What Kind of Frog Are You?

I'm a Pixie Frog!

The African bullfrog, or Pixie frog as it is often called (because of it’s latin name, not because it’s as cute as a fairy!), is one of the largest frogs in South Africa. Usually, they hang out in open grassland, and if there are any to be found, they’ll sit around in puddles. When startled, these frogs will blow up like balloons to scare away the intruder! In the dry season, they will burrow into the ground. These guys eat lots and lots of really big bugs, fish, mice, lizards, and even other frogs.

What kind of Frog are you?


Frogetta Bout It!

This website is going to keep me busy, I’m sure of it. Get educated about frogs, why dontcha.

Do frogs have teeth?

Actually, yes! Most frogs do, in fact, have teeth of a sort.
They have a ridge of very small cone teeth around the upper edge of the jaw. These are called Maxillary Teeth. Frogs often also have what are called Vomerine Teeth on the roof of their mouth. They don’t have anything that could be called teeth on their lower jaw, so they usually swallow their food whole. The so-called “teeth” are mainly used to hold the prey and keep it in place till they can get a good grip on it and squash their eyeballs down to swallow their meal. Toads, however, do NOT have any teeth.

Gobble, Gobble, GAG, I ate too much!

Well Happy Post Thanksgiving to all! Are your stomachs satisfied? What did you do for Thanksgiving?

We didn’t have the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving. Instead, my mom had bought two little cornish game hens which we later basted and topped with rosemary. We also fixed the usual dishes: cranberry sauce (not from the can, I actually boiled the cranberries and added the usual ingredients), green bean casserole topped with breaded onion pieces, yams with marshmallows roasted on top (this was my first attempt at making this dish, and it turned out just fine), mashed potatoes, and the melt-in-your-mouth stuffing made from pieces of white bread, onions, water, salt, pepper and chicken broth. I was surpised at how easy it was to make most of these dishes. My mom helped me with the game hens, but stayed out of my way for the most part in the cramped little kitchen I have at Chez Tara. I was very happy preparing this stuff, it was great!

Then we watched some shows on HGTV that showed different people decorating for Christmas, and I became inspired. I don’t usually get inspired until a few weeks before Christmas, but right now, as I type this, I’m listening to Christmas music, and I’ve got some decorations out, ready to be used (I posted this message on Multiply the other day and wanted to post it on here too, and I didn’t have to change much. I’m still listening to Christmas music and decorating).

We also watched movies during this holiday. We watched “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, “Home for the Holidays” and then we watched a Thanksgiving classic, sure to put warmth into the hearts of every family member: Jurassic Park 3. Heh..Good movie, by the way, but not as good as the first one.


Well I felt like singing, so I sang for Audioblogger. I figured it sounded okay so I posted it. Then I replayed it and there’s a slight glitch during my high notes and it seemed to skip a beat. It almost sounds like I tried to start a yodel, but failed miserably. Oh well. Here it is!

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Thanksgiving Is Approaching

A few years ago my apartment was the chosen location for our Thanksgiving meal. My brother and his wife were flying in from Houston, Texas, and my brother who lives here was coming with his family. I had never cooked a Thanksgiving meal before. A local grocery store, however, was advertising an entire, pre-cooked meal including the most delicious cranberry sauce I have ever tasted in my entire life so far, and melt-in-your-mouth mashed potatoes and gravy. A lightbulb flashed on in my head, and what’s even better was that the same bulb flashed on in my mom’s head too. We ordered the meal and once we got it into my apartment, I took all the boxes and hid them, and we pretended that I had cooked the whole meal. MUAHH!! Ha ha ha ha.. Actually, my mom did make her heavenly stuffing. The holiday wouldn’t have been complete without it.

Aside from one sister-in-law complaining that the turkey was “too dark”, nobody seemed to have problems inhaling the food. If anyone suspected anything, they never mentioned it to me, so I’m happy. :)

So what are you all doing for Thanksgiving? If I don’t blog anything else this week (I probably will, just not sure when):


"The Truth Shall Set You Free"

Okay, time’s up, put your pencils down. I know you’ve been dying to find out the real answers to my recent True/False quiz. Well sit back and away from the edges of your seats and check out the real answers.

1. Meredith is my middle name.
False: My middle name is Marie.

2. I have never been to Europe.
True: I have never been to Europe.

3. I worked at Burger King while attending college.
False: I worked at McDonald’s while in college. Team member trainer extraordinaire. A promotion without a pay raise.

4. I was bitten on the face by a dog when I was five years old.
True: I was bitten by my uncle’s temperamental Schnauzer while visiting when I was five. I still have a scar, but it’s very subdued.

5. I’m left-handed
False: I’m right-handed. Amazing but true.

6. I have four nieces.
False: I have four nephews: two in Ohio, one in Texas and one in Arizona.

7. I completed a walk-a-thon for a charity back in high school
True: My friend and I walked the whole way during a walk-a-thon. We could barely walk the next day, but we were proud.

8. My ears are double-pierced.
False: Just one piercing on each ear.

9. None of my brothers live in Ohio.
False: One brother lives in Ohio.

10. I’ve never broken a bone.
True: I haven’t broken a bone yet in my 31 years (knock on wood).

11. I have a cat named Skittles.
True: My cat’s name is Skittles.

12. I don’t like sushi.
False: I LOVE sushi.

13. Stale coffee doesn’t gross me out.
True: Stale coffee is better than no coffee at all, especially when I have a craving for it. So it does not gross me out.

14. I have never worn contacts.
False: I have tried contacts, but they annoy me.

15. I took a sign language course in college.
True: But like every language course I have ever taken, I remember very little. I still remember the American Sign Language alphabet, though.

16. I went to New Mexico back in June.
False: I went to Arizona back in June. Ah ha! Sarah and I attended the Halfcon. “Damn, it was hot!” :)

17. I got my current job through a temp agency.
True: I got my current job through a temp agency called “Officeteam”.

18. I have never been to Disney World.
True: I have never been to Disney World, and therefore have never met Mickey Mouse in the flesh…er…fur.

19. I was named after the plantation in “Gone with the Wind”.
False: Although my mom did love that movie, she did not name me after the plantation. I was going to be named Sarah, but someone in my family (an aunt) already had that name, so she just put a “T” in front of the “ara” and liked the name.

20. I am afraid of driving highways
True: I am afraid of driving highways. I stick to those other streets.

Now you know. I will test you again next semester. Take notes, and no copying.