Trying My Hand at Breeding Fish

August 21st, 2013

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I received a large amount of African Cichlids from a friend at work after my brand new tank crashed while I was on vacation. I love my fish, they really calm my nerves watching them dart around the tank, however I have never had any of them successfully breed before. I figured I would tackle that subject if they ever got to that point.

Well, we are now here! Babies! Over the weekend, I noticed that one of my females had a rather large bulge in her mouth and then last night when I was adding a new heater to the nursery tank, I found some babies that she had spit! She’s got about 14-15 babies in the nursery tank now. We will see how good I am at growing them out for the main tank. I don’t think I will keep them all, because of the amount of fish I already have, but we will see. Anyhow, this was so exciting to witness! African Cichlids are very funny fish and watching them spawn and take care of their young is incredible! I had to share the babies with whoever is still reading.

Now I have to go and set up a brine shrimp hatchery, since the baby brine shrimp are small enough and nutritious enough for the babies to eat. I also have a few other food sources to try out on them. This will be interesting! I’ll have to document this new experience!

Some News and My Disneyland Trip

June 27th, 2013

First for my news…I will be co-hosting The DLRage Podcast with Paul Hale! I’m really excited about this opportunity and I think we will make a great team! Paul and I have differing perspectives, he’s the behind the story guy from a writer’s perspective and I’m a behind the scenes gal from an engineering and former castmember perspective, so together we will have lots to talk about and I hope the listeners will enjoy what we come up with.

Now, onto my Disneyland trip! First stop was the Fantasy Faire Royal Theater to see the Rapunzel show. In the picture gallery, I’ve included an older (not that great IMO) picture of the Carnation Plaza Area and a new picture of the Fantasy Faire Area. As much as I thought I would detest Fantasy Faire, I actually found it to be quite pleasant. Granted, we only spent enough time there to catch the Rapunzel show, because the kids had to take a potty break and have lunch at Rancho del Zocalo because even though we got to the parking at 10am, we didn’t enter Disneyland until 11:30 or so (but I’ll cover that delay later on). The Fantasy Faire area looks very open and inviting, much more so than Carnation Plaza did. It definitely mirrors the rest of Fantasyland with its look and feel although it is a bit more updated and has that new land smell to it!

The Rapunzel show itself was wonderful, very cute and quite creative with “impromptu” props! I would definitely recommend this show to anyone with kids who wants a little sit down break in the day. The new theater has the kids sit on carpets right in front of the stage so they can interact with the show and the adults sit on the benches to join in the fun.

After lunch, I took the kids through Adventureland, because I wanted to go on Pirates as I had missed it the last trip I was on. However, we had to make a pitstop at Tarzan’s Treehouse, so Susan could get her fill of it. She loves the Tarzan Treehouse and its probably because it is one of the few things she can explore on her own without adults. Pirates of the Caribbean was a mistake, we shouldn’t have done that one. Although my daughter never seemed to care about the ride before, at the age of 3, she has decided that she is deathly afraid of Pirates and didn’t let me know about it until we were already in the bowels of the attraction. Needless to say, I think this is an attraction that I will have to do without her for a while.

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Anticipating Disneyland!

June 20th, 2013

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Tonight starts my weekend trip and I am stoked! First up on the trip is taking the monsters to Disneyland tomorrow and possibly meeting up with Logan in the afternoon!

The last time I was at Disneyland, I went with my hubby’s family. We had a lot of fun and I got to go on the rides for the 12 and over crowd! Thrill rides abound and people who enjoyed riding them! Normally, I go to Disneyland with my mother, cousin, and my daughter and they are all wimps when it comes to anything that is more thrilling than Pirates of the Carribean.

So, with the girls, Susan and Jillian, I am looking forward to a kid day. I am going to bite the bullet and take them to the Fantasy Faire. I know it’s going to be nuts, but I want to see what all the fuss is about. Truthfully, I’m a tad excited about it, but mostly for the atmospheric theming.

I’m going to avoid Toon Town if I can help it. We will definitely see the Tiki Room, because the girls just love it! I’m kind of bummed, because I’m going to miss The Tiki Room’s 50th Anniversary. Its hard to experience the Limited Time Magic when I’m a 400 mile drive from the park. But there are other things to see.

I think I’m going to take the girls to Tom Sawyer Island. We haven’t ever done this with them before and I think they are going to love it! I enjoyed it as a kid, so I think they will too. It’s a good place for restless kids to let their energy out!

So, I’m really looking forward to this little escape! If you have any suggestions on checking out something new or different, let me know in the comments below! I’m always looking at different ways to enjoy the park…even if it involves the occasional parade!