the swiss family sloth

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While female sloth will typically leave their trees after giving birth, the males of the species typically remain on the same tree for their entire lives.

That is so not like Sean and me. I like to stay in my tree and Sean likes to go to concerts in other trees. Maybe if I gave birth to a baby sloth then I would go to another tree. I guess we’ll never know because it is highly unlikely that I will ever have a sloth as a child. Although I may have a child that is sloth-like.

The animal is named after the sin, not the other way around.

When I was younger, I used to dream that one day my dad would build us a really nice treehouse like in the Swiss Family Robinson. Their treehouse had beds, mirrors, and even parrots in it. My regular house had beds and mirrors, but no parrots, and it was not in the middle of green foliage.
Also, why are they called the Swiss Family Robinson? Why are they not called the Robinson Family of Swiss Origin? Or the Robinsons from Switzerland? And don’t give me that less-words-better-title argument. It is bunk.

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Boo is afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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Today is the birthday of the novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf, (books by this author) born Virginia Stephen in London (1882). She never went to school, but her father chose books for her to read from his own library. Her brothers all went to the best universities, and she wrote letters to them about her reading.

That is sort of like how I write my brothers letters about my reading. Well, mostly I only sometimes write them emails about random occurences. Today I tried to call Boo to ask him something but he didn’t answer his phone. That just goes to show that you should never trust anyone, especially boys named Boo. Because in Swahili, Boo means silly boy who never listens to his sister.
But really, I think today I should honour the Woolfster by my stream-of-consciousness writing in the modernist style. Or I could just honour her by saying, man, she was pretty awesome. And by saying that if you want to read her work, here it is online! http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/w/woolf/virginia/.

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tripping in the travelodge

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Bicycle Day honors April 19, 1943, the day when scientist Albert Hofmann first tested LSD on himself. He experienced the hallucinogenic effects while riding his bicycle home from his lab.

That is the day before April 20. Which is 4/20. If I really liked LSD and pot (I don’t like either) then I would have a great couple of days in April. Ok so April 18th is my baby brother Boo’s birthday and he will turn 21. Theoretically, he could go on a bender and get drizzunk on 4/18, then start a trip on 4/19, and then smoke some sticky-icky on 4/20. Only the first day would be legal. I think if he decides to do that, he should stay in the motel pictured below.

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scuba diving with alf

Daily Trivia:
President George W. Bush never filed a UFO sighting report. Former President Jimmy Carter, however, did file such a report while governor of Georgia in 1973.

You may know Jimmy Carter from such popular films as “I am Listening to Something Very Scary and Important on This Red Telephone” and “Me and Mr. Peanut.” Why do you think we have acronyms for so many things that relate to outer space? Allow me to provide you with a few examples in order to illustrate my point: UFO, ET, ALF, SCUBA. Well maybe not SCUBA, but we know less about certain categories of underwater life than we do about outer space. Outer Space and Deep Ocean are pretty similar. For instance, they both are far away, dark, have weird gases, and breed organisms that are crazy looking.
That sounds a lot like my parents. Except my rental units are pretty pale. My dad gets burned by the sun very easily. My mom gets tanned by the sun very easily.
I once did a report on Jimmy Carter because I thought he was the one President that nobody else would write a report on. I was right, but there was a reason: he was a very very complex man (sarc), and his presidency was, and still is plagued with confusion. Like confusion about how he ever got elected and what he accomplished while in office.
Amy and Michael told me that the first Habitat for Humanity home was built in Alphabet City.

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even i had manna cards

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In 1981, tribal leaders in an eastern Kenyan village formally condemned the tortoise because they suspected it of causing the deaths of six people by magic. The tortoise was later freed.

The tribal leaders realised what a grave mistake it was to release the tortoise when it beat the hare in a footrace, obviously using the same magic techniques it had used to kill those six people. My brothers and I used to play Magic: The Gathering. Dylan had a Black Lotus, which everyone knows is the rarest of all Magic cards. I am pretty sure his was fake because it is not like he spent that much money on his cards. Although, if anyone took care of their cards well, it was Dylan. He put every card in a plastic protector, even the manna which were as common as water. Or bread. Get it?
He taught me how to play, and I will admit, I played for a while. Yes, I enjoyed it. But to be honest, I was more interested in deciding if I wanted a green and black deck or a red and blue deck. I could have had a green and blue deck, but I didn’t really think it prudent.

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i made myself feel better

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J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

That is also where my grandfather Lib was born. His real name is Liber, which is like liberation, so my dad calls him liberation.
Hopefully we will get to see him soon. Dad is trying to get us all to go to South Africa in December, but I am not really sure if I can take the time off work, or if I can take the time out of applying to law school.
I guess I should have my LSAT scores by then, and I am hoping that I will have the rest of my applications done by then also, but knowing myself I am not sure. I sort of have the tendency to think I should just spend every minute I can at home to make sure that I do my law school applications.
Although last night I was at home all night and didn’t really do anything except knit. But I knitted a very difficult row in my shawl because it is the row where all of the cables twist, so you have to constantly slip stitches on and off the cable and regular needles. I think it is my last row of that type, because I am almost finished with the cable portion of the shawl. I have to admit, though, that I messed up a few rows back, and am seriously too lazy to go back and fix it. My mom would be thoroughly disappointed. I think it is more important for me to finish it than to have it perfect. I feel like if I went back to correct it, I would lose all motivation to finish the project, and then I would feel like a terrible person who never finishes anything.
Isn’t it nice how easily my thoughts progress from fixing a small mistake in my knitting to hating myself for everything I have ever done?

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my dad licked my face

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The biggest fear of chefs who cook for world leaders is food poisoning.

I think that was also one of my dad’s biggest fears for us kids when we were growing up. every time we got something to eat at a restaurant, he would say “that looks good, I better taste it just to make sure it is ok.” I think he was very afraid that it was poisoned. Actually I think he just wanted to eat some of our food. Also, he used to always lick around the bottom of the scoop of ice cream on our cones because he wanted to make sure that the ice cream didn’t drip on our fingers. My friends often remark that I am a messy ice cream eater (which they see a lot because I really like ice cream). I am unable to eat ice cream on a cone without it dripping all over my fingers because I was never taught to do it independently. This is how parents scar your psyche. I don’t really know why he was so upset about ice cream dripping on our fingers. Maybe this was also a ploy to eat ice cream. Also, he always licked our fingers and then our faces after we ate. Because he isn’t especially concerned with his own personal hygiene, I think he also did this because he liked eating the sticky mess off of our faces. Or maybe he was too lazy to get a wipe. It could also be because he grew up in Africa where they have very little water, so they have to use their saliva to clean their children.

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