Sunday, February 27, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Yes, they are brother and sister, but their love runs deep
(Pictures of them fighting to follow another week! Hey, siblings will be siblings!)
Maybe I should show them these pics when they are whapping each other with their paws?
And then the addition of RightHand's other love, F1 Racing. Beautiful.
Yes, my lovelies, I took the Bar, and I feel good about it. But only May 27th will tell!
Anyway, here we are at the end of another week, and you know the drill. Here are my faves, go here to pick yours:
I've gotta see this someday. Bucket list!
Um, cold. Verrrrry cold.
(And in Minnesota, of course! Been there, done that!)
Cool picture, but so barabaric.
(Which reminds me- huge kudos to Catalonia, which recently became the very first Spanish region to ban bull-fighting)
Oooo, raindrops on roses...
(You're singing, aren't you?)
Wow, researchers in panda costumes- fascinating stuff!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Why? Well, the list goes on and on...
1. The sweet little things
We painted our apartment back in the fall. I walked into the bedroom, which we were turning a minty green, to see this:
2. His efforts and gestures
After we did said painting, our living room wall has been a more-orange-than-I-wanted-it shade of brown, and I've struggled with what to hang above the couch.
A few nights ago, RightHand told me to wait in our office for 15 minutes. I heard nails being hammered. I was worried.
But when I came out, he had bought and hung the perfect picture for the wall:
3. Animal Lover
How can I resist a man that has to have his picture taken with each of our cats on his birthday? :)
4. More Little Things
After he came home from a business trip, I walked into the apartment, and right into this:
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Goofy, sweet, thoughtful... I pick bachelor #1! :)
Monday, February 7, 2011
So imagine my delight when she finally (finally! though briefly) used the bunny bed we bought her, you know, two years ago...
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Sometimes, as an "insider", I forget that the public does not share my knowledge (and I truly don't mean this in a "holier than thou way"!). It's okay. And it's why I'm posting this.
Most of you probably don't know that there are "underground railroads" of sorts, to get adoptable animals where they need to go (this is just one of many, I'm sure). Many of you likely don't know that there are feral cat colonies being maintained by incredible people, all around your community (and that's a GREAT thing!). And finally, many of you probably don't know that chimps are veterans of our Air Force and space program. It's true!
After receiving this incredible e-mail from Save the Chimps, I simply had to share Ham's story. Please read (you aren't going to believe this incredible story!), please consider donating, but most of all, please don't forget what you learn, and continue on to be an advocate for animals.
50 years after his historic flight
Today, January 31, 2011, marks the 50th anniversary of the space flight of Ham Chimpanzee, who became the first ape in space. Save the Chimps marks this anniversary to honor Ham, his courage, and his unwilling sacrifice. The Space Chimps, or “Astrochimps”, hold a special place in the hearts of everyone at Save the Chimps. It was the plight of the Air Force chimps, the chimps used in the early days of space research, and their descendents, that inspired our late founder Dr. Carole Noon to establish Save the Chimps.
Ham’s story spans the globe and into the reaches of space. Born in Cameroon in approximately 1957, Ham was captured and brought to a facility in Florida called the Miami Rare Bird Farm. In July 1959, Ham was transferred to Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM to be trained for space flight as part of Project Mercury. Ham at the time was known as Chang, or #65, and was renamed at the time of his spaceflight after the acronym for “Holloman Aero Medical.” Ham and other young chimps, including Minnie (the mother of two STC residents, Rebel and Li’l Mini) and Enos (the chimp who would become the first and only chimp to orbit the Earth), were habituated to long periods of confinement in a chair, and trained to operate levers in response to light cues. After 18 months of training, Ham was selected as the chimp whose life would be risked to test the safety of space flight on the ape body. On January 31, 1961, after several hours of waiting on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, FL, 3 ½ year old Ham was propelled into space, strapped into a container called a “couch.”
Unlike the rest of the space chimps, Ham was spared decades of biomedical research, but he did have a lonely existence for many years. He was transferred to The National Zoo in 1963, where he lived alone for 17 years, before finally being sent to the North Carolina Zoo where he could live with other chimps. He died 22 years after his historic flight into space, on January 18, 1983, at the estimated age of 26.
Ham’s flight is remarkable for many reasons. Ham not only survived the flight, but performed his tasks correctly, despite the rigors of space flight and the fear he must have experienced. His courage and heroism paved the way for Alan Shepard, Jr., the first American in space. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this story is often lost in all of the writings about Ham: he was a baby. If Ham had not been kidnapped and his mother killed, he still would have been nursing at age 3 ½, dependent on his mother for survival. “We should never forget that the individual strapped aboard that capsule 50 years ago today was, in fact, a child,” says STC Sanctuary Director Jen Feuerstein. “I can’t imagine a human toddler performing so admirably under the conditions that Ham endured. It says a lot about Ham’s character, intelligence, and bravery.”
Today we honor and remember Ham and all of the young chimps who suffered through the tragic deaths of their mothers and the transatlantic journey to the United States to become test subjects for space flight. Although Ham had no children, Save the Chimps is proud to have provided a peaceful retirement for other survivors and descendents of the space chimp program.As Dr. Carole Noon once said, “They have bravely served their country. They are heroes and veterans.”
Thank you for your compassion and supporting the
(How do I know it's summer? Why, look at Royal's dapper haircut!)
Lookin' good, buddy!
Daddy, you are disturbing us!
Close-up of that bliss...
These photos make me feel so loved :)
(And hopefully Royal, too- I don't let just anyone sleep on my face! ;)
And here is yet a different morning!
And we were joined, as usual, by the bun (and her destruction)
So, here are my faves (go here to choose yours):
My sister in CT has been experiencing what would normally be considered depression, schizophrenia, etc., but is actually what can only truly be explained as a proper response to the ridiculousness that some cities are experiencing!
If you don't believe global climate change is real, WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM?
Love photos like this- symmetrical, colorful images of a normally average activity
Oh, Australia! :(
What's this?? An ode to my Daisy? Oh, it's just the Year of the Rabbit
(don't tell Daisy, please! :)
Wow- what an image of motherhood.
A breastfeeding break in a coal yard. Love it.
This photo terrifies me. You go to the grocery store, next minute you are under attack and bloody. You are in Afghanistan, but still...
'Til next week!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Well, little did we (okay, mainly I) know, everything comes to seem important as you choose it. Thus, we got caught up in the excitement of choosing invitations, but I think it turned out quite well.
In the beginning, we loved these, so so much (and basically anything and everything by Rifle Design):
But when we found it that it was about $2,000 for the custom illustration, we had to scale our dreams back a bit. (Ain't that always the way?)
I loved this kind of casual, adorable story-telling:
And the cute wording on this one:
We went, and the rest is history.
Eberle Invitations has been absolutely awesome to work with, producing affordable (seriously! And relatively speaking...this is the wedding world, you know ;) actual CUSTOM invitations.
I can't share the invitations (they haven't been sent yet!), and please, please do not feel left out if you haven't received a save-the-date from us. We are having a very small wedding, and please know that you are still very loved. :)
Without further ado, here is the front and back of our save-the-date:
So very in keeping with our wedding feel and theme, and so "us". Perfect!