Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mistaken Identity

This morning I was horrified to hear Vaughn ask me, "Why is Hannah Montana on that box?" while pointing at the box of Sunmaid Raisins. "Hannah Montana?!" I replied, "That's the Sunmaid Raisin Girl!" - as though this commercial image was somehow more wholesome than another commercial image. But that's kinda fair - the Sunmaid Raisin Girl is pretty much like Laura Ingles Wilder and Hannah Montana is modern and Disney. My fear was misplaced though- Vaughn said, "No- there" and pointed to the printed Hannah Montana advertisement that had been adhered to the box.

Fall 2009

I took the summer off and honestly didn't know if I could start back up again. I felt uninspired and apathetic to writing. But looking back through the old posts and laughing it was easy to remember why I'm doing this - because I have a crappy memory and I do want to remember some of these little details.

It seems apropos that I would return to blogging about the menagerie this morning after losing a chicken to a raccoon at three in the morning. Yes, in the three months I took off from blogging we acquired two baby chicks and managed to have them both die. I guess this is why people always say "You and animals!" (which somehow still pisses me off - as if I'm intentionally killing them - it's a rule of numbers people! I own more so more die. Or something like that).

Anyway- I will say this - Vaughn has been lobbying me for tortoises lately and I just can't do it. Maybe I'm slowing down - not wanting to collect so many. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of cleaning and care-taking required with even our reduced brood. And I think it's fair to say that I don't believe tortoises have very good quality of life- even if you get a big tank and the required gear. But mostly I think I'm resistant because they live FOREVER.