April 30th, 2005

laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Chirp

The half moon is still bright, floating amid a halo of thin clouds, when the palest gray light of approaching dawn arrives in the east, and suddenly the robins begin to chirp. What makes them so eager to rise and start their day? Maybe it's food. Maybe it's the prospect of mating. Maybe they just enjoy annoying the humans. They are loud! The hours of peace are shattered in a moment. This time of year the robins are worse than the blue jays. It's a wonder I get any sleep at all. Why can't I have larks and thrushes singing pleasant, sleep-inducing songs, rather than these piercing shrieks? I guess that's what I get for being nocturnal.
munkacsy_parc_monceau

Wet

Another day of delightful gray, though I overslept again. I didn't get to sleep until after the early-rising robins quieted down, and shortly thereafter I was wakened by noise at the long-vacant house next door. It sounded as though they were moving a large appliance in (or out), with much groaning and grinding and clattering of metal. Once that was over, I got back to sleep and the next thing I knew it was after four o'clock and I was stumbling out of bed bleary and annoyed. The moody sky cheered me up, though. Mere annoyances can't compete with the pleasures of a lovely spring overcast.

Now it has begun to sprinkle, and the darkness is filled with the soft pattering of rain. I'm delighted that the season has turned out to be so damp and cool. I'ts like a summer in Portland!

I just noticed something odd about the LJ web update page I'm using. It has no option for choosing an icon. Everything else is there, but the "choose icon" box is missing. I'll try the preview page. ::preview:: Nope, no option. Strange. Wait. The spell check page is supposed to have an icon choice box. ::spell check:: Ah, there it is! I wonder what went wrong with the regular update page?