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Introducing the almighty Amazon Tree Boa [19 Sep 2010|05:49pm]
[ mood | crushed ]

I feel like CRAP right now. I just lost my very very favourite tree boa. I got her only a MONTH ago and she was the most amazing-looking tree boa I've ever seen. Never thought I could own one like that. I got my hands on her kind of semi-accidentally: I have this really odd-coloured male from a Swedish breeder but I didn't buy it straight from him. I got him from someone here in Finland.

However, I found the breeder's email and wrote him I was interested in similar animals if he ever happened to have any for sale. He said he was kind of giving up on tree boas because he's more into boa constrictors which take up most of his space. Because of that he said he could even sell me adult animals. (Which is of course better because I don't have to wait for 3-4 years for them to be breedable.)

One of them was an absolute screamer. Solid bright yellow female with dark burgundy eyes. I've seen a LOT of pictures of tree boas all over the world but I had NEVER seen one like that. I told him I'd definitely buy that one. -However, he replied that he doesn't do single animal deals (which is not unheard of amongst bigger reptile breeders) and that he'd only sell them as a trio.

So yeah, I bought the whole fucking trio (without even seeing proper pictures of the two other snakes) JUST to get the yellow one. In other words, it ended up being a pretty expensive one. Besides the price of the three snakes, I paid for my and Jouni's trip to Sweden. (Didn't want to travel alone so I promised to pay for J's ticket/food/everything if he'd join me. Besides, he's a lot more experienced snakekeeper, so I also had a kind of a second opinion with me.)

And now, the snake that I did this for, just randomly decided to fucking die.

I was heading for the fridge this morning when I noticed that she was rolling on the bottom of her enclosure. She had her mouth wide open and I could see that the inside of her mouth was all blue. Not a good sign. I immediately took her out of her tank and took her into the bathroom. I kept her under a stream of warm water, helped her drink a bit and washed the dirt off her mouth and tried to reach my snake vet OR the local vet emergency number.

Before nobody answered, the snake went limp on my hands.

At the moment I can't help feeling that I simply want to give up keeping and breeding boas. I am very poor at handling these situations. Deaths are fine as long as they aren't all mysterious like this one! Now I just keep blaming myself for doing something wrong.

That's why I wanted to write this entry. Not to whine about my bad luck but to cherish my snakes! I want myself to remember I own some really incredible snakes and it's a priviledge to keep them. If someone else even considered selling a collection like this, I'd kick them in the knee cap because it would be simply moronic.


I hope that by only writing this (and by going through a lot of pictures) gets my thoughts to my other amazing snakes instead of just dwelling on the one that passed away today.

Because they really mean the world to me.

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From Russia with love [25 Oct 2009|07:52pm]
[ mood | amused ]

From the 70's disco party yesterday. Turned out that wearing leopard print & with gold jewelry gives out a rather Russian impression. So ...hello! You can call me Natasha!

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Hello! [04 Aug 2009|11:54pm]
[ mood | amused ]

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Summer hair 2009 [04 Jun 2009|08:26pm]
[ mood | blah ]

P.S. Dragon sold separately!
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LJ & Facebook [22 May 2009|12:31am]
[ mood | curious ]

Any experience on exporting your LJ to Facebook? Does it work okay? (As if anything works okay on Facebook...) And how about Friend only entries? It'll just skip them, right?

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A tattoo for my beloved one [20 Mar 2009|02:53pm]
[ mood | gloomy ]

I will get a memorial tattoo for Retu because he totally deserves it. That's the least I can do for him, since building a pyramid is so last season.

Any good ideas? Any suggestions are welcome! I want it to be something different.

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I will always miss you; [19 Mar 2009|08:08pm]
[ mood | crushed ]

Mörkömaan Tane, "Retu"
2.2.2002 - 19.3.2009

It feels like a mastiff-sized piece of my heart was just cut out of my chest.
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WELCOME TO THE WORLD, PUPPIES! [12 Mar 2009|09:58am]
[ mood | indescribable ]

My doggy is like totally starting to give birth right now.

