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04 September 2013 @ 09:24 pm
Goin' To The Zoo, Zoo, Zoo!  
So, I had a pretty awesome weekend! My glasses came in, for one, so I am no longer straining my eyes. Then I had therapy, whatever, but after I got home, The BFF and I watched The Avengers (Science!Bros FTW!), which was happy-making. But then, best of all, was that on Saturday hiyacynth + Husband & Munchy P (who is 2 ½ now and talking up a storm about everything!) came for a visit. We hung out, grilled out (The BFF is still the Master Of The Grill), Munchy played in the wading pool, then we watched some Community. And on Sunday we all went to the zoo! I haven’t been to the zoo in 6 or 7 years, so this was nice.


They have this great new Safari Exhibit at our zoo. You have to ride the tram to get there (which Munchy liked because he really wanted to ride a ‘train’) and it’s all set-up like a National Park, where a whole group of the animals are just roaming free in a large natural area. So when you look out over the fence, you can see giraffes, zebras, antelopes, all grazing side by side like some real life version of The Lion King. Also there is a place where you can feed the giraffes! You are up on an elevated walkway and the giraffes’ heads are right at your eye level. You buy lettuce to feed them and they will stick their heads right up over the fence looking for a treat. And if nobody is feeding them anything, they will kind of head-butt your arms looking for more food. When they go to take the lettuce, they stick their tongues out and their tongues are not quite-almost black and super long, like cartoonishly unfurling and unfurling. I was a little freaked out when I held my hand out with the lettuce and the giraffe stuck his tongue out and like for a split second, my whole hand was right inside the giraffe’s mouth! Then he took the lettuce and pulled away. I FED A MOTHER-FUCKING GIRAFFE!! It. Was. Awesome. After we were done with that, Munchy P says, “That was a cool ride.” It definitely was!

The rest of the Safari Exhibit was closed-off sections of animals that couldn’t be in the big open area; monkeys, birds, wild boars, etc. They also had a carousel with various animals you could ride; a gorilla, a giant grasshopper, a baby giraffe, a snow leopard, etc. Munchy loved that so much he threw a fit when he had to get off. Then we went to the petting zoo and you guys, THE BUNNIES WERE NAMED MERRY, PIPPIN & SAMWISE! And there was this sign that read, ‘The Harry Potter Goats’ and I was all, “Why are they Harry Potter goats?” and we looked and THEY WERE ALL NAMED FOR HARRY POTTER CHARACTERS!. They had a Harry, Ron, Hermoine, Luna, Neville, Severus, Remus, Ginny, Fred & George. You should have heard the squeal of delight I made when I saw they had a Fred & George! Also, little freaky how much Severus the Goat looked like Snape. Geeks run the zoo! Then we got ice cream and went home.

My sister had Monday and Tuesday off as well, but those were less exciting days and I accidentally watched World War Z and it would be another 500 words if I went into how much that sucked, so No, Nope, Nonono, that’s a whole different post. Suffice to say, if you loved the book, DON’T SEE THE MOVIE. It’s okay, I have now made my life better and cleansed that shit from my brain by watching copious amounts of A-Team fanvids. (I could explain why but let’s just go with “Because I <3 Face & Murdock, shut up!”).

How were your weekends?
 
 
 
lanie: big kittyprincesslanie on September 5th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)
yay the zoo
dodger_sister: muppetsdodger_sister on September 6th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
The zoo was very awesome, indeed! We need to take The Nephew next year to the Safari Exhibit!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 5th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
That sounds like a completely AWESOME exhibit! I wanna go now! And have MY hand inside a giraffe's mouth! (Though I'd worry a little if they start to get too enthusiastic with the head butts. I mean, their kicks can kill a lion, so I'd guess their headbutts could become equally badass... which sort of makes feeding them EVEN COOLER.)

My weekend was lazy, which was nice. And two nights in a row, I haven't done any schoolwork, because it was ALL DONE ALREADY. This is encouraging!
dodger_sister: creaturedodger_sister on September 6th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a completely AWESOME exhibit! I wanna go now! And have MY hand inside a giraffe's mouth!

It was AWESOME! IT WAS SO AWESOME. You come for a visit sometime and we'll totally go feed giraffes!

(Though I'd worry a little if they start to get too enthusiastic with the head butts.

