Monday, 13 January 2014

Mermaid vs Rabbit

Have you ever set out to be thrifty and it has back fired? I have. Many times.
This year, Lulu's letter to Santa said: "Dear Santa, could I please have a machine that turns me into a mermaid."
She had already got a Mermaid Ariel "dress-up" thing for her birthday last year (which obviously didn't cut it), so I was at a loose end when I set off in search of such a machine.  The best I could come up with was a $100 rubber flipper.


When I showed Mr Claus, he was horrified at the price, and said "Really, 100 bucks for a flipper?!"
So the search continued.
Dropping my sister home the following day I spotted a $30 rabbit hutch on the side of the road. So googling on the spot from my iPhone, I found a local Mini-lop bunny ready for pickup on Christmas Eve at the low price of $25.
All I had to do was convince Mr Claus and the mermaid machine would be a thing of the past.
Well Mr Claus was in a meeting, and I had already put down all of the seats whilst waiting, so off I went, a little nervous but pleased with my purchase.
The reaction wasn't pleasant, something like, "when the dog eats it for breakfast, you can be the one to tell her." But with a little coaxing I got him across the line, anything for his little girl.

Cut a long story short, Ruby helped me wrap the presents on Christmas Eve, she brought so much joy to Lulu's face that the poor bunny barely hit the ground for days…..until she hit the ground running….and she ran….and ran….and ran…. (?!?!?!)
When we got the phone call from Nana last Saturday to say that Ruby had "run away", Lulu dissolved. It was devastating to watch, so off we went to the pet shop for round two.
This time we came home with a flashy new (Fort Knox) cage, TWO bunnies (to keep each other company), two leads, a bag of hay and a sack of food to last a lifetime.




Despite being older bunnies and therefore much cheaper, we were a click over the $280 mark , and driving home with our new family members Paul said, "Hey Darl, that mermaid flipper is looking like damn good value."

So there is a moral to every story isn't there. Quality over quantity perhaps? Go with your head not heart?
We're still learning.


I'm curious, do you tend to follow your head or your heart?

Liv x



19 comments:

  1. oh my gosh, that photo of the kids walking the bunnies on leads killed me! hilarious! such cute photos!!!!!

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    1. I know, me too Corrie. At least they can interact with them x

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  2. Have rabbit needing a loving home, interested? Maybe I could send back to city with College kids. one detail... what gender is your rabbit?
    Daresay the novelty of a mermaid would have worn of before the novelty of a rabbit (or 2)

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    1. Thanks but no thanks. two is more than i can handle. x

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  3. rabbits very cute. Look much tamer than the feral G/Pigs we had for a short period. they too ran away when someone left the door unlatched. Dog did catch up with them (eventually).

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    1. haha…yes!
      Bear is desperate for a GP for his birthday next month, but i think he'll get a mermaid tail instead!

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  4. LIV! This made me LOL and I'm at work. Ha! Poor Rubes. I want to know if Charlie had a smile on his face when you got home?!? We always had dwarf rabbits as kids - they are great pets. Just don't let them breed... ;)

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    1. NO smile, just guilt ridden. ;)

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  5. How adorable! I'm sure the bunnies will bring much much more pleasure (and to the whole family) than the mermaid flipper. Can you guess? I'm a heart follower.

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  6. We have one lop eared bunny, we had two from santa a few years ago - but one die a few days past chrismas (horrible it was flat as tack and stiff as a board - i think running away is less traumatic) but Sid has hung on - alone. I probably would of capitulated and gotten the tail and the bunny and then the other bunny...I am a push over. :(
    Never, never feel bad about going with your heart! I don't mean hey buy that sports car for you L plater because he loves it - there is reason to be within LOL

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    1. I'm severely a heart girl too x

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  7. Ain't that the truth. I frequently spend unnecessary money (not to mention time!) in pursuit of the better deal. But at least you got two adorable bunnies and a good story out of it!

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    1. I know, time is the killer Kate, and as mums we never have enough x

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  8. I think the look on their faces in that last pic just makes it all worthwhile!! Just gorgeous!! Now they can't fight over one bunny, and with two they can have races across the lawn :) xT

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    1. The first was Ruby, but now we have a MILO and a Taffy. No guessing who wanted Milo and why!

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  9. So cute! But the rabbits will bring years of pleasure and love, whereas the mermaid flipper would be forgotten about in a few months. We had a rabbit when I was a kid - he was adorable. They make great pets. x

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    1. Years of pleasure! o my goodness, i don't know if I can handle it that long. An animal loving friend has said she will have them anytime. I recorded the conversation!

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  10. Ha!!! This was fantastic friend!!!! I was laughing and relating to so many parts of your story! I bet that flipper would have been fun but the magic in your little cuties eyes with those bunnies spells everything out loud and clear!!! Such a good mama you are! Happy weekend friend! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Thanks Nicole, but sometimes I think i'm mad!

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