Blue Balls With Banana

Monkey With Blue Balls

I call this one Blue Balls With Banana.

He’s a Vervet Monkey and his balls really are that blue. He was a pushy little guy and stole that banana from a couple of other smaller monkeys and then hissed at any monkey that dared to come close.

This little guy waited patiently until he thought no one was looking to steal the coffee mug.
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He drank the last few drops and then abandoned the cup but if you find yourself around Vervet monkeys, watch your stuff as they are sneaky little buggers that like to get into everything.

This one probably wants a cup to go with the tea bag.
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This little guy seemed to be contemplating going for a swim.
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There was also a mom and baby that seemed to want to stay out of the shenanigans of all the others.
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Hot Air Balloon Over Masai Mara

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It was near the end of my trip that I took a hot air balloon ride over the Masai Mara in Kenya.

It was one of my favourite parts of the trip, to see the sunrise over the Masai Mara from the balloon was incredible. It makes one feel like anything is possible.

When I’m having a tiring day and I’m not sure what to do and am frustrated by life I often look at this picture and remember all the possibilities.

Happy Birthday! (. . . better early than late . . . .)

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Okay it’s not until tomorrow but why not start celebrating today?

After the week you’ve had you deserve it!

So I dug out a few alpaca pictures for you, I know you like llama’s  and alpacas are pretty close. Also adorable to look at. If all else fails you can run away and start a llama/alpaca farm!

Okay maybe not.

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Also found this picture of a Peruvian mini bar, still makes me chuckle.

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Tomorrow kick back, twist the top of your wine and stuff a straw in it.

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This is no time to worry about being classy. If you can squeeze in a bubble bath do that as well.

Things will get better, I’m just not sure when.

Remember I am available anytime for coffee, lunch, dinner, wine, bitching, complaining, gossiping, pretending that all this crap isn’t happening, whatever you need just call.

Hippos Kissing!

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I love the this picture because it looks like the hippos are kissing.

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Although Foggy passed away the Calgary Zoo still has two hippos and they are always amazing to watch. Although after seeing hippos in Africa and hearing them talk to each other I wish these two would talk.

I didn’t know that hippos talked, I don’t think I had ever thought about what hippos sound like before I went Africa, Uganda specifically. They sound kinda like sea lions or my old basset hound. It’s absolutely adorable and is one of my favourite memories from my trip through East Africa. Sitting at a campsite listening to the hippos call to each other. I wonder if these two ever call to each other?

Hump Day

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Still with the zoo theme and here is a camel that knows he’s sexy.

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He was lovely and posed for me. Camel’s are fun for many reasons but mostly because it gives you an excuse to say hump. Can you say it without at least smiling? I always giggle because I have the maturity of a twelve year old.

Penguin Walk

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Photos from the penguin walk at the Calgary Zoo.

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The penguins go for a walk everyday at 11:00am, weather and penguin temperaments permitting. It’s fun to see them waddling along, they seem to know the way and the penguin minders make sure they don’t wander off the designated path.

Note for a friend – Now say penguin out loud and then giggle because I KNOW you still can’t pronounce penguin. Neither can Benedict Cumberbatch, check him out on Graham Norton:

Just Get Through Today

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Look a lion!

The lion’s at the Calgary Zoo were splendid when I went with my Mom last week.

I’m taking a photography course and needed to get some assignments done and instead of shooting around my neighbourhood I decided the zoo would be much more fun. I was right the animals are more fun but also in some ways pose more challenges. Part of what I learnt at the zoo was how much I still need to learn and more importantly practice.

Photography is practice and it took me, I don’t even know how many tries, to get the photo of the lion where the bars disappear. I didn’t even know you could do that before I started the photography course and felt pretty happy with myself when I FINALLY got the result I was looking for. Yes, you can still kinda see where the bars are, it’s not perfect but I’m happy with the result.

This post is for a friend who is going through a hard time with her family. Not her whole family but a daughter who is struggling, which actually in turn does affect the whole family.

I have no advice for how to help the daughter, the family is doing everything they know how to do and are also seeking guidance. I am confidant that there will be a resolution but it won’t happen overnight.

Often when we don’t know what to do or how to do something we take classes, ask for advice and try a ton of different things. This I know she has done and her problem is more complex than my bars and a lion dilemma but through trying and continuing to search for answers I’m sure they will come. The bars will disappear and that will be the best day ever.

Until that day, I’m here , for anything she needs.

This week my posts are for her, just to let her know I’m always thinking of her and hoping that a resolution is around the corner.

Walking

Walking

Last year I bought a fitbit to track my steps and then made a New Year’s resolution this year to do 10,000 steps a day. So far I have kept that resolution except for one day when I was feeling under the weather but I made the steps up the next day.

Still not a habit I want to get into, the goal is to do a minimum of 10,00 steps a day and if I do more GREAT! Otherwise I could see myself getting lazy and trying to make up all 70,000 steps for the week in one day, which would take about nine or ten hours of constant walking.

It’s been pretty easy, the winter has been mild so weather hasn’t been a factor but even on cold days I just head to the mall and wander around until the 10,000 steps are done. Once I’ve done them I always feel so much better for having gotten off my ass to do something.

Walking is also my favourite time to think. If I have a problem or am working out a plan of action I find walking helps me straighten things out, brings me clarity, often brings me insight into a situation once I’ve taken the time to relax and mull over whatever problem I’m trying to sort out. It calms me down and the fresh air always makes me feel better.

I also like walking because I don’t need any special gear, I just throw on my hikers or in the summer my sandals and head out the door. For 10,000 steps you need comfy shoes but not anything heavy duty. If I’m planning on 20,000 steps or more then I find socks, correct support and such becomes much more of a factor.

Walking is also nice because I can take a cup of tea or pick up a coffee to drink while I walk. In the summer it’s nice to walk and feel the sun and I’m looking forward to the weather warming up when I can go farther distances and make an afternoon of it. Taking my camera along to document the world around me. After Kingsley (my basset hound who passed away last October) passed away I wasn’t making the effort to get out and walk. With him around I had to get up and get out because he required, demanded, that we go out.

There was once a quote that said “Walk the dog everyday, even if you don’t have one”.

Or something like that, I’ve probably butchered the original quote, my apologies….

I’ll buy into that, walking does your mind and body good. If you’re like me and work well with validation try getting a pedometer like a fitbit, since I’ve gotten it I haven’t needed to search for the motivation and the thought of missing a day of statistics on my tracker causes me anxiety. Seeing how far I’ve walked and collecting the badges keeps me motivated.

Whatever works for you get up and get out there. Happy walking everyone!