My dearest friend 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.
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.
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
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Guess who's flying out to visit tomorrow?
I'm so excited!
And Book Two: Spring is complete! Remember, it is now rated NC-17. >:D
If You Were the Last Man on Earth by seraphtrevs
We've just under two weeks until the next new episode of the show airs; I plan on rereading both books to help me through the drought ahead. : )
In other news, I bought an album off of iTunes called Prayers for Diwali (Morning and Evening), and it's one of the most relaxing collections of music I've ever listened to. Highly recommended.
Yay, more rocks!
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. :)
Sunshine was infrequent, and when it came, one took advantage of it. This little stream was very cheerful.
|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. :)
Oh, man, is it good to be home. The trip to Maine wasn't bad, exactly, but it was kind of boring in parts, as well as foggy/raining much of the time. I also underestimated the sheer insanity-inducing stress of being isolated with my parents for a week with no one else to talk to. No internet access coupled with shoddy cell phone reception made for interesting times.
I got some decent pictures, so all was not lost; I'll upload them in a couple of days. In the meantime, I've got a second interview scheduled tomorrow morning for the place I interviewed with last week, which is a heckuva lot further than I've gotten in a long while. But first! I've got a back log of entries to read through and a week's worth of podcasts to download. It's time to get back in touch with reality.
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, seraphtrevs, and her family.
There was also amazing food to be had, as 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. ;^)
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
T-minus ten hours until take off...
I actually ran into an old friend today and ended up telling him that I was going to Comic Con... because I'm a Heroes fan and uber geek ... and his face! Apparently, the only two shows he loves to watch are Heroes and Lost. I so have to pick something up for him while I'm there.
So. See ya, East Coast. Sorry that I can't say I'm going to miss this stinking humid 95 degree weather. It's nothing personal. :P
So it was my brother who recommended SideStep.com for booking flights a couple of years ago, and having only ever needed to use it once, I used it as a one-shot deal (and it was really handy). Today I got a prompt to register so that the service can remember the airport I fly out of, etc., and I thought, what the heck, I'll do it. After I registered, I got a confirmation message:
Your account is confirmed. Yay!
I lol'ed from the cute. Yay! :D
So, um, San Diego Comic Con. I seem to be planning on going as I have already registered for it. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I must be feeling some kind of crazy, but the last couple of days I've just been getting more and more excited. I have not been to a convention (outside of the Philadelphia Flower Show) since I was 12. And the four day pass was seriously less expensive than I would have thought (but omg, airfare rates right now are $600+. Thank you, IRS, for giving me my tax return today, because I have already spent it).
This was all prompted by my comrade, seraphtrevs, mentioning it to me, me mentioning it to my Mom who was all like, whut? are you crazy? You should totally go!, and the fact that my brother is going to Jamaica in May (yes, I have travel!envy). And you know what? THEY ARE ALL THREE RIGHT!
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
And there are more here.
Well, I'm back. Actually, I've been back from California for nearly two weeks now, but I just haven't really been on lj or into my email (uh-oh). I'll post pictures one of these days (none of which were taken by me), but today is not that day.
It was nice returning home, if only because things are a lot greener here. I absolutely loved the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park, but just getting there was hellish. Both Sequoia and Yosemite have ridiculously winding roads weaving up the mountainsides, and I spent half the week filled to the gills with the drug-store brand equivalent of Dramamine (dimenhydranate? Something like that, anyway). It was always worth it once we got there, but every conscious moment in-transit I was wishing that someone would just invent the transporter already.
On the way back, we flew out of Fresno to Salt Lake City, and we could see the giant smoke cloud from the massive fires out there. It was pretty horrifying to see.
To get my mind off of things, I'm rewatching DS9 episodes and playing with my Sony Portable Reader. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I love this thing. I have all of these books downloaded on it, and I can read fic on it, too, so long as I save it as a .txt or .rtf file. I've got 40 DS9 stories on it, plus 22 classics (like Jane Eyre and Frankenstein), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Astronomy. Crazy.
Also, ice cream sundaes. You can't go wrong there, either.
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.
So I've been bitten by the travel bug. Assuming that I had money and no outstanding debts (ha!), here are some places I'd like to go in no particular order:
the Grand Canyon
San Diego (because once was definitely not enough)
Sequoia National Forest
Glacier National Park in Montana/Canada
Acadia National park in Maine
Forest Service Region Six (Pacific Northwest)
Check out the USDA Forest Service forest maps list. Man, oh man, I want to go to every place!
All of my trips would be outdoors/hiking oriented, with some museums and shows along the way.
So who's with me? :^D
The next time I check in on you, I want paradise on Earth!
Thoughts about my trip to SoCal:
* seraphtrevs is gorgeous anyway, but you should have seen her on her wedding day! (Nicole Kidman from Moulin Rouge. I kid you not.) :^D
* palm trees
* seraphtrevs's husband is a class act and a very generous guy. And most importantly, they are very happy together. :^D
* hummingbirds everywhere in November
* Smoothie King (seriously. I want one around here so bad...)
* palm trees
* perfect weather
* The closest Smoothie King to where I live is somewhere in New Jersey. Not cool, yo.
* palm trees
* Despite the five lane highways, the drivers out there were way nicer and more considerate than here.
* Maybe I'll someday be able to winter over there and come back Northeast in the spring. Migrate, like.
* palm trees - heck yeah!
( Quizes behind the cut )
I love, love, love the Jose +10 adidas commercial. It doesn't get old, and I laugh every time.
"Beckenbauer? Hahahaha- uh."
And Rob Stone's homage to Brazil before the match today was adorable. "Why do I love Brazil? Their names are fun to say. Ronaldo. Ronaldinho. Kaka. Cafu. See? You're smiling already." Classic.
And we're just going to forget about yesterday's US-Czech Republic match. I stand by our team and wish them luck (lots and lots of luck) but I retain my sense of realism.
My brother's couch is very comfy. I've spent many nights on different people's couches, and his rates a 9.5 out of 10.
The street theater at Quincy Market in Boston was a lot of fun.
The New England Aquarium was as cool as I remembered from when I was a little kid.
I will never, ever drive in Boston. Neat town, cool history, but terrible traffic and screwy traffic signals.
Bronchitis really sucks. And so do head colds. I think it's only fair to trade in the past month of illness for another two years of fantastic health.
Camping this weekend at Cherry Springs State Park (ooooh, I can't wait!). I haven't been camping in five years, and this will be my first time camping in "God's Country" (that's Potter County - called that because of the forests and wildlife). Yay!
The bridal shower went well (yay!), I passed my big exam at the end of April (yay again!), and now I've just got to gear up for the class I'm taking next week and the wedding in July.
There now, I think that's enough randomness for a while.