Naw, they were more nudges than anything, it just seemed like headbutts because they are ginamorous giraffes.

My weekend was lazy, which was nice. And two nights in a row, I haven't done any schoolwork, because it was ALL DONE ALREADY. This is encouraging!

WHOO - I like when you don't spend all weekend doing work! How is the sore throat/sickies doing? Better I hope.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 7th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
Dude, if I am ever in your town, I am camping at your place and it will be EPIC. :) Giraffes, and awesome tv and movies and pretty boys and writing and general silliness PLUS a zoo? HELL YEAH!

Make that FOUR nights in a row. I mean, sort of. If the weekend counts as one "work night," then I still have to make lesson plans and whatever, but there's no grading on my plate for the weekend, which, YAY!

And I'm feeling much better - still not 100%, but pretty awesome. TAHtm is still hacking up what he's (ever so attractively) calling lung cookies ("because they're too big to be lung chunkies," he says), but he's also on the mend. I just hope this is the only sickness that whacks us this school year, because it was nasty!
dodger_sister: creaturedodger_sister on September 7th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
Dude, if I am ever in your town, I am camping at your place and it will be EPIC. :)

LOL No one is ever in our town - there is nothing here! But some day you'll have to make a trip specifically for Fangirling and Giraffes! And maybe the Great Lakes - it's what Michigan has to offer.

\TAHtm is still hacking up what he's (ever so attractively) calling lung cookies ("because they're too big to be lung chunkies," he says), but he's also on the mend.

Dude, GROSS. Funny, but gross. Glad you're feeling better though!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on September 8th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Au contraire - Michigan also has you! (Though since I can't get to oceans on anything like a regular basis, looking out across a GL is a moderately acceptable substitute, I've found.)

Me tooooo!
Kate: happy face Tumnusceitfianna on September 5th, 2013 03:49 am (UTC)
Ooh, that new ride and exhibit sounds fantastic and you fed a giraffe! I love the Detroit Zoo.
dodger_sister: muppetsdodger_sister on September 6th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that new ride and exhibit sounds fantastic and you fed a giraffe! I love the Detroit Zoo.

It was SUPER cool. It was actually Binder Park, over by Kalamazoo, which is a much smaller zoo than Detroit's, but is the zoo of my childhood memories. They really seem to be expanding the place out. When you come for a visit sometime, we'll totally go feed the giraffes!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on September 5th, 2013 05:03 am (UTC)
My weekend sucked. I did something to myself working out last Tuesday, but it didn't seem serious. So I worked out again Wed & Fri and my Friday night, I was pretty stiff. By Saturday morning, I was immobilized. I spent the entire three day weekend on the couch, mainlining ibuprofen and icing my hip. Unbelievably miserable. I was all set to go to the doctor's office at 9am Tuesday but awoke that morning miraculously improved. Not so much so that I could go to work because it still hurt to sit for too long, but way way way better than I was. And today, almost back to normal (and back to work).

Freaky. Still not sure what caused it.

When I was in college my friends and I used to watch A-Team while playing trivial pursuit and eventually we'd get so drunk we couldn't answer any questions and would just get out our A-Team action figures and make them kick the game pieces around the board.

Murdoch is the best.


Edited at 2013-09-05 05:03 am (UTC)
dodger_sister: the a-teamdodger_sister on September 7th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
My weekend sucked. I did something to myself working out last Tuesday, but it didn't seem serious.

Ugh, no, bb. That all sounds awful. I learned that one the hard way too - if you tweak something even a little, you gotta lay off for a few days, no matter how fine it all feels. What a crap way to spend the weekend.

Still not sure what caused it.

Hmmm, almost sounds like you pulled a muscle. Sometimes the weirdest, smallest things can mess your shit up. Boo that.

When I was in college my friends and I used to watch A-Team while playing trivial pursuit and eventually we'd get so drunk we couldn't answer any questions and would just get out our A-Team action figures and make them kick the game pieces around the board.

THIS ALL SOUNDS LIKE A REASONABLE WAY TO SPEND YOUR TIME! (I make my elves have orgies in the LotR version of RISK). Man, how come I never had any A-Team action figures?! Oh, this is a grievance I must file with my father!

Murdoch is the best.

