the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Lady in red

  • Danielle

    2004/12/08 at 5:13 am

    I’m trying to decide if in the next moment, she grabbed the camera lens…

    or if her hands should have castanets in them


  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    2004/12/08 at 5:13 am

    Is this interpretive dance, or is Leta winding up to lob something at the camera?

  • Caroline

    2004/12/08 at 5:13 am

    Wow, I’m at the top. Can’t see the picture though.

  • Kimberley H.

    2004/12/08 at 5:14 am

    “signature color” … that just made me think of that movie where Julia Roberts is all southern and Dolly Parton is in it, too. Dooce is a southern belle, and I see that Leta has also inheirited the “Look, I’m positively GORGEOUS!” gene. Darn mormon + southern genes.

  • Val

    2004/12/08 at 5:14 am

    What’s the fascination with being first?

  • Danielle

    2004/12/08 at 5:15 am

    or is she trying to snap her fingers?


    “com ‘ere! and bring the phone or remote with you! ’cause I’m not movin from this spot and comin’ over to ya’ll”

  • honestyrain

    2004/12/08 at 5:18 am

    oh thank god! i’m not first. whew. what a relief. i was so worried i would be first.

    cute kid, kissable little cheekies and such sweet eyes. awwww. better go give her another kiss on behalf of The Internet.

  • Sarah

    2004/12/08 at 5:19 am

    What’s the fascination with wondering why people like to be first?

    Leta is so beautiful…such character in her face! She does look like she should be holding castanets or she is fencing or something.

  • Jodie

    2004/12/08 at 5:19 am

    that “southern belle” movie is steel magnolias, one of the best movies of all times!!! Every female should see that movie at one time or another, just be ready to bawl your eyes out.

  • becky

    2004/12/08 at 6:26 am

    the eyes have it.

  • lulu cornichon

    2004/12/08 at 6:29 am

    From the 2004 Weblog Awards FAQ:

    “Q: What about those ads on the left? Don’t they bias the awards?

    A: Those ads on the left sidebar are BlogAds, a fairly common site on blogs. The BlogAds help defray the costs of this enterprise. Those ads just so happen to be the ads that run on Wizbang (since this is a short term event). No endorsement of any product is stated or implied. Last I checked one ad is for a documentary, and the other for some Bush gear, hardly “bias” material. Those same ads run on lots of other blogs. If anti-Bush merchandise ads are purchased those will run as well…”

    So it’s not *directly* sponsored by Pro-Bushies, but that’s neither here nor there anyway. Dooce is the best one in her category, and she deserves to win!

    You can vote once every 24 hours:

    Best Essayist category

  • Kano

    2004/12/08 at 6:30 am

    Fish….Let me break down your advice. If I don’t want to read the comment don’t….How do I know I don’t want to read the comment unless I read the comment?
    Might I suggest using your own advice and if you don’t like my comments….ignore them. You see what you have here is your own little virtual Utopia where you can say and do what ever you want as long as it falls into your likings. The second someone makes a comment that goes against your grain….You pounce on it…Then you hope that Dooce will use the power of Good over Evil. Evil is what? You all use words like Shit…Damn….Fuck…..Bitch among others and those are all accepted. It’s just the fact that someone interrupts your idea of the perfect little room in Internet paradise that gets you upset. You sort of have a lynch mob mentality…that of which if someone does something that doesn’t fit into your categories they must be banned from existence.
    As for Sarah’s comments…..I don’t make it my morning coffee to be first…so therefore I won’t ever be first just to be first unless it’s a complete act of the Devil.
    So in conclusion Fish and Sarah…If you don’t like my comments….ignore them and pass over them like the wise Fish stated.

    p.s. Don’t let petty comments on the Internet be the basis of your mood for the entire day.

  • Carol

    2004/12/08 at 6:30 am

    Leta’s thinking… Geez, mama sure does like those little glasses of juice…yep, there goes another one. Now pick me up, please.

    I’m pissed I wasn’t on last night.

  • Carol

    2004/12/08 at 6:33 am

    I still want to know why Dooce is not in the Best Design category. And is there’s anything we can do about that?

  • chickenflicken

    2004/12/08 at 6:34 am

    She looks like she’s about to bitch slap the camera out of your hand. Ha!

    I used to play a game with my little girl where I’d say “I’m lookin’ atchoo with BIG EYES!!!” and open my eyes really big (and psycho-like) and that is what this picture makes me think of. Try it with Leta and see what she does. Or just do the wide-open-eyed look and yell BIG EYES!!! that works, too.

  • Sarah

    2004/12/08 at 6:38 am

    Kano, I was honestly joking.

    But as for the lynch mob mentality of this site, as you call it, I’ve only seen you make harsh comments about the other commenters here, never really about anything else.
    In essence, you seem to be the sort of person who enjoys picking a fight, and that really invites comments back. I think you enjoy it, and that’s fine.
    I’m glad if you are having a good time, I think we all have fun here otherwise we wouldn’t keep coming back again and again.

    No hard feelings, seriously, at least not from me.

  • Melissa

    2004/12/08 at 6:44 am

    What a lovely infection!

  • Gordon

    2004/12/08 at 6:45 am

    Those eyes say one word…


  • kristine

    2004/12/08 at 6:46 am

    The whole family now knows who Leta, Jon, Chuch and Heather are. They are not sure about GEORGE! yet though.

    The girls like the pictures of Leta and Tyler (the 14 year old boy who would give his liver to have a dog of his own) wants to see more pictures about Chuck.

    Oh god, I had the weirdest dream I was at a concert and Bono fell in love with me. I think now would be a good time to go look up what Bono looks like.

    Kristine~just woke up,forgive me.

