Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The bane of my existence...well one of them anyway.

Yep, crickets. And here's why:

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."
(Thanks Wikipedia!)

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!


Annie Gardner

Kendra I know what you mean!!! I was actually going to post about the crickets last night and I didn't because I couldn't find the time to wiki search all the information about them you did. Good job on that by the way. Last night I was watching a movie and I couldn't hear it over the crickets, isn't that great?


haha love the cotton balls:)

Lisa Haggerty

Kendra. I promise I sent out the seagulls and I apologize that they did not do what I asked them to. I was very specific that they must eat the crickets. Come on it worked the last time they sent in the seagulls! I also apologize for the bird poop and the crickets still existing. Much Love.


Kendra- You are so cute! I just read on facebook that you had a blog and thought I would check it out. I love blogs- they are so fun. Anyways we should play sometime because hello- you are only like 30 minutes away! Loves <3.


I stumbled upon your blog. It's cute :)
I'll keep reading! Well, for at least a month. Then I'll wait two years. Then I'll read it again.
Glad you solved your cricket problem.

Katie Lewis

Dear Kendra,
First off, I would like to apologize for my falling off the face of the planet! It's not's me! Life has been a huge mess of chaotic ups and downs, flips, trips and flabbergasts. I am not going to Nashville anymore. I would continue to update you on my life, but seeing as how this is YOUR blog, I won't do that to the other readers. :) I'm in Cedar, so next time you're in town give me a call and we can be friends again. :) Love ya!

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