"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Sitting on the cool beetle sculpture outside the insectarium

No, that's not a misspelling! The STL Zoo has a nifty exhibit featuring 16 lifesize anamatronic dinosaurs & of course we had to go. I managed to keep it a secret from Max until right before we walked into the section of the zoo where it was located. Max saw the sign with dinos on it & got excited, asking what it said. When I told him the zoo had some dinos just like the Science Center, it was all I could do to keep him from running headlong down the trail. (Since it was about halfway through the River's Edge section, it would have been a long run!) Here are some of his favorites.
Dilophosaurus - this one spits water at you!
The real one spit poison! Yuck!


As soon as we walked out of the exhibit, Max decided he wanted to look "just for one more minute". Since this is a special (=$$) exhibit I told him he would have to pay for us to get back in. Then he saw a dinosaur mask & he said he would rather spend his money on that & we could see the dinosaurs again on another day.

Max pretending to be a T-Rex & eating his favorite cobra statue.

Welcome to the world, Jorn & Jack!

Remember the post about Max naming a friend's twins Jorn & Jack in utero? Well, they're here! Max insists that their names are still Jorn & Jack but admits that "Auntie Jenn calls them something else." He was a little ticked that he couldn't hold the babies all by himself but is satisfied with the promise that we will visit "his babies" as soon as they go home from the hospital. I promise to post pics when that happens!

Matthew Kristopher aka Jack

Rachel Barbara aka Jorn

An excited Auntie Sara, a happy Jenn & two darling babies

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I was at work today when my friend Andrew stopped by on his way to work. As we stood in one of the aisles having a long overdue chat a customer walked up to ask a question. The conversation went like this:

Me: What can I help you with today?
Guy: I was looking at this book & I decided I didn't want it but I forgot where I picked it up & I don't want to put it back in the wrong place but I can't remember where I got it.
Me: No problem. I can take care of it.
Guy: Oh, OK. I don't know why I can't... I used to have a pornographic memory... (walks off)
Me & Andrew: WHAT?!?

Monday, May 5, 2008

So that's how they get in there!

Last Friday, Max & I decided to have some fun before all the schools let out & all the cool places are overrun with other kids. He really wanted to go to the zoo but alas, it was raining. Again. Instead we picked up Leslie and off we went to the art museum to see the knights (armor + a few paintings), plus a couple pieces that I like. When we got there, we discovered that they were having an event & some of the galleries were closed. They just happened to be the ones with the paintings of knights. So we spent the day looking at and discussing the religious art, a few modern pieces and of course the gallery of Arms & Armor. Max was very curious about the religious art and had lots of questions about who was in the paintings and what they were doing. Lots of questions about Jesus. We wandered around the museum until it was time for lunch then decided that it was a good day for pancakes. (We do like our breakfast!) Afterwards on our way back to Leslie's, we were chatting and Max was looking out the window when all of a sudden we hear:

Jesus!...(exasperated sigh)...Why do you keep putting boogies in my nose!?!