This is the most nerve-wrecking thing ever. (Though exciting too!)

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Fellow dog walkers - I hate 90% of you [15 Feb 2009|02:32pm]
[ mood | angry ]


Seriously, what is this?! I just took a "relaxing" walk with Silli and I'm now boiling with rage.

I mean, when other dog owners approach me with their little westie / cairn / miniature schnauzer / papillon / chihuahua walking 5-8 meters in front of the owner owning the whole walkway - WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?! It's not like I'm going to grab my dog and hold him in the fucking air while bypassing you just because YOUR dog is barking and acting aggressively towards mine, and I am afraid it'll end up in a dogfight in which your fist-sized doggy will be torn to pieces.

Instinct of self-preservation HELLO?!

My dog walks right next to my leg acting just fine, 100% in my control. But what the fuck can I do if you let your damned Fifi to walk straight into my dog's mouth?


If you didn't read your flexi's manual and do not know how to retract your flexi, then get a proper old-fashioned leash, please. Or get rid of your dog - you're obviously not smart enough to own one.

And if I already wasn't mad enough - the last dog owner I encountered actually picked her westie up when I bypassed her. I mean, WHAT THE FUCK? Westies are like the size of a milk carton. It's not like you cannot drag one wherever you want to. I mean, I have a freaking mastiff and I am able to walk him wherever I want to. NEVER had a problem whatsoever.

Dogs need discipline - even if they weight only one kilo instead of eighty-five.

Oh, and the dog in that picture is totally pulling like madz. HMMMM GEEZ I WONDER WHY.
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Diiva <3 Silli [05 Feb 2009|12:12pm]
[ mood | loved ]

A first shot of my bullies together;

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Very tempting and evil meme... [04 Feb 2009|11:26pm]
[ mood | curious ]

Post your completely honest opinion of me as a comment to this entry. please post anonymously, and don't feel afraid to say whatever. i want you to be brutally and completely honest. write as much or as little as you want, but if you're reading this, i want you to comment.

PS: Maybe do change your writing so I can't pick you out.

I have no clue why I am doing this! Curiosity killed the cat, man.

EDIT: Works a little better if you actually enable anonymous posting... *cough cough*

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Truth hurts [01 Feb 2009|01:28pm]
[ mood | amused ]

My brother's comment about my bull terriers:
(grinding teeth, may I add)

"The best thing about this breed is, that sometimes they almost obey you."


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MeMe [31 Jan 2009|02:03am]
[ mood | tired ]

From cloudberry

The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me!

My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

* I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
* What I create will be with you in mind.
* It'll be done sometime this year (2009).
* You have no clue what it's going to be. It may be something written, some physical thing made, could be anything at all, but I will make it myself. It's entirely my choice what it is. No quibbles, no refunds.
* I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch?

Oh, the catch is that you put this in your journal as well. If you don't, you don't get anything.

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Ah, Royal Canin... [15 Jan 2009|06:55pm]
[ mood | angry ]

Warning! Sudden urge to vent about this shit they sell as "dog food":

I just really fucking hate Royal Canin with passion. Hate hate hate hate HATE. How many dogs still have to get completely fucked up because of RC before people will start realizing that it is S-H-I-T?!?!?!?!? At the moment, dog owners are so goddamned stupid that they simply don't realize that most of the problems they experience with their dogs, are 100% nutritional.

"Sure, my dog is vomiting blood. But hey, it caaaaan't be the food! We give him very expensive food that is especially designed for miniature schnauzers!"

Designed for schnauzers MY ASS. It's the same fucking food in every bag. They just painted a bunch of different bags so they can have a "specially designed" food for every fucking breed that exists. The next thing they'll probably invent is a special food for MUTTS.

They'll probably sell it with "Your mutt is UNIQUE - why give him the regular dog food?" or something and people will actually FALL FOR THAT.

One day I'll explode because of this.

