Tuesday, August 11, 2009
CRICKET CHIRPING "The left forewing of the male has a thick rib (a modified vein) which bears 50 to 300 ridges. The chirp (which only male crickets can do) ((obviously...since females would never do something so annoying! ;) )) is generated by raising the left hind leg to a 45 degree angle and rubbing it against the right hind leg edge of the right hind leg, which has a thick scraper. This sound producing action is called stridulation and the song is species-specific. There are four types of cricket song: The calling song attracts females and repels other males, and is fairly loud. The courting song is used when a female cricket is near, and is a very quiet song. An aggressive song is triggered by chemoreceptors on the antennae that detect the near presence of another male cricket and a copulatory song is produced for a brief period after successful deposition of sperm on the female's eggs."
But, I don't really care why, or how; just the fact that they do it drives me insane. In high school my head was always next to the window and I would often times put my head where my feet were supposed to be because I could not sleep. The other night was the first time since I came to college that the crickets kept me from getting to sleep. And boy did they keep me from sleeping. There were some seriously jealous mating crickets that night or something, because I finally fell asleep around 4:30.
And it was all thanks to my saving grace:
Yep, apparently I have really great sense at 4:00 in the morning and was trying to think of anything that could possibly double as ear plugs. I was successful. I now have a plethora of cotton balls on the shelf above my bed, just in case the crickets get a little crazy. Which they tend to almost every single night!
Thank goodness for cotton!
My girls were a little hungry!
Here is just a little slideshow to recap some of my favorite moments of camps. I often find myself thinking, "Wow, do I really get paid for this?!" The answer is YES!!
I love Sports and Dance Camps!
"Let's hear it for the boy!" Becca Schwartz everybody! After so many years of going to Tuacahn it was super fun to know someone closely in the show! After it ended she took us on a tour of the stage and the underground tunnel! It was sweet! Thanks Becca for everything, and letting us stay at your apartment!
Just a little Footloose to get our weekend going!
In case anyone was wondering, Gretch and Taryn make my life in this photo! haha
But don't worry, that is not to be topped by my incredible fourth of July weekend, 20th birthday celebration, seeing George Strait live, going through the incredibly beautiful Oquirh Mt. Temple open house, assisting my future cousin in law in an engagement, and hanging out with my favorite 15 year old cousin because I was abandoned by my roommates! Yep, you could say I have had quite the amazing summer! It could only get better if I somehow made a trip to happiest place on earth...Disneyland anyone? You know you want to! ;)
"All Star ever wanted to do was Dance"
The temple was GORGEOUS! How lucky I am to have had the opportunity to go through FOUR temple open houses in my life! What a blessing that I have taken for granted many times in my life.
Just a little Pacific Lights action. Band from Thousand Oaks, CA. One of Lisa's EFY boys. They were super cool.