Monday, 27 February 2012

Charis Victoria is off adventuring

Having done one of my Challenges, (the spider one) I also need to update my list with one I have regrettably decided not to do.  I am removing 'make Charis Victoria consistently profitable'.  I have decided to do this for a number of reasons; the foremost being I am busy with something which will hopefully become a new career, and I want to focus my energy on that. 

Other reasons include that I was treating it as a hobby AND a business, and it wasn't really working as either.  I felt pressurised to make things and sell them, so that the business side of it would work, but I stopped enjoying making things as a hobby.  So, what I'm planning on doing now is make things as & when I feel like it, and if anything sells, then so be it :)

I'd had three potential events that clash with other (more important to me) things such as family gatherings and so on, and it made me focus on what my actual priorities are; so, Charis is off exploring the aether and will return with freshly discovered items to make into wonderful contraptions in due course!

This does leave me with a gap in my list... but I'm sure I'll think of something before long!

Arachnophobes beware!

I managed one of the scariest of my 40 things at the weekend.  ToH & I were in Leeds visiting his folks, and we were having a wander around the Arndale Centre in Cross Gates (about the only time I ever manage to drag him out in the vicinity of any shops!) and Morely Exotic Animal Rescue Centre had several different critters there to show off.

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Stinky Dee (a skunk) and several snakes and lizards were there, including a beautiful Madagascan Ground Boa, and an albino corn snake.

However, the star of the show for me was a young Chilean Tarantula.  They'd only had him/her for a few days, and he/she didn't have a name (or even a known gender!)

Before I could think too hard about it (i.e. be terrified!) I asked if I could hold it.  Below is proof that I have done this challenge!

It was a lot less scary than I thought it would be... The spider was so light, and actually quite lovely to hold!  It moved about a little bit, which was a bit more worrying, but it barely even tickled.

I'm so proud of myself for managing this one, and on the spur of the moment as well!