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Sunday, August 28, 2005

SIP, little Auron

Originally uploaded by azure68.
We lost our beautiful betta boy, Auron, in the very early hours of the morning yesterday. A few days ago, I noticed that his belly started to have some bloating. He was fine, otherwise, until 3 days ago. He stopped swimming and would only stay in one spot.

I moved him into a hospital tank, a 2 gallon glass bowl that was half way filled with a silk plant in there. That way, if he wanted to swim up and breath, he didn't have to swim so far. And if he so inclined, he also rested on the leaves of the silk plant.

2 days ago, he stopped eating. He did eventually take a pellet, but 20 seconds later, he spat it back out. I was feeling so horrible for him. I knew he was trying to fight to stay alive, but the mystery illness that took over his little body was too much for him. It took him really fast.

I am saddened that he's not with us anymore, but at the same time, glad he's not suffering anymore either. We miss him terrible.

He was a very special fish and we will never forget him. SIP, little buddy...

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Friday, August 19, 2005

More sushi...

My sushi addiction has grown to epic proportions. Either that, or I'm just PMS'ing. I've been craving sushi ever since I had it on Wednesday.

Today was my last day over at my onsite assignment. Since Walt had the day off, he drove me into work this morning. He also met me for lunch. I, of course, suggested that we needed to go to the sushi restaurant across the way. Boy, were we gluttons. We had the Jimbo Roll (tempura shrimp roll), Lorry Roll (crab, scallops, cream cheese, and yum yum sauce), Dragon Roll (California roll with the eel on top), and a Firecraker Roll (chopped tuna, hot sauce, and yum yum sauce). The seaweed salad was excellent, of course.

Walt really liked the food. I wasn't too sure how he felt about raw fish, so I took the first step of ordering him the tempura shrimp roll. They have an all you can eat special for $30 per person. One of these days, we'll have to try that out.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

My faith has been restored...

CrollCan you say "SUSHI?" That's right...it has been almost ten years since I've had sushi. Well...I've done the California Roll thingy...but there's no raw fish in that. You see, I used to love sushi. In fact, I was a certified sushi junkie. Shit...I even had a pair of sushi earrings when I was in high school (shaddap...this was in the 80's). Everytime I entered into a Japanese restaurant...there was no question...sushi was the food of choice. Until it happened...

Back in 1992, after spending a day walking around the San Gennaro Street Fair in Little Italy and Chinatown, a few of us went out for sushi when we got back to Brooklyn. I, of course, ordered my typical sushi special, which included the ikura, otherwise known as the salmon roe.

Shortly after getting back from the restaurant, I had a really queasy feeling in my stomach and totally tossed my sushi. It was the first time that I've ever gotten sick after eating sushi. I remembered getting a bee sting just the day before, so I kinda chalked it up to it being an allergic reaction to a bee sting. I wasn't going to let me stop having sushi when going to the restaurant. Besides, after I got sick that time, the feeling immediately passed. It wasn't like it was food poisoning, where a fever would accompany it.

Fast forward, 4 years later...I was working as a word processor at a Wall Street investment banking firm. The company was really good about providing good training whenever new software is introduced. At that point, we had switched from Applixware to Microsoft Office (oh...the humanity)...but I digress. My training was 4 weeks long and the class was in the evening. My classmates and I would either order out Indian food or go to the Japanese restaurant around the corner for dinner.

Then that night happened. I had ordered the sushi plate, and got an extra piece of ikura. After we were done with dinner...we all headed back to class. I remember I was starting to feel kinda hot when we were walking back towards the classroom. I thought it was odd because it was in the dead of winter! I remember one of my fellow classmates asking me a question in the program, and as I was explaining it to him...I could taste the bile that was making its way up my throat. I remember telling him that I needed to go throw up IMMEDIATELY!!!! I made it to the bathroom just in time for me to pray to the porcelain God.

Needless to say...I didn't stay till the end of class. I took a company car home. Since I was still feeling nauseous...the only thing that helped was rolling down the window and letting the cold air blow on my face. Of course, the driver kept trying to roll up my fucking window, complaining that I'm letting out all the heat. I told him I was really sick and if he wanted a puke free car, he had better leave the window open. Not only did he let me leave the window rolled down, he also picked up the speed and drove like a bat out of hell.

