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Long overdue - I've been meaning to make a master fic post for awhile now, and tada! Here it is! :) Please let me know if any of the links are glitched up, or any other errors. Sticky post, so it should stay at the top of my journal.


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Flu shot turned out to be good timing - one staff down with what she calls "sickness of the decade"; hopefully whatever bug it is it's included in this year's vaccine, seems to be going around. Which also meant I got to wrangle a group of 60 first graders all by myself this morning - usually we split them into classes of 30ish and rotate them through program topics in smaller groups. The kids were really well-behaved, and the parents jumped right in and helped with the hands on stuff, so it all worked out, but it made for a hectic day trying to get everything set up for two programs instead of one - ready to flop!

Mailed in my absentee ballot today - w00t! Ok, everyone can go home now, show's over, you may cease and desist with the political ads *waves hand airily* Currently watching "Addams Family Values" to avoid the constant barrage - I wonder how many other folks have bailed from mainstream TV. I was hoping to do at least a little NaNo-ing this year, but it looks like the work conference is a go (hence the absentee ballot), which...it's a cool conference, and I'm excited about it, but it also makes for a non-stop marathon of busy times until mid-November. "Slow season" seems to get more and more mythical every year, alas!

Other things this week: raccoon babies moved to outdoor pen, need to commence with the cleaning of their old crate and carrier, groundhog is holding steady as far as I can tell, acquired a new opossum - young adult, hit by a car, didn't look good the first several days but she's now doing much better - will pretty definitely survive, now just waiting to see if she'll be releasable. Niecelet's newest thing is "juggling", which consists of holding two balls, waving them up and down, and then throwing them. Much fun :D

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Spider paper!

The kitties are enjoying the spider drawings left over from my program last week - obviously just for them :)

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Doing my part for herd immunity

Got my flu shot at the grocery after work yesterday, no co-pay (thanks, Obamacare!). Going to a conference for work in early November, so figured it would be a good idea to reduce the chances of picking up at least one type of crud. I scheduled it for when I had two days off in a row, because I usually get a mild immune reaction, knew I'd be feeling pretty blah for a day or so, but this time it hit within a few hours, achy and tired (I was baby sitting niecelet and she kept insisting that I was supposed to lie down on the living room floor and brought me a pillow, lol - I must have looked pretty wiped out! Although the 125 kids I had in programs earlier that day might have also had something to do with it...). I was actually shivering with chills when I went to bed, but by morning was fine, not even a sore arm! Which was good, because I had to go in to work anyway to let our bees out of the observation hive (I'd blocked them in while the building was being repainted, so they wouldn't sting the painters) and ended up getting stuck at work for four hours with various sorts of craziness. Hopefully tomorrow's day off will be an actual day off! :D

Other things accomplished today: two youngest opossums moved to larger housing, deep cleaned big baby raccoon crate, chased two baby raccoons around house when they escaped as I was trying to put them back in, took out groundhog for some fresh air, returned spiders and spider props to work from program Thursday, caught four Pokemon, ate a salad.

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Rocks rock!

I'm doing an Intro to Geology program for 60 third graders tomorrow. Interesting thing is, I never actually took geology - just absorbed a fair bit over the years, but as far as actual organized study...not so much! Our naturalist who usually taught all of the (rarely requested - we mostly focus on plants and wildlife) geology classes took a new job, so I've spent the weekend brushing up. Doesn't exactly help that a lot of the rock samples and props for the program are not labeled - is it a shale or a slate? Granite or gneiss? *stares a big pile of rocks* *pokes doubtfully* We've got a lot of cool fossils, though, so if all else fails I'll pull out the coprolites, lol. Have been re-reading mmouse's awesome and delightful Beachcomber/Perceptor geology pun fics I Bless the Rains and Igneous is Bliss in preparation - wish me luck! :D

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Happy Birthday to me! :D I'm hoping 45 is easier to remember - I had a heck of a time remembering that I was 44 all year, and 43 was even worse.

Busy day today, with three programs at work and then a sick groundhog got dropped off, but boss and co-workers still managed to squeeze in cake - they're so awesome ^_^ Mom made me a cake on Labor Day, when I had the day off. She was watching niecelet, so we hung out and played and then went to Goodwill, where I got five pairs of pants for work (three of which, by some miracle, are the right length and don't need to have the cuffs rolled up, score!) Niecelet got a duck pillow and some small buckets and a cute little watering can, and I got a hairy Halloween spider for me, but it may end up being a present for niecelet in a few weeks for her 2nd birthday, because she kept trying to run off with it, lol.

