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Waffle and salad (and Dorothy too)

Now that he’s grown up a bit, Waffle’s become a bit more weary and a bit less witless. He’s still insanely warm-hearted for a reptile though and is perfectly content in the company of humans as long as they don’t wield cameras.

Well I do occasionally wield a camera, and it’s nearly impossible to get a decent shot of him when he’s on the alert. The solution? Distract with food (remember, he’s still a little witless). The result? Pictures with my baby’s cuute little face actually showing.

Oh, and even though I say he’s a he, I’m pretty sure by now that he’s a she. But I was so sure for so long that he was a he that I can’t stop calling him that.

The next photo’s from a while ago, but just in case you haven’t seen it here’s one of my favourite pictures of Dorothy:

It was taken a moment before she noticed I was there then shot me a look like I was being loud or something. Seriously, she looks at people like we’re the small ones. Aah well, Dorothy will be Dorothy, and she’ll still always be my little girl!

Change is Inevitable

Hello you lovely people! Sorry for the disappearing act, I’ve been busy burying myself under a pile of boxes. We’re moving apartment tomorrow, and being the horrible procrastinator I am I didn’t bother getting anything packed until it turned into a very large task that needed to be completed very quickly.

I’ve also realised that I come from a family of pack rats. It was horrifying to see exactly how much junk I’d managed to stuff into my room over the past few years. But then I went to see what Mom was up to and she was diligently unpacking and repacking several boxes that hadn’t been touched since the last time we moved. I guess a weakness for knick knacks runs in the genes.

Set up the new turtle tanks today. The matching blisters I have on both hands proves it (I love Fluval filters, but the initial priming is a pain in the ass). Waffle’s getting a 65 gallon tank and Dorothy’s getting a 75. I’ll be making a separate trip tomorrow to bring them over. Then I get to make some custom above tank basking areas, and a custom enclosure for Zeus (I really want to do something like this tortoise table). I’ve been getting so obsessed with them lately. Willie fears the day that we move in together and I fill the house with reptiles.

The computer needs to be boxed now, so see you all on the other side.

The Great Escape

An old pic of the turts, but it’s still one of my favourites.

Waffle and Dorothy #1

I had to clean Waffle’s tank and so I moved him into a smaller tub next to Dorothy’s. Since he loves climbing, I quickly taped a couple sheets of plastic to the sides so that he wouldn’t be able to get out. When I came back the sheets of plastic had been pushed down and he was perched precariously on the tub’s rim. Dorothy was swimming back and forth in front of him, seemingly saying, “What do you think you’re doing, punk?”

Another shot capturing Dorothy’s not-all-too-impressed expression:

Waffle and Dorothy #2

Woof!

Waffle, acting awfully dog-like while begging for food.

Waffle begging for food #1 Waffle begging for food #2

Cute Waffle

Aww, now why on earth do turtles have a reputation for being slow and boring? Here’s Waffle being his most sociable self, sticking his head out for a pat.

Me patting Waffle on the head

La La Land

Half of me is here. The other half is off skipping through the Hundred Acre Woods (or somewhere equally as imaginary). It’s the whole quitting smoking thing, I’m finding it so hard to concentrate on anything for more than two minutes. I know it’s worth it, but I want my brain back already!

I did manage to get some sitely things done though, there’s a new skin up, Sensitive. As always, comments and feedback are appreciated. I also got rid of the Bakelog since I wasn’t posting in it as much as I had planned to. All pics were shifted over to the Lady section. I’ll be giving the Goodies section a makeover soon, I know I’ve been neglecting it and that stale feeling’s beginning to bug me.

Willie came over earlier today to rest during his break. Poor thing was exhausted, he just wandered into my room, collapsed on the bed and promptly fell asleep. He doesn’t usually snore but he sounded like a jet engine today, probably due to the fatigue. ‘Twas quite amusing though, you know how some people can snore loud enough to wake themselves up? Well I was lying next to him, wide awake I might add, and as the decibel level peaked, he was shocked awake. He then rolled over, looked me in the eye and accused me of snoring and waking him up.

