A Week in Review

Sometimes the hardest part about blogging (besides turning on the laptop) is coming up with a title. With that said, I am simply calling it what it is, which is a review of my last week.

It was a good week. The weather has gotten had, really, really hot and humid and cicadas have arrived, so it is noisy, very very noisy outside!

Work was busy, I spent my shifts resetting the cosmetic wall, to add in the new products from the make up companies. I have a love/hate relationship with this bi-annual project. This is easier than the winter reset, which I worked on with a team of two others and we started at 4am!

Tara and I have continued to have fun with Pokemon Go. We took two evening drives into Philly, and found lots of new Pokemon driving the streets!

This photo below was taken last Monday when we took a drive to Valley Forge. Our flag has been flying half-staff far to often with all the violence and senseless acts of terror around the world.

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Philadelphia is the host for the Democratic Convention. The city is all “dressed up” and ready to be in the spotlight. I want to try and get down one evening after dary to get some photos of some of the landmarks that are being light up for the occasion. Tara was in the city on Sunday night and she said the police presence was very noticable.

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There is a new art installation from City Hall to South Street. It looks really amazing, and is called “14 Movements” A Sympony in Color and Words” by Mat Tomezsko. My picture doesn’t really show the true colors as it was evening and lots of other lights. Click here for a great arial view.

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We took advantage of Tara and I having some time off together and also took a quick drive to Green Lane in hopes of finding some good Pokemon. Pokemon were not cooperating but I did see many many dragonflies. I love dragonflies. I was not  able to to get too many photos, I was not able to get too close to the waters edge. I like how this one turned out though!

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Saturday, Tara and I continued our tradition since 2009 and saw Star Trek Beyond at the Movie Tavern. We have not been to many movies lately, so this was a real treat for me. I enjoy the Movie Tavern experience. The movie and the food did not disappoint!

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Sunday, I finally did a grocery shopping. I still HATE grocery shopping, but with the savings I can realize at Aldis on so many things I have not been using on line ordering! I loaded up on fruit and veggies and healthy foods.

Although it was really hot, I did cook a nice dinner with a couple recipes I found.

Mexican Chicken and Cauli-Rice. They were inspired by this recipe, but I made a few alterations. It was really good. I also made Blueberry Crisp with oatmeal and pecans in the “crisp”. I made sure to keep it healthy and did not add much additional sweetner. It was yummy!

Monday is here, and it is the last day of my four day break from work. I was up very early. We had a thunderstorm that woke me up, and I never really went back to sleep. Trying to make the most of the day! Maybe Tara and I will head out on an adventure once she gets up! If not I have plenty of projects here I could get into!

 

Thanks for stopping by.

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Sundays in My City – Art of the Brick

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With Tara working this summer and her active social life with friends, it has been difficult for us to find time for adventures. A couple weeks ago, we both had the same day off and we wanted to do something together. Two things came to mind; The Adventure Aquarium in Camden (I bought an Annual pass in June, and Tara has never been) or The Franklin Institute in Philly, specifically to see The Art of the Brick exhibit. 

We choose The Art of the Brick, the amazing Lego creations of Nathan Sawaya.
We ventured out on a beautiful, not too hot day. Arriving in Philly, my plan was immediately altered when the parking at the FI, and we had to find alternate parking. (I am one of those people who fears parallel parking, and will pay just about anything in a parking lot/garage because of that limitation!) We found parking about 4 blocks away. (I love the graphics available in Snapchat!)

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Ben was there to greet us!

Here is my Flickr album with all the photos I took., I will share just a few.

Most were shot with my Galaxy S4, it was just easier than using the DSLR, There were many children and I needed to be quick with the shutter.!

Dum Dum, I want Gum Gum (reference to Night at the Museum)
Of course there had to be a Liberty Bell in Philly!
Creepy but cool!
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This display recreated elements from several paintings around the room.


Tara and I both really enjoyed our day. We also took in the Ghengis Khan exhibit, I will save that for another day. 
Stop by and visit Claudya and Sundays in my City.
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Project 365 – Day 20 – City Hall – William Penn

Never enough pics of Bill!

“Time is what we want most but what we use worst

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Project 365 – Day 19 – John Wanamaker

John Wanamaker; merchant, religious leader, civil and political figure. Life long Philadelphian. Wanamaker’s store in Philly is now home to Macy’s . This statue is right outside City Hall. “Keep up the old standards and day by day raise them higher”

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Project 365 – Day 17 – Easter on South Street

Only Philly has a Zombie Walk on Easter Sunday. The people in front of Tattooed Mom’s were getting zombifiied.

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Project 365 – Day 13 – Paint Torch

Every city needs a giant paint brush!

Paint Torch, a 51-foot, blue-and-orange paint brush at Lenfest Plaza, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts.  This sculpture
was created Claes Oldenburg.

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Project 365 – Day 12 – Philly Newstand

Another in my Philly series from last Friday’s cruise up (and back down) Broad Street. The turquoise of this newstand caught my eye. I think I would feed my magazine addiction far too often if I walked by one of these everyday.

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Project 365 – Day 11 – Divine Lorraine

One of my favorite views of Philadelphia, headed down Broad Street with William Penn coming closer and closer into view. There was a time that he was the highest point in the city, but that is no longer the case, he still stands proud upon City Hall! 
The large building on the left, The Divine Lorraine, has intrigued me from the first time I noticed it. It once was once a beautiful building that was home to many of the cities wealthiest families. 
Built betweern 1892 and 1894. At 10 stories tall it was one of the first high rise buildings in the city. 
After it’s purchase in 1948  by Father Divine, it became the first racially integrated hotel of it’s class in the country. Anyone who was willing to follow the rules of Father Divine’s Universal Peace Mission Movement, was welcome.
Abandoned since 1999 the building has fallen into ill repair and is covered in grafitti (how do they do that at such heights and go unnoticed?) Much of the interior has been salvaged.
The building has passed through several owners. Currently plans for renovation are underway and reported to begin in May 2015. I hope that some day in the near future the building is restored to the graduer of the past.

The Divine Lorraine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance in architecture and civil rights history.

If you are interested in seeing more of the building, I found this aweseome video shot with a drone.  
Joining in on Mellow Yellow Monday… there are bits of yellow throught the shot! 
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Project 365 – Day 10 – Shine On

“Yeah we all shine on, like the moon and the stars  and the sun” John Lennon

Another impressive work of the Philly Mural Arts program found at Broad and Lehigh. I need to get Rise from the other side of the building!

You can see all of my Project 365 photos on Instagram here.
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