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Mice!

My birthday was  back in May. At the time, my boyfriend promised me mice, and all the stuff to set up their habitat. But we needed to wait for the right time.  We were going to be moving at the end of the month, and then there was moving around for work and such. But over the summer, we were finally able to get them. YAY!

I have two of them. Asmodean is black and white, and was named after one of the Forsaken in the Wheel of Time books. Padawan is kinda light brownish, and was originally named Bastilla, after the character in Knights of the Old Republic, but her name got switched to Padawan because it seemed to fit better. Sometimes she’s still called Bastilla, though. :-p

So, I bought them, thinking they were both female. They were both in the female tank, after all. I picked them myself, after much thought and deliberation and switching back and forth, trying to pick the bestest two mice!

Asmodean ended up being a dude. All of a sudden, one day, BAM! Mouse testicles.

The conversation went a bit like this:

Me: Boyfriend, come here! Asmodean has giant mouse balls!

Boyfriend: …yep. Those look like gigantic mouse balls. Fuck.

The really “funny” bit? The character Asmodean was named after was a male. And then Asmodean ended up being a dude mouse. **sighs and shakes fist at the sky** Really now?

So, I brought them back to the pet store, to see if Asmodean was actually a boy, and see what I could do. They offered to take Asmodean and exchange him for a female mouse. But that wasn’t okay! I had had them for at least a month at that point. I had bonded with them. No money off of a new tank so that I could keep them separated. No money off of getting mice to keep them company. They didn’t want to help me. And they gave me mean looks because I was crying at the prospect of maybe having to give up one of my mice, who I loved and named and bonded with. They really didn’t care that due to their mistake, I was either going to have to spend a lot of money or do something very emotionally upsetting. Boyfriend and my friend Zrad who were with me saw how upset I was, and they took me out of the store, and told me we’d figure out some other way. They saw me sobbing in the middle of the store, heard and saw how mean the people were being, and decided that they weren’t going to let me go through that.

So, we decided to use this metal mesh stuff to cut the tank in half. At first, I thought it was a brilliant idea. They would still be able to see and interact with each other, but and they’re have something to climb, to give them extra recreation time, but they’d be kept separate, so no mouse hanky-panky. But that didn’t work. First, they figured out how to climb to the top and push the lid up JUST enough to slide over. So I put heavy stuff on the top. Then they started repeatedly eating away at the tape that I had used to secure the mesh stuff. Then I managed to stuff some stuff in there that was too thick for them to chew through….and then I found them the next morning cuddling. I STILL don’t know how that one happened…the barriers were still in place, with super heavy things on top to keep them from climbing over. I just don’t know.

So, due to my inability to keep them separated…and the fact that they were showing signs on stress (overgrooming, barely playing at all, decreased food intake…) I took out the mesh. They either didn’t have enough space on each side, or they were lonely. Maybe they would view each other as brother and sister, I thought.

On Thursday morning, I heard a bunch of squeaking, but I thought nothing of it. They squeak sometimes, it’s nothing TOO strange…except there was a lot of squeaking, almost constantly, and it was still going on when I came back from my interview (after 11:30 or so). I had a sinking feeling in my tummy, but I had to confirm. I tipped up the log where they tend to hide……and there were mouse babies. A LOT of babies.

I counted 9, but I had trouble. They were all in a little pile, moving around and squeaking, and I couldn’t touch them, ’cause otherwise Padawan would eat them. So I don’t know how accurate that count was. But there were at least nine, if not more. And as long as Padawan and Asmodean haven’t eaten any of them, that’s how many there still are.

