The past few weeks, I've started a new after-work routine with the parrots that we've all come to enjoy.
In my small apartment, I don't have enough room for them to be in a common living room, as they were in my house, which means that they have their own bedroom. This isn't ideal, as they don't get as much ambient attention when I'm doing things, unless I make it a point to get them out. Having them all out at the same time in a room without their cages can be tricky, as they start posturing and starting fights. I need to be on high alert at all times. This means that I usually rotate parrots (Max and Calypso together; Beeps separately, since he can't get along with anyone) who are out with me.
Once I have a house again (crossing my fingers; in a few months if inventory improves!) they'll be in a common area again so this won't be an issue. Each bird respects the others' cages, so they can all be out with light supervision.
That was some wordy background!
I have moved a comfortable chair into their bedroom, and I sit there and read for at least an hour while they play. This reading isn't always the most productive, as they frequently want to interact with me, so my book gets postponed.
I took a few pictures of Calypso's march to attention. He starts by hanging off of his cage door, to be as close to me as possible. And super cute, as well.
When he saw me taking pictures of Beeps on his cage, Calypso had to climb to the same spot on his cage for attention:
With Calypso off of the floor, Max flew up to her favorite spot: the arm of my chair, where I scratch her head while reading:
In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson. It's about the American ambassador to Berlin during Hitler's rise to power, prior to World War II. It's non-fiction that reads like fascinating fiction. Highly recommended!
Tomorrow I am running a marathon. I have not been doing much speed work, so I am not anticipating that great of a result. Additionally, the weather forecast is not fabulous. It will be that terrible in-between weather that is so difficult to dress for! I am maintaining a good attitude and determined to have fun, even if I'll be slower than last year.