is my fish pregnant?

My female molly, whom I finally named Chell, is possibly pregnant. I wasn’t sure at first, but she seems to have a baby bump that is getting more and more prominent. It may not look like much of a difference between the two pictures, but it’s enough. Last week I was wondering, “Is she pregnant?”…

my container garden is thriving!

On May 22, I planted flower seeds in a makeshift flower box made from a storage tote. After a few days of sunshine, rain, warmth, and humidity, there are little flower shoots coming up. The second picture is from yesterday, June 1. Ta-da! The balcony is also a great place to kick back and relax….

I bought more fish!

I realized that I’ve only ever had bettas and goldfish before, so now… I have mollies! These are silver lyretail mollies. I have a male and female living in the 5.5 gallon tank with Michelangelo. They’ve been getting along fine. It all depends on the temperament of the and making sure they aren’t overcrowded, though….

don’t feed the plants!*

It’s time for an update on my aquariums! Michelangelo’s 2.5 gallon tank used to have a few small, live plants in it, which helped absorb toxic wastes from the fish themselves. However, the plants have been so happy and grew so big, I decided it was time to upgrade! Here’s the new 5.5 gallon tank,…

dare to be stupid (so easy to do)*

Have you ever done something really stupid that you regretted later? If you’re human, you probably have.  It could be something big, or something small. In my case, I did a medium-sized stupid thing that feels huge just last week. Let’s just say I wasn’t the nicest person to someone.  I regretted it immediately, and…

a few days of sunshine and rain

I finally brought back my container garden on the balcony! I used to do this every summer, growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, a few flowers, and occasionally carrots. Carrots don’t really like containers, in my experience, but the tomatoes were always fun. I haven’t done it for a couple of years, and I decided to bring…

“After Eleven” (a poem)

A bit of free form poetry I wrote during a storm. I’m​ not much of a poet, but I hope you like it. After Eleven It’s quiet. The wind sighs gently through the trees, and whistles against the screen on my patio door. The rain has just begun, and plinks against the wooden balcony. Distant…

book review​: Rogues

I just finished the Rogues anthology edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. I first heard of Rogues in the afterword of Patrick Rothfuss’s book The Slow Regard for Silent Things, in which Rothfuss mentions writing a short story for this anthology called “The Lightning Tree.” Being eager to read anything written by Patrick…

library haul!

I went to the library today. While this is not an uncommon occurrence for me, I thought perhaps the quantity of books I usually get might be a little on the high side. I requested these to be sent to the nearest library for pickup, so I didn’t pull all these off the shelves. My local…

aquarium updates & visiting a vernal pond

It’s been a while since I posted anything about my fish. Spock is happy in his new tank, but it gets a lot of sun, so there’s a lot of brown algae. The two otocinclus I had with him died mysteriously​, so I got a mystery snail to help with the algae. Michaelangelo’s tank is…

heart-healthy weight loss

I’m very pleased to share​ my weight loss progress with you. I have lost 20.5 pounds since mid-January, mostly through changing what I eat, and exercising a bit. I’ve switched to a heart-healthy lifestyle, and it’s really the best thing I could have done for myself right now. My boyfriend broke up with me about…

self-worth and the fashion industry

As I used my semi-designer bag (which I got on clearance) as a library book bag the other day, I thought about fashion. I thought about the irony of using a designer bag to carry library books, and I thought about how there are probably some people who would be offended by that. (I like…