My daughter, Oriana, and I get bored at home pretty easily. Honestly, I’m the one who gets bored more often than she is. But I just can’t seem to wrap my head around Disney princess tea parties and I can only handle so many hours of chalk drawings before I get cabin fever. Especially when I work from home as well. Everyone says to let her entertain herself but I don’t want her to spend too much time in front of a screen the way I do.
So Oriana and I began to explore downtown Salt Lake City. After all, that’s why I wanted to move our family here in the first place - to take in all the beauty and art and culture that a “big” city has to offer. I was aiming for Seattle or New York City but SLC will do for now.
The majority of days we spend our time in Barnes & Noble for storytimes and free reading, the City Library for the same, Hogle Zoo to get a look at the beautiful animals of the world, and lastly, Discovery Gateway, a children’s museum with plenty of activities to keep her busy and several fun arts, science and educational classes she can take.
Rachel was off work yesterday and we wanted to surprise Oriana by taking her to a very special appearance at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Oriana got to meet Bob the Builder! When he appeared, her eyes went wide and her face just lit up. Of course, as is almost always the case, she became overwhelmingly shy around him but she eventually warmed up enough to give him a high-five and let us take a picture with him.
After enjoying a little bit of time in the museum, we went to the Farmers’ Market just down the street a ways so I could let Rachel listen to Folk Hogan, the band I mentioned yesterday.
I’m always nervous introducing my wife to anything artistic I enjoy because we have such different tastes. When it comes to movies, I like dramas and horrors. Rachel likes actions and comedies. With books, I prefer literary classics with the occasional fantasy/sci-fi. She likes vampires (though not Twilight, so I’ll give her credit there). With music, she likes pop and alternative. I like indie, classical and metal. So when she liked Folk Hogan’s sound, especially Moses’s mandolin playing, I was pleasantly surprised.
I wanted to stay for the entire concert but Rachel and Oriana were in a hurry to get down to Orem as they were scheduled to be there early afternoon to visit with her sister, Jenny, who lives in Idaho so we don’t get to see her too often.
The plus side to them leaving was that, as of about 1pm, I am a free man for about a day and a half. No more children’s shows or princess tea parties for 36 hours. I get to watch R-rated movies and read peacefully. Too bad I also have to do quite a bit of work.
Till next time.