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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Girls Week: Day Two

Today was another fun-packed day. We took a trip to Chapel Hill, to Morehead Planetarium.

But before I go on about the day, I have to say having a GPS in your car is incredible. There is such a freedom in going wherever you want, whenever. So I had no qualms about heading to the planetarium and knowing, that afterwards, I would head to Fearrington Village. No worries, no nothing. Plug stuff in and ta-da! The nice lady directs me to where I need to go.

But of course, you need to know what to look for. For instance, once I hit Franklin Street in Chapel Hill - following the directions turn-for-turn - my lady-friend says "You have arrived at your destination". What??? Where??? Again, I am thrown in for a loop trying to figure out where the hell I am. I noticed a parking booth with "Lot Full" and decided to just pull in.

Fortunately, the sign is untrue, or was true once but no longer was when more people left the lot and parking was not a problem. And fortunately, it WAS Morehead Planetarium.

I was wary about going into the planetarium. The last time I went to one, I was in junior high school at Clark AFB, Philippines. We took a field trip to Manila to visit the planetarium there. I had been on field trips to the planetarium at least once before (maybe more, just can't remember) and I believe the last trip made me sick. But I think I was already sick, with some kind of flu thing, since I remember hallucinating and seeing doves fly in my wind-blown room...which freaked the shit out of my superstitious Auntie.

Either way, I have a lasting ill memory of the planetarium...add my neck issues and going to the planetarium isn't the most appealing thing on my plate. But it IS a pretty cool place to go and even though CJ has been before, Mia had not...and well, it just seemed like a fun thing to do.

And fun it was. I survived without getting ill, freaking out, or adding anymore pain to my neck. And my girls enjoyed the first 10 minutes before getting antsy in their chair and getting kind of bored. They didn't seem to be as interested in the planets as I was (it's a childhood thing...although, I was more into it as a kid, but I LOVE learning about the planets).

The show itself lasted about 30 minutes or so. And for the most part, it was good BUT the graphics were just so OLD. So 1980s and I was really disappointed that there wasn't anything updated in the show. It kind of reminded me of seeing "Honey I Shrunk The Kids" at Disney World, which SUCKS BIG TIME.

Although there was updated information regarding Pluto being dissed as a planet, it was still so old. I felt like I was back in Junior High watching those stupid info-films.

Afterwards, we head out to Fearrington Village. We went there last year for Spring Break and we have nothing but fond memories of this place, so CJ was just psyched to go back.

We hit The Old Granary for lunch, where I enjoyed a nice slice of quiche. Wow. It was so tasty and it made me wonder why one earth anyone would have ever said "Real men don't eat quiche" because it doesn't make sense to me. Is quiche too froo-froo for a "man"? Just another cliche that doesn't make sense to me.

The rest of the day we strolled the shops. I took a few pictures of the grounds and then we headed back home. But before we could leave, we had to stop and see the oreo cows. Mi-Mi had no interest and sat in the car while we said hello to several of the cows and a couple of goats. I even watched a donkey play peek-a-boo with me. Our work was done and we just beat the work traffic on the way home.

The path to Fearrington House, surrounded by lush greeness:

A shot of the garden at The Potting Shed:

The girls reading as they patiently wait for me roam The Potting Shed:

A 'herd' of cows trying to stay cool in the shade and mud:

A young oreo cow...looks like chocolate milk:

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