Camping!

We recently went on our first trip of the year. There are a lot of stories from the trip, but most of them involve me being drunk and talking in a Russian accent for 2 hours or me talking to animals, so instead, I just want to share some photos.

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It didn’t rain on our trip, really, just sprinkled a bit. We were left with a happy double rainbow, if you can see the other part.

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I didn’t take this photo, but I caught a toad. His name is Wilkinson the third. All around us, every night, was the sound of frogs (and cattle), so I was determined to catch one. I kept walking down to the water, but couldn’t find any, which means they were probably in the reedier areas… then I randomly came across this guy. He was my friend.

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This was from a random walk I decided to go on.

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This is what we got to look at for a few days… it was pleasant. Lots of dragonflies, ravens, frogs (and toads!), and loons (can you do a loon call? I can!)… it was a good little trip, and I miss it already. The city life just ain’t for me!

Aquarium!

As many of you know, though my birthday is tomorrow, my family wanted to take me to the aquarium. I have been dying to go…

Today was a beautiful day (despite raining, ahem, pouring, for 5 minutes) and Dad wanted to drive. There was a lot of cool stuff as soon as we walked in, but this isn’t in any particular order.

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S really liked the jellyfish…

I’d never been to the aquarium before, I had never even been to Stanley Park before! One day, I’d like to walk around the park. Even if it’s only part of it.

We paid for everything (which was kind of expensive…), and S got a wheelchair. I like to use one when there are long distances involved. I walked still, I pushed it around until I needed it, but it’s a useful tool to have and I’m really glad that they offered them.

We also got our photo taken. I kind of wish we could’ve gotten a copy, especially since I don’t think we have a family photo, period. Unfortunately, it was over $20 dollars, so we didn’t.

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I have no idea what kind of fish this is. I didn’t make note of what anything was, for that matter. I can usually identify reptiles, but give me a fish and I’m dumbfounded.

There were a lot of photos that didn’t turn out too (poor piranhas). Let me explain.

I could have messed with the ISO to help with the movement of the fish, but I didn’t want to give up all of the quality. I had to use my “museum” setting because for some reason, turning off my flash didn’t work (I tested it). The museum setting is pretty shaky, I had to hold my camera with both hands.

Anyway, a lot of people were shooting with flash. In fact, I was getting very mad at a man because he was scaring the octopus. He was just shooting and flash, flash, flash, and the poor octopus was trying to hide!

I don’t know if it’s just me being considerate but… when I want to take pictures of animals, I turn my flash off. Unless it’s my dog or something, I turn it off. Horses, snakes, fish, whatever. It’s considerate, I always figured that the flash would spook the animals or something.

They weren’t everywhere, but there were signs saying not to shoot with flash. People still were.

There were monkeys and my Mom said something to me and I responded with, “people that shoot with flash are mean”, being completely oblivious to the people in front of me that are within hearing range. The husband told the woman to turn the flash off and she just started FLIPPING OUT!

Look, lady. You’re scaring the monkeys, I’m sure you wouldn’t want a light flashing 300 times in a row in your face either!

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I like the way the bottom of octopi look, I’m not sure why, it just looks really cool.

Here’s what he (or she?) looked like:

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Disclaimer: I’m not responsible for reflections in the photos.

Basically, we just walked around and looked at fish… and other animals.

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Colours, colours, colours…

We saw a puffer fish! I wonder if the residents ever wanted to eat him…

There was a lot of other animals, not just fish. For example, there was this area with tarantulas and cockroaches.

Look! Madagascar hissing cockroaches! I only know that because of watching Fear Factor as a kid…

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You know, I’m not really scared of the “creepy crawlies.” Even seeing spiders behind the glass doesn’t bother me. I’m terrified of spiders, to the point I freak out and run away (I’ll leave the story as to why for another day), but get me outside and I don’t really mind, it’s the same as looking at them through the glass.

So like I was saying, there isn’t just fish and whales at the aquarium. There’s this cool “Tropical section” where it’s really hot and humid. There’s birds and beautiful butterflies (unfortunately, I couldn’t catch the pretty blue butterflies on camera – sadface). There’s also a sloth! Unfortunately, the sloth was pretty high up and covered by branches, a picture of him would’ve shown up like a white-ish, brown-ish blob in a tree.

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I liked the colour of these guys.

These guys were squawking a lot while we were there. There was also water dripping on us. Yes, I’m sure it was water.

