squirrels

June 27, 2007

Two anecdotes:

1. I was sitting on my back porch one morning this past weekend, or perhaps the weekend before. I heard a lot of strange animal chattering and looked up. I was surrounded by about a dozen squirrels, all looking intently at me, waving their tails threateningly. Some were on the ground, some in the trees. After reading about the German rampaging squirrel, this situation had me worried. I thought maybe I should back away slowly into the kitchen. I stood my ground though and watched them for a while while they watched me. For the rest of the morning the girls and I could hear the squirrels chattering and chasing each other through the trees and on the ground. Maybe it was mating season?

2. On Monday morning, while waiting for me to lock up the house, Matilda was bouncing on her yellow bouncy ball (thanks! Christy!) in the backyard. Then she screamed because she almost bounced right into a squirrel carcass. I had her show it to me. It was pretty well on its way to being decomposed already, strange we hadn’t found it/smelled it yet. I didn’t do anything about the dead squirrel, just shuffled the girls into the car, and off we went to school. And I’ve been wondering since then, gee, do I need to dispose of this? Is it going to start smelling bad? Why hasn’t it started smelling bad yet? Can I just leave it for the vultures to pick at until the bones are left? Do we have vultures in Chapel Hill?

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damned patriarchy

June 4, 2007

It makes me pretty sad sometimes to look at my delightful, strong, lovely, amazing daughters with a joy for life and a natural state of happiness and realize our society is set up to take all that away from them before they reach adulthood.

I wish they’d never have to feel the fear that comes with walking down a street, even a well-lit street, alone. Etc.

I’m feeling incoherent due to reading a pretty awful recent news story.

on frugal eating

June 4, 2007

My grocery bill for the week came to roughly $25. The girls and I went out to eat for $10 on Saturday, and tonight I think I’m going to get a club sandwich for maybe another $10 or less.

I’m learning about how to make meals last for days, how to use non-meat proteins in a somewhat creative fashion, how to vary the starches so one doesn’t get bored (rice, couscous, pasta, and so on), and how EXPENSIVE fresh fruits and vegetables are – I’ve been relying on frozen vegetables, but still have to stick with fresh fruits. This learning is due to necessity, but I admit, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.