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Training & Big Girl Panties

When researching the perks and possibilities of being an Army wife, I came across A LOT of negative complaints, reviews, advice, etc., etc. Interestingly enough, my Army Hubz has been off to field training to go blow up stuff with his tank for about three weeks and I have had the time of my life!

Before he left, I brainstormed on things I could do to keep me occupied while I whittled away at the days and lonely nights. I thought I had barely enough to fill the time. Then I did something wonderful…I jumped into a friendship with another Army wife. She is what one would hope for when trying to navigate the drudgery of Army Wife life. She has taught me SO MUCH. And we have laughed our way through it all. She’s a “hoot”!

My advice to ANY Army Wife is to jump into it! The Military “is what it is”, but hook up with some other wives and life seems much more fulfilling and FUN! All of us wives are in the same “boat” and we don’t have to explain so much to each other – which is fantastic. We know when to listen and when to help and when to just bust out the Margaritas.

This three weeks of what would otherwise have been a lonely drudge through the calendar, have turned out to be quite the adventure. I dare say, perhaps even some of the best days of my Army Wife life.

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Bald Eagles in Kansas

As a follow up to my other post on Bald Eagle hunting , I went out the other day and captured some more shots. I’m very glad I did as I noticed the eaglets are out of the nests which means they will off for northern territories soon. I have enjoyed wandering around my neck of the woods and seeing so many. I will miss them.

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Bald Eagle Hunting

Ok, “hunting” may not be the most correct word to use here, but that’s basically what I’m doing except my ammo of choice is film. I’m an avid shutterbug, as most people that know me can attest. So when I found out that Bald Eagles migrate in to the town I’m currently relocated in – thanks US Army – I researched a bit then grabbed my Canon EOS Rebel T3i and hit the trails.

The following are my results. Each day I went got better and better. Even tho being displaced from my hometown by the Army, getting to snap some shots of wild Bald Eagles has turned out to be quite the exhilarating perk! Hope you enjoy!

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Hubz done lost his mind!

My husband shows me this video

Then informs me that he WANTS one. They are better than kittens. HA! That’s a pretty bold declaration there, hubby.

So I look up the Pygmy Slow Loris. Uhmmmmm…turns out they are poisonous! Yep, that oh-so-cute lil guy up there secretes toxins from a gland in its arm! Waita primate that secretes toxins?

From Wikipedia :

“When threatened, slow lorises may also lick their brachial glands and bite their aggressors, delivering the toxin into the wounds. Slow lorises can be reluctant to release their bite, which is likely to maximize the transfer of toxins.”

From Kingsnake.com

With disproportionately huge and sharp canine teeth (very fang-like) and powerful jaw muscles their bites alone can be absolutely agonising. However, the pain is compounded by factors beyond the simple tissue trauma caused by the mechanical damage from the powerful jaws. The lorises are actually toxic! On the inside of their elbows, sebaceous tissue secretes a toxin (like sweat pores, which is rather fitting since the toxic mixture smells remarkably like sweaty socks). The lorises take it into their mouth and deliver it in the bite. It is not the upper and lower jaw vampire like canine teeth that deliver this toxin. It is the innocuously small teeth in the front of the lower jaw which slope forward and help conduct the saliva into the wound. One time I was working with the large lorises in the research collection and a visiting vet student from Belgium saw me putting on big thick gloves. She asked why I was doing that and I told her about the viciousness of the lorises. She looked at them and said that they couldn’t hurt anyone and besides, it wouldn’t be any fun to use gloves. I raised an eyebrow and said ‘be my guest’. Two hours later, with her hand still painfully throbbing merrily away despite the many ice packs on it, I asked her if she was having fun yet!

As adorable and interesting as this thing is….the answer is NO, Hubby!