The Dainty Squid
animals and nature

Foxy Lady

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

It's been since November of last year that I shared photos of the foxes. In that time they haven't grown all that much but boy, oh boy, did they get fluffy. They are definitely prepared for winter. It's been such a mild one, with some days reaching up into the sixties, that I have to wonder if they get warm. This post from August shows just how much thicker her fur is. She looks so scrawny in that post, and now she's just a ball of fluff.

No Tramp in these photos, yet again. He is a stinker, still asserting his dominance. Lady will allow my dad to pick her up to carry her over to the pen in the yard where I photograph them. Tramp on the other hand won't but as soon as the door is closed he starts to go wild. He digs at the door like "Hey! What about me?! I want to come play too." I really wish he wasn't such a brat because he is absolutely gorgeous. People always seem to like photos of him best. I suppose it's because, as my niece exclaimed upon seeing him for the first time, "he looks like a real fox!" Anyway, here are some gratuitous photos of this beautiful creature.

It blows my mind how this little critter, who I hardly believed was a fox, grew into this majestic looking beast. I never noticed before but it appears her eyes changed colors too!

You can find previous posts on Lady and Tramp here - June, late June, July, August, October and November.

Just because I want to ruin this vision you have in your head of this being a graceful animal, here is the derp-iest fox photo in existence. You're welcome. ;)
Just a note to add that foxes definitely aren't for everyone. They require a lot of work, care, and attention. Not to mention in most states they are illegal to keep as pets unless you have a license. Please do your research!

daily life

three more 2016 goals

Monday, February 08, 2016

poo to do notepad by Kodiak Milly
The problem with new year's goals for me isn't that I don't accomplish them, it's that a week or two into the new year I think of fifteen more things I wish I had added to that list. I guess I really just like making goals (and lists!) This year feels promising. 2015 wasn't bad, I just feel like maybe I could have done a better job...? I felt like my emotions were all over the place, and I let anxiety dictate my decisions more than I'd like to admit.

In January I decided to pay more attention to myself, and how I was feeling. Identifying what made me happy, what kept my anxieties away, and making sure to focus on those things. From those things I made a list of three more goals I want to work on this year, along with the fifty seven thousand other ones I already made - which you can read here.

Three more goals for 2016...
Save money. Last year was the first year I really focused on my savings account... and then my car died and I had to buy a new one. Needless to say using a chunk of savings stressed me out. I know that's why it's important to save money, so that when bad things happen you can just roll with it which is what I did. But spending some of my savings in my mind translated to "oh no, now I won't be able to travel this year." which is exactly true.

Going hand in hand with saving money is taking a hard look at what I purchase. Pretty sure y'all know how hard it is to get out of Target with your bank account unscathed but when it comes down to it going on a road trip is going to make me a lot happier than any little knick knack. 2016 is the year of making responsible money decisions... at least most of the time. I want to save my money so I can spend it seeing new places, and things.

potatoes, and chicken cooked in this killer ginger lemon sriracha spice blend I picked up at Home Goods. It ain't pretty but dang, it was good!

Cook a real meal at least once a week. In this last month I've learned that cooking makes me happy... like really, really happy. I never ever thought I'd say that. I've been living alone for just under two years now and honestly, looking back I have no idea how I survived. Microwave pizza, and macaroni and cheese? For some reason the urge to cook hit me like a ton of bricks at the beginning of the year, and guess what, I'm not half bad in the kitchen! I've found that cooking is beyond relaxing, and having my apartment smell like the dinner I just made makes it feel like home.

I know, I feel kind of dumb being like "hey guys, I'm twenty-five, and I'm just now learning to cook! wahoo!" and I'm kind of kicking myself for not wanting to make this a priority sooner but there's a right time for everything. I think half of my issue was that I was such a picky eater experimenting in the kitchen would be a disaster no matter what because I more than likely wouldn't have liked what I made. Now I'm basically down to try anything. I'm finding recipes for things I've never even heard of, thinking they sound good, and enjoying the heck out of them. It's awesome. Speaking of, if you have a favorite food you like to make regularly I wanna hear about it. Bonus points if its something that tastes good reheated because I LOVE having leftovers.

Can I also just say that food photography is a mystery to me? I'm all proud of what I make, and go to take a picture but always end up deleting it because it looks gross. So far I'm only getting the hang of making tasty food, not pretty food. Maybe someday I'll get there! 

No dishes in the sink at the end of the night. I read this one on someone's blog sometime at the beginning of the year and thought "Well, dang! That's a great idea!" I've been doing my best to always wash dishes before bed now and it feels SO AWESOME to wake up to a clean house. I tweeted a few weeks ago "This is so boring, but I think cleaning might be my favorite hobby. Having a clean organized space is seriously the best feeling." and I stand by that. Having a clean house makes me feel good!

When I'm feeling anxious, and I can't work it can usually be solved by straightening up the house or at least some part of it. I guess this goal extends further than just no dirty dished in the sink and is a reminder that having a tidy home makes me feel relaxed.

So far, so good on all these goals. My house is clean, I'm heading to the grocery store in a bit to pick up ingredients for dinner, and after paying all my bills I moved the majority of remaining money to savings. Here's to keeping up the momentum. Have you made any new goals for the not so new year? I LOVE hearing about other folk's goals.

friday favorites

Friday Favorites #350

Friday, February 05, 2016

These giant floor pillows are super cute! They'd match my living room, and I know three critters who'd have a stare off to see who gets to lay on them. You know who'd win? Squid. Head of the household, for sure!
 (via: Zana)
(via: Beca Runs)
Because who doesn't want a neon sign that says "boom!"?!
 (via: sygns)
 (via: Luke Drozd)
This duck ashtray has to be one of the strangest things I have ever seen. I don't smoke but man, I want this thing just because it's so weird. 
Holographic nail polish will always have my heart.
 (via: ILNP)
 This silly pug patch is the cutest.
Every time I think "okay, I have enough camera bags" I find another one I just love. Collins by Kelly Moore Bag is perfect. Also, this photo is very cute!
 (via: Kelly Moore Bag)
MORE PIZZA, always.

Link Love...
▴ Love love love this floral dress. It'd be a perfect dress for Valentine's Day!
▴ These vintage colorblock oxfords are the bomb.
Last week I shared a donut bikini, now it's a donut one piece!!
These undies, you guys!
▴A stingray towel - that comes in both child and adult size!!!
▴ Pssst! Don't forget to enter the Weird Beard Candle Co. giveaway, if you haven't already!

Happy Friday!!

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