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Birds, birds, birds…

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Mr. Monkey looks so lonesome. 😦

It’s okay, there were plenty of monkeys in there. This is where the lady freaked out for me mentioning the flash being mean. It’s not my fault people are stupid…

I really like monkeys.

I was going to share pictures of the anaconda, but they didn’t turn out too well. When you first walk in, there’s actually a boa (at least that’s what my Dad said, I never got to see it).

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I did get this picture. I’m pretty sure one of these guys is a black rat snake.

I can show you the anaconda if you really want…

There was actually two of them in this enclosure. They were HUGE!  My Dad read out the card and it said that they can get big enough they’ll eat deer. Deer? Wow! My Mom said she hopes mine won’t get that big. My snake won’t even get to be half as big as that, but it was pretty cool.

But I’m a reptile fan…

Remember how I said I couldn’t get a picture of a blue butterfly? I couldn’t but I did manage to get this one… only because it landed though.

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There was, what I think was a moth, that looked like it had  a very large eye, it reminded me of this giant moth thing my great-grandma gave me. I still have it, it’s just become very fragile – the dust has come off the wings leaving them transparent in some places.

There were also turtles and frogs, but none of their pictures showed up properly!

My Dad has always wanted a pet caiman…

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I didn’t think it was real… until it opened its eyes…

Back to water-y stuff!

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I really like things that are colourful. This was just beyond beautiful. I actually have a few pictures from this same area.

Look at all the colours!

But it gets even better…

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How cool is this?

Thanks to Finding Nemo, we now call these “Nemos” – clownfish and lookalikes.

There were also sharks. I’m actually quite upset that none of my shark pictures turned out. Sharks are one of my favourite animals, some of you may remember me saying I used to have an obsession with sharks…

We stopped near this little stand where workers were talking about sharks and even had their jaws. Sharks don’t actually have any bones in their body (except the ones they eat!). Their body is cartilage, really. Most of it “melts” away when they die, leaving only the jaw (if you’ve noticed, people only find shark jaws/teeth), usually because it’s calcified cartilage.

The woman was telling us things and asking us things, and I just went on and on about them.

She was amazed with my shark knowledge, she even said so!

We talked about megalodons, and how sharks have been here for 65+ million years. We also discussed how sad it is because of their near extinction (though they’ve survived mass extinctions 4 times, I believe now, maybe 3…) thanks to finning and fishing. Well, and in some places it’s legal to slaughter them because they’re “dangerous.”

Seriously people, be more afraid of an orca than a shark. Sharks are curious.

There was also a sea turtle in the shark enclosure, that was badass. But again, none of the photos turned out. I love sea turtles though!

I did, however, get this awesome picture of a stingray from the shark tank.

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Go stingrays!

This month is actually focused on sharks and stingrays, I thought that was fantastic.

Have I ever mentioned that I love dolphins?

They were my favourite animal at one point.

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Dolphins represent playfulness and freedom.

Not to mention they’re just amazing.

There were also belugas:

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Unfortunately, we missed the show.

There were also penguins.

African penguins.

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My Mom was arguing with me, saying penguins don’t live in Africa, but… sorry, that’s what these are (love you, Mom!)!

There was a sea otter, but it was swimming with a human and there was more of the human showing than the otter.

We also saw a lovely, little seal.

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There was a lot to see, I wanted to see it all, read it all… talk to it all…

Unfortunately, Dad’s back started really hurting, so we had to go home early. I wasn’t ready to go home yet, but that’s okay.

I was expecting there to be a little bit more, but… for what it is, I really liked it. I liked seeing the animals, I would’ve liked seeing a show though, or going through one of the movie things… We didn’t go everywhere either, I wish we would have.

THAAAAAANK YOUUUUUU, MUMSY AND DADIO!

Siblings too!

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Yesterday was my Mom’s birthday.

My Dad and I went on an adventure. I bought lemon meringue pie, and we got really funny cards. Dad couldn’t find ambrosia so he picked up breakfast for her instead!

Afterwards, Mom, my Sister and I did a bunch of running around. Eventually, we went to pick up Kitty. It was soooOooOoOOoOOOooo nice to see her again! I haven’t seen her in, honestly, probably close to a year. She made me an amazing picture, it’s full of things that I like – Cheshire Cat, Darth Vader, Jack Skellington, Triforce (well…), TMNT – she even included my zodiac sign! …thing…! I wish I could paint like her. The other day, I was sitting in the visual arts centre at school and all I could think about was Kitty, she’s a good artist. She’s going back to school for pet grooming though.

