“fish [and other adorable pets] are friends”

“Fish are friends, not food.” We remember when the indecisive shark in Finding Nemo said this, and it was a bit hard for him to live up to the deep truth he spoke. But not for us. Fish are our friends! They can be the most genial of friends, undemanding and pleasantly reserved (Communication barriers don’t have to be viewed as all that bad.).

Click if you want this one.

But they aren’t our only friends. No, there all the other adorable pets we’ve grown so fond of in our many years of pet ownership. Perhaps you are the well-seasoned “cat woman” of your neighborhood, housing a range of 10-20 animals (mostly cats) on any given day. Or maybe you’re the more well-rounded owner of a few normal pets mixed in with the occasional exotic creature like a lizard or tarantula. Or perhaps you are the less experienced, naive individual with limited pet access in your life’s history.

Wherever you fall in the pet-keeping range, perhaps you are considering getting a new pet soon? I myself must admit that I’ve given it some consideration. Lots of consideration. Okay, I admit to browsing the “Pets” page on Craigslist every few . . . days (Maybe hours, but let’s not get technical.).

Puppies. Kittens. Bunnies. Chinchillas (Really?). Ferrets. Iguanas. Who can resist browsing these pet posts and photos?

the challenge

Get a new pet. It could be one you’ve never had before, or an old favorite. Start a blog about your time with and care for this pet. Have the frequent photo opp. Pose funny pictures. Share stories and adventures.

Please tell me why this picture was a result when I searched for “turtle eating lettuce.” Someone didn’t get the memo about fish being friends.

possible blog names

  • TheDoInDog
  • MyTurtleIsFasterThanYours
  • AlfredTheHamster
  • WannaIquana

when the icecream truck arrives, the icecream arrives

When it rains, it pours. We all know that this familiar phrase means something along the lines of, “Bad things always happen in pairs.” This phrase always reminds me of that motif in movies where the characters are broken down on the side of the road, the closest gas station is 25 miles away, and they open the trunk, only to discover that their dog Scruffy (who was being stowed in the trunk for some unknown reason) has eaten all the food supplies. But, inevitably, one character will console the rest by proclaiming, “At least it’s not raining.” And, boom! As if it was an invocation of Zeus himself, it starts to rain.

Well, I like to consider myself a very optimistic person, but yet, I can’t think of a single proverb that means the opposite (that good things never happen alone, either). That’s why, for the sake of this post, I had to create my own: When the icecream truck arrives, the icecream arrives.

Icecream trucks are a delight in their own right. They’ve got it all. Dainty music looping. Pictures of children scooping. Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry grouping. (This paragraph reminds me of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” so far.) I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get excited when they view an icecream truck driving down the neighborhood street.

Have your icecream truck and your icecream, too.

But when the icecream truck arrives, so does the icecream! That’s the best part, no? Icecream sandwiches, popsicles, sprinkles everywhere, cones, and bars. If icecream trucks weren’t enough, you get icecream, too!

Now, at this point you may be wondering why I have gone to great lengths to explain a fabricated proverb about icecream trucks, as you well should be. Keep reading. You’ll see soon.

When I first started this blog, I envisioned a sweeping phenomenon of readers grabbing hold of each post and starting their own blog that I could showcase along the way. I’ve enjoyed writing the blog, reading comments, hearing feedback from friends and bloggers, it just hasn’t been the way I envisioned.

But dear readers, the icecream truck and the icecream arrived this week. After posting 365 and 52 (project): the numbers of 2012, I had three good friends decide to start a project/blog in part because of the inspiration of this post. I couldn’t believe it!

So now, it’s only right that I let you in on their blogs!

FewFavorite – 365 Project of photos highlighting some of my sister Kerrie’s favorite things

Felicityefriann – 366 Project (because 2012 is a leap year) that shares a photo about my friend Felecia’s day; She’s also trying to learn one song on the guitar each week.

Revolutiondude – My friend Lucas’ daily blog about finding meaning in the small things

Blog on, bloggers!

birthday messages (to past and present)

Someone should start a blog about birthday messages (to past and present) . . .

