This year is the Chinese New Year year of the horse. More specifically, it’s the year of the wood horse. I admittedly don’t know a lot about Chinese astrology but I’m trying to learn a little bit here and there. Here’s what I’ve read about what it means that we’re in the year of the Wood Horse.
A year of clashes and conflicts, with people sticking tight to their guns and emotions tending towards the extreme; it’s a year historically associated with warfare (source)
Housing prices are likely to decline in most real estate markets; this one doesn’t seem to be true here in San Francisco! (source)
“Horse year is about freedom, returning to nature, and enjoying life and life’s adventures. You won’t always want to focus on work because it’s easy to be distracted by fun, good times, and parties in sexy Horse year.” (source)
“Do it. Since education is a wood industry, which is associated with growth, 2014 will be a good time to learn something new.” (source)
A little while ago I went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’d been there once before but it didn’t feel any less magical the second time around. I love the room of jellyfish … there are so, so, so many different kinds! But my favorite animal at any aquarium is always the leafy seadragon (which you aren’t allowed to photograph because it’s bad for them) and its cousin the seahorse.
Some of the pets that I do petsitting for live out near Ocean Beach so when I visit them I end up spending time at the beach, which I have to confess isn’t a place I usually go much. Recently when I was walking along the shore I saw the sunshine glinting off of what looked like glass from far away. As I got closer I saw that it wasn’t glass but was actually hundreds and hundreds, possibly thousands, of jellyfish. I have no idea why they were swept up onto the shore like that and it was actually kind of sad because some had already dried out and died but despite that it was a stunningly beautiful sight. I walked around there for a long time looking at them. I also spotted lots of crabs on the beach that day.
“Astronaut Dr. Don Pettit, currently on mission onboard the International Space Station, (used) an statically charged knitting needle made out of teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene), Pettit fired tiny droplets of water through a syringe towards the needle after which a marvelous display of physics unfolded. The droplets began to orbit around the needle, just like some satellites around a cylindrical planet. Pettit goes on to explain that it doesn’t have anything to do with gravity, but rather the attraction comes as a result of charged forces that exert a potential field.”
I just wanted to share this pretty infographic I saw recently that shows how different flowers are related to our emotions. I knew that red flowers symbolized love but I didn’t realize that red was associated with a greater attention to detail. And I was kind of surprised to see that Thanksgiving ranks in the Top 5 for holidays people celebrate by giving flowers.
Earlier this week I shared all about my visit to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. However, I didn’t share all of the photos I had at that time so I figured I’d share a few more of my favorites here with you today:
One of the things that my mom and I did alone together during our recent vacation to Los Angeles was we took a visit to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. I always love aquariums and it was neat to explore a new one.
About Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is an educational center that includes a research library and marine life exhibits. It is super affordable; they ask for a $5 donation per adult. It’s not as touristy as most of the other aquariums I’ve been to but it has a lot to see. In one building you can look at a bunch of different sea stuff under microscopes. In another there are some sort of experiments going on and you can kind of look around and see what’s happening with all of the lab equipment. In the main area there are rooms filled with taxidermy/fossil/bone displays and other rooms with aquariums of live animals. Outside is a touch pool that is only open at certain times of day and we were able to go out there and hear a little talk and touch things like anemones and starfish and limpits.
Although I say that it’s in LA, this aquarium is actually in San Pedro. I kind of count the whole LA area as LA when talking about it but it did take about an hour to get here from my brother’s place off of Malibu. The aquarium is just one of the sights at Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park where you can also see a historic bathhouse, a few statues of different people important to the area, and a coastal native plant garden among other things.
Out in the Touch Pool
Other Favorite Things I Saw
This aquarium didn’t have my favorite creature, the leafy seadragon, but they did have its cousin the seahorse
The aquarium had several different types of my other favorite sea animal: the jellyfish
And Some More Stuff
There were some fun exhibits for kids like this one where you can go stand inside the aquarium and see it all around you. My mom and I crawled in to do it and take photos as kids at heart.
Some of the informative displays did creep me out a little bit …