From me to you, a heartwarming Christmas classic. About, um….aphids.
Twas the week before Christmas and in one corner of the house,
small creatures were stirring – as small as a louse.
Their eggsacs were hung on the branches with care,
while the mister and missus remained blissfully unaware.
The larvae, they hatched! And quickly they fled.
But soon met a glass window, and shortly were dead.
Then early one morning there arose a great clatter
as the humans finally noticed the bug corpses all a-scatter.
Off to Home Depot they flew like a flash.
And returned with a pesticide – and a swatter to smash.
“Now die! Begone! We are a-fixin’
to eradicate you!” This they cried, while a-twitchin.
But the bugs, they were tough, and went about their way,
while the humans decried their ineffective bug spray.
Finally one day, they grew weary of the war.
So they tossed that poor pine tree right out the front door.
But they had to admit, the bugs fought a good fight.
So Merry Christmas, little aphids, and to all a good night!
Ugh. I felt awful pitching my pretty little tree into the dumpster, but I just could.not.deal with bugs and bug bodies all over my living room, no matter how harmless they are.
Am I on Team Fake now? Right now I’m all “HELL YES” but I’m also really bad about learning lessons. There’s a decent chance that on December 1, 2011 I’ll be shouting “OMG WE HAVE TO GET A REAL TREE! THEY SMELL SO GOOD! WHAT ARE APHIDS?”
Time will tell, I suppose.
Today’s EAT: I finally tried parsnip fries. Whee!
Verdict? Texture = excellent. These are heartier than potatoes and crisped up beautifully. Flavor = a little weird. Sweet and spicy, not in a bad way, but rather unexpected. I just did them with olive oil and salt so I guess I might need to experiment more with complimentary seasonings. But overall I was very pleased.
Chicken was just pan-seared, then baked (with the fries), then covered in a little reduced apple cider vinegar. Super simple!
Today’s DRINK: Go Toros!
I will admit that I actually had to google this bottle, because I wasn’t entirely positive about what exactly the “Toro” referred to. As it turns out, it’s wine from a small region in Spain (very similar to Tempranillo) and not a reference to Bring it On. Oh well – I’m raising my Spirit Stick to this wine anyway! For $7, it’s very pleasant, full-bodied but not too dry, with a nice peppery flavor.
Today’s RUN: Does anyone else deal with the thing where an excess of rest days makes it reallllly hard to lace up your shoes again?
I didn’t run Friday, Saturday or Sunday. It wasn’t entirely planned, but it was a nice break, and I’m totally okay with it, but I definitely had to D-R-A-G my butt out the door tonight. And even then, I didn’t get very far: just to the treadmill downstairs, where I knocked out five mediocre miles.
Goal for the week: 30-35. Should be interesting with all of the Christmas travel going on, but hey – needing to get out for a run is a good excuse to escape the holiday madness for an hour, right?
Today’s QUESTION: REAL or FAKE, with respect to: (a) Trees/plants; (b) Sugar/sweetener; (c) Tans; (d) Boobs. And, go!
My answers? (a) Real, but I’m rethinking it in the wake of Aphidgate; (b) Real, except in Diet Coke; (c) Fake, although I do rock an awesome (unintentional) running-sock tan in the summer; (d) Real, but I don’t at all judge people who go fake unless it looks ridiculous.