Monster

So, last night, Colleen and I went to see Monster.  I didn’t really enjoy the movie, but it was quite good.  I know, that may sound sort of oxymoronic, but I didn’t really care for the story much, but the way in which is was told, and the actresses that played the part did an excellent job.  It was amazing how Charlize Theron played the part of Aileen.  The way she was able to pull off the manerisms that weren’t her own were fascinating.  Overall, I’d give it 3.5/5.  If I would’ve rented it, I most likely would’ve turned it off before watching all of it.

I’ve been reading alot about marine aquariums lately.  Colleen grabbed a few books at the bookstore the other day (not the ones I asked for, but decent ones none-the-less).  And I’m not sure if I want to start doing it now, or wait until I have a house.  I really want to get out of renting, and our lease is over in August.  I really want to get a house, and stop throwing my money down the drain.  Now, granted that it takes ~1-2 months to get the tank cycled, and running, that leaves about 3 months before I’d have to tear it down and move it (if we have a house…).  That seems counter intuitive to me, so I think I’m going to keep reading on the subject and figure out exactly what I want to get, and then when I get a house I can start.  That way I can get something that would maybe fit better with the house also.

I’m currently looking at getting around a 55 gallon tank, and then go from there.  With everything hooked up, you can figure around 10lbs/gallon.  That means I’d have to drain almost all of it, and move it.  So, moving a 55 gallon tank in and of itself is a beast (without anything in it), plus I’d have to keep SOME water in it to not ruin the biological filtering.  Then what do I do with the fish?!  So, I definitely think I’m going to keep researching, and wait till I have a more permanent residence.  I think it will be better for me AND the fish that way.

Lets see, lastly I’m finally on a “regular” workout interval.  Colleen really likes to do the yoga class on Sundays @ 7pm at the Fitness Center (when she’s not working), so that is when my workout week starts.  I go with her @7 on Sundays, run (2+ miles) and lift while she’s in her class for an hour.  Then, to avoid the busiest day at the Fitness Center, I go to the climbing gym on Monday.  Tuesday I again visit the Fitness Center and do my running and lifting, this time I concentrate on either arms or legs, whichever I didn’t do on Sunday.  Wednesday I’m back in the climbing gym.  Thursdays (when I want to, Thursdays aren’t mandatory, only if I’m bored) I can head back to the Fitness Center and run and lift.  This way I have (Thursday) Friday, and Saturday to do whatever I want.  I’m sure to visit the Fitness Center after 7:30 though, that way I’m sure to get a treadmill when I want, and not have to sit in line.

***Currently Listening To: Sarah McLachlan – Remixed I like this CD, it combines both Sarah McLachlan and trance.  Very nice.

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Here Fishy Fishy

Well, I’ve been thinking about getting a fishtank.  However, I don’t want just bland, no color fix.  What’s the point then?  At first I was interested in glowfish, but after I went to see them at a local pet store last weekend, I’m just not so sure.  The concept sounds great, they absorb the light, then reemit it.  However, they didn’t look at that spectacular.  It could’ve been the tank they were in.  It definitely wasn’t very well lit, and the bottom didn’t have light colored gravel (which helps according to the website).  So, instead, I’ve been looking and reading up on saltwater tanks. 

I know what you all are thinking, “Is this guy nuts?  Saltwater tanks are a pain in the ass to take care of.”  Well, from all the reading that I’ve done so far, it’s not THAT much more of a pain.  In order to have a good freshwater tank, you need to do the exact same things as a saltwater tank.  The main difference being that you need to worry about the salinity (not that big of a deal because most fish can cope with a swing in salinity, just like in the ocean) and that salt water fish are more susceptible to pH, nitrate, etc levels.  So, in essence having a saltwater tank is exactly the same as a feshwater, only the fish cost more and you have to keep a better eye on your water chemistry.  I think I can handle that.  From everything I’ve read so far, it doesn’t seem like it would be that hard.  And even if it took 30 minutes more a day or week, the returns on having beautifully colored fish, instead of bland freshwater fish, would be well worth it.  Hopefully, if I decide to leave the apartment today, I’ll go get a book that would help me decided yay or nay more, but I think it’s going to happen.

Well, in other news, I think Colleen is going to start up her own blog page.  Now, in reality, that means, I’m going to set it up, and she’ll juts fill in the entries.  Just another thing to use up bandwith, that we’re not currently using, and wasting.  I’m sure they’ll be others that start to use my domain for their blogging too.  I’ve got a few friends that have seemed interested in the idea.  Maybe it will be the next blogger.com! šŸ˜®

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