Actually, that coronetfish looks mad at me. I probably interrupted a nap - sorry! But I love the night diving because the fishies being all sleepy makes them compliant. "Want to pose for a pic? Eh, okay." :)
See how he's wearing it like a cloak? I love little survivalist tricks like this. And I love little crabs! :)
Matt sent me five or so pics. I want to post them all, but they're HIS, so I'm being conservative.
Please note the parrotfish's little sleeping bubble. You can see the sand collected on it.
that's what i asked myself when i walked in my room last evening when i got a whiff of the air.
i chalked it up to the no-a/c-on-yet and the fact that i have a window fan blowing in air from the outside; there must be something stinky out there, i figured.
i turned my ceiling fan on and laid down to nap.
a nap turned into a 5-hour mini-coma. when i woke up, the smell was better but it was still there. on top of that, i realized it was a smell i should be able to place but couldn't.
i started trying to figure out what it could be.
when i first got wailey, he had to live in the house for two weeks until i was able to get the enclosure built outside. he ate from a plate under my bed, placed on newspaper. he pooped twice but both times i found it and cleaned it up thoroughly.
i started wondering if maybe i missed something. maybe some lettuce/fruit mixture had been shoved off the plate into a place i couldn't see. maybe i missed a poop. it'd be strange it was smelling worse over time, but who knows..
so, i got on my knees and lifted the bedskirt. there, on the newspaper, was a small pile of something. "aha! mystery solved!" i thought. i pulled the newspaper out to see what the heck it was, expecting a pile of lettuce or something along those lines.
instead, i got a rodent. a long-dead rodent. in the process of being tended to by a squirmy gaggle of nature's undertaker, the baby fly. if you know what i mean.
i honestly wanted to cry. it was one of those run-out-of-the-room-and-never-come-back moments. unfortunately, it being 3 a.m., i figured catching a flight to rio would pose a challenge. also, i have no passport. so i had to face the problem: close the newspaper while trying to not look, run it outside, set it next to the compost heap, and hope to god balu would know what to do with it today.
so, yeah, i love the cats. i mean, the carcasses of lizards scattered across the patio outside is bad enough. but at least i see those, or at least know they're there when i step on them (ugh!). but bringing a dead mammal into my house and stashing it somewhere i never look? totally. not. cool. i'd prefer the underside of my bed never again becomes an insect nursery/cafe. agggggh.
Last night, I was talking with Balu about the whole job-switch situation. I think the dates are finally figured out as of today. Anyway, I was playing with the end and start dates of my old and new jobs, trying to make sure I had a couple of days off in between, even if that meant I was unpaid for a couple of days.
I said, "I guess I can just donate plasma. Or, actually, I looked into that whole egg donation thing a while back.." This is more of a joke than anything; I typically don't need money bad enough to start selling off bits of/from my body.
Anyway, then Balu asked, "Aren't you too old for that?"
I hereby take back all of that best-roommate stuff I've said in the past. (Kidding!)
It now looks like I'll have a full week off! It'll be an on-the-cheap, at-home vacation, but luckily I'm in Florida, so that's a nice idea -- I can dive and kayak and all that for nearly free. And this may be too ambitious, but I may even get to get some reading done..! Maybe in a hammock in the backyard..
I saw this girl's pics on CuteOverload.com. She's from Norway. Ahh, I'm always so happy to come across Norwegians on the Internet when whaling isn't involved. Also, she's from a town named Vestby. This, of course, will probably only amuse Dawn and Shannon..
I love that Alli's landlords are so hands-off that this poster is still up in her hallway. :)
This pic literally made me laugh out loud. If it doesn't you, then make sure you look at the large version of this picture. That bald little head! Ahh! Baby birds are the funniest-lookin' little creatures ever! Aside from naked mole rats.. And frogfish, maybe.
I've been so quiet on here. I've just had no net time! But, that means I have accomplished offline things, such as planting sunflowers in my yard and napping. :) Also, I got a new job. I'll not go into too much detail (most of you know it already anyway), except that it's at a company that I love and respect. I am incredibly excited about this.
