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Friday, September 07, 2012

Finding Nemo

When my biological dad was still reigning supreme over my family, there were a lot of rules. One of which was a TV time limit of one hour per day. With the exception, naturally, that my younger brother Jeshua could actually watch as much as he wanted because he liked "educational" shows. I can understand unlimited nature shows. What I can't understand is unlimited "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." I should have just jumped on the bandwagon though because then, in addition to watching "Boy Meets World," I could have been learning all about fish. And otters!

To make up for my lack of "educational" TV watching in my youth, this weekI went to the Living Planet Aquarium in Sandy with SueAnn and the kids. I learned all about fish. And otters!

Coincidentally, Aspen and I watched "Finding Nemo" for the first time the week prior to our Aquarium visit. So we were quite familiar with a number of the aquatic creatures we encountered on our field trip. Aspen actually put her hands in one of the exploration tanks, which totally surprised me since she had been walking around with her hands over her eyes just moments before: "Fish is scary! I'm scared!"

I think seeing Milo dive right in to touch a coral catfish gave Aspen courage. Thank goodness for that little hooligan.

The otters weren't at the Aquarium last time we went, so I was really excited to see them. I didn't realize they'd be so friendly and cute. They have personality like you wouldn't believe. I guess if I'd been watching "educational" TV with Jeshua all those years I wouldn't known that, huh?

There's an observation window you can crawl into to get right up in the otters' faces, and when I popped up, they got all excited and woke up from their naps.

If we do end up living in Sandy soon, I'd consider an Aquarium pass. Maybe. It's like, $21 per adult to get a year-long pass, and kids under 3 are free. Perhaps I'd be more eager to purchase one if they hadn't discouraged my patronage that one time when I had a Groupon for the Penguin Encounter. FOR REALS. Props to Groupon for refunding my money! But yeah, anyway, I do like the Aquarium. Just maybe not the person I talked with on the phone last year.

When we got to the penguin tank it was being cleaned, so we go to watch all of them dive and swim around a pool vacuum. The rest came out in a flock (do penguins travel in flocks? herds?) when that was done and we enjoyed seeing more of them happily waddling around and zooming through the water. The day before we went, Aspen and I watched the live webcam of the penguins to get psyched for our visit. I didn't want her wussing out on me! So I prepped her for what she'd be seeing. And then we YouTubed kitten videos for half an hour.

A tip for anyone who doesn't buy a year-long-pass to the Aquarium: buy a day-pass online and save fifty cents on admission! I guess printing your own ticket at home is a big deal to them, so you get a discount. Woo!


  1. Looks like a fun day! ARE you guys thinking about moving to Sandy?

  2. We neeeeed to move to Sandy. We need to be closer to Kev's job and I hate West Jordan. A lot. Plus, my brother lives in Sandy, so that's a bonus.


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