I’m gonna have to visit her more often. I forgot how amazing she is!

Friendly Giant showed up and we all talked. Despite being Mom’s birthday, Mom made us a bunch of awesome foods – chicken wings, shrimp, fruit platters, etc. I freakin’ love my mom! Seriously, she’s better than all the mom’s in the world! I might be a liiiittttle biased.

I tried spinach dip for the first time in my life and holy crap, it was delicious. My sister set it up like this:

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Not all the food was out yet, but I thought it was cool, she carved out a bread loaf!

Cheesecake Queen and Tophat also showed up! It was nice seeing them. I got given brownies. God, does Cheesecake Queen make a good brownie or what? Well, you don’t know, and I’m not going to show you… especially since they’re almost all gone. THEY’RE EATING MY BIRFDAY PRESENT! 

I found out some interesting things, I’d like to talk to them more about that. We all just talk about random stuff.

I hope Kitty wasn’t too uncomfortable. I felt really bad!

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…I wore my cape.

“To the kitchen!”

“To the bedroom!”

Tophat even simulated the cape in motion so I could pretend I was flying.

…I also wore my cape in public… I’m sure that has to do with why I got ID’ed…

We also went to the 7-11. The guy that complimented me on my earrings was there again. He said I looked nice and commented on my dress. I said that purple was my favourite colour and he said, “mine too!” and explained that it meant loyalty and so on…

Tim was happy that Tophat and Cheesecake Queen came. I wish that he could’ve come too. Growing up sucks sometimes, everyone either has to work, has school, or we’re entirely broke.

I’m glad I have friends though… all of them! I just hope I don’t get too annoying… 😉

Spring

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Spring? Are you here yet?

Spring on the coast usually means rain. I’m getting tired of rain. I miss the sunshine and the way the air smells, the freshness, and the brightness of all the flowers coming to life.

Spring marks a lot of things for me and it sparks a lot of memories too. Spring was when it started getting warmer and I could quit wearing snow-pants, not to mention, March is my birthday month. 😉

This year I’ll be 21. My parents (thanks to my Brother) have decided to take me to the Aquarium.

Who expected that one?

I’ve been dying to go to the Aquarium since we moved back to the coast, yet, I’ve never been. I have an unhealthy fascination with animals, especially the ones that live underwater. I’m excited about sharks and sea turtles… I hope they still have them.

A lot of people are afraid of sharks, but not me. It’s actually on my bucket-list to go swimming with them, cage and no cage. Honestly, you should be more scared of an orca than of a shark. Sharks are just curious creatures, not bloodthirsty human killers. Trust me!

I’m also looking forward to this other part. They have more than just underwater animals there, and I’m looking forward to seeing the snakes (who’da thunk it?). I think I may have an unhealthy obsession with snakes… even when I was a little girl, it was all about animals people were scared of. Actually, when I was a little girl, I was probably a freak.

I was obsessed with the following: Dinosaurs, bog-mummies, ancient civilizations, ghosts, aliens, and sharks.

I was a weird child, really, I was.

I ask people about bog-mummies all the time and no one ever seems to know what they are, so then I have to explain. People realize there’s more than just Egyptian mummies, right? There’s even “ice mummies.”

Friendly Giant has tried to convince me to do something for my birthday. I might, I’m not sure yet. Tim is working, I already asked him. And I highly doubt that Cheesecake Queen and Tophat would come without Tim. So I don’t know what’s happening…

Last year was pretty weird. My neighbours hosted a St. Patty’s Day/Birthday party (mine’s the day right before the husband’s) so I invited Friendly Giant and he came.

Tim was at a casino.

This party is where the infamous Tie Guy was introduced. His dance moves were stellar.

A lot happened that night. I got hit on, which I hated, Tie Guy tried to buy W’s shoes, Friendly Giant and some drunken fool got in a fight (sorta), FG also fell in the mud epically and no one saw it…

Tequila was also had! And nothing bad happened! Huzzah!

He showed me the “I’m An Ass Man” video, which completely reminded me of “We’re The Titans” so I had to show him that.

The next day, after crawling over him to get out of bed (it’s not my fault he wouldn’t move!), Friendly Giant decided to take me on an adventure. First, we went to Fort Langley. I got to see a train.

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Got to climb on it too!

It reminded me of when I was younger and went to the train museum in Revelstoke. I liked trains when I was younger, they were fascinating. Early on in the friendship, we both realized that we liked Revelstoke… and trains.

