I currently work part time at Barnes & Noble, and have worked there for 8 years. I love my job, even though I only work one or two slacker shifts a week. Plus the discount is great. When I have downtime at work, I like to search Book Master for interesting titles, subjects, authors etc. The most common of my searches is: “Jim Henson, Kermit, Muppets” and one book always comes up… “The Muppets Make Puppets” by Cheryl Henson. Sadly, this book has been out of print for at least a couple of decades. Bummer.
Today I decided to make a trip to the thrift shops to look for material I can use for my upcoming installation project. I wasn’t very successful at the 1st thrift shop, so I headed to Arc to see what they had in stock. Nothing at Arc was catching my eye, so I cruised around and made a stop at the book section. As I walked past the bargain table that was set up with several large boxes filled with miscellaneous titles, I saw a pair of very familiar googly eyes peeking at me from over the large hardcover book in front. I got excited because they were the same king of “googly” as my favorite pair of googly eyes who only belong to Kermit!!! The book was “The Muppets Make Puppets” complete with all the Muppet making materials still in the plastic bubble! “Googly eyes included!” Music to my ears! It was destined to be mine!
Earlier this week, I made a trip to King Soopers for groceries. I went to the fish counter and bought 2 lovely Halibut steaks. I asked the butcher to shrink wrap them on a tray so I could freeze it for later use.
Earlier today, I got an email regarding an upcoming art show that I am really excited for. My head had thought of so many more ideas since I had submitted my concept sketch, and I have been thinking of ways to improve or add to it. One of these ideas was to add a parasitic critter to my piece, but I was having difficulties deciding what kind of parasite to make him. I literally was thinking about parasites all day. I even texted my veterinarian friend with “In your professional opinion, which parasite do you believe to be cutest?” She must be busy because I never received a response.
This evening, I decided we were going to have those lovely Halibut steaks for dinner tonight. They had been thawing all day. I fired up the grill and started to make dinner. I went to cut through the plastic on the meat tray and I saw this little thing….like a little squiggle… like a…OMG! It’s a WORM!!!! Literally laying on the tray a wiggles distance away from the halibut. This can only mean he was still alive when the fish was being frozen!!! Then he made the decision to jump ship or jump flesh to avoid his icy death. “Parasites, it’s what eats your dinner before you do.” And with that our appetites also died along with the once wiggly parasite.
I would love to spend this time and hate on the little worm, but he did have perfect timing. I guess I don’t have to make that decision on which type of parasite I should add to my art installation anymore. The winner is this parasitic worm named Steve, or so said the name tag he was wearing when we met.