drugstore color over salon highlights without a filler = me with black ends in ’93. The new color looks great, very Kate Winslet. 🙂

  • kEma

    2004/10/23 at 5:56 am

    wonderful picture! And by the way your hair is cool 😉

  • Anne

    2004/10/23 at 6:01 am

    I love this silver blue-green color … as does Martha Stewart (insert moment of silence).

  • Daniel

    2004/10/23 at 6:19 am

    Mmmm. Artichokes.

  • glynnis

    2004/10/23 at 6:24 am

    I won’t be the first, nor will I be the last (at only #15 or so), but I’ll say it anyway: the hair is fabulous.

    I think your brunette side is so cool. It has this cool effect that somehow works with your skintone more than the blonde.

    If I had a card with a ten on it, I’d be holding it.

  • Rachel

    2004/10/23 at 6:24 am


  • Laura

    2004/10/23 at 6:27 am

    Great photo as always! You’re making me want to take a photo every day.

    I think those plants are called “hens and chicks,” or at least that’s what I learned to call them as a kid in Missouri.

  • Lala Wawa

    2004/10/23 at 6:28 am

    The brown hair is hot, you look skinny. I’m just a big suck-up.

  • Lisa

    2004/10/23 at 6:36 am

    Really great picture. What about a dooce coffee table photoraphy book? You could put some captions and use some of the pithier (sp?) comments from your photos too?

  • GMM

    2004/10/23 at 6:40 am

    Looks like a plant I have in my garden. Neat colour. If Canadians could vote in the American election, Bush would be gone, gone, gone…. whoa, o, o …

  • Christine

    2004/10/23 at 6:44 am

    It may go by a different name elsewhere, but here in the Upper Plains we call that plant “Hen and Chicks”… see how there is a mama plant surrounded by offshoots? It’s one of my favorites. I have it growing on either side of my front porch steps.

  • TracyDee

    2004/10/23 at 6:49 am

    I’ve heard it called hens and chicks as well. Hope you’re having a super day 🙂

  • Amanda B.

    2004/10/23 at 6:49 am

    Yesterday was nice. I’m thankful that we all got to voice our different opinions. (even though I called someone a “math-lover” and I’m not proud of that)

    On the subject of hair- I found this product called RUSK DEEP SHINE MARINE. It’s a leave-in glosser type thing- and OH MY GOD- it is so awesome. I have weird quazi-wavy nappified hair. This stuff makes it look and feel like silk. You muuust try it dahlings. 🙂

  • Micki

    2004/10/23 at 7:01 am

    hen and chick: both beautiful.

  • shannon c

    2004/10/23 at 7:35 am

    Those are hens and chicks that are out of control. I love the look of them, but as a whole they are invasive plants that have no respect to their fellow flora…

  • Lana

    2004/10/23 at 8:04 am

    They’re Donkey Tail Spurge. I planted some this spring, only to later discover that they’re toxic. I guess that’s one way to keep the dog out the flowerbed.

  • Kate

    2004/10/23 at 8:05 am

    Excellent hair! More photos of beautiful non-poopy hair, please! 🙂

  • Carny Asada

    2004/10/23 at 8:06 am

    …just like REAL hens and chicks.

    OK, I’ve been sitting on my hands about this since the redesign, but the English teacher in me is screaming to escape. It should read “I take photos EVERY DAY (two words) with a Nikon D70.”

    Everyday (one word) is an adjective meaning “ordinary, usual.”

    Thank you. I’m sorry I’m such an irritating nerd.

  • Liz

    2004/10/23 at 8:15 am

    My great-grandmother used to have a lot of those growing in the front flower beds. Pretty. As is the hair.

  • Shiz

    2004/10/23 at 8:19 am

    Carny Asada, I never noticed that. Hmmm. I’m such a grammar bigot, but I love Dooce and Heather never, ever makes mistakes, so it must be a computer glitch.

  • Becca

    2004/10/23 at 8:25 am

    I love the colors.. in the phots and your hair. 🙂

  • Shue

    2004/10/23 at 8:38 am

    OK, somebody’s got to say it…

    So it’s a BUSH that looks real pretty, but is actually toxic, invasive and lacking respect for others?


  • Lexa

    2004/10/23 at 8:51 am

    Shue – LOL!
    Thanks that was great.

  • Anna

    2004/10/23 at 8:52 am

    thats very cool, it looks inverted but it’s not

  • dooce

    2004/10/23 at 9:38 am

    i am very aware of the grammatical error i have in the sidebar next to the daily photo. but when i fixed it and made it “every day” (two words) it did this weird thing to the line underneath and there wasn’t enough space and it totally messed everything up. so i’m leaving it up there. all wrong and shit. and it stares at me every day and i can’t stand it but i have to make sacrifices.

  • Sondra

    2004/10/23 at 9:49 am

    As usual, a beautiful photo!! I love how you can make the most ordinary things look so amazing. You definitely have a good eye.

    Also, I love the hair! It is so difficult to get just the perfect mixture of brown/red without it being either too dull or too overwhelming. Your hairdresser did a wonderful job; it’s goregeous and I agree with everyone else who has said it makes your eyes pop. It really does!

