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HAY KIDS.

Soooo my Seattle family has come and gone, and - while it was pretty crazy, ngl - it was a lot of fun. All the same, I find that generally, just about the time when we're about to part ways anyway, I find myself desperately in need of some quiet. Like, of course I love my nephews and all, and love spending time with them, just - sometimes I DON'T want to be woken up by the sounds of a 2 and 4 year old chasing the cat, and the dog chasing them (in order to give them doggy kisses. Lots and loooots of doggy kisses).

But, so, yeah, now I do have a little break - well, as much of a break as it can be, with a whooooole bunch of stuff I've got to finish up at work (it's mostly boring stuff, like, entering data into Excel spreadsheets, which is why I've been procrastinating), and then Christmas and New Year's coming up, right (I still have no idea what I'm doing for NYE! But I do have a pretty good handle on what I want to get everyone for Christmas, even if I haven't actually bought anything yet. So...that's something).
And then, since one of my nephews' birthdays is in the middle of January, and the other is in the (relative) beginning of February, my parents and I are going to head over to Seattle right in the middle, at the end of January, so we can be there for the babies' combined birthday party (they WERE going to have separate parties, I think, but since they both want a superhero theme anyway...). So that should be fun, if ridiculously cold.

The OTHER fun thing (hopefully) happening in January is this: I start my new internship at the Philadelphia Zoo! \o/
...yeahhh, that was the one application I actually managed to get out, recently (and it was VERY INVOLVED, okay, it was a lot of work), and I had an interview on Friday, and I GOT IT, .

It's the Animal Care internship, which, when I tell people, makes them go, "so....you're going to be cleaning up poop...??". Which, I mean, probably, but also I will be doing things like preparing and distributing the animals' food, and keeping animal records, and helping with animal enrichment-y things, and also helping with talking to people about the animals!! I mean, YES, it's in the Children's Zoo, which means I will probably mostly be working with sheep and goats (GOATS, THEY ARE CREEPY. WHY ARE THEIR PUPILS LIKE THAT~~) and chickens and things, but, you guys, I don't even care, I AM SO EXCITE.

Like, this kind of stuff is more or less what I already do, for my pets?? Only this time I will be doing it surrounded by like-minded people (other volunteers/interns and keepers and vets and things!), in an environment filled with all sorts of new and exciting animals (omg, guys. On Friday, after my interview, I got a chance to just wander around the zoo, and seriously got stuck watching the prairie dogs forever. And then I went to see the lemurs, and the tamarin monkeys, and the big cats, and - and - DSFKHSDFHSOIDJSDFKH *nerds out*) and chances to learn new and exciting things, and - just - EVERYTHING.

...plus, you know (...well, you don't know, but YOU WILL, once everything happens), this is just STEP ONE in my GRAND LIFE PLAN (or, well, as far as I have planned rn, anyway - up until the next milestone, which is [hopefully] LIVING IN CHICAGO AND WORKING/INTERNING [but hopefully working] AT THE SHEDD AQUARIUM/FIELD MUSEUM/maybe the LINCOLN PARK ZOO though idk because I haven't actually visited it yet BY FALL 2013). So, you know, so far, SUCCESS.


Wow, idk, that was a lot of blathering. ...Basically, I AM EXCITE, YOU GUYS, even though people have already tried to tell me that maybe I should be looking for the kind of Experience that involves sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen (well, not in so many words, I mean, but -- essentially). FUCK THAT, you guys, I cannot WAIT to be at the Children's Zoo in January in my old sneakers and khaki pants (that...I totally don't own. *mental note to go shopping*) and zoo-issued shirt and nametag, meeting the people who work there and hanging out with the animals (...even the creepy-eyed goats. Though SOMEONE IS GOING TO HAVE TO TELL ME WHY THEIR EYES LOOK LIKE THAT).


AUUUUUUUUUGHHHHH IDK IDK YOU GUYS I JUST GOT RIDICULOUSLY PUMPED. LIFE ADVENTURE, YOU BEGIN NOW. ....or, in January, anyway. SAME DEAL.
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