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Believe it or not randomness…

Have you ever had a period of time where life flies at you so fast and furious you feel like that double-eyed fellow in the old Ripley’s museums?

Well, that’s me these days.

We went to pick up Joseph from Space Camp.  Here are a few images I captured:


You can just imagine how many people fell over in laughter and just had to have their pictures taken with this fetching sign.  I am hoping to use one of them for my Christmas card this year!

After spending three hours at a cutting-edge space-science museum, the most fun was found in some red clay dust found in the parking lot.

Can’t you feel the joy?


Incidentally so far the only questions I’ve gotten from Space Camp involved hippies and a request to see Terminator movies.  (Thankfully I can easily handle both those…so much better than last year!)

On the rare book scene, I have succeeded in infesting my house with book lice thanks to an unusually large, and frighteningly old estate acquisition.

Yes, book lice.  Should you be so lucky!

I sell books online for my local library system, and that works exceedingly well.  I love the ladies who run the store; many are active women in their 70s and 80s who heft book boxes about with aplomb and can tell you the most obscure details about every Southern writer from our area.

Yet the other day I picked up a large collection to sell online and was taken aback to find that one box was brimming with books of an, ahem, incredibly questionable and racy nature.

I mean these ladies are ex-English professors and pillars of the community!  The whole thing is troubling to say the least.  I can only imagine that they took a quick peek in the box and thought it was brimming with “art books.”

I sealed all the “reading” materials in a box and stuck them in my garage so I could return them to the library.  Later that day, I was pulling in the garage and accidentally ran over the materials with the van.

(This was of course accidental…I promise!)

To further protect the precious works, I plunked them in the back of the van and dashed off.  One nearly-squashed squirrel later, I found myself whiplashed in the middle of the road screaming to my three children at the top of my lungs, “Close your eyes! Don’t look!  Cover your eyes with your hands!  Do it now!” while these books shot out of their shoddily-taped box and rocketed all over the back of the van.

Poor Joseph was trying to help.  “Mom, I can load them back in the box…let me help!  See, I’m already strapped out!”

“No!”  I panicked.  “No, seal your eyes!  Please, please!”

I hastily scrambled in the back seat and threw the books back in the box.  I then drove straight to where I was meeting H and dumped the books off with him.

I did what any self-respecting wife would have done.  I let him take those books back to the library.

And if you want to know what is particularly funny about H’s interchange with the library ladies when dropping off “the box,” you’ll have to email me for details.

Believe it, or not!

Posted on 18 July '09 by , under Humor/Disconnected Miscellany.

11 Comments to “Believe it or not randomness…”

#1 Posted by Tonggu Momma (18.07.09 at 20:04 )

Hel-LO! Must know. And I must definitely have a Christmas card from you if you include that photo. Seriously.

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#2 Posted by Ashley (19.07.09 at 21:51 )

when ever life slows down and gets a little boring, i am so glad we have each other! too bad it wasn’t a carpool, i could just hear it now, mama, mzzz elizabeth runs all the red lights and has some books you would not want us to see – they are all over her van!

#3 Posted by Stonefox (19.07.09 at 22:01 )

Too funny! I can only imagine what those library ladies thought (and said?!) HA!!! Your van is like a vampire, I do declare.

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#4 Posted by JoyMama (20.07.09 at 10:41 )

Oh, c’mon, English literature is ALL about primal urges! (as an English major and library lady myself, I speak with some authority…)

However. Those don’t sound exactly like what you’d call “literature.” Or like what you’d want associated with your online vendor persona.

Do dish about the library-ladies conversation with H!

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#5 Posted by mrsbear (21.07.09 at 19:48 )

Haha. I want details! Just picturing you in a mad dash to shield the children from the questionable literature is just priceless.

And book lice, I’m certain, is preferable over head lice. Without a doubt.

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#6 Posted by Carla (22.07.09 at 02:26 )

Visited Space Camp huh?! 😉

and LOL at the racy books…my kids would just assume they were more of “Mommy’s Fluff Romance Books” most likely.

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#7 Posted by Tess (22.07.09 at 11:14 )

I would prefer the book lice to head lice-lol

#8 Posted by Patty (22.07.09 at 15:06 )

Crazy! I can totally imagine myself doing something like dumping a whole box of questionable literature in front of my kids. That’s too funny.

And I definitely want details! My curiosity is killing me!

#9 Posted by TubalCain (22.07.09 at 16:12 )

I always enjoy your blog. Literally. Literatureally? Seriously.

#10 Posted by Kim (22.07.09 at 23:08 )

I can only imagine what those ladies said
but I will ask you tomorrow 🙂
See you then sweet friend

#11 Posted by Maddy (29.07.09 at 19:00 )

One of the many reasons why it takes me so long to get to the library…….such a place of many dangers.