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Monday, October 13, 2014

Alice in Wonderland Party and Wag-a-thon!

This past Saturday night, the four of us Wheelock teachers went to an Alice in Wonderland themed party at the vice principal of ACS' elementary school! The mystery began when we were invited through BCC'ed emails that were written in Alice-type narrative. We were told to come dressed like characters or "off with our heads!" And we were also told to bring a vegetarian-friendly dish, as the vice principal and her family are vegetarians. Emily had the great idea to have the four of us be the four suits of playing cards, as pretty much everyone at the school refers to us as some variant of "the four girls" or "four Wheelock ladies." So they made these great Ace cards in four suits and we all wore black dresses with the cards on them.

Once we got to the party, I could see just how elaborate this was going to be. There were signs telling us which way to go, decorations everywhere I looked, and people in some very creative costumes. The vice principal was the Queen of Hearts, and loved that we looked like her minions. Haha. She offered us wine from bottles that said "Drink me!" and taped playing cards onto them so people could keep track of their glasses. We were then told to go check out the rooftop, and you don't have to ever ask me that twice! We got up there, and saw people sitting in pillows and beanbags around a table with more wine and a hookah on it! Surprising the other three girls completely, I decided to try apple-flavored hookah and actually liked it! I didn't inhale too much because I've never smoked and usually hate the smell of smoke, but the flavor smelled so good and it was a cool experience! The party overall was very fun.

Then on Sunday, I spent my entire day at the Friends of Animals shelter fundraising event called the Wag-a-thon! It had a bazaar along the walkway out front selling animal-related items, clothing, and all sorts of miscellaneous things. While people looked around, volunteers walked around with dogs from the shelter, showing them off to people in hopes that they will be interested in adopting! I couldn't go 3 feet without stopping to pet dog after dog. I swear there was every single type of dog imaginable there! I was in heaven obviously. Then the actual walk began and all the volunteers walked their dogs around the area, past open-air cafes, restaurants, and shops, then eventually looped back to the shelter where the poor babies had to go back.

Daffy, the ACS-sponsored Wag-a-thon dog!

Two fellow ACS employees and I then stayed to volunteer a bit more. The shelter needed help taking care of the cats and really cleaning out their cages after a recent cat disease went around. So the joy continued as I got asked to hold kitten after kitten while they transferred around cages while we cleaned them. Absolutely ALL of the cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens at the shelter were complete sweeties, and I obviously wished I could take them all.

Puppy kisses!


Beyond adorable, right?

More puppy kisses!

Different puppy, but still more kisses!

Then all the kitties wanted in on the action! (While still getting even more puppy kisses.)

I mean, look at this little girl!

This little, sweet girl has a vision problem. Still so adorable.

Then we were starving when we were done, and I was introduced to Greece's version of Chipotle and it was AMAZING.

And to finish my day, I watched a beautiful sunset from my balcony. :)

And that's my weekend! Pretty cool, huh? I am really looking forward to getting back to the shelter to help more soon. :)

That's all for now!