Just Stuff

Mar. 11th, 2012 11:27 pm
senashenta: (Bashful Fluttershy Is Bashful ♥)
Not much has been happening the last few days. A lot of spring cleaning, since the weather's been nice, and I've watched quite a few movies. I'm on a horror kick and have been going through the Netflix archives for ones I haven't seen before. I'm also watching a lot of foreign movies, too.

Other than that... well, Aya's at J&K right now since he hasn't eaten in almost 10 months. ~.~;; I took him down this past Wednesday to see if they could get him to eat, but he was so stressed out from the trip down that they just kept him and tried to feed him yesterday instead. But he still didn't eat, so they're going to hang onto him for another week and try again next Saturday. idek what's going to happen if he doesn't eat then, either. =/

Back on Tuesday, I saw C.A. for the first time in almost two years! X3!! She's back from abroad and planning to stay this time. Her long-term bf is moving to Canada with her too; he's supposed to come over in June or July area. ♥ But she stopped by for an hour and a half or so, and it was SO AWESOME to see her again. I missed her immensely while she was gone. But now hopefully we can get together once in a while. In fact, we already made tentative plans for her to come over for an Asian Cooking Night some time soon. :3

Aaaand yesterday by brother came over for dinner. It's nice when he comes over, as we get along really well nowadays. I made sheppard's pie (turkey not beef) and it was all looking good until I bumped the stove and accidentally turned the broiler on. >>;; This caused the pie to cook until it was black on top and set the smoke alarm off. Then when I went to pull it out of the oven, I set one of my oven mitts on fire. .___.;; YEAH. It was One Of Those Days. (When I pulled the black layer off the pie, it was still perfectly good and yummy underneath, at least. lol.)

Other than that, I've been tinkering away at my Writing Blog ([livejournal.com profile] vanimadin) and my Food Blog ([livejournal.com profile] houseofyum) and obsessing over My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic because... uh... YEAH IDK, THE CUTE IS ADDICTIVE, I GUESS? 8D;;
senashenta: (Babbling Babbling Babbling)
Hokay! My first real entry after months of nothing! ...and it's just a recounting of my day, really. I'm very boring lately. :P

...UGH I JUST BROKE MY MOUSE. *FACEPALM*

BUT ANYWAY.

Today was grocery day. Yay! /sarcasm. >>;

Actually, it's not so bad. Mom and I do groceries together each week, so it's kind of fun to go out and spend the time with her.

So because this is the first shopping trip of the month (for March, even though it's still the 29th of February), I had a TON of stuff to get. I easily dropped $250+ dollars on various things, and that was BEFORE coming home and paying all my bills. =.=;;

So foodstuffs for me and then stocking up on food and litter and other various things for the critters. While I was at the (first) pet store, I also picked up a few fish for my community tropical tank. 2 blue dwarf gouramis, a striped angel fish and 6 cherry barbs. (Already in the tank; 1 pleco, 2 cory catfish, 3 angels, 1 orange dwarf gourami, 2 rosy minnows, 2 gold barbs, 3 rosy barbs, 9 neon tetras, 4 red platys, 1 guppy, 1 tiger barb, 1 redtail shark, 2 zebra danios...) It's a huge 75 gallon aquarium, what can I say? I think my next addition might be one or two congo tetras. They are SO pretty. ♥

When I later went down to J&K to buy rats for Aya and Opal, I asked Dave when I should start worrying about how long it's been since Aya ate; ball pythons will routinely go for long periods of time without eating, but it's going on 10 months since Aya last ate. He seems healthy and isn't losing weight. He's even still shedding, which means he must still be growing. But it's been so long now that Dave said it's probably a good idea to bring Aya into the shop, and they'll hand-feed him for me. If it works, they'll show me how to do it. I might have to buy a pair of feeding tongs, but that's a minor thing when compared to the idea of Aya starving to death. =/

Having done a ton of running around with Mom today during shopping, I then did a bunch more after she dropped me off. XD; I went to the Dollarama and picked up some things for Easter baskets, then to Liquidation World, where I bought a Firefly Jar for part of a Christmas gift for the end of this year.

