First, I want to express thanks that everyone I know in the Northeast is safe. They didn’t all get through without some sort of impact (garages, hot tubs, power and some flooding). But everyone (so far) is ok.
I was up on time Tues morning! A small but important victory. Since Tues was a non-running day, I could enjoy my coffee before heading on my bike. Once the sun was up, I suited up and headed out.
Bike: 10 miles / 50:30
Eating on Tues was much improved. I had coffee and part of a Costco muffin for breakfast. Spaghetti O’s (with meatballs) and veggie sticks for lunch. THE lunch of champions. Carrots and a peach in the afternoon. Dinner was Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice. Much, much improved.
I was somehow inspired to do some straightening up in the afternoon. Our closet has a chest of drawers in it. And I don’t want to get too used to having that extra space since we are just renting right now. So I rearranged some of my dresser to make better use of space. It won’t stay this neat for long, but it looks nice now. I tackled 6 of 9 dresser drawers. The rest are coming. And I do have MUCH more space than when it was a big mess.
Did anyone else see the big entertainment news from Tues? Disney buys LucasFilms for $4 BILLION. Because Lucas didn’t have enough money before this.
So this is what it looks like to be air drying on the couch. The baths went fairly well. I tried to speed things up cause the water was cold and the dogs were shivering. So I am sure it was not the most thorough baths they have ever gotten, but they are cleaner than they were this morning!
Mood is good. I am getting ready to head out and meet a friend for dinner. The thunderstorms that just came through (and are still coming) may change our patio seating plans. But the company will still be good. And the beer.
Food: I had part of a carrot muffin and coffee for breakfast. Chicken apple sausage and a sweet potato for lunch. Some carrots and an apple. And I just had a trail mix bar to tide me over until dinner.
Fitness: I washed the dogs and then took them for a walk. I really don’t think either of those count as “fitness”. But most of my major muscle groups are sore today so a rest day was in order. Back at it tomorrow.
Well, apparently clean water is toxic to fair-freak goldfish. As you may recall, I lost Weezy almost two weeks ago after a tank cleaning. George was despondent, but managed to soldier on, although he never let go.
Yesterday, it was again tank cleaning time. I did the same thing I have been doing for almost two years. Since I won the freaks at the Dixie Classic Fair and named them George and Weezy cause they were “moving on up!” But alas, after the tank was clean, George was no more. Some things you just can’t change. I don’t think I could handle more fish right now. For me, the grief is still to near.
I buried George, after saying how sorry I was, under my swamp hibiscus. Which I have managed to NOT kill by the way! How is that for a switch. I kill the fish and manage to keep the plant alive. But his sacrifice will not have been in vain.
PS: Gold stars and a shout out for anyone that can catch the movie references in this post. There are at least 4. If there are more than that, they weren’t on purpose.
Every October, the Dixie Classic Fair comes to town. Michael likes to go for the food. I go for the games and the farm animals. My favorite game is the one where you throw the ping-pong ball into the fishbowl. I am good at that game. No, I am excellent at that game. And I win prizes. The prizes are goldfish! Usually, I give the fish away. To some kid that doesn’t have any prize of their own. But in 2009, I decided to keep the fish.
Meet George and Weezy. Named such because they are fair fish and “moving on up.” I am not sure why I decided to keep these particular fish. But the fish I won for $1 ended up costing us over $40 at PetsMart (for supplies) and more time and energy than I had really wanted to dedicate to a couple of fish. But I had taken on the responsibility and refused to do anything but give them the very best of care and lifestyle.
Yesterday, I cleaned their (disgusting) tank as I normally do once a week or so. I cleaned their filter and aerator (not show here, added later), the water, etc. Everything done exactly the way I have been doing it for almost 2 years. And yet last night, I went in to turn off their light and Weezy had left us. She had grown quite large (of course) and flushing was not really an option. We learned that the hard way with an algae eater earlier this year.
So this morning, as Michael puts out the trash, he will say a few kind words (I have none) for Weezy the Fair Fish. May she rest in peace.