Wednesday, January 31, 2007

End of January...

And yet another month bites the dust.

Highlights:

2006 taxes
Moving... again
Snow storms
Mini Promotion
Froglet morphed
10LBs gone- 20 left to go

And life creeps on. Didn't January feel like a month long Monday?

I thought this was rather sweet.

Yes, I realize that as a 25 year old woman I have no right to be taking love quizzes... but sometimes it's nice to have a silly quiz validate the way my heart flips everytime I see a certain individual.

Get your love compatibility results here!

Monday, January 29, 2007

Stressful Days Ahead!

As our plans for world domination truly begin, we're going to be facing some stressful times in the next few weeks. What we're doing will make it a lot easier for the both of us- it'll help cement our future but will also protect us from a lot of what-ifs.

All I can say is... uf. It feels good to have a bit of a plan, but I'm still scared to death with everything going on. I'm really thankful that I have my family to support me through this and to rely on... I really couldn't do this without them.

I'm so happy that this week is here. My monthly bonus will be posted on Wednesday, and I'll get my normal paycheck on Friday. I can't even begin to tell you how much I really like working for a bank- it's so much better than anything I've ever done. Much cleaner, better hours, less stress, lots of vacation time... and having weekends off- priceless. I occasionally work on Saturday from 9-1, but the hours fly by. I can't imagine doing anything else at this point.

Val is busy wailing on his electric guitar. Speaking of wailing, those of you who watch Jackass would really enjoy the fact that Val's dad is in the second movie. He helped design the rockets- cool, isn't it? The more you know!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Changes...

By beloved boyfriend, the one who always wears black shirts and khaki cargos, has changed. Today was the first time I've ever seen him wear brown. AND flip flops.

Daaaamn, he looks good.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Finley Channel!

After Finley's new front legs popped out, it was time for me to jump into action. I prepared a little morphing tank- I got a long ziploc container and proped it up with a short piece of pipe. I threw in a chunk of prayer plant and put him in it. Do you have any idea how stressful it is to move a living being THAT small and THAT fragile? I almost had a heart attack!



The next morning... He made the final leap. He was standing in the dry side of the tank, with his little front legs stretched out underneath him and his chin proudly aimed at the sky.

So. Stinking. Cute.



His markings are getting brighter and brighter, and his tail is becoming a thing of the past.

And in other news... you know the HUGE thing that we're working on? Well, we're still working on it, and I think I jinxed myself too much by even being an optimist. You will all just have to wait until the pieces fall into place.

Monday, January 22, 2007

LEGS!

Finley HAS LEGS!!!



Got limbs? :D

And I'm not going to jinx myself here... but there might just be a huge metamorphosis for Val and I right around the corner.

Oooh, the mystery!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Update

If I had one word for all the emotions going through me right now, it'd make my life a hell of a lot easier. There's just so much going on, and so much changing that it's a little too much to handle right now.

Increase of responsibility at work = yay, but more chances to screw up.

Found a really nice condo that Val and I adore. We love it, so of course it'll sell for at least $20k more than the asking price. In other words, we have yet to find a place to live.

I discovered a new hobby that is insanely biology nerdish but too expensive for me to dive into. I have yet to reveal it, but let's just say that a webpage dedicated to the hobby is in the works. I figure I have to balance my life- trivial purse obsession on one end, biology geek at the other.

Due to a thermostat issue, my newest d. ventrimaculatus died. The heat was out of whack and I walked into a sauna. I opened the tank and found him on the floor of the tank, not moving. I saw him open his mouth once and he died right there... It's my first adult frog death, and it was heartwrenching to watch.

On the positive side of the hobby, Finley is growing so, so fast. He's starting to look like a real frog!



Please excuse the over-exposure, but I had to capture his new markings! Note the stripes down his back and the spots on his legs. He's starting to look more and more like an adult!



So, there's the update on my life. Hope all is well with you!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Another Picture of Finley: Round 3!



I was able to get this shot by putting a LED flashlight in a tube and placing Finley's container on top of it. Note the small s-like shapes right behind his head. I'm waiting on confirmation, but I'm going to reach out on a limb (har har) and say that those might be his arms just starting to develop.

Awwwwww....

And in other news:
Mom and I have a shopping date on Saturday!!! YAY!
Val bought an electric guitar and has been playing it nearly non-stop.
My New Year's Resolution has yet to be broken.
We have yet to find a place to live (yup, we lost out on yet another place).
And it looks like it's going to snow (again).

Thursday, January 4, 2007

I love having days off. Nothing like staying home and stressing out about stuff I can't change. We still haven't found a place to live, and are supposed to be out by the end of the month. We might have found a studio apartment to rent in the condo community I adore... It'd be perfect for us to see if we'd actually like to live there for an extended period of time. We're going to check it out right after work tomorrow. Hopefully I'll know by the end of the week if we get it.

Sad news: A few weeks back one of my tadpoles died. I was so devastated I refused to even acknowledge the incident by posting about it. I know it's just one of those things froggers have to get used to- they're such tiny and delicate creatures, it's a miracle humans can keep them alive at all. The good news is that the gentleman who donated the tads forgives me, and has even encouraged me to take another one so I can figure it out before my vents start breeding. I don't know how I feel about it... I'd much rather buy a froglet than watch another tadpole die. Yet at the same time I'm so in love with the one that's left- It would be truly amazing to watch the process again.

So here's Finley and his newly acquired limbs:



And in other news, I'm back on the diet train. I know it's so cliche to make a resolution to lose weight. The thing is, it's the Year of the Boar! Come on now, you can't ignore such blatent irony!

Hope all of you are having a fantastic year thus far!