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Friday, August 26, 2016

Caterpillars: Growing

Yesterday mom found another caterpillar. Both of them are more mature, we are guessing they will be turning to chrysalis soon. I'm so glad we have caterpillars this year!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thankful Thursday 8/25/2016

It's that time of week again - thankful Thursday! I feel thankful for a few things this week. Andrew has received the sheet gift I had my friend Annette pick up for him (and send off since she lives in the UK as well). Though, I gave her Andrew's grandparents' house address and the sheets were delivered to his grandparents instead. Oops! But, they will arrive to Andrew shortly. His grandparents told him what the gift was and Andrew was super appreciative. I'm thankful Andrew liked the gift and I am thankful for Annette. These are the pictures Annette sent me.

One of my library coworkers has been cleaning out her house and she gave me these four photo albums. I'm thankful for my coworker and whenever she thinks of me. I just have to figure out the photo sizes - I'm thinking 3 x 5, but could the pictures be 4 x 4? Also, Sunday is my 10th anniversary at the library. I was hired on August 14, 2006, but I didn't officially start until August 28. 2006. I am super thankful for the library and for all that I have learned over the years.

Moe and I are talking again. We have had an off and on again relationship, but this is the last time for that. For the past year things have been stressful and I have been learning not to take out my frustrations out on people... and during hormonal times, just going for a walk. I'm thankful he is forgiving and I am thankful he added me back on Facebook. I will be taking care of this relationship from now on. It's hard to write about, but I think most readers understand this feeling.

With that said, in September I will be taking a break except for Thankful Thursdays. I want to use September as a month of relaxation and working on new material for the blog.

What are you thankful for today?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


On Sunday before I went out for my walk, I noticed the caterpillar cage was out. Mom said that on Saturday she found a monarch caterpillar and since I came home later in the evening after my test, I didn't notice it on Saturday when I came home. The caterpillar is late this year, and I am hoping we find more caterpillars. However, I am super excited to take pictures of the growth process like last year.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Philadelphia Museum of Art Members Ice Cream Social | Rodin Museum | August 21

Last night after Ivette's first birthday party, I trekked in the pouring rain to the Philadelphia Museum of Art Members Ice Cream Social that was held in the Rodin Museum. I had never been in the Rodin Museum before and I am glad I went. The ice cream I had last night was amazing - it was a peaches and cream oatmeal cookie sandwich. I also met some nice people and loved seeing all of Rodin's art work.

I posted this on Facebook: Funny incident last night after the ice cream social. I decided to take the free trolley from the Rodin Museum to the Art Museum since it was pouring. When I hopped on, a father and daughter were sitting and taking pictures. I said hello, they said hello and asked me about Philadelphia. I finally said, "I take it you're from the UK?" The father smiled and said, "YES! London in fact!" Oh man, I had an embarrassing fan girl moment. I exclaimed, "Nice! I love your new mayor! Mayor Khan is great!" I rambled on about Mayor Khan for a good five minutes. They do like him, fortunately, then we talked about London and traveling.

When I was heading home to King of Prussia, this was the view of the sky. It looked gorgeous after the heavy rains. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Art Museum Wanderings 8/19/2016

Tomorrow I have a major test that will last the whole day; I decided to take a half day from the full time job to relax for tomorrow. I went into Philadelphia and since I am a member to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I figured that would be relaxing to me. I also decided to have a picnic lunch.

I arrived in Philadelphia at noon and as I waited for the bus to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I saw this sign hanging up and had a good chuckle:

Fortunately, I didn't have to wait long for the bus. I checked in and verified that the ice cream social I'm attending on Sunday night is indeed being held by the Rodin Museum and not by the Philadelphia Museum of Art (before the ice cream social, I am attending a baby's birthday party in Fairmount Park and will need to take a Lyft to get to the ice cream social). After the check-in, I walked outside and set up for the picnic:

SADLY, a wicked bee had other plans. I had to sit on the bench and I did eat a little bit, but he followed me and I had to go back inside. But, before I went back inside to finish my lunch, I did walk around outside.

Kids engrossed in their Pokemon Go game. 

I ended the day with a guided tour through Embracing the Contemporary. I usually prefer seeing displays on my own, but I learned a lot about contemporary art.

I decided to go to FYE after the Art Museum and before heading home. I'm sad to see that they are closing. :( I didn't find any of Cat Stevens's CDs and I ran into a middle aged man. We were talking and he will be seeing Cat Stevens next month as well. We're both pretty excited, and sad about FYE.

I feel relaxed and I am ready for my test tomorrow. I will be calling it a night at 9:30 since I have to be up at 4:30 AM.