Let’s See-attle Some Orcas (Day 2)

I’ve been waiting for this moment my WHOLE LIFE! Bring me my orcas!

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Our boat arrived for the last tour of Orcas in Puget Sound. Cool thing about this boat was it had a front open bow and stern.

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So the driver said “Hold on!” We are going to cruise out at 40 MPH to get us to the whales as quick as possible. Then you can get out in the open air. Good man, let’s go!

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When the first dorsal fin showed up, I cried. I’ve had a dream of seeing Orca whales in the wild since I was a little girl. It took all I had not to jump in and just let life take it’s course!

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These creatures are AMAZING!

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Ocean hair, don’t care!

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We were very fortunately to run into a super-pod of Orcas. About 20! AHHHHHHHHH! So that meant a few pods got together for some socialization and play. The boat crew lowered a mic down into the water and you could hear them communicating to each other. AHHHHHHHHHHH! This was an experience on a whole other level. Normally you only see 3-4 at a time. We got 20. Thank you Orca Gods for blessing us with this experience! I will never forget it.

I’ll work on some better video. For now, here’s a short clip. Look for the fins and water sprays from them breathing out the blowhole. Think white water misting.

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Let’s See-attle (Day 1)

More travel? Yes please! I asked K if we could sleep like this while in Seattle.

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While AM had to work, we took advantage of doing a few activities that she’d already done. Let’s see the Seattle Aquarium! We were greeted with the Window, a 120,000-gallon exhibit filled with more than 800 fish and spans 20 x 40 feet. That’s a tank.

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Lots of variety in fish and exhibits.

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Then some WTF is that tanks?!

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The Underwater Dome was pretty cool. Fish were swimming everywhere. Especially when the diver came in for the daily feeding frenzy.

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Except these guys.

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I had to ask the why these fish were settled, not moving, and even upside down. They are called rockfish and can control their buoyancy by deflating or inflating their swim bladder. They just looked so grumpy!

Estrella, Zoltars wife, read us our prophecies. We waited for Big to happen, but we didn’t switch bodies.

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Next stop was the Chihuly Garden and Glass experience. Oh man! THIS WAS AMAZING. I don’t have enough words to describe the beauty behind this man’s art creations. From the very 1st exhibit, my jaw was on the ground.

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2nd room was a massive collection of pieces, shapes, and colors.

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I couldn’t get enough of this room!

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

I learned Chihuly was inspired by Native American colors and patterns.

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Each room just dazzled us with color and brilliance.

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Me standing in front to show you how massive these pieces are.

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There were bowls…

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Boats full of imaginative pieces. We felt like we were in Willy Wonka’s garden!

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It keeps going….

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My favorite piece, this pointy orange chandilier. Just gorgeous!

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Glass house ceiling was covered in floral pieces.

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Even the gardens and outside walkways had pieces.

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The rain couldn’t stop us from having a great experience.

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This exhibit is right next to the Space Needle. This neon green thing, is glass!

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Mama commissioned me to purchase a piece for a several hundred dollars. Sorry Charlie. We aren’t even close!

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Ham-mer Time

Last year, Herbie decided to make Easter all about him.  Dick move, and I let him know I felt that way. This year, we were celebrating! When you invite the hostess with the most-est to your place for Easter lunch, you must have a suitable center piece. This was my attempt!

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Fresh flowers adorned with Peeps and jelly beans. Mannie even got into the spirit…

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Let’s eat some ham!

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After a full tummy of ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, baked beans, rolls, cake… we needed to walk it off. Mom was impressed with the flowering trees in the community. Sounds like an old person thing but I will admit, these were pretty cool.

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When we bought the ham, we had few to choose from. 12-15 pounds each! It’s only 5 of us. So we have leftovers for days. What to do? Make ham sandwiches!

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I’ve eaten ham 3 days in a row! I’m done with it, send me your shipping address. And don’t tell CS.

Spring Beeches

Previously.

When you want to take your parents on vacation, but only kinda…

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You put them in their own condo on the other side of the building! Just kidding, we love traveling with them!

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Back to Gulf Shores we go!

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We had beautiful weather most of the week. One storm rolled in but was welcomed and took our clan out to do some retail therapy.

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Most days looked like this…

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We hit all our favorite spots again. We had some newcomers to initiate. First stop, I needed to see my furry friends!

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Look at her hands! So tiny and gentle.

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Mom loved it.

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And they loved her, Lemur attack!

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That’s pure joy in her face! CS managed to stay lemur-pee-free this time.

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The newbies were a bit timid, but they said they would do it again!

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Ft Morgan is another tourist attraction we had to hit. Everyone set off to explore.

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I love walking around this place imaging what it was really like. Last time we missed the Moon Lander while visiting the Blue Angels. Dad was on a mission to see it. You can’t fathom that people actually believed this would work…

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Let’s see the practice!

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By the end of the week with all the sun, it was easy to get chilled. Coats, coffee and cocoa were on the menu. Are we at the coast?!

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BS found our new little friend at the bottom of the pool. That’s a tic-tac next to him. He’s so small! BS had eagle eye with his goggles.

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Bye beech! You’ll be missed.

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Ski Time

Previously.

I can’t get this…

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Or this in my own city.

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Let’s travel! I always get asked on our later Colorado trips, “Will there be snow?” Oh yes. When you are at 10,000 feet, there is plenty.

