So we went on a trip to Houston a couple months ago to visit Jay's beautiful sister Andrea and her husband David. We like them lots. Jay's dad, Tony, made the drive from Louisiana to join us. We played games (ironically enough, we played online--every single one of us had a laptop, and we were too lazy to set up Ticket to Ride (or "Trains," as Jay's fam calls it), so we played each other on the computer. I should have taken a picture...), watched a movie, went to church, and hit the Houston Zoo and Holocaust museum.
We loved the zoo, and, thanks to my trigger-happy husband, we have over 150 pictures of the animals. He had to take a picture of everything we saw. I told him he should probably save the camera battery (and save me from having to sort through them later) and just take pictures of his favorites, but he consistently replied, "but this one is so cool" as he put his finger to the shutter once again. I guess it was kind of endearing. He also took some video of a few of the animals, but he didn't tell us when he was videoing, so sometimes there is pretty funny background dialogue. Here are a couple favorites:
The elephant with the itchy rump:
The hungry giraffes: social grooming (check out those lips)
One of the first things we did when we got there was go through the aquarium building. As we stood looking at fish, I told Jay about how my mom would often take me and my sister to the San Francisco Bay Aquarium when we lived in SF as little tykes. I loved looking at all the fish, but my favorites were the lionfish and the stonefish because they were poisonous. The stonefish was my very favorite because it was the most venomous fish in the world and because it always looked so grumpy. Right after I finished my little reminiscence, we turned the corner and there they were in two aquariums right on top of each other! I was so excited.
I also liked these fish because they were big and looked really jovial--see him smiling?
Tiger, crazy multi-colored monkey thing
Me and Andrea (sulking because Jay made us pose next to the ugly monkey picture), Jay's and my hands as compared to a great ape. Note how my fingers barely clear the palm, while Jay's hand looks like a long-lost relative of the great ape. I could delve further into this comparison, but I shall refrain.
How tall are we?
Lindsay: 5'5" (normal)
Gotta love the zoo propaganda.
I wanted to ride the turtle...
David and Andrea, me and Jay. It was a chilly day, especially for Houston, so David was kind enough to lend Jay his hot Abercrombie sweatshirt.
We had so much fun in Houston! Thanks to Andrea and David for their hospitality: we are so jealous of their house. Andrea cooked for us while I was a lazy bum and chilled on the couch and browsed her awesome book collection. Tony was a great chauffer in his sweet Avalanche.
Now it's y'all's turn to come visit us. I think it's time for a Six Flags trip...