Archive for August, 2013


I don’t normally like zoos much, the main reason being that they’re so smelly I can’t enjoy it at all. Also, I could never understand why people always insist on going to the zoo in summer, when the smells are the worst and you can’t even wear a scarf to prevent breathing it in. However, I recently went to the Philadelphia Zoo with my family, and I even had fun (really!).

First of all, the day started out lucky when my chauffeur (aka my dad, but his name’s Jim, so we can say, “home, James!” Anyway…) decided to ignore the “Zoo Parking Garage Full” sign and went into the parking garage anyway. And guess what?! There were (multiple) open spaces. They just put in that garage, actually. It’s very close to the zoo, and it’s well lit. What else could you want? (Well, other than the sign being accurate… But I rest my case.)

Then we found an entrance that put us pretty close to the polar bear exhibit. Their names are Coldilocks and Klondike, and I’m always amazed by their sheer size and power. We also got ice cream, which definitely helped my mood.

The weather was really nice all day- it was like the world was conspiring to make it a good day! (Ok. That sounded cheesy. Maybe I should sign off for today.) So try the Philly Zoo, oldest zoo in the country! It just might surprise you…

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I am in Disney World at the moment, but only for a couple more days (sad…) so if anyone wants to request a picture of something, definitely comment!

Anyway, I’m actually blogging live from the Magic Kingdom right now, and since I have a few funny pictures and anecdotes to share, I figured I’d… share. Anyway, let’s get to the reason you’re reading this post and satisfy your obvious curiosity on how to eat a soup dumpling.

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The Nine Dragons Restaurant conveniently has these instructions on all of their tables. However, they don’t quite answer my most pressing question: What exactly is a soup dumpling?

In other news, I did a highly non-scientific, subjective, and random experiment. I counted all the people wearing Mickey/Minnie ears for a good 2 days at the parks, and came up with around 153. I also noticed (cue wacky scientist voice) that there were lots of girls wearing Mickey hats, but only one boy wearing a Minnie hat. (This surprised me; I didn’t really expect any of the latter, and especially not sequined ones.)

Anyway, this is Pxzi signing off for today (and no, I haven’t forgotten about Chrissy’s guest post. It’s coming, I promise!)

P. S. Speaking of Chrissy, she just got this book.

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Jealous? You know you are…

Skylines and Weird Sights

I was in Philadelphia the other day, and, since I had a camera and time to kill, I took a bunch of pictures of the beautiful skylines. (In my defense, there are some pretty cool skylines in Philly.)

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I love how the sky just dominates this one…
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I also saw a few quite strange things as we were driving down the road…
1) an entire truckload of onions (guaranteed to make anyone cry or your money back!)
2) an ice cream truck driving down the turnpike (the driver of which was eating a Popsicle)
3) ten school buses in a row (it’s still summer, people! SUMMER!!!)
4) a mini Ferris wheel in the back of a flat-bed pickup truck (It was about six feet tall. Who would fit in it? Toddlers? Chihuahuas? Shrink-rayed minions? Haha, Despicable Me reference…)
5) a parking garage where the speed limit is 7.5 MPH (not 8, not 7, but 7.5)

I hope you enjoyed this totally unorganized and random post! (More targeted posts coming soon, I promise. Maybe even a guest post from Chrissy, our resident Egyptologist…)

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