We weren't in a huge hurry to leave, so we slept in a bit. This is about the time that I got up to take a shower.
Showered and dressed.
Grind some coffee while walking around the house. It takes a bit with a hand grinder so I tend to pace while doing it.
Say hi to husband while he's deciding what to wear.
Finish with the coffee, start that brewing, and prep Syd the Bearded Dragon's salad. He doesn't exactly eat it (he nibbles, and scatters it, so I know he knows it's there) but he's a baby and we're working on it.
Head into the reptile room to check on everyone and feed Syd. His tank is to the right.
The crew. Syd the bearded dragon, "Al" the Albino Honduran Milksnake and Roosevelt the Rosy Boa. Al is 5, about 5.5-6 feet long. Roosevelt is a hatchling and teeny. He's starting to shed so he's hiding out in his moss box.
Because he's pretty, I get distracted and play with him for a while. He knows when I'm photographing him and tends to get a grumpy face.
Give him his breakfast. I mix some of the veggies in, as he'll sometimes accidentally eat them when going for a bug.
Make human breakfast.
I give the chickens the strawberry tops, and I have some wilty romaine for them, so I head out to the back yard. It's a little crazy, but the bees LOVE the white flowers on the weeds that grow back there so we let it grow until the flowers are gone.
They love their romaine.
Grab a book for the drive. I forgot that I had Steinbeck's The Pearl in my bag, so I never got to this. For the record, my living room usually isn't a book explosion. I'm going to be teaching 6th grade ELA next year and have been gifted many boxes of books by my husband (used to teach middle school ELA, then switched to High School, and will be a principal next year and thus doesn't need most of his books anymore) and another friend gave me a few boxes as well. I have a LOT of books now.
Prep all the things I need for the drive. Purse, water, more water, coffee, snack.
Head out. First, we will be stopping by our pet store on the way out to feed fish and generally check everything. We're only open 10 hours/week (it's a small town, and couldn't support a full-time store) so we have to stop in every day we're not open. It's very green and beautiful today.
The follow two pictures were actually taken the day before, but they're worth including because it gives you a virtual tour of our tiny store.
From outside. Gerbils and the single parakeet we have left in the window.
The tarantula/scorpion case. The biggest tank holds a momma scorpion with 20-30 babies residing on her back right now. They're a few days old, and will stay there for a few weeks to a month until they develop their exoskeletons and molt for the first time. So scorpions are surprisingly rather nuturing creatures!
A few of our reptiles/amphibians. Below them are snakes (corn snakes, Kenyan sand boas, a ball python).
A video of one of them eating. It's pretty cool.
On the road now! The birdcage in the back is for parakeets if we buy any. It's easier on them to go in a cage together than in tiny cardboard boxes for a 2.5 hour drive.
Leaving Colorado and entering New Mexico.
And then we are in Santa Fe. We park outside The Plaza (historic downtown) and walk in.
We mostly walk around and peek in shops and art galleries. We stop briefly at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, a gorgeous Catholic church from the 1800s. We're not religious, but I really enjoy the architecture and artwork found in such churches.
The outside of the church.
The doors have an amazing amount of detail.
The inside is breathtaking. It smells of incense and there is faint music in the background. It is really quiet inside, despite there being many people in there. I appreciated that
One of the many souvenier/art shops in The Plaza. I bought a few pairs of earrings.
Next stop: a sushi restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. I forgot to get a picture of the food...I was starving!
Fast forward past stopping at REI briefly, stopping at Trader Joe's even more briefly (it was packed, I grabbed PB&J chocolate bars and left) and then buying parakeets at a local pet store. We get a lot of our stock through online wholesalers, but we prefer to buy parakeets in person so we can pick their colors and ones that are healthy looking. This time we bought 5. Here they are in their cage in the back seat.
We head back to Colorado immediately. We were treated to a beautiful sunset on the way back.
We drop the parakeets off at the shop. We already had the green one (second from the right), but she's a sweetie and has no problem with the new additions. Solid white parakeets are best-sellers, so I imagine we'll only have that one for a few days.
Finally home. Chnage into PJs, prep some more veggies for Syd (a little banana, shredded carrots, squash and broccoli), grab a snack and put on some Grey's Anatomy. I may be re-watching it for the third time.
Bed time at last. This was a long day.