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So I took today off - first day off in over two weeks (first one where I am not traveling to some craft show in about a month) - and it was grand.

I have spend most of the day doing absolutely nothing. I got some laundry done in the first part of the day and sent a couple of emails off to my boss to ask him to tell some people things (he ordered me not to call anyone ... there was nothing said about emails). He responded with one of the most amusing emails I have gotten in a long time basically thwapping me on the proverbial nose and ordering me to do stuff not related to work.

While eating lunch (from Chick-fil-a!) I spent some time going over some of the old pictures on my computer. I found this old scan from a textbook:

Is that not the most amusing scientific rendition of an animal you have ever seen? I remember when a professor had us studying that chapter I kept looking around to see if anyone else was as amused as I was. Alas, I found no kindred spirits. The happy little tardigrade is certainly one of my favorites. I can't help but wonder if the artist saw what was happening as he drew it or if he remained blissfully unaware as to the silliness he created.

Anyways, soon after I got distracted by a book and didn't surface again until about 7pm. Then I forced myself to go out and do the vast majority of Christmas shopping I had left. I spent around $200 and I honestly think my budget is officially tapped out. However, I might also be done. I think that I might need to go back to cafe du monde but other than another small present or two ... I might only have wrapping and assembling left to do. This is a good thing because I think I might need to ship most everything to my parents and I want to do that Friday morning so that it might get there on time.

A rather uneventful scattered day ... but a good one nonetheless.

One ought, every dat at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

~ Johann W. von Goethe ~


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Dec. 18th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
That was in your official text? I think that has to be one of the most amusing diagram I've ever seen. ^_^
Dec. 19th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
Yep, my textbook Invertebrate Zoology: A Functional Evolutionary Approach the top of page 512 in the chapter about tardigrades.

After re-discovering it I printed it out ant posted it in my office. Water bears are cute enough on their own but that drawing just takes the cake.
Dec. 18th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of (Lilo and) Stitch. I rather wonder if it wasn't the inspiration for some cartoon character along the line.
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