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June 11th, 2006

in the summertime, when the weather is fine

I think Pārvatī is pregnant.

For those of you not in the know, Pārvatī and Hemingway are the names of the two Madagascan hissing cockroaches that were given to me during the entomology course I took in the fall. They generally won't mate until the temperature reaches 80° F, so it's only been in the past month that their interest has risen to the point where Blatella snogging is a possibility. However, about a week ago I noticed that Pārvatī's abdomen had started to swell considerably - more so then I would expect if she were preparing to molt - and she's nowhere near as active now compared to when the two first arrived at my new apartment.

I don't have the supplies necessary to keep 20 to 30 baby cockroaches (I'd have to go out and buy a bunch of Vaseline for starters), which means most of them are destined to be meals for the anoles, tarantulas, and archerfish over at Wendell and Derek's apartment. An interesting thing about hissing cockroaches is that they give birth to live young instead of laying eggs, so I won't know how many babies I have to deal with until they've already been delivered. So much for planned (allo-) parenthood. And because this entry wouldn't be complete without a picture, I present the following:
Cute Cockroaches?Collapse )

donner un colu à qqn + coupe du monde

I had no idea this would end up becoming a common subject for the weekend but, continuing on the theme of the past few days, it looks like I'm developing un béguin for someone. How did that happen? And before you ask, no, it's not who you would first think.



June no longer contains dates or days of the week but is instead measured in how far we are into the World Cup. I saw the game between England and Paraguay on a tape delay, while the match between Argentina and Côte d'Ivoire on Saturday (Day 2) was my first live match of this World Cup. Josten had invited me over to his place, and when I arrived there were two televisions set up in the living room. When Didier Drogba scored at 79' there was cheering from everyone in the room and I jumped out of my chair in excitement, but Argentina were too organized in defense to allow les Elefants a second. Full time, Argentina 2:1 Côte d'Ivoire.

I have my alarm set for 4:45 am in order to catch the game between Australia and Japan tomorrow morning. That's less than five hours away and I still need to read two articles in preparation for my research meeting later in the afternoon. There's a good chance I'll take an extended nap in the afternoon, as I'm also planning to wake up at 4:45 am on Tuesday to see South Korea take on Togo in the first game of Group G. I hate how I have to work during France - Switzerland, but at least France - Korea will be on a Sunday. Hmm. Maybe I should quit my job?