Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day Off

As Jamie alluded to in her comment on my previous blog post, Simon not taking a morning nap does have the advantage of allowing us to do things in the mornings... such as shopping trips, excursions, etc.

One Monday morning, Jamund was hanging around/not going to work as usual, and then decided not to go to work period. So we had to make a decision: the zoo or the aquarium? The aquarium was decided upon because: (1) it was closer (2) it was closer to the Cheesecake Factory (lunch) (3) it was closer to the Dunford Donuts factory and (4) it was indoor and thus wouldn't be as freezing as the zoo.

We packed up the car, bundled up anyway, and went. Upon arrival, we were less than enthused as it looked (from the outside) like a glorified pet store turned aquarium. We are used to, respectively, theMonterey Bay Aquarium and the Seattle Aquarium, so we had to adjust our thinking a little bit.

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But it was actually pretty nice inside. Still small and no massive tanks that are like three stories tall/wide... but good for a baby with a relatively short attention span.

They had the normal fare like sting rays:

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Local fish:

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Sharks:

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But they also had a cool South America exhibit with piranhas and spiders and at least one electric eel, and this dude (plus a friend who was hanging out in back):

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And PENGUINS! We liked the penguins.

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So then we went to Cheesecake Factory where Simon charmed/flirted with older ladies at nearby tables and we ordered some of our usual (which can include either samosas or Asian chicken lettuce wraps appetizers from the healthy menu and either farfalle with chicken and roasted garlic or bang bang chicken and shrimp).

And yes, Jamund went to Dunford Bakers (they make the chocolate cake donuts you can buy at Costco... at least at our Costco). I stayed in the car with sleeping Simon. Jamund bought donut holes and various donuts for under $4. Happiness ensued.

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So I guess no morning nap isn't all bad?

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