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01/13/2007: "Reflections On Athena the Triops' Birthday"

Music: Old 97's
Mood: about to go to work

Last night during dinner, one of Miss E.'s friends asked me if I had a pet so I described what a triops is and how I hatched her and cool it is to watch Athena swim around and everything. This person, who has an elderly dog, said: "It's sad how you're going to watch her grow up and die in just a couple of months."

At first, that did sort of bum me out but then I realized that as long as I appreciate watching Athena swim around in her peanut butter jar right now, that is all that matters. All you have is right now and you got to make the most of it. So I am enjoying Athena, who now at a month old and about 1 1/2 inches is in the prime of her life and I believe that watching her has really been inspirational with my writing. It is really soothing somehow to watch her perform her crazy swimming stunts, lie on her back, shed her carapace and play with her toy button.

In that vein, I have been writing at a good clip and I am on chapter 2 of "The Last Alchemist/Athena" novel. I'll let you know when it is finished.

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