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The Georgia Aquarium

 

Richie and I visited the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta for the first time back in June.  We were so impressed that we made the trip again back in November to take his Mom to see it.  It is really the most amazing aquarium I have ever seen.  I really can not describe it with words.  If you have not been I HIGHLY suggest you plan to visit it.  They are adding a dolphin exhibit that will open in the fall of 2010.  Although I know they will not do it justice I have some pictures to share. 

 

The Georgia Aquarium boasts the world’s second largest aquarium viewing window.  This amazing aquarium view measure 61 feet wide and 23 feet tall! The tank itself is the size of a football field and contains over 6,000,000 gallons of water!  To be in front of this window is amazing and wonderful.  We could have stayed right here all day and felt as if we had gotten our money’s worth! 

Richie

 

Julie

 

Julie and Kathy (in November)

 

Whale Shark - worlds largest fish species

 

The Georgia Aquarium is currently home to 4 of the Whale Sharks which are the world’s largest fish species.  Whale sharks can grow up to 40 feet in length! 

 

The aquarium also has a 100 foot long viewing tunnel where you can see whale sharks, stingrays, goliath grouper,  hammerhead sharks and a host of other fish swimming overhead. 

Here are some additional photos of sites around the aquarium. 

 

 

 

 

 

Crazy weird sand worm things!

 

I highly recommend a visit to the Georgia Aquarium! If you are planning a trip the aquarium is within walking distance of the Coca-cola Museum, Centennial Olympic Park, and the CNN Headquarters.  If you go I also highly recommend a visit to the Varsity (www.thevarsity.com) which is the World’s Largest Drive-In Restaurant!  Their hot dogs, fries and fried pies are amazing! They’ve been in business since 1928 so it HAS to be good!

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It started to snow sometime after 1 am last night. I woke up around 5 and looked outside to see a blanket of white.  We got about 2 1/2 inches and while it stopped for a while, it has started to snow again!  It sure is beautiful.  The dogs all slept inside last night.  I was able to drag Thunder out when I went to feed the chickens.  He tried to come back in but once outside he ran and frolicked and seemed to enjoy himself.  The Hens have refused to come out of their coop.  They free range and generally don’t eat much “commercial” feed because they get all they need from the land but I did put some feed out for them and an extra helping of scratch grain and cracked corn.  They still didn’t budge!  The chicks (almost 4 months now!) seemed weary of the snow but a few ventured out when tempted with scratch.  The cats were hungry but we ran out of cat food yesterday.  I put dog food in their bowl and they turned up their noses.  We’re “snowed in” and it’s Sunday, so in my opinion beggars can’t be choosers!  The horses never seem fazed by the snow.  I do love the way the snow looks on their fur (hair?).  Snow! It’s  beautiful!

If you do not know the Pioneer Woman you must leave my sight IMMEDIATELY!  Do not finish reading this until you visit http://thepioneerwoman.com and spend at least an hour drooling over her amazing website.  Then you can come back and read all about my adventure meeting Ree (aka., Pioneer Woman) and Ladd (aka., Marlboro Man/Captain Forearms).

Monday night, P-dub came to the Chenal Wal-mart in Little Rock to do a book signing.  I REALLY wanted to go.  Richie really didn’t. But, being the sweet sweet husband that he is he agreed to go.   After work got out we gathered up the book I was gonna get signed for myself and the one I was having signed for my sister for christmas and got in the car to make the hour and a half trip to Little Rock.

We were faced with a slight dilemma.  Having not had dinner yet we werent sure whether to eat first and risk being further back in line or wait to eat and maybe get a little closer to the front.  Well I had a sneaking suspicion that we would be waiting in line for some time regardless so we opted to eat first. (mmm… Blue Coast Burrito!)  With full bellies we finally made it to the Wal-marts at 6:10.  The parking lot was FULL!  We had to park all the way over in Siberia and walk to the front of the store.  When we got in, the lady at the door said the book signing was in the middle of the front near the books. 

I could actually see the Pioneer Woman sitting there!  I could also see a LOOOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGG line of people. I walked and walked and walked and walked and I think just about when we made it all the way around the world and back to Siberia we found the end of the line way in the back near electronics.  There were literally HUNDREDS of mostly women in line in front of me.  I even saw one lady with an entire CASE of books for Ree to sign!!! (should that be allowed??? 🙂 )

Well I settled in to my place in line.  Shortly thereafter some “fans” decided they’d had too much and dropped out.  Just like that I moved up four places in line!  After what seemed like an hour the line FINALLY started to move.  I chatted with the ladies around me.  We discussed the book, the website and which recipes we had tried.  I even found out that the girl two back from me had gone to summer camp with me in the 90’s, in MAINE!!! How cool is that!?

Where was Richie during all this?  He had made friends with another husband that was further back in the line and the two of them watched the entire Transformers 2 movie while we waited.  Richie asked the guy working in electronics if they could set out some chairs while they watched but he was told that would be considered loitering.  Richie was like, “Umm…did you see the 500 ladies standing around over there?”  He still didnt get his chair.