An assortment of recent photos:

Spacing out

Me, off in the Hundred Acre Woods

Dorothy

Dorothy basking

Waffle

Waffle thinking

Continuing with that randomness, tell me some randomly interesting things that you’ve ever said or heard. What I can think of for now…

One day Lena came into school wearing bright orange sunglasses. A few of us girls were standing around chatting and then Clarke walked up.

Clarke (to Lena): “Hey can you see through walls with those things?”
Me: “Don’t be silly. Lena, zap him with them.”

No one got it ’til a few minutes later.

One morning when my sister was over in HK, I walked into the kitchen to see her making some toast. When I got a bit closer, I noticed that the slice she was buttering had barely even started to colour.

Me: “That’s not done yet. Why don’t you put it in for a bit longer?”
Sis: “Oh no, I’m not trying to kill it. I just want to scare it a bit.”

My sister is a strange creature.

On the subject of Clarke, I do believe we’re acting like friends again. I’ve cooled down since hearing that he and Steph slept together, and it actually seems like a good thing now. He and I have a habit of flirting a little and I was always a bit worried that one day, some sort of ‘moment’ might happen and we’d end up in bed again. Now I can just imagine him and Steph together, and believe me, that image is a libido killer. If life gives you lemons, make a lemon meringue pie and all that sort of stuff.

Dobi Wan Kenobi

To continue on from what I said in the last post about my mom forgetting how old I am, don’t worry, it’s not like we’re distant from each other. She just happens to be sweet, caring, and incredibly forgetful! We’ve agreed that it’s a good thing I’m honest, I could get away with so much otherwise. I’ve been paying her back HK$1000 (US$130) bit by bit, and each time I hand over some of it she looks surprised and asks why I’m giving it to her.

The past couple of days have been decent to me. I’m down to only one ciggie a day, and went for a whole 36 hours without a smoke. Before that I hadn’t gone longer than 24 hours for 3 or 4 years. I’ve also been trying to work out a bit more, don’t want to gain too much weight while quitting.

I’m pretty happy with how much money I’m saving by not buying ciggies. Willie and I walked all up and down Tung Choi Street (usually referred to by me as fish or turtle street) but I couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy besides from my basic turt supplies, so I took him to a nice lunch instead. Starting next month though I’ll begin to put away the money that I save. Some things I want to buy when I’ve got enough cash: a new filter for Dorothy, a heater for Waffle, Leonidas choccies for Mom and Willie (they are so good), and maybe a new top for myself.

Hah, yes the two turtle items are on top of the list. Oh, and not that many will be interested but Mom has given Dorothy a new name. We’ve always referred to her affectionately as Dobi (pronounced Doh-bee) but for some reason Mom’s been extending it recently and calling her Dobi Wan Kenobi all the time. (I came back with “Cobra Commander” as a new name for Waffle, after she remarked that he had a snake-like neck. Take away two cool points if you know who Cobra Commander is.)

Not much else to say right now, so I’ll leave you with a few things I found amusing from the latest Dilbert newsletter.

True Tales of Induhviduals

“I was sitting in the lunchroom with a coworker, and he noticed a “funny” pattern on one of his socks. He told me that his socks were the same color, but the pattern of one was not right. He just couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I let him ponder the situation for five minutes and then I informed him that he was wearing one sock inside out. He is our director of quality.”

Induhvidual Quotes

“A little pain never hurt anyone.”

“My arms were knee-deep in mud.”

“The squeaky wheel is the one that makes the most noise.”

Unprovoked update: Got accepted into Diamonds of the Web. I’ve also retired two skins, cleaned up the remaining four’s CSS files and added a couple new clocks.

