Stop Me If You Have Heard This Before, But ....

>> Friday, June 4, 2010

I feel like I'm having a bit of deja' vu these days.  After this post, I suspect maybe you will too.

Darling Husband and I have been playing a rousing game of Find the Funk for the past several days.  Sadly, the Funk seems to be winning, and we are out of ideas.  I have cleaned all the obvious places (and creatures), and I've cleaned the heck out of certain rooms where it seems strongest, but we just can't find the source.  Of course, a sweet Girl Cat who thinks litter boxes are optional, plus a few weeks of steady rain, and the ever-present possibility of mice (alive or dead or even a practical joke), makes the possibilities just endless.  As I am preparing one more clean of the floors (yes, on my knees), I've just thrown open the windows and doors and am hoping that whatever it is dissipates.

In the meantime, all three of us have been stricken with the plague.  We're mostly over it all by now, but we sound like you wouldn't want to sit next to us on the metro, or stand too close ... or anything.  Of course, I made the oh-so-wise decision to have a little outpatient surgery while I was no longer technically "sick" but not exactly "recovered" and I think that set me back a ... few ... days ... or so.  During our virus-adventure, Entropy and Chaos took advantage of my lie-on-the-couch-and-plead-for-energy-between-coughs, and they messed up the house.  Our Chaos Footprint seems to have grown during my convalesence, and I am afraid that if I ever spend more than one week out of circulation again, we might drown in our own filth.  Certainly illness brought out the Manchurian Candidate in all of us, with stuff strewn around and tossed every convenient place because we were too sick to care.

Today was a much better day, though.  Toddler and I went downtown to visit with an old friend and walk around the Air and Space Museum.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that in high school, I actually had great taste in friends, or at least in this friend. (I guess I shouldn't generalize. )  This is one Facebook-caused reunion that I am happy to have experienced.

Of course, being at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, I felt compelled to examine the solar system exhibits to see how they were handling the Pluto situation.  I am sad to report that there are new placards up all over the exhibits explaining that Pluto has been relassified as a dwarf planet, a move that I seriously object to. 

The model of the solar system, happily, still has Pluto shown.  It looks like they aren't taking it down, but other than in the model, the little guy sure has been demoted.  Like a poke of a sore tooth, I couldn't resist moseying over to the part of the exhibit were they used to have the video booth singing, "The Family of the Sun, the family of the Sun!  There are 9 planets in the family of the Sun."  As we could have all guessed, the exhibit is closed for renovation.  *sigh*

On a related note, it seems the human evolution exhibit over in the Museum of Natural History has finally re-opened as the brand new exhibit hall, the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins.  Also, apparently, we can all morph ourselves into ancient humanoids.  There are even downloadable applications if you can't make it all the way down here to try it out yourself.  When I finally get myself down there to check it out, maybe I'll have a blog post about it for you.  (Okay, these last two links don't go to former blogposts.  You can actually check out the real Smithsonian pages there.)

Maybe tomorrow something new will happen.


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