Dino kept me awake last night with his stupid wheel.  I don’t blame him at all.  Tis only his nature.  I blame the wheel.  The silent spinner. Yeah.  Silent, my rear.

Okay.  So it’s not really the wheel that’s the problem either.  The wheel itself is pretty quiet.  Not silent but not bad.  The problem is that, when Dino gets running–and believe me, he runs–the wheel moves.  As in–the whole thing moves.  Regardless of where I put it, it moves, closer and closer to the side of the tank, until, at last, with every stinkin’ rotation of the wheel, I hear a thump, thump, thump, thump.  He takes a break, occasionally, to get a drink of water, or to hike up to the top level for a bite to eat…but then it’s back on the wheel and thump, thump, thump, thump.

Last night I was able to laugh about it.  A bit manically, I’ll admit, but still, I was laughing.  I finally fell asleep around 1:30.  This morning, however, when I woke up at 5:30, I was not laughing.

I have to figure something out… Perhaps, I’ll buy some of those chew treats and wedge them between the bottom and the wall of the tank so if Dino decides to chew on them, he’ll be okay.

I suppose it goes without saying that today will most certainly be a coffee day.  Not that everyday isn’t a coffee day… But today is especially so.  And coffee days make me think of Gilmore Girls.  It’s one of my favorite shows of all time–not even gonna lie.  Gilmore Girls makes me smile; I need to smile today.  And since I can’t sit at the circulation desk and watch Gilmore Girls, I’ll settle for a couple of coffee quotes instead, thanks to Cocoa Java.

Lorelai: Please, Luke. Please, please, please.
Luke: How many cups have you had this morning?
Lorelai: None.
Luke: Plus…
Lorelai: Five, but yours is better.
Luke: You have a problem.
Lorelai: Yes, I do.
Luke pours her coffee.
Luke: Junkie.
Lorelai: Angel. You’ve got wings, baby.
A man watches Lorelai drink her coffee, then walks over to her.
Joey: You make that look really good.
Lorelai: Oh it is really good. It’s the best coffee in town.
Joey: Oh yeah? I’ll have to get a cup.
Lorelai: Good plan.

Lorelai: I already had the longest day of my life and it’s only ten o’clock.
Luke: There’s no coffee.
Lorelai: That’s not funny.
Luke: I can give you herbal tea.
Lorelai: This is not an herbal tea morning. This is a coffee morning.
Luke: Every morning for you is a coffee morning.
Lorelai: This is a jumbo coffee morning. I need coffee in an I.V.
Luke: I can give you tea and a balance bar.
Lorelai: Please, please, please tell me you’re kidding.
Luke: I’m kidding.
Lorelai: You’re sick.
Luke: Yep.
Lorelai: You’re a fiend!
Luke: For here or to go.
Lorelai: To go please.
Luke: You want to know what this stuff does to your nervous system?
Lorelai: Do you have a chart? Because I love charts.

I adopted a hamster this weekend.

I’ve never really been up close and personal with a hamster before, believe it or not, so I had a number of questions when I went to the “pet store” yesterday.  It was actually kind of funny because when you’re getting a hamster, apparently people assume you have a kid.  The lady was like, “So how old is your kid?”  And I should have just said “24” and been done with it, but for some reason, I was momentarily embarrassed…I said something like, “Oh, the hamster will be a family pet…”

Then I was asking if I should get everything set up at home before taking the hammie home.  And she said, “Well, some people take everything home at the same time but maybe you’ll want to bring the whole family back to pick out the hamster.”  I think she was mocking me.

Anyway, I went home & got the hamster habitat set up. I started off with a 10 gallon tank.  I’d read pros and cons for the different sorts of habitats but decided a tank would be best for us.  I bought a wheel, a little edible house, bedding, a water bottle, and food, as well as the 10 gallon tank & a mesh sort of lid.

Then I went back out to pick up hammie.  I decided to go to a different store.  For two reasons.  First, so I didn’t run into the lady who was expecting me to come in with 14 kids in tow.  Second, because there was actually a store closer to my house that I’d forgotten about initially.  No, really.  I swear.

When I got to the store, I asked the girl if there were any hamsters that had been hanging around the store longer than the others.  She said that the Teddy Bear Hamster had been there a while and had just lost his roommate a couple of days earlier.  So that was that.  Teddy was coming home with me.  The whole drive home, I talked to the little guy who was busily trying to claw his way out of the box, that I held in my lap.  I told him about the other animals in his new home.  I told him who he should try to avoid and who he might be able to make friends with.  I asked him if he already had a name and if so, what it was.  He didn’t respond, so we decided to go with “Dino.”


He settled in quite well, once home.  But I felt like he needed a little more space, so today I went out and got a “tank topper” to expand his quarters a bit.  He’s spent quite  a bit of time outside the confines of his habitat and he is a very gentle & cuddly little guy.  But very quick so I have to keep an eye on him–don’t want him to get lost in the disaster that is my bedroom.

Dino's Habitat

The only animal that has been formally introduced to Dino so far is Sherlock.  He seems to be very concerned that we have an uninvited guest in the room.

Sherlock meets Dino

Love my companion animals 🙂