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Gisselle’s School Field Trip to the Virginia ZOO

I was a little more excited for this field trip than Selle, hence I finally received my new lenses and this was a great opportunity to test them out. The morning started out stormy with thunder and lots of rain. But by departure time the storm was gone,sun was shining, and the temperatures were warm. Alma and I headed to the school and prepared to jump on the school buses to head toward the zoo (I love using school transportation so I don’t have to drive my own car!)

I was pleased how my lenses worked out, although I ruined a few shots for failing to keep the main lense clean. But all in all the following pictures will showcase the trip.

The kids waiting for the bus:

Kids waiting for the buses

I am pretty good at catching the floral pics. Not bad with a wide angle lense.

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The kiddos invading the Zoo!

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The knotty dread goat from out last zoo trip got a buzz cut!

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This goat shared my feelings this morning!

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Cool little lizard basking on the glass!

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The Prairie Dogs were out and very active!

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The telephoto lense worked well with this American bison

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This lion was basking. And from the news tonight he is going to be a daddy very soon. His lioness was out of picture range keeping cool! Can’t wait til she has her cubs so I can shoot some cool pics of the babies!

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Ostrich close up

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Some of Gisselle’s classmates waiting to eat lunch in the park.

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This little guy Brian is always chatting it up with me everytime I visit Gisselle’s Class. Kinda sad to see him alone on parent involvement days. So I guess you can say he is my little sidekick when I visit. He likes my “big black thing” that takes his picture. Kinda like “magic” he says.

Gisselle's Schoolmate Brian

And last goodbye before spring break. Mrs. Hill: Gisselle’s regular bus driver. She is always good to Selle and us with her lookouts!

Mrs. Hill Gisselle's bus driver

That was our day. We ALL came home and took well deserved naps!!

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Our Norfolk Zoo Trip

This weekend we decided to visit The Norfolk Zoo. The weather was right for it. None of us had ever been there before so we decided to check it out.

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A few quick shots while we wait to get to the admission window.

Miley the Build-a-Bear had to come along to see the animals as per Gisselle.

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You know spring is here when pretty flowers bloom!

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A Peacock decided he would chill and pose for us:

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I don’t know what it was but the majority of the animals today all wanted to lay out and take naps..

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BY FAR the LARGEST pig I have ever seen!

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This cow was chewing its cud as it was sleeping…weird…

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Sheep dog meets Billy goat

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One of the smallest deers in the world as per the placard on the exhibit

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I tried getting several pictures of the indoor animals but do to extremely low lighting and the filthy windows everything came out terrible.

A little American Pride in Animals The American Bison and the Great American Eagle:

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A cool train to ride around the Zoo(a WHOPPING 10min ride that cost $2 per person over 2 yrs old). Definitely a cash cow for the Zoo. Full every trip making almost $400 an hour! I need to get in that game!

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The meerkats and foxes laying out

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I thought this was a cool shot for the day! That is the life!

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The Elephants were cool,though I bet they could have used a nice pool to lay in.

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This was Gisselle’s HIGHLIGHT of the day.She was talking about Giraffes since we pulled up to the Zoo. She almost had one actually lick her hand but some ignorant kids next to us decided to freak out and start swinging at the Giraffe as it leaned toward the walk way.

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There were a few African Bongos running around along with some Antelopes

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These birds must have a GREAT Hairdresser!

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This Guy just sat in the corner of the exhibit.

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All I could think about at this moment was Marc Ecko:

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Another fun Day for Gisselle. Something she can talk about at school about her fun weekend trip.

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As we ended the day with a Wild Wing Cafe Dinner Gisselle got her shirley temple and mac n cheese…a stoked ending to cool family day!

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T.G.I. Fridays disappointment.

My family and I visited T.G.I Fridays this afternoon for an early dinner, and were very disappointed with the entire visit. We have ate there before and hadn’t had much issue with things, but today was horrible. We were seated promptly, as there wasn’t many people inside from what I could see. We got our menus,and the children’s menu minus crayons(seems they “ran out of them and someone went to the store to get more”). Not really a big deal. We checked out the menu and saw a mini advertisement for the 1/2 off ANY appetizer with purchase of an entree. We thought cool, the misses eyeballed the pot stickers and I eyeballed the appetizers to see if there would be anything I might want. I saw the appetizer sampler deal (Pick 3 appetizers for $12) and when our server came back I asked about that special and was told NO that wasn’t included. I then inquired why the insert ad said ANY appetizer with NO stipulation in the entire ad that any of the appetizers were excluded, I was again told no that appetizer option was not valid along with a Jack Daniels appetizer that was on the list. So passively I went along with that direction.

Onto ordering. I ordered the Sizzling chicken and shrimp meal (pictured a nice sized chicken breast seated and covered with cheese and a nice amount of Shrimp with a marinara sauce and a side of mashed potato’s) That looked good (I know the pictures ALWAYS look better than the restaurant items ). And I also chose the Boneless Buffalo wings appetizer. The misses Got the baby back ribs half rack and pot stickers for her appetizer.My little girl got Macaroni and Cheese and Mandarin oranges.

Onto to the wait. We waited about 20 minutes for the appetizers when our server finally asked if we got them, obviously not. So she hurriedly ran to the back to find out what the hold up was. Another 5-10 minutes went by and the pot stickers arrived still no sign of the Buffalo Wings. Along with the Pot Stickers that the misses Baby Back ribs arrived, I though appetizers were supposed to be brought before the entree kinda of like a snack before your meal to tide your wait. Guess not.Finally a manager brought the wings and said he would comp them, I asked about the pot stickers and was told they were there promptly, not even the case. So within a few minutes of receiving the buffalo bites MY entree arrives. The misses Baby Back ribs were to have onion rings on the side which never arrived,at this point I am not expecting them to. The ribs themselves were pretty dried out with very little BBQ sauce on them ( but for $9 you might want a little more quality than that). This begins the true fun.

The appearance of the meal was pretty ridiculous at best. The cheese that was supposed to be the bed of the chicken was non existent. The chicken breast itself was a good 1/4 inch in thickness and the size of a drink coaster. Along with the severely dried out shrimp (3 in total). The Mashed potatoes were as expected: 2 extremely over proportioned monster scoops to make up the visual space of the small “skillet”style plate. As soon as the Manager dropped the entree off, I inquired about the quality or lack thereof of all the items concerned. He said he would take it back to the kitchen and take care of it. Well, another 10 minutes passed ( well into an hour now before my my meal can be started) the manager brings the plate back, with the only change made was a bunch of chunky tomato marinara dunked on the shrimp. Less cheese now as it seemed they dunked the entire plate into the oven and burned most of the cheese onto the plate itself, dried out the chicken even more (definitely making it smaller) and of course the potatoes stayed the same. Our server came back by to check on things and I asked her to take the food back and remove it from my check. As she inquired why , I told her my direct concerns,and she told me, “Today was one of the best Sizzling chicken and shrimp plates I have seen.” That took me by total surprise especially for a $14 menu selection!!

In the end I paid my check and walked out very disappointed and SUPER reluctant to visit a T.G.I. Fridays again. This is not a blog to say T.G.I. Fridays is a crap restaurant, or the servers and managers are jerks, (our server and the manager did what they could within their powers I guess) but this is more of a rant to share with people that may have had the same experiences in shitty quality food. With the economy the way it is , losing customers for poor presentation, horrid food selection won’t be accepted. Customers want a decent meal for the price they pay and today that for sure wasn’t met except for the little girls mac n cheese and oranges. T.G I. Fridays step your GAME UP!!!!