2017 New Year Resolutions – Guinea Pig Style



Beginning of the new year: Going strong!


After the first week or so of the new year: Yeah, nope.

When you’re trying to accomplish your New Year’s Resolutions of working out, but you also just love food.

AKA, he’s cheating. Cheating during his workout. We see those paws, Willow!

It hasn’t even been a whole month into 2017 yet. 😑

Willow’s New Year’s Resolutions

Straight From Willow’s Tunnel

In my humble opinion, new year resolutions are great! At least for a little bit. Many times people start them and don’t keep to them for the rest of the year after the first few weeks or months. Mom never seems to get past March – but she always tells me that she’ll get back on it. Does she? Not always. But, since she made resolutions again, I thought to join her. I can’t let mom do them alone. I kept mine simple.

  1. Exercise.

    During the holidays mom and I stopped training so much. I gotta get back into it. I think that carrot turkey might have given me a few additional ounces. Mom said I’m still fine – just a tad over the usual weight – but she doesn’t get it. I will work hard! After I eat another carrot. Then I will start, I swear it on the great veggie god! (It’s a thing. Look it up. Or maybe you can skip that google search… you know, don’t want to waste your time…)

  2. Eat lots.

    Not that I don’t already do this, but eat more to compensate for all the working out that I will be doing with mom. She’s determined to lose weight and become fit and I’m determined to keep her motivated! I will motivate her in my dreams. What? Watching her is tiring! How can you blame me?

  3. Only beg mom and dad for food when I’m starving.

    It has been brought to my attention that a lot of the world is less fortunate than I. Aladdin risked his life for getting food! I shall wait until I’m thoroughly hungry. So, instead of wheeking every time mom or dad leaves and heads towards the kitchen, I will wait until they open the fridge, open a cabinet, rustle some bags, or I hear the cutting board being put on the counter.

  4. Think before I act.

    After a ‘spa day’ (nail clipping, bath, or a combination of them both), I will try to restrain myself from going over to mom’s foot and pooping on it. Instead of automatically being angry and unhappy about it. I will sit and think about my actions before actually doing it. (The poop is still necessary, but I will lay by her foot for a few minutes thinking about it before knowing it’s the right thing to do. That counts for something, right?)

  5. Sleep less on the job.

    Mom has a lot of planning to do and likes to bounce ideas off of me – whatever that means. She just talks my ear off and I end up just sleeping. I talked to dad, and he said it was important to her, so I promised mom I’d help a little bit.  (Edit: Mom put an untrue picture below! I was just daydreaming! In my defense, she was talking about flowers and flowers are boring. That is, unless I can eat them…)

Someone is sleeping on the job. :p

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Rosh Hashanah – ראש השנה

ראש השנה

Monday, October 3rd was Rosh Hashanah and Willow was kind enough to take some time out of his day to help us celebrate the new year! He at least enjoyed the apples! 015


Straight from Willow’s Tunnel

The morning was what you’d expect from mom and her boyfriend. Mom got dressed quickly and was soon on her computer doing posts for work – which is silly since she said today was a holiday. I didn’t get it, but I thought that maybe I could get her attention for my need of breakfast. Usually I just get pellets and a refill of hay in the morning, but today? No. I wanted WAFFLES. Okay, maybe not, but I wanted romaine, and carrots, and green pepper, and cucumber, and apples. Seriously though? Mom said there would be apples and honey.

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Leaving One City for Another: Moving and Adjusting to My New Home


(Photo From Secret Life of Pets (2016) by Illumination Entertainment)

Straight From Willow’s Tunnel

I want to be the first to tell you that the seven hour car ride was not fun. When mom said we were moving, I thought she meant down the street! We left the bustling city of Chicago behind and have traded it in for something called the “Twin Cities”. No matter how great this place may seem, it means that we’ll be traveling back and forth for holidays and I am not amused. 

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DIY Hay Dispenser Ideas

DIY Hay Dispensers

Straight From Willow’s Tunnel 

Since hay is an integral part of our everyday diet (consisting of 80% of our food per day), mom and her sister have been trying to think of a cheap, and cute, way to dispense the hay without it getting all over. I don’t see it as a problem. Hay is comfy and delicious so I don’t know why they think it goes to waste if we had a hay bin. Sure it can get on the fleece and carpet, and sure it’s comfy to use as toilet paper (two in one usage!), but if the hay ever gets anywhere? I mean, it wouldn’t be there long. I would eat it up. Even if poop gets on it. (Trust me, it doesn’t affect the taste much.) But see? No wasting will happen with this cavy.

Mom doesn’t think that it’s very hygienic – whatever that means – to eat the hay I’ve used as toilet paper. Plus, there’s something called “looking nice” that she wants to follow. She was quick to add that she thinks hay bins look nice, but she has no talent to cut a nice hole in a bin. (Basically, she’s lazy. She doesn’t mention it, but I know it’s most likely because she’s allergic to hay and if I sleep on it, she wouldn’t be so keen to snuggle.)

In searching for an alternative to a hay bin, they started compiling a list. I chewed the corner of the list to make sure the paper was good enough for them to use, and decided to help out and type the list for everyone down farther on the page. 



