Whew, busy few days. Since Saturday I’ve had a wedding to attend, a cookout, a book cover that still needs finishing, a hockey game (the swan song of the Hurricanes’ playoff season) and tomorrow is my birthday,* although I don’t think we’re doing anything wacky for it. 

Tank news isn’t good this week. My tank heater is busted–the lower I turn it, the higher it tries to push things–so I have a new one ordered. To my extreme dismay, I’m having a digitate hydroid bloom, which is major bad news. Digitate hydroids are like jellyfish with one strand that anchor to the rock. Their single tentacles pack a serious whallop, and one is abusing one of my mushrooms. I keep calking up their little holes, but if this doesn’t stop soon, I’ll have to pull the rock they’re on, which would suck, because it’s a really wonderful rock. I’m trying to cut down the amount of available nutrients–apparently they tend to occur when there’s an overload of nutrients, so I’m cutting way back on feeding–but it’s still aggravating.

And of course, the pest bobs are back yet again. Grrr. Joe’s Juice is failing me, so I’m gonna break down and get a peppermint shrimp. I’m not sure how happy he’ll be in the tank, but I can always take him back to the fish store if he doesn’t thrive, and hopefully he will have slain some of the wily pest bobs in the meantime. (Seriously, they need to do rent-a-shrimp.) 

But all this dismay is countered by the fact that I have two Dragonbreath breathmint tins AND a final print copy! (My box of author’s copies hasn’t arrived yet, but I’ve got one. It’s awesome!) I will try to get photos later tonight. And the garden is going nuts, because of two days of serious rain, so life is not that bad.

*Nobody needs to get me anything, but if you really really really feel obligated, are a stumped friend/family/etc, my Amazon wishlist is here. Honestly, I don’t know how we lived without these things.

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