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A Thursday Gratitude List

All last weekend I had been thinking about life was going really well right now. I was just feeling good, feeling driven, feeling happy. Then I took Daphne back to the vet Tuesday and the vet (who was incredibly nice) told me that Daphne probably wasn’t going to get better and that I needed to prepare myself to let her go. She couldn’t tell me how long I had left with my girl but I know I’ve still got some time. *makes choking noise* I am crushed. Daphne is secretly my favorite (don’t tell the others!) and it’s hard knowing what’s coming. *sigh* I got some good advice from a good friend and I am determined to just take things one day at a time and I have decided that I can’t let all the good habits and all the things I’ve been working on fall apart! My girls really helped me feel better mentally (see post here and here about how sucky depression is) and I feel like I owe it them to keep moving forward. (I am definitely anticipating some major snuggle sessions and copious photo taking in the coming weeks though.) To remind myself of all the goods things I do have going on in my life, here is a little gratitude list:
#1) I am grateful we have a vet that I trust. As hard as it is to hear, I feel good knowing that Tij and I have done/are doing everything we can for Daphne and that she’s in good hands.
#2) One of my cousins is in town! She’s so much fun and such a wonderful distraction right now.
#3) I started subscribing to a DIY dinner service and it has done wonders for me in the kitchen. Everything they send me is already perfectly measured and the directions come with pictures (which is so helpful for me). I don’t have to think about what to make for dinner 3 days a week and they send me ingredients and recipes I would never try on my own. And everything has been delicious!
#4) I’ve indulged in a little retail therapy recently.
#5) I attended a Women’s Conference at my church a couple weeks ago and it was lovely. I felt very peaceful and loved – just the feelings I need right now!
#6) Thanks to a little workout group my friend started, I have been exercising pretty consistently. Being outside more and getting my blood (and happy endorphins!) pumping is great. I feel much more prepared to “take on the day” when I’ve started it off right.
#7) Tij came home with flowers and chocolate the other night. What a guy! I’m so glad he’s my guy.
#8) I have been keeping up with my New Year’s Resolutions (for the most part). They’re important to me so I’m happy that I’m knocking them out.
#9) It’s been raining a lot here in Vegas which is a treat. Sunny days are great but it’s always fun to mix things up!
#10) The 4 year-olds that I teach at church are hilarious! It’s such a fun calling to have and I love how excited they are when they see me outside of class. Little kids can make you feel like you’re super cool :)

I hope you all are having a great day! Life is good.


Kisses from Bianca

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My Daphne

Daphne has been sounding congested and has had some labored breathing so I took her to the vet last week. The vet wasn’t sure if it’s her lungs or her heart so right now we’re giving her antibiotics. If we don’t see an improvement, we may need to take her back to get an X-ray. Daphne would need to be sedated to get a clear pictures (rats are so wiggly!) so I really hope that it doesn’t come to that. She’s still grooming herself and eating and doesn’t seem to be in any pain, but it’s worrying to think about the future. The average rat lives 2-3 years and my girls are almost 1.5 years old. I’m doing my best just to enjoy my girls and not over think things, but it’s been a rough week. So instead of grocery shopping like I should be, I took some “glamour” shots of Daphne. Fingers crossed that she gets better!

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A Wednesday Gratitude List


Olive loves her applesauce

Happy Hump Day everyone! Daphne has been having some breathing issues so I took her to the vet yesterday and they put her on antibiotics. The vet and I are hopeful that they will clear up her lungs and she’ll be breathing normally again soon. It was a little scary though! I don’t want anything to happen to my girls! I’m trying to stay positive so I thought I would write down 10 things I’m grateful for and things that are going well in my life.

#1) Netflix has all 9 seasons of “The Office” available. I kind of missed that boat when it was actually airing, but I’ve always heard it was good. I decided to give it a try and before I knew it, I’d burned through all the episodes in a month. Jim & Pam forever!
#2) Podcasts! I started listening to them while I clean the apartment and they’re awesome! I’ve learned so much already and they make washing the dishes much more palatable. (Actually, one of the podcasts I was listening to was talking about 5 habits of successful individuals, and one of them was gratitude! That’s something I can always work on…)
#3) The weather in Vegas has been glorious! 65 in the middle of January?! I have been going for walks to enjoy all the sunshine and fresh air.
#4) I’m trading babysitting for a photo session with a friend from church. Tij and I haven’t gotten nice pictures taken of us in over 4 years, so it’s time. I’m really looking forward to taking them!
#5) I’m grateful for Tij. I think I list him every time but he is just the best.
#6) I love having a second bedroom and bathroom. We’ve had friends stay with us a few times in November and December and it makes playing hostess much less stressful if you have a nice place to “put” your guests while they’re visiting.
#7) I’m grateful to be done with school. I was just talking to my sister (who’s trying to go back to school) and while I’m grateful I got to attend university and graduate, I’m grateful that chapter of my life is over.
#8) Our local library is really nice and I love that it’s close by.
#9) I’ve been using my Fitbit and I love that it motivates me to be more active. I need all the help I can to stay healthy!
#10) Daphne has been extra snuggly. It’s sad that she’s not feeling well, but I love it when she cuddles me after I give her her meds. (Fingers crossed that the medicine does the trick!)

