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January 11th, 2006

re/packing

I find it a little odd that I wrote an entry about my trip back to Pullman and forgot to mention the event that prompted me to do so in the first place:

Tsukasa asked what was wrong with my car, and after explaining the situation to her she asked what kind of car I drive. When she heard that I own a Peugeot her eyes brightened with interest and she informed me that her mom drove an old Peugeot for several years and one problem they noticed is that the engine would frequently stall at intersections - and oh, how I can relate to that experience. However, despite the inconvenient quirk Tsukasa's mother kept her car for several years before replacing it - with another Peugeot.

In other news, I reorganized some things in my room after my biological anthropology lab today. I'm keeping all my books and notes from last semester and didn't bring anything back to my parents' house over the break, yet I still managed to compact things enough to generate five empty boxes. Once I get rid of the extra bags and 18 inch stack of newspapers it should look pretty nice in here again. Now if only my parents would let me work on the mess in their garage ...

ring around the mulberry bush

I spent a few hours in the university's entomology lab on Monday researching silkworm distributors and comparing prices for dry diet formulas. It looks like $25.00 will buy you a petri dish of 3,000 eggs through Mulberry Farms - which is probably a little more than any one person really needs. While discussing the work I would do for the class with my professor the teaching assistant from my Entomology 101 class walked in and was immediately assigned a role as my supervisor, which was a surprise to the both of us. It looks like I'll be raising the silkworms, preparing worksheets for future students on their care and feeding, and creating a powerpoint presentation and lecture on Bombyx mori as well as the process of silk production.

I've heard the department will order 100 larvae to start things off this semester and I will be in charge of them all. However, I dread the prospect of cleaning up after that many "gut dumps" - when they reach the end of their fifth-instar stage and expel all the waste in their system to get ready to spin silk.

Also, Admiral Chewie died while I was away on break. R.I.P.