3.15.2006

This Week is Broken

This week is moving PAINFULLY slow.....Do you ever have those weeks where you wake up on Monday and think to yourself, "man am I glad its Friday." Then you realize its Monday morning. Something is wrong with this week because I wake up every day thinking its Thursday. I was also sick on Monday and Tuesday which didn't help matter, I caught the "airplane bug," on the flight home from Atlanta this weekend. I spent about eighteen hours wrapped up in blankets Monday. Tuesday I had to give a 20-25 minute presentation on GMOs(Genetically Modified Organisms) and was so hopped up on cold medicine that I babbled straight through til the end of class and the other members of my group had to finish up the presentation today. We had a fun activity for the class where we had them do a "Pepsi challenge" taste test of sorts with chocolate chip cookies. They had to determine which cookie was organic and which contained genetically modified ingredients. I think food always helps people pay attention more, if you bribe them with cookies they may listen to what you have to say.

I fulfilled one of my life-long dreams this weekend courtesy of the Georgia Aquarium. I have always wanted to see a whale shark ever since I saw one in a Field guide to fishes my parents bought me when I was little. Well, the humongous brand-new Georgia aquarium has TWO of them in a tank that is as big as some number of football fields(I love how we measure EVERYTHING big in reference to a football field). They are named Ralph and Norton and are absolutely beautiful!!! I can't even begin to explain this fish tank......I've never seen anything like it. In the "deep end" they have a huge 63' by 38' acrylic viewing window. The tank is so big that the whale sharks (about twenty feet long each) can completely disappear from view when they swim to the other side. Then you will see a large shadow coming toward you and all of a sudden they reappear being led by an entourage of small yellow fish that hang out by its mouth for protection. My camera went bonkers on me and wasn't working properly, but Rach managed to snap a few shots with her super-duper camera phone:

















We finished up the weekend on Sunday by laying a blanket out on a rock and taking a nap on the banks of the Chatahoochee river, very relaxing.

4 comments:

Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

Oh, wow. I wanted to be a marine biologist for SO LONG, with a specilization in marine mammals. I am beyond jealous. I bet it was beautiful! I wish your camera had been working so I could get a better picture.

Anonymous said...

Hey,

I'd like to know what the results were of your "Pepsi Challenge."

Schiller.

JoeyJoJoJo said...

Surprisingly, only 3 people out of ten were able to determine which cookie was organic, according to one of them he recognized the wholesome organic goodness right away because the cookie "tasted like crap."

dad said...

Sorry to read about the sickness. It must have been torture in that presentation. I hope it cleared up enough to enjoy the weekend. Seems like it went very well.