I froze my tail off with all the walking, since it was blustery and snowstorming when I went out. Now I have wind burn on my face and ears. DX

Tonight was the night that registration for AA at Anime North opened. I sent in my application like five seconds after 8pm when registration officially started, so we'll see if I get a spot. I hope I do, I could really use the money...

Oh, and tomorrow I'm going to Mom and Lee's place for dinner. My sister and her hubby are coming over and bringing my new baby niece, and we're all going to have Chinese takeout together. xD;

So I'm making a cake for dessert! But since my sis and brother-in-law have a lot of diet restrictions, it has to be a really specialty-type recipe. I'm making dairy-free, soy-free carrot cake with frosting made from avacados! O.O The cake looks really good, and I'm doing the icing in a few minutes. Then tomorrow we'll see how it turned out~!

...and now I'll leave you with a brony Cross And Arrow duet dub video, just for shits and giggles:

senashenta: (Carousel Twins)
Happy Halloween! ...yeah, I just wanted to say that. :D;

I actually dressed up for the first time in about six years, just for the hell of it. All I did tonight was hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, but what the heck, right? I cobbled a demon outfit together at the last minute; my red contacts and long red wig, my custom fit fangs and then around 5pm I wandered downtown and spent a whole $1 on a pair of red horns. Then I just wore a black tank top and a black-and-white skirt with my knee boots.

Also, Aya kept me company for half of the time I handed out candy. ^_^ He's such a calm snake, I took him out of his terrarium and wrapped him around my neck and he just chilled out there and basically didn't move for an hour. When he started to get restless I put him away again.

But having Aya around my neck? Between that and the red contacts, pretty much every kid who came to the door was like O.O at me. XD; One little boy was SO EXCITED about the snake, he asked if it was an anaconda and I honestly wanted to say yes just because he was so thrilled over the idea. Haha.

Anyhoo, so when I went downtown to buy the horns I was in the rest of my costume (sans Aya, though, he wouldn't have done well out and about like that as it's quite cold out nowadays) and I picked up a few things from Liquidation World, then went to the dollar store for the horns, then on the way back I stopped at J&K to get more rats for Aya and Opal.

lol Sandy and Dave were in today (they pretty much always are), and they both loved my hair/eyes/horns. Apparently cherry red really suits me, which is kind of true because I'm so pale. xD; Sandy wanted to know where she could get contacts like that and so that lead to a conversation about conventions while Dave headed off to get my rats. Man, do I love that store and the people there, you have no idea. ♥

While I was there I also got a hammock for Ven. A couple of days ago I was looking at my little rattie in his cage and wondering why in the hell he was in the small rat cage when I actually have two much larger rabbit cages currently available? .__.; So I went and got those cages, zip-tied them together into one really nice, big, lofty cage, and transferred him over.

At first it was just him and his food dish and his plastic hide, but today I picked up some things to add; the hammock, like I said, and also a big climbing rope and a honey-treat bell that hangs from the roof of the cage. Technically, the honey-treat is supposed to be for birds, but there's nothing in it that Ven can't have and I've found in the past that bird toys and treats make really fun additions for rats; and rats are so smart that they need lots of enrichment and things to play with or they go stir crazy.

I'm still thinking about getting him a bell toy as well, since Yuki and 'Nashi LOVED theirs way back when I had them. (They were my first two rats, for those who remember or care at all.) But Ven's cage is in the bedroom and idk... Yuki and 'Nashi used to flail around with that bell so much they kept me awake even when they were all the way in the living room. XD;; So I guess we'll see.

Right now Ven is still feeling very overwhelmed with all the changes, I think. He's climbed around a bit, but spent most of today hiding in his bed going >O.O< while I fixed his cage up and tidied the room. ^^;; He'll settle in nicely over the next couple of days, though. ♥

Am still considering picking up a second rat, too. Some of my rats in the past have preferred to live on their own, but based on the way Ven's personality is, I think he'd be happier to have a companion. Maybe I'll go and pick out another little male next time I'm downtown. (Then I shall name him Terra! 8D; /KH geek.)

