Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I'm Back!

I went to Houston for Christmas. I was lucky enough to have a brother-in-law who is a local celebrity, so we got a special, behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium. Strangely, we didn't see any fish except the shark tank that you take on a train ride. Below are some pictures of the animals we did see.

Two Toed Sloth
It really wasn't that cute in person.

This is an African Cat. It growls like a dog and jumps very high. I did go into the catch and feed it, but I really didn't want to hang out too long. Strangely enough, I had watch Cats 101 on TLC before the trip and they talked about how they are breeding these cats with domestic cats. They go for about $2500 and several states had made them illegal. I definitely wouldn't want one of those running around my house. It would probably eat my dogs!

Me feeding the tiger. This was the "small" one.

Dave feeding the same "small" tiger.

After we finished feeding her, she growled and jumped at the cage door like she was going to attack us. It was scary! And the precautions these trainers take, I can't imagine how someone feels comfortable enough to roam around with them with no protection. The trainers never enter their cage, all the tigers are kept in separate cages unless they are in the display room. Then they only showcase two at a time.

While in Houston I also got to go a Rockets game and a Texans game. Both teams won and it was so much fun! We got to see Yao play. Very exciting. Houston loves him!

New Year's was so mellow. It was strange. Normally, Dave and I party it up and go out of town, but this year we went out to dinner and came home at 10:30 and rang in the New Year there.

Work has been crazy. I'm so thinly stretched. Basically I've been training three people, working on my position, working with my faculty, and training to get everything lined up so we can open up our doors in February.

I have no resolutions. I should. I know. The only one I can think of right now is that I want to be friendlier to people. I hardly ever go up to someone and say hi when I'm out if I'm not supposed to meet them. Even if I know them. Its weird. Maybe I'm scared of rejection or something. But that's one I want to work on. I know several friends who are so good at doing this and it would be a great networking ability to have.

Oh, because my work isn't really complete without embarrassing myself, on the first day of training my new predecessor, I hit her in the head with my chair.

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