books + bats + lorikeets oh my! {personal}

my mom had an herbal conference in portland this past weekend, and i came to entertain my dad & sister. and i took way too many pictures. i'm pretty good at ruthlessly culling what i show of my own work - except when it comes to my family. so bear with me... we began at powells after the line at voodoo was too long, as usual.

i love books. i've been known to read a book because of how cool the jacket or title is... and i'm usually not disappointed. my dad replaced my ancient copy of harry potter and the goblet of fire, and talya got a new jean craighead george book.

we got some lunch and decided that the zoo was our best bet on an uncharacteristically sunny portland day. (obviously, the entire city agreed with us, because the zoo parking was full and we had to be shuttled on a school bus.)

i like that even if you've been to a zoo before, you usually haven't seen everything. i had never been to the lorikeet exhibit - where you can hold nectar to tempt the birds into hanging out with you. it was pretty awesome! one decided my hair was a pleasant nest, but luckily there are no pictures of that. haha.

talya is a sun bear. :)


the naked mole rats were sooo gruesome.

the bats were my favorite animal of the day. the elephants would have beaten them out of the running but we didn't get to see any.

and then we were off for more adventures! but those will have to wait for another post. hope you are all having a happy weekend!