Monday, March 28, 2011

Focusing on the Fun Stuff

So this past week has been... interesting.

There was a lot of fun stuff, but also one really awful run in with the Jersey City Parking Authority that almost ended with me spending Tuesday night in my car on Columbus Blvd. But instead of dwelling on that, let's focus on the fun stuff that happened, shall we?

Tuesday night my husband performed at the new talent showcase at Gotham Comedy Club.

First we stopped by the New York Public Library to see the original stuffed animals that inspired A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh stories.

For all the time I spend in New York, and despite the fact that I'm a librarian, I'd never actually set foot in the NYPL until Tuesday afternoon. And I'm not ashamed to say that being there made me feel a little bit giddy.

So there they are: the "real-life" Winnie the Pooh and friends. In case any of you are wondering, Eeyore's tail really is held on by a pin. I thought that was adorable. Also, Piglet is SUPER tiny.

And there's my husband on the stage of Gotham Comedy Club! I believe this is actually the third time he's been there, but it's still pretty exciting. :-)

On Saturday night we had a bunch of people over, and friends of ours brought their 5-month-old boxer puppy, Lilly. So far she is the only dog I've known who can wear Elvis out.

There's Elvis, ready for a nap, and Lilly about to pounce. Needless to say, he was a tired boy yesterday!

As far as the jewelry business goes, custom orders continue to abound, and I'm trying to line up some craft shows for spring/summer (difficult when there seems to be some sort of wedding-related event every Saturday from now til the end of July, but I'm doing my best!). I need to send out some applications and I'll be sure to post dates and locations here as soon as everything is confirmed!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pre-Flood Photos

Since my sophomore year of high school, crossing the Delaware river has been a frequent part of my routine. Since then I have eithered lived in NJ and gone to high school in PA, lived in PA and gone to college in NJ, or lived in NJ and worked in PA.

So I tend to take for granted the fact that I haven't yet been stranded in one state or the other, though I came darn close on Friday.

This is where the Lehigh River meets the Delaware. Normally there's a huge drop from the Lehigh to the Delaware (right around the middle of this picture), but the two rivers are at the same level, and the Lehigh was almost to the top of the banks by lunchtime.

Here's the view looking upstream at the Lehigh River. On the far bank, the water looked like it was only a few feet away from flooding Route 611.

While I was stuck at a red light on the way home, I took this picture of the bridge I cross every day. The water is normally nowhere near this close to the bridge! It was a weird experience driving across with the water so high.
The river apparently only crested at 4 feet above flood stage, so that worst that happened was that some roads were closed overnight, and right now I'm feeling incredibly grateful that the worst of my worries was whether I'd be stuck on the wrong side of the Delaware for an evening.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I guess I just went 5 weeks without a single blog post.

I haven't really been reading many blogs lately either, which made for an interesting experience when I logged into Bloglovin for the first time in weeks.

Hopefully this will be the last time I manage to go more than a week without a post, but given my schedule this spring, I make no promises.

Right now I'm trying to get moving on finding some spring craft shows to do, but most of them are on Saturdays, and nearly all my Saturdays between now and July are filled with bridal showers, engagement parties, bachelorette parties and weddings. But if/when I find shows that I can actually participate in, I'll be sure to post the dates here.

Also: exciting news! We got a fancy new camera last month (Canon Rebel T2i) that I am terrified to use, but I fully intend to exploit my husband's photography skills for future listings on Etsy, as well as on future blog posts!
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