I've been reading up some the last few days on The A-Team (and watching fanvids, of which there a ridiculous amount, especially concerning Face/Murdock - and reading fanfic, most of which is terrible) and anyways I found out that apparently the Network's TPTB didn't like the character of Murdock in the pilot they were shown and wanted him dropped, but the test audience almost all cited that he was their favorite character so they ended up keeping him. Can you imagine The A-Team with no Murdock? Just...NO.
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on September 5th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
Have I shown you this yet? This is as close as I got to a giraffe in Africa. Not exactly as close as you got, but it is a oool picture.

ANP_1.27_35
dodger_sister: omgdodger_sister on September 7th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
HOLY CRAP. That looks pretty freaking close to me! Especially since there is no fence separating you from the giraffe here. Wow, that is awesome!

If you scroll down on my comments here, hiyacynth dropped a picture down below of Munchy P (her son) feeding the giraffe, which shows how close we were.
Shirebound: lap giraffeshirebound on September 5th, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
I didn't read the book, so I wonder if I'd enjoy the movie?

Wheeee, giraffes!
dodger_sister: creaturedodger_sister on September 7th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
The giraffes were super cool and super close - it was just an amazing exhibit all around. I can't wait to take The Nephew next year!

Re: World War Z. You may enjoy it if you have never read the book. I have seen a lot of zombies movies and it certainly doesn't rate at the top of my list even if I try to separate my bias (which is hard to do, I admit). It was very "Brad Pitt is the center of all that matters in the world" and I feel like it could have benefited from a more ensemble approach rather than making it 'all our hopes rest on his shoulders' kind of thing. But there were some really cool moments and it certainly didn't lack in tension-filled-moments, which I find is the only thing that can really kill a zombie movie; too much blahblahblah will drag you down every time. World War Z jumped right in with both feet, I will give it that.

That said, I'd much rather rec you read the book. It is in my top three favorite books of all time - right up there with The Stand and The Hobbit. It is written with a journalistic approach, as if the zombie apocalypse has come and gone and one journalist heads out to gather as many stories from people about how they survived in an attempt to record it for history. So it reads like an article, like a history book and like a compilation of short stories. It's about humanity, survival, the everyday man rising up amongst the chaos to make a new start. The thing that I loved most of all about the book (and that they completely missed in the movie) was the theme of: 'No one man saves us. We save each other.'

Really, check it out - it's an amazing book!
Shireboundshirebound on September 7th, 2013 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oooh, thanks. I'm always looking for an absorbing read.
hiyacynthhiyacynth on September 5th, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
Love you! Here is Munchy P feeding a GIRAFFE motherducker! (Ha ha ha my phone is trying to clean up my potty mouth!)

dodger_sister: muppetsdodger_sister on September 7th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
OMG HE IS SO CUTE! Wow, we really were CLOSE to those things!

Here is Munchy P feeding a GIRAFFE motherducker! (Ha ha ha my phone is trying to clean up my potty mouth!)

LOL Iphone wants to wash your mouth out with soap, young lady!

Love you too! <3
lizibabeslizibabes on September 5th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
You fed a mother fucking giraffe? I'm so jealous, like seriously that is so cool. Good zoos, where it is nice for the animals is one of my fav things in the world. I love animals, that sounds like a cool trip with cool people.

And lord of the rings and harry potter named animals? Age of the geek baby to quote leverage. I'd have squeed.

I hope you had a lot of fun and the new glasses work out well, I hate getting used to new ones.

World war Z *insert rude fart noise here* That film, really. just no.

Oh I wanted to say because I hadn't made a post yet but therapy went much better. Nicer person, more understanding of my limits, still hurt like hell, but I'm feeling positive :)
dodger_sister: creaturedodger_sister on September 7th, 2013 02:17 am (UTC)
You fed a mother fucking giraffe? I'm so jealous, like seriously that is so cool.

IT SERIOUSLY WAS. Freaky but cool.

Good zoos, where it is nice for the animals is one of my fav things in the world.

Me too. I love them in natural settings, lots of space, well cared for. We don't frequent any other kind of zoo - we are serious about our animal rights in this family. But this was a new exhibit and I was completely blown away by the natural feel of it all.

And lord of the rings and harry potter named animals? Age of the geek baby to quote leverage.

