Burning Question #15: Dinosaur Daze

Tiny tots of either sex
Adore Tyrannosaurus Rex
Indeed, all little ones adore
Any savage carnivore
Of which, O Rex, though rightly boastest
Thou art not only first, but mostest.

~ Ogden Nash

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On Valentine’s Day 2001 I spent one the most romantic days of my entire life with my husband at a Russian Dinosaur Exhibition in Old Sacramento. The babies were in daycare so it was, just us, holding hands, and walking through avenues of the most amazing wondrous and strange collection of bones we’d ever seen. They were millions and millions of years old, from a time on Earth we can barely imagine. On a weekday afternoon not many others were there. It our own romantic get-a-way. Damn, it was seriously romantic. We might be Vampires but that doesn’t mean the only thing we do in our spare time is frighten the crap out of people, or drain the blood out of everyone we know. Vampires know how to do romance, yes indeed we do. Anyway, back to dinosaurs…

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Every kid loves dinosaurs. I don’t know an adult who doesn’t love dinosaurs. We love Jurassic Park. We love Sue at the Field Museum in Chicago. We love Barney… ok we don’t all love Barney, but you get the point. When my daughter was a tiny tot her favorite stuffed animal was flying dinosaur that she called Terridackel. How cute is that. And yes, she still has Terridackel.

So what happened to these amazing huge beasts who once walked our planet before us?

Many scientists believe that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a massive asteroid that collided with Earth 65 million years ago, devastating the planet and wiping out 99% of all species. I think it was supposed to be where the Gulf of Mexico is right now but don’t quote me on it. And no, I doubt if anyone was in New Orleans or Key West at the time drinking Hurricanes (see recipe below) and watching it all. That said, evidence has been found to challenge the giant asteroid theory. Some Paleontologists claim to have unearthed dinosaur fossils in layers of soil that were formed around 66 million years ago, after the supposed meteor strike. Sounds good to me, but then again what do I know? I know that this is a BURNING QUESTION.

Burning Question #15: Were dinosaurs were wiped out by a massive asteroid or was it something else?

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Now that you’ve had major brain drain over dinosaurs and their fate it is cocktail time.

Hurricane

  • 1 part dark rum
  • 1 part light rum
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • 1 part passion fruit or pineapple juice or nector
  • Garnish with whatever fruit you like (no olives or cocktail onions – use FRUIT)
  • Serve over loads of ice.

Yes, I posted it this way so you could make as much or as little Hurricane magic as you like depending on when you want to fall down on the floor. And remember – don’t drink and drive, or drink and use chainsaws. 

Thank you for stopping by for Burning Question #15. We have 35 Burning Questions to go. I’ll see you next Saturday for #16.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman and Dinosaur Expert.

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Hey look, I’ve got feathers! How cool is that?

 

 

Mom, can we keep him?

A couple of days ago I was traveling near the border of Utah and Colorado. I saw this cutie standing by the side of the highway begging for treats. Yes, dinosaurs are real.

 

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

True Love and Perfect Days

First a little business: I just realized that little over four years ago I started writing this blog. I had no idea that I’d still be here sharing stories of my Vampire life and parenting tips and other odds and ends. More odds than ends I think. There have been over 1,000 posts. Holy Crap, I could have written a couple of best-selling novels… anyway. Thank you everyone who has followed and supported this odd little blog.

And speaking of Anniversaries, today, May 3 Teddy and I will celebrate our wedding anniversary. Needless to say “Short Story Sunday” will be a rerun today (but I know you’ll still like it.)

Today I have a few brief words about true love and perfect days.

True love exists. It is rare, but it doesn’t have to be. It isn’t a thing that one chases or has angst about. It isn’t something for teens. It isn’t turning into a Vampire for a tall mysterious stranger.

True love is when you’ve been together for decades and you know it is still right. No doubts. No regrets.

Then there are those perfect days. Teddy and I have had more than our share. We’ve had more crap than our share, but we savor those perfect days.

About fifteen years ago, when the children were tiny, Teddy and I spend several hour walking among dinosaur bones. It was an exhibit of amazing bones from Russian – bones of animals who had walked and run and maybe even loved twenty million years ago. We saw amazing creatures of all sizes in shaped and forms we could have never imagined. We’d gone during the week so we practically had the place to ourselves. It was magical and romantic in ways I can’t explain.

Dinosaur bones – who would have thought?

We’ve had so many perfect days as parents. We’ve had perfect days as friends. We’ve had perfect days alone. Like true love, a perfect day is hard to explain. You just know. You feel the glow. You feel content and happy just because.

Wishing all of you a perfect day, and maybe even a bit of true love.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

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