Namely the fact that I now HAVE A CAR! It's a 1999 Ford Escort Wagon so it's kinda mom-y, but it gets great mpg and is big enough to comfortably sleep in. Perfect road trip vehicle.
ALSO! I now have a new job! I interviewed prior to New Year's and they called me in for a second interview on the Tuesday after. Then called to tell me I was hired! I'm gonna go through training on Monday, but I'm stoked to have restaurant work again. Sign flipping has just gotten really old...
In fishy news, I tore down my 20gal today because the tank wasn't really turning out how I wanted it. So I'm rethinking that one as I get back to work on my riparium/paludarium. Rufus, the dwarf gourami, is dead as well as Jawbreaker, the dwarf puffer. Rufus was on his way out and I couldn't bare to watch him suffer any longer so I humanely euthanized him. Jawbreaker died rather quickly from what looked to be a fungal/bacterial infection. I couldn't see what was wrong because of his tiny body and without scales the infection just looked like part of his pattern. Poor little fella. :(
I would like to get the paludarium rolling by next Tuesday, before I start school, but I'm not sure I'll have the funds to complete it. I've recently changed my plans on the way the DIY hood will be constructed. I'm thinking I'm gonna try a Wardian case sort of top, with large glass panes on the front and back with screen on the sides for better airflow. I'm almost certain I'll be adding geckos and/or frogs of some sort in to the vivarium, we'll find out after I get my first paycheck from the new job. ;) Maybe I can just establish the underwater section first and work around it. That wouldn't be to hard and the fish need to be rehomed soon, they are a bit crowded currently. Anywho, maybe I'll do a mask tonight, maybe I won't, but I'll get back to them this week. I promise you that.