Wednesday, July 28, 2010

bonus Wordless Wednesday

I put my hand in the tank to fix the filter nozzle gizmo, and Jacques decided it needed a cleaning. I got a cleaner shrimp manicure. Silly shrimp.

nearly wordless wednesday

This WW brought to you by our barely started SW tank, and some of its inhabitants....

this is Pancho, Mexican Turbo snail #1. And yes, we can actually tell them apart. Silly people.

This is Rudy, the Mexican Turbo snail, giving you a smile...

This one is called blue xenia. Though to me, it looks more purple then anything...

This is a star polyp, it actually looks really cool under the darker tank lights... Mustang Girl has those pictures, though!

This is one of the 'feather dusters'

This is Jacques. He's a cleaner shrimp, and so far, he's had a great time running around the tank, cleaning everything from the corals, to the snails :)

Well, those are the inhabitants that chose to cooperate with me, at any rate. The peppermint shrimp, who has yet to get a name, is the fastest thing in the tank, and did not appreciate the big hulking human lurking with a camera, and quickly scuttled away to hide in a rock. I am sure I will put up more as the tank develops...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

and so we start another


Yes. You read that right. We've started another tank. We didn't buy another tank, we just converted the 29 gallon FW tank into a 29 gallon Salt Water tank.
Because we could. Because some of the salt water fish are different, and beautiful, and odd. And the corals, and the anenomes, and the live rock. Its completely different then having a fresh water tank. Boy, is it different.
So far, we have some live rock, including one affectionately known as 'Larry'. We have some shrimp, one is a 'cleaner' shrimp, that will actually clean the fish (when we get them), the other is a peppermint shrimp, who is nocturnal, and hides very well. We also got some corals, and these worms, called "feather dusters" that send their feather duster looking feelers out into the water for food.
The most active inhabitants, believe it or not, are the snails, Pancho and Rudy. They are "Mexican Turbo snails". I've never seen a snail move so fast in my life. These two snails, in two days, (actually, nights, they are nocturnal as well) have done laps around the tank, sucking up every bit of algae that once existed. They climb walls, rocks, anything. And they move fast. Every time I look up, they are in another spot of the tank. During the day, they siesta, but at night? Party in the tank...
Now, we have to figure out which fish....

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, July 12, 2010


Today, I wanted a popsicle.

A simple request, right?
Except, really, the reason I really wanted, no, needed said popsicle was that I just wasn't feeling well. I'd had a fever and chilling during the night, and woke up feeling like I've been run through a meat grinder and that the only thing that survived intact were my aching joints. Especially my knees. Oh, and I still had a low grade fever when I woke up.

Anyhow. Back to the important thing.
When did the popsiclemarket explode? I finally could curb my desire for said frozen treat no longer, and drug my achy self to the store (dragged?) where I must have looked quite the site, buying cat food, and popsicles. Except. Popsicles.
My poor muddled brain first thought "screw it, go with the traditional ones", but then I had visions of the grape ones getting rotted and sticky in the bottom of my freezer. I don't like the grape ones. My tired eyes scanned, back, and forth, back and forth. Tangerine fruit bars, lime bars, lemonaide bars, strawberry, 'rockets', sugar free, mandarin orange...
pardon my french but Fuck!
All I wanted was a dang popsicle! Or a few, actually, because its summer and it just sounds right that I should be sick and eating popsicles! What else was I gonna eat!
In the end, I chose tropical fruit, sugar free popsicles, because, I know that when I don't feel good, sugar is not my friend.
It was the right choice. When I unwrapped that first cool treat, I will admit a moment of doubt, and fear. It was blue.
But it tasted
so freaking good.
So good, that half hour later I ate a red one...

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Queen Meme Tuesday

Welcome to The Queens's Meme #44 ~
The Firsts Meme
(a totally random and useless meme about firsts)

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
"It is what it is, this is me, at 40".

2. Where did you go on the very first vacation of your life? Had to have been Lake Almanor. We went there every summer for a few weeks when I was a kid.

3. Open the door of your refrigerator. What is the first thing you see? Home made pineapple salsa.

4. Tell us about your first kiss OR your last first date. My first kiss was in second grade. Bobby Randall chased me around the playground, along with his goon, Donnie something or another. They caught me. And Bobby kissed me. And I freaked out because he had a black tooth, and I thought those were catching, and that one of my teeth was going to turn black because he kissed me.

5. If you had wings to fly about the universe, where is the first place you'd land? I would go to Saturn, to see those rings for myself.

6. What is the first thing you do when you get in your car? Adjust the seat, because MM has probably driven it last, and his legs are much longer than mine.

7. What is the first thing you ever said to your firstborn? Um... I don't have one of those. "Nice to meet you" was the first thing I said to my step daughter... I think....

8. What is the last thing you heard about your first love? That he now lives in Mississippi with his wife, and mother!

9. If you had created the world in seven days yourself, what would you have created on the First Day? Firemen... (don't ask me why, its just what came to my head)

10. What is the first song in your IPOD or song list? A song called "A".

11. What is the first tangible thing you lost that you could never find again? My Innocence.

12. Who is your favorite First Lady of all time?
Martha Washington.

13. Post a link to your first blog post.
Here you go

14. When was the last time you neededFirstAid?
Probably yesterday. I tend to injure myself on a regular basis. The day is young yet, today...

15. Can you explain what a first down is in football? I absolutely can. I have been watching football since I was in utero. But this will save me some time...

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July

To everyone! Be safe and happy this weekend...