Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Yesterday I thought I might draw something.  Or blog something.  Or both. Then an online learning site I use enticed me to play over there for a while.  And I thought, okay, just for a little bit.  PFFFT.

I camped out over in my left-side brain for too long.  My drawing/blogging right side brain went to mush.  Does that happen to anyone else?  It's hard to strike a balance.  Is that how my kids can play computer games for so long? And then are unable to clean up their own messes?

Maybe I should set a timer or something

In the end, I guess it was a good thing.  I went to PEO and was recruited to act as treasurer since the official treasurer was absent.  Yay!  I am somebody!  I have a purpose!   I can do numbers!

Thus my excitement of yesterday.

Another project on the to-do list is to refurb my fish aquarium.  Except the evil fish are still living in there.  Recall how they took over and totally wiped out the tank civilization?  They have continued to thrive, but I can't bring any other tankmates in, lest they become murder victims.  Remember Jansen the plecostomus?  How he totally vanished overnight?  Never found any trace of him.  I don't dare buy another pleco, it just seems cruel.

My only consolation has been that the plants have flourished under this post-apocalypse regime.  Well, that all went out the window over the weekend.

See, I didn't do anything special for the evil fish when we shuffled off to Comic Con.  I made sure they were fed before I left, we'd be gone for two days, they could scrounge the tank.  I think I was secretly hoping they'd eat each other.

They didn't.  They ate the plants instead.

My previously lush tank flora has been reduced to a few scraggly leafless stems.  Like a few skinny grass noodles and nothingness.  However, the algae continues to prosper because there is no resident plecostomus, may he Rest In Peace.

I've quietly contemplated serving the evil fish up as a treat for Reese the snake.

But they'd probably find a way to kill him too.


Anonymous said...

That learning site is pretty cool... if only my kids could get as caught up in it as you did. We tried one year to get them addicted - no such luck. Maybe they're worried their gaming side of the brain will get all mushy.
Your poor plants! Perhaps your evil fish need solitary confinement. Then your fish tank society can get back to normal.

Abby said...

It is a great site, and it's free! I consider it a healthy distraction, my brain doesn't do video games.

When we returned home, I looked at the tank and instantly noticed "something" was different. Can't believe they ate all those lush plants! Yes I can...

lotta joy said...

You know I'm a good artist, as I know you are. But last night I tried doing those "zentangles" that are so popular on Pinterest, and now I don't know if I'm all that "good" anymore. I just can't do it!

Abby said...

Girl, you make rocks look good! I'm sure you can master zentangles! (Off to google what the heck "zentangles" are)

agg79 said...

As I read through this, the old expression "it's a dog eat dog world" comes to mind (with a twist). It's not a good day unless there is some drama going on in the tank. I guess that Jansen the plecostomus is really "sleeping with the fishes" now.

Abby said...

Yep, I think these fish are omnivores, fer sure! Of the four, Jansen was the only one I liked.

Judy said...

YAY for you stepping up and acting as treasurer! By the way, one of the clues on Jeopardy on Wednesday was "What does the P in P.E.O. stand for?" How wild is that???

terri said...

I can't tell you how often I have plans to blog... and then the sun shines, or the phone rings or some other need presents itself... and before I know it, a week has gone by. Well at least you gave your brain a workout.

Abby said...

I DID see that - a sister mailed it to us, I've got the screen shot!

Abby said...

Yeah, it happens - so many distractions, yet so little worth writing about!

Riot Kitty said...

Secretly hoping they'd eat each other? I feel the same way about fish...all the time ;)