August 28th, 2004

Flying Ace

Report from the BEST AUNT EVER!

Sigh...pitched my tent in Grandma and Grandpa's backyard. S and O I thought were going to wet themselves they were so excited. They were NOT a help in setting it up, (what a shock,) but Grandma was.

We had big fun in the tent though I was afraid they would never settle down. I told them some shadow puppet stories...falling back on an oldie but a goodie..."Little Bunny Foo Foo." They liked the "DOOOOWWWNNNN came the GOOD FAIRY..." and they liked my shadow of a GOON.

Eventually they dozed off though (ay, gracias a Dios!) and I kept waking up periodically in the night to make sure they were covered up. It was coolish but not too bad. (Nothing like October in Northern Ontario, that's for sure!)

And now...we are going off to the Salt Lake City Aquarium. Yay for super big fun!

Wish me luck!
Flying Ace

Whew!

Well, I survived.
The aquarium was very cool. It's a bit small...more of a demo/satellite than ever. Several people are trying to spearhead getting a much larger one built (I approve,) so they are using this one to help drum up interest.
It was cool though. They had a lobster (left handed!) that was over 100 years old... some jelly fish that were helped being illuminated via a few black lights (very cool,) and a large pool that had several rays and star fisn and a tomato clown fish (more red than orange with only one white stripe.) You could touch the rays and sea cucumbers and starfish. Very fun. S was much more gung ho about the whole thing than O and I enjoyed the baffled looks from the teenage workers who really didn't know any answers to the question S was posing to them. Again, I enjoyed it immensely.

We also watched a show from the BBQ in the theater on coral reefs. I did not know that parrot fish ate coral along with the rock, simply taking big bites out of the reef and then watching them poop out fine white dust that is part of highly prized beaches. Again...who knew? ;)

O was a bit hungry so we made a pit stop at McDs. (I know, I know, after seeing Supersize Me, I never wanted to eat fast food ever again) but I also know that my sister takes them there every so often and I knew what was always ordered for them, so no nagging the aunt here!)

We poked our heads into the movie theater since we were so close and I told Dick hello. He brought out S a mini Harry Potter poster. S had no idea who Harry Potter was. He also brought O som Donkey ears from Shrek. She didn't want them but S did. Dick was surprised. Kids always want stuff. He hadn't ever met any that looked politely at what was being offered and then saying, "No thank you." WOW.

Another quick stop at Galyans (sigh...) and we watched a kid about S's age go on the climbing wall. He did pretty well.

A stop at my work so the kids could use the potty and I hooked them up with some fruit juice and then, hooray, hooray...back to Grandma and Grandpa!

Now they are drawing upstairs on the deck and mom and I are getting set up to make GLOW IN THE DARK CHALK. Yes. Yes we rule.

And I'm exhausted and will soon be going to my oil painting class. Whew and all that!
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A request

Hey! Who pencilled me in for one raging headache? I'd like for it to be taken back please. I really have no use for it and it seems to rather be getting in the way. Thank you very much.

In other news, painting was great. We started our second painting today and for me it has been going a lot more smoothly than the first one. I'm not completely lost and bewildered this time around.

Something else that was really great was when Kamille came up at the start and handed me a bundle of brushes.
"Here," she said flipping them out towards me. "I don't use these any more and you need better brushes."
I thought it was for just the class but afterwards she told me I should keep them. How cool is that! I thanked her profusely and she just smiled and said, "Happy painting!"
I think she is paying me back for a cartoon of her on Thursday. She was delighted with it and it is now hanging on the wall with all of my other life drawing cartoons.
Anyway, I smell a bit like oil paint and linseed oil (always a sexy mix,) and am now trying to get the kids bundled up and in the tent again for the evening.

So I am happy but again, dang if'n mah head don' HURT!
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