The wet creatures

Aquarium
My aquarium shortly after new fish has been introduced after moving it to Lund.

Moving a 240 liter aquarium tank is an interesting project. I had a quite simple move though as I was moving it away from my parents where my father also has aquarium. As I was moving to a place where I can’t collect soft acidic rain water I decided to switch fish from the lakes of Malawi and Tanganyika. I decided to keep a few of my old fish that was likely to survive in the new harder and more alkaline water. It took a few months after I moved until the Aquarium was setup and an additional month before some new fish moved in. I will post a picture of it when I get home. Today Annie told me that my princess of burundi have a whole bunch of kids. She had been away from the apartment at her parents over the weekend so don’t quite know when we got them. We’ll see how many of them survive in the end.

When I was moving the aquarium I took the opportunity to add a proper background in the tank. It is something I can recommend to all fish keepers, it looks much, much better with a proper background instead of looking into the wall or into some picture glued to the back of the tank. As my tank is only 40 cm wide, I had to go with a quite think background though, it’s only about 3 cm thick at the thickest part. It will be nice with a larger tank some day where I can have one of these backgrounds with lots of depth. But what I have now is at least much nicer than nothing.

Goals

I quite like to visit my sister, the youngest of them. There’s so quiet and relaxing. I can’t say that it’s noicy at home either, but there I got direct control of what I am doing, when I’m here, I can just sit and do nothing at all without any worries. Currently I’m at her place waiting for guests to arrive. She’s going to have a minor birthday today, our grandfather isn’t too happy about loads of people so she invited just him over for today. Rest of the family will come aswell of course, except for sister abroad, but there will not be any other relatives.

Now that we had another exam in school I started to think a bit about goals. When we talk before / after exams, people usually say that they hope they’ll get an A or B, or that they’d be disappointed with C or D. Personally, I’m happy with anything that’s on the okay side of the grade. I don’t care much if I get an A or a D. And I don’t actually get happy cause I pass it, I get happy cause I didn’t fail it. Failing it would mean that I would have to write it again, and writing it again really sucks.

When I realised this, I started to think about how I look on other things in my liffe. I concluded that I don’t really have any goals in my life. I don’t strive to be somewhere in a year, five years or ten years. I don’t really care what I do, I just care a bit about I don’t do. I really don’t want to work in some shitty work that I don’t like at all. I guess that’s also the reason why I’m going to university in the first place. I do like to learn things, but there’s so much bullshit education crap at university.

So, not having goals, is that good or bad ? Well, I guess it is a bit of both good and bad. Carpe diem, do as I please, when I please and have very few things that must be done. But on the other hand, sometimes I get the feeling of the lack of meaning to things in everyday life. What’s the point of going to school, getting an education and in general caring about things. I might have these feelings a bit less often if I had goals in my life, but on the other hand, I think I’d just go what’s the points of my goals instead. I guess I’ll keep on doing what I do, and see what happens.

I know for a fact that I quite liked the job I had this summer. I didn’t like it a lot when I was there, I felt it would have been nice with some free time and so on, but now after it’s ended, I quite often miss it as it was a really nice distraction. As we had flexible working hours, during the summer I went in on a Sunday to work a bit and be free a bit more in the week instead. Not that I don’t like Sundays, but if I’m feeling crap, going to work and focusing on that is a really nice distraction. I guess the reason that it’s such a good distraction is cause I’m very strict when it comes to what I do at work. When I am at work, I work. No chatting, browsing, youtubing or other non work related things. I know many of my co-workers do stuff like that but I think it’s wrong to do it while someone is paying me to work. We’ll see where I might end up after education, which is supposed to end in June.

Another good thing that has happened is that I started to close down chat applications, both IRC and IMs. By doing this, I sit around doing nothing less. When chats are open, I can sit endlessly waiting for something interesting to happen. Now that I closed it though, I get bored after just a few minutes and instead I either watch something, code something or play a bit. I especially like that I code more, will shorten down my todo list a bit at least, it’s insanely long a the moment. As I get active instead of passive, I also feel quite a bit better as it feels less like wasting time.

Yesterday, I got a third aquarium in my room. Previously I had my main 240 liter tank and a ~135 liter tank that my father has fish and plants in. He has a ~300 liter tank that I had in my room when I was a kid. It started to leak though so got emptied and been empty for the last 12 years or so. We replaced the front glass on it about 3-4 years ago and tested, no leakage. Anyway, when he gets around to it, all the stuff in the 135 liter tank will move into the big one in the living room. Yesterday I added a ~55 liter tank for some kids I had in my main tank. I thought I had about ten of them, but turned out I had 14. Going to try to sell them but for now they get to live in their own tank as they were pestering my discus fish when they’re trying to breed. So if you want a pair of these, post me a comment.

Time for coffee and cakes now, later.

Edit @ 2008-11-25 02:21 -> Apparently I forgot to write a title on this post ^_^