Well, this past weekend was my sister's bday weekend. We started the weekend off by going to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. It was the first time we had ever been in Long Beach(!) and the first time we had ever been to the aquarium there which is supposed to be one of the largest in the country. I wonder how it compares to the Monterey Bay Aquarium..In any case, here are some pics from the aquarium!
The first pic is this creepy fish that was hanging out with sand dollars! Apparently, these sand dolalrs can be found off of Redondo Beach Canyon (which isn't very far from us!).
The next pic is of an eel poppin' its head of some lil' spot and a crab.
Next is a soon-to-be shark hatchling in it's swell case!
Then we've got a GIANT manta ray.
The pic that is bright green is of these lil fishies that pop their heads in and out of the sand. They reminded me of Slimey, the worm from Sesame Street!
Next is the best pic I could possibly take of a cute lil otter eating lunch! :)
And here we have a lionfish! There was another weird fish in the tank with it (and it's relatives) but I didn't get a good pic of them).
The last aquarium pic I will share with you all is of a cute lil seahorse which I thought was stuck but it was just hanging out!
We had a good time at the aquarium. Nearby was a lil shopping area so we went into Borders (I needed to go to the bathroom really bad!) and we picked up a ton of books. My sister had brought her two Borders gift cards which totaled like $150 combined! She got me The Friday Night Knitting Club as an early bday gift. I also picked out a few books by Elizabeth Noble and my sister got an Anita Shreve book.
After we grabbed some food, we proceeded to search for the two yarn shops I wanted to hit. We found out one of them is no longer in existence (or maybe it moved, who knows!) but that was okay because I really wanted to go to Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. This shop is going to be right up there for me with unwind and stitch cafe. As soon as I walked through the door, I was hit with new stock of lace yarns (colinette, fiddlesticks, etc). All I picked up some brown sheep cotton fleece for the green gable that I plan to start at some point! I haven't even gone into the location of Alamitos Bay Yarn Co. It is right on the pier/dock! I will definitely be returning to that shop--I just wish it wasn't so far away! :(
There was some knitting accomplished, just no pics yet! I casted on for a my so-called scarf the other day while my fiance was watching The Inside Man and it took me the entire movie to finally get my stitches right! :P I wasn't happy with the width though. I'm using 10.5's. I recasted on yesterday and knitted a bit but might frog what I've got so far and knit on some 11's.
I've been making some headway with my traveling vines scarf! I'm a bit more than halfway through with it. I might make it longer though we'll see. I also did a bit of knitting on my thermal! I'm taking a no-knitting night so that I can catch up on other stuff so I will try to post some much needed progress shots tomorrow. :) Happy Daylight Savings Time!