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10 February 2009 @ 08:04 am
Et tu, Ethan?  
So Ethan has started "Battle of the Books," whatever that is, and after dinner last night he was sitting at the bar, telling us about it, and leafing through his first book. 

Ethan.  I'm already on chapter 21!

Me.  Fantastic!

Ethan.  They're really short chapters.

Me.  That's okay.  What's it about?

Ethan.  It's about this girl that was raised by dolphins.

Me.  (head snaps up - I freeze in the middle of loading the dishwasher)  What?!

Nolan.  (Hearing the same thing that I heard)  He said RAISED.  Raised.

Me.  Oh, heck, no.  (grabs the book)

Ethan.  Daddy, why does Mommy hate dolphins so much?

Nolan.  It's a long story, son.

Carrie.  (mutters)  Not so much long as x- rated.

Sure enough, it was The Music of Dolphins, by Karen Hesse.  What the crap kind of sick-o writes a book about that?!  An award-winning sick-o, evidently.  A critically acclaimed sick-o.  You can read it online, evidently, here.  Harumph.

Maybe I should just write a book about something that I hate, and I'll be a published author.  Bunnies, owls, squirrels...  heck, lets face it, nearly all woodland creatures.  Or my terror of being buried alive (Nolan has strict orders to have me cremated), or Wal-Mart on a Friday afternoon, or the school parking lot (where I may or may not have played 'chicken' with someone this morning), or a month solid of children's birthday parties....

Or maybe, I could find a way to lump all those in the SAME book.  *shudders*


The crazy leaked out all over the place this morning, huh?

Carry on, f-list.

I hear:: Everlong (Acoustic) - Foofighters
Comic Book Goddess: General - Cyn Crownrainpuddle13 on February 10th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)

You and dolphins. *snickers*
Carrie Leigh: C is for Carriecarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
*blinks* You changed your name.

Comic Book Goddess: Work for Commentsrainpuddle13 on February 10th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a private joke.
Carrie Leigh: It was a dark and stormy nightcarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
As long as I can still call you Pud. :)
Comic Book Goddess: Escher Catrainpuddle13 on February 10th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
I will always be Pud :)

Btw, my male coworker noticed my cute bag the other day and commented on it. I told him a friend made it for me and said "I wish I had nice friends who made me stuff." *grins*
Carrie Leigh: Beautiful Womencarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Aw! Yay!

That makes me smile.
Sharlenemynuet on February 10th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
I was on the phone with my mom when I read this, and then had to explain why I was laughing. ;P
Carrie Leigh: Vengeful Dolphinscarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Aw, you had to tell mom about the crazy dolphin lady? Heh.
Sharlenemynuet on February 10th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, she'd already been told about the dolphin thing. The song "Heroes" came on while I was at her house some time ago, and I busted out laughing.
Carrie Leigh: *pokes tongue*carrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Frickin' David Bowie.
Kate: Twilight: Justice Volvomugglechump on February 10th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for helping me start my day with a grin, Carrie. Sometimes the crazy just needs to come out!
Carrie Leigh: C is for Carriecarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
My pleasure. :)
Adelagia: mst3k plot thinnensadelagia on February 10th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Aw, now he'll never find out how it ends! :) It's great that he's excited about reading, though.
Carrie Leigh: Clinically Insanecarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
No, I let him read it. I'm trying not to push off my own psychoses onto the children. I'm sure they'll have enough of their own when they're older. :P

And I agree. I'm THRILLED that he's excited about reading!
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Hanson - DownSmilejandjsalmon on February 10th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
*giggles madly*

I would read that horror book - should you ever decide to write it. The shock value alone - HILARIOUS! ;D

Yay for crazy days. :D
Carrie Leigh: Clinically Insanecarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
It is absolutely terrifying. The chapter on birthday party bouncy houses ALONE, and the germs spread therin - blech.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on February 11th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Validation by Dwight K. Schrute. Now I KNOW I'm crazy.
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: JKras - Suitjandjsalmon on February 12th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Validation by Dwight K. Schrute. Now I KNOW I'm crazy.
*giggles madly*

I'm amused that HE validated your hatred of dolphins. LOL!
maureen: Willow gagmaureen on February 10th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Wal-Mart on a Friday afternoon (*shudders*). Or EVER.
Carrie Leigh: Dean handcarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
No kidding. Yuck, yuck, yuck.
Samanthafiery_flamingo on February 10th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)

You know, I didn't think today could get any better. The sun is shining, the snow is melting, little birdies are chirping...

And then I read this and now...now I feel like I'm at Disneyland. xD

Dolphin psychoses make me happy. Does that make me odd?
Carrie Leigh: Chicago - happycarrie_leigh on February 10th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
Woot! I'm the teacup ride!

You liking Dolphin psychoses doesn't make you any more odd than me HAVING them.

seegrim: paolo taratataseegrim on February 10th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)

I like your kind of crazy. :)
sue_bridehead on February 10th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
You poor girl! Is Nolan saying you have raised some dolphins of your own in your time...? ^_^ Yeah, I know, totally inappropriate. (Note whose picture I'm using for my avatar this time: the man-slut of Quahog.)

Oh no, the school parking lot is a way scarier place than Wal-Mart. I'm so glad my kids have always walked or taken the bus. Wait till your sons have their own licenses and parking passes; then you'll really be scared.
dragonsangel68: TW - Edward/Bella laughingdragonsangel68 on February 10th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
*giggles* Any book you might write with that subject matter would most definitely not be read by children ;)
Jessicatudorrose1533 on February 11th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
I read that book. It's actually really cool, and the principle at its heart could be about a girl raised by any animal, so don't worry, it's not teaching him to like dolphins in particular, just appreciate humankind and the gift that is language. Never fear.

Also, it makes me feel really young-- that I read that book in school and now your son is, too. Granted, it was 11 years ago for me, but still. Gah!
Embellishedembe11ished on February 11th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
Hee hee! You'll never escape the dolphins!

By the way, I'm curious: are you just not afraid of being burned alive, or is your fear of being buried alive just much stronger? :)
Carrie Leigh: Clinically Insanecarrie_leigh on February 11th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Well, if we're going to be morbid...

I saw a Sunday afternoon matinee horror movie on television when I was twelve or so. A woman was kidnapped and buried alive, and it showed her dying, screaming, to be let out, suffocating. It was AWFUL. (Where were my parents when their child was watching this?!)

Anyway, if affected me profoundly, and I've been sort of claustrophobic ever since. I figure that if I'm burned alive, at least it will be over more quickly than the alternative.

Nolan assures me that he'll make sure I'm dead, so this won't be an issue.


I'm aware that I'm nuts. *shrug*
Embellishedembe11ished on February 11th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I figured there must be a story of some sort behind it. I'm sorry you were so traumatized!

And I hope that Nolan won't be the only one checking that you're really dead. :)

Finally, I don't think you're any more nuts than the rest of us. At least not about this!