Most of us are on a budget, not all, but some of us. We want to have safe and effective hay dispensers without paying the money for it. Here’s a couple of options!

Using Everyday Items

  • Boxes (i.e. Cereal, Noodle)
  • Oatmeal Container

Bit More Fancy

  • Cloth Pouches

There are many other options that you can do from creating your very own by doing woodwork, or by being crafty and creative, but these are two easy options for DIY that work with any budget.

 (Willow enjoying his new hay dispenser.)


Willow Adventures: Snuggle Sack Struggle

Straight From Willow’s Tunnel:

I cannot tell you how rude my mom is. I know that they say parents are jerks sometimes, but my mom is the ultimate jerk. She even forgot to post this before she went on vacation!

In June I was out and enjoying myself when I caught sight of Cora’s snuggle sack just sitting and wasting away on top of a nearby crate. I jumped up and after a few attempts, I finally snagged it! I buried myself in it, and then I heard my mom and aunt laughing. Ignoring their rude behavior, I finally fell asleep and stuck out my foot cause it is just more comfortable when you let your foot do its thing.


A while later, as I was dreaming about dancing carrot tops and cucumber pieces, the bag suddenly moved and mom was trying to get me out! Something about trying to let me use a bigger snuggle sack to be more comfortable. Stupid mom, I was ALREADY comfortable! But after much struggling and complaining to her, she actually tugged me out! I backed my butt into the little sack in annoyance and gave a small brown gift before running into the other sack that was provided to me by my aunt. Which, I have to admit, was better and more comfy cause I fit, but… 

So HA mom! Take that!

Willow: 2

Ali: 1


Willow enjoying the newer snuggle sack.. though he seems a bit iffy…

Willow’s Kiwi Bed Completed!

Straight From Willow’s Tunnel: 

It has been forever since you heard about my particular predicament in regards to having a kiwi bed. Mom said that it was not that long ago when she posted the picture of the overly small bed, but I am quite positive that it has been over a month since that happened. Even two months! She cannot fool me. I have been waiting for my own bed for ages!

While Cora’s bed – because that is who mom gave it to – was way too small for me, though…I mean… I think I was doing pretty well getting myself to fit. Mostly anyway. BUT, this new bed mom just completed is HUGE! She said it is because I sleep mostly in a straight line with my foot thrown out either beside me or behind me. (I do not appreciate it when she keeps calling it a chicken leg. She called it a frog leg once, but took it back since it was not webbed and I became self conscious.)

Cora’s bed is too small. My bed is too big. Kalsie’s bed is just right.

So, while I started to complain, it dawned on me. Who actually wants to settle for ‘just right’? Goldilocks did not know what was good for her. Softer and bigger is better!

Here is my completed kiwi cuddle cup bed with me in it! And there is also a picture to show the size comparisons between everyone’s beds. Kalsie’s bed is not stuffed yet since we ran out of stuffing, but it should be finished soon!

It is really comfy and since we all fall asleep on it quickly, mom said she will probably do a DIY project post for it. So stay in touch! (Edit from Ali: Stay tuned!)

As you all enjoy your day, I will be napping away on my new cloud. (Mom thinks that I have given up on my ‘sleep on hard things’ ways, but we will see mom… we will see.)

Willow: 1

Ali: 1

“Rest your head close to my heart, never to part, Baby of Mine.” –Dumbo

For More Pictures, check out my tumblr page!

July Camp NaNo Promise and Announcement

Mom has officially decided to participate in Camp WriMo for July! She wanted to make a formal announcement to everyone, but I decided to do it instead. (She is a bit slow.)

As mom is busy writing for Camp (this is her fifth one!), you can bet I will be there to motivate her and beg her for carrots and treats every time she reaches her next goal. Maybe I will make sure she works harder by asking for more food more often than just at her end goal. It might motivate her. Even her Lunatics writing group knows where all the food of hers is going – to me!

As mom is getting ready for vacation, – and leaving me behind by the way which is not very nice, but the over 20+ hour drive in a car does not seem fun either so I guess it is okay…kind of – and I am trying not to have any hard feelings about it, I am spending all my time preparing a plan on how to motivate her during the whole of July! I will tell you all about it as July hits and continues!

Her camp profile has been decked out with what her fellow writing group members think of her (some of them anyway!) though she also has a regular profile on NaNoWriMo.org!

What is NaNoWriMo?

Some may wonder what Camp WriMo is or what NaNoWriMo is. They are very similar.

From the NaNoWriMo “About” Page:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.


Their Camp WriMo (Writing Month) happens twice in the summer during April and July. Instead of the required 50,000 words in 30 days, you have the option to choose how many words you would like. You can set your goal to whatever you want! There are also cabins which form ‘chat spaces’ so you can chat with others, motivate each other, and be supportive. You can also work on revision, other types of writing, and be a ‘rebel’ in any way you would like!

Mom writes with a writing group in cabin wars, so while they support her, I will join in the best I can!

I Willow, hereby declare I will not make additional messes for Ali to clean up except when absolutely necessary for the whole of July 2016. 


For more information, you can stop by the official NaNoWriMo website here to learn more or even sign up! For Camp WriMo, click here!

While mom was working hard on her writing, I was secretly reading and watching, but shh…