My apologies for going so many days without a post. I’ve been sick the past few days, and am preparing for a trip even further south to Kansas City. I hope to have many delightful stories and photos to share when I return.
I’ve had a lot of interesting moments this past week. Here are a few of the highlights:
That moment when…
- A 2nd grader accuses you of being a terrible naturalist because you don’t know what a “squinny” is.
- Squinny is apparently Des Moines slang for 13-lined ground squirrel. Which is stupid, but so is Goldy Gopher not actually being a gopher (he’s a squinny).
- Everyone at work is legitimately skeptical whether the growler you use as a water bottle actually contains water.
- I opened it to show it was only water. Several came in for a closer look.
- You know more about Des Moines than most locals.
- “I visited Pappajohn sculpture garden.”
- “You mean the pizza place?”
- You accidentally run over a turtle on the lawn mower.
- I jumped off and had a “KAHN!” moment.
- You tell a fellow Minnesotan you’re from North Minneapolis.
- He laughs, then proceeds to ask if the shootings lull you to sleep at night.
- The disposable razor you’ve used for 2 months finally becomes unusable.
- Or is it?
- You buy a bandana to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
- I get bit at least four times daily during the five second sprint to the car.
- You correctly identify two birds, only to have them attack you.
- Indigo Buntings aggressively defend their territory.
- Your hair starts covering your eyes.
- Eh, I can let it grow a few more months.
- You realize you’ve been peeling oranges wrong all your life.
- This is why I prefer clementines.
- You show up to work and three people say you look terrible.
- Diagnosis: hay fever and a sinus infection.
- You forget a state park road is a one way.
- The motorists going the right way aggressively mention you are going the wrong way, but do not actually let you turn around and go the correct way.
- You eat a 16oz peanut butter, Reeses and Butterfinger “suicide” (local take on a Blizzard) in one sitting.
- I see no issue.
- Thousands of fireflies come out at night.
- It almost makes the mosquitoes worth it.
- The upstairs thermostat reads 85 degrees F.
- Patrick teaches Kyla a new term: commando.
- You add a picture of a clearly deceased deer to your blog post, and no one says anything.
- Nobody reads my blog.
- Those who do find nothing odd about pictures of dead fawns.
Check back early next week for more posts!