Sorry for not posting last week. My only excuse is that I spent the night talking with Anna Beth in an IHOP parking lot, which I admit isn't exactly an excuse.
As I mentioned in my last blog, I went up to Chicago with Rachael and some other friends for a few days.
Highlights from my trip include:
· Wolves at the zoo howling along with ambulance sirens <-- this was probably my favorite part of the whole trip
· Finding a super-not-afraid-of-humans squirrel and watching Chloe get literally within an inch of touching it before IT lunged at HER and she ran away
· Most of the animals at the zoo being pretty active and close to the fences. Two of the rhinos were sparring when we walked by and the lion was totally into its own 'regalness'
· The lion roared. Like, I've seen lions in a game park in Kenya, but I don't remember ever hearing a lion roar before
· Chloe has a slight fear of large fish. We went to the aquarium. There was much amusement for us, not as much for her
· Logan: "You really flew through that bird exhibit", and next to the seals: "If I had a Pinterest I would Pinniped it"
· I don't like monkeys or apes, but even I thought it was pretty cool to see a 2 week old baby gorilla
· watching reef cleaner fish just doin' their job
· petting a lake sturgeon
· Chloe making me think of Amy as she nearly took the title of "I would eat everything in this Aquarium or Zoo"
· Thinking of Sara as I swam upstream in a river of children on a school field trip at the Aquarium (literally so many children)
· Divers feeding fish in the tanks and then waving at us - the divers not the fish, well maybe some of the fish
· "Jesusing" as Rachael called it - walking over an underfoot glass ray exhibit
· Sea otters are a lot bigger than I expected but just as adorable
· "Korra clothing" (Chloe's term) in the Field Museum
· Just the field museum in general
· Chloe next the shoe/boot display at the field museum: "This is like porn to me"
· The excellent taxidermy at the Field museum. They do a really good job of attempting to put the animals in context. They're all very life like in their poses. Baby lions cuddling with their mom, a buffalo scratching its butt with its horns, taxidermied birds with taxidermied mice in their talons, a 4 part white tail dear display showing the animals in each season. Like, when I got 'taxidermist' as the #1 job recommendation on that job assessment thing in middle school, I didn't appreciate it the way I do now
· The aesthetic in the Field Museum
· In the Bird Hall - "You see the dead rodent? That's my favorite bird" - Rachael
· Not really comprehending the size of a wholly mammoth until I'm standing next to its skeleton
· Cramming 5 people (not including the cabbie) into a taxi
· Being SO CLOSE to winning at table full of shots at trivia night (so close, man! so close!)
· Finding a stone from Mammoth Cave imbedded in the wall at Tribune Tower
· The view of the city from both the zoo and museum campus
All that being said, I had a really good time in Chicago but I don't really feeling any longing to go back. It's a fun one-time visit to me.
The night I got back, I went with my mom to watch Irish Dancing at Skypac. It was so awesome and brought back a lot of memories of when I was a kid and my entire family was obsessed with Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance.
Then I went to Louisville to visit Sara and Jake/watch Into the Woods (so good).
In other news, I've handed in my 2 weeks notice at Target. Getting close to the big move. oi
In other other news, there are SO MANY FREAKING PEEPS IN THE BACK AT TARGET. For those not in the know, I'm more or less in charge of the seasonal section at target. And after the truck unload on Monday, there are 2 pallets of just peeps boxes, each stacked 5 feet tall. That is a lot of peeps. So many peeps. I hope people like peeps.
Ok, that's not particularly interesting. Here, to distract you from my lame blog, I tried to make a video from my Chicago trip. Only, I had like 2 vaguely interesting clips. I forgot my camera and only had my phone. And I didn't take many videos. And I decided I would try out my new (free) editing software, Lightworks. And I discovered that Lightworks has a steep learning curve and OH MY GOSH LIGHTWORKS IS SUCH A FREAKING PAIN TO USE WHY CAN'T THERE JUST BE A REGULAR TIMELINE OR AT LEAST AN EFFECTS PANEL THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE, AT THE VERY LEAST THE ABILITY TO PUT TEXT ON A SCREEN WITHOUT GIVING MYSELF A HEADACHE. I MISS PREMIERE PRO. WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO EXPENSIVE.
So yeah, looks like I'm actually going to need to watch all the training videos to understand how to use the program properly.
But here, look at wolves singing and beluga whales belugaing. Because that's all I could put together at the moment.
Those wolves are so darn cute
I think I'm going to instigate a theme not theme for Tuesdays that isn't Question Tuesday. It's interactive but only minimally so. Please tell me in the comments which of the following options you would most like for me to blog about next week and I promise I'll try not to make an exceedingly long post like the dress one. Also feel free to suggest an entirely different topic or even rank the options if you feel like it. Just be aware I might ignore everything in favor of blogging about whatever strikes me on a given day, but at least I've stocked up on potential blog topics. (Also, DO NOT say 'all of them'. I may get around to all of them at some point. But please actually say which one you'd most like to see if there is one you'd most like to see).
1) An expanded discussion of the 'Aesthetic' and taxidermy (etc) at the Field Museum
2) My interpretation of Sia's 'Elastic Heart' music video
3) My younger self's obsession with Lord of the Dance + an expanded discussion of Irish river dancing storylines
5) Anna Beth and I's conversation regarding the question "Who are you?" and "What defines you?"
6) A topic of your choice