One More Sleep

Yes, one more sleep until we leave for Ireland! We spent this morning cleaning the apartment, because who wants to come home to a mess? Then we took the beasts to the vet for boarding. After lunch, we went on our usual ride around on this lovely day and ended up at REI, where we bought RFID-blocking passport and credit card sleeves. We'll be ready to check in later this evening, once we return from... Read more →


Singing Cows and Oh, So Much Chocolate!

The weekend saga continues! We got up fairly early on Sunday -- mostly because none of us slept all that well -- and had breakfast in the hotel "bistro". The bistro was pretty much a souped up Starbucks stand, but the coffee and scones were good and the server was friendly. After breakfast, we checked out and headed back to Hershey to visit Chocolate World, the semi-free chocolate store in between Giant Center and HersheyPark.... Read more →


OVO

I've seen several Cirque du Soleil shows, starting in the late 80s. I have loved each and every one of them, too. Last Saturday, Sonnyeboy came up from Baltimore and the three of us took off for Hershey to see OVO at the Giant Center. Normally we see Hershey Bears hockey games there, but not this time. As is our habit, we arrived at 6:30, about an hour early, just as the doors opened. Half... Read more →


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 →