Went over to mom and mr mom's for a mother's day meal with a big group of his family there. His parents, brother, and someone that was either a sister or someone close enough to be seen as a sister or something? I dunno.
Once we got done talking about those damn dirty indians, those damn dirty gypsies, those damn dirty germans, and those damn dirty africans, I'm all caught up on my racism for a few days again.
Happy Mother's Day!
Honestly, when do you get allowed to cut moms off? Meh.
Mrs. NFB grew up in the midwest. She even spent a stint in Wisconsin. So it's always surprised me when I brought up brats and she said she'd never had one.
We rectified that problem yesterday. I got ahold of some decent quality bratwursts, set up the grill, got a skillet, some beer, some chopped onions, some minced garlic, and made us some brats.
Simmered the beer, onions and garlic at just enough heat to steam, not enough to boil, and turn the brats in it for twenty minutes. Flip the brats on the grill for ten minutes or so, turn often. Dump a stick of butter into the beer skillet and let it melt in while the brats crisp up a little. Toss them back into the skillet after their ten minutes of grilling. Let them soak up some butter to soften the casings, toss them back on the grill and turn just until the butter is all dried up and there ya go.
She didn't care for them.
Oh, she didn't hate them. Just, you know, no biggie, not that good.
There's certain things you learn in ten years of marriage. Compromise is essential. Keeping your mouth shut when your partner is dead wrong can also be a tremendously helpful. But it was hard to hold back this time. I haven't had brats in years, and these may have been the best brats I've had ever. And I even like the cheep shitty brats they serve at the grocery stores in the summer where they just grill the piss out of them and turn them into crispy little turds. So these tender little morsels of evil? GOOD.
But I'm not telling her that. I'll just make her burgers next time I make brats I guess.
Oh well, at least I got a craving taken care of. Maybe this can be like the local mongolian place that she supposedly hated and then suddenly, out of nowhere, developed a huge craving for that lasted for about three years. Yeah, I'll keep telling myself that.
Finally had a day where the aquarium was non-dust-clouded enough to see into it. So I decided before doing any cleaning and stirring the cloud back up, I'd take some pics.
A full shot. As you can see, the dust cloud leaves behind more than just a little residue. Oh, and the film of superdust over the top. Gotta keep cleaning.
These little bastards are EVERYWHERE. At first glance, they look dead. Thing is, they wave. And not just in the current. Some points of the day they disappear altogether. Then at other points they all pop out again and wave around, gathering whatever they can gather onto their little strands, then popping back away to do whatever it is they do with it. Pretty sure they're little feather dusters of some sort, or some odd tubeworm relative that doesn't get very big. At least, I hope they don't get very big or I'm gonna have an explosive problem with this little bitty environment.
This is the back wall of the tank. As you can see, there's all different sizes of snail trails, slug trails, bug trails, you name it. Every once in a while you'll catch an orange dot rolling along with one of the trails appearing behind it as it moves. Life of some kind.
Tough to get a good picture of the little bitty sponges in amongst the live rock. I'm hoping I didn't fry them all when I cleaned the rock. This pink one has a bit of white along its top, both a positive and negative sign. Positive in that it's not at the base of it, so it will be able to cling to the rock. Negative in that there's any white at all. With any luck, it's sand dust and it'll clear up.
The rocks have some nice colors on them already. I still need to figure out my final lighting. I found an appropriate wavelength bulb for the main hood, and it may actually work with that and a few LEDs to enhance it instead of going all LED. Still kicking it around until the cycle and initial cleanup crew is in place. Test kits are coming either Monday or Tuesday, so I can find out what's actually happening in there and target a general date for the cleanup crew. Looking forward to getting the first intentional residents, but I'm completely unwilling to add any life until I know the cycle is finished.
Five days in, it's already fun to watch. When I can see it.
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