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A letter [03 Jan 2009|01:46am]
[ mood | blah ]

Dear God,
to feel like I want to leave this building ever again, I need:

  • to be 10 fucking kilos thinner
  • to own kickass boots that are even comfortable to walk with
  • to own overall better clothes that are unbroken and good-looking on me (though I have no idea what looks good on me, so you decide)
  • my hair to be less damaged and not this grown out of shape
  • some sort of tattooed make-up because I am way too spineless to do something about my face every day
  • for the same reason; eyebrows that are eternally good without special maintenance

Thank you in advance! You can send all this to where I live. I assume you know where that is.


P.S. No whining because this is totally your own fault in the first place. Nobody forced you to make everyone else so goddamned pretty.
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Been wonderin'... [29 Dec 2008|01:57am]
[ mood | curious ]

So, what eventually happened to Art Attack anyway?

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Probably dying.. [26 Dec 2008|02:23am]
[ mood | worried ]

I have had some really stupid pain in my spine lately. It literally feels like a short part, maybe just one vertebra, of my spine goes all numb! It goes all tingly - just like your leg if you sit on it for too long.
On the other hand, in certain positions it almost feels like something's pushing my spine.

I probably have a tumor, Benjamin Linus -style. I probably need to find a magical island with castaway doctors to be well again.

And yes, I will go see a doctor. But I'm sure their advice is exactly the same anyway! "Go attend a plane crash!"

Besides free tortoises, I had a somewhat groovy Xmas that included a lot of unordinary stuff. I'll write about it later when I am not this worried about dying.

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It's official! [21 Dec 2008|11:25am]
[ mood | bouncy ]

The flights are booked and paid now!! :D

Germany, here I come! On the 19th of January, to be exact! I'll return home with the dogster on the 21st!

WE'RE GETTING A DOG! It's so incredible. :D:D:D

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Survey because I rarely post any. [19 Dec 2008|11:38pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Have you ever made out on your bed?
Yes. I'm hardcore like that.

Do you think the last person you kissed is nice?
Well, I live with him so I guess I consider him "nice"...

Who was the last person on your bed besides yourself?
My dogs, who were by the way humping each other. In my bed. Thanks buddies.

What side of a heart do you draw first?
It depends. I have no special rule on this.

What is bothering you right now?
The fact that I probably won't get the job I was interviewed for this morning. I really wanted it!

When was the last time you got a back massage?

My back fucking hurts 99% of time, so peccath has to massage it a lot.

What's your most hated food?
Probably spinach soup.

Who was the last person you took a picture with?
I have no idea!

Do you sleep with the door open or closed?
When I'm at my parents' house I sleep with the door open so the dogs can come and go as they wish. At home the door is closed though because Pekka can't stand the dog-snoring. :(

Are you good at hiding your feelings?
I'm super at hiding my feelings.

Who was the last conversation you had on the phone with?

Are you afraid of roller coasters?
I generally love roller coasters. However, I'm not sure I would ride the craziest of them. I'm sissy like that.

How is life going for you right now?
In theory, my life is good. However, a lot of crap is distressing and depressing me at the moment.

Is there any meaning behind your MySpace profile song?
No MySpace profile means no MySpace profile song.

Do you believe what goes around comes around?
Sometimes I do.

Do you trust people easily?
No.  In fact, I do not trust anyone 100%.

Do you give out second chances easily?
It happens but I definitely wouldn't say "easily"! That's actually a pretty rare thing to happen.

What color are your eyes?

Do you smile a lot?

One thing you're looking forward to?
Our new dog-child! He will join the pack in January. :D

How do you feel about change?
Actually, I am not terribly fond of changes.

Does the person you like know that you like them?
Of course.

Have you ever cried from being so mad?
All the freaking time.

Do you have any enemies?
I think calling somebody my "enemy" might be exaggeration - but there are people who I openly dislike and who openly dislike me back. There's plenty of them, actually.

Miss someone?
When I am at our apartment in Espoo, I always miss Retu, who lives with my parents. I think about him like every other minute.
Sometimes (especially nighttime) I miss his bigass muzzle so badly I can't help crying.

