Vacation and a New Addition

Yes, it’s been awhile since I have made a post! I apologize to my one or two readers lol! First, I went to visit my BFF Nichole in Pennsylvania the weekend before last and had a blast!


I left on Thursday afternoon and took the train from Providence, RI to Philly. At right is a picture I snapped of a K9 cop on a platform in Connecticut…just because. (Haha, I thought she looked cool:)

Of course, I took an ativan about a half hour before the train got to NYC because I knew I’d have a stranger sitting beside me, and not only did I have a fat man who smelled like bologna sit in the seat beside me, but I had an obnoxious college girl slam the back of the seat in front of me into my knees. Ugh.

Nichole and her boyfriend Greg met me at the 30th Street Station and we had dinner in a restaurant there, then we caught the commuter rail to the station across from her house.

NS_smallOn Friday, Nichole and I drove to New Hope, PA and wandered through some of the shops there, had a terrible lunch at a place that shall remain nameless. But really…in a place like New Hope, you expect your lunch to be more than a previously frozen hamburger pattie, don’t you? Anyway…I bought some smelly soaps and a beautiful purple and teal pottery bowl, among a few other little things, in New Hope. That evening, we went to Skippack, which is another little marketplace type of town, and I got some really cute things in a little country crafts shop there, including a great new pair of handcrafted earrings!

mutterOn Saturday, we took the train in to Philly and visited the Mütter Museum, which I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Nichole got a little queasy when we got to the pickled punks…er…babies preserved in jars. But I went through the entire place. It was fascinating…in a morbid sort of way…which is exactly my style;)

That evening, we went to dinner and then hung out at Nichole’s house and watched a movie on pay per view. The next morning, I accompanied Nichole and Greg to Mass at their church, and then it was off to the train station (with a quick stop at Rita’s so I could get a quart of swedish fish flavored water ice), and I was homeward bound.

I realized on Friday that I had probably lost my bottle of ativan on the train ride down, so I had a few anxiety-ridden moments, but all in all, it was a great trip, and as usual, it was way too short! As soon as I got on the train, I already missed Nichole and her crew of pets and wished I could turn around and go right back!

Having spent some nice quality time with Nichole’s cat Cecil, I was reminded of how much I missed having a cat in the house…and so on Wednesday, while sitting at work on my lunchbreak, I went on Craigslist and found an ad for Siamese kittens. I picked one up that night and brought her home. Her name is Zoë, and she is sooooo sweet!


She is a purebred Siamese, about 12 weeks old. So far, the dogs don’t know what to make of her. She has her own room for now, at least until she is big enough that the little tap of her paw on their nose will mean business enough that they’ll get the message not to mess with her. Sassi is bonding with her, so that’s good. She’s a handful…it’s been 20 years since there’s been a kitten in my house, and I’d forgotten how crazy (and fun!) they can be!

Anyway, add Mother’s Day to that, and my brother coming down this past weekend, and a fundraiser for my stepson’s Criminal Justice Society on Saturday, and suffice it to say that it’s been a busy few weeks!!! Now I really need a vacation to recover!!