February 25, 2006

The Value of Punishment

A few days ago, I blogged about this one mean rosy barb that kept chasing the other one to the point that we're afraid it was going to keel over and die of a heart attack.

So I went to read up online about the behaviours of rosy barbs, and 4 out of the 6 owners had said that they're much better in schools. Having read that, off we went to the pet store and bought us 2 more rosy barbs, fill with high hopes that that would fix things.

This must've made meanie rosy barb ecstatic, cos he now had THREE other rosies to chase around!!

So, we were back to our original plan of separating him, and thusly, made another trip to the pet store to buy a breeder tank or separator of some sort. WELL! The cheapest thing we could find was $6! Not too expensive, right? Well, considering the silly fish was only $1.50, there as no way I would give up 2 Starbucks cafe mocha for it.

We decided that by hook or by crook he needed some kind of a time out. So, out came the huge salad bowl, that we filled with water from the tank, and in went meanie for 24 hours, after which we put him back in to see what would happen.

And what do you know?!? Wonders of wonders, he thinks he's the new kid on the block, and doesn't own the tank, and is now playing nice. Which is a wonderful thing, cos barring that, I was going to toss him into the pond outside as fish fodder!

February 24, 2006

Our New Adventure

Got an email from the cuz yesterday. What's the big deal, you might ask. Well, in it was a word document with pictures of a condo that was up for sale. So, I got in touch with the person, who sounded really nice, and made an appointment to see the the condo after work last night.

It took us a little while to find it, cos well, I'm not great at taking directions, and I kinda neglected to ask for the name of the community. Hehehehe. :S So we ended up going into another community, and thought that it looked nice, but congested. Well, reading the building numbers yielded nothing.... so out we went and in into the next one. These looked nice... even in the dark.

We parked, and walked around this beautifully landscaped pathway to the seller's front door. There were flower bushes everywhere, and nice, healthy, big trees. The condo was really nice too, very well-maintained and they had painted the walls all these different fun colors, which really worked. They're going to have to be repainted for sure though, if we get the place. Orange, blue, yellow etc are not exactly our colors. ^.~

The floors are tiled and the kitchen cabinets are done up really, really nice. The owner 'pergo-ed' the bedroom floors, the kitchen has a pretty nice-sized pantry, and the master has a walk-in closet.

All those words, and since a picture speaks a thousand words.... some pics then:











I didn't really wanna poke my head into every nook and cranny, cos well, it's their stuff, and I felt bad... but if we're seriously going to get this place... then I'll do that for sure. Look under the sinks, in the bathtub, open every drawer and cabinet.... hehehe. We're going to go look around the community and landscaping during the day just to get a better idea.

It's a little smaller than our current place right now, and the asking price is 235k. Ouchies! Also, the monthly maintenance fee is $270, another ouch. To be fair, I priced the m.fee a year ago, and they might have gone up. As far as the price goes, in the current market, it's decent.

So, it's back to calling my last internet mortgage guy and getting a new loan, and back to scouring the net for other places for sale, and calling places for prices. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Hmm... did I mention this is going to be EXPENSIVE?!?

More Fish Piccies


February 23, 2006

Metamorphosis

I've finished 3 pages of my girl and she is absolutely to die for! I was up waaaaay late last night (4am) working on her, as I didn't get to stitch till after midnight. I had to work... but I'm not going to get into that, cos well... that would just upset me.

I wasn't even forcing myself to stay awake. Oh, I was tired at 2am-ish but since I was in the middle of a color, I keep forging ahead. By the time 2:30 rolled along, I was wide awake.... WHEEEEE!!!! So there I was, happily stitching away till 4!

I love being able to do that, and if I didn't have to wake up early to go to work today, I'd have made me a big cuppa coffee and kept going. ^.^

There is something soooo soothing and therapeutic about stitching those little stitches and seeing them fall neatly into place. Hehe, I have friends who think I'm insane and they can't figure out how I'm not tearing my hair out, but how can one feel anything other than awe and be inspired to be working on something as gorgeous as this?

