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Thursday Thirteen, Ed. #163: Killer dwarf frog, guppie babies and more!

September 17th, 2008

Hey — do you remember Thursday 13? I have had no time for months. I will make time. If you can make time to read, I can make time to write (smiles).

1) Yeah, the tranquility of fish tanks is all I can say. Tranquility, my foot. The frog is still on a rampage. The guppy had about 412 babies and guess what? They aren’t safe with her. If there was an aquatic child welfare department, mommy guppies would be getting home visits about twice a day.

2) They are bad mommies. (Ha! Someone on the blogs intimated that I am a “bad” parent for having my children at a “bad” school and not “rescuing” them. Honestly? Honestly. Seriously? Seriously. My kids are so damn happy. I’m an okay mom, thanks for asking.)

3) A few more things on which you need updating: The mommy kitty I rescued a while back? (My first week of work, I believe?) She is going to her new home this weekend, after a brief spay-n-shots trip to the vet. Her kittens? Also have been placed. Well, two of them have been placed. The other two have definite-maybe “forever homes,” as we like to say in the adoption world.

4) Work? Month two. Still haven’t found the coffeepot, but I did find the hot water so I can make myself a nice cuppa tea. (I bring my coffee from home in the morning.)

5) The students? They’re great. They are amazing. They are rock stars.

6) Me? I’m exhausted, thanks for asking!

7) All my blogger friends? I miss them and it makes my days off kilter.


9) I am finishing up Season Five of the Wire and I cannot tell you how much I have loved this show. Even with the violence, the blood, the guns, I have dealt with it. It is the best damn show I have ever, ever watched, and you are talking to a huge fan of The Sopranos, M*A*S*H, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Six Feet Under, on and on. The Wire is king. Get it on DVD — all five seasons are out now. Watch some of the commentaries, too, so you can get all the players straight — on-camera and off. Such brilliant art.

10) Thanks, SB and MW, for turning me on to this show and insisting I watch it. You were right.

11) I love books. Now reading: “Dough,” a memoir by Mort Zachter about his bakery-owning family and his family’s hidden secrets; “Grace After Midnight,” Felicia “Snoop” Pearson’s memoir (Snoop on the Wire) — such candor and bravery — love and peace to you, girl, you deserve it; “Toy Dance Party,” by Emily Jenkins, with illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky — funny and sweet, appropriate for older and younger kids alike.

12) What’s up with you? How’s life?

13) Happy Thursday!




  1. Funsize says

    I work at a pet store. I should have told you momma guppies will eat their small babies. You can save them and then sell them to a pet store, they’re more likely to buy them from local breeders than fish farms. You’ll need a breeder’s box (it looks like a big floating box shaped net) to scoop up the babies so mama doesn’t eat them, or you can use little tank decorations that they can hide in.

    Great TT!

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  2. Darla says

    Since the time my husband had piranhas, I’ve never considered aquariums to be particularly peaceful. LOL

    September 18th, 2008 | #

  3. The Other Laura says

    Still recovering from the video on your previous post. Stop making me cry, damn youtube!

    I am nursing a pulled hamstring from karate class, and I stopped posting pictures of my rear end on Wednesdays!

    September 18th, 2008 | #

  4. Qtpies7 says

    My hubby is into fish tanks, I don’t find them peaceful. They make so much noise because the water evaporates so fast that the filter is a constant source of annoyance for me.

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  5. Vixen says

    Hey, hey, hey! Didn’t someone warn you about guppy babies being eaten????? Wouldn’t that someone be me?

    Miss you too. I think I will check out this “Wire”….

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  6. Cheryl-Travel Blog says

    Great TT. I HAD to come read it given the title. I totally agree about the frogs, we had them once…never again!

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  7. Bernie says

    Interesting TT. I never really thought about frogs until today. LOL! :)

    My TT this is week is about the 13 Myths of Sarah Palin

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  8. Brenda ND says

    I was worried about the baby guppies, but I see in the comments there’s a way to save them and make a little money too. I’m glad you’re posting even though you’re super busy. Happy TT!

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  9. nan says

    Our crayfish eat each other and they Looove guppies. One got out recently, and was pursued all over house by 5 people, 2 cats and 1 dog. Relaxing? Not.

    September 19th, 2008 | #

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