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18 March 2008 @ 03:40 pm
I can hear the crickets...  
Very quiet on LJ this week-- is everybody on Spring Break or something? We're not leaving until Thursday.

About to head to the gym today, with some of Christopher's library books (because someone has a "Hold" on them, darnit. They were due yesterday-- who knew?) I'm part way through How To Train Your Dragon and I've got How To Be A Pirate as well. And a Michael Connelly mystery if I finish both of those. Heaven knows, the good "junk magazine" selection is low these days. Kiplinger! Engineering Times! Now, how is that kind of reading a distraction from an hour on the elliptical trainer? Where are the copies of "People" and "Us"?

Cycling: Went past a usually empty paddock yesterday, and there was a horse and her galloping little foal! Very cute. I don't see as much wildlife on the near-office rides as I do out on the bike path. I've seen occasional egrets (once, a group of them flying overhead, which was awesome. Those wings are huge!) I've seen people's farm animals and sometimes loose dogs (!), and ducks and geese. One of my favorite weird moments was riding along a road with a drainage ditch where a duck was happily paddling around in the runoff water. I think it was confused. :0

On the bike path, I see lots of egrets (usually in fields or near still water, though lately I'm seeing them at a wide spot in the river and some of the egrets are small enough that I'm afraid they'll get swept away). At Goethe Park there is often a night crane/blue heron (can't tell them apart. I Googled "night crane" and got a lot of pictures of construction equipment in the dark, so that was no help). Lately, there are Canadian geese in that same park, often disturbingly near the bike path. Sometimes they take wing, and I'm afraid I'm going to get clipped in the head by a giant bird! :0 There are far too many squirrels, wild turkeys and deer along there now, and not very many little lizards (the turkeys are probably eating them). The California quail are very cute (especially the little egg-shaped babies), but they're mostly down at the bottom of the bike path (near the overflow pools) so I don't see them as often as I used to. I love the little brown cottontail bunnies, but those are rare-- jackrabbits are more common. I saw one a few weeks ago that was the approximate size of a corgi. :0

Tonight is American Idol, so maybe I'll get some writing done in the other room while Lauren watches that. Even through the closed door, though, the noise is kind of distracting! Crowd-screaming drives me nuts. Maybe I'm not cut out to be a girl, I don't know...

So, who among you has already bought Easter candy and gotten into it? I've personally fallen prey to the speckled malted-milkball eggs. :0


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iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on March 18th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
It's spring break for my girls. I'm trying to keep them busy every day so I retain some sanity.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Oh, yes-- we used to have daycare, but had to cancel it when my husband's disability became longer lasting. So he's in the same boat as you. :0 We'll be out of town on Thurs-Friday, but in the meantime... At least the weather's good, at least where we are!
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on March 19th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
That's good you have two days where you can be out of town. We're just doing stuff in town. The weather's good here, too, thankfully. High today was about 76 degrees.
When it is darkest, men see the stars.witchofthedogs on March 18th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
I've been drooling over the Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Peanut butter.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Oh, those seriously tempt me. And the caramel-filled ones (though... too much caramel).

The Russell Stover's Chocolate Brownie, Whipped Strawberry Cream and Maple Cream eggs are also a problem for me. I try not to buy those ahead of time, in case they don't make it to Easter. :0
brigid_tanner: Dean-OOObrigid_tanner on March 19th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I like malted milkballs, but I LOVE the Cadbury's cream eggs ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
I would like the cream eggs more if there was less cream in them (though the design is genius). I need a higher chocolate-to-innards ratio!
Deadbeat Nymph: dean white ferris wheeldeadbeat_nymph on March 19th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Your animal adventures sound lovely. =D

I love the little brown cottontail bunnies, but those are rare-- jackrabbits are more common. I saw one a few weeks ago that was the approximate size of a corgi. :0

Wow! I've never seen a jackrabbit, I must say. But we have oodles of those fluffy brown-grey bunny rabbits in SoOn. And they can get damn forward, too. Not as much as squirrels - the squirrels in Guelph seemed to understand that everyone was some kind of hippie, and they'd come right up to you and stare until you either moved out their way because, creepy, or gave them a chunk of your muffin. But the bunnies will come fairly close, and more or less ignore you if you come near them as long as you're not being threatening. I once sat outside the main library, waiting for my friend, with two rabbits hopping about and chewing at greenery only a couple of feet away from me for an extended period of time. It was sweet. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
I've never seen a jackrabbit, I must say.
They're bigger than regular rabbits and they do have those ridiculous bigger back legs. Also the long, long ears (black-tipped around here) which stick up out of the long grass when they hop around. And that part I don't understand-- it advertises them to predators! Not a very good survival trait. :0

But the bunnies will come fairly close
Awwww! Ours seem a little shy, as far as I can tell, though when I see them it's because they're in the brush at the edge of the bike path as I go whizzing by. But I suppose if they were really shy they'd run away!

Now I want bunnies to visit ME.
eponin10 on March 19th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
is everybody on Spring Break or something?

That was last week, actually. However, I've been spending the week recuperating from two and a half weeks of rushing around prepping my house for sale, and also from a massively painful bone bruise on the tibia (8 inches!), that I gave myself when I tripped up the garage steps and couldn't catch myself with my hands. Ow.

And yes, I've gotten into the easter candy. Solid milk chocolate eggs. Mmmmm... chocolate.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on March 19th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Aw, I didn't know you were selling your house. That is SUCH a major pain-- all the touchup painting, the "paring down of possessions" to make the rooms more attractive, the yardwork. Bleh.

Hope the final result is worth it!

And yes, I've gotten into the easter candy. Solid milk chocolate eggs. Mmmmm... chocolate.
The cheap-quality chocolate I can resist, but the Hershey's or Dove's chocolate eggs... Droolz~~~~
eponin10 on March 19th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
Touchup painting? Heh. Yeah, we did that. We also completely repainted the dining area and the hall. The hall, with it's 9 foot ceilings, with 7 doors, that needed three coats. All done in 20 minute doses, as the hubby had to work. In other words, I painted for 20 minutes, iced and elevated my leg for 20 minutes. Lather, rinse, repeat. So fun.