Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I awoke this morning with a moderate headache, so went back to sleep for a while. It was tempting to stay in bed until the absolute last minute before I needed to get up, but I didn't want to create anxiety by having to rush. I like to ease into my day. I spent my quiet time with God, had breakfast, then got ready to go to the aquarium.
Today I did my weekly 4 hour shift of volunteering at the aquarium. I am still new at this, having started just last week. However, my supervisor deems me educated enough to work largely unsupervised. While thoroughly enjoyable, it is still a lot of hard work that exhausts me. There is no opportunity to hydrate during my shift, so my energy gets zapped.
I started by prepping the food for the creatures I am responsible for feeding. I managed to do it without absorbing all the dead fish smell I came home with last week. Fed the specimens in quaranteen and vacuumed out the bamboo shark tanks.
Next I fed the giant sea turtles and zebra sharks in the aquarium's largest exhibit. The sea turtles, Leo and Donatello, are trained to swim into a holding area to be fed...lured by shining a flahlight into the exhibit. I use a pair of plastic tongs to handfeed them pieces of green pepper, zuchini, a gelatinous algae preparation, and finally big salmon heads that contain nutritional supplements. Then I float in a head of romaine lettuce leaves. The pair of zebra sharks respond to banging and splashing the water with a target on a stick, then they are fed squid, salmon, and hunks of other chopped fish using one of those grabber sticks.
Did quite a bit of cleaning, some damage control when one tank overflowed, played with and fed the critters in the educational classroom area, and that's about it. Sounds fairly simple but it wore me out. Never an opportunity to stop or sit down. I think I can honestly count my 4 hour shift as an hour of exercise. In fact, an hour of exercise doesn't wear me out quite as much. I think that's because there is so much to learn, so it is a mental workout as well.
I have been keeping up with my daily goals of creating a daily love note for DH, eating well, reading the Bible, housecleaning, etc.