Monday, May 19, 2008

A Great Day!

It's been awhile since I've enjoyed such a nice day. Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day (79 degrees, sunny, light breeze). While the morning started out with a lot of teen angst drama, it turned into a very lovely day for me and the younger daughter (I've concluded that it is best to spend time with them one on one...man-to-man defense if you will). The father figure left town last Thursday (to Seattle, to meet once again with the engine surveyor) leaving the three of us to our own devices. While killing each other was an option, the younger one and I quickly agreed that it was a perfect day for the zoo (and this drove the older one to seek out her friends instead...she had no interest whatsoever in walking about Australia and Africa). We hadn't been to the zoo in years, but it seemed like a good idea.


How many storks does it take to make a baby?





Can you smell me now?


According to my daughter, kangaroos always appear to be stoned. I asked her why? She said, "because they're always eating, their eyes are all squinty...and...well, just look at them!"

Huh? Wha?

Duuude...

Hey man, I can't get up...can you pass me that joint?

(And no, he's not dead...I stuck around long enough to watch him scratch his belly)

After the zoo, we went to the Plaza for an early dinner at the Cheesecake Factory...salads for dinner, saving room for a slice of key lime cheesecake (the fact that we both heartily agreed as to the choice of cheesecake was a miracle in itself). Even with the salads, we had leftovers. If you've ever ordered the cobb salad, you'll know that it is roughly the size of a volcano. Then, to Barnes and Noble for some book perusal and a few books. Then to the movies. We went to see the new Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian...highly recommended (the best movie I've seen since No Country for Old Men)!

All in all, I count the day a success in the teen relations department and it was a nice relaxing way to spend the day.

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7 Comments:

At 5:23 AM, May 20, 2008, Blogger Bob-kat said...

That sounds like a really lovely day all round. I love zoo's and you haev taken some really lovely pictures from your visit. I ma not sure about the whole kangaroos being stoned theory but I must admit that the one on it's back does like it's been experimenting a bit! LOL!

 
At 6:07 AM, May 20, 2008, Blogger Sisiggy said...

It's really easy to get so caught up in the "parenting issues" when they're this age and forget to mix in the beginnings of developing that adult/adult relationship that's in its fledgling state. You get points for 1. Not killing the either in the absence of Father Figure; 2. Accepting the defection of oldest daughter; 3. Not immediately grabbing younger daughter by the collar when she said the kangaroo looked stone and screaming, "AND HOW DO YOU KNOW?"; and 4.Recognizing the brilliance of the Coen brothers.

 
At 7:41 AM, May 20, 2008, Blogger Foo said...

I like kangaroos.

And (oddly) armadillos.

 
At 8:03 AM, May 20, 2008, Blogger beth said...

Sounds like a great day! And the Kangaroos are just laid back Aussies. Not stoned. :)

 
At 9:45 PM, May 20, 2008, Blogger Rach said...

I love the zoo! Funny Kangaroos!

 
At 9:45 PM, May 20, 2008, Blogger Rach said...

I love the zoo!

 
At 8:07 AM, May 21, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Bob-kat, thanks for the compliment...I've enjoyed your zoo photos which probably influenced our decision to go to the zoo as much as the nice weather.

Sisiggy, "fledgling" would be the right word. And you're right about that transition. It's tough maintaining any sort of balance with all of the emotions and hormones raging out of control. And the sad truth is, the younger daughter knows all too well what she was talking about with the kangaroos! Which, of course, means that good judgement is sorely missing in the transition to adulthood.

Foo, I like armadillos also. We have to drive a little further south to see them (and then, it seems they are the predominant form of roadkill). This makes them exotic.

Beth, you're right. I'm sure the zoo would not give the Roos anything illegal, but they are most assuredly laid back! ;-)

Rach, do you have kangaroos in NZ?

 

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