Thursday, May 22, 2008

In which I start talking about whales and end up with scary movies...

I think I'm in love...again. When I was younger, I had two favorite animals: horses and orcas. One for land, one for sea. I never stopped loving orcas, but over time it faded a bit. But it's back, in the form of a year-round pass to Sea World, where I can go anytime I want and see these beautiful creatures. (and all their other sea friends too)
When I was younger I wanted to be a Sea World trainer. Naturally, I was in love with the Free Willy movies (2 was my favorite of the three)
We've been to Sea World twice this week, just for an hour or two after work. I'm excited because they switch to summer hours this weekend, which means fireworks every night for the rest of the summer! Did I mention that I love fireworks too? It's in my blood I think. My whole extended family seems to love them, we all have this fascination with them. I say it's in my blood, because my Grandpa used to build fireworks in his basement when he was little. Don't worry, it was back in the day when it was legal to have such materials. He loved that sort of stuff,
my Grandpa is pretty amazing. He almost worked for the FBI once upon a time, they offered him a position and everything...forensics I think. I love stories of his childhood, and one of my favorites is about him building fireworks and exploding things in the basement. See, there was this nosy, busy-body woman who lived next door. Her kitchen window looked into their basement window, and she was forever nosing around, calling over saying, "do you know what your son is doing now?" Haha, of course, my Grandpa was mischievous when he was younger...still is he would do things to purposely "get her goat". He's a sneaky one, my Grandpa. He has the best stories. :)

Wow, list of movies I will NOT be seeing:
The Strangers

Movie I kinda want to see but shouldn't:
The Happening

Scary movies and me? We're not friends. A couple Halloweens ago my friends and I went to the pumpkin patch and came home to carve pumpkins. They decided we should watch a scary movie, and really the only one we had was I Know What You Did Last Summer. So we put it on. Needless to say, I think they had more fun watching me scream through the movie than they did watching it. Me and scary movies? We don't get along. Why then, did I spend a good portion of the morning watching The Strangers trailer and clips from the movie? Crazy...those alone scared me. They also sparked a fun scary story discussion amongst those of us here in the office. To top it off, it's stormy and raining here today.

This post might be slightly disjointed, I started it yesterday and have been writing on and off all day. I'm so incredibly scattered. Kind of annoying actually. Perhaps I'll get a good post in soon. Until then, thanks for bearing with me. I'll get back into the swing of things soon. If I don't manage to get on here, I hope you all have a pleasant Memorial Day weekend!


La La said...

I'm feeling a bit scattered, too! I found you at "A Life of Triggers."

I love orcas. They are simply beautiful.

Jaina said...

It sounds like it's going around La La, thanks for coming by! I completely agree, they are such beautiful creatures. I absolutely love them. Hope to see you around soon!

Gramma Ann said...

How fun to live by the beach, go to Sea World, anytime, what a life!!!

I can't take scary movies, when I watch one I have trouble sleeping, I lock everything with a lock for about a month!! Over the years I have learned my limitations. So, as much as I like a good mystery, I have to be careful watching scary movies.

Anonymous said...

I love orcas, so lovely. I use to want to work at Sea World too. I wish we lived closer, I don't think I would ever get tired of going.

Your grandfather sounds like a very interesting man. I bet there a lot of stories about him. How did his fireworks come out? I love fireworks too. We were at Disney World on the 4th of July and they had fireworks all around us. In a total circle. It was amazing!

Hope your weekend is going well.


Jaina said...

Aren't they just great? I've been three times in less than a week (literally just got home from a few hours tonight) I love being able to pop over for a show or two, or just some walk around time. It's wonderful.
There are SO many stories about my grandfather. His fireworks turned out well, from what I've heard. :) Fireworks + anything Disney = AMAZING
And speaking of, I've got to get myself to bed, because we're going to Disneyland tomorrow! I'm so excited to renew my pass, it's been nearly a year since I last went...I'm having Disney withdrawals, haha. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend Eileen!

MamaGeek said...

Disjointed? Boy do I get THAT. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to live that close. Orcas are AMAZING creatures! AMAZING.

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Jaina,

I feel about earthquakes, the way you feel about tornadoes. We can always go in a basement and that is pretty safe. But in an earthquake you leave your house and go outside, I understand. But both are a bit scary when it is happening. It's only after, that we can sat back and recall how scary it really was.

Kellan said...

I could have written this about the horses and orcas - I also loved them as a child and wanted to work at SEa World - Ha! Still love them!

Have a good evening - see you - Kellan

Momma Bean said...

Oh, do I love fireworks too! My husband says I still "ooh" and "ahh" when I see them, though I don't notice it myself. And, "The Strangers"? Eeeek! This is why I don't like dark windows with no shades! He's making me go with his co-workers and I'm sure I'll be watching through my fingers the whole time.

Jaina said...

MamaGeek-glad I'm not the only one with the disjointed feeling. I definitely love being this close to the ocean and Sea World, so much fun.

Gramma Ann-I can imagine, I guess it's just what we're used to, right? Though, if you're ever in an earthquake, don't go outside! Get under a doorway, or under a sturdy table or desk or something, duck and cover kinda deal. If you go outside you're in danger of poles and lights and trees falling.

Kellan-glad to hear you share my love for them :) Hope you had a great evening!

Momma Bean-Haha, I bet I do the same thing and don't realize it either. Good luck seeing that movie, I refused to go (even though I kind of think it looks interesting, I know I won't be able to handle it)

Bottles Barbies & Boys said...

Aw...The days of living by the beach and having Shamoo! I'm sure it's changed since I was last there...(about 17 years ago!)

Jaina said...

Possibly, it had been quite a few years for me before getting passes last week, so everything seems different to me. I love it though, it's wonderful.