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B upgraded the girls annual passes to Copper this year. CS and I love Copper so we were excited.

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With all 3 Fuller girls on skis this year, we maximized the 6 seater chair.

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I even packed a selfie stick to get some group shots.

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I’m learning how to use it. I hooked it all up without realizing I clamped down on the take-a-picture-button on the side. I got 198 photos of my skis in 5 seconds.

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It’s hard trying to get all that shit out on the chair, not fall off, and not lose any gear to the ground below. Kayla was my rockstar this year! She had new longer skis and mastered them like a champ.

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Syd was our navigator with Reagan at her side. They lead us down the slopes all day long!

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It was very fun for me to watch B and his girls. They all have come a long way from when we first started doing this.

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After skiing all day, I thought these girls would be down in bed quickly. Nope! Dance battle ensued.

After I took a turn, Kayla was looking for her next victim. It was Future uncle.

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We had a new player this year. A new doggie. I tried to accommodate her when the girls had to head back to town for some soccer. Hindsight, I should have left her alone. But she looked like mix of my last 2 dogs. I couldn’t resist and it costed me. I was down in bed with an allergy attack like no other for 2 days.

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We spent a day walking around Leadville. Repeat, yes they have snow. Up to the roof!

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One of my favorite thrift shops has been replaced with a grow shop. Highest weed shop around. Get it?! It’s at 10,000 feet.

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While I’m reading my Ellen book, she talks about being in Colorado and wanting to see what her readers are doing. Well, cool! I’ll show you! I took to Twitter hoping @TheEllenShow would catch on.

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I got a few likes, but not my break through moment. Try #1 got a better response. Until next time, see ya Rockies!

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Adam DeVine-entines Day

We needed some V day plans. Luckily Clowes Hall had something in store for us.

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It’s been awhile since we’d seen a comedy show. I got an email that Adam Devine was in town. We’ve seen him in a few movies and love his character on Modern Family. Let’s do it!

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It was a solid show by a short little guy. Adam Ray opened, wasn’t familiar with him but he was good. I saw him in the lobby during my restroom break, but I had priorities over pics. He liked to pick on the front row. Audience ribbing is always funny. One of the highlights was them including the Sign Language Interpreter into their show. I’m not familiar with Workaholics, but I will be soon after the profanities these guys were making this seemingly nice lady sign. Double D shake, so romantic.

After the show we traded cards… guess who got a puppy?!

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My Dreams Come To Life On Stage

Previously.

I’ve started dreaming again. Oh how fun it is! I can never really describe how amazing my dreams are. Until I saw the ISO Yuletide Celebration. Holy shit. This is how I dream come to life.

I have to credit my Mom with this event. She’s been in the past and said get tickets. Sure. Any time I can spend with my parents, I don’t ask questions. I made a large assumption that I was just going to see the symphony for 2 hours play Christmas music. Piep loves to sing, so I figured it’d be a good day for all. Until the night before, I get an email from the ISO that there will be a live reindeer out front before the show. Animals?! Yes please!

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So I’m thinking that was fun, never touched a reindeer before. As I walk into the lobby. Ummmm Yuletide mascot? Not sure, but I need a picture.

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I’m feeling great! Animals, mascots, let’s go hear the symphony. Then I walk into the theatre concourse, and WOAH. I see a sea of holiday mascots. I could hardly contain myself. “Pieper, take my phone! Let’s go!” She’s such a trooper. Reindeer!

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Penguin!

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Tree?

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Mouse!

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Come on! Gingerbread man?!

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I thought we were done until Mom and I found Olaf! And a kid who’s face says “Why is this adult taking a selfie?”

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Best part, my teammates get in on the action without prompting from me. Fun-lovers!

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If you have never been to the ISO Yuletide, please please go. I never in my wildest dreams thought anyone out there had combined my love for theater, mascots, animation, fun, family, hope, goodness, music and sheer happiness into a show. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. And you get treated to Josh Kaufman as the emcee. Yes, the voice winner!

2016 Indianapolis Prize

The Indianapolis Prize is the world’s largest individual monetary award given for animal conservation and is one of the ways the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. empowers people and communities, both locally and globally, to advance animal conversation. With my love of animals, I was thrilled to be invited to this event. Mom warned me not to take any animals home and don’t even think about a job change. I grew up wanting to swim with Orca whales. My parents never fostered that idea and Mom continues to remind me of all the lovely things I have in my life because of what my job has afforded me. I get it. But I still want to swim with THEM! I’ll just have to charter my own boat!

We were welcomed by beautiful banners showcasing the finalists and their missions.

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This was my first visit to the main JW Marriott ballroom. I was intrigued to see how the show would be produced. Of course, Markey’s delivers with a light show on the ceiling!

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Bring on my entree!

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These awards are every 2 years which makes sense when you think about the dedication it takes to save an animal species. This year’s Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador was Sigourney Weaver. As they were announcing her name, I was expecting a video to pop up on the big screen. Nope. She was here. Really in person. Holy shit. That is cool!

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This year’s winner was Carl Jones. On the island of Mauritius, he brought the total population of the rarest bird on the planet, the kestrel, from only four individuals to nearly 400 over the course of a decade.

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It was a spectacular event and a wonderful reminder that we share this planet not just with humans but with animals. They deserve for us humans to do our best to make their home great too. I know this crew will do our part!

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