Has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
NO! Though Sän once said that I have plotty eyes. Does that count?

What makes you laugh?
It would take a billion years to list all the things I've ever laughed at. Besides, it would include things way too weird for your eyes.

Who was the last person who left your life and hurt you? 
Technically, nobody. 

Have you ever made anyone laugh when they were crying?
I think so, yeah.

Are you happy?
I'm never 100% happy. I'm a whiney bitch like that.

Has anyone ever sang to you?
Can't recall. Maybe not.

Do you hate the last girl you were talking to?
Does the last girl I had a phone conversation with count? If yes - no, I don't hate her. In fact I like her lots.
But if I think about the last girl I was talking to in real life - then yeah, not necessarily hate her, but she's definitely intolerable at times.

How many times have you kissed the last person you kissed?
I've been kissing him since 2006 pretty frequently, so...

Will you kiss that person again?
I hope so!

What are you listening to?
Dogs moaning. Diiva is moaning because she is hungry and Retu is moaning because he has the hots for Diiva. Being a dog is so freaking complicated.

What was the last thing to make you laugh?
I've been giggling the whole day like an idiot, because I'm just so ridiculously tired. At work I made the most retarded jokes and laughed at them myself.

Have you ever regretted letting someone go?
No. I'm not a very good regretter.

Who did you last see in person?
If I do not count my parents who I can actually see at this very moment, the answer would be my brother who just briefly stopped by. If that doesn't count either, it would be my ex-boss. I saw her just before leaving from work.

Are you afraid of guns?
No! I quite fancy them in a kind of a badass way. I also love to play shooting games, so...

Do you like Chinese food?
Love it.

Did anyone see your last kiss?
Unless this someone was hiding in our apartment, then no.

Why did you kiss the last person you kissed?
Because I was totally having sex with him.

Have you ever worn the opposite sex's underwear?
Nope. I just ...haven't thought I should. Should I?

What were you doing at 8:00 this morning?
Sitting in a train.

Do you say sexy a lot?
No. I can't think of many situations where I would have to say that.

When was the last time you had a sleepover?
Probably never had one. And if I did - it was in my early childhood. But I think I would remember that...

What is something you currently want right now?
I WANT THE FREAKING JOB. Nothing else! I really really really just want the job, please...?

Do you want to get married & have children?
No. I understand that if you love someone, you might want to marry that person. If you are truly screwed, you might even want to reproduce.
However, people who just consciously aim for marriage and children and look for the right person for that purpose exactly, scare the hell out of me.

What was the last thing you bought?
I bought a mozzarella-tomato-pesto sandwich and a coke on the train.

Are you over the age of 25?

Are you typically a jealous person?
I'm the most jealous person you will ever meet in your entire life. I keep repeating that like mad, but people still get shocked the first time they get to prove my jealousy fit in real life.
So yes - I'm a lost case.

Name something great that happened today?
The job interview was somewhat great. It was fun and I would love to work there.

Do you like your life as of now?
Some parts - yes. Some parts - no.
First of all - I would love to have a job and some more money. I would also like to have a car just because it would make life less complicated. I would also love to be able to ride horses on a daily basis. (Though my back and knees are in a horrible condition these days so I'm a bit uncertain if my body could actually handle it.)

How many kids do you want?
I don't.

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A total omg wtf lol -moment! [12 Dec 2008|10:33pm]
[ mood | indescribable ]

So, I still don't have a job AND my old workplace is short on staff for Christmas. So I am doing a couple of days there. Like most of you know, I've been in customer service, like, forever. However, today proved me that I am still not immune to the insanity of customers. I can be like omg-wtf-lol just like anybody else.

So we are talking about a male customer here. Old dude, around 65-70 years of age. Never seen him before. We are having a random conversation about a product, and he was acting ...all normal. Asking the same question everyone else does, and so on. Nothing strange about him. He smiles, and stands there calmly and then what?

-All of a sudden, as we speak, he starts plucking dog hair off my sweater. All affectionately, like your mother or boyfriend could do.


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