“Othello is doing great and still gets along with the Endler’s livebearers. Now, I’m told that at some point he will try to eat them, so there might have to be changes down the road. Despite his rotund little shape and protruding eyes, the ‘Thelster manages very well. He swims just about as fast as the smaller fish, and eats competitively. Example of his cleverness: twice a day, the tank is fed a small amount of mixed size flake food. The Endlers go after the smallest bits, and the large floaty flakes sink to the bottom where Othello spends a bit of time finding them all. Yesterday, I noticed that he did not go to the bottom to find the sinking flakes but stayed mid-water, snatching up all the small flakes! Yes, he has figured out that he’ll get more food if he eats the tiny flakes from the water column, before dropping to the gravel to search for the ‘big’ flakes. He’s realized that the Endlers will not disturb his big flakes on the bottom; they are afraid of these giant, floating blankets. Othello knows his flakes are safe and he can cruise them at his leisure.  The Little Strategist!”

“Othello is doing great and still gets along with the Endler’s livebearers. Now, I’m told that at some point he will try to eat them, so there might have to be changes down the road. Despite his rotund little shape and protruding eyes, the ‘Thelster manages very well. He swims just about as fast as the smaller fish, and eats competitively. Example of his cleverness: twice a day, the tank is fed a small amount of mixed size flake food. The Endlers go after the smallest bits, and the large floaty flakes sink to the bottom where Othello spends a bit of time finding them all. Yesterday, I noticed that he did not go to the bottom to find the sinking flakes but stayed mid-water, snatching up all the small flakes! Yes, he has figured out that he’ll get more food if he eats the tiny flakes from the water column, before dropping to the gravel to search for the ‘big’ flakes. He’s realized that the Endlers will not disturb his big flakes on the bottom; they are afraid of these giant, floating blankets. Othello knows his flakes are safe and he can cruise them at his leisure.  The Little Strategist!”


This is a real question I had on an online quiz for graduate school. Obviously, I had to take a screenshot.

This is a real question I had on an online quiz for graduate school. Obviously, I had to take a screenshot.


Wedding Kvetchers

My mother: “After the wedding ceremony, we found out that there was going to be a receiving line in the parish hall. Well, EVERYONE was on this line: the bride, the groom, the bride’s parents, the groom’s parents, the maid of honor… and you had to greet and hug and talk to ALL of them. And ALL the guests were standing in line waiting for this. You’ve lived in Baltimore, so YOU’LL understand when I say you must have experienced something similar at the DMV [actually called the MVA in Maryland].”

Me: “Except, at the MVA, you can take a number and sit down!”


"When I got home, Othello was very glad to see me.  He scampered up to the glass in great anticipation of a snack. Sadly, it was not time and I am really proud of the self-control I exert in not overfeeding him. The little glutton would eat all day long, if I let him. As it is, he spends a great deal of time looking for food, which is almost as exciting as finding some, I suppose. The tank is laid out in an interesting way, with a lot of decor breaking up the space, visually. There are many places to explore and it takes the whole day to get through them all!”

"When I got home, Othello was very glad to see me.  He scampered up to the glass in great anticipation of a snack. Sadly, it was not time and I am really proud of the self-control I exert in not overfeeding him. The little glutton would eat all day long, if I let him. As it is, he spends a great deal of time looking for food, which is almost as exciting as finding some, I suppose. The tank is laid out in an interesting way, with a lot of decor breaking up the space, visually. There are many places to explore and it takes the whole day to get through them all!”


Not a Victory Lap

(My mother visited a new pet store and was very disappointed.)

"It’s almost like they are not in the tropical fish business, or are trying not to be. They did have some reptiles and reptile supplies, and a few lackluster cockatiels in cages. One cage contained two ‘Holland Lap’ ‘bunnies’ (I had to double-quote it; if you had been there, you would know why and agree), huddled together.

"Well, we were out of there in record time, which your father did not mind. Never in my life have I spent such a short time in an aquarium store. We were there for a grand total of about ten minutes, and it would have been half that if I had not gone around the tanks twice. I had to; I simply could not believe my eyes and in a sort of shocked disbelief went around once more, to assure myself that the place was truly as devoid of interest as it had seemed at first glance. Contrast this with the first trip to [my favorite store]. On that occasion I gave your father my blazer (the place was very humid) and told him to go off for about an hour to see the old church while I browsed. *lol* "


Sleep Talking

"Last night I had a very weird dream in which your brother, your sister, AND my sister moved back in with us. You were not there, btw. I remember giving all of them a nice, reasoned, but no-nonsense speech about how I was not going to do all the housework and pick up after them. I woke up in the middle… odd. I would have liked to complete that speech! *lol* "


goldfishgal:

goldfishgal:

"Glub glub! I want more blood worms please!"

Hard to believe this is Jules.

goldfishgal:

goldfishgal:

"Glub glub! I want more blood worms please!"

Hard to believe this is Jules.


"I do so like to see a bunch of daisies in a container. Don’t you? I figured the answer was ‘yes’ so I’ve attached a couple of pix of the latest ones."

"I do so like to see a bunch of daisies in a container. Don’t you? I figured the answer was ‘yes’ so I’ve attached a couple of pix of the latest ones."


"I Want to be Dylan!"

An update from my brother’s new job:

“We got to New York on Wednesday. All the arrangements had been reserved before I was hired, when someone else was supposed to be filling this job. So my bus ticket and my room key were all under the name ‘O’Brien.’ The bus took us straight to Madison Square Garden and our hotel is right next to it. So it was very similar to the Seinfeld episode, but no one is Dylan Murphy.”


Yogurt Snafu

(My parents came to visit me at school. They brought me a care package, including several individual cups of yogurt from a massive Costco variety pack.)

Dad: “Hope you like peach!”

Mom: “You see, we just grabbed whatever was in the fridge, and it happened to all be peach. I guess we don’t eat that many peach yogurts.”

Dad: “Well, somebody told me that someone — one of the kids — didn’t like blueberry, so I ONLY eat the blueberry.”

Mom: “And I thought that blueberry was your favorite, so I only eat strawberry.”

Dad: “No, I like them all equally. If no one had said anything to me, I would have just grabbed whichever flavor was at the front.”

Mom: “I’ve been TELLING the kids not to eat the blueberry.”