“The Zoo Makes Me Want to Have Babies” – Patrick

Hey from the Newark, NJ Airport!

I’m chilling in the United Club during my SEVEN hour layover. I know, it could be worse. At least I have some complimentary wine, cheese, and crackers to accompany me and free wifi. It’s real nice.

This past Labor Day weekend I was able to go home, you know Columbus, OH, and spend time with Patrick. Three full days of bliss. Well, besides the packing and laundry. We went to the Columbus Zoo, The Crest for burgers and sweet potato fries, Jeni’s Ice Cream (told you I’d be back), had a 10 mile run through the Olentangy River Trail, made spaghetti and nachos, and cuddled a lot.

FYI, when you go to the Zoo, it makes you want to have babies. It was so fun to see little ones get those “ah-ha” moments and big eyes. I kid you not, Patrick said “this makes me want babies”.

Another baby moment this weekend: I had just painted my nails red and was gentle resting them on our comforter to dry while I snuggled in bed (this is much more difficult to do than I had imagined, but I was tired), and Patrick accidentally smacked my left painted hand. “PATRICK!! MY NAILS!!!” I screamed. “Sorry! Let me see… oh it didn’t hurt them” he said. “Well you would be repainting them if it had. You need to learn anyways to paint our future princess’ nails.” I advised him. “Nope, I’m just going to take her to get manicures any time she wants” he informed me.

What?? Who is this man? I tell you what, it is good we are waiting for babies, because he is going to be so entirely wrapped around their little fingers. It’s the truth.

Anyways, below are pictures from our weekend and some pictures of my time back in Oklahoma while I was attending Senior Seminar.

Another note, after going on a safari this summer, we discussed a great deal about how we don’t know how we feel about zoos. We did see that many animals were rescued and being taken care of until good health. Also, we know the Columbus Zoo does research throughout the world in order to help animals. But, after seeing elephants, giraffes, and moneys in the wild, it was sad to see them in cages…

What are your thoughts- are zoos “humane”? Love to hear new perspectives so we can form our own!

See ya in England! Oh, and the Mr. promised to bog this week! He has been busy with school work and taking care of our house!

P.S. be sure to come back later this week for a giveaway! It has something to do with the Oklahoma State Campus Tour 5k during Parents’ Weekend! Trust me, you want to win this giveaway. Check it out at Cowboy Campus Tour 5k in Stillwater, OK on Facebook or the website.


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About kalibell

Currently, we are celebrating our fourth year of marriage. When I married Patrick, I knew it was going to be a roller coaster of an adventure. However, little did I know, we would spend more time on a plane than in our home. We are beyond excited to share our adventures of soil science, developing countries, our move up north, teaching endeavors, special education, training for our runs and tid bits of our life. Here is our stories of a PhD student and teacher attempting to stay above average, so hang with us!

3 thoughts on ““The Zoo Makes Me Want to Have Babies” – Patrick

  1. This made me laugh out load… “PATRICK MY NAILS!!!!”. I can totally picture that all in my head! As far as my opinion about the zoo, I think they can be good for people to learn about the wild but I also think it’s very important to let them do their wildlife “thang” as well, you know! Finding a way to integrate the two– where it is still easy to see wild animals and learn about them, but also keep their environment as naturalistic as possible. If it is obvious the animal does not adjust well then their should be measures taken to ensure they adjust or release them back to their natural habitat. — just my opinion on the fly! Just typed it as I thought it out 🙂

    Once again, can’t wait to read about London adventures!!

  2. Hi Kali, best wishes on your new adventure in England. I too have always been conflicted by zoos. I think they are playing an increasingly important role in the survival of species however. Loss of habitat is a huge problem worldwide. The book “Life of Pi” provides a very interesting perspective on zoos in the fourth chapter. It facinated me because I had never looked at zoos from that perspective. Its worth reading to get the full perspective, but the gist is that animals in the wild are no “freer” than an animal in a zoo. One quote, “animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving socail hierarch in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food low”…Anywya,

    • Sorry, my typing messed up. Anyway, you get the gist. I do recommend the book for reading, not my favorite, but definitely one that will make you think.

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