Classic Bunny Pose. Right Before We Fed Him To Our New Pet, The Snake.

July 17, 2013 at 11:48 am (Animal Deaths, Babies, Big Animals, Day to Day, Heat, Nature, Picture Posts, Posts In Pictures, Snakes, Summer) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Just kidding. However, we do actually have 2 little baby bunnies that seemed to survive the nest we found a few weeks back. Looked like 4 inside, but we only see 2 every day now. Oh? You don’t want to hear about these bunnies? What happened to the snake? Well, I’ll tell ya.

The snake survived fine, overnight, in the pillowcase, the first night into Sunday. We had discussions with family about who to call, what to do, where the snake should go, blah blah blah. We had some nature preserve ideas, natural habitat locations, and I did more research on the internet to find a decent solution we could all live with. We had a pretty good plan in place, but when we woke up Monday morning, it seemed that nature was going to decide for us. The pillowcase was wet, but only in a certain spot, as if something tried to attack it and either the snake was now dead, or it defended itself and released liquids of some defensive sort. I don’t really know enough so I thought, dead. I got gloves, cause, ewww, and when I picked up the bag to untie the cord the snake was rattling and angry. But alive. So we let it out nice and slow like they say to, and it calmed right down. I was able to hold it and inspect it and it looked OK. But, it definitely could not stay in a pillowcase, inside of a plastic tub, in a backyard, for anymore days or nights. Based on more research and a few phone calls, the best course was to let it go in its closest natural habitat. The snake is one of our Illinois snakes, and it is considered mostly passive as far as wild snakes go. And they move around at night in the summer. So, maybe it just got really lost. We have, well, let me say, we had, a wild, wooded area right at the end of our block-set mere weeks ago. But after several episodes of flooding, the town, or county, or whoever, leveled all the trees, bushes, grass, etc., and created a retention/detention pond-type area. It was quite dense and wild. It had coyotes. We saw them over the winter. At any rate, they’re all gone now. The land is flat and I’m sure the animals that didn’t get killed outright, moved themselves out asap. And maybe our little friend finally worked her way over to our backyard looking for shelter. Or she was just passing through and just wasn’t fast enough. OR. She’s been hanging out in our backyard for god knows how long because of all the wood we had piled around and since we moved some of it in our clean-up attempt she had to move too, but we just never saw her until the other day. Eck. We could have been sitting and standing near her for days. Or weeks. Eeesh. Let’s not think about that though. Let’s think about this instead: The nice thing about living in the suburbs is we live very close to, “the end of the suburbs”, which is basically open land and fields and forest preserves. We picked the best one that had everything: Prairie-like land, woods, marshy swamp area, and water. And not visited or populated by many people. Some areas see lots of traffic, the one we picked has very little, in general and by comparison. We drove over there Monday, nice and early. No people. took a walk deep into the back, a nicely wooded and flat area, where the secondary, smaller pond is, and let her go along the tree line. It’s a good spot. Lots of space for a young snake. (We have been thinking juvenile, totally based on color and patches, via the internet again. I could be completely wrong of course. Male. Old. Dying. Who knows.) Anyway this is her new home:

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We let her out of the pillowcase, onto the ground, behind where we took the picture. Thick woods, away from the roads or parking areas, with that view across. She layed for a minute in the grass and the sun. And slowly slid into the trees. Then she was gone.

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Update. NOW it’s gonna rain…ratsafratsa…And the Final Warrior Dash post until next years event (or at least sign-up)

July 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm (Day to Day, Exercise, Pictures, Warrior Dash) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s like thunder, lightning…the way you love me is frightening…that’s from a song, but the storm is moving in. It’s like the weather was waiting for me to finish running today. “OK, Thunderheads, she’s done. She finally got her lazy butt up and around, send in the clouds and let her rip!” Bastard Atmospheric Conditions!

Anymuddyway…These are the final pictures from that damn little mud camera with the amazing ability to take blurry pictures of hot firefighters but somehow focus in with razor sharp acuity on my ginormous ass going over a wall. (If you wanna see the butt pictures–you gonna have to search the website–I put them in a separate post–Ha!)

Here they are. Thanks A & J!

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Our kingdom for a wish…

Before the race. Strolling the course. Posing so bravely.

Before the race. Strolling the course. Posing so bravely.

Ooooh fire! Hurry!

Ooooh! Fire! Hurry!

Scary! And actually it was a little bit...it was hot, high, and 7 in the morning. We have to jump over that???

Scary! And actually it was a little bit...it was hot, high, and 7 in the morning. We have to jump over that???

The mud. Looks nice with no one in it. Kind of like a spa!

The mud. Looks nice with no one in it. Kind of like a spa!

The start.

The start.

People running with us. I'm kind of hungry...

