Sparkle 2.0

We got a fish for Bryce about 1 month ago. She named “her” sparkle and she was of the white goldfish variety. Sparkle was quite a specimen…bulging muscular structure, strong gills and a shiny coat that I’m certain made all the other male goldfish swoon.

I was getting some things ready for Ben and Brycey’s return when I went to feed Sparkle and she was swimming sideways, running into the filtration system. At first I thought her tail must have been stuck, and then realized shortly thereafter she was a goner. Not to sound insensitive, but more bewildered. I thought we had done everything right. We checked the ph levels of the water, fed her per instructions and carried on as though Sparkle would live a long and happy life.

Bryce dotingly sent her love and regard for this little fish while she was away. She wanted to make sure she was cared for and didn’t feel lonely. The farthest thing from a proper homecoming would be to go into her room to see her beloved sparkle in this state, right? I did what any respectable parent would do. I went straight to Petco and got a Sparkle look-alike before anyone could be the wiser!

I found Sparkle 2.0 and cradled that little fish in a plastic bag all the way up to the counter. The cashier asked me for TWENTY NINE CENTS. I asked this lovely woman to take at least a dollar from me because this clearly was a mistake. I mean come on! For 29 cents I can get a gum ball, not a pet.

Dear Petco,

How could you place such little value on these living creatures when they leave your store and enter the hearts of families forever?


The homecoming came and went without a hitch, and Sparkle 2.0 has new digs complete with multicolored rocks and an oyster shell for a tank-mate. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.

The things we do as parents. The things we do for the ones we love.
Here’s an act of love that came out of the kitchen yesterday:

Carmelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tart

2 large onions: 1 red, 1 yellow
Herbed goat cheese
Store-bought pastry dough (found in freezer section, a favorite shortcut)
2 tbsp olive oil
Fresh thyme leaves
Pinch of salt, pepper

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a pan, heat the olive oil. Slice the onions and saute them in the olive oil,on high heat for 10 minutes or until translucent. Turn the heat to med-lo and let them cook for another 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Unfold one of the pastry dough sheets onto a baking sheet. Spread the onion mixture on the dough leaving about ½” crust around the edge. Sprinkle the goat cheese on top of the onions and then sprinkle the fresh thyme leaves.

Bake for about 15 minutes.
Serve it with an arugula salad.

Have a fantastic day!


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