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Turtle Babysitting - Night 19 (Friday)
Saturday, September 26, 2009      3 comments

This was night 75 of the incubation period, and night 25 of the watch (so I only missed six night????) - and so this was also the last night of watching the nest. Turns out that late-in-the-season nests often don't hatch - unfertilized eggs... Read more
Date night - Skipped the turtles - Night 18 (Thursday)
Friday, September 25, 2009      2 comments

Today was gov't payday, DH received two judges' decisions in his favor (meaning he won two cases), and it was a pretty rainy afternoon - so instead of going out to the beach to watch the turtle nest, DH and I went out to dinner at a little place... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Day/Night 17 (Wednesday)
Thursday, September 24, 2009      4 comments

I arrived at the beach about 6:45, running a little late. No one was there. Not the head scientist, not the staffers, no volunteers - no one! I thought maybe the babies had hatched in the morning, or maybe the other nest was hatching - I call... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 16 (Tuesday)
Wednesday, September 23, 2009      1 comments

I made a quick cheese and veg on a bagel, kissed DH, said 'bye to the cat, and headed to the beach. We were a smaller crowd tonight, our head scientist and the staff, the older couple who show up and eventually doze off in their chairs, and lat... Read more
Stasis - or - Being Stuck
Tuesday, September 22, 2009      4 comments

I was cleaning the tops of my classroom glue bottles this morning - kids forget to screw the top on tight, the glue dries and gets stuck - and I realized that's kind of how I feel. Stuck. Static. Not moving. Not getting worse, but not gettin... Read more
No turtle watching for me Sunday
Monday, September 21, 2009      1 comments

Sore neck, sore back, one leg feels longer than the other - life with degenerating disks gets old and boring, but not much to do other than stretching exercises, ice, heat, rest for a bit. I'm sure folding beach chairs on sand don't help much. ... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 15 (Saturday)
Sunday, September 20, 2009      3 comments

We went to Rosh Hashanah services in the morning, had a lazy afternoon, and then went down to sit with the turtle nest. A big crowd is building, we seem to have new people every night right now. And we were again all lined up on the length of ... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 14 (Thursday)
Friday, September 18, 2009      2 comments

Wow, 14 nights of babysitting the turtle nest. No wonder I'm tired! And I'm not even the mom!!!! I drove by the card-playing group again, but the card dealer's cat wasn't around. There was a game of basketball going on, with a batch of l... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Day/Night 13 (Wednesday)
Thursday, September 17, 2009      3 comments

It rained, I got soaked. It stopped, I was still soaked. A lot of people showed up, we all lined up along the length of the "fence" around the nest area, looking like people at a stadium waiting for the Turtle Bowl. We chatted. The older wom... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Day 12 I think (Tuesday)
Wednesday, September 16, 2009      2 comments

JLP, I never heard of the turtle leashes, either - I found it quite funny! And Myrna, the incubation period for the eggs can be from 50 to 75 days, depending on time of year, weather conditions, etc. Average is about 60, tonight will be day 66... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 11 (Monday)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009      2 comments

I arrived at sunset. I set up my chair at what DH calls the 50 yard line - the marker right in the center of the turtle nest area. I chatted with the head staff person about how they do the nest excavation, what time, etc. - so if I miss the t... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 10 (Sunday)
Monday, September 14, 2009      2 comments

DH stayed home, though we had dinner early so that I could get to the beach before sunset. There were still a lot of weekend beach parties going on - lots of music - as well as people wandering all around. As I walked down the beach with m... Read more
Turtle Babysitting is harmful to my nutrition
Sunday, September 13, 2009      3 comments

DH and I have been watching the turtle nest for a week and a half. Well, there have been nights I go alone. But we, or I, either pick up takeout or make something quick at home. That means few vegs, and usually high carbs. A sandwich, maybe ... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Nights 8 & 9 (Friday & Saturday)
Saturday, September 12, 2009      3 comments

DH and I had two turtle date nights - dinner take out on the beach, a little dessert, hanging out with the other turtle watches, chatting, holding hands, making up silly turtle-hatching songs. Beautiful stars, no rain, mild breeze - and no baby... Read more
Turtle Babysitting - Night 7 (Thursday)
Friday, September 11, 2009      1 comments

DH stayed home again - he's been working weekends and extra hours to finish a brief that's due Monday. I ate at home, grabbed my blueberries and water, and headed out to the beach. The usual group was a little farther away from the fenced ... Read more

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