Wednesday, February 25, 2009


After a little over a year, in two weeks, I shall be saying "goodbye" to the Living Planet Aquarium. Don't worry, the departure is of my choice, not because of any economic concerns. In December of 2007, I started my career as a host (cashier, janitor, gift shop personnel) and rather quickly, was boosted up to a Guest Services Shift Manager where I have been to the present. While there, I have washed the tanks probably thousands of times, hosted many birthday parties, clean up some pretty gross stuff (I will not mention), met some amazing and funny guests, and worked with several phenomenal fellow shift managers. However, there are some times when separation is necessary to try out a different path. Here are the top ten things that I'm going to miss:

10. Jamming to music in the office
9. Helping at the Aquarium Birthday Party
8. Having a job so close to home
7. The animals
6. Some of the hosts that work under me
5. Cute kids (they get so excited to see the animals)
4. Elesha (can always make me laugh)
3. Amanda (not Amanda Nelson, my work friend Amanda)
2. Lindsay (my fellow conspirator)
1. Alessandra (a wonderful friend)

Here are some things (not in any order) that I will NOT miss:

1. The hideous blue shirts of death (they make young ladies look square)
2. Upset guests
3. Cleaning up "accidents"
4. Long lines
5. Screaming children
6. Children with temper tantrums
7. Parents who don't watch after their children
8. When guests enter the door, the exclaim "hey, it smells like fish!" (that gets old really, really fast!!!)
9. People trying to get in for free
10. Non existent communication between the departments

However much I complained about work, overall, I think that it was a good experience for me and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to work there. I'm going to miss all of the good friends that I've made, but there are just some times when you need to try a new path in life. So, to all my aquarium friends I say, Adieu!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Soccer Star Gir!!

Gir's favorite toys are these two orange rubber balls that we have to throw around for hours at a time for his amusement. Well, a fun thing to do is confuse him as to which ball he is playing with. If you throw one ball around for a while and then start throwing the second, he forgets which ball he is chasing! The cutest thing is when he has one ball already in his mouth, and he tries to pick up the other ball! You can even play a short game of soccer with him because he has totally forgotten the ball that is already in his mouth! It's so funny to watch and also pretty darn cute! I love that silly little puppy of mine!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentines Day

I have found that Valentines Day is not only a great excuse to spend with the love of your life, but also to spend some quality time with good friends. This Valentines Day, Chris and I both had to work, so we decided not to do anything special (and also to help save for our trip to Disneyland next month). Instead, after going to a gift shop expo for work, some of my friends and I went out to lunch. It was so much fun!! The restaurant was even giving away roses to every women that ate at the restaurant. I thought that, that was a great idea. Well, lunch was amazing and it was so fun to hang out with some of my good friends. So, even though I wasn't able to spend the most romantic day of the year with the love of my life, I still had a really enjoyable day with my friends.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A dog's day

A day in the life of Gir!

5:45am Wake up mom and dad to get let out of the bedroom

6:00am Eat breakfast with Lucky

6:00-12:00 Chew on my bones, sleep on the couch and bask in the sun

12:00-3:00 Bark, bark, bark, bark, and bark

3:00-5:00 Be really excited when mom and dad get home from school/work

5:00-? Play with my family, bark, chew on bones, play with my ball, and look really cute

10:00pm Bed time!

What a lucky life that he leads! To bad not all of life can be as simple as a dog's life! Oh well, I am glad that my life has much more variety and that I don't have to chew on bones every day (that does not sound too fun)!