Special blog post today!!!
Today is February 1st, which mean I have officially done a full year
of a-jelly-a-day AND
my blog!! This process has been very satisfying for me and I am very proud of myself for finishing this project. I started this project to:1) to improve my drawing skills
2) embrace my obsession for jellies, instead of hiding it
3) to prove to myself that I can and DO complete things
My original inspiration for this project:Make Something 365
As closure to my project, I would summarize of the last year of my life through my jelly creations (Also, I think I may have a small party. I heard there may be a homemade jellyfish cake in my future):
February 1st, 2012
My first jelly-a-day
February 9th, 2012
My first Jelly Girl
February 5th, 2012
one of my favorite creations
March 16th, 2012
My first actual, real jellyfish!!
There are SO many changes in life, all the time. Especially in winter. Everything is darker, colder, full of different daily processes, and outside activities involve a lot more preparation. Bleh.
But. . . there is one thing that doesn't change. . .
something that is always there for me, even when the world feels like one big attack on my senses.
And that thing is:
Seattle Aquarium moon jellies, photo by Rosemary
My mom, Rosemary, and the jellies.
Every time I have needed the jellies, they have been there for me.
What is something that has been there for you when you need some calmness and/or consistency?
It was a difficult day, yesterday. I had to make the difficult decision to put my 3 jellyfish to rest.
The tank that was supposed to keep them safe turned out to be a jellyfish-death-trap. I was able to keep mine alive much longer than the majority of other JellyfishArt customers. Many other's jellies died within days of receiving them. Mine lasted about 6 weeks. And that was due to me changing their diet and making many adjustments to their tank.
A few days ago, my jellies were, once again, all torn up because they kept getting sucked into the bubble channel: which led to tears in their bells, lost tentacles and lost oral arms.
Thinking both logically and emotionally, I decided (with help) to humanely put them out of their misery. . .and mine. I couldn't nurse them back to health again only to see them get torn to whole-y tissue paper.
The main thing that jellyfishArt.com can do to prevent other's from having this problem is to STOP SELLING the tinier jellyfish. They are too small for the tank and there would be fewer dead jellyfish if they hadn't shipped out any tiny ones!
It's really frustrating when I know what I want to say, but there is no way I can put it into words. I feel like my brain is smarter than my mouth.
These times usually end up with physical aggression or shutting down. I really empathize with autistic individuals that cannot verbally speak at all to express themselves.
So instead of words, I leave you with calming, beautiful jellyfish. Thanks to Eric for finding this video.
I finally named my three moon jellyfish! My jellies names are:
Willow, Tsukimi and Smack.
Life is better with my jellies in it. Even if maintaining their tank is sometimes annoying.
I hope everyone is having a lovely Friday...or at least a tolerable one ;-)
I constantly have to remind myself that I have to be careful to not take anyone for their "word" unless I have already built trust with them. I want to warn you that this is a post that is mainly about me venting my frustrations.
I feel so...frustrated and I feel emotionally "stuck." All because the people at jellyfishart.com
were not fully honest and now everyone that had pre-ordered a jellyfish tank from them are now realizing that they promised much more than was received. I am not going to list all the problems I have been having with jellyfishart.com and their tank design because it would be a very long blog.
If you are curious you can check out their Kickstarter comments ad their Facebook Wall to get an small idea of some issues:
My jellies are doing okay, but only because I have put in an excessive amount of work compaired to what they said would be needed.
Jellyfishart.com does not seem to have made an "...aquarium designed specifically for jellyfish..." like they have stated. In fact, a lot of things they have said seem to have been very inacurate.
I am doing the best I can and I am learning a lot about how to actual care for jellies.
I will not be ordering anything from jellyfishart.com
again. I should not have trusted their word.