Spent most of the rest of this evening getting sick groundhog set up - she walks in circles and loses her balance and falls over, pretty skinny, a bit of the runs, not sure what's up with her. She's eating great, which is a good sign. Has some ticks, so I just spent a bunch of $ to get the fancy topical stuff to treat those, since she's not cooperative enough/I'm not brave enough to pick them off by hand - groundhogs can be tough customers! She's all zonked out now in her crate, looking very cute.

Two raccoon babies are getting bigger and doing better - they may or may not have ringworm (lesions and losing hair on feet and ears, vet didn't mention ringworm as a possibility and gave antibiotics to treat, but another rehabber raised the possibility on our Facebook group. Not sure if ringworm's that...symmetrical though?) I've been trying to get another rehabber to take them, but...crickets. No one wants the chance of ringworm, the cowards! XD

Oh yes, and my other birthday present from mom - a new garage door opener, since my original one gave out and wasn't worthwhile to repair since it was 13 years old. A very substantial present - garage door openers aren't cheap! But garage is now all neat and organized, nice new bright lighting, and nice to have an opener that works without pressing the button six times - have been nursing the old one along for nearly a year.

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Just when you think it's safe to pack up the baby bottles for the year...

Two tiny, very skinny late-season babies, obviously had been without mom for several days. Raccoon babies are slower to mature than puppies or kittens - these two are still nursing and have no idea what to do with solid food.

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Homework and World's Cutest Niecelet

I watched the first several episodes of the original 90's Pokémon cartoon on Netflix today - studying up for a nature program we're doing next Saturday, comparing actual animals in the park with Pokémon critters, so totally work research, lol. Fun to watch, and parts of it are familiar now that I see it, probably caught some of it when it first came out. It's been very helpful - apparently I've been pronouncing "Rattata" all wrong, it's more Tuh-may-toe than Toe-mah-toe. Still, I also find parts of it a little disturbing, as they catch these poor critters and keep them in little balls and then these fairly sentient-seeming beings are enslaved and forced to fight each other to the point of debilitating damage, hrm. I keep reminding myself these are alienish beasties, and they turn to energy-forms in the Pokeballs so presumably they're comfy and not squashed in there, and they seem to enjoy the battles? Some of them? More like a partnership with their trainers? Hrrm...

In other news, niecelet was playing with a cupcake pan and measuring spoons, and scooping water out from the one cupcake mold I'd filled with a teeny amount of water and drinking it, and I asked if it was delicious water, and she went around the rest of the night offering everyone sips of "delicious water" - quite a mouthful for a not-quite-two-year-old, but she pronounces it very clearly, super hilarious and adorable.

Not so clear was what she wanted when she kept leading me into the bathroom and asking for a "hammer" and pointing to the sink area. She also pointed to the Neosporin on the sink, so I dabbed it on an old scrape on her knee, but she still wanted the "hammer" - but not her little plastic musical toy hammer. Her dad texted me the answer to the mystery later: they have a set of Band Aids shaped like food, and she wanted a "hamburger" Band Aid for her knee. Of course! XD

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Moon and planets

Phone camera shot of the moon last night just before all the clouds rolled in - just to the lower right of the moon is a very faint triangle of Saturn (on top of the triangle) Mars (brightest one on the right) and Antares in the constellation Scorpio (lower left)

In unrelated news Mom and I rewatched Star Trek Into Darkness, and now I keep imagining Ratchet being a big fan of McCoy, and quoting him all the time: "dammit Prime, I'm a doctor not a lawn mower"


Time for the annual Perseid meteor shower program - the peak was actually early this morning, but I scheduled my park program for Friday night since I don't get many people if it's on a weekday, and usually there's still plenty of action the day before and after. This year, though, the weather's looking like it might be a bust - heavy cloud cover right now, maybe some rain later. I'm hoping it might break up a little bit, get at least some clear time tonight. I usually still get people showing up even if it's too cloudy to see anything, and it's sometimes hard to explain that there's not anything I can do about it, the program is cancelled, they won't see any meteors. My favorite is still when I get asked to reschedule lunar eclipses to more convenient days... XD Why yes, I'll get right on that, let me just rearrange some orbits here *utilizes ultimate cosmic powers*

In other news, I have staff! Awesome person #1 is back from maternity leave, and we hired an awesome person #2 who just started last week - starting a new person means my workload temporarily triples as I have to set up logins and keys and uniforms and desk and make sure she's going to get paid and train her and show her ALL THE THINGS. So many things. So I've been a little scarce online. Tomorrow though I have my first Saturday off since May - whoo hoo!!! Which is a very good thing as I wasn't looking forward to potentially staying up all night for the meteor shower and then opening up the building at 9am the next morning - even if I end up cancelling I still probably won't get home until midnight.

Ok, critters and wildlife are all fed, snack bag is packed (you get hungry, I've found, hanging out watching the sky all night), bug spray, check. I'm off!

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