Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pets

One of Xan and Mine's favorite things to talk about is what type of pets we want to have someday. Some of them are a bit more exotic and less likely than others (such as sharks, tigers, or racoons) but it doesn't stop us from exploring all of our options. We talk about it while we are driving, eating, and chillin'. He wants to have a falcon, cats, sugar gliders, octopus, chameleons, an aviary with all sorts of birds, and other animals. He has plans to build their cages himself, have all sorts of other feeder pets to maintain the actual pets (roaches, grasshoppers, ants....) He's really interesting to talk to about it because he does all of his research and homework. He knows how big the cages have to be, what the best type of climate and temperature are, and their diets. I, on top of his choices (still a bit iffy on the cat...), want to have a dog, turtles, frogs, and a hippo (one of the exotic, not likely choices). Xan grew up with a variety of different pets and is very comfortable and confident that he will be able to get a falcon and octopus and take care of them properly. Me, on the other hand, didn't grow up around animals and am sad to say that I'm afraid of them. I get scared when they run towards me, chase my toes, expose claws, and basically, whenever they move. I'm much better than I was as a ten-year-old girl running away from them but if Xan and I are to get any of these animals for pets, I need to take larger steps.

Just this last February, I took my first step. I bought a baby ball python. My neighbor at the time had two of them and they seemed so docile and gentle. I loved going over to Emily's and just holding them and having them crawl around my arms. This might seem weird since I am so afraid of animals but snakes are completely safe as long as you don't step on them or wear mice perfume. The ball pythons, particularly, are very slow movers and she rarely startles me. My baby is female and is named Aakash. I got this name from my favorite Bollywood movie (Dil Chahta Hai) when I first saw her dance while Alysa (my roommate at the time) and I were watching Aladdin. She stood up on her neck and started rocking back and forth to Arabian Nights. The best part was when Jafar turned into a snake and Aakash stood up, too, and acted all macho as if to say she could totally take Jafar on. :) I love my baby. She is now about one year old and is getting fatter. She used to be maybe 1/2 an inch width and now is about an inch and an 1/8 width. These are complete estimates but it gives you an idea. She is supposed to live for about 20 years and grow to be approximately 5 feet long. I've been surprised at how fast I got attached to her. It has been a very successful step and I've already been more confident about interacting with other animals. I'm even thinking I might like to get a cat someday (still not ready to commit to it 100%. I need more time.) Xan and I were hoping that we would be able to take Aakash to Iceland with us but Iceland doesn't allow snakes. :( So, I only have until we leave to play with her and then I've found a temporary home for her while we are gone. Hopefully, wherever we live after Iceland won't have a problem with her and we can arrange to have her shipped to us. Still have to look up how that is done exactly but I think you hibernate them or something during the shipping process. She is going to be so much bigger in a year and I'm really sad to think that I'm going to miss that.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Less than 5 weeks until we are married!

Thanks for everyone that came to the party. I think it went really well. Plenty of food, sun, and people. We still have a few more weeks before we leave so feel free to come and play with us anytime!

Today, I get to go to my sister's and try on my wedding dress. This will be the third time I try it on but the first time that it will have sleeves and possibly a way to do up the back besides pinning it. :) Crystal is doing a wonderful job at putting my dress together and making sure that its what I am looking for. I'm pretty excited about the way it is turning out. Other than that, my bouquet is ordered, the family dinner is arranged (minus final counts), temple scheduled, and I'm thinking the only things that are left are announcements (hopefully mailed out by the end of this week) and finding a photographer for the temple pictures. Ryan and Carina did our engagements fabulously but they will be out of town. If anyone is good at taking pictures, let me know. Xan and I aren't looking for much with the pictures. We just want a few nice ones with the family and then a few of just us. Xan is particularly looking for someone who will get it done as quickly as possible. :) I think I agree with him since my dress has long sleeves and lots of layers. We'll both be very warm and anxious to be done.

Xan is pretty much done with his thesis. All he has left is dropping it off at the library to get it bound. I think he has to do four copies. The last time I checked last week it was 106 pages long. When he first started writing, he thought it would be 60 pages. He almost doubled that. His thesis committee was impressed when he defended it on the 2nd of July (also his birthday) and drilled him with all sorts of questions. We are both very happy that it will soon be over!

We still have a LOT to do before we move to Iceland. We still have to find housing, get the Visas, get insurance, apply for a loan, and figure out what we are and are not taking with us. I have decided to study for the GRE while I am there so that I can get a Masters degree while Xan works on his PHD after Iceland. I really, really hate math and am terrible at it but hopefully I can get the basics down in the next year. I will be applying for a Masters in some kind of Asian Studies so Xan says my math score doesn't have to be fabulous. It just has to be decent. There is hope for me... :)

Last of all, I'm still trying to learn how to use this blog site. Here are some specific questions if anyone knows the answer. 1) how do I post pictures to go with my post? 2) I noticed that some people have their friend's blogs posted on the sides. How do I do this?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I guess it's time to step into the word of 'Blogging'

I was on Kristi and Hugh's blog page and noticed a few of my friends linked to their page that were also blogging. On their pages there were even MORE people blogging. I'm a big fan of Facebook because it is so easy to stalk people very quickly but my Mom doesn't have an account and so she can't keep track of me as easily. I realized that most of my family also don't have Facebook and have no way to follow my adventures. I came to the conclusion that Facebook isn't complete and so I am giving into the big craze of the 'blog' world. Xan isn't much for keeping up with this kind of stuff so I'll keep track of both of us while we get married, move to Iceland, and then wherever we end up after that. (I'm cheering for Sydney where there is a great PHD program for him and the cool accent for me.) We'll see.

And so ends my first blog. :)