The worst part? Asmodean is trying for a repeat! Padawan went to go get food, ’cause she was hungry. She had, after all, given birth, and spent almost the entire day awake (they’re nocturnal, mostly…). Before she was able to pick any food up…Asmodean was on top of her, thrusting…I tried yelling, “DUDE! What the fuck are you doing? She gave birth today! LOOK DOWN IN SHAME!!!!!”…but he didn’t listen. Ended up having to knock on the side of their tank, which made Padawan run and protect her babies. 😦

So, now I’m visiting my mom for the weekend, to get another tank. My mom has one in her basement, ’cause my current employment situation prohibits me from buying a new one (I quit the horrible job, more later…) . Gonna separate them once I get home. I’m going to keep one of the male babies and one of the female babies, because the mice are social creatures and will get stressed if going for too long without friends. I mean, I COULD hypothetically devote hours and hours of time to each of them to keep them company, but added on top of how much I already try to play with them… I wouldn’t have time for anything else! I already have to throw away some of their food, ’cause they shit in their food and it gets too nasty before they finish it, so it’s not like it’ll take more food..

If anyone in the New Hampshire area wants a little baby mouse (or two…or more!), let me know, and maybe we can work something out once they’re old enough. My friends get first dibs, though 😉

But, I must go spend some time with my mommy now. Ta!

Amazon is silly…

So, a bit of back story. I read a book series that I’ve been reading since I was in middle school, called The Wheel of Time (link goes to wiki). The series itself has been going on for 20 years, or, in other words, since I was 2.

These books, to me, are a big. fucking. deal.

So, book 13 is coming out November 2nd. I went and did a re-read of all the previous books, ’cause 13 is the second to last book, and I hadn’t read some of these books since I was in middle school. Once I finished, a few days ago, I went on amazon to go buy it, since it was much cheaper there than in stores. I also ended up buying a few other things to make the super saver shipping happen (AKA, free shipping).

I had ordered a preorder book before from amazon. It was the last Harry Potter book.(Shut up, Harry Potter is good. And lest you think I only read those because I couldn’t handle heavier fare? My SAT reading comprehension placed me in the top 3% for reading comprehension, and when I took the ASVAB to get out of a test in a class, I had military people blowing up my mom’s house phone ’cause my reading scores were so high, and my mom had to threaten to report them for harassment to get them to stop). At that point, I also ordered another few things to get the shipping….I think the guy I was dating had a gift certificate that he was letting me blow…and they mailed out my other stuff first, and then my Harry Potter book got sent out the day before the release date.

Picking the same options (Free shipping, no we don’t want to pay extra money for you to ship things separately)…they’re not sending out the other things until the book comes out. -_-‘ I think this might be because the last Harry Potter book got its own special wrapper. Wheel of Time isn’t big enough to merit that. Oh well.

I had intended on ending the post there, but then I checked my e-mail and found a new gem from Amazon….

Apparently, I’ve bought “Towers of Midnight”. People who buy books by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson **gasp** just MIGHT be interested in the Wheel of Time books. And then there’s a list of a the Wheel of Time books, with an easy buy button right there next to them…

….I just pre-ordered the book that isn’t even out yet. Don’t you think I just -MIGHT- have read the ones that came before it…

Is a little bit of sense too much to ask for Amazon?

P.S. I couldn’t figure out how to work this into my post…but I feel like bragging. My copy of book 12? Got it signed, and in a special way. There was a book signing that my friend brought me to. There were these cool fans who got picked to be Storm Leaders, who helped with the book signing, and in exchange, got free promo material, a cool shirt, and lunch with the new author of the series. I, sadly, had not been picked, but my friend had! I went anyways, ’cause, why the hell not? I helped out anyways, even though I wasn’t a storm leader, ’cause, hey, I wanted to help my friend out! Friend made sure to grab the promo swag for me, and later managed to secure me my own Storm Leader shirt! The author signed my book, “To Momo, An unofficial storm leader”. Of course, instead of Momo, he wrote my real name, but…it was pretty cool. I got everything but the lunch, and it had been too long since I had read the books for me to ask effective questions. I tried for this year, but no Tower Guard (new storm leaders) for me. Oh well, at least I’m getting the book!

Edit: Right after I scheduled this post,I got an e-mail saying some of my stuff is on the way…..it’s the filler item I ordered to get the free shipping, not preorder book or other book. **sigh and facepalm** Oh well, it’ll get here eventually…

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