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iCe!!

Ice!! blue parkas

Bro + nephew....each new line gets colder as we approach the entance

Bro + nephew....each new line gets colder as we approach the entrance

The Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, TX currently has this exhibit called – guess – Ice!! “Visitors will feel as though they have been transported to the North Pole as they bundle up in warm parkas and enter this winter wonderland created with TWO MILLION pounds of ice and kept at a wintry 9 degrees.” Well, IF visiting the north pole means being crammed parka to parka with 100 strangers in tiny, dark frigid rooms, then yes, I suppose this exhibit was a success.

-amo

ice bunnies

ice bunnies

exit tube

exit tube

icey stare, icey nativity

icey stare, icey nativity

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Captain’s first tree

 


Captain’s first tree

Originally uploaded by Melly Belly

Captain Bruce Calamity has finally begun roaming the Moreland house in Arlington. It only took him 24 hours to discover the delights that await him for this weeklong adventure: poinsettias, another cat (albeit a senior fellow), electrical cords a-plenty, giant mirrors, blinky lights, and filled candy dishes! I can barely keep up ahead of him, de-toddlering his path along the way. We’ll all be crossing paws that the week goes smoothly….

-amo

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Fun in ATL

So, I’m home for Christmas this year. I would like to officially thank my family for making some “quality time” plans for me, so I didn’t have to try to persuade anyone that a museum exhibit or theatre performance would be great fun, as I’ve done in the past. I can only stand the malls and movie theater for so long, and those two reign supreme as the social agenda options around here.

My sister bought tickets to the new Georgia Aquarium, and she and I and I spent a lovely afternoon wandering around ogling the fanciful creatures.  The beluga whales and sea dragons were my favorites – so strangely beautiful!  The giant viewing window in the Ocean Voyager wing of the Aquarium was mesmerizing.

My mom took me and my youngest bro to the King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit at the Atlanta Civic Center.  I am amazed at how such delicate & detailed carvings, jewelry, and other objects can be sooooo old and still in such great condition!?  I came away with a much better understanding of Egyptian culture than I expected:  the expansive timeline of pharaoh dynasties over thousands of years, the enormous effort put into their elaborate funerary rituals (so many layers of containment, like nesting dolls!) and the archaeological expeditions in the Valley of the Kings.  Alas, no pictures were allowed in the galleries.

-Mel

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Hello world!

Well, this is our first venture into the blogosphere…hopefully we’ll have interesting things to say!

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