Rattie Love ♥

Just some cuteness! ♥

Iris grooming my finger, while lying on her back:


Aspen having an m&m:


Lily bean:


Rosie having a treat:


Daisy, my curly haired rex:


Up close and personal with Iris, lol!


All photos taken with my new Sony Cybershot W570.


Philadelphia Zoo!

F.B. and I headed to the Philadelphia Zoo today. It was 93 degrees out! (Too hot!) We spent around 2 hours there, it's a huge zoo. We wanted to go on the hot air balloon but it wasn't running today. :-(

Here are pictures and video from our day:

Zoo Loot, lol!

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PA Turnpike 2. Sarah 0.

Let's just say the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I have a bad relationship. When I was around 19-20 years old, I ended up getting onto the PA Turnpike by mistake because US Route 1 had a median and I didn't realize I was in the wrong lane, until it was too late. Once you're on the Turnpike, you can't get off until you hit another exit. It's all highway, so there's no where to do a u-turn and go back the way you came.

When I got lost years ago this was before GPS on cell phones, etc. I didn't know I was supposed to take the "ticket" the booth printed out. So when I ended up at a toll booth later on crying to the guy that I was lost, all he did was ask for my ticket and charge me more because I didn't have the toll ticket. I couldn't even call anyone because I didn't know where I was.

I remember getting off and driving lost for awhile, until I came to this huge bridge- that probably connected PA to New Jersey. I sure did a u-turn there! I was not going to another state with only a little bit of cash. (This was before I had debit or credit cards too!) Eventually, I found State Rd, which I remembered passed through Philadelphia. I took it until I got home. That my first defeat with the PA Turnpike. Ever since then I've stayed away from the Turnpike. Getting lost, is a huge fear of mine.

So... Thursday evening F.B. & I attempted to take on the PA Turnpike again. We had directions to Allentown printed from Google. Which were not specifically CLEAR about which way to go when there's a FORK in the road! We ended up getting off the wrong exit and driving for miles. We ended up in Landsdale PA, first. Somehow using the GPS on my phone, we got back on the turnpike, but ended up in Norristown, PA. We ended up paying tolls about 3 different times and spending a over $7.00 just to get lost!

Traffic was atrocious when we finally got back on the PA Turnpike for the 3rd time to head home. There were no lanes, it was like Philippine traffic all over again! We were lost for a good 2 and a half hours. Wasting gas and cash on tolls. It was not a good experience, I'm not good when it comes to getting lost because I panic. Let's just say we never did make it to Allentown, PA... I needed a shot of vodka when we did finally get home. I had an awful migraine and needed a nap!

Since getting to Hershey Park also involves taking the Turnpike our plans for that changed as well. Maybe someday I'll attempt the PA Turnpike again and maybe I'll actually defeat it, instead of it defeating me! But not anytime soon...

Tomorrow F.B. and I are heading to the Philadelphia Zoo. It's my last vacation day from work. We already purchased our tickets and printed them out online, so there's no backing out of that. At least driving there doesn't involve the Turnpike! :-p

I have a new header banner as you can see! The image to the left is a seagull on the Schuylkill river bridge in Philadelphia on Market Street. The middle picture, is skyscrapers in downtown Philadelphia on Market Street. And the right picture is a palm tree during sunset at Manila Bay, Philippines. :-)


New Camera & Other Updates!

My favorite Sony Cybershot W55 camera died on the 4th of July. The button you use to take pictures broke off and since it was attached with plastic, it couldn't be repaired. Sigh... it gave me a good 4 years out of it though and took a beating since I had dropped it a few times over the years...

I ordered another Sony Cybershot on Amazon.com. I got the W570 with 16.1 MP for $149.00 on Amazon last week. The macro on Sony cameras is one thing I really love about them, since I love taking up close photographs of flowers, pets, food, etc. The focus is great. The low lighting photos are also amazing on this new camera. One shot I took of Aspen was actually in a dark part of his cage, but it turned out perfectly, not washed out with the flash at all! Love it!

Clover & Honey

Other News:

F.B. has an interview for Amazon.com on Friday! It's for their shipment facility in Allentown, PA. So pray and keep your fingers crossed that all goes well! We are also going to the DMV one day so he can apply for his PA drivers permit.

I was also told today we will probably be getting furloughed from work by the end of July and not getting recalled until January. So good and bad news.

I have two vacation days on the 15th and 18th, so we are thinking about going to Hershey Park one day this weekend! I've always wanted to go!

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Fireworks and other goodies.

F.B. and I headed up to Peddler's Village yesterday evening to watch a fireworks show for their Independence Day celebration. It was mobbed with people, I've never seen so many people at Peddler's Village before. The fireworks lasted around 20 minutes. It was terrible getting out afterwards though. It took us an hour to get back on the road we needed to get home. We ate dinner around 11:30pm at the Eagle Diner. We didn't get home until 12:30am or so.

Video of the Fireworks, sadly after only 2 seconds my camera said it ran out of memory for an HD video, lol.

Some cute stuff I picked up at Peddler's Village. I got an owl coin purse and owl earrings. (Putting the earring charms on a necklace chain though.) And a rattie cookie cutter! (Cell phone pic!)

Pretty Flowers at Peddler's Village:

A few weeks ago Kohl's had a great sale early bird sale. I got a 17 piece blender/smoothie kit for $19.99 plus 20% off when I used my Kohl's card! I love it, I've been making fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast every morning, making iced frapp's, and icy drinks. It's awesome! I even ordered my cousin one for her birthday. (Sadly, it's back to it's $49.99 price now.)

I also got a great sale price on a Land's End tote bag last week! I've always wanted one, they are so sturdy and nice. I got an aqua blue/white tote with my initials for $19.99.

My adorable rattie/mice pins, I found on Etsy and put on my tote bag:


Ivy: Jan 2010- June 2011

My beautiful Ivy girl passed away today. She had a tumor and I think it had begun to block things so she couldn't go to the bathroom... she got very sick last night and by this afternoon she passed away. Her nickname was "Cream Puff", because when she was younger she was so squishy & round. Ivy won a photo contest once for Jen's Custom Crafts. She will definitely be missed, she had such a spunky attitude. ♥♥♥


Books I'm reading now

I finished both of these books over the weekend. Both are really good, I'm starting to reread them again.

1. Sisterhood Everlasting- Ann Brashares

 2. Room- Emma Donoghue

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Pennypack Park & Starbucks

It's a nice sunny Saturday and not too hot so F.B. & I headed to Pennypack Park this morning and took Curry & Aspen my two new boys to the park with us. We got lot's of pictures!

 We got Starbucks after the park. I don't get to have Starbucks so often anymore because there really isn't one very close to where I work anymore. *Sad Face* (Hint Starbucks put one in 30th Street Station! 19th street is too far!) We tried the new Coconut Mocha Frappucino and OMG... it is AMAZING! It tastes like chocolate coconut and it has toasted coconut on top. Mmmm!


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