In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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T - 10 hours

Put on my blue suede shoes
And I boarded the plane
Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues
In the middle of the pouring rain
W.C. Handy -- won't you look down over me
Yeah I got a first class ticket
But I'm as blue as a boy can be

Well, okay, no blue shoes and it'll be chicago, but it's less than a half day until flight time again. It's been a long 9 days and there are plenty of things I'll need to catch up on when I get back. For one thing, I need to figure out if that hamburger helper I stuffed into the fridge before I left needs to be tossed. I also need to catch up on a lot of lab things. For one, my poster for the neuroscience meeting needs to be put together and I'll only have a couple days from when I get back to put the rough draft togethr. Add to that the meetings I'll need to reschedule with my advisor about my next project and other odds and ends, it'll be an eventful few days. All I really want to do is head back and take another mini vacation to recover from this trip.

Since being home I've taken dozens of pictures with the new camera and I thought i'd take this oppertunity to share a few more of them.

Here's another picture of Puff the Pomeranian. He's 10 years old and a bit too yip-yip-yippy for comfort. He also has some really fetid breath but he's also the most spry out of the older dogs. You can always count on him to come to you if you call and h likes to be held.

And here's porky the welsh corgi. She's also 10 years old and this picture makes her look sorta funny. Kinda goatheadish with the triangle shape. She's a chunky little sausage and has had some back problems because of it. She's a sweetie and out of all the dogs she's the only one who's ever been able to watch tv and enjoy it. She'll happily sit for hours i front of the tv with you and will actually recognize and bark/jump at other animals in the screen.

Cutie the Peekingnese. He's also 10 and very cat-like. He spends most of his time loafing around and dosen't care to move much if he can help it. As you can see from the picture his eyes are also more luminescent and most picturs I take of him turn out like that when I use the flash. He's the most squishy soft of the dogs and he's also the only one who will turn on you. If you're doing something that hurts them or irritates them (like trying to clip their toenails) the other dogs might fake snap at you but cutie will actually take a chunk out of you if you'r not careful.

Lucky the maltese is the youngest. He's only 3 or 4 years old. My parents weren't planning to pick up any more pets but they felt bad for lucky. A friend of a friend was breeding malteses and he was the only one left that no one seemed to want. They weren't feeding him much and I got th impression he was the runt of the litter. I was told that when they finally got him home he stuck his head into the dog food container and refused to remove it he was so hungry.

Here's lucky again. If I rcall correctly this is the picture of him behind the couch. This is usually porky's favorite spot to sleep during the day but it looks like lucky snuck in there for a while.

This was the first praying mantis I had ever seen out in the "wild". It was actually on the wall of the funneral home, and was there both when we dropped off my grandfathr and in the exact spot the next day when we came to see him before cremation. Everyone took it as a sign of good luck, ecspeically given its rarity and the fact that it looks like it's praying. Thre's no size reference in the picture but this thing was HUGE. You could actually see its eyes swivel as it followed you as you moved around. It was around 4-5 inches long just in body alone.

This is also from the funneral home. It's in their front hall and I thought it was a touching sort of sentiment.

This is from the place in NY state where we placed my grandfather's ashes. It's up in the mountains somewhere and is huge and sprawling. In the largest temple is the below:

A giant buddah. Huge. I'm not sure exactly how big this sucker was but I'm guessing it was around 60 feet tall. Pretty awe inspiring really. It reminded me a bit of that statue of athena that was one of the wonders of the ancient world.

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