Entry 61: Busy Doing Nothing
So this week was Spring Break for my brothers, which meant I could not work much on my own stuff effectively without having to completely lock them out of my room. After many successful attempts of distracting me from my work, I decided to do nothing with them.
Zen in the Garden
The Botanical Garden had a grand unveiling of a new attraction to their mission of sustainable environments, which meant they had several plant and animal events for guests to interact with. I chilled with my younger brother for a couple of hours in the Garden, just conversing and getting stabbed by cactus (it's a ritual at this point). The Garden was also hosting free food and showcased different rainforest creatures, like snakes and lemurs.
With the Wild Things
I also got to spend the day at the San Antonio Zoo, which is always a thrill to interact with several animals behind their cages. One new attraction was the Butterfly Exhibit, which was beyond surreal. Butterflies of all shapes, sizes, and colors chased each other gaily around everyone, and they had no fear of human contact. I could literally let a butterfly perch itself on my hand, stick a camera in its face, and take a bunch of photos. My brother at one point was able to get three butterflies to land on his hand.
Not Your Average Farm
We also went to the Snake Farm, which was featured in one of Mike Rowe's Dirty Jobs episodes. There were dozens of snakes categorized behind glass containers, several reptiles, safari mammals, and a few species of exotic birds. One of the birds, a Hyacinth Macaw, was perched upside-down in its cage. When I stuck my head close to the cage for a minute, it decided to crawl down with its beak and stare at me. I cocked my head to the side for a minute, and it did the same. After I returned later, I cocked my head in the same manner and it quickly crawled down to my line of sight and mimicked me. The bird and I did this for about 15 minutes.