The Rest of My Three Day Weekend
I didn't get any pictures from Sunday. That's because Dr. Mad Scientist, Grandma Mad Scientist and Prima Cousinerina went into the city by themselves. They hit the Manhattan Mall (PC is a 13 year old girl who lives in Alaska. They don't have many of the teenybopper stores that we take for granted down here in the Lower 48 malls up there).
They also went to see where Dr. Mad Scientist worked (been there, done that) and they went to a matinee performance of the New York City Ballet.
Now you know why I call her Prima Cousinerina (get it, Prima Ballerina?? And hey, "prima" means cousin in Spanish, even though she's not MY cousin..she's Chunky's!). She's big into the ballet scene back home. She can bend her limbs in the most disconcerting ways as a result. She loved it.
Chunky and I didn't go because um, yeah, five year old boy at the ballet for two and a half hours? Yeah, no thanks. Plus, I would have hated it. Dr. Mad Scientist likes to say that my idea of culture is the kind found in a cup of yogurt. I can't disagree with him there.
But I had time to make a big old dinner of lasagne while they were gone. Something I couldn't have done if we had gone with him.
On Monday, we got up early again and this time Dr. Mad Scientist DROVE us into Manhattan. Which wasn't as bad as it sounds. It was early morning and Memorial Day.
The intention was this: Dr. Mad Scientist drops us off near Rockafeller Center and we get on the Today Show and he would go to work to do something or other to his cells.
Well, he dropped us off, but nowhere near the Today Show. Wandering around, we asked a doorman where the Today Show was, and he pointed us in the direction to Good Morning America.
GMA was kind of lame. Again, all the good spots to show up on TV were taken by those damn Seapeople. I'm all about supporting the troops, blah, blah, but dude, way to rain on a sistah's tourist parade!
But I got a good picture of Chunky on the walk there!
After buying Grandma Mad Scientist some more suitable shoes in the Garment District, we hoofed it to Penn Station to meet up with Dr. Mad Scientist.
From there he took us up to Mt. Sinai--which happens to be extremely close to the Conservatory in Central Park.
Could you ask for a better day for going here?
I took lots of flower pictures.
And the cousins messed around.
I made him make that silly face.
During one of our breaks from walking around so Grandma Mad Scientist could rest her weary toes, I took this series of pictures that I simply just LOVE of Grandma and Chunky:
After the Conservatory it was on to the Bronx Zoo!
After we got off the subway we stopped at Riverfront Park right in front of the zoo for a little picnic lunch (you didn't really think this cheapass was going to shell out the dough for zoo food did you?)
Check out my sexy chubby pasty white legs! I might as well tattoo "Tourist" on my forehead!
We packed sandwiches, chips and even slices of watermelon.
This was the view from that park bench, notice the yahoo trying to get himself killed in the picture.
After lunch it was into the zoo!!!
We saw zebras.
And an ostrich!
Then we decided to go into the Butterfly House. We sprung for the tickets that let you get into all the extra zoo attractions (like the Butterfly House and other things I'll show you shortly) but Dr. Mad Scientist used his Mt. Sinai employee discount. Score!
Check out these butterflies! It reminded me of Texas where they had a MASSIVE butterfly invasion this past winter.
They also had a koi pond in there with the biggest koi I had ever seen!
Next up we went on the Bug Carosel (part of the all-inclusive ticket)
Chunky got to ride the praying mantis he wanted to get on. I wanted a ladybug, but I accepted the annoyance of adulthood and let the little kids riding have it.
Then it was on to the Children's Zoo.
The cuzzes posing in a bird's nest (notice Chunky's "wings").
Chunky testing if he could jump as far as a bullfrog.
A porcupine sleeping in a tree in the Children's Zoo.
Chunky the turtle.
Chunky seeing what it's like to have bat hearing.
And what's a Children's Zoo without a place to pet and feed barnyard animals?
The cuzzes feeding some sheep.
Those sheep were really soft even in their funky greasy, straw covered state. You know you've got a fiber problem when you're fondling sheep wondering what kind of sweater they'd make!
Even though at this point we were only half way through the zoo, we were tired and decided to catch the Safari-Tram (I forget the official name of it).
Prima Cousinerina, Chunky and I were in one car and Dr. Mad Scientist and Grandma Mad Scientist were in the one behind us.
Do they look excited to go up?
You get really crappy pictures through the windows of the tram, but do you see those black dots at the top of the hill?
Those are baboons!
By this point I had run out of memory on my camera card! And even though we had only seen half of the zoo, it was going on 5:00 p.m. (the zoo closed at 5:30 p.m.) we decided to head home.
It was an amazing zoo. Pretty damn close to the best one I've ever been to. I think the Denver Zoo is pretty good too. It's definately up there with this one.
On the way home we went through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops.
No, I kid, but we did go through the Lincoln Tunnel!
We had a really good time entertaining our first visitors in our new digs.
Tomorrow: I announce May's KAYE winner!!! And then it's back to your regularly scheduled random meanderings!