Posted by: Mark | February 6, 2016

Resolution Update #5

Mixture of good and bad. Enough bad that I missed posting yesterday:

1. Writing (Goal – 120,000 words/finish five stories and a novel): 6,776 words; two stories. Lagging further and further behind.

2. Publishing (Send out 110 manuscripts): I sent out two indisputable submissions but one that I realized was to the same publisher that I sent the story to in November. Looks like I’m blacklisted there.

3. Read Finnegan’s Wake: Nothing.

4. Read Shakespeare’s sonnets: 130 of the 154.

5. Visit five new libraries: Nothing.

6. 5,000 Push ups/8,000 Leg lifts: 561 push ups; 795 leg lifts.

7. Running: Crummy 31.1 miles, again only on the elliptical for 194.28 for the year.

8. Lose 26 pounds: Not great. Gained three pounds. Damn.

9. 100 photos of different species: Three more to make 23 for the year:

Mammal: House cat, Dog

Amphibian: Bullfrog tadpole

Fish: Betta, Blood parrot cichlid, Guppies, Angelfish, Pictus catfish, Blue Gourami, Electric Blue Ram Cichlid, Buenos Aires Tetra, Cherry barb

Insect: Caliworm (Black Soldier Fly)

Crustacean: Ghost shrimp, Vanilla lobster

Plants: Christmas cactus, Bell pepper, Purple waffle plant, Monk’s hood cactus, Moss

10. Year of Mercy: Donated toys and clothes but nothing new.

Posted by: Mark | February 3, 2016

A Mass of Moss

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Well, here’s a switch from my usual pictures of fish or bugs–a picture of a plant.

I thought I would learn about moss but that wasn’t the case.

Apparently there are an average of 100 different species of moss in every Ohio county and identification requires a microscope or magnifying glasses.

In that case I’m just calling it moss and leaving it at that.

Posted by: Mark | February 2, 2016

Mutant Gerbils

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All three of the weird not-entirely-black gerbils were running on their wheel at the same time. I couldn’t get a good picture of that but here’s one of two of them and a normal brother looking confused.

I have no idea of the mutation that caused these guys to be born of an albino father and normal mother.

Posted by: Mark | February 1, 2016

Buenos Aires Tetra

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These guys don’t look like much but they are so greedy that feeding them is a lot of fun. They swarm like piranhas and gobble their food so frantically that the water looks like it’s boiling.

I doubt if I’ll ever own a school of them but I can definitely see their appeal.

Posted by: Mark | January 31, 2016

Cherry Barb

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Cherry Barb sounds somewhat dirty but just is the name of this little fish. I’ve never had to catch one but needed to net eight similarly sized guppies today and it took half my shift. Goldfish are far, far easier to nab.

Posted by: Mark | January 30, 2016

Resolution Update #4

Not a great week but still plodding along:

1. Writing (Goal – 120,000 words/finish five stories and a novel): 5,256 words; two stories. Falling behind.

2. Publishing (Send out 110 manuscripts): Still nothing.

3. Read Finnegan’s Wake: Nothing.

4. Read Shakespeare’s sonnets: 115 of the 154.

5. Visit five new libraries: Nothing.

6. 5,000 Push ups/8,000 Leg lifts: 461 push ups; 675 leg lifts.

7. Running: 51.3 miles, again only on the elliptical. Up to making it 163.18 for the year.

8. Lose 26 pounds: Not great. Lost 0.3 pounds, making it 19.2 for the year.

9. 100 photos of different species: 20

Mammal: House cat, Dog

Amphibian: Bullfrog tadpole

Fish: Betta, Blood parrot cichlid, Guppies, Angelfish, Pictus catfish, Blue Gourami, Electric Blue Ram Cichlid

Insect: Caliworm (Black Soldier Fly)

Crustacean: Ghost shrimp, Vanilla lobster

Plants: Christmas cactus, Bell pepper, Purple waffle plant, Monk’s hood cactus

10. Year of Mercy: Nothing new.

Posted by: Mark | January 28, 2016

Vanilla Lobster

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A few weeks ago, the vile blue lobster ate its tank mates, a tangerine and a vanilla lobster.

Now there’s a new vanilla lobster and s/he’s more aggressive than the last one. I don’t think it would live peacefully with my turtle so I’m going to have to hold off on him/her for the moment .

Posted by: Mark | January 27, 2016

156.18 Miles

This might be the first post of the year not involving pictures, bad news, or general New Year’s Resolutions.

This is a specific resolution update–I’m 156.18 miles into my goal of 1,500 for the year.

Still plenty of time to screw it up but it’s a positive note in an otherwise crummy month.

Posted by: Mark | January 26, 2016

The Rambler Takes a Blow

For weeks I’ve been using the pet shop’s tanks as photo fodder but, after a heating malfunction, many of the fish died today.

I had been thinking about setting up an aquarium at home but dragged my feet about it. If I had hurried up, I might have saved a few.

At least one of the albino Oscars died and the blood parrot cichlid is looking grim. I know worse things happen to humans but it still blackened the day.

Posted by: Mark | January 25, 2016

Electric Blue Ram Cichlid

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I couldn’t get a good shot of a purple lobster so I had to settle for these guys. They’re pretty but they don’t especially appeal to me.

Man, I am thinking about the purple lobster.

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