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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.


I am back home again and getting caught up on everything, I think. All but my website updates, but then there never really is a “caught up” on those. It was a productive trip to Alabama, cleaning and packing and preparing our old place for sale. I was able to spend some time visiting with Dad and Mary and even got to see Charles and Rebecca’s apartment in Hartselle. Plus, as an added bonus, I was able to go dancing at the Brindlee Mountain Promenaders on Friday night. I didn’t realize how much I missed dancing in general and dancing there specifically. Maybe we will have to try dancing again here in Tallahassee sometime soon, if work and class schedules this fall permit.

One thing I noticed when I was back in Alabama was the fireflies. As soon as it began to get dark at the trailer in the woods, the fireflies were out. And then I realized that I have not seen any fireflies here in Tallahassee this year. I am sure we had some last year, but none this year. Is it because it is a wetter year? Or is it because the city sprays more for mosquitoes in a wetter year and thus wipes out the fireflies? I really do not know anything about fireflies; maybe my good friend over at the Growing With Science blog can explain why I am not seeing fireflies this year!