dead fish, blue fish.
Friday, November 19, 2010
a couple of weeks ago reed and i went to the fish store to get a few new pals for the tank. we got two firefish, three snails, one scooter blenny, and one angel fish. they were so cute and they added so much fun and excitement to the tank! we were nervous at first because adding that many fish can be a little disturbing to the rest of the tank. they get a little petty when someone else comes into their territory. so selfish-mind the pun. but everyone seemed to be doing great! everyone was eating and sharing and playing nicely. but then, tragedy struck. you know that angel fish i was talking about? it had another angel fish friend. one who had been in the tank a long time. well, the two started getting on each other's nerves and one day they both disappeared. we couldn't find them anywhere. we determined they must be behind the rocks somewhere. so every day reed and i would search for them. we looked and looked for probably four days which is a long time for a fish to hide in such a small space. as we were searching reed suggested/demanded i hurry and look in one tiny space. such a silly idea-how could they fit in there? but sure enough, there they were! the more established angel fish was blocking the newcomer fish in this tiny hole so he couldn't get to the food! it's horrible, really. so, we moved some barnacle around and let the fish free. but the hostility didn't end there. for some reason the two of them kept chasing each other around the back and hiding for days. then one day, the new fish emerged from the rocks and he plopped himself down on the barnacle as if he had just used up his last ounce of energy to get there. his fins were all shredded and his coloring was faded and he could barely move. i wanted to cry, it really was quite dramatic. at this point, there still hadn't been any signs of the old angel fish, he just kept hiding back there. i didn't really care because i was rooting for the new fish all along (i picked him out). after a while the new fish made it's way to the back for what i'm assuming was the final battle because today was the day we found the remains of those poor fish floating at the top of the tank.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
i'm not real big on birthday blog posts, but this week is a special one. my mom and grandma are celebrating their birthday today and sarah had her birthday on the 10th! each of them are women i greatly look up to and are some of my most avid readers and therefore, deserve a birthday blog post!
we'll keep things simple and go youngest to oldest.
i guess it's hard to say how much a sister can mean to you. if you don't have a big sister, you can't really understand the kind of love one can give. sarah has ALWAYS loved me. she loves everyone. she is patient and understanding. she lifts and supports. she knows how to give advice and more often than not, does it by being a good example. i've learned so much from watching her. she's such a good mom/wifey and i want to be like her. she knows how to make any situation light and fun and she laughs at stupid things which is a good thing because i do too. maybe i get it from her. i couldn't ask for a better big sister! (except for annie, but i think they're tied)
how do i choose what to say about my mom? SHE IS INCREDIBLE! seriously, though. everyone who will probably read this probably knows my mom so they already know this because as soon as you meet her you know she's great. she can do everything and anything. but, not only is she a great mom, she's a best friend. i love to call her and talk with her. she is always funny and lifts my spirits. she can give great advice and has the right answer to every problem. she's not afraid to tell me how things really are and what i need to do to be better. she also knows how to make me feel good about myself when she's proud of me. she is the kind of person i want to be. everyone wants to be her friend and she is friends with all of them. she works so hard and does her work well. she taught me how to laugh with others and how to be willing to laugh at myself when necessary. she knows what is important in life and encourages others to focus on those things, too. she wants the best for others and has taught me how to obtain the things that are best for me. she has been my everything. she has taught, laughed, cried with, and most importantly, loved me. she literally is the best mom in the world.
if you want to meet one of the most amazing people in the world, meet my grandma eldredge. really, i don't know what our family would do without her. i would have to say one of the most important things that i've learned from my grandma is how important family is. grandma has always done things to make sure that our family stayed close. even though she lives far away, she always made an effort to come down to see us. she planned times for us to spend weekends with her and our cousins. besides all the things that she's done for our family, she's just a great person. i love the way she teaches me how to love. she is always encouraging us to look at the blessings we have and then find ways to bless others. she give us opportunities to serve each other and even those that we don't know.
i keep trying to name all of the other great things about grandma and the list gets pretty long. if i sum up grandma, i come up with Christ-like. she is such a great representative for Christ. she is so diligent in being the best that she can be. she loves completely and serves completely. i love her so much and hope that i can be as wonderful as her someday. the world is a better place because of her and i think so many people could agree with me because she has blessed so many.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
just in case you were headed to monti's any time soon, i thought i'd inform you that in massachusetts, canadian bacon is not canadian bacon. it's simply bacon. bacon that is burnt and crispy and greasy and, at first glance, slightly resembles a slug and is on top of your large, pineapple, extra cheese, was-supposed-to-be-oh-so-delicious pizza. SURPRISE!
don't worry, it's actually better than it looks. i'll forgive you, monti.