Wednesday, September 11, 2013

let me see your peacock : the la arboretum

Last night, I was sitting with my ginger vigilantly watching Face-Off. In this installment, they went to the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanical Gardens to get inspiration for mother earth style makeup. [Tangent: For those too pretentious or poor for premium cable, Face Off is not a televised adaptation of the Travolta/Cage classic film, it is quite the opposite. The Face Off I'm referring to is a SYFY channel reality competition show for special effects makeup artists. People always seem super confused when I pepper conversations with things like, "did you see that turtle man they made on Face Off?" It's as if they stepped out of the 90s action movie for a pee break, and missed a hugely random plot point. The world's biggest Shamylan twist! They didn't, they just clearly they don't watch as much reality TV as me.] The host of the show mentioned that these extensive natural gardens have served as the setting for many things pop culturally relevant (but in no particular order):  Tarzan, scenes in 2/3 of the  Jurassic Park movies and the Katy Perry ROAR video.

I was particularly invested in this challenge, because I had been to the inspiration location, the LA Arboretum, about a month ago. [Tangent: I realized while reading all about Rae's recent trip to Southern California that I did a terrible job of documenting my adventures. She did such a good job. Even as a blogger, I am really unnatural with things like that. To me, it always feels like I am coming across as your Aunt Linda foisting upon you piles of pictures from her recent singles cruise.] As I was watching the makeup artisans constructing earthen mothers out of foam latex and silk flowers,  and got really excited as if I myself had planted every tree in that place myself.  Shockingly, I didn't.


Truthfully, I thought I would hate the place. Although I think flowers are pretty, I have zero interest in them. My dad grew up on a farm and somehow shared this enthusiasm for horticulture with all my family except for me. [Tangent: Not only am  I impatient and just disinterested, but not unlike high jumping, digging in the dirt on your hands and knees is not the most practical past time for me.] Additionally, there were birds running apeshit loose on the premises who had absolutely no regard for personal boundaries, which raises a red flag that perhaps this is not the place for Kimmie.  [Tangent: I loathe 90% of birds. With wings, talons and the possible gift of speech,  their capabilities as a species concern me.] The positive aspect was most of the birds were peacocks, which seem fairly non-threatening on the terrifying bird richter scale. Slowly but surely, I got used to these pretty peacocks sneaking up on me and popping out of bushes.  [Tangent: This is a major step for the girl who had a panic attack when a chicken landed on her head in 6th grade.]

clearly my niece, Ellie, shares my trepidation of the giant peacock lurking under the tree

not at all zoomed. This sucker was right next to me.
check out this creeper

So if you happen to be in the LA area and need a break from smog and fame whores, seriously stop ito the LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens...if nothing else...it will give you an excuse to sing this non-stop in context:


*I know...I know. That's a lot of Katy Perry for one post!

8 comments:

  1. i just pretend no one gets bored by a million posts about my vacation. because other blogs always leave me wanting MORE when they cull it down to one post!
    I remember that song being awesome during the katy perry movie, but i'm into it live on letterman. maybe she had me under a spell during the movie.

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    1. Can you believe as I read this, I had just started up Part Of Me on Netflix. Great minds. I dont get bored, but I always feel like what i do on my vacations isn't super interesting to anyone but me...I mean I am not hnaging out with Richard Simmons. :)

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  2. Did you see the mamas and the babies? The day before there were a few "peababies" running around. I am a weirdo who loves birds (exceptions: seagulls, pigeons, and crows).

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    1. Yes!!! I saw them too. So cute, except the moms are so boring next to those flashy dads!!!

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  3. I'm pretty sure I am the only person who love love loves looking at people's vacation photos. Good pics, bad pics, places I've been to or not, it's super fun time. I was just skyping w/ my M.i.L. who is in Europe and I made her show me the hotel room and point her iPad out all the windows.

    Peacocks are lovely to look at... but make terrible neighbors.

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    1. I'm weird I like people's vacation pictures when they are interacting with the scenery otherwise how am I to know its not a post card. Am I right? Ha. No I really love it when other bloggers do it, I'm just awkward with it, I feel like I'm doing show and tell and I get all nervous. I'm trying to get over this!

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  4. The LA Arboretum and Botanical Gardens sounds like an amazing place! I love birds, but understand your feelings about them. They are dangerously close to taking over, haaaa.

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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    1. It's kinda surreal...because you walk from a waterfall to dessert and to lush forest. It is kinda bizarre and awesome. I am not a plant girl at all, and I thought it was super cool.

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