Monday, September 29, 2008

Tales of pet sitting

I should not be allowed to have fish in my care. This is painfully obvious to those that know me well, but an unsuspecting coworker left me in charge of her small tank while she was gone for a family emergency. And the trials of this tank have entertained my cube neighbors since.

I'll start off by saying this, I'm not good at cleaning algae. This is the primary reason Aaron takes care of our tank at home. I make sure the fish eat just fine, but I tend to ignore the green form of life abounding along the sides, bottom, covering the plants and on the fish. Back when I had my own tank, the algae got so bad you couldn't see the fish inside. When a friend came over for the first time to my apartment, she saw the setup and asked, "How many fish do you have?" "Four," I replied. She lifted up the lid, hesitated, "Um, no, you've got three and a floater..." Oops.

Fast forward to now, I've had my coworker's tank in my cube since the beginning of August. When I received temporary ownership of this tank, it contained two guppies and a snail. A good month went by with everything going swimmingly (albeit green). Then one of the guppies died. This was right around my "Let's Take Care of Two Major Life Events Within One Week" phase, so I didn't replace it right away. As the tank got dirtier (although at this point I did clean the sides so I could see in, you know, just to make sure no one else died), I thought of something brilliant! Why not get an algae eater to replace the guppy? Then it'll make up for the little guy dying and start cleaning the tank! So I don't have to! See the amazing thought process?

But I didn't get a new fish right then even, I waited until this last weekend right before the coworker was due back. Rushing over to PetCo on my lunch break, I found a nice sized plecostomus and considered even getting another guppy. Till I saw the guppy tanks, with a good three dozen dead guppies in each. Umm, thanks, think I'll pass on that. Seriously PetCo, you can't even clean out the lifeless ones? I got Mr. Pleco back to my cube and spent the afternoon slowly introducing him into the tank. I even threw in an algae wafer for him, in case he didn't want to try the smorgasbord that lay before him. And I left Friday evening feeling pretty good about my effort.

I come in this morning and see the remaining guppy hiding out in the plants. Bizarre since he's usually racing around. And I can't find the pleco. And the snail's not moving at all. CRAP! (note: when I first typed that expletive, I wrote it as CARP! Ironic, eh?) I notice that there's definitely less algae on the ground and now I'm thinking the little guy ate so much algae he exploded. If you saw this tank, you would know that's entirely possible.

Putting in a few flakes brought the guppy out from hiding. A half an hour later, after poking the snail with a straw, the pleco suddenly emerged from wherever he was hiding and has spent the rest of today chilling on one section of the glass. I think he's taking a break from the eating, cause he's got to keep up his figure and all. And thank goodness, another half hour after that, the snail got up and started moving around! I now have the sneaking suspicion that the snail and the pleco had a raging party this weekend and were both nursing hangovers when I got in today. So everyone's alive and well. Except that the water stinks like fish poo from the algae wafer that Mr. Pleco did not find satisfactory. Seriously, for the sake of everyone involved, take this thing out of my cube now!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

For Those Who Watched the Debate Last Night

A hilarious recap of the evening's proceedings can be found at We Play When We're Bored.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Birthday Day at the Office

Should have stopped at just one apple dumpling.  Now it feels like I’m pregnant with 2 lbs of dough and fruit. Ugh.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Oh yeah,

I chopped off all my hair! How do you like my emo Myspace photo?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My "Om" Spot

This may sound totally bizarre, but grocery shopping is very therapeutic for me. Now, don't get that confused with shopping in general, especially if it involves the mall. Shopping at the mall is as enjoyable as running over my toe with the vacuum cleaner repeatedly. The mall is full of things like teenagers, and I call them things because they're definitely not human. Most of them like to steal CDs, magazines, Limp Bizkit wallets, and whatever else they can get the hands on. They probably don't like Limp Bizkit (who does?) but it's cool cause they took it. Without me seeing them. I may sound a tad angry, but I worked in retail at three different malls for a total of six years. I think I've earned the right to shake my fist at those darn teenagers!

Now what was I rambling about? Oh yes, the grocery store!

I don't really know how I developed my love of the supermarket, but strolling through the aisles is so relaxing for me. I know the "experts" say to only stay on the outside walls of the store to save money and calories, but where's the fun in that?

Today, I'll admit, I was feeling a tad tired and grumpy. I got into the store, got my free Starbucks drink (PSA: spending more than $50 in one trip gets you a free drink at Safeway Starbucks!) and started wandering. By the end of my shopping, my mood lifted and I felt ten times better. It didn't hurt that I was able to spend a lot less than we've been doing lately.

If anybody cares to share, what's your favorite place to unwind?

Friday, September 12, 2008

And we're in!

We survived getting married and moving into the house all within one week! Since then, our free time has been filled with multitudes of unpacking, my absolute favorite activity... It's amazing how many things need to be done in a new house that we never even thought of. The numbers speak for themselves:

  • Trips to Lowes, Home Depot and Ace Hardware combined: 10
  • Trips to SuperTarget: 5
  • Meetings with landscape designer and landscaper: 6
  • Drives from Oak Express with a huge bookcase hanging out the back of the SUV: 1
  • Bookshelves purchased at various stores: 4
  • Rugs purchased to keep the brat from ruining the new wood floors: 10
  • Ceiling fans purchased: 2
  • Calls to the warranty company when we thought the laundry plumbing was leaking: 1
  • Sets of new washer hoses to fix said leaking: 1
  • Awesome family members and friends who helped us move: 10

  • I'll try to post some pictures soon, once we get some boxes out of sight.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008


    The guys are discussing circuits and chip design again. That booming you just heard was my brain exploding.