Friday, June 29, 2007

iPhone madness

Okay, seriously? Nothing is THAT cool. I can't believe the pandemonium that's happening outside in anticipation of the iPhone. Yeah, it's probably REALLY cool, but not THAT cool.
I work just 19 blocks south on 5th Ave from a huge (and very cool) Apple store. I kind of wish I didn't have plans right after work just so I could walk up and see the chaos.
Right now on CNN there's a countdown like it's New Year's Eve or something.
People have been in line since Tuesday. TUESDAY! Remember when I blogged about how it was pouring rain on Tuesday night? Yeah, people got tarps. If I had enough money to afford one of these phones (and really wanted one) I think I would have just offered a bum $100 to move to the sidewalk in front of the store temporarily. Then I would have cashed in on someone wanting to buy that spot.
At the Apple store in San Fran the guy who is first in line says he was offered $1200 for his spot. $1200? Okay, really? Does someone really have over a grand to just blow like that? People really can't wait a day or two longer for a phone?
I know, I know, it's not about having to have the phone right this instant (at least partially,) it's the "fun" of waiting in line (or on line, as newyorkers say.) Hmm, I guess you just have to be that sort of person.
Ever see an older version of an iPod? Yeah, when you see them you totally think, "Ew, that's so ghetto." Can't wait to see what people think of these phones a year from now.
Sorry if this post is so negative, it's just so comical to me.

Celeb spottings.....but not mine

Last night Chelsie happened to be down by the Manhattan Mall which happens to be next to some hotel, which happened to have some sort of event happening. She saw these stars.

Obviously I was furious with envy.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

So I'm addicted....sue me

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Summer of ’97, 14 years old, I'd just graduated from jr. high and was all stoked to be a freshman cheerleader for THHS. It was also kinda cool because that song Freshman (I think by the Verve?) was popular, and I was about to be a freshman. I also took my first trip to NYC with my family (who woulda thunk I'd be living here a decade later??)

What were you doing 1 year ago?

Enjoying my last week in Rexburg before I moved back to California to start the beginning of my post-college, adult life. I was also trying to figure out if I'd move to NY.

Five Snacks You Enjoy:
  1. goldfish
  2. baked lays
  3. black and white cookies
  4. twizzlers
  5. pretzels

Wow, I'm so healthy.

Five Songs That You Know All The Lyrics To:
  1. Goodbye Earl-Dixie Chicks
  2. Read My Mind-the Killers
  3. The Scientist-Coldplay
  4. Crazy for You-Madonna
  5. Desperado-the Eagles

Five Things You Would Do If You Were a Millionaire:
  1. Buy an amazing studio apartment in a highrise luxery building overlooking Central Park
  2. Take my family on a cruise around the world (good idea Ang!)
  3. Spend all day shopping and never looking at price tags
  4. Hire a driver so I never have to take the subway anymore
  5. Buy my parents and siblings houses

(I hope that's, like, multimillionaire.....all that real estate!)

Five bad habits:
  1. Drinking Diet Coke
  2. Texting while on the trading floor
  3. Turning on the tv when there's more productive things I could be doing (Ang, we're twinners)
  4. Eating late at night
  5. Procrastinating
Five Things You Like To Do:
  1. Laugh with my family
  2. Go to lunch with girlfriends, especially when we're not on a time crunch, which is almost never
  3. Spend time alone
  4. Take pictures
  5. Send real mail
Five Things You Would Never Wear Again:
  1. Butterfly clips
  2. Mood rings
  3. Stirrup pants
  4. Nightgowns
  5. Shoulder pads
Five Favorite Toys:
  1. Cell phone
  2. Lap top
  3. Ipod
  4. Indo board (even though I don't have one....but I really want one!)
  5. Does my air conditioner count as a toy? I'm really excited about it...

It's been a few days...

