My posts have been very sporadic lately (wouldn't Cher from Clueless be proud?). But it's for good reason! My mom and I took a lovely trip to Carolina Beach last week. As always, we hit up our favorite dive bar, Shuckin' Shack for some beer and peel-and-eat shrimp. We visited downtown Wilmington and ate delicious seafood at Dock Street Oyster Bar and sampled tasty mini cupcakes at Hot Pink Cupcake Stand. And of course, spent plenty of time on the beautiful beach! We've been visiting this beach for many years and it's always a blast.
For some reason, I've always thought the concept of a bindle stick (AKA hobo stick) is cool. They're often seen being toted by cartoon characters or in vintage photos. Since I've never seen one in real life, I decided to wrap my husband's birthday presents in a bindle stick.
First I got the materials together: red and white fabric (although the standard is polka dot, I really liked this pattern), presents, and a sturdy stick. Seriously, how perfect is that stick? Then I simply bundled the gifts in the fabric and knotted it around the stick.
This is a horrible pic...I had to remove the background b/c it was just TOO busy. Anyways, it's really a bindle stick! Yay! Jer got a kick out of it.
I had to share this sweet pic Jer got of Murph and I last weekend while we were outside monitoring the weather. Murphy doesn't usually let me hold him for very long, but for some reason he decided to get cozy on my lap and rock. I really enjoyed our little moment.
(Flashback one week) The forecast called for a beautiful week and weekend; hot and sunny on Saturday. A young newlywed couple decided to invite a couple friends over for some brewski and cornhole. As the week wore on, anticipation of the beautiful and relaxing Saturday to come kept them motivated. On Friday, a morning review of the Weather.com iPhone app brought much sadness. The forecast had suddenly changed to a 40% chance of thunderstorms! Not to be challenged by Mother Nature, the young couple focused on the 60% chance of NO RAIN!
Saturday morning was promising, partly cloudy with sunshine peeking through. The wife worked hard in the kitchen, baking M&M cookies and making her mom's famous 7-layer dip. The husband cleaned the grill until it sparkled and set up fixins' for the burgers. As the wind began to whip a bit harder, more clouds covered the sky. The young couple was worried. Guests arrived and managed to hang about an hour until the horrible storm arrived, completely ending the party. The short fiesta was really fun, but too short...better luck next time!
I'm guessing you've noticed the changes around here this week! I finally updated and redesigned the blog. My hope is to have more topics and to showcase my creative projects more often. I started this blog as a way to reawaken my creative and artistic side that was somewhat lost in the world of college coursework. Now that I've begun to actually DO creative things, I want to post them to keep myself encouraged.
In 2003, I bought a 30-gallon aquarium, and four tiny goldfish. They were 40 cents apiece, and were intended to be feeder fish. This is the only pic I can find of them at the moment, although I'm sure I took others. The goldfish ended up living over 4 years..even surviving a 5 hour drive during our move. In the car, I packaged them like organs being transported: battery powered air pump, regular stops to check vitals, goldfish in a brand new 5-gallon bucket, and a fancy pyrex dish for the betta I had at the time. Sadly, they passed away several months later. I was heartbroken and let the aquarium sit dry and fishless...until last week (almost 2 years later).
Angelfish 1 (2011 - )
I worked hard to get my aquarium started again. It was sparkling clean, the bubble wall flowed full force, the neon plants swayed so gently in the water you'd swear they were real, and the buddha head / fish cave was positioned ever so carefully. I did my research on "easy" fish to raise who also had longevity. Determined to succeed, I walked into Petco with a sample of water. The "fish guy" tested it and determined my tank to be READY FOR FISH! After several minutes of interrogation, and recommendations from the employee, I walked out with two Gourami and two Angelfish (all from the same tank). Both types of fish are said to do better in pairs.
Gourami 1 (2011 - )
About an hour later, the new fish were finally in the tank! It was a wonderful feeling to have my tank back. Then...tragedy struck.
Angelfish 2 (2011 - 2011)
Three days after their release, on my birthday nonetheless, the angelfish you see above perished. With a heavy heart, I returned to the store the following day with the fish in tow (yes gross, but they need to see proof). I received a new angelfish and headed back home. Things seemed lovely...until two days later when I found the newest fish dead as well. I returned YET AGAIN to Petco and received YET ANOTHER angelfish, only to find it dead the next morning. I officially give up. The other three fish seem perfectly fine. My theories are: (a) Since the fish were all from the same tank, perhaps I am bringing home old enemies and they are being murdered; (b) Angelfish taste good to other fish; or (c) Petco has unhealthy and weak fish. Perhaps it is a mix of all three. All I know is that I am holding out hope for my three current fish and hope to forget this tragedy ever occurred.