Sorry that it took a little while to get back to you (& anyone else who sent me messages), I was out of town over the weekend.
No problem at all (& not at all weird or awkward, I know it is hard to visualize if you don’t see them every day like I do!). My groups are about to change—I’m intending on getting a second Critter Nation before the end of the month & then my youngest groups of boys will be introduced/live together & the older boys will have the whole Ferret Nation to themselves—right now, it’s a little cramped with five in each half-cage. They don’t really care too much, my older group is lazy & spends all their time piled on top of one another & the younger group is still pretty young & tiny, but I like to mention that it is overcrowded so no one thinks I’m advocating five adult males in a single unit, because I’m definitely not, four is the max I’d recommend (I think 9 is okay in a double unit).
I made the pictures small to show up easily, but if you’d like to see any more photos of any of them, everything is tagged with their names (& all my photos of my rats are tagged with #rats). I rounded ages to the nearest .25.
TOP HALF OF FERRET NATION:
BOTTOM HALF OF FERRET NATION:
*note: this cage also currently houses Delmus—he is not mine, I am temporarily keeping him for my friend Kaley until he’s old enough to get neutered & go live with her girls. He isn’t mine, so I didn’t include him on the graphic, but if you’d like to see photos of him, he has a tag on my blog.*
I am sad, he was by far the friendliest of my boy mice, he wasn’t nearly as hormonal as my other two. He was okay yesterday evening when I got home from my trip, but I went in to play with the rats today & I noticed he hadn’t eaten, so I knew something was up. I found him underneath his little house. It doesn’t look like he suffered. He wasn’t very old, only about 4 months, but I guess it could have been something genetic. I’ve been having horrible luck with my mice lately, I’ve had three young ones die this year. I don’t get nearly as attached to the mice as I do the rats—it’s still depressing, though.
He never even got to the big manly mouse stage, which I guess in retrospect is maybe a sign something was wrong with him, because Bill’s been like that for a month now & they’re from the same litter. Dewey was probably half his size as far as bulk & was still slight & feminine-looking. Male American mice can almost never live together, but I waited a little late to separate them because I had trouble finding a tank, & it was only very grudgingly that I did take them apart, because Dewey loved Bill & was always trying to cuddle with him, even when Bill started getting hormonal & aggressive. Dewey was a nice little mouse & I’ll miss him. I haven’t yet found a spot to bury my two favorite females, Stubbs & Pie, but I think I will put Dewey with them so that it’s like he has a little mini harem.
My job is really boring so far & I hope it gets better next week when I’m actually doing my job. They’re preparing for an audit & so I’ve been doing nothing but going through charts & making everything up to code & it’s incredibly tedious. Their online system is horrible & extremely inefficient & it makes me want to learn coding so that I can make my own online system & sell it for a gazillion dollars, because if this is the best thing on the market I’m pretty sure I could create something better after a few weeks of reading library books on programming.
The current receptionist (I’m replacing her) is leaving at the end of this week, so then I have to move to the front desk & answer phones & do ??? I’m not exactly sure what because they have been so busy panicking over the audit that no one has bothered to give me very much of a description of what I’ll be doing on a daily basis.
The office is completely silent except for the noises of the copier & the desk I’m going to be at isn’t near anyone. I won’t be allowed to get up from the desk except for short bathroom breaks & I won’t get to leave for lunch, or even clock out & go sit somewhere else. This is going to be a huge adjustment since I’ve always worked retail & had to literally run around a store for entire shifts without ever sitting, I don’t really WANT to have to sit that long!
I’ve been working in a temporary office since I started & I can play Pandora in there, but once I’m at the desk, I’m not going to be able to play Pandora because that computer doesn’t have Flash & has downloads blocked. :-/ I like dressing nicely, even though I don’t have a lot of nice clothes. My new wig is incredibly uncomfortable & I am hoping it stretches out soon because I’m sick of constantly having headaches. I have been stretching the cap on a mannequin head every day & it’s a little more comfortable now, but I’m still in pain the last few hours of every day & I never was with my old wig.
No one in the office is very friendly. There’s one young girl who’s very nice, but everyone else is middle-aged & varies from not helpful to downright rude. I don’t know if I ever posted what I was actually doing, but I’m an administrative assistant at an organization that helps people with mental disabilities; it’s not a medical facility, they just help them get jobs & act as a sitter service if necessary & take them out in the community & whatnot. The part that I work in is a day care center, but I work in the office, so I hardly get to talk to any of the individuals at all. We’re supposed to call them individuals & that sounds really weird & demeaning to me? But it is the rule, so I try to practice abiding by it even when I’m not at work. I’d rather just say “people”.
Ugggggggh everything is so bland & personality-less there & I keep reminding myself it’s great pay, insurance (which starts soon, yay!! it’s kind of crappy & costs over $100 a month, but at least I don’t have to constantly worry about breaking a bone or anything like that), paid vacations, & incredible hours (8am-4pm M-F!!!!!), so I know I’m going to put up with it, it’s just a little disappointing to realize how much more I enjoyed retail than this. I talked to my dad about it & he & my stepmom lectured me about how most people don’t like their jobs & that you have to pick between doing what you like & being able to support yourself, & I know that’s true for the vast majority of people, but it’s still disappointing to see it first-hand,.
Okapi Bonds With Mom at Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo welcomed a rare Okapi calf on February 3! He has been named Jabari, Swahili for ‘brave’.
Learn more about this unique species at Zooborns.
I actually had a pretty good time, this was the first time I’ve ever been down to see my family & enjoyed myself. My mom & I got along & I had a fun time with my dad on Saturday. I am glad to be back home with the rats & Crawford & Cece!
Unfortunately, it took a lot longer to get unpacked/settled in than I expected & I don’t have time to edit pictures & make a queue for tomorrow, but things should be back to normal blog-wise by Tuesday! This stupid time change has me all messed up & I’ve got to get ready for work in the morning & have cages to clean, so have to head off now!
Front page of today’s Times Review featuring Benedict Cumberbatch
Geordi has the cutest chin ever.