So it's been a few days since my last post, time to play catch up. There's not really any good stories to share, I guess mostly I just feel like I need to "journal."
The biggest event this week is my new found love for walking. Maybe I should say exercising. Actually, it's nothing new, I'm just on a kick. I go through stages. No working out for a while, then working out lots for a while, back and forth. Usually something changing in my life triggers an adjustment in the physical activity department. I guess in this case it was a combo of things. The break up probably was the biggest factor. Among other things, it gave me a lot of free time. Also I have three new roommates, which means there's four of us in our tiny apartment, which means I need to get myself out at times. Not to mention the first swim suit wearing of the season. THAT'll do it.
So Monday I grabbed my ipod and went for a little walky-walk/joggity-jog around Central Park. I did the whole six miles, which may not sound like much but it's a record for me! (Minus a couple hikes that were way too long.) It was great, I really enjoyed myself. The humidity is a KILLER though. Ugh.
Tuesday I left a little later than Monday night. The sun had already gone down so I didn't want to go around the whole park and have to end up on the east side of Harlem at the end of my walk. For any non-newyorkers reading this, that's not as scary as it sounds, but still, not something I thought I shouldn't plan to do.
So anyway, Tuesday I just walked down 8th Ave to Columbus Circle and back. That made it 5 miles. I did the same thing last night and when I got to the point of turning around to come back it started raining. Anyone who knows me knows I HATE the rain, even if I'm inside. Hate it. HOWEVER, since I wasn't wearing anything nice, and I had no where to be and no one to see, and it was warm outside, I decided against pulling the $20 out of my shoe (yes, I always take one with me after the unfortunate incident last week) and thought I'd just walk in the rain. It was great!! I was a little worried about my ipod and cell phone, but kept them in my pockets and stopped under a canopy to check on them every once in a while. Usually I don't take my phone but I was expecting a call from Shantay I really couldn't miss.
It was really fun to watch everyone scurry around. I got a lot of sympathetic looks from people with umbrellas, but I'd just smile back at them. As I walked along the posh apartment buildings with doormen along 8th in the 60s and 70s I watched as cabs would pull up and the doormen would run to greet the tenants with umbrellas. All I could think was, Must be nice. How would it be to live in luxary? One doorman saw me sopping wet and said, "Aw! Poor girl!" I looked at him and just said, "No, it's wonderful! I love it!" Then I got a big chuckle out of him. I think people probably did feel pretty sorry for me though, even people in cars were much more polite. Usually they'll run you over if they get the chance. It was really a great experience. At one point, I was even singing aloud with my ipod, something I always have the urge to do, but never have the guts. I was singing in the rain!
Oh yeah, I wanted to write about my run Monday. You know, a lot of people probably don't think of New York City as one of the more beautiful places on the earth because other than Central Park, there's not a whole lot of nature (and the little that is there, you usually don't know about unless you're a newyorker.) I think one thing I love about this place is how it doesn't have the obvious beauty. You see it in unexpected places.
When I was going down 8th Ave I was listening to my Best of 2003 mix. Just as I was approaching Columbus Circle a song came on I swear I've never heard in my life. (For anyone who's reading this, who might not know what Columbus Circle is, it's a big intersection at the southwest corner of Central Park. There's a big fountain in the middle, I think the one from the opening credits of Married With Children, and statues, and it's really touristy. It's also a stop where a whole bunch of subways meet up underground. There's tons of horse drawn carriages and rickshaw drivers waiting to give people rides. There's lots of shopping and restaurants. Trump Tower is also there, as well as two extremely tall towers, that I love. They're identical, I think, and make me think of the Twin Towers.)
So anyway, as I was about 5 or 10 blocks north of Columbus Circle a song came on my playlist, like I said, I didn't recognize it at all. This didn't totally surprise me at first because when I transfer my playlists from my itunes to my ipod, sometimes the songs get swapped into wrong playlists, for some reason. I pulled out my ipod to see if there was a name or album listed for the song. Like so much of my music, there was nothing. Just Track 21. I wish I could describe the song. There were no lyrics, just instraments, and it was absolutely beautiful, like something from a soundtrack in a movie. Before this point I'd been walking (I sort of was walking ten blocks or so, then running two or three....don't judge, I hate running!) Anyway, so this gave me so much energy and such a boost. I had to run. Suddenly I could see beauty all around me. I passed by every type of person you can think of; old, young, high class, low class, bums, tourists, Newyorkers, people with dogs, people who got in my way, people sitting on the bench smoking, business men, little kids, other runners, people with shopping bags, people on their cell phones, people punching into their blackberries, crippled people, smelly people, couples-both gay and straight, orthodox jews, etc etc etc. I felt such love for everyone. I felt love for everything I could see. I felt so much joy.
It was about this point I reached Columbus Circle and it was twilight and the buildings were just starting to light up. I just looked up into the sky and felt like I could burst with happiness and gratitude. I got a little choked up inside. This probably sounds crazy, but I can't explain it. I was just so grateful to be alive. I felt so thankful for being so blessed in so many ways. It was this wonderful, asthetic moment.
Speaking of Columbus Circle, I kind of got my 5 minutes of fame there last Sunday. Actually, it was more like one second of fame, haha.
Brandon and I were sitting in the middle of the intersection where the fountains are just chatting. There were so many people around. We saw these four girls walking up. They looked like they were about 15 or 16. They had shopping bags from really expensive stores, and mics tucked into the back of their shorts, and a camera crew was following them around. We wondered what reality show they were filming. The only guess we came up with was the MTV show My Sweet 16. So anyway, they had the girls sit down on a bench. Of all the benches in the circle guess which one they chose? Yep, the one we were sitting on. They were actually sitting RIGHT next to me. I tried not to pay attention to them and act nonchalant, hoping to maybe get in the frame. After they were done filming the clip I thought about asking one of them what show it was for, and then for some STRANGE reason, I got intimidated. What the heck??
Okay but here's the really exciting story. About 15 minutes later we noticed an attractive lady with a camera man, and a little entourage of crew. There was another lady with her holding this dog.

