Friday, February 27, 2015

Camera-less and Amazed

Today I went about a half an hour outside the city, where there wasn't any cell service, to walk around on a few of the hiking trails and dirt roads in the area. It was unbelievably beautiful! There were rollings hills, trees with beautifully intricate bark, and a small stream that I assumed was mostly runoff trickling through some rocks. However, being the genius that I am, I forgot to take my camera with me when I went! I was so mad at myself! I managed to take a few photos on my phone, but they're poor quality, so you can't really see the full beauty of everything. If I could I'd put my memory of everything here on my blog, but that would be a little gross... Memories are probably really gooey, and not very fun to look at outside of someone's head. So, moving right along, I apologize in advance for the photos that aren't as good as usual.




In this picture, you can see the path that I was walking on, and the gorgeous hills that I was seeing.




There was a swing attached to a branch with a bright yellow rope. It's hard to see in the pictures.. I should have tried to take one more close up... Anyway! The picture on the left is of the swing in between the two trees, and the picture on the right is farther away of a couple on the swing (They're the black dots more to the left in the photo).  A lot of the grasses in between and around the trees was packed down, and a few people who walked by me said that it was probably some kind of herd that had come here to lay down for a bit.



This is some of the really intricate looking bark that covered all of the trees in the area. I would have taken some home with me if it didn't hurt the tree! 




This is the little trickling stream that I was talking about! These photos don't do it justice! It was extremely beautiful in person.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Snakes!

I've been taking an Ecology course at my school, and we'll frequently combine with the Zoology class (I took the Zoology class last year) for the guest speakers that they have. The most recent guest speaker was a Herpetologist, so he brought in some of his snakes and taught us how to identify them, and some different information about each of the Snakes. I, of course, brought my camera to class and took pictures of all of the snakes. However, I forgot some of the names for a few of the snakes, so I'm only including the ones that I do remember.


Kingsnakes are the most beautiful snakes to me. They can be other colors, not just red, black, and gray, but they're typically all the same banded pattern. Occasionally there will be a striped or spotted Kingsnake, but they're much less common. The speaker explained to us that people will commonly mistake Kingsnakes for Coral Snakes, which are venomous. When it comes to telling the difference between the two, it's important to remember this saying: "Red on yellow, kill a fellow; red on black, venom lack".


 They also brought a Rattlesnake! (They were trained professionals and the snake was trained to be kept within a thick plastic tube for safety purposes. If you see a Rattlesnake, don't pick it up or try to place it in a tube.) Rattlesnakes have a larger looking face because their venom sacks sit on either side of their faces. Some people think that you can tell how old a Rattlesnake is based off of how many layers there are on the rattle. However, that isn't true. The rattle is formed when the snake is shedding it's skin and a section of the skin gets caught on the end of the tail and hardens. The rattle will eventually get heavy and break off.


The Bull Snake is usually mistaken for a Rattlesnake because their pattern and colors are similar. Bull Snakes will, when threatened, vibrate their tails or swipe them threw dry foliage to mimic a Rattlesnake to scare predators. The main different that they explained to us was the shape of their heads (The Rattlesnake's being large because of venom sacks, and the Bull Snake's looking more like an average snake's head). However, it's better to be safe then sorry, so don't mess with it unless you're extremely sure that it's a Bull Snake.



The final snake they brought out to show us was their Albino Burmese Python. It was seriously the biggest snake I've ever seen! They couldn't hold it up, so it laid on one of the tables in the classroom while they talked about them. Well... Really the only things they told us about it was that it wouldn't have survived in the wild because of its coloration, and that it's takes up a lot of space. Hahaha So that one wasn't as educational for us as the other snakes were. 

Now, I don't consider myself an expert on snakes! Not by any means! Animals in general are amazing to me, so I love learning all that I can about them. If you know anything about snakes, or about any other animals that you think I should learn about let me know!

Friday, February 20, 2015

50 Facts About Me

I've been thinking of several post ideas that I want to write, but before I get started on those, I've chosen to talk a bit more about myself. Show who I am to my current and future audience! :)

