End of the road|
So it's been a long time since I've put anything up here. I hope you're over it. I'll give you a moment to collect yourself.
Good. Now let's move forward.
So I told Aspen that my next shift will be my last. This is primarily because I think it's time to move on, and if I don't have a solid departure date, I'll never leave. I do not currently have any commitments to jobs beyond Aspen, however. Please let me know if you're aware of something that may interest me.
So that's the update. I really wanted to post the entry because of something cool that happened this past week at work; I encountered my nemesis again.
I was busy chopping wood for families when I reached and grabbed a new piece of wood to chop. I was greeted by a large, black spider guarding two egg sacs. My immediate response to my nearby coworker was: "What the hell is that?" My immediate thought, of course, was: "Is that a black widow?" but it's difficult to compose thoughts and words when you're faced with your nemesis.
A quick glance at its underside revealed the classic red hourglass confirming its identity. Since she was protecting her egg sacs, she stayed in one spot. We used the opportunity as a teaching moment by showing her off to the students and every visitor that came by.
We discussed the various risks involved in leaving a Black Widow in the wood pile where parents and students alike would come to gather wood for their fires and decided we couldn't leave her there.
So we decided to keep it.
Not alive (though a Black Widow pet would be cool), but displayed somehow. My coworker managed to capture it in a small plastic container to allow it to die on its own, hopefully preserving the flexibility needed to display.
And so we come to it: I have a dead black widow spider in a small plastic container on my desk. My thought is to find a way to incase it in a clear resin that I can keep on my desk or something. What I haven't worked out yet is how to do it. Thankfully, we have the internet, where there is much literature on the subject. I'll let you know how the project turns out.