Men and Winning

Well, Mom and I managed to resist bringing home a new pet, but to console ourselves about that fact we brought back a new tank, turtle dock and cave for Waffle. It was a bit strange though, after setting it all up and putting him/her in, he (I think I’ll just refer to Waffle as a he until he’s old enough for me to determine his sex) jumped into the water, swam around and was obviously quite enjoying the larger space, then got out onto the dock and proceeded to do a big poop right in the middle of it. I couldn’t stop laughing at Mom’s reaction, “Bad turtle… Bad turtle!” I don’t know if it was territorial, excitement or what, but it sure was amusing.

What is it with men and winning? Heh, I admitted to Willie that when we play pool I often mess up on purpose so that he’ll win (because one-sided games are no fun) and he started bombarding me with questions. “When do you do it? How often do you do it? When’s the last time you did it?” Lol, he wanted the satisfaction of really beating me, so we went and played a few games and I let him win a couple to humour him.

Oh yes, and has anyone all ready gone to see King Arthur? Was it any good? Just want to know if it’s worth HK$60 and a couple hours of my time.

Hmm, on that subject, which movies have you watched where at the end you think, “That was a complete waste of two hours of my life.” Not many movies either irk or bore me that badly, but I remember that that was my exact thought after watching Tomb Raider. Heh, good thing it was just a VCD and I hadn’t payed to go see it at the cinema. Scary Movie 3 and the 1998 version of Psycho were also pretty bad.

And since the Furry Friday are in the process of moving, I thought I’d try Friday’s Feast this week.

Appetizer: If you were a color, which color would you be, and why?
I’d have to go for purple, a blend of calm blue and fiery red. Sounds a lot like me. Plus it also symbolises extravagance, dignity, independance and creativity. As far as extravagance goes, I like to think I’m not materialistic but I know that I really am and as for the last three, they’re all things that I strive to own.

Soup: When was the last time you went to the doctor, and what was your reason for going?
Haven’t had to go to the doctor’s in a couple of years, and that was only for a check up before I started on birth control pills.

Salad: What do you collect?
Not much right now. I used to collect anything to do with Eeyore, but I’ve run out of space in my room to keep everything (it grew to a rather massive collection)!

Main Course: What were you like in high school? Name one thing you miss and one thing you don’t miss about those days. (If you’re still there, imagine how you’ll remember it in the future.)
I went through three distinct phases in high school, the ‘teenybopper’ phase, the ‘depressed’ phase and the ‘rebel’ phase. I guess I miss my friends the most, I went to high school in three different countries and four different schools, and I regret losing touch with a lot of people that I met. I will never miss the last school’s ‘in crowd.’ Shallow, conceited and thoroughly disgusting people.

Dessert: Pretend you’re standing in front of your home, with your back towards your home. Describe the view – what can you see? Trees? Cars? A zoo? Wal-Mart?
One of Hong Kong’s top all boys schools.

Troy

A bit late, but here’s the Sunday Brunch. This week’s topic is Fun in the Sun.

1. Do you prefer the beach or a pool?
If it’s sparkling clean (a rare find in Hong Kong), the beach, otherwise the pool.

2. What kind of tan are you most likely to get during the summer: a beautiful, bronze, laying out in the sun for hours tan; a gradual, few minutes a day tan; a “farmer tan” from working outdoors; or do you just get as red as a lobster and peel the next day?
The gradual, few days a minute tan. It’s not very gradual though, I tan pretty easily so after a few minutes it’s all ready noticable the next day. I think I’ve only ever burnt once in my life in Palau because the sun was so harsh. Not even hours of basking in Melbourne’s sunshine makes me red, so I guess I’m lucky.

3. Which summertime water activity are you more likely to enjoy the most… boating, jet skiing, waterskiing, swimming or floating down a lazy river on a tube?
I could go for boating.

4. What is your favorite picnic food?
Just a good sandwich. Yummy and not at all messy. Potato salad is also good, but mayo tends to give me a tummy ache.

