Friday, June 29, 2007

Acetabularia

When I was in college I learned about Acetabularia (or mermaid's wine glass) in one of my biology classes. Now that the flowers are finished, their shape reminds me of that particular algae. (I know it is hard to judge the cup shape from the photo.) This is not at all what I had envisioned for this project, but this seems to be where it took me. I wish I could find a way to make the cup shape more consistent, you can tell that some are more floppy than others.
Jack and I went to the zoo this morning because it is rainy and chilly, a pleasant treat for late June. He ran the whole way to the train dragging me behind him. That kid really loves trains.

I was thinking last night about some of the things that will not be a part of Jack's life, and it was wierd. Things like rotary phones, vinyl albums, cassette tapes, floppy discs, mimeographed worksheets and more. Sometimes while buying old junk I feel quite nostalgic for the past, wondering what other lives the stuff has had, wondering what life was *really* like then, and then Jack will ask to watch a DVD and I am thankful for present technology. (No rewinding of VHS tapes or fast forwarding that takes forever, no remote controls with wires attached to the tv!) Old junk in today's world is probably the best of both worlds, eh?

Well, I think that wins the award for my most random post ever. :-)

13 comments:

  1. Sometimes random posts are the best! :)

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  2. Cute flowers! And you forgot other things that won't be part of Jack's life (at least not up close and personal)-- mammograms, pap smears and childbirth! Not sure where that came from, but since we're on a streak of randomness, that's the random thought that came to mind when I read your sentence about Jack! ;-)

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  3. The flowers are really cute. I like that they have different shapes. It gives them more character.

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  4. autum2:12 PM

    Mimeographed worksheets... just reading those words made me inhale through my nose and imagine the cool feel of the paper against my face.
    How about watching films at school on reels?

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  5. Just wait till he is older and you tell him about that stuff. I told my neice that when I was young we had a black and white tv. She was like huh what s that. So I explained it to her and she started laughing, she thought I was joking. Kids are adorable aren't they!

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  6. Algae...hehe that's funny. Anyway, Jack is sooo cute looking for that train. He looks really serious and full of anticipation. :)

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  7. Love the flowers! Very cute!

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  8. love the randomness sarah! and the flowers. some of my favorite colors girl! parker is enamored with trains too. big or small...we like them all!

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  9. The St. Louis zoo is one of the best! We always saved the train ride for last. Sounds like Jack had a great time. Love the flowers too!

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  10. LOVE your blog!!! thanks for visiting mine and thanks for the GREAT ideas here. happy summer

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  11. Your wondering what other lives stuff has had made me think you would like the Newberry-winning children's book Hitty: Her First Hundred Years...about a century's worth of adventures experienced by a hand-carved wooden doll.

    Yesterday a friend who is just five years younger than I am was asking which videos I watched over and over when I was little. I told her we didn't have videos when I was little: VCRs came in when I was in middle school. She was shocked to realize technology has changed THAT fast in recent decades...

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  12. Cuteness! Oh my goodness youve been finding the bast stuff lately!!!!!:)
    Ang

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  13. So cute! It is not the old stuff I love, it is the story each piece hides.

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