February Adventure Day

I am going to keep this short, as I’m mentally and physically exhausted (long work week paired with a near-mile swim and a lengthy weights workout this morning) but today was my monthly adventure day!  My plan derailed in the best of ways.

I had $40 for this adventure and the desire to make a terrarium.  A place opened up near me recently where you can make one while sipping on fancy wine, and I had intended to try it.  But then fate intervened.

I ended up deciding to incorporate lunch with one of my best friends into my adventure, so we met at a hip organic cafe in midtown.  The parking situation was less than ideal, so I ended up having to park a couple blocks away.  That’s when fate stepped in.

As I was walking to the cafe, a little hole-in-the-wall caught my eye.  The sign read “Natural Selections, purveyors of all things odd and beautiful.”  Anything that claims to admire the “odd and beautiful” will get my attention.  So I told myself I would check it out on the way back before heading over to the boozy-succulent place.

YOU GUYS.  I nearly cried walking into this place.  It was a dream!  It was so cool.  They specialize in taxidermy, bug-pinning, and (fate) terrariums.  I made mine for half the cost of the other place and I got an air plant.  They had animal bones, unique glass bottles, preserved reptiles, and live newts.  It was something out of a creepy-nerd dream.  img_2991img_2982img_2980img_2981img_2985img_2984img_2986img_2979img_2987

Above is my terrarium, complete with geodes, charcoal, shells, a coyote tooth, and a beautiful air plant.

If you are ever in Reno, Nevada, you must check this place out.  They’ve been here for three years, and the owner was so knowledgeable and friendly.  I know I’ll be going back!

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