By the time I got home, which at the time, I lived on the 2nd floor of a 6 story walk-up (thank goodness). When I opened my front door to the apartment, I have to go down a long hall before I can reach the bathroom. It was the longest walk down that hallway that I can remember...but I remember I was peeling off layers of outerwear as I was making my way towards the bathroom to hurl again. By the time the ordeal was over, I remember looking down the hallway and seeing all of my clothes just littering the floor, as if I had brought home a hot and heavy date that we couldn't keep our hands off eachother. But the only date I had that night was food poisoning. I was feverish for a good 24 hours. I couldn't hold ANYTHING down. My body ached. I couldn't even talk. All I can do was lay down.

That was the last time I had sushi....until today. I'm on a temporary assignment this week for a local home developer. Their office is right by a sushi restaurant. I decided to go in and order myself a california roll and sat at the sushi bar. It was sooo good. In fact, I decided to take a chance and ordered a salmon roll with cream cheese. Put it this way, I was not disappointed.

When I got home tonight, I decided to look up the restaurant and was surprise to hear that they are the most popular sushi restaurant in town. If you are ever out in Las Vegas, please make it a point to visit Sushi House Manda. Jimbo, the chef is a genius. I'll be going back there for lunch, no doubt.

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Back to the grind...

I was contacted yesterday to see if I was interested for a temp graphic designer position for a local home developer. I went in and briefly met with the creative director today and he liked my stuff. His graphic designer is going on vacation next week and they need someone to sit there to keep the work flowing.

Whelp...I got the job and the hourly rate isn't bad either. When I got out of the meeting...Walt picked me up. When I went to put my portfolio in the back seat, guess what I see? A 10 gallon fish tank with cover, tank divider, air pumps, heater, silk plants, aquarium bulbs, and various tank decorations. This means I can have 2 more bettas! Heh! I'm such a lucky girl. :)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005


My parents and various adults have told me as a kid that too much TV or video games can make me go blind. They've never told me that it can kill me though...

Korean Dies After Two Days of Computer Games

Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea — A 28-year-old South Korean man died of exhaustion in an Internet cafe after playing computer games non-stop for 49 hours, South Korean police said Wednesday.

Lee, a resident in the southern city of Taegu (search) who was identified only by his last name, collapsed Friday after having eaten minimally and not sleeping, refusing to leave his keyboard while he played the battle simulation game Starcraft (search).

Lee was quickly moved to a hospital but died after a few hours, due to what doctors are presuming was a heart attack, police said.

Lee had been fired from his job last month because he kept missing work to play computer games, police said.

Computer games are enormously popular in South Korea, home to professional gamers who earn big money through sponsorships and television stations devoted to broadcasting matches.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

What a beautiful kitty...

Originally uploaded by junku.
If I ever get a cat, this is the type that I want to get. The photographer does such a great job at capturing the beauty of this kitty.

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Gollum and the ring

gollum and the ring
Originally uploaded by fubuki.
My precious...

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Me and my fickr badge

Me and my fickr badge
Originally uploaded by 7ff.
I love cats. I think they're great photo subjects. I find this one illegally cute. Meow!

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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Blog Pets

While browsing around for Pullip dolls, we somehow came across a blog with a Blog Pet on the author's sidebar. When we went to the site that was linked to the Blog Pet, we saw that a panda was one of the pets you can have. Of course, I had to have it. Upon visiting the site, we learned that the whole thing was done in Japanese. Mind you, I speak Japanese just as well as I speak Greek, which is a zero chance in hell.

After much poking around and lots of trial and error (along with the help of Google's Language Tools, we kinda got something figured out for now. I know there are more things that can be done, but for now...this will suffice.

Is there anyone that can help me with reading a Japanese website?

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Friday, August 05, 2005

I have decided...

...that I want to learn how to sew!

There's a new hobby that I want to try out and it involves sewing.

My mom was a streamstress before she opened up her store. I was so spoiled by her being able to take up my pants and skirts, make me custom fitted dresses, etc. Now that I don't live at home anymore, I need to get started on doing my own tailoring work. I am sick of buying pants from The Gap, which are supposed to be "ankle" length and still have to take up about 6 inches from the length. My J. Jill skirt, which I really love the way it looks...is way too long, even in petite. I still need to take up about 8 inches just so that it won't look like a gown on me.

So now...I'm doing all the research I can on the web regarding sewing. I think I'm going to need a "Sewing for Dummies" book.

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