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Philadelphia Zoo

Last Monday, Shawn's mom came to visit and we all went to the zoo! Even though we only live six miles from it, Shawn and I had never ventured over there before. Shawn's not a big fan of zoos, for the reasons you would think: animals in too-small spaces, hefty price of admission, lots of kids running around... But I always enjoy a trip to the zoo, and it was something we could do that his mom would enjoy too. So off we went!








We saw lots of different monkeys, some huge (and stinky) fruit bats, a few big cats, some big mammals from Africa, some small mammals from all over the world, lots and lots of reptiles (in particular - a lizard licking a rattlesnake!), a group of happy sea otters, two sleepy polar bears... and lots of other animals. The only place we didn't visit was the bird house because I think birds are a little creepy.








The meerkats were my favorite animal that we saw. They are so silly! And incredibly hard to photograph because they do not stop moving. One of them …

Project 365, 265-271

265/365: Shawn's mom took us to the Philadelphia zoo! Unlike other zoos I've been to, the animals there were very active and eager to interact with visitors. I'll post more photos later this week.


266/365: Ordered some peshtemals for Shawn and I. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy inspired one is Shawn's, of course. I got this one and intend to use it mostly as a scarf.


267/365: Lloyd is the silliest.


268/365: I didn't take many photos last week.... so more Lloyd silliness.


269/365: Saw this hair clip on Kaylah's blog and had to get one. Also, I'm having a love affair with french braids lately.


270/365: One of my colleagues understands my love of chocolate chip cookies, and brings me some from McDonalds occasionally. They are surprisingly delicious!


271/365: Italian hoagies are my favorite.... but an Italian hoagie panini?! We just stepped up the game at work.

I was going to post these last night, but Shawn turned on season 5 of The Walking Dead and th…

Packing for 10 Days in Spain

I have been mentally packing for Spain for weeks, and I've had a few items of clothing hanging at the end of my closet in preparation. Packing is always quite the task - first you have to consider where you're going and what you'll be doing, then you have to anticipate what the weather will be like... and if you think you'll be doing any shopping, you have to plan to leave some extra space in your bag for the trip back. There are a lot of factors! I always make a list so that I don't forget the little things, like extra contact lenses and all the cords I'll need to charge my various devices. Thankfully, I don't have to fret too much this trip because I'll be staying with my parents and they have all the little things I may inevitably forget or just not think of to begin with.

My mom sent me a link to the predicted weather for the next two weeks.... rain, rain, rain! That's not what I had initially planned for, but it's easy to toss a raincoat an…

Fun Finds Friday #106

A color-of-the-day calendar sounds fun!



The mountains are calling.



I really really like these!

+ I should have snagged these shakers for my collection before they sold....
+ Awesome lego creations; I want a lego bonsai!
+ Joy keeps tempting me with donuts!
+ 50 Nerds of Grey is too good.
+ Mercury is in retrograde and it's messing everything up!
+ Liz's post about not being controlled by fear really resonated with me.
+ Erin wrote up a very useful post about finding cheap airfare.

Happy Friday!!!

Books on Vacation

For me, one of the perks of being on an airplane (aside from the fact that it's taking me somewhere awesome) is that I have extra time to read. Especially on international flights. In the past I've breezed through two or three books on 6+ hour long flights. Honestly, what else are you supposed to do with all that time? I have trouble sleeping more than thirty minutes at a time on a plane, and the in-flight entertainment isn't always all that entertaining, so I always make sure to bring a few books with me. Not that I need an excuse to read, but when I'm entirely disconnected from the internet, social media, and everything else going on in the world, books seem like the obvious choice.

The flight to Madrid is 7.5 hours long, and the flight back is just over 8 hours, so I'll have plenty of time to read. Add to that any down time I'll have while I'm there, and five books doesn't sound too difficult to get through... I'm going to download the kindle ed…

Project 365, 258-264

258/365: I've been learning how to mix/shape/bake the bread at work lately! We make no-knead loaves and serve them alongside everything. My favorite work snack is a piece of bread with some farm fresh butter and sea salt sprinkled on top.


259/365: Lloyd, when did you get so tall?


260/365: I love the way Shawn hangs his wires. This is my favorite corner of his desk area.


261/365: Why yes, I did make some donuts from scratch.


262/365: I kinda forgot to take photos on Friday and Sunday, so here is one of Lloyd from earlier in the week.


263/365: I've been having so much fun packaging up things I've sold on Poshmark! Finally, a use for my many washi tapes.


264/365: And another Lloyd filler for a forgotten photo day - oops! Look at those little feet though.

Things have been quiet on the blog lately, but I warned you all that September was going to be a quiet month! I have a few travel-related posts coming up though, so stay tuned!

The Cat Life - September

It's Thursday. Here are some cat photos for you to enjoy!













Birthday Wish List

My birthday is coming up in about a month.... the past few years I've treated myself to one special gift from a list of things I've had my eye on all year. (It's the sweet part of being a self-proclaimed adult who can afford these kinds of things every once in a while.) Every year, my wish list seems to get smaller... or perhaps refined is the word I'm looking for. This year, I've had my eye on these three things:


glasses | purse | shoes
I shared the glasses in a Fun Finds Friday post a few months ago, after trying them on at a pop-up shop near me. I still love them. I always go back and forth about wearing glasses... I love the way they look on my face, but they're simply not practical for me to wear to work. Which leaves me wondering whether or not it's worth it to get a second pair....

That bag has been on my wish list for over a year, and although it's still more money than I would normally spend on a bag, it's a hefty discount from the original …

Project 365, 251-257

251/365: I'm back to working on Mondays, so Monday photos are back to being blah. Lloyd is still cute though.


252/365: This is the scene that awaits me every single night. Sylvester yells at us while we're brushing our teeth and doesn't stop until one of us gets in bed. Then, it's cuddle time.


253/365: I drove out to New Hope to visit a friend at her new place. We wandered around town for a bit, grabbed some lunch, then wandered around a wildflower preserve nearby. It's nice to get away from the city and be reminded of nature's beauty every once in a while.



254/365: It has been over two years now and I still can't stop taking photos of this guy.


255/365: Good morning!


256/365: I love getting things other than junk and catalogs in the mail! I've had a pen pal for over ten years now - she's the best!! And, I still can't get over seeing my married name as my last name. It's so strange to me- I spent 26 years with a different name!


257/365: More…