Caed Mile Failte

Last night Joe looked at me and said, "We're actually going!" Yes, yes we are. We are going to Ireland. I a little over three weeks, we'll board an airplane, fly to Dublin, check in to our hotel, and begin a seven-day adventure. We have wanted to do this for years and years. Twelve years ago, we almost did! We looked at websites, figured out an itinerary, contacted the tour operator for details and pricing,... Read more →


Over the River

Yesterday evening we walked across the Schuylkill River on the brand new Sullivan's Bridge. They've been building this bridge ever since we moved here and now it is all done! It links the Schuylkill River Trail to the trails in Valley Forge National Park. It's named after Major General John Sullivan, an officer in the Continental Army. George Washington charged him with building a bridge over the river to connect the two encampments on either... Read more →


Saturday 9: Into You

It's Saturday, so that means it's a good day to do the Saturday 9! This weeks tune is "Into You" by Ariana Grande. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) In this video, Ariana Grande and her boyfriend take off on a motorcycle. Are your trips usually carefully planned? Or would you prefer to just spontaneously get up and go? I'm totally a planner. When I go to a new place, I want... Read more →


Fireworks at Sea

When I was little, I would sit out in the yard on hot summer evenings and watch the sky light up. Mom called it "heat lightning" and I thought it was really cool. Just the name -- heat lightning -- sounded distant and mysterious. I loved gazing at it as I sat on the low patio wall on a hot summer night. Sometimes I'd sit by my bedroom window late at night when the heat... Read more →


The Downslope of Summer

Hangin' Out on the River So it's August. We're on the downslope of summer; the dog days. Back to school commericials abound.The cicadas are singing the blues, looking for love (or at least sex) and trying to avoid the cicada killer wasps. The weather is changeable. Heat waves and thunderstorms are followed by more reasonable warm and dry days with cool nights. The most doggish of the dog days drives me back into the gym... Read more →


A Mystery

It's been so hot that I've been walking on the treadmill in the air-conditioned gym. Lately, though, the temperature has moderated a bit, so I returned to my usual path and trail walk. As I was walking along the river, I noticed these weird clumps of dark dirt dotting a small area next to the river. What could they be? Maybe a big mole run? Maybe ant hills? They did look a bit like the... Read more →


Swamped

I love swimming in the ocean; I really do! Actually, I guess it's not so much "swimming" as "splashing, jumping waves, and floating". I like to sit on the beach and get nice and hot, then stand at the edge of the water as the surf comes in and soaks my feet. I creep forward until the surf is high enough to soak my thighs, then I run into the sea. If I'm lucky I... Read more →


If You Fail to Plan

Oh, that old Weight Watchers mantra: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Bah. Sometimes when you fail to plan you have wonderful spontaneous adventures! It's all how you look at it. Except I did plan this week! Hell, I've been planning all year! When I sit down to write my goals for the week (which are supposed to align with my goals for the month, which are supposed to align with my... Read more →


What I'm Watching

Well, Game of Thrones is over. I really enjoyed this season a lot! The finale was especially riveting, what with the destruction of the High Sept, the crowning of Cersei, the new King in the North, and the start of the invasion of Westeros. But now that it's done, what am I watching? Every damn permutation of tiny house show -- Tiny House Nation, Tiny House Hunting, Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Big Living... if... Read more →


Another Job Well Done!

I'm a big fan of R. Crumb's Mr. Natural. I have this comic taped to my refrigerator. I feel this way every time I tackle a job I need to do, kinda want to do, but don't really want to do. Kind of like exercising... But anyway! I've had "Reorganize the closet" on the list for awhile, and today was the day! Now, we got rid of a ton of stuff when we moved. I... Read more →