Sunday, February 21, 2010

pages gadget?

Sorry I've haven't been posting lately. After my big push to get my website up I found myself avoiding being on the computer anymore than absolutely necessary. Consequently my blog has fallen behind. However now that I'm feeling a bit more energy for blogging again.

Not to make a commercial for blogger out of this post but I'm quite excited about the new "pages" gadget. I've wanted to add other pages for a year now. Holy Crap! It's about time blogger added this option! I was even toying with switching over to wordpress. Now I'm sticking with blogger. The trick now is to figure out what pages I thought I wanted to add all those months ago. lol!

So far I've added an "Available Herps" page. I don't have much on there but I had to do something with the new gadget. lol.

Caio

Sunday, December 27, 2009

New Portfolio Gallery Website!

After weeks of work and sleepless nights, I just finally launched my new gallery website. Thank goodness! I've been working on it every evening for weeks. Sometimes staying up until 3:30 am. I'll still be doing some tweaking but the brunt of the work is DONE!!!!! Wooo hoooo!!

Check it out here:
www.ti-imagery.com



Now maybe I can get rid of the circles under my eyes. lol!

Monday, December 7, 2009

First Vivarium

My first vivarium is complete!

A vivarium (Latin, literally for "place of life") is a usually enclosed area for keeping and raising animals or plants.



I wanted to do a rain forest environment. It was quite a challenge to find the correct ingredients for the substrate. The soil consists of orchid bark, coir (ground up coconut husks), leaf litter, pea gravel and a tropical moss.

Believe it or not the hardest to find was the orchid bark. Every store had it but only one brand. Of course that brand had lots of added chemical fertilizers in with the bark. That is a BIG "no no" when adding live animals to the terrarium. Even when I finally did find a different brand at a local garden center they had to call the manufacturer. We were trying to find out what this ambiguous ingredient "other plant stimulating ingredients" actually meant. Turns out that it refers to a fungus-- can't spell it--that's naturally in soil. It helps plants take nutrients into their roots. That sounded good to me.



Brought that one home to add to my mix bowl. That brand did add charcoal, which I took out.
The final mix below.



"Sticky" checking out her new home.



Hanging out.



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Turkey Day!



Hope all my readers are doing something that they enjoy today.

Be with the people you want to be with.
Eat anything you want.
Do something different.
Throw out the routine.
Have fun.
Feel loved.
Love yourself.

Be Thankful!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

First Crested Gecko - so cute!

I got my first crested gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) last Thursday! They are native to New Caledonia (near Fiji). Each crested gecko can and does change color according to their mood. Color change is usually triggered from from excitement or stress. Gecko people call it "fired up." I know some humans that turn red when "fired up." LOL! ;)

My gecko is lavender when not fired and orange and yellow when fired up. She also has some red spots on her. I'm calling her a "she" but I don't actually know the sex yet. After she settles in I'll get some better quality pics.
I still need a name for her.


Here you can see the crests on her eyes. They don't have eyelids but to have a transparent scale covering the eyeball--for protection from the elements (and sticks in the eye). To clean their eyes they lick them. Eeew!



This was a millisecond before she had decided the camera was a good perch and jumped on it.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Florida

Went to Gainesville, FL for a screening of our film Mad City Chickens. Then my hubby and I spent a few days in Orlando. Loved the warmth and the sun. Wish I could have stayed for a couple months! Here's a few of the highlights.

The best hot sandwiches. Not for the low-calorie diet. ;)



Entering splash mountain at WDW


Castle all decked out for the holidays.


Inside the T-Rex cafe. We didn't have enough time to eat there. We did walk around inside and basked in the fun atmosphere. That's a huge blue octopus over the bar area. See the little people heads at the bottom of the pic?


Us. Relaxing for once! lol!


Could have stayed here all day!
video

Thursday, November 5, 2009

OMG

I did it!!
I actually wrote (on my writing project) yesterday! Woo Hoo. Let's see if I can do it again today.
As soon as I publish this post I plan to stay on the computer and write--Not surf the web! I've got 1 whole hour to write.

Wow...two whole days in row. lol.

What a track record. :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Avoidance

I've been trying to work on some writing projects. However, it turns out that some part of my mind tells me that doing chores is more important than the writing. So I end up not writing at all. It's kinda sad that I have to fight with myself to do something that could be fun. That awful chattering mind voice has got to be ignored.
Today I will write!