Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy World Turtle Day!

Today my oldest and I went to the zoo because today is the start of a "World Turtle Week" event there.  Both of the girls are going back on Saturday to enjoy it together.  My youngest was in school today, that is why she didn't come with us and I can't go Saturday so that is why I didn't wait for her.  My oldest is not upset in the least that she "has" to go twice.  We have a membership so it isn't like we have to pay the admission each visit.

They had turtle stations set up in several of the pavillions and you could buy a beautiful rubber " I heart turtles" bracelet (of course I did, I'm still wearing it now!) and earn stickers doing scavenger hunts (learning turtle facts around the pavillions) and they had posters and pamphlets teaching you how to identify Ontario's turtles (which I picked up!) and I was even given a book about turtles!  Oh, and I got a magnet too.  Very exciting!

We played in the turtle shells in the Kids Zone, because my 18 year old and I are not  too old to play there.
I whacked my head going through that silly shell.  I'll bet real turtles don't do that!

This was actually about tadpoles.  Out of the many, many, many eggs a frog lays, very few live to grow up into frogs.  There is a huge variety of ways a tadpole can meet it's demise.  So they have this thing at the zoo that you can spin and see if you would survive if you were a tadpole.  I spun it one time (on today's visit.  I have spun it many times in that past and never, ever have I been a tadpole that lived long enough to become a frog) and this was what I landed on. 
Good thing I am not a tadpole!
If you can't read it, I landed on: "A turtle hunting for food eats you"

All in all, my daughter and I had a great time celebrating World Turtle Day. Now, if you will excuse me, I have a book to look at!

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Weightloss Turtle loses a layer!

You may or may not remember way back in March of 2011 I made a cute little stuffed turtle and gave it four extra shells.  Each shell represented five pounds I wanted to lose. 

Then you didn't see it again.

Until I added another shell.

Well, I probably should have added another one, but I didn't.  I have now lost just over ten pounds, and still have almost twenty to go.  I am happy that my motivation has returned.

I probably should have labelled them "Before" and "After".  Before is on the left and after is the pretty blue one on the right.  Hopefully I will be back soon to remove another layer.

On another note, I am ridiculously excited that the Toronto Zoo is having a special turtle event.

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If everything goes according to my master plan (read: if my daughter doesn't get called into work), my oldest and I will be at the zoo on day one.  It is my mission to get all the stamps and find the "giant turtle mascot"!!  I am positive I will have turtley photos to share!

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