August 26, 2010: Ants Are Taking Over

The weather warmed back up a bit today and we are back into the mid-nineties now.  But it is so much cooler than it has been for the last few months that it feels cool to us.  I walked to the office this morning.  I’m so glad to be walking again.  Driving that short distance just feels wrong.

Very slow day at work today.  Yay!  Came home for lunch and got a chance to hang out with the family a bit.  I’m trying hard, whenever feasible, to be home when Liesl is awake during the lunch times so that we can hang out.

I got a chance to speak to Ramona today.  She left China several days ago and has been traveling across Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, which I bet is awesome.  She is now in Moscow and well connected to the rest of the world.  I bet that she is in financial shock going from a year in Yulin, where life is insanely cheap even by rural American standards, to Moscow, the most expensive city on earth having just recently surpassed Tokyo.

This evening was spent working and hanging out with Liesl.  Lot’s of stuff needing my attention and no time to relax whatsoever.  A very busy night.

Liesl was up late tonight.  We finally decided that we needed to put something on to get her to calm down and fall asleep.  So pretty late we put on a few episodes of The Suite Life On Deck and she snuggled with me on the couch to watch it.  I had my laptop and was working on a Visual Studio project so that worked pretty well.

By the time that Liesl fell asleep I was barely able to hold my eyes open.  At around eleven Dominica and I worked to get Oreo’s dog food all packed up and into the freezer.  Dominica had cooked for him today.

When I took Oreo on his final walk for the day we noticed that the sidewalk directly in front of our entrance to our building has been completely overrun by fire ants.  They not only worked their way under the main sidewalk after having set up their nest under the tree there but have now worked their way up the sidewalk and own quite a bit of space there.  We really cannot use that entrance anymore, it is too dangerous as we are likely to track them in!  They have “bubbled up” all around the sidewalk for quite some space and tonight were pouring all over the sidewalk as their went about their little ant chores.

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