We could not believe how ugly it was!! After a while they started filming the two women, and had random people discussing something. We weren't sure what they were saying because we couldn't hear them, but we wondered what was going on. Then I made eye contact with a guy on the crew. I smiled, and kept eye contact. He finally said, "Do you guys want to comment on the World's Ugliest Dog?" We started cracking up because all along we'd been thinking people thought it was cute because of all the positive attention it was getting. Of course without thinking I said, "Yeah!" I looked at Brandon and said, "Come on!" He didn't want to, but I made him.
The crew got excited because apparently everyone they were asking kept saying they thought he was cute and we said we would admit to him being ugly. I have to admit, he's a little more lovable in person. This picture makes him look kinda mean. So when the camera started rolling I seriously didn't know what to say. Brandon's really witty and funny so he was on a roll and I basically just laughed the whole time. I asked what it was for after and I guess Elwood (the dog) had won the Ugliest Dog contest in California the day before. This was a piece they were filming for the CNN morning news the next day.
I actually touched his tongue. It was all dry, haha.
So there you have it, I'm an official celeb. Of course I told my family all about it and they were very excited, but I was surprised to find out other people had seen it and noticed me. My cousin in Dallas, an old friend from high school in California, and my exboyfriend in Utah all contacted me saying they could have sworn I was on tv. I really felt famous, haha.
In other news, it has been HOT in New York. I seriously am not enjoying this humidity. It is nasty. Ugh. That's about all I can even say about it.
Tomorrow I'm going to Boston again. This time Brad and Nadia will be there and I couldn't be more excited!! I'm taking the Greyhound up after work and will be there until Sunday afternoon. I can't believe this is my first time that I'll see them since I've moved out here! Well, Brad actually was in the city once or twice on business and we got together, but that was only for a couple hours. Brad keeps asking me what I want to do, like I need to be entertained. I will have so much fun even doing nothing! I have such a blast with them all the time.
I guess that's all the news for now. I should sign off, I've been blogging for quite some time now.
Oh yeah, lastly, I finally figured out how to change the size and color of my font. I'm a little slow.
I keep thinking of things. Tonight my old roommate was down by Manhattan Mall and I guess there was some function going on at a hotel nearby. She had quite the celeb spottings! She saw Oprah's BFF Gail, Donald Trump, Julianne Moore, and Robin Williams. So jealous!
They also moved me up to the trading floor. Now I sit smack dab in the middle of the action. It's an adjustment. There's good and bad things. I had such a nice big desk with tons of space, a mini fridge, tons of cabinets, a coat closet, and lots of freedom at my old desk. Now I have no space, minimal freedom, and a difficult phone. There's good things too though.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Atlantic City

