Winter is Coming! Rothman’s Ice Rink Now Open!

I always assumed that the Rothman Rink at City Hall always opened the same time the Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing opened, Black Friday. Last Friday when I was walking near Center City, I noticed Rothman Rink opened that night, on the 8th. I didn’t have my skates, since I didn’t know, and I vowed to come back on Sunday.

I went back on Sunday! After I had breakfast with the Jewish group at Kfar (I didn’t get any pictures), I went to the Rothman Rink. I always go to the River Rink since I can go free, but if that rink is closed, I’ll pay the $5 entrance fee for Rothman. I paid the $5 and I was ready to ice skate!

I did well! I only fell once, towards the end. It was 50 degrees that day and the ice showed. I didn’t let the cracks deter me and I remembered what Erin taught me in NYC back in March. I was chatting with two figure skaters and they said I was rocking it. That made me feel good. 🙂

Dilworth Park and the Philadelphia Flower Society has their annual holiday/winter display up. I took a photo with one of the apiaries on Friday and I wanted to take more, especially with tattoo #2. I ran into two teenaged girls and asked them if they wanted to play photographer. They agreed, I handed them my camera, and they had fun taking photos of me and my tattoo. They absolutely adored the tattoo and it made me feel good. The beautiful photos made me feel good too and I was grateful that they were willing to take photos. I returned the favour and took fun photos of them as well. We all had fun!

Look at all that joy! I actually made a holiday card for myself, for my Happiness Box of the tattoo images. I used the one of my back and me not looking, the one of me looking over my shoulder, and the phrase outlined with the evergreen. I can’t wait to get it. 🙂

I ended the day on South Street, at Bahn Mi and Bottles. GF bao buns with brisket and enoki pho. I took half of the pho home and had it on Monday.

Oh, walking back to Center City, I passed a pet store and they were selling Humptee Trumptee dog toys. I had to get a photo for dad and created my own poem:

Humptee Trumptee sat on a wall,

Humptee Trumptee had a great fall.

All of the Republicans' horses and all of the Republican men

tried to put Humptee Trumptee together again.


I had a great day!

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Winter is Coming! Rothman’s Ice Rink Now Open!”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I’m happy to learn you discovered that Rothman Ice Rink opened earlier this month than you had though, and that you went there for a day of skating. If I am understanding you, your 50 degree afternoon was a bit too warm and affected the ice surface. I just checked our 10-day extended weather forecast to see how cold it is going to get during this week’s cold snap. The lowest it will fall overnight is 50 degrees, and so far, it is only expected to drop that low one night. Currently we are still running the air conditioner. I love the series of pics those girls took of you at the The Flower Society display at Dilworth Park. You returned the favor and created yet another win-win. When it is that easy to get good vibes going between strangers resulting in everybody having fun, it’s a wonder more people don’t try it. I’m glad the girls were impressed with your new tattoo. You capped the day with good GF eats at Bahn Mi and Bottles and took pictures of the Trump dog toys. It would be therapeutic to see a Rottweiler chewing the daylights out of Humptee Trumptee. I love your poem! 🙂

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend JM!


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