Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Our growing family...

Surprise! It's just fish. (Such a misleading headline, I know.)

But in all seriousness, we've added a couple of fish to our family and I'm loving it. I've wanted some fish for a while --- I love learning about animals, Chris loves to fish/loves fish in general, and I figured our cats would enjoy watching some fish move around --- so it seemed like a great idea.

We got a five gallon fish tank, and the education began. I learned that you need one gallon of water per one inch of fish, so Chris and I each picked out one fish. Each one will grow to about 2 inches.

Chris picked out a zebra danio (below) and obviously, it looks like a zebra. It's a pretty peaceful fish, but it darts around our tank, swimming like a madman. For this reason, Chris named it Jet (as in, it flies around like a jet.)
Jet, a zebra danio
My fish is a little more "exotic;" it's a neon blue dwarf gourami (below.) It's a pretty laidback fish, too, and its coloring is beautiful. I named this fish Joplin (after Janis Joplin) and as a play off of Chris' fish Jet (Joan Jett, anyone?)
Joplin, a neon blue dwarf gourami
Twitch and Trixie LOVE watching these fish. It's the equivalent of leaving the TV on for them during the day while we're at work. I've enjoyed watching the fish too, (it's pretty soothing/therapeutic, to be honest,) and I like reading up on them (nerd alert.) Although one thing I haven't figured out -- how do you know if your fish is a male or female? Good thing we have gender neutral names, I suppose.
While we were at the pet store, I was internally shaking my head as the employee kept talking about how we'd eventually "graduate" to even larger fish tanks. I figured, who needs more than 5 gallons? But the more I watch them, learn about them, and read about other fish, the more I think about bigger tanks, with bigger fish and maybe even beautiful, bright saltwater fish...

Maybe someday. :)

Also, I totally want to rant and rave about the neat-o cabinet I found to hold the fish tank.  Pictures don't do it justice. I found it on Facebook's Marketplace (the equivalent of Facebook eBay/Craigslist) for just $20. It's vintage, it's beautiful and I'm just a little obsessed. I felt a little guilty covering the painting on the top of the cabinet...

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Goals for 2018

photo by Jessi LaRue
Read more. 

Write more. 

Build and install a Little Free Library in my front yard. 

Reach financial goals with my husband.

Improve my media and PR skills through my job and my volunteer work.

Learn more about cats, so I can be the coolest cat mom ever.

Continue playing with photography.

Get creative with my house and my life.

Be the best wife and best friend to my husband.

Be a good daughter, and a good sister.

Be happy.