clayangel: (Tee hee)
( Oct. 20th, 2010 10:03 pm)
I took a video of my rats today. :) I wanted to take a video of them because Gwen does this adorable thing where she grabs the bars and sticks her nose through, desperately smelling. I think it's cute and wanted to share. She does it at one point here. Oh, there's no sound.

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clayangel: (poorly)
( Jun. 6th, 2010 09:28 am)
I've been having a hell of a time writing this story, and while talking to Lyndsey last night, I figured out why. This is the first story I've tried to write since quitting smoking.

Smoker or not, we all have our rituals when it comes to writing, a time and a place where we get the most work done. Mine was early in the morning when there's still dew on the grass and the air is cool, on a bench swing in my backyard under the shade of the pine tree from next door, with a cup of coffee and a pack a cigarettes, writing by hand in a college ruled five star notebook.

And I'm not even vaguely trying to do that. I'm on my computer, indoors at all hours, and I'm distracted and miserable. I always knew that if I was going to have a hard time quitting it would be because of the effect it would have on my writing. :P The rest of the circumstances could still be simulated, but it's like what's the point, you know? It's 90 degrees out and muggy as hell, so I don't want to be outside, and typing right off instead of writing, then transcribing saves time. Indoors I have less of a proper desk than outdoors, so sitting with a drink becomes tedious. So I could still go outdoors with my pad of paper and a coffee, but do I really want to?

It's like I'm completely relearning how to write. It's very frustrating. :\ I'm sure I'll get used to it in time, but the transitional phase is difficult.

Oh, on a cuter note, I got a new rat. A friend for Noki because I wanted her to have someone her age to play with. Her name is Gwen (for those I've told before this, I changed her name because everyone seemed so turned off by the first, and I was afraid the vowel sounds were too close to those in Noki) and hopefully pictures will come soon. She's so tiny and soft! :D Like a golden retriever puppy in rat form.

And on yet another note, I looked see what else I had under the tag "writer's block" and it's actually one of those LJ writer's block things. The six words story one. I looked through some of the answers and realized two things. 1, people don't know the difference between a story and a sentence. 2, people don't know how to count. :P
Totally hot linked from Karen's facebook!

One of Bart and Punk and one of Punk in her e-collar )

She took a video of them, too. I'll have to yoink it and post it at one point.
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Which I've never taken pictures of. This will happen. Hopefully soon. My main hinderance is that I don't actually own a camera. Practically everyone else in my family does, though, so there will be pictures at one point.

But for those who know the current rat saga, it's continuing.

See, I had to take my rats to the vet to get them spade. Not because I'm worried about them reproducing, but because it largely helps reduce the chance of mammary tumors. So I get them spade, and the vet they're doing well, and then I go to pick them up later that day.

One of my rats, Punk (who's the black and white hooded dumbo) is an absolute brat. She's brave and loves people and loves to cause mischief. Well, of course it was her who had already started pulling out her stomach staples, so the doctors fixed that and put one of those cones on her head. If you can imagine, a tiny cone on a rat is kind of the most adorable thing ever.

Anyway, she still had two staples in her stomach, and the rest of the incision had been glued shut. For two days she was fine, then yesterday evening I noticed that the staples were dislodged and that the wound was splitting open. Not good. It's not like she was bleeding profusely or guts were spilling out or anything, but still not good. Not only that, but she had somehow managed to get to the edges of her cone and has started chewing a large chunk out of it, making it fairly useless.

I called the vet this morning, and they told me to come in so they could take a look at her. On the drive over, while keeping an eye on her, I realize that she's pulling the staples out herself, and that she can reach around the cone to get to her stomach, and not even the chewed away parts. So now the cone is basically completely useless except as a deterrent. And it impedes her walking and eating, too, but she's a feisty, intelligent thing, so she's not letting it hinder her but too much.

So I go in, they take out the two useless staples and put in three new ones, but she's already trying to pull those out again. I'm going to have to take to spraying her with water every time she does it or something. She just needs to keep them in for one week. Maybe not even. Just a few days would be nice, but somehow, I don't see that happening. :P

Oh, and Kat, this is some delicious Turkish Delight! Thank you. ^_^
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( Dec. 24th, 2008 01:53 pm)
For the name something that makes you happy every day for 8 days meme. I wasn't going to do it, but being tagged twice, I figured I should give it a go. I'm not tagging anyone else, but if you want to do it, go ahead.

Happy thought for today? I was bad and bought rats. ^_^ Their names are Punk (a black and white hooded dumbo) and Bart (a blue...maybe agouti? not sure). I'm a little afraid that Punk is sickly, but I have to take them to the vet soon because they need to get spade, so I'll find out then, won't I? And I really, really like her, so even if she is sick, I'm not taking her back to the store. Bart's being pissy, but I'm assuming she'll get over it. (edit: she did. ^_^ and she seems to really like sleeping in my pocket)

But I finally have rats! :D
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( Dec. 24th, 2008 01:53 pm)
For the name something that makes you happy every day for 8 days meme. I wasn't going to do it, but being tagged twice, I figured I should give it a go. I'm not tagging anyone else, but if you want to do it, go ahead.

Happy thought for today? I was bad and bought rats. ^_^ Their names are Punk (a black and white hooded dumbo) and Bart (a blue...maybe agouti? not sure). I'm a little afraid that Punk is sickly, but I have to take them to the vet soon because they need to get spade, so I'll find out then, won't I? And I really, really like her, so even if she is sick, I'm not taking her back to the store. Bart's being pissy, but I'm assuming she'll get over it. (edit: she did. ^_^ and she seems to really like sleeping in my pocket)

But I finally have rats! :D
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