When I had about an hour and a half left in line Richie finally came up and joined me.  We were starting to get close to where Marlboro Man was greeting everyone and signing books himself.  All the women in line of course were getting excited.  You could tell when he met someone new because there would be this girlish giggle that would rise above the crowd.

The marketing director was walking around making sure everyone had a post-it note on which to write their name so it would be easier for Ree to sign our books.  Richie asked the lady if he could have 10 post-its.  She looked at him funny so Richie said “my wife is wordy!”  She still looked at him funny but gave him the 10 post-its.  In effort to help pass the last hour we were in line Richie decided to write messages on the post-its and post them on the clothing racks for the people behind us.  He wrote confucious-style things like “Life is short; this line is long” as well as simple things like “Photographic moment ahead”, “Rotisserie Chicken on sale for $2.00 in the Deli” and “Is it Tuesday yet?”.  We would laugh as we would hear people behind them spotting them and laughing about them.  Some people even took pictures of them.  I laughed and told Richie he would probably make it onto someones blog!

Finally, I made it to the front of the line! I had my sister in Illinois on speakerphone on my cell because she was wanting to at least hear Ree’s voice.  As we walked up I said hi and told her she was signing my sister’s book and that my sister was on the phone.  She laughed and grabbed the phone and TALKED to my sister!  How cool is that!  My sister was so excited!  Richie and I talked with her a few moments and then she took a picture with me.  Richie told her all about his plan to start a website called THE FRONTIER MAN and he was planning to call me “the Copenhagen Woman.”  Gee thanks Richie.  Ree said, “Uhoh, I can already feel the heat.”

You wait in line so long and then so quickly the moment is over.  But it was still SOOOOO cool! 

Here are some pictures to chronicle the event.  Please keep in mind that NO MATTER what type of camera my husband uses EVERY picture he ever takes of me is blurry! But I love him anyway!

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!!!

I am now known as the Wife of the Post-it Guy!!!! Richie is “famous” and is just beside himself.  He now thinks he is ALL that and more not that he didnt think that already!

Richie’s Post-it notes actually made the Pioneer Woman’s Blog today!  Here is a direct link. http://thepioneerwoman.com/confessions/

He has also been mentioned on these blogs!!! (Oh goodness!)

The Park Wife

Nonsensical Gibberish

Watch out Marlboro Man cause it looks like there is a new man in town…

 The Frontier Man!

This post kindly brought to you from Julie, aka. Willowtreecreek, aka. The Wife of the Post-it Guy, aka. The Copenhagen Woman

Full Post with pictures coming tonight!

In the meantime check out Richie’s post-it notes!  P-dub posted about them on her blog today! Richie is beside himself excited about it! http://thepioneerwoman.com

Will Work For Food

I got to meet Adam Gertler today! You may remember him from Season 4 of the Food Network Star. He was the runner-up. Well now he is the host of a show called “Will Work for Food”.  In this show he goes around the country learning different food jobs.  Today he came to Mountain View, Arkansas to the annual Bean Fest to learn how to make beans.  We got to watch him put together a pot of beans while they were filming.  During a break I asked for a picture and he was happy to do it. It was pretty cool and I look forward to watching the show.  We were in the crowd and might even show up on the Food Network when it airs!  Cool!

 

Teachers go to school too!

Even though I am teaching art all day it is really hard to find time to work on my own art.  My k-8 students require so much assistance and our time together is so short that it is impossible to work on any art when they are in the room.  With my highschool classes I get a little more freedom to work on my own projects.  I think teaching by example is an excellent tool.  I think my students can learn from watching me make art just as seeing an english teacher reading a book or listening to a spanish teacher communicate with someone can be a valuable lesson.  So much of our instruction is focused on “the Masters” and their exposure to “real” artists is so limited.  I love getting to work on projects at school and when time allows it, I get great joy.

About 6 months ago I came across a site called ArtTraderMag.com.  It is a wonderful site with great art tools, an online magazine and a host of online workshops complete with workbooks and videos.  I have taken 5 classes through the site and am enjoying every minute of it.  Recently I took a color exploration class.  One of the projects was a dichromatic color scheme.  We were allowed to use two colors plus  black, white and brown.  I chose blue and orange for my color scheme.  I am really proud of my finished work.  I usually work VERY realistically so the surreal, dreaminess of this piece was hard for me.  I truly enjoyed working on it and hope the students who saw me working through it were able to grasp a better understanding of the creative process.

Papillon(Butterfly)

Papillon(Butterfly)

MixedMedia Canvas
Copyright 2009 Julie Kohl/Willowtreecreek Studio

Please do not use my work or link to it with out my permission.

Blue Ribbon Butternut

I won a blue ribbon at the county fair for my Butternut Squash.  The coolest thing is that it grew by accident. I had given my chickens some butternut squash seeds last winter.  They must have left a few behind cause I had a few plants growing. I got about 12 squash.  This one won a blue ribbon!