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Christmas Card Outtake


I’m attempting to send out Christmas cards this year, but naturally I waited until the last minute to commit. I realized last weekend that we didn’t have a family picture to send out with our card and I needed to do something about that. After church, I forced Tij into some festive flannel and set up our camera with the self-timer. We somehow managed to get some pictures that looked nice enough. (Not great, but not terrible. Maybe next year I’ll be on top of things and we’ll actually have some professionally done!) Then we just got silly and used the timer to get pictures of us with zee babies! I love the few decent (not blurry) photos we got of all 5 of us, but I decided that it would be best if we sent out cards with just our human family. I wanted to share this gem though because it is very “us”, furballs and all.

(Oh, and I chopped all my hair off. Surprise!)

Merry Christmas –
from Bianca, Olive, and Daphne

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Just Zee Babies

I have spent a lot of time on the couch this week watching HGTV on netflix and my girls have been keeping me company. They’re so sweet. Traveling a lot can be hard. Every time I leave, I spend a lot of time cleaning and packing and getting someone to watch the rats. Then when I come back, my fridge is empty and I have tons of laundry. After San Diego I was just exhausted. Snuggling with zee babies was just what the doctor ordered. With some sleep and cuddling I am feeling good again and ready to get back in the swing of things! Here’s a few pictures of my girls doing what they do best: being super cute.

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Bath Time With Zee Babies

I give my girls a bath every week when I clean their cage. (Rats spend a lot of their time grooming so you don’t have to bathe them unless you want to. I just like to put clean smelling rats back into a clean smelling cage.) Most rats don’t like water, and zee babies are no exception. I have, however, perfected the art of bath time and now I can bathe all 3 of them in under 5 minutes. BAM! Tij was home yesterday so I recruited him to take pictures for me. (Thanks babe! I really can’t take pictures myself with wet hands and a squirmy rat baby.)


suds-ing Bianca up with baby shampoo


giving Bianca a rinse


“oh, that’s better!” drying off is their favorite part


you can see how well they “tolerate” bath time

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Finger Lickin’ Good

Just a quick video of zee babies overcoming their fear of the sink! They like to explore my bathroom vanity but they would run away every time I turned the faucet on. I showed them that they can drink from the sink and now they’re okay with it. You can see Ms. Bianca’s “nub” (which you can read about here) when she is holding my finger at the end of the video. It’s on her left paw. See if you can spot it!

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Blog Touch-Ups

First off: I love One Direction and I love string instruments. This is the perfect marriage of the two. Enjoy! (I am totally unembarrassed to admit that I know almost all One Direction’s music by heart and can even tell you which of them is singing. I missed out on The Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC craze so I am getting in my boy band obsession a little late in life – much to Tij’s chagrin.)

Second, this blog is such a fun project for me, but a definite work in progress, so I made a few changes: I  just updated the “Zee Babies” and “About” pages. Check ’em out! (There are some great new pictures of the ratties on their page. Just in case you haven’t got your fill, I’m looking out for you.)

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More of the Squidgees

Exactly what you wanted to see: more pictures of my rats! I managed to get some of them sleeping (aka: not moving) so the pictures weren’t just blurs of fur and whiskers. I love these little girls so much! Zee rat babies are just my speed. They are low maintenance. They are cuddly and affectionate. We spend mornings on the couch reading or catching up with my newest BBC obsession. They love to eat: cheese, smoothies, kale, pasta, and their newest favorite, watermelon! I like to watch them clean themselves and each other. Daphne does this funny thing where she languishes on her back with her feet straight up in the air while her sisters help her preen. (I am trying really hard to get a picture of this but if I make too much noise or get too close they get distracted and it ruins the moment…) Having them around just makes me happy :) What’s your happy?


Daphne and the patented bum-tuck sleeping position


the yin and yang sleeping position


Daphne’s drowsy eyes

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Back with Zee Babies

I am glad that for the rest of July Tij and I are staying put – I have missed my girls so much! I left them in great hands (thanks friends!) so I wasn’t really worried about them, but I just missed seeing them. I have gotten used to hearing their sneezing, shuffling, and noisy drinking at night. It was weird to sleep in such total silence in Montana! Since our return, they have been extra cuddly and it makes me feel good to think that they may have missed me too. (At least that’s what I tell myself. Who knows what rats really think about!) I have resumed training too and have been pleasantly surprised with how much they remember. We’re working on coming when called and standing when I say “up”. I’m hoping to make a little video to show them off once they’re doing it consistently. This rat-mama is happy to be back with her babies!


Bianca striking a very dramatic pose while cleaning


Daphne (also cleaning) on top of their cage

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