Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thoughts on Moving and Other Complete Craziness


Previously, my summer plans were to stay in my college town until the end of my lease (the end of June) and then go back to my hometown for the month of July... Well things haven't gone at all according to plan!

A few weeks ago, my dad called me right before I was going to sleep and told me that I would be able to become a resident of the state I'm going to school in if I could find a place to live for the month of July (because my next lease would start up again in August for my new apartment).

(Side note, I'm living in school owned apartments so they have us leave for the month of July to "clean". I'm going to be moving into a different school owned apartment, with a different roommate than my previous one, in August)

That gave me a little over two weeks to find a place to live.

Luckily someone from my church had a spare room that they were willing to rent to me for a month! Which was extremely fortunate for me!

I had to get my phone and my car in my own name, register my car in this state, and get my driver's license for this state (all of my other bills/renting was already in my own name within this state). Then, with all of that stuff and my proof of living here for a full 12 months, I'll apply for my official residency.

Tomorrow, after I get off from work, I'll have to load up all of my things and make the trip to my new place where I'll be for July. I have a small car, so it'll most likely take me several trips before I'm fully moved. (And yes, I will be doing all of the moving completely on my own.)

Just add to it all, I got jury duty for the first week in July.

I'll have to move all of my things, on my own, and then leave for a week to go home to fulfill my jury duty. Then I'll drive back up to my college town to work 40 hour weeks up until I have to move AGAIN into my August apartment where I'll be for this next school year.

I've got a lot of rent and bills to pay on top of the gas money I need to get home for jury duty. Not to mention the upcoming textbooks and school supplies I'll need to get.

It's been particularly stressful and heartbreaking for me all at once because my mom then dropped another ball on me. My parents have decided to move house as well.

That's not it, though!

I called my mom to talk to her about all of the moving and work stuff that I've got going on, and I kind of already knew that they were planning on moving. But my mom didn't want to hear about anything that I wanted to talk about or was worried about. She told me that they're for sure moving and that they aren't going to be taking my guinea pigs with them.

In fact, they wanted me to rehome them before the start trying to sell the house because they'll "turn away potential buyers". My mom then ended the call because she needed to meet with the realtor.

It didn't help that the next day, when I tried to talk to my mom again about how much stress I've been feeling, she complained to me about having to box up the stuff in the garage, and that I'm lucky I don't have to do that.

I would do anything to have my biggest worry be boxing up the garage!

Everything in my life has been completely out of control. It's been to the point where I haven't been sleeping well because I'm so stressed and worried and upset all the time about everything. June has been trying to kill me, and it doesn't look like July is looking any better....

This was a really long kind of angry/ranty post... But I really just needed to get it out into the world somehow.

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pepe

As of TODAY, this very day, I have had my guinea pig Pepe for 4 years!


Pepe came with the name when I got him. He was an owner give-up living in a foster home, and I went to go see him. He was full grown, and they estimated that he was around 1 or 2 years old at the time. I had found out about him off of an ad placed online by the foster home that was taking care of him. They mostly had dogs, and seemed to be a little in over their heads with a rodent.

I got Pepe all set up, and I was so excited to have him!

Pepe loves cuddles, but only with his best bro Hamilton. He isn't afraid of my dog as long as he knows she can't get him (i.e. she's on the other side of some fencing, or on the ground rather than on the couch, etc.).

He weighs in at a whopping 3.4 pounds, which is really large - even for a male guinea pig. However, my vet doesn't think that he's overweight, he most likely has some cuy in him. Considering I got him from a foster home there's no way of knowing where he originated from so I can't say for sure. He certainly doesn't seem to be bothered by his size at all!

Pepe LOVES food, but he is a really picky eater! He won't eat anything that's cold - we have to wait for the lettuce or other veggies to warm to room temperature or else he won't go near them. He also won't eat foods that have small seeds, like strawberries, and he won't eat any type of dried fruit.

When people first meet Pepe they're always surprised that a guinea pig of his size is so picky about the foods that he's eating.

My mom and I joke a lot that he wouldn't be able to survive in the wild because he wouldn't understand that romaine lettuce doesn't just appear.

Pepe is the 3rd guinea pig I've ever had, Hamilton is the 4th.

I absolutely love this piggy! I can't believe it's already been 4 years with this handsome little guy in my life making my days brighter.

Do you have a favorite pet? How long have you had your pets for? Pets are a magical thing! I'll see you on Thursday.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

So Many Things to Buy, So Little Time


Like most people, I am no stranger to looking up products and reviews online to make sure that I'm getting the best product for me and the best price.

Just recently I was introduced to Reviews.com, and it has saved me so much time!