Anyway, so that was my day.

OH. Except that I picked up antibiotics for the cats today as well. They won't cure the colds everyone's got, but being on them will keep them from getting pneumonia or other infections until the rest clears up, which is really important. So that's a big relief.

And right now I'm writing this and watching The Zombie Diaries, which will then be followed by The Zombie Diaries 2 and finally The Howling Reborn, because I can't think of a better way to spend the rest of my Halloween night than chilling with zombie and werewolf movies. =D

EDIT: And Z's battery is magically holding a charge again. It hasn't done that in months. .__.;;
senashenta: (...Would Like To Lick You)
For those of you who haven't been keeping up with the latest installment of Nyoka: The Snake Who Is Also A Magician And Apparently Sometimes Also Invisible on FB or Twitter, here's the basics: I finally finally managed to bring Nyoka home (ie: had her dropped off here) on Saturday the 5th.

All of four days later, she managed to escape her terrarium. I generally went ASDGH;KL!! over it, but managed to find her by about 20 minutes after realizing she was missing; she was curled up by the motor behind my bar-fridge (because of the heat, obviously.)

K, so she's safe and sound and I assumed I had accidentally looked away long enough for her to get out before I closed the terrarium up or something like that. My fault, of course. No biggie, Nyoka was home and all was well.

Then two days ago, SHE WENT MISSING AGAIN.

And I was like ASDGH;KL!! because WTF this time I know I didn't let her out by accident, unless I did it whilst sleepwalking or something. >__O;; So apparently, my new snake is a fucking magician who specializes in escape artistry, and even now I CAN NOT FIGURE OUT HOW SHE'S DOING IT. :|

So I pulled the fridge out again, assuming I would find her in the same spot. But no, she wasn't there. So I searched my room and the hall quickly, but still no snake. So then I spent the entire night moving furniture to look for her AND COULDN'T FIND HER. SHE WAS APPARENTLY INVISIBLE.

Now, it's important to understand why she would be so hard to locate; Nyoka is tiny. I mean, in total she is maybe six inches long and about as big around as a pencil. She can curl up into a ball the size of a quarter. So it's entirely possible I just didn't see her when I was searching.

By the morning I was exhausted, sore, and starting to worry that maybe the dog or one of the cats had gotten hold of her and scarfed her down as a midnight snack. =/ But I continued looking and keeping an eye out in the hopes of finding her in one piece and, hopefully, still alive.

Last night I finally rigged up a trap for her, which consisted of strapping her heating pad to an empty bottle, then placing a pinky mouse (tasty!) inside said bottle and setting the whole thing on the ground on it's side. The plan was to leave it in my room for a day or two, then move it around the house if need be until she got cold/hungry enough and went for it.

So that's out and ready, and about five hours later I took my laundry downstairs, started the wash up... and then found Nyoka, curled up in a little coil, in the middle of the carpet. IN THE BASEMENT.

HOW DID SHE GET ALL THE WAY DOWN THERE I DON'T EVEN AUGH. DX

The nearest we can figure, she either crawled down one of the heating ducts upstairs and made her way through said ducts until she ended up in the basement, or she was hiding out in my laundry and when I dumped it out onto the ground to sort it before washing it she came out.

Now, upon initial inspection, two things were noted: first, at least one cat had had a go at her. She has three miniscule puncture wounds from what I assume are teeth. But they are extremely minor and not anything to worry about. And second, I wasn't sure if she was barely alive, or freshly dead. =/

So I took her upstairs and set her up in a little terrarium with water, food, and her heating pad and just kind of waited to see if she would start moving or not. And sure enough, she got warm and started moving, then slowly perked up more and more over the course of a couple hours.

