Friday, November 28, 2008
Garrett and I are grateful for each other, our health, our friends and family, the health of our friends and family, and (on good days) our sanity. We are also thankful for the 3.2 people who read this blog -- we appreciate it!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
- It is a herbivorous rodent.
- It is originally from South America but can be seen worldwide now. It is considered an invasive species by many.
- It has webbed hind feet.
- It was introduced in Louisiana in the 1930s for its fur, but its destructive habits (eating aquatic vegetation; eroding river banks by burrowing; and munching on tires, houses, etc.) led to a massive eradication program a few years ago.
- It can host a parasite that can infect human skin, causing "Nutria Itch."
- It is nocturnal. (Our friends were having a late-night snack?)
- It is not a muskrat. (Didn't Nixon say that?)
Nuits a Paris... avec nutria-lined coat on right... early 1950s:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A wet squirrel took refuge on our windowsill for some time this afternoon. It has been raining all day. I think taking the photo through the screen gives the squirrel an Impressionistic look. It also reminds me of paintings by the German Romantic artist, Caspar David Friedrich, in which a lone figure contemplates the landscape and life.
Perhaps if I am spending my time photographing squirrels like a tourist in Harvard Yard, I should look out a window and do some contemplating of my own.
Monday, November 10, 2008
We purchased this lovely loveseat at a lovely price from a local furniture store that is going out of business. We spent most of Saturday renting a U-Haul van and moving the couch into our second-floor apartment. After 3 months in Houston, we can finally sit together while watching TV -- and not have to take turns sitting in the Ikea Poang chair.
We've come sofa! ;)
It's a lazy Sunday, and I plan to spend some of the day on the couch and some of the day baking cookies. It's part of my plan to become a top-notch FBI agent.