Hardison approves of this message! I did shout out, "OMG, they have a Fred & George!" and then clapped my hands like a manic when I realized this. lol

I hope you had a lot of fun and the new glasses work out well, I hate getting used to new ones.

They seem to be doing good - it took a few days of headaches but I am all adjusted now. I am trying to be extra, extra careful with these ones since I could only afford the one pair.

World war Z *insert rude fart noise here* That film, really. just no.

OMG, BB, SO BAD. Sis and I were making obnoxious mocking comments by the halfway mark. Thanks goodness the theater was mostly empty. They missed the complete and total point of the book - we don't get saved, but we carry on anyway.

Oh I wanted to say because I hadn't made a post yet but therapy went much better. Nicer person, more understanding of my limits, still hurt like hell, but I'm feeling positive :)

GOOD. I am so glad to hear it! It took me years of being in charge of my own medical care (anything before age 18 wasn't my choice anyway) for me to get confident enough to get assertive like that, but it's my body dammit! Now I have people tell me, "Well, I figured it was okay but you didn't say anything and you are not one to not say something," which kind of makes me proud but there was a time when I would have just kept my mouth shut, no matter what. I am glad you got it all straightened out and I hope it actually helps the issues you are having and you get a little relief soon! <3
lizibabes: Gerard redlizibabes on September 7th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Ditto on being from a family that is big on animal rights. I didn't think you''d be the type to go to a zoo that wasn't a good environment for the animals and excitement at finding a Fred and Gorge goat is the way it should be. The goat at the zoo thing reminds me of my last visit to a zoo. I may have accidentally caused a goat to escape it's pen....twice.

Mocking that film is also a must, why do they keep ruining perfectly good books? Why? It makes me want to scream. I look forward to your long post trashing it if you get around to making it.

Thanks, I'm hoping it goes well. Before I was eighteen I had to rely on my mum to push doctors into doing things, to get them to tell me what what was going on. Now I'm older I feel like I have a little more control.
dodger_sister: creaturedodger_sister on September 7th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
Ditto on being from a family that is big on animal rights. I didn't think you''d be the type to go to a zoo that wasn't a good environment for the animals and excitement at finding a Fred and Gorge goat is the way it should be.

Are there even zoos in the US/England anymore that don't go beyond the requirements for their animal care? I would think in our soceity that any place that didn't go 'beyond the call' in how they treat their animals, wouldn't do very much business. It just makes me think of my sister being so pissed off that the last place she worked was partnered with some circus in order to get cheaper tickets for their employees. It was a circus that had elephants which we are HIGHLY against - they need roaming room and elephants in the circus tend to go mad from confinement. One of her collegues asked her why she hadn't taken a ticket, wasn't she going to take her nephew? My sister is not one to rant her opinions in a professional enviroment but this lady asked, so my sister told her straight up how we feel about that. She didn't hold back - she was pretty pissed at the time because she had just learned that our state is one of the few left that don't ban circus with elephants.

The goat at the zoo thing reminds me of my last visit to a zoo. I may have accidentally caused a goat to escape it's pen....twice.

WHAT? How? lol Did you leave the petting zoo gate open or something?

Mocking that film is also a must, why do they keep ruining perfectly good books?

They weren't even zombies! They turned in 12 seconds - that's a virus, not the undead!

Thanks, I'm hoping it goes well. Before I was eighteen I had to rely on my mum to push doctors into doing things, to get them to tell me what what was going on. Now I'm older I feel like I have a little more control.

Sadly my mom did not do 'pushy'. She is one of those people that thinks 'well, they are the doctor, whatever they say must be right' and doesn't even question it. I have a lot of serious trauma from having bullshit done to me under the name of medicine. My generation was really the first where they started to diagnose arthritis in children, so they wanted to 'try' a bunch of stuff and nothing sucks more than having your mom say 'whatever you think is best' without even asking any questions and then being dismissed when I ask my own questions because I was a child and didn't need to worry about. (worry about my own body that is) So having literally NO say in my own care and then suddenly being an adult and being thrust into making my own decisions - it was scary and took me years to get comfortable being like, "Uh, NO," to doctors.

