April 12 10

Normally, I am terrified of birds. My nightmares often look like this

with a little bit of scary clowns and evil children of the corn thrown in for good measure. Also inhabiting my scary dreams? All of my teeth falling out, one at a time, starting from the top front left one and going all the way back to the molars. Someone could probably write a thesis about me and conclude that I was allowed to watch too many scary movies when I was way too young to be watching them. Thanks, childhood babysitters. Although I’m still not sure about the teeth thing. Maybe it was from Little Shop of Horrors?

Anyway, when I took all three of my kids on a solo zoo adventure yesterday (omg, I took all three of my kids to the zoo yesterday and lived), the only thing they wanted to do, besides scour the zoo for caterpillars (I wish I was joking. They ignored most of the animals to play with the caterpillars. That they could find in their backyard), was feed the parakeets at the Boundless Budgie aviary. Atlanta wins, Ali loses. For a dollar a stick, you can opt to voluntarily be trapped in an aviary full of swooping birds. And you can go ahead and shake your stick at the birds in the hopes that he or she will come and snack on your snack. That is, of course, unless some rude child comes in and steals your budgie away.

But I sucked it up, hid behind both my children and my camera (I AM A PUSSY) and we pushed our way in so my kids would stop screaming and crying smile.


The truth, I will tell you honestly, is that our zoo adventure was not as stressful as I had assumed it was going to be. The kids were dare I say GREAT and even Miss Emily, who never has fun anywhere and usually spends the entire time telling me that the zoo is for babies and why didn’t she get to bring a friend and why did she have to come and oh my god she’s so bored and tired and hungry and thirsty and when are we going home, thanked me for taking her to the zoo.

And I will tell you this.

Hands down. Because, good god, I adore Meryl Streep. Like, I want to make out with her and have her babies type of adoration. Or maybe just have pie with her. And her Julia Child performance was nothing short of amazing. And I’m ready for the Academy to just tailor make a Streep Award and just give her one each year. And, while I usually like Amy Adams, and not just because she looks exactly like her and is the star of Isabella’s most favorite movie to ever be, the Julie part of this movie was crap. Also, I don’t like the way she makes bloggers look like unlikable Carrie Bradshaws, and oh my god, her overuse of the ever-so-cringeworthy word “BLOG” just about killed it for me. It would be awesome if they could just remix the movie and rerelease it just as Julia. I would totally see it.

As long as there are no birds in it, because I am DONE with birds.

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  1. So truth: which one is better, the Atlanta or Toronto zoo?

    Comment by SciFi Dad on April 12, 2010
  2. The Toronto zoo is better. 100%

    BUT, there’s way too much walking there. My kids get tired between exhibits. We can do the whole Atlanta zoo in a couple of hours and they don’t whine as much about the walking…since they are all beyond stroller age.

    Comment by ali on April 12, 2010
  3. “Evil clowns”? Aren’t all clowns automatically evil?

    Comment by Avitable on April 12, 2010
  4. Ok, I’ve lived in Atlanta for nearly 7 years now, and the only time I’ve ever been to the zoo was for a singles’ party there. In June. Where there was much humidity.

    Comment by Darcey on April 12, 2010
  5. Ugh, I don’t mind birds, but being trapped with them in a room would freak me out. It is like the butterfly room in the Chattanooga zoo. I freak out just thinking about that!

    Comment by Kristabella on April 12, 2010

    Butterflies also are not cool.

    Comment by Maile on April 12, 2010

    Comment by slynnro on April 12, 2010
  8. I don’t mind birds, but clowns are of the debbil.

    Comment by Angella on April 13, 2010
  9. Very impressive outing…

    Sadie at heyMamas

    Comment by Sadie at heyMamas on April 13, 2010
  10. pah-cha! I loved Julie & Julia. All of it! speaking of, i need to buy it and make my husband watch it. MUAHAHAHHAAH
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Faith =-.

    Comment by Katie on April 14, 2010
  11. Oh, I hate birds, too.

    Love that picture of Birds at the top. Maybe it was that movie that did it to me.

    This was hilarious.

    There is this website, called “I hate butterflies” (seriously) and people comment on how freakin’ afraid they are of butterflies. It’s hilarious.

    Maybe we could start a bird thing? It would be so funny!

    Comment by Alexandra on April 14, 2010

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