All posts for the month January, 2012

The fog has settled

Published January 19, 2012 by minilophop

Have you ever had a day that was super productive and everything was flowing? That was yesterday, I was ON! There was a lot to do so the adrenalin was flowing and my mind was swift. I accomplished so much, worked until midnight to get a project out to Europe on time.

Today I hit the wall and the fibro fog has settled in. I wanted to cry when the alarm clock went off. I managed to get to work with a little detour to WaWa for the best coffee ever. On a morning like this a little hazelnut coffee is a cup of heaven. I shouldn’t be drinking caffeine anymore with surgery coming up, but I’m working on weaning off the magical juice.

I still have much to get done, but my mind is so very slow. It’s hard to put sentences together let alone figure out what to do next on complex projects. I think today will be a day of doing basic tasks that I don’t have to think too hard about. That’s one of the best parts of my job, the variety. I have some very complex tasks that keep me engaged and enjoying my work. I also have some brain-dead zombie action that just has to get done. It’s flexible, within reason, when the tasks are done so I can plan according to my fibro symptoms.

At least I have some good music to listen to. Katy Perry may be a bit silly, but it is up beat and it helps me keep pushing forward. Ok, “I kissed a girl, and I liked it…….” starts to sing and gets back to work…..


The Tortoise And The Hare

Published January 17, 2012 by minilophop

In a home containing both rabbits and turtles there comes a time where recreating “the tortoise and the hare” becomes mandatory. I think it was a 6 way tie. Everyone had fun and enjoyed the snacks between the pictures.

Houdini being a diva

Snacks between shots

Houdini and Cinderella

Becky and Gary

Becky disapproves of all the shenanigans!

Gary flops out, he worked really hard!

Andre says “Leave me out of it!”

Hungry Bunnies

Published January 11, 2012 by minilophop

I love food, I don’t think that is a secret to anyone who knows me. I always felt like I was an enthusiastic eater. At least until I welcomed rabbits into my home. All the animals get fed on a regular basis twice a day. They never go hungry in any way. You would never know that if you watched them eat.

Every morning as soon as the lights come on I have Gary nose bonking my ankles to hurry up and feed him! Becky dances in circles and can barely contain herself. Houdini and Cinderella charge their fence like they are going to nibble my toes off. Houdini will shove his head into the pellet dish so I have to pour food over his head.

Houdini is such a cute pellet head

Everyone LOVES their dinner greens!


Joshua Husband

Published January 6, 2012 by minilophop

Now it is Joshua’s turn. He will claim he’s lowest on the totem pole, under all the animals. Honestly it is just a matter of needing to get some photos from him to make the post more interesting. Afterall, who would believe me if I didn’t have a photo when I tell you he has 903 chess books? I know, crazy isn’t it?

At this point he is saying to himself; “but I got rid of four duplicates when I taught Sean”. Ok then, I lied. It’s only 899.

Joshua and I met my senior year of college. I was a biologist in Ohio, he was a historian in Nebraska. We met on ISCA BBS, which was a fore-runner of social networks that was used primarily by geeks. We met on-line when it was still weird so we were married several years before all of our family heard the real story. Basically we were chatting on-line to keep long distance phone charges to a minimum with our friends, which also is a thing of the past. I hated guys at the time because of a bad break up. Of course once you swear off men, that is when it happens. Joshua tried talking to me for a while, but I would only give one word answers. I didn’t want to be rude, but I was not interested. Then he asked about my research and the flood gates opened! As a spider researcher I didn’t get much call to chat about what I was learning. He even read my thesis, which was over 80 pages of web lengths and feeding regimes. I knew then he was something special. Later I found out he had to buy a biology dictionary to understand it. The sweetness of it still makes me want to kiss him.

Joshua is now a professional chess instructor. He teaches in area schools, runs tournaments, and has private students. He is obsessed with books. The 903 chess books are the tip of the iceberg. We have books stashed everywhere and his office is overflowing. He is slowly trying to find good homes for some of the less used ones, but it is hard for him to let go. Joshua is extremely tolerant of my idiosyncrasies and loves all the pets. Granted, I did have to get rid of my 6 foot iguana when we got engaged, so I know he has limits. Joshua has been the biggest blessing in my life and I love him so. The last 12 years together have been a roller coaster, but I know that I can face anything the future holds as long as he is by my side.

Here he is at 7 and then recently, oh so cute!


Published January 6, 2012 by minilophop

 We also have a 20 gallon fresh water tropical fish tank. There has been much iteration over the years. The fish are the only animals we have that are not rescued. Currently we have guppies, neon tetras, and red cherry shrimp. I also enjoy creating a more natural environment with live plants.

George and Gracie were my first guppies. Their line was very prolific and I have given away literally thousands of guppies over the years. Now I only have males because it’s easier than keeping up with all the babies. It’s very hard to get clear pictures of fish, but I have a few.

Frank, Bess, Nancy, Jo, Buffy, Willow, Alvin, & Eleanor Birds

Published January 6, 2012 by minilophop

Frank, Bess, Nancy, Jo, Buffy, Willow, Alvin, & Eleanor

  • Zebra finches
  • 2 Male and 6 Female
  • DOB  2008-2009
  • Likes- taking baths, millet seeds, and singing 
  • Dislikes- No nesting sites

Frank, Bess, Nancy, Jo, Buffy, Willow, Alvin, and Eleanor are the finches we currently have. Zander, Tara, Simon, Theodore, Brittaney and Jeanette were re-homed to a girl in Ohio who really wanted them. We started out with just Frank, Jo, Bess, and Nancy but then they had two clutches before I learned I could take out the nests so they would stop. One clutch had 3 boys and 3 girls so I named them after the chipmunks. The other clutch had one boy and three girls so I named them after Buffy characters. I was feeling a little over whelmed when my Sister’s babysitter’s daughter started to look for some small birds. I was happy to give her the cage and all just so they could have a good home. Our current group lives in a 6 foot long flight cage (two cages put together) so they get lots of exercise and has space to spread their little wings.

I was honestly shocked when I first started to look for finches that rescue groups wouldn’t even call me back once they knew I had cats. Obviously from the picture the cats do like to watch the birds flutter around. However, they quickly learned it was not ok to jump at the bars. When I was feeding them one time Frank decided to slip out under my hand. Andre had caught him so quickly I just screamed “Andre NO!” Amazingly, he listened! It was just like a cartoon, the cat spit out the bird in a small puff of feathers. I got Frank back into the cage. A little slobbered on, but no worse for wear. Not a single bite. Andre just wanted to play.