So Atlantic City was quite the relaxing 24 hours.
We all met up after work on Friday at Hertz to pick up a rental car and drove up to AC. As we were getting near the town we saw so many baby deer alongside the road. It was so neat!
We got there, checked in, and then went to the pseudo-strip. The place we were staying at was INCREDIBLE. The beds were huge and SO comfortable. In the master bedroom where Chelsie and I slept there was a huge tub with jets. There was a fireplace in the living room, and a little patio. There were three huge tvs in the whole place.
When we got to the strip we ate a very late dinner at a restaurant in the Taj Mahal. Then we walked along the boardwalk. I have to say, it was really strange.
After that we went back for the night. KaRyn and Chelsie dropped Erin and me off. Erin went to bed and I took advantage of the tub. KaRyn and Chelsie went out shopping for some snacks.
I got up early the next morning and went to the spa at the resort for my massage. The spa was SUPER nice, but I was somewhat disappointed with the massage. It was given by an old man, and I kind of got the impression he was worried I was going to be weirded out so he was holding back or something.
After my massage I met up with the girls again and we went to the pool for four hours. It was amazing. Here are the pics......and there's more to come.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

800 people in Times Square doing yoga last Friday

Only in New York, kids, only in New York.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Yikes......and phew!

So last night I had kind of a crappy experience.

It was Thursday which meant volleyball night at the stake center.

Wait, backup. FIRST, after work I went to J.Crew. I was successful in finding a new swimming suit which was is so cute! The top is brown and white zebra stripes and the bottoms are brown with white polka dots. My favorite prints!

I got home around 7:30 and decided I would walk to volleyball. Granted, its 46 blocks south and a couple of avenues west, but I'd just been SWIMMING SUIT shopping, and felt the need for a little exercise. Besides, I could always hop on the subway if I wanted to. Then my plans were smashed to smitherines when out of no where it was pouring, thundering, and lightening. I opted for the subway. As I suspected, no one really showed for volleyball, I assume because of the rain. No one wants to go out in that.

The good news is, Chelsie and I had a little catch up time which is nice since we don't live together anymore. We decided we were starving around 10pm as neither of us had eaten dinner. We opted for Harrys, a little mexican restaurant we've frequented a few times in the past after volleyball.

So it was about 11:30pm when we split. I only had to walk one block north a couple avenues east to my subway. This is where all the fun begins.

I walked to 72nd and waited for like 20 minutes-no subway. Finally they made an announcement that there were no uptown trains from that station, and to take a downtown train to 59th and go back up. So I go downstairs and wait for like 10 minutes, see no sights of a train, and decide to walk to 59th. At this point it's after midnight so I didn't want to walk along the park side of the street because it was dark and didn't really have people walking along it. I thought maybe I should in case the bus came (since it would stop on that side of the street) but didn't feel good about walking along the poorly lit side.

At about 64th a bus comes. I run over, just miss it. I'm at the point of frustration because of course I don't have any cash, or even an atm card (not that I'd want to go to an atm that late, but in case the opportunity arose, I would maybe go into a convenience store or something.) (At this point I'd decided to forgo walking to 59th because I had a feeling I'd be waiting there a long time for a train as well. I considered just walking home, but thought maybe it was too late. While I'd been walking I'd called Brandon to ask him a question but he didn't answer because he wasn't off work yet. So I'm waiting at the bus stop forever, thinking one would be around in another 10 min or so. The thought crossed my mind to call Chelsie and just crash at her place, but I didn't have ANYthing with me (really I just would have needed contact solution and a case) but also I would have had to get up so early to come home and get ready for work and pack (I'll explain), etc, and at that point I was already awake and so tired and just wanted to be home.

I started realizing how really on my own I am. I mean, if I were to get hysterical and call my parents it would have done absolutely no good. Other than a little emotional support, and maybe help brainstorm some ideas, there's really NOTHING they could have done. Strange when you realize your parents can't just fix things.

So I wait FOREVER. A normal looking middleaged man shows up to wait for the bus as well. It's a good thing I didn't go down to 59th because he said he'd been there and there were no uptown trains there either. Not to mention, there's no signs about the trains not running. Nice. So the guy is chatting me up, and I'm friendly, yet still cautious. Like I said, he seemed normal, but I'm still very paranoid. Ted Bundy was normal looking, handsome even, and charming.

Throughout the normal conversation the guy asks me where I'd been coming from, and how far I needed to take the bus. That totally annoyed mevbecause HELLO, I don't know you, who do you think you are asking some girl all by herself where she lives?? Not wanting to have an akward moment I stupidly told him my street, he asked, "Oh, like around 8th?" "Yes." Good job Rachel, now he knows what corner you live on. So then he starts telling me about Columbia....he went there when he was a kid, blah blah blah. He starts asking me if I go to school there, then if I go to school, etc. We end up establishing that I'd moved out 4 months ago. (I realize how stupid this all sounds.) He says, "Oh, so you moved from....California?" Okay, now I'm impressed. Then he says, "'s gotta be southern." Okay, wow, now I'm just wondering if he was with me at the DMV and stole my license. He actually gets in the general ballpark of the neighborhood, only an hour away.


