Going Backwards, Slowly
(Tip for readers: The most interesting day so far was Sunday.)
I bought Asian pears at a farmers' market! Also went to an organic foods market for supplements, then came out of that market with supplements, tea, cheese, and chocolate. Additionally, I walked somewhere around three miles without feeling like I was going to die in the middle of the sidewalk, which is a vast improvement over recent days. Here's hoping I won't regret that walk tomorrow!
I also began catching up on reading LiveJournal, but I've still got a way to go yet.
Monday: Went to the library (returned: one book and one DVD; checked out: one other book and one other DVD). Although I survived the trip, I felt pretty miserable when I got home. Still, I didn't need to go to bed as early as I have been recently, so that's an improvement. Am hoping not to suffer too much from a housemate's cold. (Yes, I have orange juice.)
Sunday: Not as fatigued as I had been recently, but I still went to bed earlier than usual.
I had an unexpected visitor on Sunday! I was going to open a window when I saw that there was something in the space between the screen and the storm window. My first impression was that a wide brown leaf had somehow gotten lodged in there, but I quickly realized I was looking at something else entirely. Its body was about the length of my thumb, and it had mouselike ears, and it was hanging upside down holding onto the screen with its hind feet, and I was wondering where its front legs were, and...
...and when my brain finally processed what I was looking at, I decided that it was an adorable little bat. My conviction that it was adorable may have been based on nothing but the facts that it was tiny, it was fuzzy, and it was on the outside of the windowscreen, but the conviction was firmly held all the same. Oh, and the cute little ears didn't hurt any. Then there was the fact that, with its wings folded up, it looked almost as if some mad scientist had taken the hind legs from some giant grasshopper or other jumping insect and attached them to this little guy's front end. The itty-bitty bat may have been sleeping in our window for the day, but obviously its home address was at the intersection of Freaky and Cute.
I'm afraid I was a poor excuse for a naturalist, though. Blame it on the fact that I was so very tired, but I never even thought about getting a ruler out to measure sleepy bat's exact length until it was too late. (Since I did measure him against the size of my thumb, I'm going with an estimate of three inches or less--a tiny bat indeed.) I didn't think to take cell phone pics until the sun was too far down, so the photos I did take only show a silhouette next to a blazing ball of fire (but knowing the size of the space the bat was in, the pictures do support my estimate of the bat's size). And with the bat choosing to sleep in a place partly obscured by cobwebs, I wasn't even sure of the details of its coloration (though my main impression was definitely brown). Sadly, I can't even tell you whether or not its calcar was keeled (at least partly because I didn't know the meaning of the word "calcar").
Anyway, my little visitor slept peacefully through the day, starting to move a little bit after sunset. I tried watching him for a while with my lights turned off, me bending down at an uncomfortable angle to see him better. By the light of streetlamps and neighbors' buildings, he made his way from the left side of the window to the right, turning his mouselike body as he slowly moved each claw from one hole in the screen to another. He didn't seem too eager to move out into the windy night, however; and after two hours of checking up on him, I finally went to sit down at the computer instead. When I looked at the window again about three hours after sunset, he was gone. I hope the little guy is flying free and happy, wherever he is.