Operation Clean Desk

Remember this, My Nice Clean Desk!?

Or maybe this Clean Desk?

Notice any ongoing theme here?

Well, here’s today’s desk picture:

What a disaster! Guess what I will be working on this week, beginning just as soon as I have this blog post written and uploaded.

This was a good morning to begin a new routine of using the Just Dance 2 on the Wii. I turned it on just as soon as Bill walked out this door this morning, even though I wanted nothing more than to crawl back in bed. But I resisted, put my sneaks on, did the Warm Up routine on the Just Dance 2 program, and then burned some calories for about twenty minutes. I don’t know as I have any more energy after doing all that (and I definitely need energy to tackle this desk!), but at least I am awake! Hopefully I can do this on a daily basis, in addition to some walking outside. But I know I need to create an indoor morning routine, because I am a fair weather walker and as soon as it turns cold or rainy or snowy, I won’t be stepping one foot out the door!

Speaking of out the door … Sunday morning Bill noticed this praying mantis up towards the roof outside our front door.

Two days later, it is still there.

I’ve never seen a praying mantis this brown. I think I’ll ask my cousin Roberta over at Growing With Science why it is brown and why it is sticking around so long. She will certainly know the answer.


  1. Missus Wookie

    My desk looks the same – drives me nuts, I need to spend some time cleaning. But there are so many other things I need/want to do as well.

  2. Roberta


    Praying mantids are often brown. We had some in our back yard and about a third of them were brown, even though they are all one species. Here’s a link http://blog.growingwithscience.com/2010/12/bug-of-the-week-praying-mantis-4/

    That one looks particularly dark, so it might even be a different species.

    As for sitting there, mantids often remain in a perch that supplies them with a good supply of food. When you have the lights on at night it calls in insects (like moths) that will rest on the outside of the house where the mantid can pick them up. It’s probably all about food 🙂

  3. Carol

    My desk usually looks like that too, but I was able to clean it up, mostly, before I left. Somehow, though, I suspect the guys will have it pile deep before I get home.

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