magicalmartha: (Golden mask)

Quickquick notes before I leave work for the day:

I didn't watch the Golden Globes, but I did see the red carpet photos - I'm going to go on record and say that Zoe Saldana looked eight kinds of fabulous, and I HATED Maggie Gyllenhal's dress.  But I think my personal best-dressed for the evening was Christina Hendricks - girl got CURVES, and bravo to Christian Siriano (yay Project Runway winners who actually go on to careers!) for not only embracing those curves, but constructing a ruffle that was not only flattering but perfectly fitted.  Also, that color? TO DIE FOR.  I have big boobs, Christian!  Can you make me a fabulous evening gown?

In less dressed news, I had no idea Amanda Palmer was such an attention whore.  Really?  You had to get undressed on the red carpet, not shave your armpits, and be basically naked underneath?  I am sure she is a talented musician (I have never actually listened to the Dresden Dolls), but this kinda makes me not want to.

In other news, red carpet fashion makes me writhe in jealousy because it is basically my life-long dream to get dressed to the nines in some ridiculously expensive dress and go to an awards show.  I used to want to attend the Oscars exclusively, but now I think I'd rather go to the Globes because it looks like people have more fun.

Work  It's good, actually.  I'm still doing part-time assistant-type stuff for Douchebag & Co., which is interesting because at this point I don't think they could wipe their own asses without me.  I took a week off and Douchebag Jr. kept asking my dad if I was ever coming back.  So it's nice to know I'm indespensible.

Dizzy's been going through a hyper-aggressive biting stage, but the internet tells me that this, too, shall pass.  Until then I've been more vigilant about punishment, even though the extent to which I can punish something that weighs less than a standard envelope is putting him on the floor and ignoring him.  We'll see if it works.

Last thing: my parents may be getting a new car, which means I'm getting the old one.  I've never owned a car's kind of exciting and kind of expensive all at once.

magicalmartha: (I would pull out a liiiime)
Meet Dizzy! :D

He's wonderful  Hasn't shown any fear at all since I picked him up from the airport on Friday.  We had a vet checkup yesterday to make sure everything was working correctly, and he only really got twitterpated when they trimmed his nails.  He's eating, which was a bit of a worry of mine... The woman at the pet shop that I Tweeted about was mainly concerned that I was getting him too young, that he wouldn't actually be weaned when I got him and thus wouldn't eat the pellets or produce I offered.  He's a little wary of the produce stuff, but we're learning slowly that it's ok - yesterday we learned that carrots and corn are AWESOME.

We also had bathtime, which was brilliant - once he figured out that the dish wasn't dangerous, he got right in there and was ruffling all his feathers to get wet.  Birdie bathtime is one of my very favorite things. :D

Today I'm going grocery shopping to get some highly nutritious produce and beans for him; one of things everyone (including my vet) agrees on is that variety and a healthy diet are some of the most important things in conure care.  Apparently the leading cause of shortened lifespans in conures in improper diet, so DIzzy and I are enacted Mission: Conure Salad today.  I have a recipe for a really good bean/rice/corn mix and also a good salad combo for him that I'd like to try him on.

Work last night was fine, a bit boring.  I am concerned about how many hours I will actually be getting versus how many hours they said I could get, but everything will change in the fall when a couple people go back to school, so I'm going to sit tight and see what happens.  I'm the lowest person on the totem pole at the moment, so even if I try and scrape more hours I don't think I'll have much luck.  But I have something which is better than nothing, and it fills the time well.


Jul. 8th, 2009 06:05 pm
magicalmartha: (Mimi feels like dancing)
Here he is, the beautiful baby green cheeked conure who's going to be shipped to me:

So I don't spam your flist with bird photos, but he's SO CUTE )
He's two months old, and Keith the breeder has been very helpful so far.  We've discussed the shipping details, he's going to take care of all of those preparations, and now I'm just waiting to hear about the deposit and payment they need from me.  This weekend I'm going to buy a birdcage, and once I find out when he's going to get here I'll be able to stock up on correct bird food.  Guys, I'm so excited I've already decided to name him Dizzy. :D

I don't technically know that he's a he, because conures aren't sexually dimorphic, but since I'm not going to be breeding him I'm not sure whether I want to have him sexed or not.  Dizzy is a nice, gender neutral (and completely adorable) name.  

Can you tell how stoked I am? :D:D:D

magicalmartha: (Tarzan and Jane with parrots)
I've decided to be a responsible pet owner and put my search for a rescue dog on indefinite hold.  My living situation is simply too unstable to justify getting one - I want to be able to provide assurance and the guarantee of a good home for a dog, and right now I have larger priorities.  Does that mean I'm not getting a beastie?  Oh no.

I've had parakeets for years.  I love them - they're little balls of feathers full of surprising amounts of intelligence, energy, and personality.  But frankly after Walter, my last keet, I don't think I could stomach getting another one.  He was pretty much the perfect little guy, and after him, I think keets would just make me sad.  But this is why there are multiple species of birds.

Birds make awesome, awesome pets.  They're small, but really smart, and affectionate and very silly.  I've been doing some research into larger species of birds, and I'm now making inquiries into green cheeked conures.

They're personable, affectionate, intelligent, and like to be petted and scratched (my keets were always a little handshy).  I'm just so thrilled thinking about having one of these sweeties.  We'll see what my inquiry leads to - the only problem I'm running into right now is that there aren't any breeders in Illinois with hatchlings at the moment, and I don't know how I feel about having a baby shipped to me (a lot of breeders do it, so I'm asking around what the process is and how safe it is, so we'll see).  I might end up driving seven hours down to Missouri to pick up my baby, but you know what?  I'd totally do it.

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