Thursday, April 24, 2014

Linkfest '14! (Or, 12 web pages I forgot I even bookmarked in the first place)

Looking to kill a few hours? Here are some fun reads from around the worldwide interwebs that I just happened to bookmark over the past few years.


The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World - My dreamscapes kind of look like these places. I wonder what that says about me?

Brickville Design Works - Robin Sather Photo Gallery - Tons of photos of epic Lego creations made by this one guy, who apparently has eight trillion bricks.

We Found Our Son In The Subway - A short, sweet, true story of a couple's eventual adoption of an abandoned infant one of them found in a subway station. D'aw, I love happy adoption stories.

Photos: Creepy, Abandoned Theme Parks - Exactly what it says.

How A World's Fair Pavilion Became A Family's Cabin - It's been 50 years since the New York World's Fair, and these folks are still living (in) it!

Nevada State Children's Home - Then And Now - The subject matter may not be the most pleasant, but the photographs are interesting/creepy... and the most fascinating part of all? The comments at the bottom... eight years worth of bittersweet memories.

Public Radio Reporter Interviews His Two Little Girls After One Gives The Other The 'Worst Haircut Ever' - This is sweet, and I like it a lot better than most of the too-cute-for-words kiddie Youtube videos out there. (This is just audio.)

Every Facebook Birthday Wall Ever - YEP. Very true, this.

Barbara Butler Custom Playgrounds - Gallery - Amazing work. Lucky kids.

Celebrity Twins - Some celebrities look eerily like other celebrities. I wonder if they all come from the same planet gene pool?

21 Jane Austen Movies And Miniseries Ranked - I may not agree with some of the rankings, and the list leaves out several films, but hey... if you're yearning to go All-Out Austen (and who isn't?), this list should give you a place to start (or continue).

16 Rare Harry Potter Illustrations From The Books' Artist - If you love Harry Potter, check this out. (Actually, if you love Harry Potter, you probably already have.)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Oregon Zoo In Bloom

Spring has finally sprung at the Oregon Zoo...


Yes, the three bears have reappeared! (Goldilocks remains missing. If you have any information, please call.)

Yep, things are getting back to "normal" around here...

Flowers are blossoming and the grass is lush and green, and most of the animals seem to be enjoying the warmer temperatures.

Construction continues...

But our friends in the orange vests finally have something to show for all their hard work. If you hike down to the lower bear viewing area, near the cougar exhibit, and glance up, you might catch a glimpse of one of the new California Condors in their new home (which officially opens in May).

And speaking of cougars...

I just love sleeping cats.

But, you know, non-sleeping cats are great, too!

Born September 7, 2013, the lion cubs are now 7 months old!

Ah, nothing like a good, warm rock to lay on in the sunshine!

Okay, maybe there are one or two animals who long for the days of snow yore.

But things must change, as always, and I'm excited to see what'll be new at the zoo on my next visit!