Then he asks where I graduated from and this is when the conversation heads downhill. He says, "Oh, Brigham Young?!" "Yes." "Are you a Mormon?" "Yes." (smile) Then he starts to go off about how it's too bad about Mitt Romney and what an idiot he is. This is the first time I've ever heard anything negative about Romney, even from a no-mo. He's telling me how it's too bad he's representing us so poorly. I say, "Oh, well, he's actually really well liked among us." He looks at me as if I'm crazy and is telling me how the guy is such a liar and will say anything to get elected. I don't really know what to tell him so I just say, "Oh, that's really too bad." He starts asking me questions about it and whatnot and finally I say, "You know, it's kind of embarrassing but I just don't know much about politics." This was a mistake. He starts lecturing me about how I need to get involved because I'm going to be around another 60 years and I need to know about the world's issues, etc etc. I laugh and tell him, "I know, I try. It's just so boring to me. I know that sounds horrible, but I just have a hard time not being bored."

Meanwhile my phone is buzzing. It's Brandon. Brandon to the rescue except this man is lecturing me and there's just no breaking point for me to answer the phone and I miss the call. Finally I can break away and go to call him back, voicemail. Luckily before I have to walk back to the man, he calls me back. I get on the phone with him and at that point I'm so frustrated/kind of scared/tired I start to cry. Ugh. Fifteen seconds later the bus pulls up, halleluia. I tell Brandon and that I have to go but he won't let me hang up till I get on the bus. I go running over to it just as the doors are closing. I knock on the the window and luckily he lets me on. I sit a few rows behind creepy man, trying to not look like I'd started crying like a little baby, and now worry that he'll stay on the bus until I have to get off. I try to come up with a plan of what I would do should that situation arise, but alas, he got off at 84th. (I seriously was wondering the whole time why this guy didn't just grab a cab because he was SO annoyed waiting for the bus as well.) The rest of the ride was uneventful and I made it to bed by 1. Ugh.

In happier news....after work today I'm meeting up with KaRyn, her friend Erin, and Chelsie. We're renting a car and driving to Atlantic City. We're staying in this sweet two bedroom villa.

Here's the floor plan.

It includes: (these are just the best parts)

-Hot tub/jacuzzi
-Pots, pans, serving dishes

There's an Elizabeth Arden spa in the resort so 9am Sat morning, this will be me:

And then the rest of the day, this will be me:

It's been a rough two weeks. I deserve it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Goodbye old friend

I'm officially an unlicensed driver. Yep, my license expired a little over two weeks ago. Instead of renewing a California license (why would I do that? I don't live there) I opted to make it official and get one from New York. I'm going to the DMV tomorrow and I have to surrender my old license. I'm kind of sad about that so I thought I would at least make a memory of it. This is from when I was 19. The stats are from when I got my permit at age 15....obviously, why my weight was so low, back when I was super tall and so skinny. (Don't act like you didn't check.)

And just for fun.....when I was a brand spankin new driver.

Proud aunt

So I have to brag a little here. First off, little Megan who will be five months old tomorrow just learned how to roll over!! She made the first big roll on Father's Day. Happy Father's Day Steve!! I am so proud of my little Meggy. She is such a princess. I can't wait to see her. I wish I knew when the next time will be!

Next, my sister told me Ryan's been dressing himself lately. What a big boy! He'll be 3 in two and a half weeks. She said yesterday he went upstairs all by himself, picked out an outfit, and dressed himself. GUESS what shirt he chose to put on? Yep, his "Someone who loves me very much went to New York City and brought me this shirt" shirt, from moi. That must mean he remembers me, and is thinking about me, right???

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Something I will be teaching my sons for sure. It's not dead but it's got one foot in the grave...

