Some of you may be wondering: "oh dear Lord....she's posting? I thought she withered away and died under piles of acrylic paint and college textbooks!"
Truth be told, you'd be nearly accurate-- everything except for the "died" part is all very true.
BUT, now I have spring break and I'm trying to catch up with non-school-related life.
I now have four goats. We've had our mini-nubian, Clover, and our nigerian dwarf, Poppy, for about a month already. Clover's a real sweetheart; apparently it's typical Nubie terperament. Poppy's much more rambunctious. They're both black and white, but Clover has these huge donkey ears that just stick straight out of her head, and she's a bit sleeker...see, mini nubies are made by breeding nigerian dwarfs with full-sized nubians, and after enough breeding and toying around with generations, you get nubians in miniature. Clover's a kind of half-way there baby, so instead of the droopy ears she just has these huge ears that stick traight out and flop against her face when she shakes her head.
For almost a month we've had Nutmeg, our african pigmy. She's got the agouti pattern that is typical of her breed in a lovely caramel and black colouration...and she's also a very spoiled little creature. She's tiny and she'll just lay on your lap for hours, so we bring her in to watch movies with us.
Our most recent arrival is Lilac, a Nigora-- another mix breed, this time with the mini milking goat, nigerian dwarf, with an angora goat. She's kind of a creamy beige colour, and temperament-wise she's similar to Clover. Very docile, but loves to jump around and play. We actually got her for much cheaper than asking price because we said we'd allow for her to be bred. It'll actually work out pretty well-- the breeders would supply the stud, and we'd get the first pick of the litter. Speaking of breeders...
Right down the road there are mini-livestock breeders. They have pretty much every animal imaginable-- and not just livestock. They also own an assortment of exotic and endangered animals, ranging from bearcats to walabis to touracos to jaguars.
I also happen to volunteer there with my sister, Mary. For the most part, our job is to help out with bottle-feeding around 30 something kids and lambs. We also clean the bird cages whenever they need cleaning. And occasionally they need help corralling the numerous sheep, goats, etc. If there's nothing else to do, we just feed a walabi cheese nips or toss old bread to patagonian cavies (second largest rodent in the world-- look like a cross between a deer and a rabbit) or a really friendly deer. Then we just sit around inside their house until our mother or father comes to pick us up as a ring-tailed lemur throws a hissy fit and clicks and scream at the top of her lungs-- apparently it only does this when we're around.
Today it pulled my hair as I was cleaning some pee that was near her cage.
So yeah, at the moment we do the kind of stuff that doesn't require much know-how.
One thing I really like about working there is that the people are really friendly, and kind of odd like we are. One girl who works there full time has a sweet pet rat named Pong that likes to perch on her shoulders at all times. And the owners are pretty cool too.
In other words, it's just a bunch of nutsy animal lovers and equally nutsy animals.
We're planning on getting a few mini-cheviot sheep, a few babydoll sheep, and possibly a potbelly pig and a mini-donkey from there too. Since we work there we get first pick of the animals before the regular buyers, and we also find out instantly whenever somebody new is born...also, the breeder knows they're going to a good family, so she feels comfortable in offering us animals that she isn't keen on selling to just anyone. She also pretty much takes care of whatever medication/shots our animals need. All in all, it works out great. And heck, how many people get to do what we do?
Oh, and I've started knitting obsessively. I took a knitting class with my mom, because she didn't want to be alone. I'm glad I did-- not only do I really enjoy it, but my mother says she would have dropped out the first day if I hadn't have gone. The instructor moved kind of fast, and I was able to help Mom out with certain things that I caught on fast...she also would help me when I'd blank out and forget about finishing off, or how to do a cast-on.
So far I've knitted a dish towel, a scarf, and a hat.
I was told to buy yarn in "light, neutral colours", but I decided to go and stick it to da' man, and I bought a bright fuschia and multicoloured black instead. Pretty much everyone in the class ended up following my lead and bought colours in their preference, despite already buying icky beiges. Amazingly enough, the instructor didn't get as annoyed as I thought she would. She simply told me about 20 times that darker yarn is harder to work with because it's not as easy to see.
Aside from all that, there's school and my social life to talk about (and maybe a few pics to post), but thos are going to have to wait. Over and out.