I have three more to carve tomorrow. But so far I've also carved these.
This one had really gnarly bumps all over it. So I knew I wanted to carve a face on it. But damn that was the hardest carve I ever did. The skin was so thick I broke two pumpkin knives. I was sweating like crazy and my arms were sore when I finally finished.
This one was an experiment in carving a pumpkin in reverse. Where you look through the shell. It reminded me of those dioramas we used to make in school.
I found a dead bird in the yard this morning. It reminded me that the week before I found a dead rat on the lawn. I get the feeling that the neighbors cat watches LOST. Why else would it be trying to impress me?
The scariest part about picking up a dead animal is NOT the hand you're picking it up with.
It's the hand holding the grocery bag. For one thing you know you'll have a glove on the picking up hand, but not necessarily the bag hand.
Furthermore, once rigor mortis sets in, the bird is frozen in the odd shape he was left in. And that shape does not smoothly go into the plastic bag you are holding with one hand. Even if you're wearing a glove on that hand (which I believe most don't, after all these are times of conservation). Your forearm is totally at risk.
And after disposing of the animal, gloved or not, you still wash both of your hands clear to the elbow.
Well I do anyway.
(I was going to take a picture of it. But I thought it best not to. But I was also able to clear some mushrooms, and pick up Nunu's poop all with the same bag. Talk about "two birds." [That was awful.])
We know they won't even last three days. And Halloween is more than two weeks away. But we have already carved three pumpkins at the house. And I believe there will be more carved in the days leading up to our carving party on the 26th.
So cool. A couple of days ago I was working on a boat. And a pod of dolphins came swimming up to it. (I'm thinking they were spinners.) It was cool but hard to concentrate because during the take we could here them coming up for air and one of them kept slapping his tail on the water. It was as if he knew. He's all, "look at me I want to be on TV! Give me some fish!"
Speaking of... (nice segue huh?)
Here are the pictures from our dolphin interaction at the Vancouver Aquarium
Hey dolphin, smell my finger.
And now for the group shot...
Get that tail up dummy!
...and Take 2
That's more like it.
I want to thank everyone at the aquarium. We had an awesome time.
Then we got to go behind the scenes at the aquarium.
We saw some baby clown fish. There were smaller ones than these. But these actually show up better (and look like clown fish). I'm holding a penny up to the glass to give a sense of size.
There once was a time when someone owned a clown fish and named it something cute and original like "Puddles" but nowadays all clown fish are "Nemo." These two little fellas on the left are Nemo and Nemo. The other two are their reflection.
We saw a snake that they were apparently training to "go" on the paper.
Here I am holding little turtle.
Here I am finding out that the turtle has an eye infection.
Not pictured, me going to buy some Purell.
In the rain forest room we got to hold a butterfly.
And we watched a sloth eat tofu.
Hmm... a sloth, reptiles... I have a sneaking suspicion this aquarium is a zoo.
I love visiting Vanaqua. The last time I was here I got to go behind the scenes and play with some sea lions. This time we got to play with dolphins. I'm waiting on pictures from that but they haven't arrived yet. So I'm proceeding without.
My favorite animals are always the sea otters. They're just so damn adorable that I could watch them the whole day. Here they feed them shellfish that is frozen in ice cubes and rings.
Um... excuse me... it appears someone installed your jelly fish tank upside down.
No worries I'll just flip the picture around.
I've seen puffer fish in private aquariums.
They are a cool looking fish but I think I'd only want to own one if I could train it to do this on command.