Roger, my couch, and I have been spending far too much time together. My back has really been hurting, so I end up laying around far too much. Seriously, I realized yesterday that there was absolutely zero that I should be doing. I had no commitments to anything. There are plenty of things that I could have done, but I lost hours playing sudoku (got my highest score ever), reading magazines (actually just skimming them and tearing out the things I want to read for later), and napping. My cats and I bonded. But, we are already bonded and really don't need to spend this much time together. So, last night as I sat up watching useless television, I resolved to get up and go do something today. I decided to go to the zoo! I have lived here for nearly two years and have always wanted to go down to the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk but haven't done it. I was going to set my alarm and wake up super early and go work out and read the paper and then get there when they opened at 10. But, in reality, I woke up at the regular cat feeding time when Brando, my big fat crazy boy came up up and reminded me that the sun was up and it's time to be awake. I crawled to the bathroom (since my back doesn't work that well in the morning) and eventually managed to stand upright. I'm happy to report that after coffee (two cups) I finally got up and out of the house and on the road to the zoo.
There was a gorgeous peacock traversing the "farm area" of the zoo. He was being chased by three little boys whose parents had no control over them. I have been facing the reality of a child-free future lately and thought it might be rough with all the families around at the zoo...alas, there were plenty of naughty, dirty, rude, uncontrolled kids, so I didn't have to feel too bad about being the weird single lady wandering around taking pictures of the animals by herself. I was happy I wasn't pregnant and trying to pull a carriage full of kids covered in ice cream drippings...there were several of those around.
The crazy-looking pig was probably my favorite animal of the day. It was just so funny with hairs sticking out everywhere and a huge snout. It was around here that I saw a lady wearing big giant-heeled sandals trying to control a two-ish-year old. Seriously, lady, we are walking around a zoo. To quote one of the kids I heard today, "it smells like poop." This is not the place to put on your cutest high-heeled espadrilles. They were cute, but not good for chasing an ornery boy into the tiger trail.
This little nugget is actually a red panda. So cute! His (or her, I don't know) tail is as big as his body but it's hidden back in his little bamboo hut. I watched him for a good 20 minutes as I stood there trying to stretch my hip/ass/back so I could walk some more. I'm sure I really looked like a crazy woman at that point.
I played with each of these a little bit with Photoshop Elements. And, while I was digging around looking for some textures to layer in there, I started looking through my email and realized that I joined in with a year-long Kim Klassen "Beyond Layers" class and have done ZERO of the lessons. Nice! haaaaaaaaaaa Just when I said I had nothing to do...I guess I could open up the flippin' computer and get some things done! Oh, and I also signed up for a little monochromatic challenge with my friend, Sally Russick, and have gotten to the step of having every purple art supply that I own out on the kitchen counter. It's kinda fun to shop in your own art room. Of course I went to Michael's last night for some additional paint, but only because the coupon was set to expire. I made it under the wire with 15 minutes to spare before they closed. I should probably go open that paint, but, Roger the Couch has really got me feeling happy, so I may have to snuggle down for a bit. On that note, happy end-of-the-weekend!