Noah’s Ark Stories

Someone got a haircut!


(and yes, that is my new favorite toy, the Amazing Race DVD Board Game, in the background)

Also Before:


(alert readers may notice that this is also a couch Before and After – old couch, new couch! whoopee!)

Another After:

Patriotic little dog (hee!):

And here she is with her reward for being good and letting someone make her all fluffy and putting up with a bandanna and everything:

Yarm, yarm, yarm:

And here she is after her reward was hidden away again for later, since half an hour of vigorous chewing seemed quite sufficient.

She’s all, hello? Dude! Where’s my chew stick? Don’t tell me I haven’t earned it — am I NOT wearing a star-spangled bandanna right now? I mean, come ON, people.

By the way, I share these photos mainly for the benefit of those folks who used to see Sunshine every other day, but who, as a result of us moooooving, probably won’t get to see her in all her fluffery anytime soon. (Hi Kari! Sunshine says hi! and she misses you!)

In other news, you know how I was talking about post-apocalyptic stories, and how authors can take similar ideas and end up with completely different books? Well, here’s another example: Noah’s Ark. This one would seem much harder, since you’re working with a pre-existing story and characters (named Japheth and Ham, no less), not to mention an end of the world that seems awfully hard to come back from (so, Noah’s grandchildren are supposed to hook up with…who?).

But believe it or not, there are several novels on this subject, some by my favorite authors:

Boating for Beginners, by Jeanette Winterson

Many Waters, by Madeleine L’Engle

In the Shadow of the Ark, by Anne Provoost

and the one I just read and absolutely fell madly head over heels in love with: Not the End of the World, by Geraldine McCaughrean, which is told from the point of view of Noah’s daughter, Timna (who, needless to say, doesn’t get mentioned in the Biblical version).

Run out and read it! It’s so SO brilliant, and surprisingly funny, and really ridiculously smart.

Those are just the examples I could think of off the top of my head; I’m sure there are other Noah’s Ark stories out there. And these are all incredibly different, but really good (okay, In the Shadow of the Ark was kind of slow for me, but still very unusual). I’m certainly glad I didn’t have to live on that ark — can you imagine the smell of that many animals cooped up in one place? Yeeeeeergh. Sunshine and I would be like, um, how’s about we take a sailboat and follow you from just outside of smelling distance, OK? And I’m not sure we could stop ourselves from killing the last two mosquitoes in existence, given the opportunity. Tra la la…

All right, off to go prepare for Veronica Mars tonight – where we find out Who Killed the Dean! I’d still be surprised if it was Professor Landry, although last week’s episode (and the previews) pointed in that direction. My money’s on Tim the Sketchy TA with the Dubious Haircut, although I haven’t figured out his motive yet. Framing Dr. Landry for some reason, maybe? He just has too many issues not to be the bad guy at some point this year. And both Landry and Mindy seem too obvious…but I guess we’ll find out in a few hours! Yay!

Quote of the Day:
Jim: Last night on Trading Spouses, there’s… did you see it?
Pam: No, I have a life.
Jim: Interesting. What’s that like?
Pam: You should try it some time.
Jim: Wow. But then who would watch my TV?
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