I guess I'll start with the basics.
My name's Katrina and I'm 26 years old. My birthday is August 1 and my favorite color is purple. (So it figures that purple bettas are insanely rare. XD) I currently work for a pharmacuetical company as a Analytical Stability Scientist (I'm at the bottom as Scientist 1 at the moment). I moved out on my own recently, so I'm still getting used to budgetting for rent, food, utilities, ect. But I finally fill a living room with betta fish and bunnies(coming soon-ish eventually).
My hobbies are reading, music, knitting, betta fish care (obviously ^_^;), MMORPGs and video games, LARP, and travel. I have been interested with Japanese culture since middle school and study abroad in Nagoya Japan for a semester in colege. Now I'm slowly regaining the fluency I lost over the few years since graduation and will (hopefully) be fluent one day. Once I can speak Japanese, then I will try to figure out what I want to do with it.
I got into bettas because I impulsed brought African Dwarf Frogs my first Betta my Freshmen year of college. Rocky and Surface only lasted two weeks because I brought them sick without knowing it and wasn't told how to properly care for them.
So me being the genius that I was at the time brought Sparkle from the same exact seller. Now I realize that selling bettas outside in unheated 1/2 bowls is cruel. But I believed the guy when he said bettas didn't need heaters or a lot of water. I'm not only surprised that Sparkle lasted as long as he did under my care but that I was stupid enough to listen to that guy a second time after his advice worked so well for the dwarf frogs.
So Sparkle was the beginning of an obsession with betta fish and the realization that I should research my pets before buying them. Before this site, I was using betta books and BettaTalk.com for betta info. I still hop on BettaTalk from time to time but I've mainly been here since joining the forum.