フチ子 + Novation

Fuchiko on the Novation Dance Floor

Photo info: SONY NEX-6, 30mm, f/3.5, 1/60 sec, ISO500
Fuchiko on the Novation Dance Floor

Bay bought a Novation midi controller. The LED lights under the buttons are really cool and look like a disco dance floor, don’t they?

Renewing the Aquarium

New Plants

Photo info: FUJIFILM XF1, 6.4mm, f/1.8, 1/125 sec, ISO400
New Plants

Last month, the last of our aquarium fish passed away. It was an algae-eater, who lived for several years… pretty amazing! But now that the aquarium was empty, I decided it was time to clean it up a bit before buying new fish. I got rid of all the fake plants (some of which were falling apart) and bought a couple real plants. I’ve never grown plants in an aquarium before, but I read that there are some benefits and not a whole lot of care. To start, I bought a couple from the local pet store chain and planted those. So far, they are doing well! Growing at a moderate pace, with new leaves forming.

Next, we bought some new fish – a plecostomus, a rainbow shark, and two platys. We didn’t know it when we bought the female platy, but she was pregnant, and after a day in the aquarium, gave birth to four babies! (Two of which have survived) The next week I went out to get some more plants and visited a smaller local shop. They had some plants for sale, but the ones I wanted were small so they gave them to me free of charge. I offered them money but they said I was doing them a favor by taking them. Woohoo! So now we have a nice little garden going, which provides some hiding places for the baby platys.

The final addition to the aquarium is the Pirate’s Cove centerpiece. When we bought it at the store, the cashier took a look at it and said, “Classic”. I have to agree.

I’m pretty happy with the new plants and fish and hopefully they will continue to have healthy lives.

Scary Signage

Photo info: FUJIFILM XF1, 6.4mm, f/1.8, 1/350 sec, ISO400
Scary Signage

The 10-gallon Tank

Photo info: FUJIFILM XF1, 6.4mm, f/1.8, 1/170 sec, ISO400
The 10-gallon Tank

Home Cooking

Japanese Curry

Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 16mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO800
Japanese Curry

Homemade Shumai

Photo info: SONY SLT-A77V, 35mm, f/1.8, 1/350 sec, ISO400
Homemade Shumai

I am so happy that my family is back from Japan. Besides being reunited with them, I missed my wife’s home-cooking! Last year, she had cooked a huge pot of curry and froze it for me to eat while they were away. This year I wasn’t so lucky… but that made the “homecoming” curry even better. She also brought back some really cool steaming equipment and made some delicious shumai in it. Yum!!!