a whim

i saw a post on facebook by someone who went to the same high school as me. she had her totem animal identified by a woman named emelie at forbidden life.
so, i thought, i should give this a try! sounds like fun, right? i answered a few questions, like, “what are you wearing?”, “what’s your diet like?”, “what’s in the back seat of your car?”
and as soon as i hit send and threw down a little bit of money, i became giddy. i kept checking my email… waiting for the instructions to send pictures. i asked matt to help because emelie needed a head shot and a full body (clothes, please!).
after i sent those on, she replied that she had lurked my flickr feed to get to know me. i felt kinda weird about that, since most of those pictures are more than three years old, but i guess they capture then me.
then, i started getting butterflies… sort of that weird feeling i always get when i watch someone draw. sort of in a fuzzy trance.
then i woke up in the middle of the night, and checked email on my phone and saw her response.
my totem animal is a peacock. no way.
but they’re all big and pretty and powerful and loud!
i’m getting used to the idea.

slow news month!

sorry folks, i haven’t had a lot to chat about lately. i also keep getting comment spam whenever i make a post, and i’m waiting for my web host to upgrade my movabletype so i can install an anti-spam plugin.
anyhoo, it’s been a home improvement year. back in august, i had a friend come over and do some rewiring for me because some random outlets just stopped working. he was going to come back and help with some other stuff, but has been avoiding my texts…
last weekend, we got to be plumbers. for some reason, i thought a garbage disposal could take swift care of some corn husks… i was mistaken. so we had a clog. a full bottle of liquid plumr and two days of bio-cleanse later, it still hadn’t unclogged. so i called up my good pal ben anton and borrowed a snake.
i should have taken pictures of the process, but basically, the clog was in the pipe under the basement floor, so we had to take apart an already poorly put together system of pipes in order to get down in there.
unsurprisingly, organic matter turns black when it’s been left to sit in water for a while. surprisingly, we pulled out about a tablespoon of gunk and now all is working as expected!
here’s an action shot (not really tho, this is in the kitchen and was just for posterity):
here are some animal pics:
the latest improvement is some under-cabinet lighting that another friend installed.
this picture points out how much we need more shelving for dry goods. or canned goods, or something.
maybe we need to take a trip to the re-store and see if they have a single cabinet that we can hang in the area between the back door and basement door.
now i know what we’re doing friday afternoon. :)


ever since building the coop, i’ve felt more comfortable with power tools. loud, scary, bladey power tools.
tho, i wish we would have had the jigsaw to cut the chicken door instead of the sawzall, but that’s neither here nor there.
so, we cut the 2×4*s and plywood last night since a rainy weekend is in the forecast, hopefully tonight we’ll build the box and sleep on a real, adult bed tonight. now we just need to save up for a new mattress.
*why is it that boards are not actually 2″ x 4″? it’s annoying.

baby steps

we ran again last night after a two-week hiatus and i’m feeling it this morning. it’s hard to keep to a schedule when it cuts into sittin’ around time. i know that’s the point.
this past weekend, we acquired a sleigh bed and, upon delivery, realized that we now need a box spring. but the entrance to the stairwell is too narrow to maneuver a queen box spring up there, so we have to build one. upstairs.
that’ll be fun! i’ll try to remember to take pictures.
speaking of, here are three of the four kitties staring out the front window.