Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Peacock, a Pig, and a Panda

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!


  1. Oh, lordy, I have done some serious bonding with the couch lately too. Sorry to hear you are having that kind of back troubles. It does tend to color your world. A trip to the zoo is good. It kinda opens up your whole perspective in new and good ways. Have a good week!

  2. Enjoyed reading about your day at thezoo, about your back pain not so much. Hope you feel better soon.

  3. Sounds like a fun excursion! I love that you named your couch LOL

  4. What visuals! Both the photographic kind here ( love the peacock) and the ones i got in my head from your descriptions ( the people at the zoo and you with your back) you are too funny! Sorry to hear you are hurting though, hope you feel better soon and can leave Roger. Saw Sally at beadfest, missed seeing you there. I will be heading to Michaels today myself to pick up some of the scrapbook pads on sale 50% off to make some of those cool boxes you taught us at Artbliss! Take Care

  5. Jen, I am right there with you. I, too, have been recently contemplating this child-less life I seem to have chosen...then Saturday I was invited to take my 6 yr old and 4 yr old nephew and niece to Bluebird Gap Farm - where we were accosted by a birthday party full of alarmingly overdressed young mothers, hordes of out-of-control toddlers, pushy 10 yr olds, screaming babies, and a few dazed fathers. By the time I made it home to my child-free house, I was overwhelmed with gratitude that my couch was waiting patiently, complete with a pile of purring kitties. Bliss.

    p.s. my couch's name is Pepe

  6. Oh sweetie! I am glad that you and Roger the couch could part ways for the day. Look at those awesome photos! I love the peacock. Love it! And those faces on those other two are great. Did you happen to see any children attached to leashes? That is what we always look out for on our safaris. Those things IRK me. They are not pets, people! We also look for inappropriately dressed people, you know the kind where it looks like they could show up in the what not to wear column of Cosmo. Sounds like you found that! Hope you feel better soon! Enjoy the day. Erin


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