I have been back all week, so I don't really have a good excuse for not blogging (especially my In the Kitchen required post)---except I have been reading the Hunger Games books all week. They are hard books to put down. However, I have been good mom and have only read them at night and during Elanor's naps after I finished all my "chores". I mostly really enjoying them. The writing it s not the best, but is significantly better than Stephanie Meyer. They also have a lot more social commentary and depth than the Twilight books (which I am not a big fan of--the 1st was ok), but are not as good as the Harry Potter books. The last Hunger Games book left me feeling a little depressed and horrified. If you have read it, I am sure you know what I mean. The books point out how horrible war and violence is no matter what side you think is the "better" side. I am not a fan of war and if I ever had to name the one thing that terrifies me it is: people who kill other people. I don't understand it or how people can kill another person. I understand that sometimes it is necessary, but it just horrifies me so much. There are quite a few things I would have done differently in the third book if I was the author, but I do think her anti-war message is a good one. Oh, and Tyler and I went and saw the Hunger Games movie last night which was really well done.
Sorry for The Hunger Games rant... It has kind of been on my mind all week. What are your opinions on the books?
Anyways.... While we were in Oregon, we had a little time one of the mornings to go to the Oregon Zoo (which is quite good, by the way). Elanor loved it! She especially liked the elephants, crocodiles, and polar bears.
Wearing Grandpa's hat
Looking at the polar bears
This was pretty cool. There were two cheetahs up right near the glass, so it looked like Elanor was touching them!
There was a porcupine out and then it went inside almost as soon as we got over there. This is Elanor asking where it went.
Elanor loved this crocodile (or is it an alligator?) so much. I have always been a bit scared of them, but she loved following it back and forth.
We had fun, albeit quick and very busy trip to Oregon. I had rehearsal every night and almost all day Saturday for the choreography for Mulan. I loved it. I would really love to be a choreographer. Dream job--besides being a mom.
I promise I will be better at writing blog posts.