I'm heading down to South Beach now to hang with Alli for a bit.. Lord let me find a parking space!
Balu sent me this pic of Elliot & Kitten snuggled up in my bed today. They have difficult lives, eh?
I'm surprised at how close they are. Kitten must've already been sleeping when Elliot came in or she never would've stood for that..
I know, we all do.. But I feel compelled to say it anyway.
I just signed up for 3 months of Beach Boot Camp. Sadly, I missed today. I think I got about four hours of sleep last night.. Now, they were lovely, peaceful hours of sleep. But when I wasn't sleeping, I was agonizing with my RLS. No laughing! You may have seen RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) advertised on TV. You may have giggled at it. You know, the lengths we go for things to complain about. But it really is quite disruptive. I'll be TIRED and wanting to SLEEP and my legs feel like.. ahh, I can't even describe it. Even though the rest of me is tired, my legs seem to be jumpin' for a sprint. And last night, I hardly believe it, but I swear my ARMS were getting in on the action, too. I figured if I went and worked out in the sun after so little rest, I'd be basically ruining the rest of my day, so instead I slept. And now next weekend I have the option of doing this Bay cleanup thing, so.. Well, we'll see. Maybe the Colonel will let me come on Wednesday night instead, although I don't count on it.
In any case, I got to sleep in a bit with the cats this morning. It may sound silly, but I really appreciate mornings when I can languish in bed a bit. Usually Kitten is in bed with me and Elliot is on the window perch I got for them, but this morning I had one cat on either side of me. They're so content and agreeable while they're dozing; it's nice to be able to stay in bed once in a while. Being home in the morning was nice, too - I had the chance to give the torts a nice little bath and a salad. Oh yeah, and I also got to intervene in Elliot's lizard attacks about five times. I'm starting to figure that chasing/maiming lizards is most of what he does with his day besides sleeping.
Sailing was gorgeous today. Captain Squid, Matty, Kasia (KAH-shuh), and a new sailor, Tasia (TAH-see-uh), and I went out on the Shirley. We had the usual relaxed, sunny, beautiful day we always have out on the water. We were out on the water for well over three hours, and the time flew right by..
Tomorrow morning we're having a dive and an Easter brunch at Mulligans down by the water.. Later on in the day, I plan to get some new purslane plants I have in the ground and plant the sunflower seeds I bought.
Right now, I feel pretty content. I think enjoying the creatures under my care, watering my daisies, watching the birds and butterflies in the backyard, and enjoying this weather, water, and sun in so many ways is pretty good use of my time.
Ah, how I love weekends. :)
Also, look, one of the five eggs hatched! :)
This happened today. I was pulling into the Publix parking lot when a group of guys came running into the street, in front of my car, in the midst of a fight.
Thankfully, there's a Dunkin Donuts in this same plaza, so police presence is all but guaranteed.
By the time I had parked my car and walked back towards the store entrance, one of them was in handcuffs.
So yeah, smart move for these guys.
The bottom line: whenever you buy apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, red raspberries, spinach, and strawberries, you should buy them organic. Random testing of these fruits and vegetables have shown them laden with as many as 9 (nectarines) or 10 (spinach) different pesticides. Is something meant to kill another living being really something you want to ingest?
And her captions will help you brush up on your Portuguese!
BTW, the "chick" thing? Completely unintended. :)
So this weekend, I did the Beach Boot Camp thing again (easier this time!).. yes, up at 7 a.m. TWO SATURDAYS IN A ROW! By choice!
Balu came sailing with us this time, so I got to ride in his Fiat.. Actually, I've ridden in it once or twice before, but never before during the day, so it was nice.. It's all modified for racing, so it has this crazy four-strap safety belt which literally took me three minutes to figure out the first time I tried to put it on. Every time I put that thing on, I think of Brian Regan's bit, "Click-click-clickety-click!" You know, how you know you're not the most popular person in the car if you're stuck in the back. How in the back, you only have that waist strap, but how everyone in the front is prepared for space travel.. OK, so you have to hear it for it to be funny. Do so in person, if possible: BrianRegan.com.
