Well, just an update related to the plants. I wrote a little bit about Lithops, the genus of succulent plants known as living stones. In case that piqued anyone's interest, I'd like to share these two links I found today, both from You Grow Girl. I've fallen years behind on Gayla Trail's website, but I've deduce that she is growing Lithops from seed. Check it out here and here. And also here is a post with more pictures of some grownup Lithops in exciting colors.