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Some Things Are Worth Waiting For
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That 'special thing' for me is butterflies- there's a fantastic butterfly conservatory an hour

and a half from me, and when I get really bad from all the stress in my life I go spend a day

there. It's also really nice in the winter because it's 85 and humid in there for the butter

flies, so it's a nice break from the winter weather!

Butterflies are cool too. I don't see many wild ones in the city here in Utah, but I always notice them if they're around. There is something special about them, you just have to stop and watch them for a moment before carrying on with your day. I've never been to a conservatory but I'll bet it is just wonderful.

Swimming with dolphins again is on my list too .... they do it at sea world here, but I prefer them in the ocean -- on a very lucky day they come to play with you in our waves.

One helped me find the surface when I was trapped in "the washing machine" of big surf while body surfing as a young teen and once a small family played around me while kayaking --- me heat weirdness has kept me off the beach for the last ten or so summers - but I'll be back at some point.

Wild animals are far cooler. I want to pet a wild giraffe, but Giraffe Manor is extremely expensive by itself, not to mention the trip to Africa or trying to be gluten-free at a B&B in the middle of nowhere. I will go one day, mark my words, I will go. And I will pet a wild giraffe out my bedroom window as I wake up, and as I eat breakfast. Any other attempt at wild giraffes outside that manor would probably lead to being kicked in the face and being mildly dead... after all they can kill lions. I'm obsessed, not stupid. (Not usually.... okay okay... not always.)

I always giggle a little at your "heat weirdness." I'm not laughing at you, just the way you put it. I don't do well in the heat, and I say it just like that. "Do you want to go to the Festival of Color down at the temple?" "Sorry, I don't do well in the heat." One day... one day I'll make it down there. They have llamas! Also, by the time you are showing up 2-3 hours early you have a several mile hike, that is how many people go.

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My "heat weirdness" includes anaphalaxis and hives and swelling up like "violet" it is quite strange for others around me when it happens.

I got rewarded for telling my dolphin stories this morning - son and I got to see a pair frolicking in the surf near the cabrillo tidepools :D

That trip to Africa sounds like another great birthday plan to me!

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