Saturday, May 29, 2010

Zoo! Take three

Okay, this is definitely the last entry for the zoo. All of these are from the aquarium.

It's a lot more difficult than I thought it would be, trying to get decent pictures in here. Between the lower light and the fish constantly moving, a majority of my pictures turned out blurred:

A sea dragon:

And another sea dragon. These were so cool:

An albino lobster:

Jellyfish! For some reason blogger keeps making the picture vertical instead of horizontal like it actually is, but oh well:

No idea what this is called, but it looked cool:

Again, just liked how this looked:

It's Nemo! *Just keep swimming*

Some kind of crab:

And here's one last picture from the aquarium:

And that's about it from our zoo trip. I miss taking pictures. Now that it's nearly summer time and the weather has been nicer, I'm hoping to get some more day trips in. If and when I do, I'll be sure and post on here!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Zoo! Take two

Okay, time for some more zoo pictures! After this entry I'll probably do one more with some pictures from in the aquarium, and then I'll be back on to regular entries again. Here goes...

After seeing the Prince of Persia movie last week, I just can't look at ostriches the same way:

I have a bunch of pictures of different kinds of monkeys. I'll be the first to admit I don't have a clue what any of them are actually called:

Shark! *hums theme music from Jaws*

Om nom nom:

Penguins - again, annoyed with having to take pictures through plexiglass but this one turned out okay:

Again, not sure what this is, but it looks cool. It also looks kind of bored:


More of some kind of monkey...thing...

Sea lions - this is probably the only decent picture I got of them. They're damned fast!

This actually scared me half to death. Was walking down a path and it was 2 feet away in the bushes, just watching us:

Right, that's enough for this entry. Like I said, I'll probably post one more shortly, then hopefully finish some of the other entries (namely, reviews) that I have halfway done.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Zoo! Take one

On Good Friday this year, Danielle and I went to the zoo. After some traffic from hell (half the city of Pittsburgh evidently had the same idea as we had) and a catastrophe averted in the parking lot when I dropped my $500 zoom lens onto the concrete (thank goodness for filters!) we managed to get into the zoo. I hadn't been to the zoo in at least a decade, and I had a blast. Took a ton of pictures too, so I figure I'd post a few entries with some of my favorites.


There were two rhinos and I thought they were going to fight each other, but no such luck:

Another kitty! It was hot out, and they all seemed to be napping:

This one has been my desktop background for a few weeks now:

I am fairly impressed with how this one turned out, since I couldn't actually see over the fence I just stuck my camera up in the air and snapped a few pictures:


It's looking right at me!

Black bear with an itchy back:

This probably isn't the best picture I got of the elephants, but it's the best one I got with the baby elephant. Which was one of the cutest things. Ever.

I really like this picture, except for that annoying glare from the plexiglass we had to look through.

And one last polar bear pic!

Okay, that's enough for now. I will probably do another two entries of just pictures. I'm sure I could do one entry from the aquarium alone, plus another one for the monkeys and some other random pictures. Those ones will be up soon, and then some reviews are on the way!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Goals Update 6

I am doing very badly with this blogging thing. I have a ton of entries halfway done. Really need to start finishing and publishing them. In the meantime, it's been about a month since my last update...

1. Go back for my bachelor's degree. Filled out yet more paperwork. Applied for some grants and waiting to hear on those. Considering a summer class or two but not sure if it's feasible, or necessary. The main aim is to go back for about 9 credits in the fall. Full time if I can afford it and handle the workload. Would get finished much more quickly that way, plus there tends to be better financial aid available for full time students. We'll see.

2. Design and get my second tattoo. I have a couple of different ideas. Not sure what I'm going with, or where I'm going to get the tattoo yet! Not going to post any specifics until I have a better idea of what I'm doing though.

3. Photography. I have a couple of hard drives bookmarked that I might buy sooner or later. Have to save money first. But I have plenty of room on my new computer, so for now I'll keep one backup of photos on there, and one on the external drive I already have.

4. WriYe. Been making up some ground here. I'm about 11,000 words behind. It's slow, but I'm making some progress at least. I'm hoping to cut that in half by the next time I update, but we'll see how it goes.

5. Write in journal at least once a week. Still doing this fairly regularly.

6. Save money. Bought my new computer, and wrote a check last night to pay it off. Hurt my savings account a bit, but I'm hoping to make it up fairly quickly. Then I'll continue to add to savings. Unfortunately, I have a number of other things I need to get paid off, so I'm not sure how long it will take to get where I want to be. It seems like every time I pay one thing off, another pops up.

7. I want to go see at least 12 different concerts/shows this year. Saw Macbeth performed by Seton Hill, and also went to see a local band over the weekend, which brings me up to 7. The band kind of stunk actually, but oh well. It was a fun time regardless.

8. Read 30,000+ pages. I'm now up to 16,400 pages. I've slowed down a little bit, which means that I haven't finished a book in....three days hahaha. I've been spending time watching Battlestar Galactica instead, but I'm continuing to read and as soon as I finish the show I'll probably pick it up again. Actually, I will probably read a LOT more as summer kicks in, as it's one thing that I can do outside.

9. Write 52 new blogs. I'll be posting some of my halfway finished ones soon. I promise. I think I'm just frustrated that no one reads these to begin with, so what's the point? I'm just really busy, and sometimes it seems silly to spend time posting stories and reviews no one reads.

10. Music goal. Just got the new computer. I've stalled on this goal though, as I don't have any new artists. Hard to come up with bands I've never heard or or listened to before until I actually get suggestions from people!

11. Watch 100 different movies. 43 now. I'm going to try and get back into more movies as soon as I finish the rest of Battlestar Galactica. Plus I have a couple in theaters that I should be seeing over the next week or two.

12. Learn more in general. I managed to finish two of my nonfiction books, and I'm hoping to get through another one or two before the next update.

Not doing badly on most of the goals, but I'd like to put some more time into some of them - the tattoo in particular. I'd also like to finally post at least three or four different blogs if I get the chance to finish them. We'll see....