I got my lizards today! I feel like Lisa Simpson – “I am the lizard queen!”
I ended up getting them from a reptile/aquarium store in Boronia, so it was absolutely ages away. Honestly though, I didn’t even mind. It was just Troy and I, and the car is always a good place to talk, so the long drive didn’t actually seem all that long. I also took my knitting and got a bit done on my socks which we were driving. I started these socks in JANUARY, so frankly it’s a bit of a disgrace that they’re still on my needles. But I had to restart them after making a mistake which was very off-putting, and then I was distracted making crocheted blankets and baby sweaters and scarves so the socks were really just neglected. Painting the house has taken priority over knitting, so with my hands being sore from painting I haven’t done any knitting for quite a long time. I really want to finish these socks before I hit the anniversary of starting them…we need to go on a few more long drives I think.
I got a male and a female lizard, and they’re pretty easy to tell apart when they’re compared directly. The boy’s head is almost triangular in shape, while the girl’s is a narrower. (Comparing them to Sebastian, I actually think ‘he’ is a girl too, so I don’t know if he will be renamed!) My new ones are under a year old so they won’t breed this season, but if we hibernate them over winter we should be good for some babies next summer. The man who sold them to us said that they’re both pretty big for their ages, the boy lizard’s dad was a northern who was over 60cm long so he could get rather enormous. We’ll have to see- it’s going to be so interesting to watch them grow and then hopefully have some babies.
Nicholai had cricket this morning, but apparently his team was terrible and lost by about a hundred runs or something. Nicholai didn’t seem too upset by this- he got to bowl, and when he batted he didn’t get any runs but he didn’t get out either.
While Nicholai and Troy were gone at cricket, Benita came over with the kids. I have not seen her as often this term (because of the painting…it’s always the painting) so it was really nice to just hang out for a while. Dempsey, who is still so mischievous and adorable I can’t stand it, brought a carrot with him to give the guinea pigs and was so excited about it. As soon as he saw me he started waving the carrot in the air and shrieking, “Guinea pig (or the way he says it, which is kind of like ‘ghee pig!’)” and “Carrot!” and when he came inside he ran straight to their cage to give it to them.
We’ve put a latch on the back living room so he can’t get in there and eat the boys’ Lego, which feels a bit mean, but he’ll grow out of this stage soon enough. At least we brought the guinea pig cage out so he could watch them whenever he wanted to (and Jericho pulled one out for him to pet) and the weather was nice enough for the kids to play on the trampoline.
Sullivan bought his beyblades and Pokemon cards and he and Soren did some battles and trading. It was funny actually, after they’d gone Jericho picked up a Pokemon card from the table and said, “Did Sullivan leave this here?” and Soren said no, that he’d traded him for it. Jericho was incredibly indignant about this, “But I need this card!”…guess you should have come out of your room and played with your cousin then, kiddo!
Soren also had to have a hold of Alby- he loves babies. He would have been a good big brother, it’s really a pity that he is the youngest.
Troy and I do the whole Elf on the Shelf thing. We don’t go nuts, we mostly just move him to a different place each night (when we remember!) and the kids find him in the morning, but occasionally Troy gets creative. Last night he built a Lego arena and filled it with Lego men and weapons, with Arthur Pixel (that’s what our elf is called) like some maniacal emperor overlord…it’s quite frightening actually.
Jericho’s green room