So it occurs to me I should have posted my omnibus rant in separate sections - it's RIDICULOUSLY long. I'm stricken with guilt. Fortunately, no one actually has to read it.
By way of atonement, I offer the following small items to the bloggy world.
First of all, if you live in the DC area, or are shopping for a house (let alone both), you may find this blog as fabulously fun reading as I have.
Second, I'd like to think that I generally am not affected by the things four year olds would laugh at. But I could watch this for hours: