Posted by: catsandfish | October 23, 2008

Getting A New Betta!

Fruit Bowl, Pumpkin And Antique Vase On My Kitchen Table

I am going to get a new Betta today. I have a little tank all set up for him on my bathroom counter where I can watch him while I take a bath… *Super Relaxing*

I am going to buy him a glow-in-the-dark plant and glow-in-the-dark pebbles so he’ll be like a little night light at night. It will be hard to decide on one Betta; there are so many different colors. I will take a picture of him to post as soon as I buy him.

I cleaned my house yesterday, did laundry, cooked chicken enchiladas with spicy rice and patty pan squash…I also bought a new trash can and trash bags.

I bought the fish a stick of Bamboo. Here is a picture of Rock Lobster and the Bamboo.

Posted by: catsandfish | October 20, 2008

Proposition 8 Supporters Make Drive To Work More Depressing


A woman on Reseda holding a large yellow sign with the words: PROP 8 = FREE SPEECH

I had to work on Saturday. As I drove past the Reseda/Nordhoff intersection I noticed about 10 people holding bright yellow signs. The following short phrases were printed in bold black print:

 “Prop 8 = Less Government”

Prop 8 = Religious Freedom”

Prop 8 = Free Speech”

My first instinct was to throw my middle finger up at these Homophobic Bastards who can’t mind their own freaking business. Instead I pulled my car over to ask the woman with the free speech sign what she thought the sign meant. She said that 60%  of California voters had voted gay marriage down and it was overturned. She also told me that if Prop 8 passes the state constitution will be amended to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. (I already knew, I read my voter information packets) I feel like they might as well make it a law that Love only exists between a man and a woman. I know how important marriage is to some people and to deny them normal human rights is disgusting. In a day and age when people can get “married for fun” in Vegas; to tell people who are really in love that they can’t get married is sick, cruel, unethical and immoral. If Prop 8 passes it  would reinforce the idea that LGBT Americans don’t deserve the same rights as other Americans. Not only do LGBT Americans have to fight for normal civil rights, they have to fight for acceptance in everyday social situations to the point where many people feel the need to “stay in the closet” at work, school, and even at home. I asked the woman holding the free speech sign why she personally felt so strongly about this issue. She told me that in Massachusetts, when gay marriage passed, it became required to teach gay marriage as an option in all public schools. I asked why that was such a problem, and she said that she didn’t want her grandson learning moral values at school, he needed to learn them at home. She even went as far as to say that no marriage should be taught in schools, which is impossible since marriage is a legal term. (Why would he trust his teacher more than his family anyway? Or maybe it’s because she would have to give her grandson reasons why it’s bad to be gay?) The question is this: What is she so afraid of? Does she think that her grandson will become gay because it’s taught as an option in public schools? So afraid that she would spend her Saturday morning armed with a fanny pack and sunglasses, full make up and hairstyle, in the hot sun, waving a huge yellow sign at 6 lanes of traffic in Liberal LA? I just don’t know about the world today. For more information/opinion check out my boyfriend’s blog

Posted by: catsandfish | October 15, 2008

Fires…A Little Bit Of Hell On Earth

I have lived in LA for over 1 year and have visited my boyfriend here for over 5 years. Every year around this time the skies fill with smoke and ash rains down.

Local news channels show constant footage of panic in the streets, affected people or animals, and of course hillsides ablaze with heroic fire fighters and aircraft doing their best to minimise damage to structures and people. (My brother fights fires in Westport, California) Last year we watched a news reporter doing a story on his own house buring behind him.

The air quality in LA is rarely nice, but the constant smoke make your eyes and lungs burn slightly. Local schools and businesses close down due to air quality. People are in  a terrible mood because everyone knows someone affected.

We have our cat carriers ready even though we are far from where the fires are currently burning. Our families call every day to make sure we are still safe. I took some photos of the smoke, but I still need to edit them.

Posted by: catsandfish | October 13, 2008

Comfort Food

I have today off, so I decided to make Pot Roast. It takes forever so I can never make it on days that I work. I went and bought some crusty sour dough bread and a large chunk of beef from the supermarket, chopped up some veggies, and threw it all together with some wine and spices. It’s simmering on my stove now, filling the apartment with warmth and good smells.

I also bought plums, pears, pomegranates, and a tiny pumpkin. They are on my kitchen table.

I spent all day cleaning my house, grocery shopping, cooking…anything to keep me busy. I still can’t stop thinking about my Dad. He’s sick. I’ve always felt like he’s bullet-proof. I can’t wait to see him. He’s being really strong in a scary situation. I want to write a book about him. His life has been a crazy interesting adventure so far…so many twists and turns, saving lives, fatherhood, moving around, going to rock concerts in San Francisco during the 1960’s, (he saw all the big names) his crazy jobs, his love for my mother…he’s an awesome guy.

I work at 5:30 in the morning tomorrow. There are still stars out when I drive to work. I need to fall asleep early tonight or I’ll be exhausted all day tomorrow. 

I spend a lot of time thinking of the house I’ll have someday. I want a beautiful light aqua bathroom with a huge bath tub, a kitchen with all kinds of kitchen gadgets, a garden with a bird feeder…maybe a rescued Boston terrier like this little guy. <–


It’s very important to take time to relax and reflect. I think I’ll take a bubble bath and relax. I’m going to listen to the classical radio station because of the lack of commercials. I used to paint. I think I’ll start again.

Posted by: catsandfish | October 12, 2008

Day Off

Wednesday was my Day Off. “Day Off” means cleaning my house and doing my laundry. I also had time to take some photos.

Eating fruit is very important. Here is my current fruit bowl. We used the fresh limes on the chicken we made for dinner-

My cat Hazy is intrested in my fruit-








Here are some festive Fall pumpkins I have in my living room-








This is my cat Twinkle sleeping on the table. Her 1st Birthday was October 1st-








Here is my Blood Parrot Cichlid Tequila Sunrise eating. When I got him he was all orange, but now he has bright blue spots on his tail and dorsal fin-








Here are both of my Blood Parrots being camera shy behind their mopani wood. The small yellow one is Bananafish- 









Here is a picture that William took of Rock Lobster (a Crawdad) and Bandit (a Keyhole Cichlid) inside the rainbow rock-

Posted by: catsandfish | October 9, 2008


Today I walked outside my apartment and was greeted by southern California sunshine, a cool breeze, and the song of the flock of Rosy Finches that live in the trees in our apartment complex. Then I see it. Trash on the lawn right outside my door. Trash in the area around the Olive tree that grows right outside my door. My terrible upstairs neighbors have decided to use that area as not only a trash can, but also as an ashtray. I picked up bits of paper and about 30 cigarette butts. Disgusting. Not only disgusting, also deadly, since there’s a pile of dead dried leaves ready to catch fire. I can’t wait untill we move.

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