That settled, I took her back out to have a closer look at her wounds... and discovered that she has a clearly broken back, about 1/4 of the way up from the tip of her tail. ;A;

Now, I know that there's not much a vet can do about this. So I checked online, and the general consensus is "if it's a smaller snake, try to make a splint", so I made a makeshift one out of medical tape just to help keep the break stable.

Other than her tail flopping a bit, she's not even acting like she's injured, so I think she's going to be alright. She's even gone right back to burrowing, splint and all, and tentatively looking around for escape routes from the temporary terrarium. I should have named her Houdini.

But, I think I won't entirely breathe a sigh of relief until I can get her to eat something. I am soooo glad that I found her, though. I was really upset when she went missing for the second time in less than two weeks. :(

Who knew sand boas were such a handful? ~.~;;
senashenta: (Tail Whip)
My sleeping schedule is all messed up. ~_~;; As usual. /whatever.

So I guess the big news the last couple of days is that Tia is in heat.

Yes, IN HEAT.

Even though I GOT HER SPAYED all the way back in NOVEMBER. >__O;;

IDK, I looked it up online and I guess if the vet missed a bit of one of her ovaries during the surgery that would explain it.

But still, it's frustrating and annoying and she is LOUD right now. Plus 'Dion is humping her every time we turn around (he's due to be neutered next month, but I guess he's old enough to have figured it out. :P) I'm going to call the vet on Monday and go "ummm... I paid you to spay her to avoid this very thing. FIX IT PLZ." and hopefully they'll do it without complaining too much.

Other than that, I'm pretty much done unpacking now. Just four more boxes to go. Between one thing and another it's taken longer than I intended, but at least now Lee won't be on my case about boxes being all over the house anymore. XD;;

I can't find the box with my framed photos though, and that's kind of upsetting. I guess I'll have to print new copies of the ones I really want and buy new frames. HEY MADDIE/CHLOE/PRONNIE! SCAN OUR GROUP PIC FROM THE AQUARIUM LAST SUMMER AND MAIL IT TO ME? It's one of the ones that I really want in a frame... the rest of them I think I have on either Z or Squall, I just have to locate them.

Oh, and I'm setting up a musebox for listing all my rp journals and stuff finally. [livejournal.com profile] vilyaore, which used to be my NaNo journal so right now it's still filled with Wednesday's Child stuff, which I need to copy + paste to my HD before I delete it from the journal itself...

EDIT: OH ALSO. RAINBOW BOA!! This is the next snake I am aiming for. They're not gigantic, are mid-range difficulty to take care of (they need very specific heat/humidity) but they are GORGEOUS. Their scales have an iridescent sheen to them, which makes them kind of glow in various colours depending on the light. LOOK AT HOW PRETTY THEY ARE!! ♥♥♥

And I've decided I also want an Iriyan Jaya Carpet Python. On doing more research, the Blood Python is much too large. The Hog Island Boa is still a contender though...
senashenta: (SPAZ)
FUCK, NYOKA GOT OUT OF HER TERRARIUM AND I HAD TO SEARCH ALL OVER THE FUCKING PLACE FOR HER. I FOUND HER BEHIND THE MINI FRIDGE IN MY ROOM, BUT SHE GOT HURT WHEN I WAS PULLING IT OUT TO LOOK FOR HER AND NOW ASDGH;KL IDK PLEASE DON'T DIE NYOKA!!! ;A;!!!

EDIT: Well... she seems to be relatively okay. But she has a pretty serious looking scrape by her jaw that I'm going to have to keep a really close eye on. I did a quick look online and vets seem to recommend peroxide and antibiotic ointment for that type of injury, and veterinary treatment if it gets worse/infected, so... =/
senashenta: (Zodiac Cat and Rat)
Well, I have Nyoka home now, safe and sound! Haha, she's so tiiiiiiny! Like Lee said, "[he's] seen worms bigger than [her]!" She's maybe six inches long and as big around as a pencil. ^__^ But then, two months back when J&K got her in for me she was only a day or two old. She's adorable and has such pretty markings! I took some pics, so I'll post them maybe tomorrow or the next day. ♥

