Saturday, March 24, 2007

Some Spring Saturday Fun

Today Kendra and I took a walk to South St. via a new route. The Delaware River and Penn's Landing area are only a few blocks from our house but we've rarely ever been down to that side of I-95. So this morning after breakfast we took a stroll down 2nd St. to Market (with a short detour down Elfreth's Alley). We took the pedestrian bridge over the highway and down the stairs to the paved pathway following the river. It was a nice walk, on a somewhat warm and cloudy day with only one group of rather annoying high school kids pelting each other with fallen tree debris.

We crossed back over to the city at the South St. bridge and had a great lunch at Kildare's Pub, whose bartenders can create pure magic with a pint of Guiness mixed with various other brewed beverages. On the way back home, Kendra got a quick eyebrow wax at Strands while I rented a copy of Unknown at Neon Video. (Check out Neon's cool lateral-scrolling website!). The last feature we picked up from there was Tony Jaa in Tom yun goong (The Protector) - a very cool kung-fu flick which is made all the more cooler by the fact that there were no wires or stunt doubles used and contains one of the longest, no-cut fight scenes (a 4 minute+ fight up a flight of stairs -here's the clip, and remember that the one here in the movie is the 6th and final take -that's some crazy athleticism). Here's a clip of a great kung-fu scene in a temple with a few inches of water on the floor- oh, and the temple's on fire, too!!! Great Stuff!

Monday is Kendra's 4th round of interviews at a company which will become public knowledge once she gets and accepts an offer from them (which hopefully will be soon!). She's been doing very well during this in-between-job-time at keeping her spirits up and stress levels down as well as keeping us on our budget, now temporarily tweaked for a 60% decrease in income.

My work has been going well. Lots of fun projects to work on and some pretty cool shows where the other guys and I have been able to inject some creativity for a little non-corporate freedom. I've also put together a short video highlighting the aspects of a boardroom at Neumann College that our integration department designed and installed.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Surprise Gifts!

Last week (3/15) I resigned from my job of nearly eight years. It has been an interesting couple of weeks for me as I figure out what comes next and spend some time at home. Although it was the right decision for me to move onto something else without so much travel, I enjoyed several years with great people as co-workers and clients. I know I will definitely miss them.

Despite all the great people I worked with, I was still very surprised to receive a very generous gift from some of them today! When Tim came home he was carrying two large boxes for me. They were full of gifts from Hershey! How exciting!

The first box contained a gorgeous pink and chocolate brown hat box filled with bath products - all chocolate themed. The second box contained a tower of Hershey food products, which I will have to be hiding from Mr. Chocolate Monster (a.k.a. Tim) :-) (Just kidding...I will share). There is a tin of rolos, pot of gold pecan clusters, chocolate covered pretzels, Hershey chocolate nuggets, and a large box of assorted Hershey chocolates!

Here are some pictures for the benefit of my co-workers far away who may not have seen what they sent. I am very touched by your gesture! I wish you were closer, and I would share these with you :-)

[Thanks, Mike, Mark, Brock, Lottie, Rax, and Dera!]

[Me with a big smile!]

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Reading Terminal and A Spoiled Kitty

On Wednesday, under the incorrect assumption that spring would mean warm temperatures, I decided to go to the Reading Terminal to get groceries at the market. I used to do this more often, but haven't been there in awhile. So, I put on my trusty backpack and headed out. On the way, I stopped in at the pharmacy to drop off Tim's prescription. (He has had a bad cold for awhile, and ignored it until it became nearly pneumonia. Hence the need for two prescriptions now).

I ended up getting a ton of vegetables filling the entire back pack and making me feel like I was hiking the Appalachian Trail. I stopped in at one of the Amish stands to get some meat for Tim. I got a big Turkey breast to make for dinner and chicken breasts and cheese. After this, I hiked on home, losing about 5 lbs worth of snot from my runny nose and sweat from the 50 pounds of food I was carrying. I am not sure why I thought this was an acceptable practice previously. It will be more simple to have a garden.

I spent the afternoon cleaning and prepping all the veggies and de-skinned and rubbed a marinade on the Turkey. By the time Tim got home, the food was about done, and I set the table.

Here is where the humorous moments come in. The previous weekend, my parents were in town because my dad was presiding over a wedding in Society Hill. I made them coconut chicken breast and broccoli for lunch. My dad was feeding Elora pieces of chicken, which appears to have spoiled her forever.

As Tim was attempting to enjoy his Turkey, a very curious Elora jumped up behind him and started peering over his shoulder. Then she was loudly begging for pieces of Turkey. Tim ended up giving her several pieces. The whole thing was rather amusing. Way to go, Popo :-)

Here are some blurry pictures that I took of the whole thing. Apparently, my vision is getting even worse than before. I thought the pics were in focus... guess not.

[Elora peering suspiciously over Tim's shoulder to see what the nice smell was...]

[Tim giving in and feeding Elora Turkey]

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Best Husband in the World!

Tonight I was having one of my usual cravings that come out of nowhere and are usually for some type of strange food that is not easy to obtain at 9 o'clock at night when these cravings generally present themselves.

Well, tonight the craving was for bananas of the sweet variety - a pie, cake, ice cream, etc.

So, Tim went out searching for a dessert for me. It took him two trips and about 40 minutes of preparation and then he presented me with a piece of banana cake with a sliced fresh banana a cherry, chocolate sauce and some spoonfuls of Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream.

It was so good. I should have had him take a photo so that you could all see how delicious it looked. But I started eating it too fast :-)

My baby is the BEST!

P.S. I am not pregnant. I just get these cravings ostensibly when I am short on a vitamin or mineral :-)