Here are a few things you may or may not already know about me.
My first guinea pig
Ghanoush and her sister Baba were my very first guinea pigs. I got them from a pet store, since I was too clueless at that point to think of going to an animal shelter. The pet store told me they were boys, which I accepted at face value, and I didn’t figure out until after I got them home that they’re actually girls. I did at least check that they looked the same in that vicinity before taking them home.
Ghanoush loved to munch on grass and clover.
This is where I live
I have a condo in a building that’s basically a hollow rectangle, with a courtyard in the middle. I face into the courtyard, which is nice and peaceful, with lots of birds. Although not so peaceful during crow nesting season; their nest is in the tree shown in this picture or one of its neighbours. This picture is looking south at sunrise.
This is a tail feather from the woodpecker that’s been roosting on my balcony for the last 3 or possibly 4 years.
These are my pointe shoes
I did a bit of ballet as a kid, but I learned to dance en pointe as an adult. It hurt like hell, but pointe shoes just look so darn cool. Now my balance is really crap and I’m far too chunky to hold myself up en pointe, so this is me in particularly poor form using my dresser as a barre/hoist.
This plant I haven’t managed to kill
I kill plants. Always have, always will. Except this one. When I bought my condo in 2005, my realtor gave this to me as a gift. At the time, I didn’t know gifts from realtors were a thing, but from what I learned later, the realtor cheaped out.
The basket initially included a couple of other plants, but it was just this one (which may or may not be a philodendron, I really have no idea) that has stood the test of time. In the last couple of years it’s expanded its territory quite a lot.
I have tattoos
I have three tattoos: a dolphin on my right hip, Chinese characters on my left hip, and this phoenix on the left side of my torso. It was very painful to get, but I like it, both visually and for the symbolism.
The article of clothing I’ve owned the longest
I used to be a huge hockey fan when I was young. My team was the Vancouver Canucks. This t-shirt is from circa 1993. It’s probably 20 years since I last wore it, but it’s a good memento from happy times.
I was at least reasonably certain that I was going to end up marrying the team captain someday. The fact that he was already married wasn’t a barrier at all.
I am lion, hear me roar!
I took a picture of this dude while on safari in Tanzania. I was safely ensconced in a vehicle so he couldn’t eat me. A framed print of this picture is right above the girl guinea pigs’ cage, watching out for them.
Thanks for coming along for a stroll through my world!