Thursday, March 20, 2008

Take Back the Nest!

Now, I'm not much of an activist, but every once in a while I see something so horrific that I need to take a stand.

We've stood by long enough, doing nothing while activities that border on genocide go on under our noses! This egregious violation of all that is good and right has been going on for hundreds of years, and it's time we put an end to it.
Who is it that is engaging in this slaughter of thousands?
I'll tell you: it's the cuckoo bird."But Petula," you're saying, "Cuckoos are just sweet little birds."
Sweet little birds? Sweet little birds? Does the bird sitting on this nest look sweet to you?:

Many species of cuckoos are brood parasites - they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, the baby cuckoos hatch before the rightful inhabitants, throw their eggs out of the nest, and then run the foster mother ragged making demands for food. For more evidence about this heinous crime, please check out this shocking video. (all kidding aside, you really should take a look. The bird's behavior is so over the top that it's hilarious. It's like a Saturday Night Live skit about the worst houseguest ever)

So what can we do to let them know that this activity has to stop? Obviously we need to boycott cuckoo products.
I haven't purchased a single box of Cocoa Puffs since I first learned of the cuckoo's cruelty, and I have to say that I feel really good about it. But what about cuckoo clocks? This one is harder, since I've wanted one ever since I was a kid.
Well, I've come up with a solution that I feel rights nature's wrongs: I joined forces with the once-persecuted reed-warbler, and together we've managed to bring some justice to this situation by throwing a particularly guilty looking cuckoo out of her own home. Restitution has been made, and the reed warbler now rules the roost! It sounds cruel, but something had to be done.

The obvious problem with this is that the cuckoo actually looked better on the clock.
Oh well, sometimes the fight for justice gets ugly.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Skirting Spring

My new skirt arrived today from Made With Love By Hannah!
Davis got me the red Scherenschnitte Skirt with lovebirds and I love it. I can't wait until it's warm enough to be able to wear it beyond the confines of my dressing room.
note: Hannah has an A-dorable blog that I highly recommend.

In other news, my Alice obsession is slowly abating. I finished the game the first time and then immediately started again on a harder level. Now that I'm nearing the finish of my second run I think I may be able to put it away for a little while. Maybe.
It became so all-encompassing that for a week and a half I've woken up with its soundtrack in my head. When real-life things occur that I don't like, my first instinct is to pause and revert back to the last time I saved. The game has even started to influence the way I dress.
Sure that's a little obsessive, but Alice is such eye-candy that it actually makes for a fabulous little vacation from a gloomy late-February/early-March.

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