My senses were on overload this morning, as I wandered through the countless learning laboratories of the Exploratorium, located at Pier 15 along the Embarcadero of the San Francisco Bay. In addition to the numerous exhibits, my mind was also a bit overwhelmed with the large number of school children running amok, weaving through chaperones and a variety of strollers. In any other case, I would have called it quits and left -- but I couldn't help but have the same feeling of excitement, looking at all the hands-on science exhibits. There were things to my left, things to my rights, things suspended from the ceilings -- even the windows had diffraction gratings lining them to make even the sunlight shining through a science learning experience. Despite wandering up and down the museum a multitude of times, I doubt I even came close to visiting all the Exploratorium had to offer. Here are just a few things that remind me of my favorite exhibits from the day :) Most unforgettable (though a bit quease-inducing) -- a beetle colony slowly taking apart dead rats at different stages of decomposition. Enjoy!
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Everything is better with llamas, especially saying "I love you," literally :)
Am absolutely in love with llama font. I just wish this had been around during my college years. I am sure my persuasive essays would have been so much more so with llamas.
Cannot decide which llama letter is my favorite -- upside down, paired together, or slightly askew -- the llamas are adorable!
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In addition to the changing of the weather, the changing of the leaves and the changing of the clocks, one of my absolute favorite things about fall is the changing of the sheets -- bedsheets that is! The signal every year that we are getting ever closer to the holidays is the night when we finally realize it is time for flannel sheets. Here are more flannel favorites to get you into the cozy mood for fall.
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Valentine's Day is overrated. Why not give a gift to your favorite boo on Halloween instead? Forget pink, red, hearts and roses -- shower your loved ones with orange, black, blood and guts instead :) There is no shortage of (candy)corny Halloween gifts to remind your boo-tiful guy (or ghoul) that they rattle your bones, that you love their guts, that you love them more than candy corn, that you are batty for them, and so on and so on... Happy Halloween!
Not quite up for going all out to show off your Halloween spirit? You certainly don't need pointy ears and a long tail to get in the spooky Halloween mood. Instead of trying to pass for a sleek black cat, just don some kitty chic pieces to feel fashionable and festive :)
Thirty-one creepy and cute ways to add a little Halloween spirit to all thirty-one days of the spooky month of October.
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"Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life." -- John Muir
Yosemite National Park was established on this day in history, October 1, 1890, 123 years ago. Californians are unbelievably lucky to have this beautiful and awe-inspiring granite masterpiece of a national park in their backyard. Five years ago, my sisters and I decided to take an end-of-summer trip to hike to the top of one of the landmark features in Yosemite National Park, Half Dome. It was an absolutely grueling trek -- with our hike beginning in the twilight hours of the morning, a few bouts of carsickness on the way up, a terrifying and seemingly vertical climb up the infamous cables, and not to mention a lost sibling with a sprained knee on the way down. Despite all of that, it is one experience that I will never regret and never forget. The views from the top were absolutely breathtaking and something that all children of Mother Earth should experience.
"The mountains are calling and I must go." -- John Muir
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I love this commercial. Happy Hump Day :)
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Though I have never been a Dancing With the Stars fan, I have to admit that the fact that Bill Nye the Science Guy is a contestant this season makes the show quite intriguing. I missed the first night of dances, however I did hear that Bill had a disappointing but hilariously awkward dancing debut. Despite low scores from the judges, Bill Nye is clearly a fan favorite and I hope his dancing days are far from over! No matter his dancing ability, though I have read he is quite a talented swing dancer, I am sure that Bill Nye will have the crowd on their feet, chanting (and I know you can hear it in your head...) Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill Nye the Science Guy! :) For a little nostalgia of those middle school science days...
Other than his fantastic and amazingly fun educational science videos, which are still used in classrooms today, I have always loved Bill Nye for his fashion sense. Only Bill Nye can make a blue lab coat fashionable by accessorizing it with his trademark bow tie. Here are a few other science-themed bow ties, cufflinks, and lapel pins, that would be a perfect addition to any outfit, especially a lab coat.
I first watched Alfred Hitchcock's classic suspense film "The Birds" as a young child, and still to this day, am sometimes a bit weary when spotting a large unkindness of ravens. After today however, I no longer will have an eerie image of what the coastal town of Bodega Bay, California looks like. Friends and family flocked to the quaint location of Compass Rose Gardens located in Bodega Bay to celebrate the marriage of one my very good friends. The location, the ceremony, the dress, the couple, the real love -- all absolutely breathtaking :)
Here is a list of bird-themed wedding items, inspired by a beautiful wedding and beautiful day in Bodega Bay