That was fun. The last time I was in Fort Langley it was only driving through, so seeing something from history was cool. Have I ever mentioned that I love history?

Onward we went!

We went down weird roads and eventually landed ourselves here:

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I think we found the Fraser, everyone!

There was a family there. Their children had pails and other neat toys.

I want to make a sandcastle now… though not at that river…

It was a very muddy place, and this time, I didn’t sink to my knees.

Eventually, it was time to leave, so we went on our way. Now, somehow, I think we ended up in Chilliwack… We had to have, there isn’t mountains like that here. We were just driving along, I got to give directions. “Left or right?”

Hmmm, left!

I think we found the route to a lake.

It was nice up there, the air was fresh.

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We had climbed enough to the point it started snowing…

Who needs directions? Just make your own way up.

The three of us (Tim included) had gone to another place to go 4x4ing where there was plenty of shotgun shells. Tim loved those things. We even kept some in the Jeep, they were our Redneck Tickets.

Can’t be caught without something proving you’re a redneck, right?

Tim would have been in his glory…

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I was almost tempted to grab one… but I didn’t.

We ended up on an army road and just kept following it around. It was pretty interesting.

Eventually though, it was time to go home. My Mom had told us we had to be back in time for dinner.

Okay, Mom…

So we ventured back home. I put a green feather boa on FG, bahaha. His face was priceless. So then we ate dinner. I wanted pizza. But I had cake! They got me a Winnie The Pooh ice cream cake! I’ve had Winnie the Pooh cakes before… I like Winnie the Pooh. I like Disney. I’ve always wanted a Cheshire Cat cake… my Mom makes cakes, she’s good at it.

I got a colouring book and a Winnie the Pooh mask painting kit.

Yes, at 20 years old, that is what I got.

I bought myself a dinosaur colouring book the year prior, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying “kid things.”

I usually don’t get anything. M’s the main feature of my birthday. He talks to me and unlike other people, actually SAYS, “happy birthday, S”. He always gets me something nice too… sometimes I feel really bad because he goes all out on me.

I love him though. I love what he does for me too. And not just birthday stuff, I mean every day stuff.

So, that was my birthday last year. I wonder what this year has to bring. Maybe it’ll be fun, we’ll have to see. Usually I don’t care but guys, AQUARIUM!

Fun fact: My Mom’s birthday is 2 days before mine, we can celebrate together. I hope she has a good birthday too… going to the Aquarium… 

The Missy Award

I’m not going to lie, I don’t know anything about this. I’ve never been… awarded anything before and I’m not entirely sure how it works… so, I’ll just write a post about it!

Amber from http://sensuousamberville.wordpress.com nominated me!

Thank you!

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So, I’m supposed to link back to the originator? http://ivonnemontijo.wordpress.com/ She has a beautiful dog…

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What inspires or motivates you to write?

I’ll be honest, I was a poet. I wrote nothing but poetry and the odd diary entry, it was a coping method and unfortunately, I can’t write poetry as easily as before. But writing has always been a passion, and I find that, not to be arrogant, I’m quite good at it. I originally started a blog as a means of retaining my memory as my pills were affecting it. Besides, what’s more fun than having somewhere where you can share everything while still being anonymous? Writing is like… my free therapy.

Why do you love animals?

I’m not sure. As the stories go, when I was a baby, I wouldn’t talk, so the doctors suggested we get a dog and that’s what my parents did. I chose the most beautiful, pure-white lab/shepard dog named Echo. We even had to teach her how to bark! She was a big part of my childhood. We also had Misty, our cat. As I got older, I’d find myself outside, playing with snails, catching butterflies or caterpillars, and eventually, snakes and turtles! Ahem, and tadpoles… and frogs… and, and, and… I even had a horse friend I’d go visit!

When I was 18, I got my cat, Thumper. He was the greatest cat of all time, really! Unfortunately, he passed away, but look at what a great sport he was:

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So now I have my dog and my snake. What really made me love animals? It probably had to do with the environment I grew up in. Though I was born in the city, I was raised in the country, and that’s where I call home. As a kid, we were very outdoorsy. We were always going on trips, whether to go fishing or swimming or visiting people with animals and what have you, so from a young age, I was exposed to all kinds of animals. When I was 5, I even saved a bird.

I used to think I was Snow White.

Animals love me, and I love them, I don’t know why exactly, but I find that they’re better (and easier to get along with!) than humans.