ingredients: 1 cup dechlorinated water, 1/4 cup melted butter, 1 egg, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp salt, 3 3/4 cups of bread flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 3 tbsp diary creamer, a packet of baking yeast, 3/4 cup raisins, 1 1/2 tsp orange zest. baked on the sweet bread setting with medium crust color - the only difference i can tell is it takes 10 minutes less to make than at the regular bread setting. the bread is the fluffiest i've made yet and i think it has something to do with the egg, maybe more cake than bread. the upper crust is just a thin shell, not thick like it normally is - this has happened only one other time, when i first made raisin bread. definitely sweeter (normally i just use 2 tbsp of sugar) although i think the raisins add a bitterness (besides the usual bitterness of the crust). i also put in the raisins from the beginning instead of waiting for the 2nd cycle - i think it makes more a more even distribution of raisins. the zest adds a slight orange flavor and aroma, but it's impossible to taste the vanilla. this marks bread making attempt number 6.

i haven't cleaned my fish tanks in weeks and it's starting to show: algae have started forming on the glass. when i bought the used tank it came with a gravel vacuum but it was missing the hose that it normally comes with. i spent this morning trying to figure out a way to macgyver something with a length of thin clear tubing and some duct tape. i fashioned a crude vacuum but there wasn't enough suction to lift the debris and i ended up drinking some tank water in the process (how else am i going to start the downward flow?) and made the tank cloudy by sifting the gravel. my big tank is definitely dirtier than my smaller tank which probably means i'm overfeeding. for the 4 guppies, 5 tetras, and 1 fry, i give them 3 large pinch of flakes, crushed up a little bit before i drop it into the tank. noticed how i said 1 fry? well, up until a few days ago, i had 2 fries, but i noticed this morning that there was only one, so something must've happened. i told my father my vacuuming problem, he's going to get me a bigger-sized tube.

wednesday night means beauty and the geek. the blondes have done it, they've successfully eliminated every single brunette girl team on the show. know what else? they've also gotten rid of all the minorities. indian guy? gone. latina? gone. chinese guy? gone. black girl? gone. my prediction as to who's going to get cut next week: the fat guy (mario). i love andrea (the last brunette to be eliminated) even more now, despite the fact that she's no longer on the show. you can't tell me she wasn't the hottest girl tonight (former miss missouri 2005? hello?). i loved how she figured out the blondes had this master plan to get rid of all the brunettes and almost got into a catfight with jennylee. i think nate cleaned up the best from the makeover, but he's more of a hipster than an actual geek, so it wasn't hard for him to get stylish.