We brought home one albino bristle-nose pleco, and one green cory. The pleco is tiny, but should grow fast enough given the amount of algae quickly taking over the tank (yes, I put it in the window - knew that was coming). Bristle nose only get up to six inches long as they are a dwarf species. Males get gorgeous bushy "whiskers" on their faces. We had one many years ago we called Mister Whiskers and I adored him. I've named the new one Jon Snow because he's albino. Jon Snow is too small yet to know gender, but as he gets bigger we will know by his beard (or lack thereof). When we arrived at the store, #5 announced he wanted a green fish. For the life of me I couldn't think of a single green colored fish except the green glo-fish, so I told him that probably wasn't going to happen. Then my friend (who works there) pointed out the green cory cats. So #5 named his new cory fish Eaty... "because he eats stuff..." Sounds good to me. Welcome to the family Jon Snow and Eaty!
The post office yielded a much anticipated package. I ordered a live plant from my Listia auctions. A philodendron start. Tiny little thing with two leaves and a clump of dirt. I was so excited I held it in my hand in the sunlight the whole way home. Poor baby was in a dark package for a full week due to mail delays and then not being delivered to the PO box until after the post office closed on Saturday (and was closed on Sunday and we couldn't get to it on Monday). It's alive and well! I've put it temporarily in the kitchen window and will pot it up to something better tomorrow.
We stopped at a couple other places today and I picked up some new seeds. Empress Of India Nasturtium, Royal Burgundy Bush Beans, Midnight Moon Mix Scabiosa, Butter Dish Summer Squash, Blue Bantam Pea (organic), and Baxter's Bush Cherry Tomato (organic). I also picked up a package of "Wild Bird Mixture" seed bombs. They were half off so I wanted to try them out.
Best yet, since tomorrow Tony works a closing shift, we made today our Valentine's date night. We took the oldest child along with to watch the youngest child, and we went to my favorite sushi place. Ok, so it's the only sushi place in Brainerd. If you are in the area, check out Sakura's Express. They have the best teriyaki chicken (come hungry, leave with left overs), and their shrimp tempura roll - Good golly, if they weren't so expensive, I think I'd eat a dozen a day if I had half a chance. Then we went to a movie. We saw Jumanji. The first movie I've seen in theater in over a year. It was hilarious. I loved the characters, I loved the actors. A couple of things left me scratching my head (they do know a helicopter can't fly at a 90-degree angle, right?) but otherwise it was fun to get out of the house and spend some time with Tony - even if we were being tailed by a couple of our kids.