Monday, April 28, 2008
  oh yeah

Sebastian always lays like this., originally uploaded by estacey.

chris and i were talking about what we were going to do this past weekend. usually this means we have a list of things we have to get done, but this weekend it was more like, "well, i think i'm going to read." this was CHRIS saying this. (these weekend-plans conversations usually go more like, "well, i want to plant that one tree, and i'm going to pull the boat out of the water so i can clean the bottom, and peter may need help with the sailboat, and i have to clean the garage..." this boy is like the energizer bunny. but no, this weekend, he was thinking he was going to READ. yes, good for him!)

so he follows it up with: "what do YOU have to do?" i respond, "nothing, really." and then he suggests we take the boat out and just anchor out somewhere and read. "or you could study."

this was the happy moment of the weekend, and the reason for this post... i got to respond: I'M DONE STUDYING! :) no more until july!!! this is such a good feeling! and then when classes start again, they will be NEW classes, so i won't be sick of them (yet).

saturday we got some supplies for galapagos at the dive shop, namely a 7mm wetsuit for my wimpy ass and some earrings shaped like turtles. both very necessary. sunday the water was too rough for a dive, so instead we took patty's boat out up in boca - we saw baby ducks! and MANATEES! :) and we brought the dogs, who got to play in patty's ridiculously nice yard, so it was an all-around good day. see happy sebastian's collapsed ass above, exhausted from playing fetch and getting tackled by gretchen over and over.

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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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