As usual, this week’s topic offered me many options. I’m a wriggling ball of bad habits, from procrastination to worrying to drinking far too much coffee and eating far too many french fries.
But one habit in particular costs me more money – and more of my time – than any other.
Yes, I’m dragging out my aquarium again.
I visit the fish store once a week (at minimum). I have to go to buy premixed salt water for water changes and frozen fish food to keep the reef well fed. I buy liquid foods for the corals and, sometimes, live ghost shrimp for a special seahorse treat.
But it doesn’t end there.
My name is Deb Susan, and I am a coral addict.
The owner of the reef store is a friend of mine. He breeds rare corals himself, and understands my passion for finding new and pretty additions to the reef. He goes to coral shows regularly, and often returns with prizes I can’t resist.
Things like plate corals (which the seahorses tend to mistake for real plates…),
green sun corals,
and fancy zoanthids in every color of the rainbow.
I’m much the same way with invertebrates, too. I have an odd appreciation for snails, and shrimp, and crabs of all sizes.
I don’t have a passion for shoes, or clothing, or jewelry. I can pass a makeup store without looking twice. But show me a pretty coral or an unusual little crab and it’s GAME OVER where my willpower is concerned.
If there’s room on the reef, and if it’s a type that plays nice with my current inhabitants, I can’t resist bringing it home.
Have you got a habit-forming hobby? I’d love to hear what YOU like to bring home!