5. Do you know how to cook on a barbeque grill?
Yep, and I’m surprisingly good at it (surprising because I’m vegetarian, so I cook for everyone else then go eat an apple or something).

Watched a late showing of Troy last night (it was only released in HK last week). I really enjoyed it, but I always have to dissect movies, so bad points first then good points.

Firstly, whoever played Helen was terrible! I’m rarely so harsh in my criticisms of actors/actresses, but she really did seem to ruin a lot of the scenes. (As far as the best acting goes, definitely Eric Bana as Hector and Peter O’Toole as Priam!) She’s an important character during the beginning, but I didn’t feel that she managed to draw the audience into the movie at all. You’d think Helen of Troy would project beauty, instead you get ’somewhat pretty’. Also, not all, but a good portion of the movie felt emotionally void. I can’t put my finger on what it was, but there was definitely something missing. I could tell a lot of the audience felt the same way, instead of feeling for the characters we were often left biting our lips trying not to laugh.

Now for the good points… Loved the action. Nothing compared to say, the Two Towers, but still good entertainment. Hah, afterwards Willie kept copying Brad Pitt’s little jumpy move, great inspiration for us small people! On the subject of Brad Pitt, I didn’t think his performance was nearly as bad as I was lead to believe it would be. I thought the scene with Priam and Achilles in the tent was fabulous and that it made the movie. Oh yes, and I very much enjoyed Odysseus’ (Sean Bean’s) craftiness. Kinda makes me want to see what the Odyssey would be like as a movie.

And now some random points. Lol, Willie was pretty happy to see Orlando Bloom have to play the coward. I say was, because I quickly deflated him by letting him in on the fact that when Paris was cowaring at Hector’s feet all the girls in the cinema were actually awwing and wanting to take care of him! We both agreed that Brad Pitt in that leathery thing was not good though (anyone else hear the outfit squeak when he sat down?) and that his legs are too skinny for it! And true, many parts weren’t true to the Iliad, but then again I wouldn’t want to watch a ten year long movie anyway.

Waffle, our new turt, is settling in well. He’s all ready starting to come out of his shell (hahaha ) and not get all shy when we approach. I think he’s happy, he’s got deep water and a nice warm light (neither of which he had before) and is taking full advantage of them both.

Had to visit my father’s earlier today. More on that soon.

[Edit] Hey anyone want a free custom layout? Seriously. I’m suffering from designer’s block and designing for others always seems to help kick start the creativity since. I guess I just get bored of designing for myself all the time. So yes, if you’re interested just leave a comment with a few keywords on what you’d like the layout to look like (e.g. clean, summery, retro, sunsets, Orlando Bloom…etc) and I’ll choose someone. [/Edit]

Waffle

Mom and I went out to Prince Edward during the afternoon, look who we brought home! We named him (or her) Waffle.

Waffle

During our walk I was horrified to so many common snapping turtle hatchlings being sold. I expected to see tanks filled with red eared sliders being sold for cheap, but not snapping turtles! I seriously doubt anyone who buys one of them has any idea what they’ll grow up to be like.

Seeing the way a lot of stores in Hong Kong keep animals and reptiles started to get me a bit down, but I was glad to find at least one store though that actually took care of their creatures. The shop attendants were pretty nice as well, I think they were practising their English with us.

My dad called me earlier, I’m going over to his place on Tuesday. Found out that my stepmom is pregnant again. It’ll be their fifth child together and my dad’s eighth (my stepmom’s Catholic and so doesn’t use any form of birth control). My dad also told me about how he’s gone through with buying the farm in New Zealand and that he’s planning to raise cows and sheep. *sighs* He’s also planning an orchard and a Chinese garden. Only those who have met my family (you there Vicki?) will know how bitterly hilarious this all is!

[Edit] Just got the first assignment for one of my courses back, another 100%. Yay! [/Edit]

Unprovoked update: Retired three themes and recoded the rest (see the last post).

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