Monday, April 11, 2005
  A thought
I would like to know –

Who can live without pets?

I often think of that while hugging on a struggling-to-get-away cat. Who would be happy coming home to a place without little animals to pet/feed/hug/talk to?

I stayed for the first time in my apartment last night. I brought my tortoise, but even with her eating cantaloupe in her habitat under my desk, I was sad I didn’t have any kitties there. In fact, I sadly mistook this pile of workout stuff for a cat more than once last night.

See, Kitten is always around when you're in the shower or something. Not sure if she's just amazed you're facing the scary(!) water and is in awe of your bravery, or if she's protectful, or a pervert.. Anyway, she's always in the bathroom when you're there. I'm used to that. So at the apartment, I see shoes out of the corner of my eye and think, "Hey baby!"

The tortoise, btw, is doing well. I converted my planter outside to a little tortoise playground.

I went home during lunch yesterday to let her explore it for the first time. "Explore" isn't exactly what she did - instead, she wedged herself under the gerber daisy plant and wouldn't come out. Oh well. :)

I gotta figure out the focusing on this thing. It ALWAYS chooses the wrong thing to focus on, I swear.
I don't know how people live without pets. I really enjoy having something warm and furry that doesn't talk back following me around the house.

Did we decide on a time for Friday night?
Awww, sweet! I miss having Gidget, but it's kinda fun having the fish. We're never home enough to really care properly for something warm and furry. :(

No, we didn't decide on a time! But we have NO plans for Friday night (except DS!) so I'm cool. :)
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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