Tuesday, April 29, 2008

can we all just agree that baby bobcats are incredibly cute?

the nephews' mama and the nephews and i were driving in the middle of the forest the other day when we saw a little critter in the road. at first it looked like a large housecat, but as we got a little closer we saw that it was actually a baby bobcat. baby bobcats are ridiculously cute. photographic evidence:

note the lumpy giant paws, the puffiness in the facial region, and the general adorable, "hurnh?" expression. adorable.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

happy earth day.

to celebrate, some edward abbey for you:

"doc was gone, off to the trauma factory for an early morning bone marrow transplant. another poor kid, a little girl only ten years old, from the st. george area. acute leukemia again. plus cancer of the lymph glands. rather common down here in the southern part of the state, considering the relatively small human population. not enough numbers, of course, to serve as hard proof of anything, though the region lay downwind from the military proving grounds. the federal government denied responsibility and the federal judges, appointed to their lifetime $89,500 a year jobs by the federal government, decided—always—for the federal government. nobody knew why.

'of course,' explained doc, 'could be like they say only a statistical anomoly.'

'how come children keep dying of these statistical anomolies?'

'don't take care of themselves. don't understand probability theory. mathematical illiteracy all too common in our society. can be fatal.'

'i think mathematics is a fatal disease.'

'see what i mean?'"

-hayduke lives! p. 98

may you find things to care about, and ways to care.

can we all just agree that bamboo sheets are wonderful?

i just got a set. they're 60% cotton and 40% bamboo and 100% awesome. they are super soft and sturdy and they make me even more enthusiastic than usual about sleeping.*

also, bamboo is a much more sustainable fiber source than cotton. cotton requires a lot of water and a lot of chemicals to grow, but (as anyone who has ever tried to remove bamboo from their yard can attest), bamboo grows fast with little to no encouragement.

hooray bamboo!

*this is nearly impossible.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

big questions from audra:

"when you can look in a guy's eyes and all you want to do is be his baby mama—what does that mean?"

Thursday, April 17, 2008

can we all just agree that torture is unacceptable?

honestly, it's difficult to surprise me these days. i still have the capacity for outrage, however, and here's something unsurprising and outrageous: condoleezza rice lied about authorizing torture. when is this going to stop?

the nephews' mama is nothing if not reasonable.

nephew #1 has spilled some water on the floor (which is what happens sometimes when a person is using a big boy cup.) nephews' mama is getting him a towel so that he can clean it up, when she says,

"what are you doing, [nephew #1]? we're not going to add to the water on the floor by peeing."

i love those folks.

i guess that's how it goes sometimes.

overheard in the town:

(girl is giving boy a hard time about calling his ex-girlfriend; boy is trying to explain that he still kind of cares)

boy: "she didn't give me her heart. she gave me an ass cheek."

girl: "you liked it."

Thursday, April 10, 2008

i think he has a pretty well-reasoned argument.

(overheard at the super longs)

kid: "you look like a witch!"

kid's friend's mom: "that's because i am! ah ha ha ha ha!"

kid: "wow, you are a witch! CAN YOU TURN ME INTO A DOG??? I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A DOG!!!"

kid's friend's mom: "huh? what? i'm not gonna...wait, why do you want to be a dog? you don't want to be a dog!"

kid: "yes i do! i've always wanted to be a dog, for years and years! because i like dogs! and we don't have any pets! it would be so fun! pleeeease?"