I think we can all agree that moving sucks ass. Therefore, logic would have it that moving twice in one month sucks ass, and then some, though I would be remiss to name the then some. In my case, it seems to have sucked any creativity out of me. (I guess I store my creativity in my ass. So?) I mean, I could go on and on about the best box for a blender, but right about now the only person who cares is Bryan. Last night we lay in bed and whispered sweet nothings of packing tape and dollies, sexy time in a box marked fragile. So yeah, today I am calling this one in and posting about someone else's creativity. Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids. If you don't know about the original Paxton Gate store, you're missing out. Located on Valencia in the Mission, this store has long been my fave by selling taxidermied animals, fossils, bones, beautiful artwork, minerals, epiphytes and other out of this world plants. They have now opened up a store for kids down the street. Only instead of selling taxidermied mice dressed as the Pope, they sell hand knit frogs sliced open for dissection, wooden toys, science kits, metal trains and old timey games.
Zoey was entranced by the tangled strangler vine in the entrance, and later, she got to plant a California poppy seed in one of their daily workshops. My mom bought Zoey one of these mounted animal heads. This is, of course, a pic of a bear, but we got the mounted stuffed giraffe head. Immediately I had to pack it away in a box and told Zoey it was for her new room. I don't know who was more disappointed--her, or me--because seriously, a mounted stuffed animal giraffe head is something I never knew I wanted but needed to have.
Anyway, if you live in the Bay Area, I highly recommend checking out Paxton Gate's Curiosities for Kids. And if you don't live in the Bay Area and got this far with this post, please know that I will be back soon with fresh content. Ish. Fresh-ish content. Ish. Yeah.