Herculean Effort

I don’t know why, but anything having to do with money or paying bills or bank records or whatever, is extremely hard for me to do. It just exhausts me.

A few days ago, I got a water bill for my old house in Baltimore. Somehow they didn’t know I’ve moved. In order to clear it up, I would have to call. Ugh. I may as well have had to lift 800 pounds.

Yesterday morning before school, I finally called. It turns out they knew I had moved, but somehow the transfer hadn’t happened yet. The woman said she fixed it, but I’ll probably get one more bill before all is said and done. She said I shouldn’t pay it. I was glad the problem was resolved.

After I hung up, I sat in my desk chair and did nothing for a while. …a money issue… I was so… tired…

It's a hefty bill

It’s a hefty bill

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One Response to Herculean Effort

  1. Lauren says:

    Yowzers – all that for water? That seems crazy high. Although, to be fair, my bill is automatically deducted so for all I know, I could be paying a thousand dollars.

    I’m glad that money issue is behind you. 🙂

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Alive

My classroom aquarium has some albino corydoras catfish in it. They are filling the role of “bottom fish”. (The tetras swim in the middle, and the guppies swim at the top.)

Much of the time, the corys are swimming around the tank, scouring the gravel for anything they might eat. When they want to rest, they go to the part of the aquarium where the water is still. It’s also a place where some java moss is growing. The fish like to rest in it.

When the corys rest, they’re very still. It’s starting to happen less frequently, but for a while, it seemed that every other day a student would urgently call me over to the aquarium to see the “dead” fish. Then it would move and they’d tell me to never mind.

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Just Looking

In the morning at school, there are snails on the ground. They aren’t small.

Normally I would just ignore creatures like this, or maybe pick them up and chuck them into the bushes, but there is a parasite here called the rat lungworm. It’s called that because it’s regular hosts are rats, and it lives in their lungs.

Snails carry the larvae, and sometimes humans ingest the parasite that way. If a human gets the worm, it can cause meningitis, which of course is very serious.

I don’t touch the snails at school.

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Baby Crownflower Trees

The crownflower seeds I planted at the beginning of August have sprouted. I had left them in the seed-starting tray for a while, but I finally transferred some of them to larger pots.

It feels like they’re growing slowly, but I guess they really aren’t. I only planted them six weeks ago.

I’ll let them get big before I plant them in the ground at school. I probably could plant them already by November. Winter is the rainy season here, and the wet weather would help the plants become established. Then my only concern would the be tall grass that is growing where I want to plant them. Somehow I’d have to keep that in check. Maybe some landscaping fabric…

The picture is blurry because I didn't take the picture until dusk.

The picture is blurry because I didn’t take the picture until dusk.

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Cute Cat

My co-worker Chloe got a kitten! She loves cats. She was one of Gus’ babysitters this past summer. She has wanted a cat of her own, wasn’t sure if she could get one. She just recently got married and they’re still settling in. On top of that, her husband is allergic to cats.

But they went to the Humane Society to look at kittens, and came home with one. Her name is Isabel. I went to see her yesterday. She is super cute.

The kids had worn her out.  She slept most of the time I was there.

The kids had worn her out. She slept most of the time I was there.

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