Babysitter showed up. It was really a comedy of errors. She was horribly lost and had left my number in her dorm room. Both of us called our daycare provider within minutes of each other and got on track. I'm still annoyed with her for being late, but it all worked out. I even had time to stop for much-needed coffee on my way to the yard sale.
Regarding rice cookers, I have one, and I love it. But! I like to cook brown rice, and my rice cooker does not do a good job with the brown. Is there something I don't know?