The Mall of America Excitation

I’ve been staying across the street from here since Monday.

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I haven’t gone here
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Or even here
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Because we’ve got those in California but it didn’t stop me from going to Nordstrom Rack. No sales tax!

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I didn’t go on any of the rides but it was really cool to walk around Nickelodeon Universe.

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There was also the biggest LEGO store I have ever seen.

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Here is a sculpture that I saw hanging in the mall in several different places. I wanted to to lie down on the floor and look up in awe but I was already getting looks for taking photos with my iPad in the first place.

Oh, tourists…

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The Vertebrate Vortex

Meet my back-boned friends at Minneapolis Sea Life at the Mall of America.

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I snuck in some invertebrates. Did you catch that?

I had such a wonderful time. It was much better than it actually was. I close with some pics from their marine lab for my daughter A who still dreams of being a marine biologist.

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The Invertebrate Implementation

Here are some spineless friends I met at Minneapolis Sea Life at the Mall of America. I apologize for the brightness on many of the photos; flash photography was not allowed.

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FYI the following sea horses are NOT pregnant. They just look that way.

Hey, sea horses, I know exactly how you feel…

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The Aquarium Acquisition

I felt like a kid at Minneapolis Sea Life at the Mall of America this evening. I felt guilty about going to the aquarium without the kids because they love aquariums more than I love bringing them to aquariums.

I found myself ooh-ing and ahh-ing with three other adults over the creatures in the Ocean Tunnel.

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Check out the huge skate shark right above the entrance to this hall.

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Creepy, right? Pretty awesome but still creepy.

Here are other creatures I met at the aquarium.

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Up next: invertebrates and vertebrates!

Get Set…

It would have been pretty easy to ignore my alarm that I’ve programmed my phone to say “GET YO ASS OUT OF BED AND GET TO THE GYM ALREADY.” Okay, it doesn’t say that verbatim but it is pretty close.

It was my first full night’s sleep since arriving here in Minneapolis. I went to bed without having to tell kids to brush their teeth or change. Without letting the dogs out and letting the cats in. Without having to apologize for reading in bed while someone next to me slumbered.

It was quiet. A bit lonely but I knew I wouldn’t be here for very long.

I ate a chocolate chip muffin left over from the airport. (Hrrrmph, you don’t have to remind me of my last post, thankyouverymuch.) I took my time in the bathroom. I fell asleep to reruns of The Big Bang Theory.

It was nice. A bit lonely but I knew I wouldn’t be here for very long.

I got out of bed. I walked five miles on the treadmill at a pace I would consider too fast to which to windowshop. I won’t break any records with this pace but I feel like I can maintain this pace for three to four hours… which essentially will be how long I will be walking in this half marathon.

I need to mention that I am not impressed with the food here. It could just be hotel catering. It could be that nothing is in season. I don’t know.

Do you know how when you go somewhere new and you agree to keep an open mind but nevertheless you’re still disappointed?

We had Mexican food and no, I did not take a pic. It was not Instagram-worthy. No taste in the pico de gallo (jalepenos were nonexistent, not enough lime) and don’t even get me started on the guacamole. I thought I was just being picky BUT THEN I HAD AN APPLE.

Apples are apples, right?

No, not here. I picked up a fuji apple from the fruit bowl in the fitness room. THERE WAS NO TASTE TO IT. Not tangy. Not sweet.

I’m at the mall again. I walked a mile already but I’m not going to tell you what I had for dinner and I’m not going to tell you what I’m drinking in the Starbucks of the Barnes and Noble cafe either.

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Busted.