Meanwhile, At First Sight and Rover's Cripple have been running amok in my head, and I can't decide which one I want to work on next.

And this is without David's dragons having been charted yet.

Ah well... always fun to plan ahead, unless it drives me batty first. But then again... I've never claimed to be sane. ^.~

The kids...

I don't think Kenji is doing too good. Well, let me take that back... I *know* he's not doing good. He's been lying around the last few days acting like the hero in an Indian movie doing a long death scene. The only difference is he isn't singing in some field full of wild flowers. LOL.

If you haven't seen an indian movie, allow me to explain...

They tend to have very long, drawn-out death scenes, where the hero, despite bleeding almost to the brink of death, has the strength, stamina, determination, and vitality to crawl across rivers and valleys, over mountains and hilltops to see his love one last time. Now, during this arduous journey, he imagines running with her in a vast green field or climbing up trees, and singing 10-minute long songs.

We have this rosy barb that is SUCH a bully. He chases the other one around mercilessly, and I'm afraid the little guy is going to have a heart attack and keel over and die. We bought 2 more rosy barbs tonight, in hopes that having them in a school would stop the first one being aggressive. So far... it's not working too well as he now has THREE others to chase around. I think I'm going to have to resort to buying a breeding tank, and putting him in there for time out!

We bought these 2 beautiful emperor tetras last night, with electric blue eyes! LOVE them!

February 15, 2006

Lost one

Yesterday morning, or maybe it was in the wee hours of dawn... one of our gold gouramis died.... on Valentine's Day, no less. He's now swimming with poop. :S

Hobby Revisited - Part 4

Let's see.... picture montage of the next few stages of our tank. ^.^

Water was a little cloudy on this day in history.


Added a rock for hiding areas, and another small cloth plant.


In the next few days, we bought 2 gold gouramis, 2 long-tailed red barbs, 1 dojo loach... whom we've named Kenji, and 2 amazon sword plants.


Kenji


Hide-n-seek Kenji.


The finished product.


Long-fin rosy barbs.


Gold gourami.


Serpae tetras, whom I've named: big silly, second silly, etc, all the way to fifth silly, reminiscent of of how chinese people used to name their kids.


February 13, 2006

Hobby Revisited - Part 3

Now that the tank has had about 24 hours to cure, we went to the same Pet Superstore for some decorations and fish. After a long perusal, we decided that driftwood is going to look AWESOME! So, we picked out 2 that we thought looked natural, and at the same time, picked out 9 zebra danios and 5 serpae tetras.

We tamped down our excitement, and had dinner before venturing forth into the next step of our adventure.

The fishies are in their baggies in the tank, and after dinner, DH puts the first of our 2 logs in.

DH: Oh-oh.

Me: What?!?

DH: ..... this is not going to work.

Me: Why not?

DH: It will float.

Me: Pile lots of gravel on it. It'll stay!

DH: I'm telling you, it won't.

Me: Sure it will.

DH: *piles gravel on the slate bottom, and lets go*

*Up pops, yes.... POPS, the log*

Us: Oh shit!!

DH: Hmm.... maybe that's why they're called drift wood... cos, you know... they DRIFT!

**Google to the rescue**

Dun-dun-dun!!

We found out that if you boil the logs... maybe, just MAYBE, they'll sink.

They say that a picture speaks a thousand words... well, if that is the case:



Can you say... YUCK?!?

Poor, imprisoned fishies. They were in those bags for upwards of 6 hours. Of all the atrocities!

Hobby Revisited - Part 2

So, off we ambled to the various pet stores, saw some fish, some tanks, more fish, more tanks, and decided against a saltwater tank, at this point in time.

Didn't see much of any tank we'd want in any way, shape, or form, and headed back home for the Superbowl. BUT... A-HAH!!!! Very, very close to home, there was a new petsuperstore... superpetstore... superstoreforpets... umm.. yeah, something like that.

