I’ve been AWOL for a while, haven’t I? First I was travelling, then I needed to catch up with my life, then I found myself with a strange reluctance to resume my old routine. I’ve been reading a ton, plotting, and spending time with my RL peeps, resisting the lure of Google 1+…
Today, however, is a tentative toe-dipping back into the waters of reality, though they have to be chlorinated, warmed and indoors. Do you see this photo??? Yes, those black shapes are mosquitoes. This photo was taken yesterday morning. Through the skylight of my sister’s vehicle. IN THE RAIN.
We are having an influx of the pests thanks to a year of more gray skies and precipitation than is generally possible in Alberta. Unless you put on bug-sprayed overalls, it’s unwise to go outside for more than a dash to the car, which is a bummer because my foot finally seems to have healed and I have missed my walks.
Yesterday we fantasized about making a bubble suit. We had dollar signs in our eyes and then I remembered these. (Photo courtesy of Safer Water Walking Ball):
Ever since I was a kid being chased around the house by my ball-enclosed hamster, little pink paws extending in what was probably a plea for help as they tried to outrun the rattling turds behind them, I have wanted a human-sized version. (The ball; not the turds.) Don’t you find it odd that a woman needing a break from routine would find herself fantasizing about a hamster toy?
I blame it on the mosquitoes. Probably West Nihilism Virus, or something.
Anyway, I’ll be back with highlights of my trip. Just wanted to let you guys know I haven’t forgotten you!
What have you been up to in my absence? How are the mosquitoes in your neck of the woods? If you have children, are they driving you crazy yet, or are you still in the romantical stage where you kiss their sweaty heads and swoon at the scent of their napes?