Blogabilities – Week of 05/01/2011

* Loved discovering that my favorite vitamin, which I thought had been discontinued (the recurring theme of my life, it often seems) because I couldn’t find it ANYWHERE, was actually just re-branded/re-named, not discontinued.

* Love my goofy cat. I took a short nap Sunday afternoon (that’s what Sunday afternoons are for, right?). When I woke up, I went to uncurl myself and found that my cat had wedged himself but good between my bottom and the edge of the chair. Not being a cat, I can’t rightly figure what he was thinking, but to me it didn’t look like the most comfortable of places to wedge…

* It was forecast to be around 90ยฐ on Monday (as well as the rest of this week) and when I pulled into the parking lot at work that morning, I lucked out and got a parking spot under a huge tree. I smirked to myself when I pulled my little red car into that spot, because it also happened to be right next to the most enormous vehicle in the lot — a raised 4×4 truck with an extended cab. I took this picture at the end of the day (sadly, the guy lost his parking spot next to me when he left for lunch, but you can kind of get a picture of the actual size difference).

* I’m not too happy with this crazy weather (heat and winds) we’re having out here. I mean, come ON — it’s only MAY! The Summer Savings Program with my electricity company doesn’t start until June, so air conditioning at home is prohibitively expensive and the winds are totally jacking with my sinuses (say hello to sinus headaches)… and apparently, based on the glassy-eyed looks of everyone around me, their sinuses, too. Misery. Although, the optimist in me would like to point out how grateful I am that I don’t have the flu (with a fever) right now.

* Tony found a water pump on clearance a couple weeks ago and bought it. Now, instead of lugging multiple gallons of water from my cycle tanks to my fish tanks every week to do water changes, I simply hook a hose to the pump, drop it into the cycle tank, string the other end of the hose into the fish tank and sit down to watch the water magically transfer itself. It’s not really a beautiful thing to look at, per se, but to me it is. Less work = beauty.

* Over the weekend, we finally, after all these years, made it over to Fish Whisperer’s house to see his collection of fish. I completely fell in love with his pair of breeding Discus — they are such peaceful fish (especially when compared to my Cichlids). Discus babies obtain their nourishment by feeding off their parents’ slime coat (all fish have a protective coating on their scales called slime coat). As the one parent’s slime coat gets eaten off by the babies, the other parent will swim by and take the babies for awhile. It’s really a fascinating thing to watch. While I was at Fish Whisperer’s place, I pulled up a chair and watched the babies feed off their dad. Tony and Fish Whisperer came over to also watch, and in response, the mom swam in front of the dad and attempted to block him (and the babies) from our view, while alternately pushing him backwards… she was being protective! It was just incredible. I found this video (not my friend’s) on YouTube to give you an idea of what these fish look like.

* Loving my newest salad concoction of artichoke hearts, baby spinach and arugula with a bit of Italian dressing. It was inspired by my finding both the spinach and arugula on sale at the grocery store. Plus, ummm, not hot (see above). It’s quite delicious, with just the right amount of zing. Also, simple to make and healthy!

Those things, and just the daily grind of work, pretty much concludes what’s been on my mind this week so far…

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27 responses to “Blogabilities – Week of 05/01/2011

  1. Angi

    Those all sound like peaceful things to have on your mind! If you are like me, peaceful is good!

  2. Grace

    Yay! All good things! Well, except the darn weather! Stupid, jerky weather.

  3. I love the fish story!

    I look forward to your Blogabilities every week. I’m wondering — do you fetch them all out of your head at once, or do you make notes throughout the week on what you want to write?

    Happy Thursday!

    • Aww, thanks… I didn’t know you looked forward to my post every week. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      My typical routine — I type it all out the day before I post it. Then I sleep on it. Just before I post it, I add or delete a few things, proof read it and then publish.

      Happy weekend!

  4. First of all, Sundays are for LONG naps. After a big brunch.

    Be thankful of the hot weather. In New York, it’s RAIN. We broke the record for rainfall in April. May isn’t faring much better so far.

    BTW, thanks for the prayers! They’re much appreciated.

    • I’m thankful for mild California weather that is a perfect 72ยฐF. My body is not designed for 90ยฐ+ weather… it makes me cranky and sleepy and I retain water. Very uncomfortable.

      You’re welcome for the prayers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lynne

    Sinus hell has hit San Diego as well. Sorry you are suffering too, but at least I’m not alone ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the pictures of the 2 vehicles side by side!! hehehe!

    • Yep, I guess all us Californian’s are in this sinus hell together. A great big group of glazed eyes and headachey people. blah.

      I parked next to Big Truck all week long. Yay!

  6. stacey

    i had horrible sinus headaches and all that the whole month of april. it sure is going around this year. definitely much better than the flu, though i had that too. hope you can be healthy soon!

  7. Caryl

    Great for Tony getting the water pump when it can save you work, and hopefully time too. I think the Discus babies could be irritating to the parent. Like having a bunch of flies around you? Tug had pillow, didn’t he. Love you,

    • Ha. Yes. Tug had a pillow. Funny cat.
      I think it depends on the Discus parent. The male Discus was very laid back and tolerant. The female was aggressive and pushy. Fish Whisperer said he prefers the balance that way. The male can cause much more damage if he’s aggressive than the female.

  8. Oh – sounds like some new fish tanks about to show up

    • Ha. I don’t think so. We took 3 tanks over to Fish Whisperer’s house for his usage for all the babies he’s breeding. Not planning to replace those here!

  9. Glad you are well and the fishies are too ; o )

  10. Nanner

    Cats, they wedge themselves…. and yeah, WV also broke a record for the wettest April in forever. Ugh. Although I don’t need 90 yet. Poor thing.

  11. tony

    I am glad I could make your fish tanking changing easier, XXOXOXO
    :mrgreen:

  12. Lynne

    Our roses are in full bloom and we got to spend some quality time in the dirt in our new yard this weekend…and as I was pondering that thought with a smile last night, I thought of you and your pretty roses. So I prayed for you. Here’s hoping that the cooler temperatures and gorgeous weather that we have down here have made it up there!

    • Oh, how lovely… you have roses! ๐Ÿ™‚
      We’ve had much cooler weather, too, a bit of rain on Monday.
      Thanks, always, for the prayers.

  13. Just wanted you to know you are on my mind! I hope you are doing well ๐Ÿ™‚