People running with us. I'm kind of hungry...

Imagine that running on the flat ground is the easiest thing you do all day!

Imagine that running on the flat ground is the easiest thing you do all day!

The hills! Killer! Seemed easy until about the twentieth one!

The hills! Killer! Seemed easy until about the twentieth one!

The junkyard cars.

The junkyard cars.

Cheesecake!

Cheesecake!

My favorite part! In the forest! The steep terrain and jagged rocks! I really did like this part!

My favorite part! In the forest! The steep terrain and jagged rocks! I really did like this obstacle!

Walk the plank!

Climb over a spool. Walk the plank!

From the bottom...

From the bottom...

...and from the top!

...and from the top!

Look at that man! Just hops right over?? Where are the girls?? You gotta go look...'cause they are not in this section!

Look at that man! Just hops right over! Where are the girls?? You gotta go look...'cause they are not in this section!

In the tubes...a mere competitor...

In the tubes...a mere competitor...

...Out the other side...a WARRIOR!

...Out the other side...a WARRIOR!

Swampy. Our first taste of mud and what's to come!

Swampy. Our first taste of mud and what's to come!

The mud pit. Down and dirty and in it! We are there.

The mud pit. Down and dirty and in it! We are there.

We are so over it!

We are so over it!

Firefighters. Big Hoses. Water. Yes, please.

Firefighters. Big Hoses. Water. Yes, please.

See you all next year!!

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Warrior Dash Results plus Shameless Self Promotion (Subscribe To Me! Link is on right…)

July 21, 2009 at 8:26 am (Day to Day, Phone Camera, Pictures, Random Images, Warrior Dash) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

As expected, I did not win the Warrior Dash. It’s ok. I kind of figured when I didn’t hear my name called on Saturday. And now looking at my dismal hour plus finish…haha.

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Really, it was over an hour. But not because I couldn’t do it. Mostly because I got stuck in an obstacle jam at the jumping Wall (not enough space for all of us to go over in a faster fashion) But I’m not complaining. I don’t really care anyway about the time. The whole thing was a blast!

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I’m still finding pics and video on the internet from it. Looking at everyone’s stuff I already found us in a few. I’ll post as we see. We still have one more camera that my brother-in-law took with thru the mud and gunk!

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On the Facebook site, you can really see some of the obstacles in other people’s pictures. The Swamp looks particularly gross and muddy, and the Hills look fun even thought they were killer. Up, down, up, down. I put that the Forest Trail Hills were my fav, but those grass hills are a close second!

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Well, back to the real world now. I have to go register the kids for school and hit the trail with my son! The road calls.

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This is the NEW FEATURE post, begging…that I typed last night while most normal people were sleeping. Didn’t want you to miss it! And you wouldn’t…if…??? And that’s all I’ll say.

Here is another random phone camera pic because I like to have them on the site!

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Warrior Dash! Video! As promised!

July 20, 2009 at 9:53 am (Day to Day, Video, Warrior Dash) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

These are all pretty short so take a look!

Number 1: Starting the Race

Number 2: The Second Loop–Looking Tired

Number 3: THE MUD!

That’s all for my videos, but I found this one after I posted mine. This was from another competitor who was way ahead of us in the end, but he just so happened to be starting in our same wave. He has some good video of our start from the back as opposed to our footage from the front. You can kind of see us in front of him in line a little bit here and there, but Mason is in the video for a nice cameo at about the 1:25 mark. This runner also has some good shots of the fire and some of the energy before and after the race!

We will be back next year! I hope you enjoy the videos!

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I WAS the Warrior!!

July 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm (Day to Day, Pictures, Warrior Dash) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

For a beautiful, brilliant, running, jumping, climbing, crawling, soggy, dirty, swampy, muddy, fire-singing moment in time, I was one with all the elements!

WE were one with all the elements. Myself, my sister and her husband got down and dirty and we are so over the WARRIOR DASH!!

We started nervous–didn’t know what to expect–but once we got into the Wave Gate, we were READY!

Just a fun day of goofing around on a 4 mile obstacle course with 2000 of our closest friends!

We didn’t win but we weren’t last and more importantly, we didn’t get HURT!

We got pictures. We got video. We WILL be back next year!

I will post what we have right now and please check back for the video!

Warriors Unite! We kicked extreme ass! See you in 2010!

This was our starting Wave Gate

This was our starting Wave Gate

This is everyone!

This is everyone!

Fire. Really.

Fire. Really.

Muddy???

Muddy???

Just a little bit...

Just a little bit...

Rinsing off enough to get in the car

Rinsing off enough to get in the car

Please stay tuned. As soon as I get the video downloaded it will be UP! In the meantime, check out the rest of these pics featuring crazy costumes!

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