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Excited… Let’s go now!?

This is a short post while I wait for my first client of the day.

I’m getting very excited for our trip coming up.

The last few arrangements have been settled, key and details given to house sitter, dog boarding set-up, kitten sitter confirmed. The older kitties are just going to stay home since they are low maintenance, the house sitter agreed to check their food and water supply and add litter to boxes as needed. Even our rental van is reserved and mail hold requested.

Literally we’re already ready to go except packing clothes and coolers. This coming week will be about getting the van picked up a day early so we can pack it up and get the kitten delivered to that sitter. The dog will be dropped off in Iowa when we pick my mom up, as the boarder there was several hundred dollars cheaper than the ones here in KC, and my mom had used them before so she confirmed they were decent.

It’s exciting but a bit nerve wracking. I am to that point where I begin to wonder if I forgot about anything or missed any possible contingencies.

I keep thinking about Maine and what my brother told me about the Great Pond and Acadia area this time of year. I have checked that everyone has swim suits that fit, even the baby is covered. I’ve got beach towels for everyone, and reminded my family that we only need a few days worth of clothes because there’s a washer dryer available in our “cabin”. My brother said they’re called cabins but really fully stocked and furnished smaller houses. That’s really cool to me as I’m so used to just getting the cheapest hotel available.

I’m excited for getting to go hiking for the first time in ages and so I’ve been thinking about clothing choices and I told Nathan we need to pack several slings instead of our giant stroller. I figured we could take the little umbrella stroller for our detour to Boston on the way home. (Anya begged us to do something fun and touristy not involving family at some point in the trip, so Boston was the concession since I hadn’t been there since I was a little kid.) Anyway, my goal is to accommodate the greatest number of needs with the least amount of stuff.

This is going to be so fun. I’ve been through most of the Northeast seaboard as a kid, so I’ve been roaving through memories of the area and the fun things my family did. I vaguely remember one trip where we went to the edge of Acadia by boat, but it was foggy so there was no good sights or exploring to be had on that trip. I’m so looking forward to this.

My mom did get in one jab at Nathan though. She reminded me that she had a senior pass to national parks and explained in a few years Nathan would be able to get his for $80, and how it was a ‘good until your dead pass’. Thanks Mom. I know my husband is older, but you don’t have to make it sound like he’s 90 or about to die. 😆

May you all have a week of anticipation ending in fun things to do, places to go, or people to meet.

I’m in soooo much trouble…

My 2 month and 5 days old daughter is taking bonofied baby steps.

My day started slow & droopy, feeling like I wanted to cry for no apparent reason. I worked most of the day and was able to find some emotional stability along the way.

After work I returned home to have a nibble for dinner and spend time with family.

I was watching Grace & Frankie… (Pretty much the only show I get to see on occasion)… Nathan was giving Ian a bath. She got fussy on me, and knowing she’d already nursed and had a diaper change recently, I let her stand up, to have fussing immediately cease. She took a few steps & I had the idea to prop my phone to record her steps.

First clip she realized she could see herself. And we walked very wobbly, just about 5 feet, from the chair to the phone.

2nd clip was interrupted by discouraging info on puppy that will necessitate a trip to the vet tomorrow, but nothing that can’t get handled. In that clip we did a round trip of the same 5 foot stretch.

She got tired after all that walking & fell right asleep as soon as I cuddled her in her softy blanket.

I’m so amazingly in awe and grateful for my super healthy and super smart baby. I’m hoping all this get up and go will soon equate occupying her bother in endless chasing.

So close…. but no touchy, touchy!

So today was a fairly normal work day, at least until 2pm. 

Our special entertainment then was a presentation by a rare-bird rescuer. She’s from near Kansas City, but rural. Her and her husband have been caring for birds reascued from smuggling situations over the last several decades. 

She had lots of beautiful birds that made me go “squeee”. There were parrots and parrotlets, cocatiles, a toucan, AND an Eurasian Eagle Owl. OMG’s he was sooo beautiful!

OK, so can you tell my day perked up at that point? 

Aside: It was much needed considering I’m still battling round 2 of full body hives from my food allergies. The downside was it took very little of said food to cause it. The upside: it validated that Thai food is too much for my system to handle anymore. I ordered Thai Rama Chicken (chicken, broccoli, and red curry sauce), and only ate a third of the dish. Why I can eat bucket-fulls of mild seasoned Saag Paneer, but a tiny smidgen of Thai Rama Chicken sets my body afire is beyond me. I suppose it just is what it is. 

Anyway, back to the birds. I was doing my job and bringing in residents when I noticed the lovely owl. Then I was privileged to be the photographer for most of the presentation, enabling me to snap some pictures with my phone. I’ll show those in a bit. It was wonderful, she was well spoken, entertaining, great interacting with the audience, and her birds did many wonderful tricks. Several of the birds spoke quite a lot, enough to converse like a child. Then there was the parrot that whistled Dixie- I loved it!

In fact I love all big birds.

The owl was saved for last. She explained that it’s the largest owl species in the world and is related to the Great Horned Owl (my favorite of the U.S. big birds). She then explained that females are larger than males, and her male Eagle Owl was nearly double the size of a female Great Horned.

THEN she asked if there was a volunteer to help demonstrate his flying. I nearly yelled “Yes! I’ll do it!” I was so very excited.

Her instructions, hold his perch up and when she asked if I was ready to simply call his name “swoop”.  She stood at the far end of the room (about 50 feet away) and asked if ready, with her back still turned to me. I called his name and she turned around & let go. He flew straight to me with 3 wing beats. Landing on his perch right in front of my face.

My fingers were 3 inches from his razor sharp talons. He was so very big, yet lighter than my old lady kitty Priss. I looked in his beautiful eyes and was in awe. We weren’t afraid of each other, but I definitely understood his stern look of “don’t break the rules”. I could look but not touch. I told him he was very beautiful several times and felt my heart swell.

He was just amazing. I was so very close to such a large beautiful raptor. I wanted to reach out and pet him so badly.

 Alas, it wasn’t a good idea, I knew breaking the rules would result in consequences. So, I relished being so close and spent the rest of my day remembering every detail of him, with permagrin. 

I’m still enjoying the moment 5 hours later!

So now for the pictures:

Mmmm that was a wonderful day!
AND I just realized my blog post from January 10th was about finishing drawing a picture of this lovely Owl. (cue Twilight Zone theme song here) Mmmm, I wonder if my drawing helped manifest today. Perhaps I need to do many more drawings of things I love and want.