So, in we go, looked around at their tanks, and thought that a 29 gal. one will do nicely. Walked around some more, looked at some fish, looked at the birds, then walked out of the store.

Off to the car we go. Got in, started the engine, backed out, crawled forward a couple of parking spaces....

Me: So what do you think?

DH: Hmm.... could be nice.

Me: Yeah, I think so. I still like the bigger one though.

DH: Nah, it's too big, and it might be too heavy for the countertop.

Me: Hmm... it's nice though, huh?

DH: Yeah, could be.

Me: OK! Let's go get it!

.... parked again, and walked back into the store. I kid you not!

Got it home, filled up the tank, put in the filter, and there we were... proud owners of a 29 gal. aquarium. Ok... albeit, an EMPTY aquarium.

February 7, 2006

Hobby Revisited - Part 1

After months and months of deliberation and the occasional "we should get a fish tank again", (ok, ok, I admit, more occasional random spewing forth of 'we shoulds' than delibaration. ^.~) we went out and did just that. This, is an account of how the event panned out:

There I was, sitting on the couch on Sunday, happily stitching away on Metamorphosis. In my head I was planning how I was going to get at least 6 hours of stitching in, and I was mentally mapping out the stitches I'd work on and the pathways I was going to take. Yes, I'm sick, I know. ^.~

Maybe, just maybe, I'll do a half page update over at the ET's.

The media center was on, and DH was browsing, and chatting on MSN Messenger, about fish tanks amongst other things, and thus began my downward spiral into the abyss known as the land of non-stitching of one and a half days now... *cwwwwyyyy*

DH: Heather... (ummm.....ok, I admit, I don't remember what DH said about what Heather said. I DO know it was something about fishies though. ^.^)

Me: Oh hmm. (Yes, I do this a lot when I'm stitching and listening with half an ear. It's ok, he knows it. ^.~ If it was important, there is this part of my brain that registers is, and I stick up my head from my stitchy haven and go, "huh?")

*****15 seconds passed by

Me: We should get a tank.

DH: You wanna?

Me: Hmmm.... mayyyybeeee

***** stitch, stitch, stitch

Me: You wanna?

***** silence

DH: I ono

Me: Yeah, we should. Isn't there that place on that road to Ai Lin's (my cousin) place? You know the one I'm talking about right? (You think I jest... but that's what I said. ^.~)

DH: Ummm....

Me: Yeah, you know... it's like on the left hand side, I think. Or was it on the right.... no.... it's on the left. Yeah, left.

DH: Hmmm....

Me: I think they should be open on Sundays. Or we can go to that other one.

DH: Which other one?

Me: Umm... didn't we see another one that one time?

DH: ::sighs and brings up Google:: Ok, there's one on Wiles...

Me: YAH! That's the one that we always see on that road.

DH: ... and... OH! There's one by our Publix (grocery store), and a couple on University. This one has pretty good reviews.

Me: Ooooh, ok. So which should we go to?

DH: All of them?

Me: Ok. Awwwwww, but it's so sad to go to the pet store. Then I'll want a puppy.... should we get salt or freshwater? (as in fish, not puppies. Yes, I mix my sentences together all the time. It drives people batty. Nyah-ha-ha-ha-ha!)

DH: We'll see. (I think he was mentally rolling his eyes. Not the first time during this whole conversation I'm sure. ^.~)


****** to be continued

I'm back... kinda

Time sure flies. At the back of my mind I keep thinking that I needed to blog, and yet, it's been almost 2 weeks since I dropped by. Things have been kinda uneventful.

I've kinda decided that I'll try and not talk about work as much as possible on here, cos really, there isn't anything excited about it. It just turns out to be one long whine on my part and me going through it is ordeal enough. ^.~

I also realize that I need to catch up on some news.... like the fact that we went to see Varekai, and we've set up a fish tank. Stay tuned. ^.^