Friday, August 23, 2013

Radio with Linda Davison

So the mention I made about the radio show I did at the Pomona show is legit, and the program is actually up now!

http://www.herpnation.com/audio/stfr1-081613/?simple_nav_category=audio

Linda Davison from Sticky Tongue Farms and I have a discussion about being a woman in the industry, and she speaks with two other ladies who have been around for a while as well. Take a listen and let me know what you think!

It was fun to do, and I hope to be given the opportunity to scratch a little more than the surface if we do it again. I thought of a million other stories that I could have shared, one of which I will mention here.

Several years ago, before I was married, I was on Facebook making my rounds, and recieved a message from a gentleman out of the blue. It pretty much went like this:

"Hi, I am interested in your snakes. You are very pretty and you have awesome Balls. Are you single?"

WHAT??????????????

Let me point out that I have been with Joel for almost 10 years (consistently, and including during this time), and it is clearly shown on my profile, and pretty much everywhere else.

He goes on...

"I have some good Balls, and you do too. If we get together, our collection would be amazing. What do you think?"

(Note, I am paraphrasing, these are not direct quotes...)

WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT????????????????

I have never met this man in my life, I only am aware of him from his profile (which we were not "friends"), and he comes onto me because I have a great collection?

This was a turning point for me. I have to say I was very dissapointed in him in general, even though I didn't know him. He's going to try to "get with me" for my snakes? Really???

I wasn't having it, and told him nicely that I was "happy with my boyfriend, thank you. Have a great day." and left it at that.

But it has obviously left a mark. Being a woman, and having cool stuff, is that really enough to be attractive to some people? I go with the idea of gold-diggers in this case...

NOT INTERESTED.

I would like to be appreciated for my intellect, my skill and my animals, not because I am a woman and can, by way of acquisition, allow you access to a bunch of snakes.

So that was something that I have experienced over my time as being a female Breeder. I'm sure I'm not the only one.


There you have it.

Enjoy the radio, and have a great weekend!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Shirts and getting down to business

2013 Pastel Pied Male

So yes, as I have mentioned before, I am back. I really am making a concerted effort to get back into the swing of things.

With that being said, the show season has begun, and I have to say that I am not completely prepared.

I have done many many years of shows, and there is always something that I thought of doing, something that I thought would be good to put on the table, etc...

Marketing aside, I am always trying to be better.

Not much that I can do about the snakes, as they are already pretty awesome on their own without my help, so that I can't really change.

But things that I have done that seemed to work out are things I want to revisit.

One of those things is getting more shirts made.

Back in 2010, I had a group of shirts made that looked like this:


They were pretty damned awesome, and lots of people across the country wore them proudly.

The problem was that the overhead for them was significant, and after the printing that I got, and the sizes that I didn't have, we had the last groups for a year or so afterwards... (smalls, women's sizes, etc)

Seemed that the demand for them wasn't too high, so I never got more done.

Now that it's been a few years, people have worn out their shirts, new customers and friends are requesting them, and I am going to get some more going.

AND, I will be getting a new design in print as well, for those who aren't fans of the awesome colors that are my banner.

(They are pretty legit... Green, yellow, red... COME ON! It's like an awesome stoplight!)

So my question to you all out there in blogger land is, would you rock a Heather's Herps T-shirt if you had one? Would you go proudly into the reptile shows rocking the brand?

I hope so... Cause I'm making it happen!

Have a great day, my friends. (Happy Monday!)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I'm BAAAACKK!!




So in the last few months, while clacking away at papers and the calculator, I actually, as I mentioned before, have been snake-ing.
(I'm trying to have the term catch on... What do you think?)

I actually have been doing a lot of stuff on Facebook, which I initially didn't plan on doing.
It's been nice to have an avenue just to post things up and just let it go at that. 
One sentence, easy. 

No significant amount of thought involved. 
And then I thought of all my loyal bloggers and how I hadn't been even giving them a sentence. Not one.... for a while.
And I felt a little guilty. 
So now, I'm sharing here what I shared on Facebook. 

This particular gem seemed to actually be rather popular. This little sucker came from the Vanilla het Hypo to Mojave Sulfur clutch. He is a Sulfur possible het Hypo male, and he is a SPITFIRE.

video

He bit me before the video and after, and I wanted to get some actual footage of a snake tail wag. 
It was not received well from some people, who seemed to think I was egging him on.
He was totally already there....