Monday, June 18, 2007

If, as do trees, our soul had rings to measure the years of greatest personal growth, the wide rings would likely reflect the years of greatest moisture--but from tears, not rainfall.
-Neal A. Maxwell

***Star struck***

Check out who I saw Saturday night!!! Not only did I see him, I was like, 10 feet away from him at PJs on 57th and 7th. I was sitting at the bar of this restaurant with some friends. They were all eating and I was just drinking some water and then my friend next to me said, "Oh my gosh, that's Harrison Ford." I could not believe I'd been sitting there for five minutes, and didn't even notice Indiana Jones!! Two of the guys with us didn't believe it was him, but my friend and I were positive. There he was, sitting at the bar having a drink with two guys, like a normal person.
Here's the answers to all the questions everyone's been asking:

-No, Calista Flockhart was not with him.
-No, he didn't look hot. His actually looked pretty scogy. His hair was all askew, and had nappy facial hair, and was wearing old man glasses. He was actually more scrawny looking than I'd expect. If he wasn't anyone, I'd just think he was some tired old man and not look twice.
-No, I didn't talk to him. I think the only celeb I'd ever approach is Jack Nicholson because I just could not pass him up. Any time I see anyone I just feel too dumb and don't want to bother them. But I DID talk to his friends....I'll explain in a sec.

So he was there for about 10 minutes after we noticed him. I tried not to stare but I couldn't help myself. All I could think was, Oh my gosh! Indiana Jones! Regarding Henry! Air Force One! What Lies Beneath! Random Hearts! And so on.

He finally got up, put a beige baseball hat on, and left. By that point some more people had quietly noticed and then when he left the discussion was on whether it was him or not. There was no doubt in my mind. While he was still there people were asking the servers and they tried to play coy. I finally went up to his friends and said,
I'm so sorry to interrupt, but everyone's a buzz trying to figure out whether that gentleman who was with you is who we think he is. I'm trying to settle the bets. Was that Harrison Ford?
They kind of laughed and said, Oh no, that was just someone that looked like him.
Me: OH! Okay, so that was like, his long lost twin, right?
Them: Oh yeah, yeah, that was his evil twin, Danger Ford. (wink wink)
Me: (smile) Okay, well thank you so much for settling that.
They smiled at me and then looked at each other and chuckled. It was great.

It's a jungle out there...or....a zoo

Walking along Central Park to get to the 2 subway.

So I haven't been to the zoo in honestly, probably 20 years, so I was very excited to go. Supposedly the Bronx Zoo is VERY cool. I was so glad Chelsie had such a great idea. It was a ton of fun!

So the coolest part of the zoo is you can pay just $5 to take a camel ride! You just went around a little circle, but it was still really fun. Those things are SO tall! I felt like I was in biblical times.

You can't really tell, but these things had the gnarliest teeth. We never saw any on top, but the bottom ones laid flat and came almost straight out. I couldn't get over that grill.

My view.

I couldn't stop laughing.

This thing was weird looking. Sorry I couldn't get the face. It was very very shy. It's called Binturong. This shy and solitary carnivore is rarely seen as it lives high in the trees of Asian forests. With a cat-like head and bear-like body it is sometimes called the "bear-cat", but actually is more closely related to mongooses and civets.

Monkey see-monkey do.

This thing was seriously weird looking. It's called a Malayan Tapir. Despite their ungainly lloks, tapirs can gallop through the jungle, scramble up steep slopes, and swim fast-flowing rivers. Shy and rare, they have been observed in the wild by very few people.
It looked like a hippo/ant eater.

It's me, on a giant pretend ant hill!

I was looking at the giraffes and this little dude just went cruising down the pathway, cutting me off. It scared the heck out of me because I didn't even see it coming! People were chasing after it, trying to get pics.

So cute! A mommy, daddy, and baby!

Hey giraffe, watch out for that phone wire!

A baboon......and some weird looking monkey, hahaha.

Come and knock on our door... Am I the only one that remembers that part from the Three's Company intro?

Cindy, it's the photo from your parents' house!

In the Monkey House there were so many strange looking monkeys.

There were disgusting rats the size of bunnies,

and weird yellow monkeys.

Marcel from Friends! The monkeys were SO hard to photograph because they were so hyper, but this guy was such a ham, seriously posing.


Woops, my bad!

Chelsie to the rescue!


...and tigers...

...and bears, oh my!

The snow leopard was cool.

Camel toes....hahahaha

Perfect opportunity for a photo shoot!

The camera loves you

You're a tiger!

We were definitely entertainment for the people trying to leave the zoo.

Senior photo.....

This kid just walked up to me and put his foot up on the wall like me, it was hilarious.

When we were walking back to the train we passed by this apartment with these creepy dolls in the window. At first it scared the heck out of us because they looked like little people staring at you at first glance. Creepy.