Obligatory Introductions

Who am I, and why am I here? (on this blog) Why is there a picture of a huge turtle skeleton?

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt

This is Herman. He’s happy to be here.

When the words “go-getter” come to mind most people think of an entrepreneur off living the American dream. I am a go-getter, but not in that sense. If we break down the phrase we get two words: go and get. I am a go-getter. I go and get things, like tacos and sweet tea, but most importantly I go and get animals that need a home. Which ties in why there’s a giant turtle in the picture.

Over the summer, I took a leap and adopted 3 turtles. I had no previous experience with aquatic turtles, but I did have a tortoise before I went to college and I figured the care was probably around the same. Oh boy, was I wrong! Red-Eared Sliders are often classified as semi-aquatic turtles, so I figured that it would be like having a tortoise, but with half land, half water. Nope! Red-Eared Sliders are in the water nearly 90% of the day. They require one gallon of water per each inch of shell.

Anyway, on D&D night, in the pouring rain, we rented a truck from Home Depot and made a 40-minute drive to pick up 3 turtles and all of their supplies. Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates (as I have named them, they did not have names before) came to us in a 30-gallon tank that only held about 15 gallons of water because they had cut the glass halfway up to make room for a hang on the back filter. That’s another thing, turtles require extreme filtration because of how much they poop. They poop so much. So much. This filter was from Walmart and was probably only suitable for a 20-gallon tank. When you have turtles you need a filter for about twice the amount of water your tank actually holds. In this tank, the turtles were stepping over each other and all of the unnecessary decorations. They had no proper basking area. (Which is super vital to the health of your turtles.) The water they came in was absolutely disgusting. It looked like it had never been cleaned and it smelled like something from a horror film. Because of these conditions, the turtles had actual mold growing on their shells, and their skin was shedding something terrible. We scrubbed each individual turtle with a diluted vinegar solution until their shells were clean. I felt like one of those wildlife workers in the dawn dish soap commercials. After many months, I am proud to report that all of my turtles are thriving and happy. I’ll be doing another post all about turtles, so if you’re wanting to know more about care and how I do it, budget style, stay tuned!

So, now you know about my turtles and their story, but you know absolutely nothing about me. Well, for starters along with being a go-getter, I also do hold a regular job to help pay for this passion of mine. I work at a high school as a special education paraprofessional, and I absolutely love my job. I work strictly with kids who are on the autism spectrum and they are the most genuine, loving, and smart kids I have ever met. I will probably talk about them from time to time, real names obscured, obviously.

I have an associates degree in education, and I may go back to school eventually, but I am happy with where I am. I feel like there is always too much pressure to get a bachelors and go to a 4-year school, but hun, I can tell you, I’ve been between 3 colleges in the last 5 years and it just is not for me, which is why my bachelors degree is unfinished, but I am proud of it. I am proud of all the work that I did in school at my various colleges and I am thankful for the friendships that I made along the way. It’s been a rough 5 years, but I am finally finding myself.

I am recently engaged, and have a lovely fiancee that I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with. He’s helped me find who I really am and who I want to be. First and foremost, I want to be a mom. I want to have a huge family, I’m talking like 12 kids. Crazy, I know, but buckle up, there more. I want to have a farm, which will be more obvious as we go on. I primarily want to raise alpacas and beef cattle, specifically Wagyu (the fancy Japanese beef). I also want to rescue retired horses, just to give them a happy, lazy life to retire to. And, of course, I need lots and lots of room for all the pets that I will have.

I think that that pretty much wraps things up, the more I post and the more you read, the more you’ll learn about me.

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