Anyway, it was a PERFECT day for sailing. Seriously, perfect. Sunny, but not too sunny. Windy, but not too windy. Just perfect. :)
I'm in charge of organizing the sailing now, so if you happen to be in South Florida and want to give it a try, please email me. I'm trying to get both an afternoon and evening sail going this Saturday..
I mentioned to Balu on Saturday on the lovely drive how we've had such perfect weather lately. "Seriously, it's been ages since we've had a rainy, ugly day." The rain began Sunday. D'oh! I forgot to knock on wood. So now we're scheduled for more all the way through the end of the forecast - Saturday. Joy!
There was another Fluffy-lookin' cat at the shelter yesterday, so I ran in. It wasn't him, of course; it was a poor little feral cat. I noticed the other Fluffy-lookin' cat was still there so I went to place a FOUND ad in the newspaper today for her, but when I went to find her ID number on PetHarbor.com, she was no longer listed on the shelter website. Aggh. Hopefully that just means her owners found her. I did get to see a sweet-looking doggy I had noticed before being reunited with his owner. She was walking out of the shelter, a big smile on her face, fake scolding the dog, "You don't know what a bad weekend we had! You don't know how much we love you!" I had tears in my eyes. :)
While I was there, I completely fell in love with this girl. Since Fluffy ain't coming back (I'm starting to accept this), maybe Balu would be open to me getting another cat..? Probably not, though. So I wonder if Bethy would mind if I shipped her over...
What a cute, homely little dog! :D She's a rescue, of course. 14 & nearly blind. And toothless. Hee.
Last night, I added a fern to the water dish, hopefully to help shade it from the sun, then planted the grass in the little annex, where the torts like to hide. The whole area is really a good hiding spot now. :)
Wailey still tucks himself into weird places...
Kitten likes to come sniff around in the enclosure. Plus, it's a good place to observe the fence, an endless source of lizards and interesting noises (from all the critters on the other side).
The best is when the rooster makes a noise and Kitten hauls her little furry butt back into the house, then peeks her head out the door. "Whatwasthat?" It's happened more than once.
And look, pineapples!
As uncool as it may be to admit it, I sure do love living in the suburbs. :)
I got an email from the girl who adopted Thor & Scaredy today.
"Im ok.... doing ok.... just a lil upset about a decision I have to come to about my kitties....
Me and my boyfriend will be moving into my parents house to help them out... they have a built on room on the side of the house that we would pay them money to stay their...and be able to save alot... from the rent we are paying now... but my dad said he doesnt want the Cats...and I love them to death ...but I need to do what I must do for my fam.... but I dont wanna give them up to just anyone either... I rather know where they are so I could still see them... and know they are in good hands... would you be able to take em? or is that not something possible? This decision is like 95% a defiant....so I need to see what I can do...
Let me know :oT
I love my babiez... but the only one I can see them with is u"
The bright side is that it's SO much easier to find a home for grown-up cats than baby ones.. Aggggh...
These people have a fox that comes up and hangs out on their porch. He's super tame. Not sure if that's such a good thing, but he sure is cute.
can't wait to go home tonight to plant these!
i talked to the neighbor over the fence a bit last night. nice guy, a pilot. he has the two gopher tortoises.. and it turns out that they had babies! i'll go see them and get pictures sometime soon. he also has a pretty little box turtle that someone found on the side of the road. very cool little guy, too. i admitted that i peaked over his fence sometimes to say hi to the tortoises and chickens, but never noticed the box turtle..
it's been a quiet day. sorry - i'm feeling pretty drained. i come to work in the morning with so much energy - i want to do this and this, and when i get home i'm going to do this, and then i'm going to the gym..! but after sitting here for eight hours.. i really just want to go home and nap. how sad!
just a couple of days until (birds chirp) the weekend!
so far i have boot camp, sailing, and mopping the floors scheduled. woo!