June 6th, 2008

gems from BabyCenter

From their Is It Safe section:

...to drink tap water?

_Excuse me_?

What was really stunning was the variety of answers (especially since there was widespread consensus that _diet soda_ was _definitely_ safe to drink): some concerned about contaminants (but noting that bottled water wasn't any better -- helpful!), others worried about getting fluoride into those tooth buds right pronto (so no well water or Brita or cooler service for pregnant women! All mentioned specifically, no less).

The "expert" response on the ... caffeinated sodas? was priceless. An ob gyn guy gave an amount (oh, you so do not care, because it was) based on research done on _dairy cattle_. More than the amount specified and the cows had smaller baby cows. And we all know how good dairy cattle are as a proxy for humans. Ruminants = primates. I mean, duh.

Someone from the same group that called _tap water_ into question was game for pregnant women eating non-organic produce as long as it was washed as a precaution. Because, after all, we know that pesticides _never ever ever_ get incorporated into the cells of the plant, I mean, _that_ couldn't happen. I mention this because the likely source of the teratogens that group studies is the ag industry dousing everything with the nasties that then runs off into the water supply that makes the tap water questionable. But the stuff that got sprayed directly? Just rinse it off. With what, _tap water_? It is to laugh.

I should not _read_ this stuff. I just shouldn't.

water, water, everywhere (plenty to drink)

The dishwasher is supposed to arrive with someone to install it and take away the other one around noon, er, today, Friday. We'll see; lots of things were supposed to happen around here involving various contractors and people just don't show up when they say they're going to. *shrug* This is why we build in long lead times?

R. found a gallonish sized puddle in the basement (*gasp* the horror! the horror! And I am _not_ being sarcastic. There was a point where I wouldn't go down to the basement because I just did not want to know about any water that was going on down there). He spent a while attempting to track it down. I immediately decided it was related to the dishwasher, however, it turns out the leak is more under where the fridge is, just above the dryer. It is not coming from below, the way the previous (the horror! the horror!) multi-month ordeal of leaks did (since the sump is dry) AND it probably coming from above because there was some on top of the dryer. Condensation dripping is a possibility (the drain from the A/C apparently goes through that area), but that's also where the washer and dryer are and, as I noted, the fridge (which includes an icemaker and we all know how icemaker plumbing can go south). R. had pulled the fridge out to insert a device between the fridge and the outlet it connects to so he could determine its actual power usage. This makes me pretty suspicious.

I'd say I hope it goes away on its own, but none of our other leaks have; we've had to track them all down one way or another. And wouldn't you know -- the house is about 15 years old, so we're hitting design lifetime on, well, basically everything.


Hey. We can afford it. And at this point, between the online Consumer Reports subscription and the EnergyStar website, I can now pick out an appliance I like that satisfies our needs in a matter of minutes.