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Rest Well, Pumpkin.


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Meet Fat Charlie, guinea pig

Fat Charlie, guinea pig

Fat Charlie was found in a bag with 80 other guinea pigs in a school yard on a cold December morning. They were dumped there by some human garbage, a breeder probably, that got tired of them. He’s just a few weeks old. And I am so glad to have him.

Fat Charlie, Guinea Pig Leezle and Fat Charlie, Guinea Pig Leezle + Fat Charlie, Guinea Pig Fat Charlie, Guinea Pig


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Goodnight, Pants

I love you and miss you.


Take Some Pets to the Vets

“When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.”

~ Mrs. Cosmopolite

I took some of our critters to the pet hospital yesterday during my lunch break. The newest member of our family had his wings clipped. It went as well as I thought it would – he hated it. But, he totally blames the vet and not me.

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April First

I don’t usually play jokes on April fool’s day, because I figure I do that enough throughout the year – it’s best to give some other people a chance.  One of my colleagues pulled a hilarious gag – he announced on the JHU Web site the Johns Hopkins was dropping the “s” in Johns, to finally eradicate confusion.

Well done! I hope he gets to keep his job.

Another reason I like April fool’s day is that, for me, it marks the end of Winter – I usually run out of cold weather  endurance sometime in March. I took a few days off to spend time with my girls over their spring break. We accomplished a lot!

We found this dead bee in the sink, which is a sure sign the spring is here:

The kiddos and I toured the “big slice” pizza places in Hampden – Angelo’s wins because Bela Roma doesn’t serve their “Mega Slice” anymore – sissys. For those outside of Hampden – Angelos serves a slice that’s around the size of a small-to-medium Pizza for $4. It’s really good pizza, too.

We visited the American Visionary Art Museum and I scored some boss new readers at the museum store.

As soon as I opened my eyes, I was in focus.

Today, we attended the Cézanne exhibit at the BMA. It was great, nicely done. One of the things I appreciate about Cézanne is the tendency to use strong outlines on a lot of his elements, which showed up in a lot of the non-Cézanne works in the exhibit.  Of course, that shows up in almost every comic book I own, as well as most animated cartoons I’ve watched – thus, Cézanne is the father of modern comic books, too.  Also, I learned a lot about these America Artists in the exhibit,  a lot of whom are brand new to me.

We revisited some other treasures of the BMA…


Robert Rauschenberg – Honorarium 1981

Henri Matisse in his studio, and odalisques

Vampire  heiny

And finally, even the pigs enjoyed some lovely weather.

Ah, spring. At last.

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Three Little Pigs

The girls went out today to adopt new pets – a pair of lady Guinea pigs. The previous owner insisted that the third member of the family come home, too, and donated him to the cause.  Soooooo, it seems I have a Guinea pig of my very own.  It will be good to have another fella around the house.

As an added bonus, he looks kind of like a goat.


The trouble is, I’m having a heck of a time choosing a name for him. “Olaf” immediately came to mind, followed by “Cravistan,” “Magritte,” and “Sri Sumbhajee.” He really looks like a “Sri Sumbhajee.” Leezle wants me to name him “WordPress.” So many good names! Picasso, Bartok, Lentil, Dumbledore, Goat, Bantha, Hoss, Chewbacca, Pablo, Drummer, Pecker, Larry. See what I mean? I can’t decide.

Anyway – he’s boss.