It's run by real people who really try and honestly review everything they write about. You can look up their views on the best antiperspirant, the best dog food, the best tax software, etc. There's nothing they won't try and review.

So when I interested in getting one of those health monitors that have become really popular recently, I was happy to know that they had a review comparing the different Fitness Trackers that are on the market along with a comparison of the quality to the price.

Their reviews are so thorough that every question you could ever have about the product is completely laid out. However, if you're looking to a quick answer, they do have a short summary at the start of the article about the overall opinions.

It's spectacular to be able to see an honest review of the products you're interested in purchasing without having to do a whole bunch of digging around on the internet!

10/10 recommend it to everyone!

Let me know what you think about reviews.com! Or if you've used the site before for information!

I'll see you on Tuesday!



The Fitness Tracker Article is HERE

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Summer in a Small Town


For all of May and June I've been staying in my little college town to work, which has been dandy!

I love how quiet it is, and how quickly I'm able to drive around because there's absolutely no traffic anywhere.

There aren't any lines, the stores never run out of anything - and there's all the cool summer stuff going on like farmer's markets and swimming.

A group of people I know recently went out cliff diving because that season opened up here!
(Don't worry, there's a company that does it and they ensure it's as safe as cliff jumping can be)

One of the best parts for me was being able to see Wonder Woman right when it opened in theaters because there were only about 30 people in the whole theater, and of those 30 about half were there to see Wonder Woman! So I got both arm rests because no one sat by me! And really, what more could you want out of life?

I've been loving being here, and being able to have all of the luxuries that come with staying in a small college town when all of the students are gone.

I do understand how some people wouldn't enjoy it though... Even though there are no lines, all of your options are always the same, and you only have about 20 options. 20 may not being enough to keep someone entertained and happy for an entire two months.

However, there's a way to make it feel as if there are tons and tons of things to do!

Work 40 hours a week...

No, I'm just kidding!

In all seriousness though, the best way to get through a summer in a small town is to keep busy. Whether that means you plan friend parties every night, or you go swimming for a certain amount of time every day, or you plan to go to the markets every week (even if you only sit and people watch from a food establishment).

For me, when I'm not working, I like to go for hikes and take photos. That's something that I really enjoy, and it's different every day. Otherwise I go see movies (movies change pretty often, which is great) or I hang out with my friends to play board games, picnic, or just to talk for hours!

The summer nights where I am are beyond beautiful, so sometimes it's worth it just to sit outside and watch the world happen from a happy little perch above it all (which is part of why I enjoy hiking in the summer).

All in all, there's nothing like summer in a small town whether you love it or not. In my case, I really love it!

Do you live in a small town? What are things you love to do in the summer? I'd love to know!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

My High School Internship


Ever since I was little I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I didn't have imaginary friends, I had imaginary kittens. I would have tea parties with my stuffed animals rather than dolls. I would love doing animal reports in school because I got to spend a lot of time learning about an animal and then got to present about it to my classmates.

When I was old enough, my parents would sign me up for the day camps that our local zoo had in the summer, and then I moved up to doing the week long camps they offered. During that time I was learning so much and I was so excited to get to be at the zoo so often!

As soon as I was old enough, I because one of the teen volunteers at the zoo. I would work as many hours as I could every summer for the next 5 summers.

I knew the zoo like the back of my hand by that point, but I still wanted to learn more to be able to do more!

My senior year of high school, I was able to get an internship position at the zoo where I was able to work up close and personal with a lot of animals. It was a dream come true to be able to see what my dream job of zookeeping would really be like, and I loved every second of it!

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't at all glamorous, but there was something about spending a morning cleaning out the giraffe barn before being elbows deep in a salt water jelly fish tank that made me extremely happy.

I worked with a variety of exotic animals, which I was grateful for because I was able to see how the care works for each of them. Fish, Reptiles, Insects, Birds, Small Mammals, Large Mammals, Rodents, Felines, etc.

I've got a lot of funny stories about a lot of different animals and their amazing personalities!

Did you know that Giraffes can throw temper tantrums?

While I was there, there were two giraffes - one of which was much older than the other. The older one would get extra vitamins in his food every day, and would also do some extra training (which meant extra treats) so that he was amply prepared for his regular checkups with the vet. The younger giraffe would very often dump his food out and then run around and throw his head back in protest of not being given the same extras! He would throw a temper tantrum! Sometimes he would even try to reach the older giraffe's food!

I learned really quickly how to put up his food so that he wouldn't be able to dump out the whole thing.

The best part was getting covered in giraffe hair and having to explain to people what it was... Haha

One of my other favorite animals to work with were the Binturongs. There's nothing better than spending time with an animal who smells like buttered popcorn. They were so beautiful, and had such strong personalities! I had the opportunity to prepare their food for them on many occasions and even that was fun. It was like making a big fruit salad most of the time!