  • kristine

    2004/12/08 at 6:54 am

    Nope, he’s not my type. Why can’t I have dreams like that with say..Brett Favre or Ben Roethlisberger?
    I had a ‘love’ dream with Fraiser’s brother Miles (?) and for 3 days I walked around with a crush on him!

    Kristine~Changing the subject from ‘being first’.

  • Evil Stepmother

    2004/12/08 at 5:21 am

    You may want to look into something about that weak chin of hers. NOT.

    Is that the famous Hamilton Chin?

    Adorable picture. I almost ducked.

  • Chris

    2004/12/08 at 5:21 am

    That Nikon D70 was probably the BEST purchase you and Jon EVER made! What a doll!

  • beachgall

    2004/12/08 at 5:22 am

    Yup, as if we all didn’t already know, she’s absolutely adorable!!!

  • jenny

    2004/12/08 at 5:23 am

    Is her hair turning more reddish, too?

  • Dr. Johnny Fever

    2004/12/08 at 5:24 am


  • Kano

    2004/12/08 at 5:24 am

    I think all the firsties that are actually first from now on should fall under the title of being…Doocebag #1…….A lot of you really could use some more therapy

  • Stephanie

    2004/12/08 at 5:25 am

    Adorable. Don’t you just want to eat her face off. She is SOO cute!

  • Colleen from NJ

    2004/12/08 at 5:27 am

    My 4 year old, Aidan, wishes to comment today:

    “I like her eyebrows. They’re a little weird. I like her eyelashes.”

    He’s in love.

    PS: He’s got a light-red unibrow going on.

  • Pixie

    2004/12/08 at 5:28 am

    Ignore the stupid comments about you needing therapy. I think you’re a wonderful mother. I can’t tell you how much of a fantastic mother I think you are. Plus, Lets is the most gorgeous baby ever. I don’t blame you for eating her all up. No wonder Chuck slobers all over her. He thinks the same thing!

  • Paula

    2004/12/08 at 5:28 am

    Those cheeks! my Italian family would bite and pinch on them! Leta is so adorable.

  • LadyBug

    2004/12/08 at 5:28 am

    Is that a star-spangled rug I spy in the background?

  • Karen

    2004/12/08 at 5:29 am

    As much as you complain about Leta’s screaming – we have never seen never seen anything but sweet, happy smiles. Are these just ruses to make us want to adopt her – or are you doctoring the photo’s?

  • Ms. Pants

    2004/12/08 at 5:31 am

    (Is there an unwritten contest to be first somewhere that I missed? Are there prizes? Ribbons? Pie? I like pie.)

    She’s adorable.

  • gardens grey

    2004/12/08 at 5:31 am

    She is so adorable.

  • Kano

    2004/12/08 at 5:32 am

    Wasn’t talking about Heather…Pixie….I was talking about the clan that has to be first.
    Leta has eyes like the precious moments figurines!

  • Lori J

    2004/12/08 at 5:10 am

    Those eyes get me every time. An angel.

  • JulieT

    2004/12/08 at 6:57 am

    Punkin!!! Dooce, if you ever need a babysitter in San Diego…

  • Jenie

    2004/12/08 at 7:06 am

    LOL–adorable pic…again!! =o)

    P.S. Me thinks some people take commenting waaaaay too seriously.

  • Heather Jean

    2004/12/08 at 7:07 am

    I read your site everyday but have never left a comment. I couldn’t stop myself today. This is the first picture of Leta that looks like an actual person– not just an adorable baby. She’s starting to get that kid-look to her. Beautiful child.

  • Melanie S

    2004/12/08 at 7:08 am

    Dear Santa Chuck,

    I would like a Leta look-a-like-baby for Christmas. I will love her and hug her and nibble on her fat little cheeks and smother her kith kisses!

  • Moon

    2004/12/08 at 7:08 am

    She’s so freakin’ cute. How do you stand it?
    And…why is it that it’s always the person that asks, “Am I first?” never the first person?

  • red

    2004/12/08 at 5:34 am

    my favorite Leta pic to date. that kid really DOES get cuter everyday!

  • Fish

    2004/12/08 at 5:34 am


    Today, I was first. Let me assure you, it was not intended. I don’t particularly care when my comment shows up. However, since I happened to be first today, and people have begun slinging oh-so-imaginitive names like “Doocebag,” I feel some responsibility to speak my mind on the subject.

    Sarah has a valid point: if people want to cheer about being first, let them. What the hell does it matter to you? Seriously, now, WHAT. DOES. IT. MATTER? If you don’t want to read the comment, don’t. Let them have their moment of happiness, or delusion, or whatever. Live your own life and if you’re going to critique, do it about something that matters.

    I will now take my own advice and shut my trap about it, because it doesn’t matter.

  • Molly

    2004/12/08 at 5:35 am

    ACK!! She is so cute! 🙂

  • Sheryl

    2004/12/08 at 5:36 am

    Leta and the Scarlet Sweater

  • kim

    2004/12/08 at 5:37 am

    She is adorable!
    Kinda looks like she’s in Keanu’s MATRIX pose when he’s sparring with Morpheus!

  • Sheryl

    2004/12/08 at 5:39 am

    Devil with the red shirt, red shirt, red shirt, Devil with the red shirt on.

  • jennifer

    2004/12/08 at 5:40 am

    Adorable……. but you already know that!

  • Em

    2004/12/08 at 5:42 am

    Not much new to comment, except LOVELY LITTLE LADY!

  • Cristina

    2004/12/08 at 5:43 am

    Definitely red hair there. Who does she get it from?

    So cute, but I am sorry, it just cant top the “Lil Peanut in the sink with a mohawk” that is currently my computer wallpaper.

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