Two week book haul
- Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer (Book Outlet)
- The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (Book Outlet)
From the publisher:
Thank you Tor!!
Posts on the blog (2 weeks):
- Review: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
- One readathon ends, another begins!
- Mini Review: The Trials by Stacey Kade
- Review: Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
- Audiobook Review: The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle
Okay, so wow I have fallen WAY behind now! I know I’ve been missing more often than not for months, and for that I apologize. I thought life would calm down, but it’s only gotten crazier! Lately it’s been like that because of my work schedule, though. We’re in the process of switching hands, so until we get the new person (who happens to be a good friend of mine, yay!) trained, I will be on a weird schedule. I’m back on nights for now, so I’ve been working 5-6 days a week (instead of my usual 3 double shifts). I definitely miss my days off! I don’t get anything done in the mornings before work, so I haven’t had much spare time. And when I do, I feel like I always have plans! I haven’t had hardly any down time the past few weeks.
It’s also hard to blog without internet. I can use the hotspot on my phone for the most part, but it burns through it really fast. I hit 8 out of my 10 gb limit in just a couple of weeks =/ It really sucks. I miss having unlimited internet SO freaking bad, but oh well. Such is life. I have to plan my blogging days when I can take a long trip to the library!
I also totally failed at the Reading Through Summer readathon. I wanted to read 3 books and I only read one. Oops! That’s okay, though, because I beasted the previous readathon ;) Speaking of readathons, Beat the Heat is coming up soon so stay tuned!
What I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks:
Um, everything? Lol. I’ve been hanging out with friends more now and trying to build my social life back up (it’s not going very well, ha). I also turned 27 last weekend! I had a party the night before, in which only 4 people showed up, but we had fun! I drank too much, so did my friend (for the first time ever…I’m a bad influence apparently!), and then several of us got into an icing fight at 4:30 am. It was so fun, but the cleanup sucked lmao!
I’ve been doing some work on the house lately – I finished the guest bathroom:
I loooove it so much! I’m totally proud of myself, haha. I also started painting the half bath, but all I have so far is two coats of primer. I still haven’t decided what color to paint it! I finally hung up a bunch of pictures and stuff that had been sitting in a box for the past year – my high school achievements, my senior class composite, all my band competition things. I moved my beach themed deco from my parents house and got that up in my master bathroom. I moved my three fish tanks in – a 10 gal, 20 gal, and 55 gal. I was quite thrilled that the filters for the 55 still work! I got that one up and running, but I have to buy a new light for it before I put fish in (which is going to be INSANELY expensive).
Also, I got a snake!! I’ve always been fascinated with snakes and have been wanting one for years, but was never allowed to have one under my parents’ roof (my mom said “not only no, but HELL no” lol).
She’s a juvenile Ball Python! (She’s named after the dragon in Eragon, btw!) I asked how old she was, but didn’t get a clear answer. Somewhere around a couple of months? She’s still very small – she’s just a little longer than my forearm now (so maybe a foot and a half, if that?). Adult female Balls can get up to 5 feet in length! They’re great snakes for beginners because they’re very docile, which is definitely what I wanted. Balls don’t really bite unless it’s a feeding error (you’re hands are in the way and they mistake you for food).
I’m super excited to have her as a new family member! I actually have been looking at her for weeks now, but because Ball Pythons have a 30-year life span, I wanted to do some thorough research before committing. I wanted to know for sure what I was getting into!
I had some trial and error the first couple of days. First of all, I bought an infrared bulb for the heat lamp because Balls don’t necessarily need artificial light (as long as they have a little bit of UV source from a window close by), and too much bright light stresses them out. Unfortunately, the bulb I bought didn’t produce enough heat. The daytime basking side should be in the high 80’s and it was only reaching the high 70’s to low 80’s, which is more of the nighttime temp, so I had to buy a second lamp for the daytime. I also ended up having to switch my substrate to cypress mulch. I was using newspaper, which is a cheap (and safe) substrate, but the habitat wasn’t holding humidity (which cypress will help with). She also kept crawling under the darn newspaper to hide, instead of using the hide house I bought for her.
The only thing I’m worried about now is that she won’t eat. The staff at the Petsmart I got her from were having to force feed her frozen pinkies because she was resisting the frozen food =/ I’m hoping she gets used to it. I’m not opposed to feeding live at all, but I worry that when she gets bigger, and thus the prey gets bigger, it will pose a threat to her. I read that the #1 killer in captive-born Balls is infection from rodent bites. So frozen it is!
Do any of you guys have snakes, or reptiles? I’d love to hear about them!
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