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my perfect day.

Oh, boy! What a day!

Yes, this post is going to be a 'diary entry'. I need to write it all down before I forget any of it. I had the most awesomest (Shakespeare must be proud!) day ever. It started at 6 am. Actually come to think of it, it started last night. I had my second violin recital last night. I played 'The King's March' by Clarke (don't remember his first name). It was a duet. My teacher and I played together. I was nervous as hell but I did fairly well. There was this part I kept messing up during practice cause I would forget the change in tune (from the previous line); I remembered it right during the recital. So I'm happy.

Then, I went to the lab for a few minutes, started an overnight reaction, came home, fixed dinner and finally settled down to eat along with a glass of Vodka (mixed with Bailey's) on the rocks. I watched half of 'Into the Wild'. The Vodka made me sleepy half way into the movie, so I went to bed soon after dinner. After some great sleep and weird dreams (yet again!) my alarm woke me up at 6 am. But I woke up at 6.30 am to get ready for my very first Birding (Birdwatching) field trip.

Every year, the Galveston Birding Society organizes this 4-day birding event called Featherfest in Spring. Galveston being on the path of circum and trans-gulf migrating birds is a resting stop for more than 200 different bird species. In the 5 years that I've been on the island, I've never once attended the featherfest. I didn't even bother to actually find out what it was all about. I recently got interested in birds and birdwatching and after some research discovered that I don't have to go too far for lessons and practicals. So I signed up for one of the many trips organized during the fest, called 'West Isle Marsh and Shore Birds trip'. (This, I later found out, was a very wise decision. Had I picked any of the other field trips which were mostly for song birds I would've ended up spotting none. Being shore birds, the ones we saw today actually sat in one place long enough for a newbie like me to spot them. Also I didn't have very good binoculars. And finally, we had an excellent guide)

Anyway, coming back to the actual day. So the trip was from 7.30 am to 11.30 am and oh man, I was so thrilled to see all those birds. To the naked eye, they all look the same; but when you see them up close, it's a whole different story. We spotted 35 different species. I can't say I followed every marker on those birds but I can now confidently spot White Ibis, White-faced Ibis (yes, they are different), Roseatte Spoonbill, Green-winged Teals, Snowy Egret, Greater Yellow legs, Lesser Yellow legs, Kill dear, American Avocet, Common Tern, Royal Tern, Skimmer, Laughing Gull and a few other common birds. Oh a barn swallow, a yellow warbler and a palm warbler too. I must confess it was difficult to keep up with the Sand-Piper classifications. We saw so many different kinds of them. It was truly a wealth out there. Incredibly beautiful birds. I wish I had more time to carefully observe each and every one of them. By the time we returned from the trip I was ecstatic. My brain was trying to make permanent copies of all the different images of the birds. The trip was totally worth the ridiculously high price. This would be a good time to thank my sister for lending me her binoculars. Next time, I'm taking my own ;)

So after that awesome trip, I had to check on that reaction I started last night. I don't know the result yet but I'm kinda hopeful that it actually worked. I will know tomorrow. This is something I started working on on the side. As with all my projects it started off bad and I've been troubleshooting it for a few months. So let's hope something good comes out of it this time. I worked from about 12.00 to 5.40 ish in the evening. Did I forget to mention, it was a gorgeous day today. It rained for a while in the morning but later the clouds gave way to the sun. Mild sun, lightly chilly air, and blue skies to accompany blossoming trees and migrating birds. It was a perfect spring day!

I got out of work at about 6 and started driving back home, but instead of taking the exit to my street, I decided to just keep driving straight. I figured why waste the day at home, I'll at least go to the book store and buy a book (It's a good 15 mile drive one way). I wanted to get the 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'. Anyway, on the way I noticed the whole freeway was lined on either side by these purple and white wild flowers. The mix of spring green, white and purple was enough to make me slow my car down to less than posted speeds and cruise along in the slow lane. I was smiling to myself throughout the drive.

Finally managed to get to the store (inside a small Mall) after a few wrong turns followed by quick U-turns but the store was closed. I think the store closed down for good. But all hope was not lost. The mall also has a movie hall. I've been pining to watch 'How to Train Your Dragon' in 3D but all my pleas fell on deaf ears last week and we ended up watching the lousy 'Clash of the Titans', instead. Now that I was alone, I took full advantage of it, bought tickets for the 3D '... Dragon', bought pop-corn and diet-coke and seated myself in the middle seat of the third to last row with my stuff spread out all around me. In short, I occupied three 'best seats'. :D The movie was great. Absolutely enjoyable. It was not cheesy or boring even for a second. I loved it. And it was totally worth the over-priced 3D glasses and the popcorn.

I'm finally home now and so content. I drove back in a haze of satisfaction. This has been a perfect day, really!


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 11th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Your day has made me grin!
Apr. 11th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Apr. 11th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
Wow! I almost can imagine u purring with immense satisfaction, with a grin plastered on the face ;) I almost could see myself in ur post.. GREAT!
Apr. 11th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I _was_ purring.. Whenever I get this excited, I end up sleeping funny. I turn all Ninja-warrior in my sleep. Last night, I kept tossing and turning and rotating all around the bed. I woke up feeling light-headed. :)
Apr. 11th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
That is quite a vivid description, reminds me of the little joys in life we miss most of the time in our times of corporate and not so corporate forages! :)
Apr. 11th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
:) Galveston being away from all the city buzz provides a relaxed atmosphere for such nature ventures. It's a good place to unwind.
Apr. 11th, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
heyyyy nice post! the birdwatching session sounds awesome! takes a while to get used to binos, no? next time, take a camera with a good zoom on it, that way not only can you get to see the bird better, you can remember the names for longer!

also, congrats on the violin recital. am impressed! you've been wanting to learn it for so long and you did!
Apr. 11th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
My attempts with the binoculars were just ridiculous... The guy would say, 'look behind the first fence post and before the second one, do you see the plover?' and I would go 'where? where?'. He gave up on me. I was so bad at focusing initially.
And then I would focus on some bird after a lot of effort and it would usually turn out to be a grackle (common bird here) or a rock pigeon or a dove. At one point I got so excited when I saw these two huge white birds and I jumped up very excitedly saying, 'Oh look, what are those?' and this guy behind me goes, 'Those, my dear, are wooden birds'. Everybody on the bus laughed. I shut up for a while after that :P.

Thanks! I need to practice more but I'm thoroughly enjoying the lessons. My teacher is fun and she keeps encouraging me to try different things.
Apr. 14th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
As I revisit your post and read all the comments (and your responses) I realize it's the comments that bring the entire experience out.
My ex-wife's an avid bird watcher too (yeah I was married once) and I remember her excitement at her birdwatching trips.
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
one foggy morning we'll have a nice long talk over chai and you must tell me your story, all of it.
Apr. 14th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
sure.. when you're ready (i promise it won't be a sob story though)..:)
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