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June 30th, 2008 (10:25 am)

She shed Wednesday night/Thursday morning sometime, then I fed her two mice again in the afternoon. No sign of anything bad.

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June 20th, 2008 (05:12 pm)

Tuesday I got her to eat two little mice, and she's pretty much been in her hide rock since then. I also got a new thermometer and humidity reader. I forgot the last time I was in a store to get her a mister, though. I should probably do that, though, the humidity is a bit lower than I'd like it to be...

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June 17th, 2008 (01:20 am)

I think Leila's belly is getting pink today, which is odd, because she had a shed cycle two weeks ago, and she is over a year old. I'm probably going to try to feed her on Wednesday. I'd go to the pet store tomorrow, but I can't go without an escort anymore. There are puppies there. And snakes. And lizards. Really tiny ones. I can't go in there safely anymore without wanting to get all of the pets in the store. And then there's the sad in the getting a tiny little mouse only to know that within the day it won't be alive anymore. And they don't have frozen, so I have to give her live mice. I can't kill the mice before I give them to her. A lot of people say that live mice are fine as long as you watch and don't leave them alone, so I'll just keep doing that...

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June 15th, 2008 (11:42 pm)

I've been away over the weekend, and I don't think she liked me coming back. She almost came out from under the rock twice, but both times I came back into the room and she decided I was scary again and went back under her rock. Either that or she's just tired tonight and doesn't want to play around like normal. I don't think she's sick or anything, her eyes are clear, and so is her mouth.
I found it funny a couple days ago when we were looking at wikipedia about snakes and they way they move. Apparently she favors a style most commonly used by big snakes. It's the slowest, but most subtle. And she is slowly escaping the basket I put her in. I read that they like to be out of their cages, and as long as you watch them it's okay, so I let her out. She seems to enjoy it. I hope.
Well, here's some pictures.

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Leila

June 12th, 2008 (10:57 pm)

So it's been two years since my last entry to this journal. Well, starting now, it's not about me anymore. It's about Leila, my ball python. I read here (http://www.kingsnake.com/ballpythonguide/) that you should keep a record of how they act when they eat or shed. So now it begins.
I got her Sunday, May 25th, over two weeks ago. She shed in the first week, but I don't remember when.
Around Sunday I changed the timing of the light over her cage to go off around dark. (It had been set to go off around 2 a.m.) I immediately noticed her being active, when before I thought she just stayed under her rock all the time. But it turns out I have a wannabe escape artist on my hands. So that was kinda cool. And it was funny seeing her try to defy gravity. On Tuesday I fed her for the first time. I put the mouse in a box about two feet by one foot, and I put her on one of the pieces of the top of the box and held it up with my foot. She stayed in a ball for about thirty seconds, but then started to look and stalk the mouse, before eating it without strangling it, which I thought was was she was supposed to do. I then carefully put her back in her cage. She went under her rock and fell asleep.
That night, she came out only to soak in her water for a minute, then went back under the rock all night.
Wednesday night, she poked her head out a bit, then didn't end up doing anything.
Tonight, Thursday, she's back to her normal self. Trying actively to get out of the cage. I thought it safe to pick her up and let her roam my floor (under supervision). She is moving way faster than she used to. Which probably is a good thing. Maybe her previous owner really didn't take care of her. Or maybe she just trusts me more that I've given her food. So either slow equals hungry or distrustful.
But I think that should be sufficient data of the last few days. Maybe I should take a picture...

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May 10th, 2006 (12:22 am)

May 13- Welcoming dinner for the middle school exchange students who will be here for a week
May 20- Climbing a Mountain with my Host Father's walking/hiking club (Gabby and Jimmy might come)
June 1- My Goodbye speach at the building accross from city hall, has to be in Japanese, at least one minute long. Must write before the 25th so I can practice so I don't mess up in front of the mayor again
June 3 and 4- Climbing up a really really big mountain, staying over night at an onsen(hot springs) climbing down the next day (Gabby and Jimmy are coming too)
June 7- Meet at 8:30 at city hall, ride in a bus with my host father and city hall people to the airport, eat lunch, catch my flight at 1:00 p.m.
June 7- Land at 12:20 p.m. in Michigan
June 10- Take ACT


And after that I don't know

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April 18th, 2006 (04:34 am)
amused

current mood: amused
current song: Death Cab for Cutie

I am sorry again for the not updating. I haven't had much to say...

Saturday I had overslept, was a few minutes late to Japanese lessons, but Jimmy showed up late, too, so it was kinda not all that bad. Then Jimmy and I were interviewed by a local newspaper, then we went to our teacher's house and ate spaghetti and talked about Japan and America.
Sunday morning was "Hanamatsuri" or, roughly translated, Flower festival. It was in the newer temple. It was interesting.
Some of my art is being shown at the train station, which is pretty cool. This week only a small section though, like a piece of art and a few pieces of calligraphy, but next week or so they are going to put up a lot of my art. Including my just finished one, the pheonix. That was fun. Art is fun in this school.
Also, I only have a couple more things to do before my Yukata is done. Only a bit more sewing, I will probably finish tomarrow. I can't wait! But I won't be able to wear it unless I get an obi for it. I will have to check the second-hand store.
That is pretty much it, I guess...
Love always
Tina

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April 10th, 2006 (12:30 pm)

I screened that comment. If I get any more comments like that, I am going to disable anonymous comments.
Please be intelligent. Please don't litter the internet. It is annoying.
And thanks, Janice. :)

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April 10th, 2006 (12:00 pm)
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current mood: amused

Today was the first day of school in Japan. The uniforms have changed, the name changed, and we have boys now. First years only. We had to bow to them and say, "Welcome." Also, now we have more Americans. Some Chris guy and two other ones that didn't speak loud enough, but they aren't replacing my favorite American teacher, so I am glad. No new exchange students, which is to be expected unless they are from China. I am now a Third Year, which in English Japanese means that I am a Senior, and most of my friends are Juniors now. I have a few friends in my class, but I have more younger friends. I think it is because I haven't known them for as long and they didn't know me when I didn't know any Japanese, so they know I understand. Wow, that almost didn't make sense, sorry.
Lately I have been researching colleges mostly. And reading manga. It's been boring. But I think I can speak Japanese more confidently, even if I didn't practice my ... umm, what do you call it... formal speech, I guess.
Also, Yamada sensei is giving me actual work! I have to either do something about American culture in Japanese, or Japanese culture in English. Should be fun. What would I do it on though? Japanese culture is easy, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, kimono wearing, calligraphy, anything. What would I do for American culture? We just steal things from other cultures. I dunno. I will figure it out.
So, about colleges? I am pretty sure I want to go to either Central Michigan, Oakland, Easten Michigan, Western Michigan, or Grand Vally State. Except that the last two are on the other side of the state and I don't think I wanna go there. I like the other three though...
Other than that, no new news, I think.

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