Monday, July 20, 2009


Last week we booked our plane tickets for our fall vacation, so we purchased some guidebooks this weekend and started planning. We're heading to Turkey. Thomas wanted to sit down and read, uninterrupted; not surprisingly, the parrots had other ideas in mind.

First, Max started staring at him:
Then she was joined by Stella:
As an aside, I realized yesterday that Stella reminds me of the ghosts from Super Mario Brothers 2 video game that I played when I was younger. When you were walking away from the ghosts, they followed you; they stopped when you turned around to look at them. Stella is exactly the same way with Max. She slowly creeps up on Max, but immediately stops and assumes and innocent position/look when Max turns around to look at her!He got up and sat in another chair, one closer to their stands. He was hoping that they'd play on their stands, happy to be closer to him, and leave him alone. Obviously, that did not work, as Beeps immediately came over and then Max:
Thomas then went on the floor, and Beeps got close to him:Though apparently not close enough, as he quickly made even more progress:
Beeps kept trying to eat Thomas's pants, so Thomas placed him on the floor, where Beeps proceeded to walk around and occasionally jump up on Thomas.

In this video, you can hear his almost-constant beeping. He also came over to me at the end, intrigued by the camera.

In this video, I was hoping to catch Beeps jumping up on Thomas, but as you can see, that didn't happen:

A few more scenes:
Stella didn't want to be let out of the action! She has the habit of going up to whatever body part of ours is handy and asking for head pets. Here, it's Thomas's foot, but she'll also do this to our hands (which makes sense) as well as our elbows, shoulders, knees, etc. Whatever's handy!
And a little video of this. After I took the video, Thomas obliged by petting her with his hand:

Needless to say, with all of the distractions and interruptions, not much planning took place that afternoon! In case you're wondering, Rocky was playing happily in the living room during this time, as were Calypso and Daphne.


Elizabeth said...

I like how Max is all, "I'm just hanging out, not bothering anyone, with my foot tucked into my feathers."

I really like the foot scratching pictures. I can't go sockless around Conner because he believes that toenails do not belong on toes and tries to remove them.

belovedparrot said...

Poor Thomas!

Valerie A. Heck said...

The birds are such entertainment! I can't wait till my baby hahns macaw comes home with me.
Have fun!