Sunday, May 10, 2009

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Stingrays at Caribbean Cove

There's a new attraction at the St Louis Zoo called Stingrays at Caribbean Cove where, for a $1.50 (for Zoo members) and up, you can have about 10 minutes in the pool area and pet the new stingrays. Last night was the STL Zoo members free preview night so we decided to go. We waited in line for about 20-30 minutes but it was worth the wait. Definitely fun stuff. But, the best part will be catching the rays at feeding time (which seems arbitrarily decided upon by the keepers based on the perceived hunger of the rays) when, for a small fee, you can buy ray food and feed them. Clearly this photo has nothing to do with stingrays but I took it last night and couldn't resist making the obvious art history comparison (The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo). Naturally, Bill is playing the role of God and Willa is starring as Adam. Yes, I'm a geek. Sorry.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Book Review: My Horizontal Life, A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

After forcing myself to power through that mediocre Sloane Crosley book (see previous entry) I needed to be seriously entertained by my next choice. And, hallelujah, I was. Thank you Chelsea Handler. My very limited knowledge of Handler came via my little dirty habit. I watched a few short clips of her show and I was intrigued. Handler was funny, intelligent, witty, and bold. But, I probably would have forgotten about her had I not realized later that she had written a couple of books. So, I decided to start with My Horizontal Life, A Collection of One-Night Stands. One word: hilarious. At the beginning of the first essay, my eyes widened and my jaw hit the ground. The only time that expression left my face, which was actually quite often, was when I was laughed so hard that I nearly became incontinent. Seriously, I would laugh, have to put the book down because I was laughing so hard, pick the book up to start reading again, laugh some more, have to put the book down again (you get the idea). Honestly, this book is that funny. Go read it.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Book Review: I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

When I'm in the mood to read, but I don't feel like reading any of the 18 million unread books that I already own, I head to a bookstore (if I also need an outing) or log on to On Amazon, I especially love the feature "Customers who bought this item have also bought this." This is how I stumbled across Sloane Crosley's I Was Told There'd Be Cake. I was sold on Sloane when I read the review and the book cover which stated a claim something like - if you like Sedaris and Vowell you'll love Crosley. "OMG!" I thought. "I love Sedaris! I love Vowell!" Um, well, I didn't love Crosley. In fact, I didn't even like Crosley. I tolerated her. Here's what I think in a nutshell: The writing was okay and, a couple of times, even funny. Yet, overall, I found Crosley's style and content predictable, unimaginative, and average. Maybe she's more entertaining in real life?