Sunday Funday: Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pho

On Saturday, 16 December, I ventured into Philadelphia to meet Christina for the holidays. I left early in the morning so I could go food shopping at Trader Joe’s when it first opened at 8 AM to avoid the crowds. En route to the city, Christina texted me that she was sick and wouldn’t be able to make it.

That was okay; after I went food shopping, I went to the Art Museum and enjoyed my time there. I spent two hours touring the galleries and taking festive photos with the holiday decorations. It was fun, though I signed up for a tour, but left an hour before it began. I was getting hungry, but next time. I want to go to Final Friday on 28 December, I’ll sign up for some tours then.

I made my way back to Pho 20 and had a chicken pho for lunch. It was a peaceful half an hour just enjoying the pho. I could eat it 24/7. I then walked around China Town before heading home.

Although it was rainy and Christina couldn’t meet up, I had fun. However, now I’m wondering about it because later that night she posted that she went to see a movie with her roommates. This year I’ve lost two friends and sometimes I sense I’m losing her too. I hope it wasn’t the case on Sunday; I have her gift (a photo book I made) and I’ll arrange something in 2019. If it falls through again, I’m not quite sure.

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One thought on “Sunday Funday: Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pho”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I like how you came up with a plan B when friend Christina bailed out on you. Some of the best times I ever had arose from plans changed at the last minute. A “broken play” can offer new opportunities for learning, enrichment and growth that you might have missed otherwise. Mrs. Shady and I love to explore art museums, and the one you visited has wonderful exhibits and holiday decorations. I’m glad you got some of that yummy Vietnamese chicken soup in your tummy to warm you on a chilly, rainy day. I would give Christina the benefit of the doubt and believe that she was indeed sick on Saturday morning, or perhaps she didn’t feel like going out on a rainy day and do the things the two of you had planned but didn’t want to hurt your feelings. If you continue to do your thing and have fun, even if it means being alone at times, you will attract friends who enjoy the same activities.

    Happy Thankful Thursday, dear friend JM!


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