I would never claim to be an expert in anything. I wouldn’t even call myself particularly passionate about any single thing.
Instead, I refer to myself as an enthusiast of many things. I get very enthused about many things.
One of these things is cute animal videos.
Let’s just cut to the chase, okay? I’m not here to waste your time. I’m here to show you my surefire, go-to cute animal videos and what I call them.
Official title: 2 Rabbits 2 Cups コップにはいった子うさぎ 漫才編 Also known as: “Bunnies in Cups!!!” Video length: 1 minute Featured animal(s): 2 adorable little bunnies that do the thing that bunnies do with their noses for a full minute – instant classic
Original: https://vine.co/v/ME16mjEaPEY Official title: Prancing through the grass 🐷😭😻 #piggy #piglet #cute#baby Also known as: “Tiny pig in grass that’s bigger than it!” Video length: 6 seconds Featured animal(s): A teeny pig that is smaller than the blades of grass it runs through and that makes a tiny, precious oinking sound
Official title: baby monkey nala gets a bath Also known as: “Teeny monkey gets a bath!!!” Video length: 2 minutes 19 seconds Featured animal(s): Baby monkey hugging a little plush toy as it gets washed in a sink under a faucet while also making adorable squeaking noises
Official title: Ducks blown off their feet by wind Also known as: “OMG duckies getting blown across a roof!!!” Video length: 45 seconds Featured animal(s): Mama Duck and her ducklings tumbling across a roof after a few strong gusts get them
Official title: Ducklings vs. Stairs Also known as: “Duckies trying sooooo hard to climb the stairs!!!” Video length: 2 minutes 31 seconds Featured animal(s): Mama Duck waiting for her dozen cheep-cheep-ing ducklings to hop up the stairs to her
Official title: Surprised Kitty (Original) Also known as: “AW the kitty is surprised!” Video length: 16 seconds Featured animal(s): Small kitten that is playing with owner and makes an adorable gesture+face in doing so – another classic
Official title: Cat mom hugs baby kitten Also known as: Mommy squeeeeezes baby kitteh squee~ Video length: 1 minute Featured animal: Baby kitten sleeping next to mama cat, making little sounds and movements, being pulled into a hug
I know I don’t have any puppy videos… this time. This is probably not the last you’ve heard from me regarding cute videos of animals, but I figured that our hearts could only take so much cute in one dose, ya know?
What are you favorite cute animal videos? Please share, I can’t get enough.
We interrupt my slow (agonizingly slow) catching up of past summer vacations to bring you BREAKING NEWS: I actually had quite an eventful weekend!
WARNING: As a result of my unusually fun and exciting weekend, this is a rather long post. Please skim through by days if you’d like. 🙂
I actually want to start off with THURSDAY evening, because that’s when I started just having actual plans that were not just… sitting…
So on Thursday, I went to NextNOW Fest at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (aka CSPAC). Lemme tell you something about CSPAC: It is a beautiful and amazing facility. My residence hall used to be nearby, and I’ve taken a class there. Great and awesome building, and they decked it out to the max for this event. I recently made a friend who works at CSPAC, and I also have a friend who is a stage manager trained through CSPAC, so it was nice to see them and enjoy the events! I don’t have photos, but here is a video that includes some of my favorite moments from the festival including:
Watching 30 two-minute plays put on by the Neo-Futurists in a hilarious program called Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
Getting a sonic massage (which was actually pretty boring but relatively relaxing I guess)
On FRIDAY, I had a really jam-packed day that started with Rock-N-Roar at the Smithsonian National Zoo, a concert put on by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) to raise money and support this amazing institution. As you know, all Smithsonian institutions are free to enter, so every bit counts when it comes to supporting them. (Recently, the National Zoo had to close its invertebrate exhibit, so support is definitely needed.)
I received two tickets to Rock-N-Roar from the DC Yelp CM Kimberly, who wanted to thank me for always being on hand to help out even when I’m not signed up for billable hours! Imagine my surprise, then, when I picked up my tickets at will-call and got VIP badges, which gave us entry to the VIP lounge. Two important things about the VIP “lounge”:
It was next to the lions and tigers. AWESOME.
