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Jameson and I are celebrating one year of dating!


Maybe that's not a big deal, but it is for me! I've never been a romantic person, but when you find someone who's personality meshes well with yours...well, it's a game-changer :) It's hard to believe it's been a year already. We've had so much fun together...I can't wait to have more adventures with him!!!

Jameson got us the best treat you can ever get a circus person: three nights in a hotel with a REAL bed and a REAL shower and tub and a BIG tv. And he picked an extended stay, so we had a full kitchen and fridge too!

Our "staycation" started off on Monday with a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
I had gone before, and was excited to bring Jameson, especially to show him the fantastic Hall of Paleontology. We took the lightrail downtown and after a quick lunch, we hit the museum!

First we checked out one of the temporary exhibits, called "Nature Unleashed". Volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes were some of the natural disasters covered in the display. You could 'make your own' volcano with different combinations of gas pressure and lava/ash. In the hurricane area, there were news clippings and witness accounts of Hurricane Katrina. The tornado section was smaller, but there was one really cool immersive experience...a tornado chaser dropped a 360 camera in the path of a tornado, and you could stand in the center surrounded by screens and watch as the tornado hit you and passed over. It was surprisingly intense!

Next we checked out the new permanent Egypt exhibit. In addition to artwork and writing samples, there were real mummies! (Warning: mummified remains ahead)

This is a mummified cat. Cats were once worshiped as deities in Egypt.


This mummy was a high priest. After his organs were taken out, his head was filled with a type of tar or resin so the skull wouldn't cave in.


And this guy was mummified during Ptolemy's reign. Greek influence can be seen in his beard (Egyptians were normally clean-shaven) and the pattern on his blanket.


Next was the Hall of Gemstones. I had gone a little camera crazy here last time, so tried to hold back and only took a few pics this time. My new phone has a very nice camera, so I was able to capture more detail this time.



Looks like grapefruit!


Looks like moldy gum!


Last but not least, the Hall of Paleontology!
A "double penguin":



One of the best things about the HMNS Paleontology Hall is the way the skeletons are posed. It really gives one a good idea of how these animals might have moved. It makes them more 'real', more alive.


Jameson gets horny.


As the museum started closing for the day, we visited the Planetarium for a Pink Floyd light show. It was interesting...parts of it were very good, and other parts looked like they were made from stock Windows animations. But overall it was a fun way to end the day :)

For dinner I got my sweetheart a romantic dinner at McCormick & Schmick's!


(photo courtesy Jameson)

He had a Bloody Mary, a caprese salad, and a trilogy of fried/stuffed/scampi shrimp. I had a glass of Seven Oaks Cabernet and beef medallions with sauteed mushrooms and spinach. For dessert we shared a fantastic white chocolate mousse with fresh strawberries inside a toasted almond toffee shell. Everything was delicious of course! There are no pictures because it was dim in the restaurant, and also I was busy enjoying time with Jameson and didn't want to spoil it with picture-taking ;)

The next day we enjoyed a day of simply relaxing in the hotel. Around lunchtime we went to Asahi Sushi across the street. He got sashimi and a beer, I got hot sake and a 'bento box' that turned out to be gigantic.



We returned to the hotel totally stuffed, and spent the next several hours mucking around online and watching Face Off on SyFy.

Then it was back to work :p We dragged our stuff over to the arena, then went our separate ways to run errands. He had a rehearsal with the clowns for next year's show, and I had some business with Verizon followed by a trip to the grocery. The show that evening was fine. Shows on Thursday and Friday were well-attended too; I'm a bit surprised and delighted to see such a great turnout since we've been here for three weeks.

My Grandparents' friends Tammy and Ben and their daughter came to Friday morning's show, and we went for lunch at a Mexican joint afterward. It was great to see them again (they'd come out to see the show two years ago as well) and nice to catch up and share a meal.


The weekend was normal, three shows Saturday and two on Sunday. We got the schedule for Dallas and discovered that the train would be in a different yard. After googling around it became clear that there are no chain groceries within five miles of the new place, plus our first week is packed with shows, so Jameson and I made one last grocery run before returning to the train.

It's been a lovely three weeks here in Houston. The time went by quickly. I'm hoping Dallas will be just as fun!


Other stuff:

the Blue Unit's head chef, Matt Loory, appeared on Cutthroat Kitchen this week! He didn't win but made it to the finals. Congratulations Matt!!! (short video and article HERE).


The girls getting a shower.

(photo courtesy Ryan)

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leftbase
Jul. 29th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!
I'm really happy for both of you!
taz_39
Jul. 29th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Anniversary!
Thank you :)
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