Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A (Not So Good) Day in the Life

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked.
"Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat.
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The vote was overwhelmingly for the picture with Dakota (maybe I should have let Dakota wear the shirt? *G*), so I'll be sending that to Lori today.

DD decided that I didn't have a good picture of Dakota as wallpaper on my phone, so took a bunch.

Pretty puppy.

We released four more butterflies yesterday, and have two more emerging today and then we're done for a little while. We had three pillars left and two made their "J" yesterday, so will be butterflies in about 10 - 14 days. After the last one does his thing (soon!), we'll be done for the summer.

In butterfly news, too, we were horrified to discover that Cigna (bad, bad Cigna) who owns the HUGE field of milkweed across from our library MOWED it yesterday. WHY? They couldn't wait until our first freeze? It's not as though they use it for anything. It just sits there and feeds monarchs and tussock moth babies. And those rotten humans destroyed the nursery. It was undoubtedly a mass Monarch-pillarcide (based on how many we found this year, there were probably upwards of a thousand, maybe more, in that field). I wish I knew how to get in touch with someone who would care... DD was almost in tears.

It was just not a very good day for DD. She also got stood up for her play date. She waited. And waited. Then cried. The people did finally call at around 7:45 -- they'd had a funeral to go to (not immediate family and the death was one they'd been expecting), but I'm thinking they probably knew about the funeral before yesterday afternoon. I had rearranged my entire day around that play date and both DD and I were frustrated, angry and sad.

But, HEY! It rained last night! A real rain ... just falling from the sky over a long period of time. Certainly not enough to do any real work at filling the empty ponds and rivers, but it watered.

Speaking of water -- it's mind-boggling: my flowers are dying, my grass is dying, my veggies are dying, but the weeds? THRIVING.

In any case, here's hoping today will be better.


You Are a Geek

You definitely have some nerdy ways, but you've evolved into something way cooler - a geek.

You are free spirited and quirky. You're proud of who you are, and you've got style.

You may not fit in completely, but you don't have any problems socializing.

You're witty, smart, and very knowledgable. You believe that everyone should embrace their inner geek!

I embrace my inner geek daily...



Maria Zannini said...

Ref: maybe I should have let Dakota wear the shirt?

That would've been funny!

Ref: Cigna
You need to turn this around, Marianne. Big businesses love to throw themselves into the 'community'.

Write a letter to the CEO of Cigna, and cc his executive team. Tell them what you're doing and that they just destroyed a precious resource.

I promise you, writing letters work. And if you can get them excited they will make sure the media finds out about it too.

A quick google search found their names and contact info:

Liz Fichera said...

I love that Alice in Wonderland quote. It's one of my favs. Sorry to hear about the playdate! :-(

MomJane said...

I am so sorry about the milkweed being destroyed. What a loss. I hope DD gets over the loss of her playday. How mean of them not to let her know in advance. They don't sound very caring.

Dru said...

I agree with Maria, write them a letter.

Love the photo of Dakota.

Sorry about the missed playdate. I wonder why they couldn't have called earlier.

re quiz: I'm a geek and proud of it.

Have a good Wednesday.

Michele said...

I'm a Geek too.

Grrr on those people for letting you guys down.

::high five:: on a very sophisticated (sp) picture of Dakota.

And a B-slap to Cigna. And Yes, do write a letter. You, of anyone, will be eloquent enough to get their attention.

Brandy said...

Sorry to hear of DD and her missed playdate. The parents of the child who was to visit sound rude and thoughtless to not have called earlier.

Ack! Mowed over the Milkweed? Like the others I urge you to write a letter to the company.

I hope today is a better day!

Tori Lennox said...

I love that picture of Dakota!!!

I also love Maria's suggestions on writing Cigna.

Hugs to DD on the playdate thing! They could have totally called ahead of time.