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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Secret Life of Blogger's Blog Party: Greenville, Milwaukee, Detroit on My Mind 2/15-2/21

Saturday, February 15

On Saturday, we just stayed close to home because we were expecting six more inches. Mom, dad and I went to McDonald's for lunch to use his gift card and then went to Steve's Sew and Vac to get his vacuum part. I've always wanted to quilt, so I asked an associate about their quilting materials. Sadly, they didn't have much, but I found this pretty spring pattern (it was also the cheapest).

We then went to Bob's Furniture, a new furniture store that opened up near Steve's Sew and Vac. I wasn't impressed, but as mom said this is probably the store I'd have to find in the Midwest when I move because this is probably all I will be able to afford. The balloon person that greeted us was awesome though!

When we arrived home, I started my quilt. I decided to hand sew because I'm not comfortable with the machine. I could only get two rows done because of my back. I realized only 40 squares came with this kit; I ordered more of the pattern. It was discontinued, so I'm glad I found it on ebay. Mom is going to show me the machine as my hand sewing isn't tight enough.

Sunday, February 16

Today was a Wegmans: Collegeville day. We prefer that Wegmans over King of Prussia because it has more and the staff is friendlier. I separated from mom to get breakfast, but I took an adventure around Wegmans. So much fun.

These CDs were in the card aisle. The Eminem CD was $9 and the metal CD was $5. Both CDs had songs I liked on them, but I was watching my spending and didn't get them. If they're there when I go back when I have the money, I'll buy them… if not, I'll purchase the MP3s. I do prefer to buy CDs, but if there are only two songs I like on the CD I will just purchase the songs rather than buy the whole CD.

Both cards made me laugh. I love Cartman, though, but the hamburger one made me LLAL.

Wegmans has these "Super Sprowts" puppets. King of Prussia doesn't have the carrot, just the eggplant and broccoli… I was so happy to see a carrot.

I love Pop Rocks! Sadly, the King of Prussia Wegmans doesn't sell Pop Rocks, but Collegeville does. If you have never had Pop Rocks, watch the video (sorry if it seems gross, I wanted to demonstrate the awesome powers of Pop Rocks)

This picture reminds me of an earlier picture and a comment Jeff, James's friend left:

I cried for the first time in a year tonight. I think I might go back and add and change. I think I'm going to go back and add some things.

Monday, February 17

Happy President's Day! Last night Valley Forge Park's Instagram posted a video of soldiers reenacting in the snow. I planned on going to the Constitution Center for their celebration, but after I saw the video I decided that I wanted to stay close to home. Valley Forge Park was also free; I commented them asking for the time and they responded 10am-2pm with cake and singing at noon. I told dad the change of plans. We left the house at 9:45am and I was early when I arrived, but there were already a lot of people in attendance at the Visitor's Center.

Around 10am, I ventured around the museum and found the dress up station. I guess I'm a little kid at heart because I still love getting dressed in historical clothing. One of the volunteers helped (though I didn't need help) and she gave me the kids hat. She took a picture.

The other volunteer said, "Uh, I think that is meant for kids. Try the sun bonnet." That looked much better!

I walked around the museum, signed up to be in the Army and then I walked over to the theatre to participate in the loom weaving workshop.

After I finished my loom and decided that it shall be a bookmark, I walked over to the visitor's center to listen to the Colonial Revelers and General Washington's party. It was such a fun day. :)

Today was also Juggalo Day! So, happy Juggalo Day, fam!

Great way to end the day. I loved this book at age 17, but as I re-read The Great Gatsby, I can really relate to this book now. Here are a few quotes I could relate to:

"'Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." He didn't say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores." (1)

"Instead of being the warm center of the world, the Middle West now seemed like the ragged edge of the universe- so I decided to go East and learn the bond business. Everybody I knew was in the bond business, so I supposed it could support one more single man. All my aunts and uncles talked it over as if they were choosing a prep school for me." (3)

Tuesday, February 18

Two hour delay at work today! Our last snow for the week, the rest of the week is supposed to be in the 50s. Crazy weather, very crazy weather.

We kept the pussy willows from the bouquet dad gave mom for Valentine's Day last week. I get a branch; I love pussy willow. :)

Day #44: Mmmm

I actually posted this picture here for 100 Days of Happy, but I guess it should have been more inspiration for inspiration Tuesday.

