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Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. I think the novelty has worn off after several years in a row of this day, so I won't actually be talking like a pirate today. However, Mel posted this in her Facebook and I thought it was in honor of today I give you the pirate's keyboard:

I had a great vacation down the shore. Home in Abington for the weekend for tomorrow night's Mabon ritual, then back to DC. Trying desperately not to think about having to go back to work on Monday...sigh. I wish I had taken more time off.
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Teeheehee! I wants.
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As I mentioned in my last entry, last Thursday I participated in a volunteer survey of vernal pools in the Paint Branch area of Montgomery County, MD. The reason for the surveys is sad - there is a road going up in this area, and I guess they're just making sure there's nothing endangered or whatever. My co-worker Jeff had set up a few afternoons to go out surveying after work...this was the first I was able to make it out for, and I went with Jeff, Susan, and Corinne.

For the non-biologists, a vernal pool is a temporary body of water that usually occurs in the spring with all the rain. Since they're temporary, there's no fish to eat amphibian eggs, so they're really important for frog and salamander breeding. In the MidAtlantic region, they're often found in wooded areas. More at wikipedia.

These were some pretty healthy woods, so there was lots of plant diversity, especially wildflowers coming up on the forest floor. Oh, there were some invasives too - lots of Japanese stiltgrass, and some garlic mustard - but not too bad. We saw some ferns around the vernal pools that were really neat - you don't often see ferns in the wild around here:


more wildlife shiny below the cut )

A few more pics can be found on my Flickr account: I'll probably go out on one or two more survey outings, so keep an eye out for additional photos!
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humorous pictures
see more crazy cat pics
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Now THIS I would go to church for!!! )


Apr. 20th, 2007 06:57 pm
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This is for Amanda, who is known to squee with delight at the sight of animals being cute =^_^= (The rest of you are, of course, most welcome to look at squee with delight as well ;)

Remember Oolong? )


May. 13th, 2006 01:55 pm
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Muffins are all baked and smelling yummy, so here's some more pics of Yodel before I get to packing :)

Me 'n a very squirmy Yodel

The rest in here... )
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Finally got some more pictures of Yodel last night. I think I got just as many blurry pics as decent pics...GOLLY he was hyper last night. Here's my favorite - the rest to come soon when I have more time...but right now I have to bake some blueberry muffins for "cakes & ale" for tonight's Full Moon ritual.

I call this one 'pigs in a blanket' )
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Reply to this entry by posting a picture of yourself, then post this sentence in your own journal.

A photo of me just for the heck of it )

I tried to get one of me and Yodel, but he wouldn't sit still long enough to get a good shot :p
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Behold the piggeh cuteness!! )

He's starting to warm up to me (and the family), bit by bit. He's still a pain in the penarky to catch (and apparently that doesn't change for most people - it's instinctual, since anything in the wild that would pick them would be a predator), but once I've got him in my arms or lap he's pretty calm. He also doesn't spend the -entire- span of floortime cowering in the corner or in his paper bag...only some of it.

He even started talking to us today, which delighted me to no end :) He was sitting in my lap for a few minutes looking about curiously, and just started softly wheeking. And then during floor time, he was running about happily wheeking and tearing up the newspaper covering the floor. Awesome! :)

I still can't decide on his name. Odie just doesn't seem to fit him. M told me he likes to talk alot, which after today seems to be the case, so I thought maybe I'd call him Yodel. It also appears he's quite a flirt with Mom and I (and he was with the girl piggies at M's house), so I also thought I could name him something along those lines...The Flirt, The Ladies' Man, Heartbreaker...?

So unofficial poll for ya'll: Now that you've seen him, what should I (re)name him? Yodel? The Flirt, The Ladies' Man, Heartbreaker (okay, not really. I challenge you all to come up with something better!)? Other suggestions?


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