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Petting zoo

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April 18th, 2011



I spent my Saturday with a couple kids, a sheep, a rabbit, and a cow. Kids, as in baby goats. It was awesome. I love animals.

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I volunteered at a carnival's petting zoo. I was the monitor, and when the kids came in to pet the animals, I was to make sure they didn't abuse or feed the pets.

There was also a dog who was utterly sweet, but had a neurotic tendency to seek comfort between people's legs. Since I was the only biped in the cage, Jennie would wander around, let herself be petted, and then recharge her mental batteries by sticking her head between my legs for five seconds. This happened every 10-15 minutes. It was ridiculous but endearing, though by the end of my shift, there were saliva and fur streaks on the pants that appeared a little strange.

Jennie

Jennie

This dog also did the neatest trick. When she had to pee, she sat down and held up her paw (like that Asian ceramic cat) till her owner came to let her out.

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The goats, meanwhile, were nibbling on anything they could. They mostly tried to eat Jennie's decorative handkerchief collar, but my pants were a suitable substitute, as was my purse or car keys hanging off it. It was easier when there were children in the cage, because that offered the goats more cuisine items.

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I thought being in charge of a constant flow of children would be difficult and tiring, but it really wasn't. The kids listened well and were nice to the animals. To my surprise, it was my own child who was the most disruptive!

I think she was taking advantage of my relationship to her, because she was ignoring me when I told her to stop hoarding/strangling/feeding the goat. I had to tell her ten times, and she would always pout and make a face before eventually disobeying me again.

She and another little boy developed a fixation on the all-white baby goat, and they started fighting over it. I told them to take turns, but they wouldn't. I then had this really mommy moment: "If you kids keep fighting, I will ban both of you from the goat. Then nobody plays with it." They kept fighting, and I kept my promise to some very sulky preschoolers.

All in all, though, a really nice day, and of course, I welcome anything that will occupy my child for half a day. She was very tired when we got home- excellent!

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The dog

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April 15th, 2011



I have the best dog in the world. I can't say Inca is better than the original dog, so like parents of multiple children, I have to say they are both great dogs, just different.

The thing I love about Labs is that they're so loyal and home-centric. My dogs have never wanted to run away. (They know who feeds them!) In fact, there have been multiple times when I get home and someone's left one of the yard gates open by accident. The dog is still sitting there, same as ever, happy to see me. Once, I came home to find the dog in front of the house, waiting to be let back in.

The other week, Husband and I got home early enough to have a few minutes left of the sitter's time. I suggested we take a walk together, just the two of us. I usually always take the dog, but now and then, I want the indulgence of my own time, without being pulled, tugged, and poop-scooping.

Inca jumped and jumped at the gate when she saw us leaving. She let out a few high pitched barks to remind us we forgot something. She waited five minutes before sprinting after us. I didn't know this, but the backyard gate was left open again, and she could easily let herself out.

The funny thing is, she never found us. She apparently ran up the street a few blocks, lost our scent, and gave up. She went back home.

The reason we knew is that various neighbors along the route told us, "We saw your dog, did she make it back OK?" or "Was that your black dog running around?" All the dog owners know the other dog owners.

I wasn't sure where she would be when we returned home. Mind you, this was only a ten minute walk. I thought it would be a 50-50 chance she would be either at home, or running around making friends in the neighborhood.

She was back on the porch, waiting for us. She jumped in delight to see us. I would never have been the wiser about her little escapade, had it not been for the humans along the way. Crazy dog.

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Fashion Forms

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April 13th, 2011



I was using a womens' product called Fashion Forms the other day. I think it's better if you look at the company's website than having me explain it to you. It's the adhesive shaped like a flower.

When I got home, I started changing into my casual clothes, and Olivia was in the room watching me. She gasped in alarm. "Oh! Mommy! What happened?!"

I forgot I had these on. "What?"

She pointed at my torso. "Did you hurt yourself?"

I laughed, but now that I think further, it's a cute idea. Moving out of the realm of fashion, I think bandage makers would do well to start making flower, heart, and animal shaped products. It would just be an extension of the colored and cartoon-decorated Band Aids.

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Dinner notes

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April 11th, 2011



Dinner time in my house brings to mind the lemming-like nature of humans. I stand in my favorite spot in the kitchen, which is a certain corner of the dining counter. The counter is eight feet long with chairs that can be placed on all sides. We also have a table.

Why, then, do the rest of my family follow me to the same small space?  We stood last night shoulder to shoulder, occupying a three foot length of the counter, with the rest of the lonely, unoccupied dining surfaces calling out to be used. When I left to get juice out of the fridge, I actually lost my spot. And I was the first one there!

Reminds me of how everyone fights for the bathroom at the same time. I can be out till 9 p.m. working a function and when I get home is when Claus wants to clean up for bedtime, too. Our bathroom is smaller than a postage stamp. We have to take turns at the sink.

Amusing, humans are.

Does this happen to you at home, too?
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Kadie's first birthday

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April 8th, 2011



I love luaus. It reminds me so much of my youth and my years at Kamehameha. In this case, the luau was for a baby's first birthday, Kadie, the daughter of an old friend, Kory.

Kadie

Kadie

Kory is from Hilo and his wife, Sherie, is a kumu hula of her own halau. It was a very Hawaiian affair! Two hundred guests, live entertainment by Holunape, meticulously planned decorations in pink, balloons and face painting booths, and excellent Hawaiian food. Aah, Kory. He used to work at Yama's Fish Market (so he tapped them to provide the food) and he is a serious local-kine foodie. I always know I can count on Kory to plan an killer spread.

Sherie and Kory

Sherie and Kory

If this isn't the ultimate mark of a local-style party: he had two gallons of opihi, handpicked for him in North Kohala by a friend of a friend. Here's a look at the buffet line:

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Chicken katsu

Chicken katsu

Pipikaula

Pipikaula

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Edamame and boiled peanuts

Edamame and boiled peanuts

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Poke

Poke

Opihi!

Opihi!

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I can't believe it, but I missed the cake cutting. The party was an evening affair and we left at 7 to get Olivia back home to sleep in time or it really messes her up the next day. They ordered the cake from my teachers at Cake Creations Dessert Haven, and I was so curious to see what it looked like. I was so distracted I even forgot to look at it. I'm kicking myself.

What was so distracting? The line for the kids' entertainment. Olivia got her face painted and then waited patiently for a balloon toy. Both vendors were terrific. My kid was in heaven, and I was truly impressed.

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Balloon butterfly princess

Balloon butterfly princess

The wings

The wings

Ivan, the balloon shaper, and a motorcycle balloon

Ivan, the balloon shaper, and a motorcycle balloon

A balloon dog

A balloon dog

Tinkerbell balloon

Tinkerbell balloon

The Balloon Adventures guy was nothing short of amazing. He says he can make anything out of balloons. He reminds me of the balloon guy in Wedding Crashers.

Me and Kory

Me and Kory

Kadie and grandparents

Kadie and grandparents

Hilo grandparents

Hilo grandparents

As luaus and baby parties go, this is a hard one to top. I'm glad we got to be a part of it! Happy birthday, Kadie!

What's the best kid's birthday you ever attended? What local foods are a must-have at parties?

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