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In the midst of Golden Gate Park is the California Academy of Sciences. It’s pretty much a natural history museum complete with (1) the Steinhart Aquarium that rivals the Aquarium of the Bay in Fisherman’s Wharf and even slightly at par with Monterey Bay Aquarium (I’ll actually leave this judgment for later since I haven’t been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in a long time); (2)the Morrison Planetarium (Planet Arium South Park episode, anyone?) which I still think is one of the best places for a nap in the middle of the day; (3) a Rainforest which is basically a giant circular humid greenhouse; (4)  the Kimball Natural History museum with the mammal room, and exhibits on sustaining life on earth; and oh…yeah, they have a revolving special exhibit…this time it was (5) SNAKES AND LIZARDS.

Between my boyfriend and my brother, many pranks and psychological torture were applied on me in the Snakes and Lizards exhibit. There is apparently a lizard that can leap from boulder to boulder and run at 16 mph. My brother whispers, “You can’t outrun that…” Then Boyfriend tossed a rubber lizard at me which resulted in a strangled scream which resulted in a lot of people looking at me which had my brother asking in a LOUD VOICE, “Was that scream you?”

I don’t care. I’ll scream if I want to.

After that ordeal, the rest of the day went easy peasy. We went to the Aquarium where we touched starfish and sea urchins, we napped in the Planetarium where Jodi Foster’s throaty voice lulled us into a dream filled with nuclei and mitochondria, we went to the Living Roof (my first time in over 5 visits) and froze our butts off in the freezing San Francisco summer wind, we played with the toys in the gift shop and overall had a great time!

on the Living Roof overlooking the De Young Museum

well, a slice of the Philippine Reef was behind us.

mmm...Moray Eel

Hey, fishy, fishy...

It's a piece of rolled up carpet...Oh, actually it's a snake.

Sssslytherin's in the House

...and finally, this guy always makes me smile by planning little trips to make me happy!

Here’s the caveat: The California Academy of Sciences is a whopping $34.99! This hurts because the Smithsonian in Washington DC is FREE! And even the one in Los Angeles is only $12!

So, unless you really value the rainforest attraction and the planetarium, the living roof, the albino alligator, and the sustainable design of the CAS, then it’s recommended that you really plan your visit for that day instead of just randomly dropping in for 3 hours. If that was the case, then I’d say hop on Thursday nights Nightlife: 3 hours, NO CHILDREN RUNNING AMOK, wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres served — all for $12. STEAL.

Below are a few shots from Nightlife from my birthday in January:

Glow in the Dark

Nightlife Crew

Hey, Lil' Guy...

 

When there aren't little kids running around, you actually get to learn stuff.

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My good friend, Tina, decided that this 30th birthday *cough-it’s-a-secret-how-many-she’s-had-by-now-cough* was going to be a Roaring 20’s/Prohibition Night theme. We went to Eve Lounge in San Francisco all dressed to the nines (or twenties).

I wore a black, ruffled tube dress that I’ve worn before and is really nothing to look at. No, the point of this Fashion + Unable post is my Haircessory! Yeeaaahhh!

See, just a few weeks before I learned that her party was going to be a Prohibition themed event, I had bought the feathered creation from Ross for $3.99 on a whim. I’m always thinking I could use a little more crazy fashion-forwardness in my wardrobe, why not a haircessory, right?

Except that once I had it, I had absolutely no guts to wear it anywhere. I mean, San Francisco is pretty liberal when it comes to Fashion. I’m sure I could have gotten away with it and no one would have called me out on it. But c’mon, have you seen the size of that flower? I would have known it was on my head the whole time.

So, thank god for Tina’s party for giving me a reason to wear a giant feathered flower head band without feeling silly. It turned out to be such a big hit with the guys, too! Haha!

on Alex's head

On Chris

 

Golda ❤

I really thought it was a fun, fearless way of adding a little bit of oomph! and noticeability to a simple black dress. But, I’m still pondering on whether I would ever wear it again. I mean, I’m still just me…only sort of fashionably fun and fearless & only for special occasions!

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