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Our neighbors have to wonder about us.  There are probably quite a few with binoculars by the window waiting to uncover our secrets.  Pretty sure they are disappointed when they realize how boring we are.

I would imagine many of them see the glow coming from our dining room and believe we are growing illegal substances.  I am surprised we’ve never been bombarded with questions of why our house glows all the time, but then again they are probably more concerned with why we haven’t cut our grass all week.  It’s a jungle out there.

I can only imagine what people think when they see the flashing lights of a thunderstorm.  Professional photographers?  Rookie Ravers?  Epileptic Research Association?  Weather Manipulators?  Bingo.

When we set up our 210 gallon reef tank, we splurged on AI Sols (fancy LED lights) to help trick the fishies into thinking they were really out in the wild.  They have moon cycles, customizable color spectrums, and the best part is a pretty realistic thunderstorm.

This video isn’t full of suspense and excitement but if you want to add your own thunder sounds or bust out your rain beads, feel free.  Christina says, “Humming the Jaws Theme followed by The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow really gets the fish excited”.  She always has to put her two five cents in.

The video doesn’t do this feature justice because it really lights up the whole house.  Particularly frightening when you wake up at midnight and are knocked over by blinding lights.

So if you ever decide to stop by and visit us, please don’t be alarmed.  We are just trying to trick our fish into thinking they are in Hawaii.

Aqua Illumination (the light folks) are not paying our bills.  Just thought you all would like to see a unique part of our life, as indoor weather manipulators.

Written by Christina and Tim

Make Monday Matter....ten

Posted by Christina // 3 Replies

Who is excited for Monday?
Especially one where we lost an hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time?
If you answered yes then I envy your ambitious positivity.

For the rest of us, let’s make this Monday extra special.
Maybe show Ma Earth a little lovin. monday matter This has been a hot topic the last few years, and while it seems like everyone already has all their bulbs changed out because they are good people….we did not.  Even though every time we have to replace a bulb, we do use the energy savers, we still had a ton of the relics just waiting to burn out.  In short, we are not be actively green.  We are actually kind of lazy. the lightbulb moment Doesn’t it seem like a small change?  Who knew it made such a big impact. and then Yup, that’s it.

Go spend a couple bucks and actively change those bulbs instead of just waiting until they need replaced.

Tim is not super crazy about this weeks action plan because he says there are high levels of Mercury and these bulbs need special disposal.  If they break you are not supposed to clean them up yourself, you should call your local waste management company.  I figure if they last forever, we only have to worry about it every decade or so.  He still puts up a little fight but then I shoot him down with the world-saving facts.

Where do you fall on the great light bulb debate?
Are they dangerous, or the best thing ever?

Written by Christina and Tim