Philadelphia, Annapolis, Manassas, Appomattox

Saturday, Philadelphia I flew into Philadelphia, where I met Dad and David (they’d driven across from Illinois the day before, stopping in at Jenny’s in New Jersey). Jenny was meant to be with them, but my poor sister was still…

In sort of the opposite of fad diet commercials, I now give you Merry before (that’s him on the left): And Merry after: Jenny’s in both for scale. Look how she’s holding him in one hand at, like, two months…

Fenway

My uncle was in town over Labor Day, and wanted to see Fenway. I’m not much of a baseball fan (as I’m sure you must know…), but I wanted to play the gracious hostess. Well. I was absolutely shocked by…

Tonight I’m making Jenny’s Pasta Fa-Ghoul, so named because: I think it’s funny. It’s delicious in the fall around Halloween. I have trouble consistently spelling “fagioli” correctly unaided by m-w.com. Traditional fagioli is meatless, but come on. I’m sure I’ve…

Have I mentioned that David is taller than me now? And have I mentioned that he’s a monkey?

Shaker Village

The weather was too nice for indoor activities yesterday, so we headed up 93 to the Canterbury Shaker Village. There’s a little restaurant up there now with very tasty, simple food, and they’ve just opened an exhibit on Shakers in…

Washington Crosses the Delaware

So Jenny says to me she says, “You’re a history type of girl, right?” And I’m like, “Yeah, baby! Yeah!” So we repaired to the spot where Washington crossed the Delaware. There are a lot of facts about that day…

Iowa and South Dakota

The big vacation this year was to South Dakota. It was like being young again—hanging out in the backseat while Dad drove and Mom navigated, trying to amuse myself while I waited for lunch and the hamburger therein. Oh, and…

Seattle

I attended the 2005 Society for Technical Communication conference in Seattle. The conference is a separate rant (let’s just say that I don’t want to be a tech writer ever ever ever and leave it at that). The good thing…

IL/IA '04

Had to dash home for a bit. Have some adventures. You know the routine. I naturally hopped out of bed too early most mornings. And since it’s October, the air is full of dust from the harvest—which makes for lovely…

Sidney Rodeo et al.

I had a free ticket I needed to use up by October 1, so I figured I’d sneak home to attend a rodeo with David. I was still on eastern time, of course, so I hopped out of bed first…

Chincoteague

Tracie and I attended a conference at Salisbury University. We decided to use this as a mini vacation and headed down two days early to Chincoteague. We visited the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The museum is working on some much-needed…