It's true though. I had the joy of taking photos of Mimi. I love taking photos of her. :)

Wednesday, February 19

Another work day; when I arrived at work, it poured. It also thundered, but when I left at 1 the sun was out. Now the snow is melting. Quiet day today; took a walk (but sadly forgot my camera). I took some more pictures of Mimi. I also took pictures of these cute children's books I checked out.

I love checking out children's books. I hope to write another Arabic book and German book soon!

Oh, I also see Grumpy Cat has a kik. I just kiked her (it's a parody account).

I had another surprise. I saw someone I used to have a crush on requested me and I added him back on Instagram.

I'm not sure if you remember this poem, Riff Crowned Lullaby  from 2012. I guess it's funny how feelings change once you discover who you are and finally are in the process of relocating. I think I did tell him how I felt, but I don't think he responded, so I just took that as a no. But, it doesn't matter because that was so long ago and things were much different back then.

However, the meme I made Grumpy Cat hit it off well on her Instagram:

I also edited my Cry poem.

Thursday, February 20

Happy birthday, Kurt Cobain! If Kurt Cobain would have lived, he would have been 47 today. Last night, Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary posted that Riley has passed away. Today Alana made it official on their blog

I decided to make Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary a card in memory of Riley.

In Memory of Riley

Let's head to the pool, complete with your vest,
I will guide you, please paddle your best--
don’t be scared, the water will soothe,
just glide into the waves so smooth;
such a sweet kitty, you always give us smiles,
and brighten up our bad days often in miles.
You have given us much hope,
and for that we will cope
as much as we can, but we'll me you;
for our love has grown over the years, that's true.

I also want to pay tribute to the passing of Shadow, Christina's faithful friend. He and Riley have joined the many animals on the Rainbow Bridge.

But, in happier news, it is also Michele and Nick's birthday today! They're Joyce's little siblings and they turned 9 today. I remember when they were born; it feels like yesterday. Here are two pictures from their 6th birthday in 2011.

Our (Joyce, Amanda and mine) balloon friends that Amanda drew. I still have the un-inflated friends. :D

Here I am waiting for the bus this morning to go to the Post Office. I loved seeing my shadow for some reason.

And when I arrived home, I had this waiting for me:

I ordered three pens and sent the others for my patronage. Thanks StoryMaster and StoryMistress. Again, I appreciate it and look forward to 8 more years (will be my 8 year anniversary on Monday) on!

And things began melting today. It was around 52 degrees today.

I wish I had a micro lens so I could have had a closer cardinal shot!

To understand this look, please read Summer 2002.
Also Claire: Yes, I suppose I was building up a Middle Eastern influence back then, but I think it started more when I was in elementary school. I remember dressing up in the clothing even back then. One of my friends at the time was from Pakistan and I just loved the culture.

Friday, February 21

Happy Friday! What a week! Today was another warm one, but it rained. My friends in the Midwest said yesterday they were beginning to flood and I could see that the creek near my house was high this morning.

The squares I ordered from ebay didn't come in yet, but hopefully tomorrow. I'll be working on the quilt tonight. It's really soothing.

Day #47: I really love quilting now. I can't wait to work on it some more!

Tomorrow night I'm taking care of my gal pals: Daphne and Sandy. Aunt Kathy, Uncle Dave and Matthew are going away Saturday and Sunday. I can't wait to dog sit. :) Of course, right now I sorta feel like I should be doing what Miss Mimi is doing:

Before I sign off for the week, please check out Hanan's fundraiser and please check out mine as well: Jessica's Moving to Detroit Fundraiser. It is much appreciated. :) I hope you all have a great weekend! Hopefully we don’t get more snow next week; too much so far this year!


  1. Oh my gosh pop rocks are so good, I haven't had them in ages. YUM!

    1. My dad created a monster when he bought me 6 packets for Christmas. Now I've been eating them nonstop, haha. They're hard to find, though.

  2. Your hamburger and Cartman card videos were funny; I somewhat expected the Cartman one to say how pissed off it was right now. :P

    I love it when you photograph Mimi! She's so photogenic. :)

    That was a nice little tribute to Riley, too.

    (Sorry it took so long to comment on this post.)

    1. Hey, it's alright. :)

      I donated $10 to blind cat rescue and I sent it out on Wednesday. Hope they did get it.

      This past week's blog has a lot of Mimi. :D A lot of animals, haha. I'm sitting down to write about today.