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Adventures in Toledo

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While Brad and I had the misfortune of crash landing in Toledo, we found ourselves with an excellent opportunity to explore a new place! Here’s some of our highlights!

We waited a very long time for our cab to show up, which we had called earlier that morning to reserve. Eventually we called the taxi company to see why they were running late, and the woman on the phone said “Sorry, we’re all booked up. You’ll have to call someone else.” We had chosen that company because they gave us the lowest estimate. We couldn’t afford anybody else. Luckily we were offered a ride to Toledo from a lovely woman who called herself Mystic. She was truly a lifesaver, and refused any payment we offered her for her kindness. If you come across this post, Mystic, thank you so much; you will be remembered forever.

When we arrived at the bus station, we got our tickets and had our bags taken care of. Then it was time to get something to eat!

We stopped at this very spiffy sports bar called Table 44. The service was great, and they played soft jazz as we enjoyed our meal. We happened to be the only customers in the place, but it looked as though it would have been pretty packed if we had wandered in at night.

As an appetizer we ordered these “potato cups,” which are generally filled with cheese, bacon, and scallions (the latter we asked to exclude).

Afterwards we took a long walk around Toledo to kill time until we boarded our bus and found ourselves near some docks along the Maumee River. We walked along the river and found this pretty lady overlooking the river, too.

I guess she decided she would have better balance without the flip flops. Eventually we decided to head to the nearest dollar store we could find to get some headphones for the long bus ride home when I spotted my very first real-life yarn-bomb!

And the second! I was so excited that I just had to get some pictures.

We noticed that the people in Toledo are considerably nicer than the people in the Wilkes-Barre area. Everyone we encountered along our walk was very pleasant, and I didn’t feel like so much of a tourist running around with a camera and a bad case of sun burn. Although we had a bad experience, it was nice to get some unexpected traveling done.

Bonus! Did you spot Brad and me in the pictures above?
Hint: We’re in two separate pictures.

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What had happened was…

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Hi there! I’m here today to talk about some setbacks that have occurred that have got me feeling a little low. At the end of June, Brad and I went to Michigan to attend my family reunion. The reunion was a wonderful event and I may have become a little lax in posting to my blog during that weekend. It was remarkably hot the entire trip and the sun was constantly shining. That is, until a very brief rain storm on our way home that caused us to hydroplane. We were driving in the left lane when we started sliding to the right, and then we spun counter-clockwise until the back of the Jeep collided with the median wall.

I remember it happening so slowly, clutching the handle across the dashboard for dear life, my eyes closed tight, braced for impact, thinking Why haven’t we hit yet? It took us forever to hit that wall. Our rear window and the one on the right side in the back were completely smashed out. We also have a very bent axle and lost a few things as we hit and then slid down the median.

Luckily, neither of us were injured and my mom was traveling only a few miles ahead of us when we crashed. We were towed to a place not far from the Toledo airport with a hotel just a short distance up the road. My mom, step-dad, and grandma were waiting there for us when we arrived in the tow truck, but with my niece in the car with them, they only had enough room for one person to come back home with them. Brad and I decided to stay together at the hotel and find our way home the following day. That was an uncomfortable adventure all on its own.

This train of events had left me feeling rather drained and depressed, and I must admit that I neglected my blog for far too long. Eventually, however, one must come to realize that happiness won’t find you if you’re hiding from it under your covers; one finds happiness when she gets off her ass and looks for it herself. Even when your car looks like this and is all the way in Toledo.

I hope you like how I lazily edited out the phone numbers in these photos. It just seemed appropriate to exclude them, I guess. And hey, we found out that the Jeep isn’t totally destroyed. Before we know it, we’ll be back on the road to Toledo to bring her back home. Things are starting to look up, and I’m glad I still managed to get my monthly feature published(despite it being a little late). Thanks for reading, internet.

Creek Critters

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Today Brad and I earned some extra money for helping a friend move! Because it was such an incredibly hot day and moving is a terrible bitch, we decided to go to Sullivan Falls and dip our feet in the cool water with our friend KT.

The bad news is, I’m having trouble finding my camera and I was unable to take pictures.

The good news is, KT did, in fact, have her camera and got a few shots of some cute little animal buddies to share. She’s pretty awesome like that.

While we were dipping our feet in one of the immensely cold pools eroded into the top of the waterfall, we noticed this little guy triumphantly scaling the mossy rock face beside us.

Upon further inspection we noticed he had a big fat belly, probably full of little baby salamanders. We stopped calling him “he.”

In this picture you can get a great view of the little bitty dots all over her underside, as well as the awesome circle-spots on her back. You can click any of these images to zoom in.

Just when we thought our adventure was over and we climbed the path back up to the parking area, KT shouted! She almost stepped right onto this little brown snake. When I was a kid, I would have picked him right up and let him slither all through my fingers. Now, I’m not so brave. I carefully picked him up with a stick before trying to touch him to make sure he wasn’t dangerous. While KT tried to get a picture of him hanging from said stick, my hands were very very shaky, and those photos didn’t turn out so well. We said goodbye to the little snakey with a gentle pet on his back. Or tail. Maybe both.

Work Vacations

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Woah, sorry it’s been a little while, internet. I guess it’ll take me just a little bit longer to complete the goal on my first Checklist of posting at least twice a week for a month. I’ve been really wrapped up in my new job, so getting this boutique into existence has been pretty hard.

Luckily, this new job has inspired me to work on a really big craft project. I started typing up the introductory post for this project sometime last week or the week before. You’ll be reading it within this week – I promise.

On another note, this job has me traveling, but if the weather doesn’t permit, then I can’t do a whole lot of work. This past Thursday I found myself with a day off, so my boyfriend(who I work with), some other coworkers, and I went on a little field trip to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. I got to touch a jellyfish and make a little scrapbook page about it! I’ll throw up some low-quality cell-phone pictures from the trip when I get the chance.

My boyfriend and I also got ourselves a new laptop, so I’ll definitely have the opportunity to post throughout the week if we’re out of state. I might just have to lose some sleep to get it done.

So anyway, it’s Sunday and we’ve got some packing to do for the upcoming week, so I’d better be off. Thanks for reading, internet. Don’t lose hope.