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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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All right, so I'm a bit slow in writing things to my journal. This, for example, is what happened yesterday. But I have an excuse! I was tired! And... umm... never mind the number of forum posts I cranked out. I was still tired and... y'know, I'll give that up right there.

So my parents have been hauling me back from Washington University on Thursdays now, since I have no class on Friday and my meal plan has been totally demolished by my opting to actually eat vaguely healthy food, or as close to it as is possible at Washington University (in other words: not very possible). It tends to run up a bill- bacon cheeseburger and fries and soda cost less that one small salad. Anyway, the upshot to this is that I'm not getting much of a chance to be on AIM (I can't at home, as my parents still forbid its usage and my computer is in a non-private location; it's much easier to hide a LiveJournal window than an AIM window), but it is in other ways vaguely more interesting here than on campus, so... yeah.

Anyway, my parents and I went to Eckert's up in Illinois to go do the pick-your-own peaches thing, and then to the nearby Brautegan's Orchards to do pick-your-own blackberries.

Eckert's wasn't particularly notable. Ride wagon-tractor-thing to orchard, get told which rows are ripe, pick for a while, swat bugs, try to choose peaches with a minimum of hail damage, go back. Nothing out of the ordinary, except we picked twice as many peaches as we ususally buy. Peach smoothies, anyone?

Brautegan's was interesting. Only my mother actually does blackberry picking there; they've got too much poison ivy for me or my father, both of us extremely sensitive to it, to pick. (Last time my father touched poison ivy, he got a four-inch wide, one-inch tall blister on the back of his hand for about a month. Then it popped. It wasn't the only blister, either, but it was, thankfully, the largest one.) So while my mother went picking, my father and I waited behind at the benches.

There are a couple of resident cats at Brautegan's. Not particularly healthy cats; their job is to reduce the mouse problem, which I've heard they do admirably, but they also do an admirable job of being a home to a wide variety of fleas. By how scrawny the cats were, probably intestinal parisites as well.

I like cats. Really, I do. I've got kittenbreak on my friends list. Cats, although I am allergic to them, are cute and fuzzy. But it is still not that great a thing to have an unfamillialliar cat, non-declawed, expected to have fleas, jump onto the bench beside you, walk over you like another bump in the road, then walk back and stick its tail pretty much up your nose.

On the other hand, by coming a week early, we got the best blackberry harvest from there we've ever gotten. Mmm. Blackberries.

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Agreed completely about the cats... Just looking at them makes me sneeze sometimes. I'd love to be able to keep them, because they're wonderful critters - but it looks like I'm to be a dog/reptile/bird person. Not that I mind that, particularly... I've had Falkor, my boa, for more than 10 years (and 6.5 feet!) now, and have added Gmork (corn snake) and Grogroman (ribbon snake) to the menagerie. Add in the three resident birds - Micky the epileptic crow, Boo the brain-damaged bluejay, and the unnamed one-winged mourning dove - and the various transients, and I'm practically living in a zoo already. Oh, and that's not even counting the squirrels and rabbits.

*shuts up about her zoo*

...Wait. Salad costs more than all that? That's nuts! I was able to live on salad, wraps, and other vaguely-healthy food for about the same cost as anything else. Complain!

Bacon Cheeseburger: $3.75
+ Large soda and fries or chips: Value meal = $1.25
= $5.00

Salad: $5.75
+ Small juice: $1.55
= $7.30

Mallincrodt Center or Ursa's Cafe wrap: $5.25 if I'm not mistaken
+ Small soda: $0.89
= $6.14

Holmes Lounge wrap: $4.50 if with lunch meat as opposed to carvery meat
+ Bottle of juice: $1.75 $1.80 (recent price increase; also note that on main campus, the only juice availible is bottled as opposed to from a dispenser)
= $6.30

Holmes Lounge carvery wrap: $5.25
+ Bottle of juice: $1.80
+ Single-serving bag of Baked Lays potato chips: $0.99 (at least they didn't jack that price up)
= Cost of my preferred lunch: $8.04

Very large slice of pizza: $2.25
+ Large soda: $1.05
= $3.30

...you get the idea.

Eckert's orchard is cool, but the part about the unhealthy cats is sad. I miss my cat (Tyler) very much right now, especially his annoying habits of waking me up for the hell of it and sitting on my arm.

Btw, i tried magic workstation last night with Richard after calling him. It worked!!! Hooray! Sometime, ull have to call me so we arrange a time to play...

Blackberries, yum. We have them all over the farm here, they grow like weeds. It's funny how poison ivy and blackberries always seem to go together. But worse for me is mosquitoes and blackberries. Why is it that you can never pick blackberries without being attacked by hordes of mosquitoes?

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