Bad News/Good News Tuesday

The bad news: A thunderstorm broke loose while I was halfway through my run this morning, and the sky lit up with lightning when I was just as far from home as my route takes me.

The good news: I ran my last mile in record time.

The bad news: Our third monarch caterpillar, like the others, made its chrysalis while I was at school, so I didn’t get to see it.

The good news: Awesome husband, who works nights, saw the caterpillar shedding its skin and ran for his camera to shoot video for me.
"I thought you might want to put it on your blog thing," he said. He caught the last minute; you’ll see the caterpillar wiggling out of its old skin and then getting comfortable in the chrysalis where it will be for the next couple weeks.

The bad news: Three caterpillars have now grown from tiny babies, eaten many times their body weight in milkweed, and formed chrysalides, and my line edits still aren’t done.

The good news: Just 44 pages to go.

20 Replies on “Bad News/Good News Tuesday

  1. That is so cool! I’ve never seen them at that point in the process. Wow! (Plus thanks, you’ve reminded me of something I should turn into a poem–fun for tomorrow).

    Hope you finish your line edits before the butterflies emerge.

  2. Wow! I loved it. I’ve never seen anything like that either. I have to show my daughter. She’ll love it. Thanks for sharing. Hope you finish your line edits soon. 🙂

  3. Well done, husband! That footage is excellent.

    You’ll get the line edits done. You have a few extra minutes today, for instance, from having sprinted home to beat the lightning.

  4. Wicked cool!

    (How do they DO that? I mean, you always hear that inside that chrysalis is a ‘soup’ … but how does a soup move that way? It is decidedly unsouplike, wouldn’t you say?)

  5. That is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in awhile. Your husband is made of awesome.

    Also, before I forget: I love your bad news/good news format!

  6. Well, actually, it’s not soup when it first goes into this stage because it’s just shedding its skin. Maybe it becomes soup after it’s comfortable? You’re right – it was the wormiest soup I’ve ever seen.