There's this giant parrot boarding at work, right. Her name is Rico and it absolutely is as confusing as you think it is. HER name is RICO. How weird. Anyway, she only likes me when my hair is in a bun. So, I go out of my way to wear my hair exclusively in a bun when she is visiting. We sing together and she mimics me and I mimic her and it's just so pure and good. It's an experience that just warms your heart.
Today, I found out that horseshoe crabs molt. Like most other crabs and shrimps and sorts. Should I have known that? Yes. Was I still so excited I cried, fuckin' yeh. I cried so hard. I kept the molt. It's part of my dead ocean things collection. Right next to the corals and urchin.
My favorite thing to hear:
Client- "Oh! Cassie! You're here! I'm so glad, I really need your input on...."
It's funny how I've progressed so quickly in my job, which I feel like I can comfortably call my career now, even if I am just beginning. It's not even been a full year yet and already I have a fairly large following that comes in to speak to me and only me. It's so fulfilling to be genuinely appreciated for my niche. When I was still going to school to teach, I always thought that aquaria was just too small of a hobby to be a viable option. Working in a hobby store though, I realize how INSANE that was. I deal with people who are just starting out with a betta all the way to hundreds of gallons of water with fish that will get larger than I am! Also, I was placed in charge of the fish orders while the owner was out of town. I am o-FISH-ally the only one other than him that knows how to place the freshwater fish order. And I got some REALLY good prices, man! I got well over 1,500 fish for the week and spent less than a grand. I was so proud of myself.
Remember when we called me Fishy Queen as a joke?
We're not joking now.
P.S.- Plane tickets, RTX badge, Hotel, everything is sorted out for my Austin trip! I'll be there early the 5th to lat the 10th! I'm beyond excited!