  • coolbeans

    2004/10/23 at 11:14 am

    Sondra said, “You definitely have a good eye.”

    We have something in common, then. I have a good eye! It’s the left one. The right one is not a good eye. If something happened to the left one, I would be legally blind. It really sucks going through life worried about something happening to your good eye.

    I hope you have TWO good eyes. Your hair is lovely.

  • Michael

    2004/10/23 at 11:37 am

    Those are the biggest hens and chicks I have ever seen. Back home in CT (Im a displaced connecticaucasian) they were a dull green color. I might end up saving that and painting it when I have an art course or a free moment over winter break

    Rock on GAP mom…

  • h

    2004/10/23 at 12:14 pm

    every day

  • lavonne

    2004/10/23 at 12:22 pm

    okay, now you’re going to have to start making wallpapers for us. i want this shot on my desktop.

    sorry to be so demanding. 🙂

  • jackie

    2004/10/23 at 12:32 pm

    so what kind of plants are those? such good color. also, the red sox are a bunch of bastards! aaahhhhhhhh!

  • jackie

    2004/10/23 at 12:34 pm

    oh yeah and wallpaper would be sweet. oh and wait, the plants are called hens and chicks. heh, i thought people were just talking about, yuh know… hens and chicks (?)

  • Very Mom

    2004/10/23 at 1:24 pm

    Now this is one I would purchase if it were a print. I really love it.

  • rachna

    2004/10/23 at 1:42 pm

    Heather, I know you want this discussion to be closed, but I just need to defend Canada for a couple of seconds here… Yesterday Christine wrote:
    “I have had enough Canadians friends telling me horror stories about 6 month waiting lists to get doctor’s appointments and the struggles to come to America for decent medical treatment to KNOW that socialized health care doesn’t work. One of my good friends died because he had to wait nearly 8 months to get treatment for Hodgkins disease. It’s insane!”

    I’m a med student from Montreal. Yes, Canadian public health care does have its drawbacks, but your conclusion that government subsidized health care “doesn’t work” is an oversimplification to say the least. Yes, waiting times are a problem. But I have yet to meet a Canadian who doesn’t have access to health care. While we should have better access to important diagnostic tools like MRIs, and cancer patients shouldn’t wait as long to undergo much needed surgery, this doesn’t mean our health care is complete shit. Suffering because not enough money has been pumped into it, yes. But it’d be a mistake to discard public health care as altogether futile. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not be able to afford exorbitantly priced health insurance… It disgusts me to think that so many US citizens are isolated in third world ghettos scattered within the richest country in the world. And by the way, while Mario Lemieux didn’t die of Hodgkin’s, some people do… While the waiting times definitely exacerbated your friend’s disease, this doesn’t mean the disadvantages of waiting times outweigh the benefits of universal health care. And it’s just getting better. 18.2 billion dollars have been allocated to provinces to better improve the state of health care in Canada. Regardless, I’d take Canadian health care as it is now over the US’s health-for-those-who-can-afford-it anyday. Access to health care is a basic human right. I don’t care if it’s not explicitly stated in the US constitution.

  • Amber

    2004/10/23 at 2:12 pm

    Those are absolutely gorgeous! What are they?

  • Shiz

    2004/10/23 at 2:15 pm

    I shouldn’t add to the debate about health care, but I’ve lived in the US and I’ve lived in Canada. Spent a lot of time in both places.

    USA: When sick, no health care. Went to work with strep throat. Got a LUMP in my neck and had to move to Canada before I could see anyone about what was, potentially, cancer, but turned out to not be cancer.

    Canada: Yay, yay! I can go to the EMERGENCY ROOM when I have to and pay nothing. And I did, when I baaaaadly cut my finger. The doctor can see me when I’m at the beginning of an ailment instead of waiting for it to advance and get scary.

    American health care? I had had coverage for 2 months out of 6 YEARS.

    Canadian health care? I’m ALWAYS covered. I prefer it this way.

    Please don’t hate me for my opinion.

  • ella's ma

    2004/10/23 at 2:19 pm

    Awesome hair!

  • robin

    2004/10/23 at 2:33 pm

    I was just thinking yesterday that it is time to re-color my hair….your post is making me think about a slightly different shade. Hmmmm…..let’s see if I can get up the balls to do it. 🙂

  • Leon as The Voice of the Childless

    2004/10/23 at 3:10 pm

    Do those “baby-dangler” things give anyone else the wibblies?

    They seem to be a popular baby slinging gimmick and are sprouting up all over the place, but there is just something not quite right about them.

    Now, before I incure the wrath of the child bearers out there, I completely understand that they provide a hands free way to cart your monkey around.

    But, it just seems weird to me. Makes the critter into some sort of teething and screaming hood ornanment. Gives me kind of a “Total Recall” Kuato vibe.

    ……I’ll be quiet now

  • Patrick

    2004/10/23 at 3:10 pm

    Whoever is rooting for the Red Sox must not be pooping regularly. Go Cardinals!

  • Amber

    2004/10/23 at 3:58 pm

    Shiz was right, it was a computer glitch!

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Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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