First of all you may have noticed that my blog looks just a tad bit different. What’s that, you say you haven’t? :owie: Well the observant might have noticed that I am no longer adding my blog entries manually by hand. Yes folks, I got lazy(er) and opted instead to install CuteNews to manage my entries. After all the trouble I went through to find a mixture of emoticons for my blog that had a wide variety of expressions, but weren’t humongous, I didn’t want to have to kiss ‘em goodbye and use the default set. I asked around and SophieÂ pointed out that I should be able to change the icons with relative ease without a hack, she was right. So I am back to using CuteNews once again. I used to use it to manage my updates for my fanlisting collective, but it seemed a bit much for little updates so I uninstalled it.
I guess I could have used WordPress, but after hearing and seeing so many people struggle with the upgrades and integrating it throughout their entire site I was put off of it. That and to be honest I really don’t like how a lot of the wordpress blogs stick to one basic style or how some pages have that annoying “entry posted on blah by blah”. It looks so wonky, in my humble opinion, to see that stamped at the end of site content that has nothing to do with a blog entry. But that’s just a personal prefrence and is not intended to offend WP users. As for using GreyMatter Don’t make me laugh.
I had to get up and get out of the house early today so that I could get to the Archaeology lab to work on the last specimen bag for my Faunal Analysis project. I wanted to get it done before going to my Human, Insects and the Environment class and thankfully I did, which meant I was able to kick back and enjoy my class today. What was so special about class you ask? I’ll tell you:
We got to eat bugs in class today!! At the beginning of the semester Dr. Thompson told us that he would bring in some insect dishes we could sample at the end of the semester. Needless to say I have been eagerly awaiting this day, and it was definately fun and well worth the wait. Dr. Thompson brought in a small selection to try and I sampled all of them. On my napkin you can see some chocolate covered crickets, fried meal worms, and live meal worms.
The chocolate covered crickets were home made and he made sure to add a little extra chocolate for the squeamish people. Sadly enough, not too many were brave enough to even try those. They opted to eat the bug-shaped teddy grahms he had there as well.
Now the fried meal worms were cooked with a special cajun spice mix that Dr. Thompson picked up, and they were just fabulous. Just to die for, I ended up bringing some of these babies home to nibble on. They’re a bit crunchy and remind me of chips. You have to try these! Now the live meal worms weren’t very mobile at first, because of the cold temperature outside, so Dr. Thompson issued us a challenge. Those who were brave enough to try it were to take a handful of live meal worms and place them in their mouths and leave them there until they started to move about, only then could you eat them. But you couldn’t just swallow or gulp them down real fast, you had to chomp down on them so that their insides gooshed out into your mouth for full flavor. Before you ask, yes I was one of the ones who tried this.
The challenge in and of itself was an interesting experiance because you were more aware of what you were actually eating. Feeling the worms squish and gush out into your mouth made you think about what it was you were eating, the other dishes just made me think of what they were similar to. Does that make sense? Anyway, the live meal worms tasted a bit bland but not bad. Apparently these guys get the flavor of whatever they eat and they taste best if you let them feast on apples. I might have to try that.
Aside from the dishes to try, Dr. Thompson also brought in some other insect products that we could see.
And he even had some Fried Termites from Uganda for us to see. These things are actually about 25yrs old, they preserve that well:
Since I brought home some insects I’m going to try to get my family to give them a taste, somehow I doubt I’ll be able to convince my mother though. She’s just a tad bit squeamish.