Friday evening, we took the kids to a special event at the zoo’s reptile house where we got to take a tour into the areas behind the exhibits where they prepare reptile food with vitamins and so on. They keep new reptiles in quarantine for a little while until they’re sure they don’t have any disease. They had a large chameleon with three large lamps pointing at it. It seemed pretty happy right in the middle of the lights. (The chameleons drop dead rather easily, they said.) They had a refrigerator full of anti-venom for various kinds of snakes. This supply is pretty expensive to keep in stock, apparently. They’ve only had one bite in about 40 years, which is a pretty good record. A cobra in quarantine behind glass flared its hood at Sean. He did not think to do the karate kid cobra dance. The guy who gave the tour has something like 14 snakes and several at the zoo have been in his collection.
Saturday, we helped a friend take some loads of grass to the dump. The piles of grass had begun composting and steaming underneath, which was interesting to see. It turns kinda white under there and smells like elephants. The area where it was resting will probably have some very good soil now.
We played a game of Shoots and Ladders with Sean and Mia last night. Mia enjoyed tapping her piece on the board. I was thinking that we need a good board game that Sean could play. Shoots and Ladders is so random. Lego Creationary is looking good.
Sean got up strangely early this morning and showed me that he’d lost his first tooth. I asked to see it and he had to go up and search around his bed a while before he found it. You apparently lose 20 teeth as a kid, including the 2 premolars behind the canine. That’s more than I remembered.