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vervet_monkey
30 March 2013 @ 12:36 pm
I haven't been here in a while, but I felt the need to come and introduce...

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Mango!

She is my wonderful new guard dog. Although no-one has yet explained what guard dog means... she's more likely to roll over at your feet to have her belly scratched than bark at you. But we're working on it! She's spending lots of time with barky dogs so hopefully she will soon be a fearsome guard dog (unless she knows you of course. In which case belly scratching will resume).

She came from the shelter having been thrown out of a moving car. She was covered in mange and very skinny. But two months of room to run, good food and evil evil aloe baths have left us with a very friendly, almost glossy coated Rottweiler-cross. And she seems to have come out of the ordeal almost unscathed. She's nervous of men, but if they take the time to be nice she gets over it (especially if they're going to scratch her belly?). She's fairly confident, more likely to investigate scary things than run from them. This morning I was putting a roof on her kennel. She was sat inside it while I was banging away with the hammer above her. She also met Sundance, the horse yesterday. When a friend was riding him he was scary, but un-tacked and in the field they both investigated each other and decided to be friends after all.

Having her is awesome, especially as at the moment I'm home alone, out on a farm by myself. It is a little daunting, it ties me to one place a lot more (technically she belongs to my boss, but in reality she is mine). But it's more exciting. It's like the decision to stay has been taken away from me, which means I don't have to make it and can just get on with enjoying it!

And just for comparison, Mango when she first arrived:

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vervet_monkey
26 November 2012 @ 01:46 pm
Hello again!

So my parents are coming out to see me for Christmas. And I'm trying to work out what I need. One of the things I'm really missing is books. My kindle is amazing and wonderful, but it's not a book.

So, recommendations? For books that need to be read as books, they have illustrations, or a more factual flick-through-and-find-stuff books. Anyone?
 
 
vervet_monkey
21 November 2012 @ 02:44 pm
Hello!

Long time since I've been here. 

Just a quick note to say: Life is good. 

I was chatting to people about, well, life. And remembering crappy things. But guess what, crappy things, they end. And at the end of it you might end up being paid to conserve parrots on a Caribbean Island.

Then I was looking for sources of crowdfunding (OK, maybe not the best part of conserving parrots on a Caribbean Island...) and re-found ItGetsBetter. And OK, my sexuality wasn't the end of the world, if it did cause a few bumps along the way. And life in general. It got better.

That is all.
 
 
vervet_monkey
28 May 2012 @ 12:33 pm

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Because I am firmly attached to my kindle at the moment. 

Just finished 'Little Women', really enjoyed it, in an odd kind of way. Now reading HG Wells 'The flying machine', which is less good really, but maybe that's just because it's a change of genre. Def not a good a the others of his I have read though.


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vervet_monkey
14 May 2012 @ 12:17 pm
Living with only solar power, so my fandom exploits are limited to books. Which means I have devoured them. Thank god for Kindle.


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Am now reading 'The end of Mr Y', lent to me buy my boss. Seems good enough, and interesting topic, so we'll see how that goes.
 
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vervet_monkey
30 April 2012 @ 05:27 pm
Off to Bonaire tomorrow morning!

Have had a lovely 3 weeks back home, but I can't say how glad I am to have a job to be going too. As much as I love my family.

Had a manic weekend, with Grandparents and Aunt and Uncle and Cousins all round to watch Dad, Uncle and Cousin run in the MK Marathon. Mad mad people, but they all did really well, and Dad raised over £1000 for Cancer Research, which is amazing, then his company will match it, which is more amazing. Family vegging with pizza and film last night was also really nice. Watched the US version of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', which was not exactly nice, but an OK film. Prefer the Sweedish version myself.

Packed up this morning, turns out without my sleeping bag and roll mat I have loads of room in my bag. I actually get to take clothes with me this time! Went out to Lunch with my little brother and then had a quick chat with Jess. Which lasted 2 hours. Ah well, there are worse things to do. Last time she made me promise to call from the gate. I take off at 6am this time and she didn't ask me too... wonder why??

Might be more around this time but not sure. Will be over on the other journal though, so see you there.

BYE!
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vervet_monkey
27 April 2012 @ 09:29 pm
I love my Grandparents. I do. Without them I would not be able to do what I do and my Grandfather is the only person I ever want to impress. 

But one day is enough thank you. Still two more to go.

I really wish I didn't revert to a sulking teenager every time they came. But I can't do it. The forced socialising and the constant questions and I know they love me and don't get to see me often but my head just screams "Get out of here!" every time.

I do love them. Honest.
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vervet_monkey
19 April 2012 @ 03:28 pm
Shakespeare!

Went to Stratford to see the RSC's production of 'Comedy of Errors' with Mum last night. Oh I love Shakespeare. Especially when it's done right. Not all of the characters were spot on, but, in general, the work was amazing. The lines flowed, the comic timing was flawless. It was modern (smuggling of fake handbags and tracksuits into the port, and a lot of cranes) fairly to the point of in your face, but it still fit. 

Why don't we get Shakespeare like that at school? Everyone would love it so much more.

In other news, my laptop is fixed! Waiting for a car to go pick it up, but yay for laptop before I leave the country.
 
 
vervet_monkey
16 April 2012 @ 02:57 pm
Right, home a week and all caught up fandom wise. Not so much the rest of my life, but I will be by the time I leave again. Maybe.

Tanzania was amazing, and where I want to live. It is so beautiful and (at least in the rural parts) incredibly friendly. I deliberately avoided the North with its tourists though, so I cant talk for the whole country. I also loved realising that actually learning languages is not outside my ability, but that I just learn them by speaking, not reading. (I actually picked up more than anyone else I arrived with, despite having the least when we arrived). The work was less good, but I still learnt a lot (even if a lot of it was what NOT to do).

Home until 1st May when I will go to Bonaire, in the Caribbean. Initially for 2 months unpaid work, but if all goes well longer and paid. Researching parrots, with grants (so far) from Disney, WWF and the Dutch Government. So not bad for a new project! I will be the first science staff member so will have a lot of freedom and ability to mold it to me, which bodes well.

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