Gotta say, guys, I am hurting today. Physically, for the most part. I don’t have much time, because I have to head down to the first Canadian Screen Awards gala tonight, and a certain puppy dog licks my arm if I stop petting him while I try to type. I got very little sleep last night, and I am sick. It’s all very distracting, so this will be short and boring. I promise to try and do better next time!
So, last night ended up being really nice, despite the occasion. I went out for dinner with the families and a few other of us close friend types. The service was not the greatest, but the company definitely was. As was the food, so really, no complaints. Despite the fact that I had to get home to Brody and take him out for a walk, I ended up going with Kristi to meet up with other close friend types for post dinner beers, while the Boyers headed back home. There were a few near tears moments, but mostly there was a lot of laughter, and it all actually made for a really nice evening all together.
I of course got home super late, but Brody is pretty much the best dog in the world, so all was well. I got him walked and everyone fed and then I headed to bed.
I’d hoped I’d have a sexy voice when I got up this morning, but I did not. At least I don’t sound as sick as I feel yet, though.
I was up at 6am because I had an early appointment with my neurologist this morning. Just a regular check up kind of deal. Once that was done, I headed to the zoo. I had three animals I wanted to visit, but of course I ended up adding on several more and stayed a good hour and a half longer than planned. A small part of that was Steve’s fault for being so fun to be around, but mostly I blame the animals. They were in moods today and I was having fun. Damn you, good times! Always getting in the way of my going home to be alone!
I finally got a look at the panda cubs….oh my goodness. They really are too cute to be real. Seriously. I was also happy to see their mama, Er Shun, because it’s been quite a while since I saw her last, and I missed her! She seems to be settling into the role of mama bear quite nicely, and she looked great. She looked content with her bamboo and her babies. Made my heart swell with happy.
Headed to the polar bear area to see young miss Juno and the adult bears. Aurora and Nikita put on a SHOW, especially for anyone who was watching from the underwater viewing area. The sisters were both in the pool, and they started wrestling and playing, and just being giant silly fools. I see where the cubs get it from.
Juno was adorable, but while she was asleep or out of view for much of the time I was there, I did get to hear her talking at one point, and that made my heart swell with the happy, too! Man I love bears!
Finally, my gorillas of love. I spent time with them last, just before I left to head home. We walked into the room and the first thing we saw was baby Nneka sitting on a stump with a wad of cotton stuffing on her head! I muttered something like, “Oh my dear sweet Lord” and reached for my camera but was too late to catch it. The troop was being wacky overall. Saddling kept pulling a big tree branch down, then letting it fly back up as he ran away. For some reason Nassir and Nneka were a bit weirded out by a low-hanging branch on the other side, until Ngozi pulled the whole thing out by the roots and let her kids then run around with it for awhile.
It was interesting that Charles never felt he need to get involved and settle everyone down, but mama Ngozi had it all well in hand. We saw Charles later walking along with little Nneka at his side. So freaking cute. He’s so big and she is so little, but she likes to sit like daddy does, and then she was rolling around in front of him to get his attention.
I love that family. ❤️
Okay, I really need to start getting ready for tonight’s big event! I just wish I could figure out when I’ll ever be able to get a bit more sleep!