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Babysitting unfertilized turtle eggs - a lesson

Tuesday, September 29, 2009      3 comments

It turns out the eggs in one of the turtle nests were unfertilized - we're thinking that our nest was probably unfertilized eggs as well. It hasn't been excavated yet; the other nest was excavated on Saturday by the experts at Dept of Natural R... Read more

1,000 Spark Days, and Yom Kippur

Monday, September 28, 2009      4 comments

Today is my 1000th day on SparkPeople. It's also Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It's a day of reflection, a day of repentance, a day of resolution to do better in the coming year. It's kind of like joining SparkPeople - it's a day to d... Read more

Shabbat Shuvah

Sunday, September 27, 2009      3 comments

Shabbat Shuvah is the Sabbath between the Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement - it's a time of reflection and repentance - Literally translated, it's the Sabbath of Turning (as in turning away from sin, evil deeds, wrongdoing, etc.) I ... Read more

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

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