Trust me. I have the bites to prove it. 

Anyway, I wanted to get this and many other things on the history of the blog, for solidarity. I do go back and reference blogs I have done in the past, for my own recollection and for reference to share with others. 

It's been a good resource for me, and I hope to add more info that is useful soon!

I am planning on getting some good photos of the new stuff, discuss some things that have been crossing my mind, and asking for some input on some other things. 

I actually do have things to talk about.

GASP!

It's happening, people. 

Summon the masses...

It's gunna get cray cray! 

Have a great day, my friends! 


Side note:
By the way, also, I am catching up on my shows..

Two words... 

TRUE BLOOD

and three more....

GAME OF THRONES




I may have to take a day off to get caught up... But then be sad that there isn't more to see... 
Hmmmmmmmmm.. First world problems for sure.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Super Show Blurb and discussion

Good morning, my friends.

It's Monday, and I am actually blogging...

This is the real deal, and I am going to ease my way into it for a bit and see how it goes.

This weekend was the Reptile Super Show, and it was a great time. Ramy always puts on an excellent show, and the Pomona Fairplex is an excellent venue to have such a large show happen at!

I was not able to attend on Saturday due to school, but I did make it after a quiz on Sunday, and was there all day afterwards.

I had Joel help me out with leading the charge, with my friends Manda and Lydia assisting.
They did such a good job, I'm not sure I ever need to be there!!! (Just kidding)

As I was informed, apparently the most asked question over Saturday was "Where is Heather?" and "When is Heather going to be here?"
They even drew up a sign behind the booth informing people that I wasn't going to be there on Saturday.

I found this rather amusing, and touching. Thank you all for caring enough to ask where I was!

Anyway, I also had to miss the auction after the show, which is rather upsetting, since I donated some pretty cool animals, and I like to see how it goes... But I heard they earned over $600 for USARK! That's awesome, and I am so glad to be able to help out the cause when I can.

So to go a bit more in depth as to why I have been out, I am, as I mentioned before, pursuing my Masters. As such, I have needed to take classes over due to being out of undergrad for so long... Did you know they have a time limit on some courses?

Yeah... It sucks.

So with my goals in sight, I have been putting in a majority of my off time outside of work into being a full time student. So yes, full time student, full time engineer, full time snake breeder! Something had to give... and one of those things was the blog.

I am still full time snake-ing, but the free time that I had to blog was taken up by actually taking a deep breath in between moments of craziness and/or filling it up with homework or studying.

I am at the end of the crazy, I think, and I feel as if I can stop and blog here and there now. I don't think every day will happen yet, but I think three times a week is a good start.

But, back to the show....

I was there on Sunday, and got to see a lot of people and meet some new faces. I love the shows to be able to meet those as passionate about Ball Pythons and reptiles in general as I am.

Other than that, we sold some snakes, talked some shop, and had a good old time.

I also had the opportunity to do an interview with Herp Nation about being a woman in the Reptile Industry. It was a fun time with Linda Davison of Sticky Tounge Farms, and I look forward to hearing what ends up being aired!

So with that, I'm back to the grind. I hope to have some fun things picturewise to share over the next few days. I'm on the case!

Have a great day, my friends.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Reptile Super Show this weekend

Hi!

I am alive, and doing decently.

For those of you who don't know, I am currently in the process of persuing my Masters degree, and have been in classes over the last few months to prepare for the GRE. This is why I have not been blogging, or really making much of a splash on the internet as I had been over the last few years.

My nose has been in the books.

BUT!!!

The Reptile Super Show is in Pomona this weekend, and "we" will be there.

You notice the "we"? Yeah...

Let me explain.

Heather's Herps will be there all weekend.

I, as Heather, will only be there on Sunday.

I will be in class on Saturday. BOOOOOOO...

But at least I can make it out to be there on Sunday. I'm pretty excited about that.

Joel and my friends Lydia and Manda will be helping me while I am gone.

Mr. Heather will be my proxy.

Be nice to him!

Anyway, I wanted to put that out there, since the last post I made was about Lodi... Shame on me.

Have a great day, my friends! I will be back shortly!