Saturday, January 30, 2010
  My two chubby chicks

My two chubby chicks, originally uploaded by estacey.

So I'm fostering two pregnant sister kitties. I made them a blog:

  Maggie & I were playing with sunflare

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
  it's so quiet!
sorry about that.

it's not that i haven't been on the computer. it seems that i'm on some sort of strange self-imposed second shift when it comes to all things online. i goof off, yes (jersey shore anyone?) but mostly i'm tweaking and researching. ALL EVENING. EVERY EVENING. thank god i have the flexibility to do that! i feel quite lucky.

i've had the worst luck w/ my logo. WORST LUCK. i had an idea which i had a kind person on flickr who is also a graphic artist offer to execute for a bargain $200 price tag. she got some stock artwork and put it together and i didn't like it. i didn't like the way it looked.. too generic, with the stock art.. and i didn't like the colors and could not make them into something i liked. so i get to pay her $200 for a logo i'm not using. AND then i get to pay someone else $400 for the logo i WILL use. i found someone to do it... we've gone through the logos a bit and i asked for feedback from a successful pet photographer and she said it was too cartoonish so i gave that feedback to the graphic artist and she said cool, she'll come up w/ some new concepts within a day or so, followed by a rambling email from me about how i do like what she designed and maybe i'll stick with it, but i sure would appreciate seeing some options just so i can be sure... and that was two days ago and i haven't heard from her so i dunno if i pissed her off or what. sigh!

oh, get this. my cousin:

seriously. SERIOUSLY. she's my mom's sister's daughter, lisa. she pretended she had CANCER. bald head and everything. chemo "port" on her chest. it was all fake. she was applying for SSI benefits and apparently made up her own medical records and got caught. she had said she only had 8-12 months to live. so umm... all that work for less than a year of pay? OKAY.

the part that really pisses me off is that my family had a benefit for her. my brother-in-law drove all around the town getting donations from local businesses so they would have stuff to auction off. they all attended the benefit, bid on items... and it was all fake. everyone was stepping in to try to help.. her mother has passed away so my mom was trying to be there for her. we offered to have chris look at her medical records since it sounded as if her doctors were giving her a runaround with her treatment due to her condition and/or insurance. when she didn't send the records, i started to wonder.. i felt like an ass for thinking the worst of her, but it turned out i was right. !!! LOSER.

okay, back to my 2nd shift business buildin'. :)
Sunday, January 17, 2010

Baroo?, originally uploaded by estacey.

Visit my blog for a post about Buddy:

Monday, January 11, 2010
  in case you hadn't noticed

65, originally uploaded by jclutter.

it's EFFING cold here. in the 30 the past couple of nights 30s!!!

i am so over it. so are the tortoises. and the cats, who started using litterboxes today for the first time in, uh, years (they usually just go outside). and especially the iguana in my closet. (no, really.)

thursday it'll be warm again. yipee!

Sunday, January 03, 2010
  Look who got a great new home!!!

Look who got a great new home!!!, originally uploaded by estacey.

:) :) :)

I found Daisy an AWESOME home! Yay!

They love her, as well they should. She tried to follow me out the door, which broke my heart into tiny pieces, but I'm sure she'll forget about me soon and fall in love with her new peeps. :)

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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