Our flight to New York was delayed about an hour and half so we pulled into our driveway a little after 1 am last night. It sure feels good to be back on dry land, even though the family trip was nice. Here's a snapshot of our view sailing away from Key West.
I went snorkeling for the first time in an underground limestone cavern. The water was really clear and there were huge schools of what looked like wild tetras and guppies swimming around. Really cool experience. I also went to a coral reef and swam with green sea turtles. Shame I didn't have a waterproof camera.
Despite all my paranoia, no one died. Ari practically tackled me as soon as I got my foot in the door. Grandparents said he was restless after I left and kept searching the house and meowing for me. And they say cats aren't affectionate... Clarence marbled while I was away. He now has a single blue spot on one side of his body and blue grizzling on his tail. He looked positively livid that I left him for five days. He refused his food last night and just kept flaring at me. He ate happily this morning though.
Only bad news is my brother's DeT squeezed over onto the unnamed HMPK's side. The divider got knocked loose somehow (my bet is on the cat being the culprit) and the HMPK beat the snot out of the DeT. Why do bettas always pick fights that they will lose? The HMPK tore off his entire caudal and two-thirds of his anal fin. On top of that, he had fin rot when my brother got him and his dorsal and ventral fins never grew back, so he looks really sad now. I feel very sorry for the poor fish.