Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Special Delivery!

Happy Tax Day everyone! I hope none of you procrastinated with your tax returns. Me, I was WAY ahead of the game. I did our tax return months ago last Thursday.

So did you guess? Did you guess? What the FedEx man brought me today? Come on, I didn’t make it that hard.

Say hello to Neville Longbottom. That’s right. Haven’s dreams (and mine) have come true.

He’s a corn snake like Nagini. And did you know that the yellow pigment in a corn snake takes time to fill in? So when he’s an adult, he’ll actually look more like this snake below.

Isn’t he going to be purty??? Oh, and before you even start to point out that now we have a male AND a female, let me tell you that I have absolutely NO intention of breeding them. And I haven’t given a single thought to letting Haven breed them 8 years from now for a homeschooling science project. Cause I haven’t even thought about it. One bit. Ok maybe a little.

I do realize, that the addition of Neville is a major violation of the conditions upon which Marshall agreed to get a snake in the first place. I know, I know. I’m feeling really guilty about it. Well, ok not so much.

It just so happens that the breeder I found, who had the exact color corn snake I was looking for, happens to live in California (Northern CA) and is a homeschooling mom of five. She has been an awesome resource for all my corn snake questions and we have become fast friends through our online correspondence. Hmmm. Maybe I can get her to help me with those breeding science project lesson plans. Oh, did I say that out loud?

Isn’t it cool that you can order a pet snake online? I mean, I did order my cats online. But with them, I had to drive to the airport to pick them up. With snakes, Mr. FedEx Man delivers them right to my door. So convenient! I don’t see why we shouldn’t order more snakes! Someone please kindly provide my mother-in-law with some smelling salts.

And speaking of, my in-laws are coming for a visit in two days. Marshall tells me that his mother is not so fond of the reptiles of the slithering variety. When do you think it’s a good time to inform them that I usually feed our other snake, Nagini, in the guest room? (where they will be staying) You see, it’s a good idea to remove the snake and feed them outside the cage, so they aren’t expecting food when you stick your hand in their cage. And you want to feed them in a place that is quiet, so they don’t get stressed out. So, naturally, I feed our snake in the guest room. Perhaps they’ll warm up to her by the time it’s feeding day and they won’t mind me bringing the snake and the defrosted baby mouse into the room where they are staying. You think?

I betcha they’re reading this right now and thanking their lucky stars they got me for a daughter-in-law.

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