2021 Wrap Up: May

End of Year Wrap-Up, incoming! I wasn’t the best at keeping up-to-date on the blog this year. Understatement! I am going to blame COVID-fatigue. I couldn’t plan or enjoy a significant amount of “real” travel. Also, I am looking forward to when SMS and I don’t have to travel for our commuter marriage, which will be ending June 2022. Don’t worry! Only the commuter part is ending! More details in the September photo dump, coming soon!

Proud bird, top of the totem pole!
Getting the window mechanisms fixed on the Model 3. The service guy came to the house. Please note, he took off the door. Not me.
One of my new faves in Little Italy

Our favorite kid, looking sharp! He and SMS are BFFs. SMS also looks pretty good for having moved the day prior!
From the same party- Jyotsna’s 40th! It was so much fun. She has so many nice friends and neighbors. Afterward, I learned about the amazing power of a suede cleaning brush for muddy shoes! We’re all older and wiser!
Oysters at Teleferic Barcelona. Cool presentation for this dish but overall, the restaurant was a bit of a miss for us. Mainly because at the prices charged in Palo Alto, the restaurant has a high bar to clear to be worth going back. In this case, the croquetas were frozen in the middle and the service was so-so with a messed up order. Win some, lose some.

Day 1: Bird Update

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“I’m not stressed, you’re stressed.  Thanks for the playground, BTW.”

I am concerned that the birds fragile nervous systems may lead to their untimely death.  SMS and I have increased their freaked-outedness recently.  They really do get stressed out.  First, SMS scared them due to killing house flies, which have increased a lot in the last week.  Since the process involved sudden movements, loud “thwacks,” and killing of flying things, we’re pretty sure the birds thought they were next.  Although their eyes are small, they seem to weirdly widen and roll around when they’re really freaked out.  They also refuse to go into their cage.  SMS has since developed a more subtle way of killing flies that the birds seem not to notice so they’ve recovered.

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It was time for the poopy mirror to go!

But then I decided to do a deep clean of their cage.  After the great mite outbreak of 2019 after the extended stay in the bird hotel (although to be fair, the fig tree may have been to blame), I have worried when they seem to preen/scratch themselves a lot.  I decided it was time to clean their cages and throw away all their toys.  Boo!  This was an unpopular move in bird land. I sealed the deal by spraying them with mite spray, which they haaate.

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A knitting needle for a perch…a pathetic temporizing measure.

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Amazon, it’s for the birds!

I went guilt-shopping though and bought new toys.  So, now they have a new perch, sitting circle (currently ignored), and a new playground that they love.  Joe-bird has also decided to fly towards the balcony door and hang out.  I fear he may go the way of Edward-bird someday.

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Joe-bird plots an escape…

You know, I used to think birdwatchers were weird and boring.  And now, here we are.

 

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Surrounded by toys and treats…birdie paradise?  Why would Joe-Bird want to go?

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Can’t cage us!