Monday, August 29, 2011

Aquarium Sleepover

This past weekend I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to make one of their summer sleepovers.

Granted there were 300 people (75% kids) and was mostly made up of a various boy scouts, girl scouts and one brownie troop. Then there were families and the handful of people like me who were just adults wanting to stay over night at this world famous aquarium.

The evening was filled with cookies and milk (evening snack of course), crowd free viewing of the whole aquarium's exhibits, a night owl movie and otter trivia.

I must say it was pretty cool settling down next to the jellyfish and also having a view the Open Sea exhibit (1 million gallon tank). Watching the various marine life swimming quietly as I fell asleep was amazing.

Considering the number of kids, it was pretty quiet at night. I feel pretty lucky to have grown up within 40 minutes of Monterey, can't forget those school field trips to the aquarium. I even remember in high school getting the opportunity to visit MBARI, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing to meet some cool researchers.

If you ever have the chance to make it to the aquarium, you don't be disappointed. I'll be making use of my family's annual membership this year!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Slowly getting back ...

Well, I wasn't expecting to take a long hiatus, but I did. Partly because I've been feeling uninspired lately. The other reason is my grandmother passed away early this month. Things were pretty much a blur for about 2 weeks. Granted she was 89 years old and I knew she wasn't going to live forever, but it's hard when you know it's about to happen. I was thankful that my family and I were able to say goodbye to her and that she knew we were all there for her.

Now, I'm trying to get used to this new "normal" whatever that is by taking it one day at a time. I still haven't unpacked my clothes and my bedroom's a mess. It was weird coming back to San Francisco and returning to work. It took me about a week to really sort out what was going on. Actually it was the same when I came back to my apartment.

Anyway, September is just around the corner. Seems like this year is flying by. Summer is winding down and the fog is still here. Nothing like a foggy summer in San Francisco, right? How's your summer been?