Wouldn’t it be cool to see a blog that pays tribute to whoever’s birthday it is on the day of the post? Maybe the blogger would limit it to people who are alive or to friends, or maybe it would even include birthday wishes (or some kind of message) to people who are already dead. For example, if it were Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, maybe the blog post would be about how everyone views him today as an important figure in the Civil War and history of slavery. It could also mention things he’s remembered for (like the Gettysburg Address) – kinda a letter to Abe with an update on what his life means.

Well, I’ll give a full-length example of a post for such a blog because today is not Lincoln’s birthday, but it is tthe birthday of one of my best friends . . .

The Birthday Boy.

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Lucas,

Happy birthday! If you didn’t know, today is your birthday! I hope it’s a great one. It’s the big 2-0 on the 2-0! Make sure to wear something bright and do a birthday dance.

It stinks that we can’t all see you in person on your birthday, but at least I can still give you your present! Well, it’s really the invitation to a present.

You are cordially invited to attend the Montana Skies concert at The Brown Street Club on Saturday, January 14, 2012. I have made reservations for six at 6:30 = concert time. You may bring five of your closest friends for an evening of food, fun, and fentertainment (I had to keep the alliteration going.). Do I sound like a sweepstakes spokesperson yet? So we’ll go downtown, take you to eat wherever you’d like, head to the concert (where we might grab another bite to eat, or dessert!), enjoy the music, and then of course wander around downtown.

I can hardly wait. I’ve almost given away this secret like 15 times, but I made it! I didn’t tell you. Anyways, I hope this is something I tell you often: thank you for being my friend. I’m honored to know you, and I hope this will be another great year. God will continue to do awesome things in your life as you follow Him!

Your friend,
Celeste
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Questions/Answers about Aforementioned Birthday Gift

1. Who is Montana Skies, you may be asking? This is Montana Skies.

They mix guitar and cello and play everything from classical to rock. I’ll let you read and hear more about them from their website, www.montanaskiesmusic.com. There’s a free 13-track download there, too. What am I saying! You always know more about music than I do, so you’ve probably heard of them.
 
2. What is The Brown Street Club?
The Brown Street Club is a restaurant/music venue in downtown Greenville. They’re known for weekly live jazz performances. I’ve never been yet, so I hope it’s as cool as it sounds.
3. Whom can you invite?
Anyone, really. (I sure hope I’ll be on “the list.”) Of course, if you wish to invite more or less than five others, then we can adjust reservations. Reservations are the “tickets” to the concert, and they’re easy to change online.
 
4. Will pineapple be involved?
True partiers cut pineapple, not cake.

The best fruit known to mankind.

5. What time does the concert start?
6:30 PM, which is the time of our reservation. We might want to be there a little earlier just to ensure we get good seats and all.
 
6. Should you bring anything?
 TBA.
 
7. Did I really create a question number seven just so that I could have seven items in this list?
Yes. Yes, I did.
 
P.S. Another good number is 42. This post is now complete.
 

practical ways to be overprepared

Someone should start a blog about practical ways to be overprepared . . .

Some people in this world are overprepared. These are the women who carry sewing kits, shoe polish, and peanut butter in their purses (just in case someone needs stitches, a shoe shining job, or the remedy to bubble-gum-in-the-hair at a minute’s notice). Now, I don’t know the equivalent for men. Maybe they keep four spare tires in the trunk? Or three pocket knives in their left sock alone?

But is there a moderate version of being overprepared?

I can think of at least one very familiar setting where being overprepared pays off. Exhibit A: a college cafeteria.

There are many things they’ll never tell you about college in the tour or on the website or in the nifty tri-fold brochure. One of those things is that the school cafeteria may be a dangerous firing ground daily (as is the case where I attend college). People will do everything within their power to project various objects (rolled up napkins) and uneaten food items (which may or may not be suitable for consumption) into your beverage container (aka cup).

So my example of how to be practically overprepared? Always keep a rubber band or hair thing on your person at all times.

Now, when someone uses the words “always” and “at all times” in the same sentence, it may seem needlessly redundant. Or, as in poetry, it may signify that the author is striving to bring attention and put emphasis on this instance of repetition. Such is the case here. To be overprepared, there are certain things that must always be done.

The effects of being overprepared are obviously beneficial.

Being overprepared can save a life.