So the guy from J&K dropped Nyoka off on Saturday around noon. Then on Sunday, I bummed a ride from Lee and went out to Critter Cove, which is an awesome fish/pond store out the other side of town. It's way beyond walking distance (especially in the winter), and while I'm sure there are busses that run out there, I seriously have no idea which ones. =/

Anyway, I originally just went out there for a couple of catfish for the tank since my six little ghost shrimp weren't enough to keep the bottom sparkly clean. Basically, I'm finding that to keep the piranha from picking on the other fish I need to feed them at least twice a day (sometimes three times), which means quite a bit more mess that needs picked up at the bottom, and the shrimpies were having trouble keeping up. *shrug* No big deal, I just added two cory cats to pick up the excess, and since I added them the water quality has gone up tons, and the whole tank is functioning a lot better, so it's all worked out. :)

But while I was there I got a few more little fish to add more colour, activity and visual interest to the tank. So along with the two catfish, I got two tiger barbs and four cherry barbs; both small, fast fish. Tiger barbs are orange/red with vertical black stripes, and cherry barbs are orange/red with darker horizontal red stripes. Very pretty. The cherries school with my remaining cardinal tetras, and the tigers... well, they take after their name. They're quite brave and aggressive, especially when it comes to food. They even bully the piranha sometimes, which is kind of funny to see because the piranha are obviously like "WHAT IS THIS FUCKERY? >/" but they also always end up running away because the tigers won't back down. XD;;

It's been quite interesting keeping fish again, especially with the piranha. I'm experimenting with different fruit and veggies with them, and while they don't seem all that happy with the potato I've got in the tank right now, they really liked the orange I gave them a couple of days ago. Mostly though, they've been doing great with the tropical fish flakes and bits of meat/veggies to supplement. They were particularly excited about the chicken neck I gave them yesterday afternoon.

Basically, they get bits of whatever meat we happen to be having for dinner lol. ♥

.....

And now because I've just rambled about animals and pretty much nothing else for the last few entries, a brief update on how other things are going:

I'm settling in alright. Still have a few boxes to unpack, but I'm 90% there. On Friday Mom and I have to take a truck load of stuff to the storage unit because I've found a bunch of things that I don't have to have here, and really, my room is pretty crowded as it is.

Tonight I finally got out a hammer and put up the two wallscrolls that I brought with me (my KH one and my FFVII: AC one-- I sadly had to put all the rest of them in storage ;A;) and the two bulletin boards (again, the third one had to go into storage), so it feels more like home here again. Blank walls just don't do it for me.

Unfortunately in the process of packing and moving, the frames for two of my LoZ prints got broken. ~_~;; I had planned to put them up too, but for now they're all piggybacking in Midna's frame so that they don't get wrinkled or ripped. Eventually I'll get new frames for Link and Zelda and then I'll put them up.

I also have one other print that I got at Matsuricon that I want to put up, which I still need to get a frame for. And my artsy cat photos are going up at some point too. But for now at least I've got some colour on the walls.

Aaaaand right now I'm watching a TV box set of ESPU episodes. Yay for animal shows, even if this one makes me angry because it's about poaching. (STUPID POACHERS.) =/ Or, at least, it's about the anti-poaching unit in Africa and their work.

Oh, and I had a little extra money this month and was sad and depressed and everything sucks right now so I cheered myself up by adding to my figure family; I got formation arts Riku, and formation arts Final Form Sora. YAY! 8D

Speaking of... am hoping to get back into rping some more soon. I don't think I'm necessarily up to joining an actual LJ RP yet, but I'd love to do some one-on-one rp with people. Will probably bug Maddie and Chloe for Kyo and Roxas Shinra!RP. *nodnod* And maybe Steph will do some rping with me with Tetsuya or Iniko or Tokiya. >.>

EDIT: And I keep dreaming about Tri. Once I dreamt that someone brought him back from the brink of death with magic and he was back with me again. Then another time I dreamt that I was going to school (my old elementary school, go figure) and he and Loki and Neko all followed me to school, so I was trying to find them around the building. I found Tri first and just held onto him so tightly and wouldn't let him go even when the teachers said I had to put him down for class. That type of thing. I guess I'll have dreams like that for a long time, probably...

