Introducing Grace

This weekend I officially proved that I am a complete nitwit. And gullible as Hell. So kiddo and I head to the mall after spending a couple of hours at the zoo. Yes, those are snapshots I took at the zoo. On my phone no less. I know I’m impressed and you should be too.

Anyway, so we head to the mall so I can pick up some of this green supplement stuff at GNC. And I have been taking it for several days now. Again, we should all be impressed. But again I digress. While at the mall, we visited the pet store to see the puppies. Now I know what you’re thinking, Terri bought a puppy. Oh, my simple friends. That would never happen. First I’m not permitted dogs in my apartment (and prefer not to be evicted) and second I would never pay that much for a dog. I finance cars, not canines. But I did buy something.

Meet Grace the Hamster. This is the major (and unplanned) purchase I made on Saturday. Which means I have bought my child a hamster three weeks before she leaves for the summer. What the heck was I thinking? Something else I have to take care of! At least she’s cute. And soft. And quite entertaining if you can believe it. When I put my hand in the cage to pick her up, she flops over and does this weird impersonation of a dead hamster. Paws up and unmoving, it’s very funny.

And we bought her one of those balls so she can float around the house. That makes for loads of fun. She gets that thing moving at a serious clip when she gets open floor. The jolting stops when she runs into things must hurt though. But she shakes it off and just changes direction. The roll her body takes up the side of the ball doesn’t seem to phase her.

She is proving to be quite determined to get out of the cage though. She climbs the sides and tries gnawing on the thin little bars of her hamster prison. I noticed yesterday she managed to get a couple of the wires separated pretty far. We’ll have to watch that.

So I now have a skittish parakeet that wouldn’t come out of her cage if her life depended on it and a hamster determined to escape at all costs. Should make for an entertaining summer.

Anybody else make any crazy purchases lately? Any rodents on your horizon? Anyone willing to pet sit while I’m at Nationals?

29 thoughts on “Introducing Grace”

  1. Todd says:

    As a child, I once had a hamster named “Houdini…” (very aptly named) Houdini would constantly escape from his cage, no matter what we kept him in… wire cages, aquariums, etc… he would never stay locked up for more than a few days. He ALSO learned to OPEN THE HAMSTER BALL!
    So, good luck with everything!

  2. terrio says:

    I was worried about getting a Houdini hamster. A friend of mine lost one a few months ago because she was an escape artist. So far, so good. I let her run around the house for some time in the ball tonight and she seems to have finally given up and conked out.

    Thanks for stopping by, Todd.

  3. Todd says:

    If it’s any comfort, MY Houdini survived 2 cats and lived to the ripe old age of 6!

  4. terrio says:

    Wow, 6? Really? I was worried about that. My kiddo is only 8 and I’m not looking forward to the day we have to have a funeral for either of these little housemates.

  5. Aww, Grace the Hamster is so cute, Terri! Solid rodent choice.

    …we never had hamsters growing up, but we did always have cats. My parents current one is convinced she’s a governess – she follows my youngest sister everywhere she goes and only meows – or wails – if Laine gets into any trouble (or what a cat considers trouble, I suppose). It’s hilarious!

    Good luck with the pets!

  6. terrio says:

    Now I’m finding myself curious about what a cat would consider trouble. I love that your sister has a little feline conscience. Everyone should have one of those.


  7. Aww. Grace is adorable! We once had a bunny named Daisy who ate wallboard and electric wires. You’ve got the hamster—now all you’re missing is Morelli and Ranger.

    Unplanned purchase? The new comp, altho the old one had been malfunctioning for a year and a half. I guess I was trying to squeeze every last drop out of it. And I just bought a new comforter. Yeah, I’m wild.

  8. terrio says:

    OMG – Maggie I didn’t even make the Steph Plum connection. Think Ranger might show up? Man, it’s a good thing Lisa and Sin don’t know where I live. This way I can keep him all to myself and they never have to know.

    Well, they might start to wonder when no one hears from me again.

    Whoohoo! for the new computer. I bet it still has the new computer smell. I’m getting worried about my laptop. She’s been acting strange lately. Makes me vewwy noyvous.

  9. MistyJo says:

    Congrats to Grace on her adoption! 🙂

    Keep an eye on her escapes. When I was little, our hamster Beauregard (?sp) escaped. We never found him, but some time later, our cat cornered a fuzzy unusual mouse. I think old Beauregard went on a mating rampage…the horny little devil.

  10. MistyJo says:

    Hate it when my 🙂 screws up.

  11. terrio says:

    Ooooh, Misty, it’s like hamster porn. LOL! Bow chica bow wow…

    She has figured out that when I get her out, she goes through the top. So now she climbs to the top, makes it to the wire door, and hangs like a preschooler hanging from the monkey bars. She’s cracking me up.

    I may have to wire this cage shut before I go to bed. LOL!

  12. MistyJo says:

    LOL! Porn, huh? Counldn’t you see poor Beaurgard looking through the glass of his cage at some girlie mouse running around, teasing him with the swish of her tail with those commeth hither whiskers? He was probably thinking, “Swish all you want, but when I get out…Bow chica bow wow.”

    You know that if Grace keeps doing the acrobatics, you may be a guest on Letterman. Bill would be so jealous. He’s hoping one day that we have a smart pet.