I saw in your recent post that you are going to a pain managment clinic. I always wondered why this wasn't something my doctors did for me instead of giving me Oxy on top of Oxy on top of muscle relaxers. My little brother goes to a pain managment clinic for his Fibro and he swears by it! There is a noticeable difference in his energy levels since he started there.
lizibabes: Franklizibabes on September 7th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
Sadly there are some zoo's in the UK that must just get by on the minimum requirements. You know the kind of places where the animals have hardly any room and no enrichment. Just cadges and you can see that they aren't happy or anything like they would be in the wild.

I've been to one zoo that I felt didn't treat the animals right or give them the right habitats and I've refused to go ever since.

Your sister worked at a zoo? That is so cool and I'm glad she wasn't afraid to explain why she would not go to a circus that used animals. It's something I won't do either. It's cruel and I can't stand that, would not be entertained by it.

And with the goats yeah it was a petting zoo with a double gate, it got around me, escaped and I lead it back in and then it jumped around me and escaped again, we had to get someone to get him back. He kept going to the food machine!!

It sounds like you've had some pretty bad experiences with doctors, especially when you were younger and that is terrible, the kind of thing that can put you of getting treatment or life. I hope now that you are in control that you are getting better treatment that they actually explain. There is nothing more infuriating than being treated like you don't have a right or need to know all about what's going on.

I have my fingers crossed that the pain management is helpful. Does he have fibromialga? Me and my mum both have that,but in the UK it takes a lot to get it treated in anyway because its a condition some doctors refuse to believe in despite the studies. My mums seen doctors who act like you're just making the pain up.
dodger_sister: creaturedodger_sister on September 9th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
Sadly there are some zoo's in the UK that must just get by on the minimum requirements. You know the kind of places where the animals have hardly

Ugh, no, I hate those. They need open space and companionship and natural setting. I understand most zoo animals are rescues who wouldn't last a day back in their own environment, but that doesn't mean they should take whatever crap you give them and be happy about it! They deserve the best you can give them. Maybe there are places like that here in the States too, but I never go to them, for sure.

Your sister worked at a zoo?

Actually she worked for the state and they had a deal with the circus to get bulk tickets for their employees, like it was some big treat for their workers to get to go to the circus extra cheap - and it would have been, if our state wasn't endorsing having elephants in confinement!

I'm glad she wasn't afraid to explain why she would not go to a circus that used animals.

I'm not sure how she feels about other animals. I mean, certainly no lions and tigers and bears and elephants, but maybe the snakes and the monkeys might be okay, if they are well cared for. Idk that I've ever heard her go on a rant about those particular things before.

He kept going to the food machine!!

LOL Omg, I love that he didn't make a dash for freedom, just went over to the food machine and was like, "Feed me now, thanks,". LOL

It sounds like you've had some pretty bad experiences with doctors, especially when you were younger and that is terrible, the kind of thing that can put you of getting treatment or life.

And it did for awhile actually. I spent a good decade refusing to go to physical therapy just on principal of not wanting to do anything that my mom had me do as a kid. But it's gotten better, I have some really good doctors now who listen to me and I am much better at expressing myself on what I want and don't want and avoiding things that trigger me back to a bad place. I shyed away from treatment for so long that I didn't do things when I should have (the knee surgery for one) and now I am paying for it, but those mistakes pushed me into being the most proactive about my health care that I can possibly be and I feel like I have a great advantage now because of it.

Does he have fibromialga? Me and my mum both have that,but in the UK it takes a lot to get it treated in anyway because its a condition some doctors refuse to believe in despite the studies.

Here too. My brother also has bipolar (far less extreme and more manageable than my dad's, to the point where only half of the doctors he has seen even give him that diagnosis) but his current psych doctor was insistent that he had to get the physical stuff treated first before they could even tackle the mental stuff, because you can't get mentally well if you are in pain. So that really helped him get treated quickly. But The BFF also has Fibro and her doctor does not take her seriously and refuses to even do much for her and everyone keeps wanting her to go to work as a lawyer (easily a 60hr a week job) and no one seems to understand when she has days where she just can't do anything and it is so frustrating because, I can beg off of stuff and nobody blinks an eye because you can look at me and see I am physically disabled but if you look at her, it looks like nothing is wrong with her and people just think she is being lazy. There is a social issue term for that kind of bigotry, but I can't remember it atm.