Today, when I woke up, my cat was yowling. I searched frantically, worried she'd managed to tear open my window screen or trap herself in a closet.
When I finally found her, she was asleep inside the bottom lining of my armchair. Near as I can tell, her complaint was that she heard my alarm and was too far away to cuddle before I got out of bed.
I just love the genus name, "Aldrovanda." You hear that name and think, this plant is an artist that paints pictures of bicycles, or maybe a baker that blends their grandmother's old-country recipes with modern ingredients, and then she introduces herself and it's all "I lure pond bugs into my embrace and then eat them. Have a flower."
I'm in a turtle identification group on Facebook and every third post is "WTF there's a dinosaur laying eggs in my yard" followed by "That's a Chelydra serpentina, common snapping turtle."
And then by me adding, "Do not approach the front end if you like having the number of fingers you currently have."
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