EDIT #2: Hmm, just looked up how to (externally) sex ball pythons and sand boas out of curiosity. Then I checked Aya, and am 90% sure he's definitely a male. I think Nyoka's a male too, actually, but s/he's still way too little to tell for sure and I'm certainly not an expert at these things. I don't really care all that much either way, it's not as if I plan to breed them or anything. I mean, if I really wanted to know that badly the people at J&K said they would probe them for me when they were big enough. *shrug*

Also? Have been looking at African Soft Furred Rats because ASDGH LOOK AT THE CUTE!! X3!! I want some of these, and there's even a breeder a couple hours from here where I could get them for $10/female $5/male. But I don't think I could convince Mom to drive me that far just to pick up some rats. XD;;

EDIT #3: I am so totally not looking into Hog Island Boas now. Or Blood Pythons. Or Carpet Pythons. Nope not at all. I think I'm officially addicted to snakes. >>; I'm looking for smaller snakes still. Hog Island Boas and Blood Pythons seem promising, but I'm iffy on Carpet Pythons. They're gorgeous, but even the smaller breeds (like the Irian Jaya, which average 4-6 feet) have the potential to reach up to 13 feet long. =/ (They are arboreal though, which would be very cool.)

Anyhoo~
senashenta: (Blue Hearts Bunny)
It's 3:50am and I've just spent like three-and-a-half hours watching animal videos. YouTube SUCKED ME IN again. *facepalm* Haha.

Mostly aquarium vids and snake vids, since I'm looking into an aquarium again. I miss having an aquarium. I can get a second-hand one relatively cheap through the super shopper, I just need to find an ad for one the right size. The closest I've found so far is a 65 gallon set (with a custom stand and all the necessary accessories, basically just lacking water and the fish themselves) for $250. That's an AMAZING value, and the guy even says he'll deliver it here (which is good because lmao can you imagine me trying to CARRY all that shit home?), buuuut... I'm kind of more in the market for a 50-ish gallon tank. 65 gallon is a little big for this place. At the same time, the price is totally right, so I'm still thinking it over...

I also kind of want another snake, but I'm not sure which species. I'm thinking about another ball python as a mate (or buddy, whatever) for Aya, which would be the easiest and cheapest way to go. Balls are inexpensive (less than $100 for a snake, I think Aya cost about $85 and change) and I could house a second one with Aya, which means not having to get a second terrarium and all the setup for it.

At the same time, Aya is pretty comfy-cozy by himself (he needs a bigger hide though, he's almost outgrown his original one! My boy is getting big!), and I'm seriously eyeballing Kenyan Sand Boas. They're very pretty, easy to handle and docile, and generally grow between 2-3 feet in length. The size is really important, as I don't want anything that'll get too big. Aya will only grow 4-5 feet at most (this is really small for a constrictor, even if it sounds big lol) and a sand boa would be just half that size. Plus having a boa would give me something different, especially a sand boa since they bury themselves and everything. The behavior would be totally different than a ball python, so it would be really interesting. :3

Something to ponder on, I guess. Haha.

The other thing I'm considering is just getting the aquarium setup and then converting it into a terrarium and moving Aya into it so he has lots of room and plants to climb and everything. The terrarium he's in now is fine, but ideally he'll need a little more room when he gets bigger. Then the terrarium I have now could be used for the sand boa, assuming I got one. Actually, that sounds like a much better plan, though then I don't have the fishies. =/

Still, I probably don't have room for both anyway. XD;;

EDIT: Huh. Turns out sand boas cost about the same as ball pythons. ._.; Well, that's a bonus.

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