  13. terrio says:

    That would so serve him right for trying to get me in trouble about his adventures in eBay.

    Maybe he could teach the refrigerator box to do tricks. 🙂

  14. bill says:

    not a bad idea. I have been having trouble getting the puppy to smile on command.

  15. Love the hamster shot.

    I’m glad you braved the Zoo. I’m not a zoo person. Of course, you might have read about that on my blog. 🙂

    Have a great day.

    Christie Craig

  16. terrio says:

    Bill – I bet you could get the box to smile. And it would probably play dead really well.

    Christie – Thanks for stopping by! And who needs a zoo when you have your own menagerie? LOL!

  17. Sara Lindsey says:

    Grace is SOOOOO cute! Aside from that, all I have to say is thank god you didn’t get a guinea pig! 😉

  18. terrio says:

    hehehe…is it awful that for half a second I considered naming her Margaret?


  19. MistyJo says:


    At least Margaret would have been real this time!

  20. terrio says:

    Well I bet Grace could write a really steamy drabble. LOL! Beauregard could be the hero!

  21. MistyJo says:

    LOL! You should write it!

    You know you could always make it “G” rated and write a children’s book. 🙂

  22. Quantum says:


    I’m really glad that you didn’t go for a cat Terri. A number of my neighbours have acquired cats recently and they all (the cats that is!) seem to regard my garden as a happy hunting ground. They use my pampered lawn as a toilet and frighten all the birds. I’m seriously considering inventing a cat trap and ransoming the little beasts. Trouble is I love the little furry creatures when they behave!

    Glad you enjoyed the zoo. A few years back I visited a safari park. You drive your car around a track, keep the windows shut, and admire lions, tigers, rhinos etc roaming in open country. It was great until we reached the monkey enclosure but then the critters swarmed my car. swinging on the radio aerial and making faces through the window. I now know what its like to be trapped in a cage with creatures peering at you for amusement!

    Curiously, other cars seemed to get through without damage…..must be my animal magnetism *g*

  23. terrio says:

    Q on safari. That sounds like loads of fun. If you attract those animals like you attract Sirens, then I’m not surprised at all.

    I’d actually have a cat if it wasn’t against the rules in my apartment complex. But that is annoying when they use your yard for a litter box.

    Right now the only problem we have is the wheel. Her prime exercise time seems to be while we’re watching tv in the evenings and I haven’t clocked her but I’m thinking this wheel must be doine about 35 mph. LOL! It’s getting really hard to hear the television over all the spinning noise.

  24. Marnee Jo says:

    Yay hamster! She’s adorable.

    I have two cats. (Q, they stay inside always.) They’re beasts though, wake me up at night. The one barks, no joke. We moved their cat bowls to get them out of the range of the kiddo and one of them has been going to the bathroom right in front of the litter box, in apparent protest.

    And they shed. A lot.

    Hamsters are looking better and better.

  25. terrio says:

    That is the bad thing about pets. Sometimes they get vindictive. An old roommate had a lab/pitbull mix who was so terrible at this. He would get mad and when my roommate walked through the livingroom with her basket of clean clothes, he’d lift his leg to pee in the basket.

    I’m telling you, sometimes they are much smarter than they look.

  26. irisheyes says:

    Congrats on Grace, Terri.

    Looks like we’re going to have to make the purchase again, too! It’s the DS birthday and we asked him what he wanted. He mentioned a new game for the Wii and a new hamster that he could pick out (I believe he thinks I have more power than I really do and that I try to pick the one that will die the fastest). I told the DH we should fork out the $50 bucks for the Wii game and forget about the $2 hamster. That didn’t go over real well.

    We are also making a trip to the zoo on his birthday. The DH is taking the day off and we’re gonna spend the day with the animals. Maybe even go for broke and take in the dolphin show. I’ve figured out the key to my son’s happiness is spending money. The more we spend the happier he is – not too dysfunctional, huh?!

  27. terrio says:

    Irish – I think I see your problem now. Grace cost $9.99. You need to leave those $2 hamsters at the store. LOL!

    And it’s not just your son. Everything costs money these days. I’m still coming to terms with the fact I bought Isabelle a Nintendo DS for Christmas (not cheap!) and she CAN’T FIND IT!

    Yeah, that irks the daylights out of me.

    Have fun at the zoo. I really did enjoy that part. And we got so lucky. The weather was perfect the day we went. Now if only the lions hadn’t been sleeping.

  28. irisheyes says:

    I hear you on the lost DS, ours is an MP3 player. They leave them all over the house. I grabbed my DD about a month ago and hid it after telling her repeatedly to put it away. It’s gonna be fun next time she’s looking for it and can’t find it!

    Your lions sleeping comment reminded me of one of the last times we went to the zoo. Our lions were definitely not sleeping and we had to usher the kid away with a lame brain explaination that that’s just how they play (and hope they bought that)! LOL

    Fun with animals – never know what you’re gonna walk in on!

  29. terrio says:

    Wow. I didn’t even think of that. I guess I got lucky with this zoo visit. Though Isabelle totally freaks out when people kiss on television, no telling how she’d react to that. Hmmmm…happy I didn’t have to find out.

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