Mable the Monkey was born when I was a child on a trip to Estes Park.  She was sitting on a shelf in Geppetto’s Toy Shoppe with a variety of bears, horses, and several other monkeys of different colors.  Mable and her sister Julie were the only white monkeys in the shop, and we immediately bought them both to take home with us.

Julie stayed with me in my room, making friends with my other stuffed animals, getting constant attention, and finding her fur ever more matted and in need of grooming.  Mable stayed in a bird cage atop our foyer closet (living arrangements for which I never got an explanation I considered adequate) in my mother’s attentive care.  Her fur stayed a shiny white, and she stayed in excellent health.

When inevitably it came time for Julie to go to the Great Stuffed Jungle in the Sky, I was old enough to inherit Mable, and she continues to sit in a corner of my apartment with her gorilla friend Ian, fur still white, posture still perfect, and smile still endearing.

Naturally, Sophie has adopted Mable as her new friend.  I introduced them almost the moment she walked in my door.

This is Mable, the monkey!  And this is Ian, the gorilla!  They’re friends.

Sophie nodded, hugged them, and ran off to play.

Today, when I came home from work, Sophie brought Mable out to the couch and announced, “George is hungry!’

When I naturally answered, in Sophie-friendly language, “Who the heck is George?,” she just replied, “George!  He’s hungry!” and offered Mable for my inspection.

“No, Sophie, that’s Mable! She’s a girl monkey.”

That was three hours ago.

She’s still George.

Counting Sheep

While I lay in bed at the end of the day, I heard Sophie’s bath running as Mommy tried to talk her into taking one.  This is what I heard from the other room:

Sophie:  I don’t need a bath!  I’m a superhero!
:  You should be Bubble Bath Girl! You can kill monsters with bubbles!
Sophie:  No!

Mommy:  Look how many bubbles you can kill monsters with!

(long beat)

Sophie: One… two…

Longest… bath… ever.

It’s Round! And Yellow!

I went shopping for some color coding labels from Staples this morning, and I particularly enjoy the picture of what a yellow dot looks like.  You can also zoom in if you find that picture of a yellow dot insufficiently detailed.

I’ve written before about Office Depot’s picture of a white poster board (which looks suspiciously similar to the rest of the white website), but now I feel like the giant yellow circle is even more awesome.


The front page of the Metro section in this morning’s Boston Globe featured a helpful guide titled How to build an ark.  The introduction reads:

We’re in the worst recession of most people’s lifetime, and in the midst of the worst stretch of summer weather that anyone can remember. Have things reached biblical proportions? Maybe not, but just in case, we thought it might help to provide instructions on how to build an ark.

The print version features a beautiful infographic that’s partially reproduced online.  In both, the attribution line reads:

Source: Genesis 6:11,

I can hear the trailer now, voiced by the late Don LaFontaine: “In a world overtaken by water, one man… one ark… and one Internet connection to   In theaters everywhere, July 23rd.”