Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Primavera, and again

At least three people told me or wrote to me today: Happy second day of spring! How the unusual position of the first day can make the second one more special...

And this is my spring mess at work.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


There are so many fun facts about ploštice - heteroptera! For example, Wikipedia says that in English they are often called "true bugs" or "typical bugs". By the way, this is fun fact No. 4. The three previous ones are:
1. There are 4000 different types of bugs in the heteroptera group. Only 900 of them live in the Czech Republic.
2. Both pondskaters (vodoměrky) and waterscorpions (splešťule) can be found in this group. They live in water. The danger is everywhere.
3. Bugs of heteroptera group are cosmopolitan! That means you can meet them in New York, Brno, or Milan, where they are dressed specially well.

Bring me snakes, spiders, very ugly kittens - I will not run away. But facing ploštice, mainly that ones of the shape below, is extremely scary for me. I suffer from heteropterophobia. And I don't care it might not be a clasified  disease. I will fight it anyway.


Monday, 19 March 2012


I don't have time to draw!
Wait, that's not right.
I do have time to draw. It is that time which should be used for writing the thesis.
Why do I have the time?
Because I am NOT writing the thesis!
Why? Because it is painful to start and because I do everything just five to twelve and because I am born to procrastinate. (Reading for one hour about plastic surgeries of celebrities could be considered as procrastination, no? Or is it just pure laziness and mental incontinence?)

My cat just vomited on my bed. I am sure he did that to empty my "barrel of thesis time" a bit more just to make me feel even less comfortable, so later I would caress him more to feel better. Cha!

But I've found one activity which, though being part of the lovely procrastination family, is really useful and makes you feel less disgusted with yourself. It is gardening. You work for the mother planet, the local ecosystem, your family and neighbours, your body and mind in both short and long term (the asparagus you took care of will detox you and make you feel better during the month when you will be dealing with your current lack of responsibility when it comes to thesis). You sunbath, breath fresh air, stretch those muscles and learn something new about your, during the winter time forgotten, insect phobia.

Blame it on the gardening. Try. Maybe right tomorrow, on the first day of Spring! And if you need to cheer up, read this.


Monday, 5 March 2012

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Agatha Christie, Mary Anning and Dorset

We are back! We had a lovely time at the Jurassic Coast - walking for miles and miles, eating fish'n'chips and drinking ale. And I cannot praise the guesthouse in Weymouth we stayed in enough.

The journey - train.

Weymouth ammonites pattern.

Weymouth ammonites pattern applied.

Tribute to Agatha Christie - a dead body under a furze bush.