Three years later, I'm still sure I made the right choice. But why the hell didn't I buy these bird decals for my wall earlier?!
(updated view, courtesy of Sean and Hurricane Sandy's loss of power)
Lesson #57: you can have it all, even if it's a fake version of it. I don't have 5 birds as pets, but I am reminded daily of how awesome they are on my wall, but without the constantly chirping/screeching reminders. If you can't commit to having a pet, I feel your pain, but don't let it stop you from pretending.