aisforamy: december 2011 (turtle)
So, Trixie went to the vet yesterday. Skip this if you have no interest in the lives of my turtles, because it's all about turtle stuff.

That was an adventure! I lost the lid to the box thingie I usually transport my little guys in, and so I just took her in a tall plastic box. One that I discovered she could climb out of, while I was driving. I got to hold a pissed off turtle with very sharp claws all the way to the vet.

She was an unhappy girl, but behaved pretty well. She had a lot of flake-age on her shell, but Dr. Driggers did not seem overly concerned about it, other then that there was algae under some of the layers. He used a dental pick to gently flake loose layers away, and I must say that a LOT came off, in my opinion, but she looks much better, now.

He agreed that she was swimming crookedly (listing to the right), and gave her a shot of anti-biotic. *sigh* She did NOT enjoy that, and the sound of her snapping was really loud. I am dreading giving her the remaining shots on my own. She is very strong, and I have a feeling I am going to get bitten. The first one I have to give her is tomorrow, and then every other day for twelve more days after that.

He examined her further and made sure there was no eggs inside of her. He showed me how to check, and I was surprised that Trixie let him do it, but he stuck his index fingers up under her shell just in front of her hind legs and felt around in there. He said I would feel small round lumps in there if she had eggs. I don't know that I would check that on my own, unless I thought she was sick or bound our something.

We have been over feeding her, but she was not overly fat or anything, so he said no harm done...the last owners probably did not keep her under proper lighting, and so that was why her shell was so flaky and now that she has the UVB light, she should be a lot better. That and she is growing quickly from the over feeding. I think the boys have been feeding her extra because she begs shamelessly for food, and eats like she has been starving for days. He told me what portion size to give her (about the size or her heads' worth of pellets), and said that it was all right to give her greens every day. I put some in this morning, be she seems unimpressed with them; she shredded a bit, and is now using it to hide under.

Anyway, she is on her road to recovery. The doc encouraged the outdoor pond we were planning for the back yard ASAP for the best environment for all the turtles. I am only worried that she and Godzilla will breed, and I won't find the eggs before I have tons of bebe turtles running around.

This is Trixie, taken about a month ago. )
aisforamy: december 2011 (flammable zombies)
I really haven't been updating much, other than silly memes or links. I have been busy now that the school year has started (I think I said this before), and will probably BE busy for the foreseeable future.

Today, I went to the school and sent out two separate flyers to parents about an upcoming PTO meeting and a Pizza Hut fund raising night, when we encourage everyone to clog their arteries in the name of better educational tools. I also went and visited one of the ladies from church I was supposed to, and mailed a shipment of cell phones to the recycling place for a fund raiser from last year. I set up four more fund raising events with restaurants for the next couple of months, as we try to have two per month...one pizza, and one actual go-to-a-place-and-sit-down with a waitress and stuff kind of place. It's served us well in the past.

Tonight was Curriculum Night at the school, where parents came without their children to see the classrooms, and to get a good idea of what their children would be learning. It was nice to get the info and meet the teachers and stuff, even though I already know most of them. I signed up two new families for the PTO, and sold a couple of t-shirts, so that was nice, too!

Tomorrow is another insanely busy day, where I am going to go visit a woman from church, pick up Lai and do some running around, pick up the kids, take the turtle to the vet, hang out at home for a bit with Lai and maybe watch a movie, and at some point, go grocery shopping. Also? My tweezers have gone mysteriously missing, and I need to get another pair.

Robert also has his first cello lesson tomorrow, and he's really excited about it. The cello was delivered yesterday, and he just sat and admired it for a while. I hope he takes to it, because sometimes I worry that the poor boy takes after my father, who was tone deaf.

I also have about a bazillion loads of laundry to catch up on, but that is nothing new.

Not getting enough sleep, but have been having a great time with my RP, both at Milliways and at my new game over on GJ. PSSSST--why haven't you all joined yet? It's awesome!

And tonight me and Lai did the happydance, because I figured out how to put tags in the sidebar at the new game's main page, and Lai figured out how to make them show up in indiviual posts. Now all we have to do is find out why we can't edit entries at all, and we will be GOLDEN.

Other than that, life continues apace...things are good, if a little hectic. Hope everyone out there is doing well!

Link of the day: http://algebraoflife.blogspot.com/2007/02/unlocks-your-car-using-tennis-ball.html

I don't know if this really works, but if it does? Sweeeet.
aisforamy: december 2011 (Default)
When my brother in law mentioned last night that a friend of his' sister in law needed to find a new home for their pet turtle, I asked a couple of questions; "How big is it? Is it a boy or a girl?" They said it was about six inches, and it was a girl. I agreed to take it off their hands, and went to pick her up this morning. She is HUGE compared to my babies! I know, they are hardly babies anymore, but they will always be my babies. I will take and post some pictures, soon.

Her name is Trixie. She is a red eared slider, like Godzilla, but easily twice his size. He seems a bit freaked out by her at the moment. Torkle is more curious, and I hope that he doesn't fight with her. She has snapped at him once or twice, and he backed off, but then went back for more. She is used to being the only turtle in the tank. So far, she has just bowled them over, or bulldozed her way through where she wanted to go.

I dumped another dozen feeder fish in the tank with them, and they seems to be having a good time chasing them around. I don't know if Trixie has ever had any to chase before, but she seems to be enjoying the stimulation. Seeing them all in the tank together makes it look small, though, and the sooner we get the pond put into the backyard for them, the better. I'm sure they will established a pecking order, but I will be keeping a close eye on them to make sure that no one gets hurt.

The people who gave us Trixie also gave us a good sized tank, too, so if they get too aggressive with each other, I can always take her out and give her her own space again.

In other news, I was going to take the kids to the zoo today, because it's only supposed get to 93F and is overcast. Unfortunately, the kids slept in WAY late, and then we had to go and get Trixie. When we got home, it was to find that the doggie had had an accident on her bed, so that had to be cleaned up, and now it's too late to hit the zoo and avoid the crowds. Instead, we are going to stay home and I will work on helping to teach the boys to ride their bikes without training wheels.

I hope I have enough band aids in stock.

That's my news, for now. I have a long to-do list for the next few days.

Alicia, if you are reading this, I have not forgotten about visiting you. Every time I think of calling, it is either insanely late, or early in the day. Let me know if you're going to be home this week, and if the boys are out of school yet.

**Hugs to everyone!**

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