Cleaning the Fish Tank Out

When they told me that having an aquarium was a lot of work, I remember hearing the warning but blowing it off. What kind of work is involved is what they failed to mention. All of this changing out stinking water and scrubbing the sides of the glass is a real pain in the ass after the first few months have gone by.

The water from our city pipes must have a lot of algae in it, because the aquarium gets cloudy and the filter gets clogged up with green gunk really fast. The algae is probably a natural part of what is in water, but it makes it hard for fish to breathe when the algae is sucking all the oxygen out of the water. So that is my fight right now – trying to keep the water in balance against an algae bloom.

Favorite Brownies

My mom used to make the best brownies in the world. She almost never baked anything at all for desserts unless it was someone’s birthday. So when she would just out of the blue decide to make a batch of brownies it was a real special teat for us kids.

My mom cooked everything from scratch. Although there are many different kinds of brownie mixes on the grocery store shelves, she would walk right past all the Betty Crocker and Pillsbury boxes and go right to the baking chocolates and all purpose flour section.

The best brownies that I remember were baked in a huge Pyrex baking dish. The brownies were about a half inch tall and they were the perfect balance of gooey middle and flaky topping so that they didn’t fall apart into crumbs when you picked them up to eat. I like the chewy brownies, not the cake ones.

Its funny how picky some people are about their brownies. Some people will not eat them after they get cold or sit overnight. Other people like them with frosting, and some insist on an edge piece so they get the harder crust along one side. I’m not that damn picky – you bake it, I’ll eat it and I’ll appreciate it, too.

The Junk Drawer

Does everybody have a drawer in their kitchen cabinets that seems to collect all kinds of odds and ends? I have a junk drawer that is so full of junk now that I can barely shove it closed. I guess its time to dump it all out and see if I really need to keep all that crap or if I can toss some of it to make room.

Just at the front of the drawer are several pairs of chopsticks, a box of wood matches, a little tray with a couple dozen loose keys, a baby bottle brush (???) and probably 100 loose and scattered twist ties from the loaves of bread. Some of this is really not needed in the kitchen. Especially bugged about all the loose keys – what the hell do those keys go to anyway?

Mani’s and pedi’s for guys?

I couldn’t fucking believe what my mom got me as a gift. It is a manicure and pedicure for men at her favorite spa. I didn’t know that men did that at all. So she dragged me down there yesterday to make sure I would use the gift certificate she bought me. I was surprised that there were so many men there. I think most of them were doctor and lawyer types or business men, but I really did enjoy it. I spend a lot of time on my feet with work and the pedicure was amazing and so relaxing. I could actually get used to that.

I got to sit in a vibrating chair that massages you while the person doing the pedicure massages your feet and calves, before actually working on your toenails. That was one of the most relaxing things I have ever done. Now I understand why my dad goes to the spa with my mom every so often. I know that we guys tend to get a picture of what is and isn’t manly and it skews our judgement on things. I can officially say that I am hooked on this and plan to buy some of the gift certificates for some of my friends.

I want a fucking jetski

Honestly, I really want a fucking jet ski. I have never owned one, but have had lots of fun on my friends water bikes. I can’t decide whether to buy a new one or a used one. I have searched craigslist to see what they had on there and people either want too much money for a used bike, or they are not in working condition. Some of the prices on them are more than a new one would cost. In these instances I have contacted the seller with a link to a page showing them that they are asking too much. Most don’t really appreciate it, but some have responded favorably.

There is one that I really like, but I am not sure I want to spend quite that much money. It is an amphibian four wheeler, crossed with a jet ski. It is fast as hell in and out of the water, but defeats the purpose of occasionally getting stuck in the mud with it. Getting stuck in the mud and getting dirty is the best part of going four wheeling in my opinion, so long as you don’t get stuck too often. I suppose I will probably buy a new one though.