As you can imagine, I wasn't alone with a majority of the animals that I was working with. I was supervised by the keeper I was assigned to for the duration of my internship. However, there were a few things that I was able to do on my own!

I would manage a small building in a section of the zoo, which included jellyfish, cichlids, a lizard, a sand boa, and a tailless whip scorpion (which was always fun to talk about because one was used in one of the Harry Potter films, so people have sometimes recognized it).

There was only one time when I was left alone to clean, and that was with some red panda cubs. they stayed up in the trees and watched me while I cleaned. I raked up a lot of leaves, and cleaned out their little water feature that ran through the enclosure. I also moved around some of the wood that they use for climbing to make it so they could explore a little bit more. They were really adorable, and I was able to get a lot of photos of them.

During my internship, the biggest thing that I was trained on and learned was safety when it comes to wild animals. Not just my own safety, but the safety of the people who come to the zoo. Part of the internship included me being able to design and set up an enclosure. In my case, I set up a little aviary for an assortment of birds. Before that I had very little knowledge about how much thought goes into setting up an enclosure.

You have to keep in mind the birds' natural tendencies, making sure the ropes and branches aren't too thick or too thin for the birds to perch on, that they have the ability to hide but are visible enough for visitors to view them - and the safety of the keeper. If the keeper needs to get out of the enclosure in a rush, they don't want to be stepping over and under a million things trying to get to the exit.

Now I did my internship before the whole Harambe thing... But even then it was top priority to ensure that the enclosures couldn't be entered by the people visiting the zoo. Even people who would try. There are locks and keys, double door systems, alarms, nets, tall fences, etc. (Of course there were signs, but no one tends to read or pay attention to signs.)

I could go on and on about my internship! It was what made me really serious about going into this field - what made me want to study the care and management of exotic animals in addition to wildlife ecology.

Anyway... Haha I'll see you on Thursday! I'll be posting a selection of photos that I took during this Internship.

What do you think about your local zoo? Or about my internship? Let me know in the comments :)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

About Me



Hello!

Back in December of 2014, I got up the courage to start this blog, which was a lifelong dream of mine. I've always wanted to write and have people read what I've written!

For the time being I'm an anonymous blogger, but who knows what the future holds! 

I'm in the United States, living life as a 20 year old college student. I'm a double major studying the care and management of exotic animals, wildlife ecology, and conservation. I'm going into my 3rd year in August 2017, which is both exciting and nerve wracking for me. 

This blog is made up of my thoughts, experiences, opinions, and A LOT of photos. I have new posts going up every Tuesday and Thursday by 2:30 pacific time, and the occasional random post, so there's almost always something new to check out over here.




My Camera is a Canon Rebel T3
My blog layout was made by Envye 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017 Overview


May was a nerve wracking, but happy month for me. At the beginning of the month I had my final exams, and the wait to find out about my grades. Luckily everything went well and I got the grades that I needed!

My summer vacation from school began, which also meant my 30 hours a week at work began. I'm really glad for the work, and the ability to pay for so much myself. However, walking around in a hot parking lot giving out tickets or sitting in a hot parking garage booth wasn't exactly how I pictured my summer being. I'm mostly excited to go back to my hometown for July to actually relax and do some more summery things.

May was really glorious in that my awful roommate finally moved out!! :D It's so nice to be in the apartment alone - I don't have to worry about taking out the trash all the time, or how many dishes there are, or how the place smells.

The only thing is that I haven't been able to get the smell out of the room that was hers... It smells like there's something rotting in there, but I can't find it. For the time being I've just been keeping the door to that room closed so that the smell doesn't go all over the apartment.

One of the big things that happened in May was my surprise trip home to see my family for a few days. I was beyond excited to see them, and my pets, and to be in my own bed! No one could believe that I'd pulled off a surprise as big as that without letting it slip even a little bit that I was coming.

For the month of May, I'm really proud of all of the things that I was able to do! I'm especially proud that I learned how to back into a parking space - which was something I'd never been taught before.

At work I'm allowed to drive company cars, which requires the ability to back them into their designated spaces at the end of my shifts. At first they told me it was okay not to back in, but that I needed to learn how. Nothing's better than getting paid to learn a new driving skill on the job! I spent a few days out in empty parking lots practicing, and I had the help of some of my coworkers. The first time I went and backed the car in on my own my coworkers clapped and told our boss that I deserved a raise! Haha

I hope you had a great May as well! Let me know what you did, or if you learned any new skills during the month :) I'll see you on Tuesday.
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