Calendar dates don't really count - as far as I'm concerned, it's SPRING.

Exhibit A:

Crocus and daffodils from our front garden, taken this afternoon.

Exhibit B:

The birds have been singing in the mornings for the last week and a half, AND, on Monday night, I heard SPRING PEEPERS. *gasp!* So cute! The last couple of evenings I've walked at the park, and the frogs are just extraordinarily loud and wonderful. :D

All right, I'm keeping this post around to review for a while since the temperature is set to drop for the forseeable future.


This is the third presidential election I've voted in and only the first time the person I've voted for has won! Third time's the charm?

I'm so happy right now!!! :D :D :D \o/

Ahem. Anyway. :D?

Last Philly picture post, promise )

My dearest friend [ profile] seraphtrevs and her husband are here visiting me in Philadelphia! Yesterday I met them downtown, and we spent some time walking around the historical areas of the city, had a fabulous lunch in a restaurant in Chinatown, and then wandered around Reading Terminal Market.

Today we were planning on having a Day for Science (lol, because we are science geeks) at the Franklin Institute (and maybe walk over to one of our favorite museums: the Mutter Museum - a museum of medical oddities). However. I totally didn't count on the massive number of people who were going to the Phillies parade in Center City this afternoon. Someone on the train yesterday said that they'd heard there were going to be about two million people downtown for the parade. It didn't faze me because I figured we'd be at the museums, and we'd probably be able to clearly see all of the exhibits that way, too.

Well, the train station was a mad house this morning. The poor man in the ticket booth actually sold out of tickets after I'd been in line for half an hour (of course you can buy them on the train when you board, but a lot of fans going to the city had never ridden before and were bewildered, outraged, or panicky). The trains were running late, too (which is rare - we've got an excellent regional rail system here in southeast PA) because of the volume of passengers.

Platform full of Phillies fans Platform full of Phillies fans
A side view from the back of the station platform after two trains had already loaded up with passengers - there were literally hundreds of people who had already boarded. There was a lot of cheering whenever a train would come through, which was pretty funny to see. Lol, suburbia.

Long story short, we're meeting tomorrow instead. It's just as well; I'm not a huge fan of crowds, and a parade with a couple million spectators doesn't interest me at all. I love the Phillies, but damn. I like my sanity, too.

And here are some pictures from yesterday under the cut )

Now I'm off to get lunch and pick up some more Halloween candy for tonight. Aww, little trick-or-treaters - they're so cute! And I love Halloween! :D

This used to be the dining room. One day, it will be the dining room once more.

Ah, the sweet, sweet sound of sanders in the morning )

And a nice picture of the still-decent outside:

Sun on the sea Sun on the sea
Bar Harbor, Maine - I'm pretty sure I didn't take this picture. Oh well.

Portland dock before the storm Portland dock before the storm
This was taken from the back of a small harbor tour boat about thirty minutes before the storm really came crashing down.

Acadia Coastline Acadia Coastline
Yay, more rocks!

Thunder Hole Thunder Hole
There was this nifty outcropping of rocks which the surf would rush into, and after a while, pressure would build up and the water would just explode back out (hence the name, Thunder Hole). I was pretty pleased with this action shot. :)

Sunny Forest Sunny Forest
Sunshine was infrequent, and when it came, one took advantage of it. This little stream was very cheerful.

Portland Storm clouds Portland Storm clouds
So we were on the back of a tour boat in Portland when this storm rolled in. Some of my favorite pictures are from this boat ride, so be warned. :)

Tree Stump Tree Stump
A tree stump in Acadia that reminded me of those strange little white forest things in Princess Mononoke.

The Bowl The Bowl
One of the best hikes we did lead to this gorgeous view of the Bowl.

Sandy Beach Sandy Beach
The only "beach" in Acadia National Park. I quite preferred the rocky outcrops myself.


Jul. 29th, 2008 05:44 pm

Wow, I really lucked out on this trip; apparently Sunday was filled with violently windy storms here at home that would have made landing at the airport a nightmare, and today southern California had an earthquake! I am a living rabbit's foot. ::nods::

Comic Con was amazing. It was so massively huge as to be unbelievable. I saw everything that I wanted to see with some extras thrown on top, so no complaints here. Plus, I got to visit my bestest friend ever, [ profile] seraphtrevs, and her family.

