Shrew and Snail

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May 2011

Travel

Chicago Part III

Day 4, Sunday May 22: We ran around like crazy again. We took the train downtown, and by this time we were pro enough (with guidance from our friends) to make a transfer! I felt like a real big-city girl. First order of business was to visit my friend Sue the T. rex. We share a name, you know.  ...

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Travel

Chicago Part II

Day 3, Saturday May 21: We ate breakfast at Victory’s Banner, which is run by the followers of Sri Chinmoy. It is a very peaceful space and the all-vegetarian brunch menu is really delicious. I had eggs with pesto, feta, and tomatoes. It was lovely. We did not pound the pavement checking  ...

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Travel

Chicago Part I

BT and I went to Chicago for a long weekend to visit friends and celebrate my birthday.  It was my first time to the city, and I might have bitten off more than I could chew but I loved every minute. Day 1, Thursday May 19: The very first stop was Rick Bayless’s restaurant, Frontera.  ...

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Books

Kraken by Wendy Williams

I have been on a streak with the popular science books, and I am happy to say it continues with this book. Full disclosure: I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau, I went to Marine Biology camp, I went to Marine Biology campus in college, and were it not for a wicked tendency to seasickness and an  ...

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Photography

Flickr Favorites

Some of my favorites don’t show up, but I kind of like the random turquoise squares. Happy Friday! 1. Cooper’s Hawk killing a Robin, 2. Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias), 3. Untitled, 4. Who needs photoshop when you’ve got real life! (Janine Naoi, 2009), 5. jump-you-fuckers,  ...

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Gardening

All grown up!

The [presumed] Euplectrus wasps emerged after just a few days. The pupae weren’t much to see, they were little specks in the dried up husk of the caterpillar. The adults are, well, not exactly majestic, but here they are.  There were 6 or 8 of them. On the plastic film on the mason jar  ...

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