Librarians are hiding something!
3/30/2007 10:40:00 AM | Author: Christa
Oh no! Our secret is out! And Stephen Colbert has trademarked it!

Does that mean it's his secret now?

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Magnum, A.L.
3/21/2007 09:56:00 AM | Author: Christa

If only this were a real TV show. I'd definitely watch crime solving librarians, wouldn't you?

A Boy Named Sue
3/06/2007 10:42:00 PM | Author: Christa
Do you know how to tell the sex of your ferret?

No?

Well, apparently neither do the people at PETCO.

When we first got Twitch, last May, we asked if the baby albino was a boy or a girl. The employee flipped Twitch over to check and said, "It's a boy." Great! He's our Mr. Twitch, little Twitch Man.

Or...maybe not.

In December, we got Zen, a chocolate ferret companion for Twitch. He was about the same size as Twitch, so we figured that was perfect. He was just born in September, and Twitch was born last February, but that didn't matter, right? They're the same size, they'll get along great!

Hmmm...it's been a few months. Twitch is a year old now, full grown. Zen is 6 months old...and he's a giant! He must be twice as big as Twitch, and he's not done growing yet!

Well, Twitch was probably the runt of the litter. He's albino, maybe they run smaller? Yeah, he was the runt, but he's our little runt. We love him all the more because he was the runt. He's just too cute!

Tonight, John decided to take a closer look. The "boys" were playing on the dining room table. John flipped Zen over, and saw what looked like a belly button in the middle of his tummy. Then he flipped Twitch over. Hmm...no belly button. That's weird. Well, maybe it doesn't show as well, because he's albino.

Check Zen again...then Twitch. Then Zen...and Twitch.

Finally, John exclaims, "Twitch is a girl!"

What?!?!

You must be mistaken! He's our little boy! Annissa and I are in complete denial.

John jumps on the web, where you can find the truthiness about everything.

One page said "Sexing ferrets is very simple. If you find what looks like a very obvious belly-button (this is the male part), it's a boy! Girls don't have one.". Another added the detail "if there are two holes down between the back legs, it is a female. If there is only one between the back legs and a hole on the belly, it is a male."

I looked myself. Twitch doesn't have a belly button. But, "he" does have two holes between "his" back legs.

Holy belly buttons, Batman! Twitch is a girl!

Wow. Very weird. This is going to be hard to get used to, after a year of our "boy" Twitch.

Poor John. He thought he was making some headway, but the boys are still outnumbered in our house. And he was the one to discover it.
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
3/02/2007 09:42:00 AM | Author: Christa
When I was a child, there was a long shelf of Dr. Seuss titles in the children's room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. (Well, there probably still is, but I haven't been there in a long time, so I can't really say. And, I'm not going to make it up. So, we'll just have to be content with what I remember from ::cough cough:: years ago.)

Anyway....like most of the children's section, the books were a mess - some on the floor, some on top of the bookshelves, and some actually on the shelf - but backwards or upside down. I was lucky to grow up in a library with children's librarians who believed in letting us run wild in the children's room. It was great having the freedom to explore and discover all the great books that were hidden there.

Why am I reminiscing about my childhood in a library? Because today, March 2, is Dr. Seuss' birthday! Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

But that's not all - there's more!

It's also "Read Across America" Day. This year is the 10th anniversary of the nationwide effort to celebrate the importance of reading.

And it gets even better!

This year is also the 50th birthday of The Cat in the Hat! Did you know that Dr. Seuss used only 236 different words to write The Cat in the Hat? To recognize this momentous event, there is a nationwide read-aloud of The Cat in the Hat scheduled for 2:36 p.m. ET this afternoon.

So, grab a copy of The Cat in the Hat, and a kid (preferably a kid you know)...or a friend or a sibling or a spouse or a significant other or whatever you have. Read it to them, or have them read it you!

So, what have I missed? Is there anything else going on today? What else do I have to celebrate?
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