There was also amazing food to be had, as [ profile] seraphtrevs' mother and husband are fantastic cooks, along with the restaurants we visited.

Yep, I gained two pounds. But they were very well worth it. ;^)

Pictures from the trip behind the cut )

Oh, and the Heroes season three premiere was very interesting and just added fuel to the speculation fire. So many things are happening from the get-go that I am exceedingly impatient for season three to air. There are a little less than two months to go! :D

Unless you're really there, the pictures of the giant sequoias just don't get across the shear enormity of these trees. Oh, well. I'll attempt it, anyway. In this picture, I'm the little blue speck at the lower-right part of the picture near the base of the tree. For comparison, I'm 5'4" tall. Kind of boggling, isn't it?

All pictures from our trip were taken by my parents. I'm more of a hands-free, let me experience things now, sort of person. Good thing they were along, eh? :D

Western Tanager in flight - Sequoia National Park, June 2007

Morro Rock - Sequoia National Park, June 2007

Steller's Jay - ubiquitous, yet charming :)

And there are more here.

Holy mackerel. Where did May go?

Honestly, I spent the last month getting caught up on all seven seasons of Deep Space Nine. I watched the last ten episodes in one day. Incredible, and oh-so-worth-it. It's also evidence that I need a steady, permanent job. Who else has the time to do things like that?

Seriously, though, I'm glad that I waited until now to see the show. When it first came out, I was 12 years old, and I really didn't understand or appreciate it. What struck me while I was watching it was just how pertinent the issues it tackled are to today's world. I guess that makes it visionary. :)


Our area is under a flood watch again. It's strange that such things can become commonplace. Or maybe that's because my home is never in danger of actually flooding because we're maybe three miles from the river (and have no basement to worry about). Here are some pictures of the spring flood two years ago. Scary stuff.


I won't be around much this month, either, but at least I've got a better excuse than excessive television viewing. I've got a week blocked out for camping at Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania (amateur astronomer hotspot) and a trip to Rehoboth Bay in Delaware; the last week of June is also split between Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in California. I'm a lucky duck, that's for sure.

After a month of ownership... my balloon is still floating. I'm not talking about the funny, dragging sort of floating that "tired" helium balloons exhibit after (usually) a few days, either. Has anyone else seen anything like this before? I am simply amazed. And altogether entertained. :D

The balloon that I received on my birthday on February 10th. This photo was taken on March 8th. Yes, as of this writing (March 10th), the balloon is still floating and touching the ceiling.

Click for more of the Great Balloon Adventure starring my cat, Buddy :D )

"Thingy" is in the dictionary, by the way. I had to look it up for my fourth graders. :-D

Rocky Mountains Rocky Mountains

Shot of the Rockies from the airplane window - Monday, November 6th, 2006

Picture post! )

Pennsylvania declared a state of emergency a couple of days ago due to the flooding of the Delaware River - again. This time, about 3,500 people were evacuated. Flooding occurred in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, actually, though I don't know how New Jersey is doing at this point. My father, who works in Trenton, took some photos of Route 29 from the Jersey side of the river. Here are a few of them (the files are pretty large - about 250K each):

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The next two shots are from Bristol, PA; I've always wondered how they do repair work to the electrical wires that run to powerlines...

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Between the flooding, state testing for juniors, final exams for some students, the ending of the marking period, and beaucoup de teachers being out for various reasons, things have been really hectic around here and at work. And I filled my car up at $2.189/gallon today. I can't complain, though, considering that I have a job, and my parents' house is about three miles or so away from the river.

And, there is always something good to report - I saw a cabbage butterfly just before five o'clock this evening! First butterfly of the season! I imagine that it hatched today in response to the temperature of 78F (25C) and sunshine. I've got to focus on the positive! :^)

This Christmas, we didn't go the traditional route and buy a tree, nor did we even set up our artificial tree. Why bother when we already have a live tree?

Our Christmas tree )

It's a 21 year-old grapefruit tree my mother started from seed when we were little kids. Festive, isn't it? :^D

Hey, we don't live in southern California, but we can pretend.

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