It was catered by Whole Foods. DOUBLY AWESOME.
Now I am not fancy enough to shop at Whole Foods. The idea intimidates me. But you guys, the food was SO. GOOD. On Friday, I got to eat oysters, lobster rolls, charcuterie, meatballs, gazpacho, chicken skewers, carrot cake, and more. I wasn’t even able to photograph the food, I was so busy stuffing my face. There was also beer and wine available with drink tickets that were provided to us, but since I don’t drink, I had waters.
ALSO, while we were there, the tigers put on quite a show! At one point, the zookeepers threw some bones with meat on them into the little moat that surrounded the tiger area, forcing them to do a bit of swimming to get them. Tiger #1 got his and retreated to a quiet corner to enjoy his treat. Tiger #2 got his (were they even male tigers? I couldn’t actually tell sorry!) and retreated to a spot under a tree to enjoy his treat. Tiger #3 moped around a bit, begrudgingly got into the water to get his treat, and sat down near Tiger #2. Soon after, Tiger #2 walked away, whereupon Tiger #3 immediately took his bone and #2’s bone for himself. When Tiger #2 came back and protested this unfairness, Tiger #3 roared at him and they fought! I have never heard a tiger roar in person before, so this was pretty exciting.
Then Tiger #3 straight-up sat down on Tiger #2’s bone, forcing #2 to leave and making everyone who was watching laugh.
Oh, that’s right, also THE FRAY WAS PERFORMING!!!
I’m a casual fan of The Fray but it was really great to see and hear them live. They played all my favorite songs of theirs. I just loved being at the National Zoo with maybe 250 other people watching The Fray after chilling with lions and tigers and lobster rolls. Definitely a night to remember.
My boyfriend and I went straight from the National Zoo (which I actually haven’t visited before Friday, and haven’t gone to see the animals before!) (although I guess The Fray could be considered a special animal exhibit?) to Arlington for a friend’s housewarming party. I met this friend at nerd camp in 2006 and now he works at the same company as my boyfriend! Small world right? (Different buildings, though.) He told me that I was actually the friend who went farthest back with him at the party, given that most of the guests either went to college with him or were his coworkers, with a small sprinkling of high school friends in there. Since we met in the 8th grade, I was the OGest of friends. (Also, I got to witness a kegstand in person? Did not think these were things that people did in real life.)
Although I was originally nervous that I would be the only person who didn’t know everyone else at the party, people were generally REALLY friendly and I had some great conversations with folks! I had a really good time and I’m glad I got to see my friend and his new house.
On Saturday, I went home for one of my former coworker’s birthday party. Again, I was nervous that I wouldn’t know many people there but I got to catch up with some other former coworkers and the other guests were really friendly and funny and nice. (I’m so glad my friends have nice friends! Seriously!) I wound up having a really nice time and forcing everyone to watch Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda music video. (This video is very important to me.) (No, I don’t know why.) I thought that since it started at the respectable hour of 8 PM that I’d get kicked out before midnight but I and a small group stuck around until about 3 AM just chilling and talking and discussing the fart version of Anaconda.
I thought the fun would stop there, but guess what.
THE FUN DIDN’T STOP THERE.
We are in the midst of some 2-year bicentennial celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner. I went to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, aka maybe the prettiest part of Baltimore, to watch the Blue Angels airshow and feel some more AMERICA in my veins. While the Blue Angels were performing primarily for Fort McHenry, we got to see them loop around in formation and get ready to head back over. (We got leftovers essentially, but they were still spectacular!)
The weather was perfect on Sunday and, all in all, I had a pretty amazing weekend.
Gawker has proclaimed this to be the song of the summer. I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who can argue against that. SERIOUSLY YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THIS SONG RIGHT NOW DROP EVERYTHING. Warning: This song is dangerously good. My reaction is frightening my coworkers. Update: I watched this song gain a million views […]