  1. I'm an 18 year old lady
  2. I'm 5 feet 5 inches tall
  3. Every hour of my day is spent around animals, or thinking about the animals that I'm typically around
  4. Pink is my favorite color
  5. I absolutely hate tomatoes! If someone offered me a million dollars to eat one, I still wouldn't be able to do it
  6. I broke my left arm when I was little, so it bends in wwwaayyy farther than it's supposed to. Sometimes I scare people with it because I'm mean like that... Hahahaha
  7. I'll listen to any kind of music that's out there and love it. All music is beautiful and heartfelt in its own way
  8. I get motion sickness really really easily
  9. Serial is my favorite podcast, I could literally listen to it forever
  10. I have a hard time staying mad at people. I will often convince myself that the whole problem is only in my head, and I'll end up apologizing for feeling mad originally
  11. The only relationship I've ever been in is the one I'm currently apart of, which has been going strong since February 8th, 2012
  12. College is just around the corner for me, which gives me a lot of stress and anxiety
  13. Peonies are my favorite kind of flower
  14. If I could, I would own everything in Lush because I love to smell pretty and feel soft (I'm also against animal cruelty)
  15. Marching Band is seriously the coolest ever!
  16. I've played the Alto Saxophone since 5th grade
  17. The piano was a huge part of my life for several years, but I realized that I was always behind everyone else, so I quit. Sometimes I wish I could start over
  18. Cary Grant is my favorite actor (People Will Talk is my favorite movie of his)
  19. I have three brothers, two older and one younger
  20. My brothers rely on me to help them come up with date ideas and present ideas when they're in relationships because I supposedly have good taste
  21. Singing is one of my favorite things to do, but I have absolutely no singing skills!
  22. I secretly love Anime and Manga (Shh... Don't tell)
  23. I'm allergic to a ton of random things (Adhesives, ink, face paint, temporary tattoos, some lotions, some cosmetics, etc.)
  24. Writing blog posts sort of terrifies me, but at the end of the day I love it and I don't want to stop
  25. I absolutely LOVE dresses, but I don't wear them very often because I feel like they make me stand out too much
  26. Candles are the most amazing ever. Of all time.
  27. Sometimes I make video game references even though I don't play them very much (Well, I really don't play them at all)
  28. Letter and pictures mean the world to me. I have a paper butterfly that my friend's little brother made for me several years to me, and every card that I've ever received
  29. I hate drive throughs
  30. Notebooks are my best friends at the moment
  31. I took 4 years of French, but I don't think that I'm any good at it
  32. One of my dresser drawers is full of different kinds of socks
  33. When I get cold I put on multiple pairs of socks because I think it warms me up the fastest
  34. I've never been asked to a dance before
  35. My most prized possession is shirt that my boyfriend let me keep
  36. If my house ever caught on fire I would try to load up all of my pets and get them out before going for any of my electronics or clothes or schoolwork
  37. I've never traveled outside of the places that border where I live (I've only been on an airplane once, for a one hour flight)
  38. I once got stuck on a hotel elevator with 10 other girls for half an hour and I almost had a panic attack
  39. My closet and my bed are stuffed with all of the blankets I have. (My mom loves quilting)
  40. The only camera I have used to be my mom's, so it's really old and slow, but the pictures are really good quality 
  41.  My favorite kind of weather is when it's raining and sunny at the same time. I love rain, and I love sunshine, especially when they're together!
  42. I love camping, but I don't love being eaten alive by mosquitoes
  43. My current dream is to go to France
  44. Zoella is my biggest inspiration
  45.  One of my friends and I wrote to our favorite author and got a response several months later with pictures autographed by the main character in the book series of his that we loved (Hooray for Jacky Faber!)
  46. When I would work on homework, my mom would randomly give me some dried leaves that were supposed to help me do well. I've kept most of them, and have them hidden in various places
  47. As a kid I never played with dolls because I never understood how they were fun
  48. I think that movies like James Bond, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings are really boring, and whenever I try to watch them I fall asleep
  49. I used to paint, but I never though I was any good, and I ran out of the right kind of paper, so I stopped
  50. Coming up with all these facts about me took forever!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Contact Lenses - Update

As of today, I have been able to successfully wear my contacts! *claps*

I know, right!? Exciting!!

I went in to my optometrist for another "training" and found out that while I was trying to put in my contacts I was letting go of my eyelids, which made me blink. You can't really put in contacts when you keep blinking! I also found out that, because of my eye shape, (which I talked about in my last post) I need to make sure that I don't curl my eye lashes underneath my lenses. I know, that sounds weird, but I was basically getting my eyelashes under my contacts which flicked them out of my eyes and hurt like fire.

Since then, I've learned a few tricks that make putting them in way easier! I'm really proud of myself! I wanted to give up after the first week, but now I'm wearing my contacts full time :) Several people at my school have commented on how pretty my eyes are, because my contacts hid their sparkle or something like that. My eyes are green, so they seem very average to me.

The only hiccup that I had after learning how to get them in and out pretty quickly is my contact solution. Contact solution is essentially a type of saline that keeps your contacts from drying out when they're not in your eyes. After I started wearing my contacts more I started to have an allergic reaction to the contact solution I was using. Since then, I've switched brands, and it seems to be going just fine now.

Thanks for your support!


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