Thankful Friday and Saturday (2 November & 3 November)

Last night I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and saw The Colour Theory perform. I am not a big jazz fan, but I do like watching the local performers at the Art Museum and this group did not disappoint! I am thankful for the programming The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers and I am glad to be a member.

As I was waiting for the bus, I met someone named Jose and he was interesting (in a good way) guy to chat with. He was all kindness and we chatted for a good 15 minutes. Of course, selfie time! I have to print this for my Happiness Box since I have quite the collection of selfies with kind individuals I meet. I am thankful for everyone I encounter and befriend along the way.

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Autumn has finally arrived and according to our weather station here, this is the best colour of the season in a good 10 years since we had a wet and humid summer. It has been windy, but I’ve been taking advantage of the time I have to get pictures!

 

Thankful Thursday 1 November 2018

Happy dia de los Muertos, All Saint’s Day, and the First of November! I can’t believe it’s already November, although it feels like 1 September in Pennsylvania since it was 72 degrees today. Cool weather will be here again soon enough…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Co-workers from both jobs loved their treat bags and felt grateful for them. We also had a few trick-or-treaters last night and a group of teenaged girls stopped by. They were dressed as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They loved the emoji pumpkins I created and asked me if I was the one who created to Trumpkin last year. I said, “I did, two years ago!” (I was in Baltimore for the day and my parents arrived home from their cruise on Halloween last year and we didn’t open the door.) They replied, “we come here every year and love the pumpkins you come up with. We loved the Trumpkin and we love the decorations.” They let me take a photo and they agreed to a selfie! I’m thankful for their kindness.

I’m thankful for my friends, my family, and that I have a roof over my head. I am also thankful that I have food in my stomach and while money can be a struggle at times (especially lately), I’m especially thankful for the roof over my head and a loving home. I’m thankful for what my parents do for me.

I’m thankful for my job, especially the library job. The children’s department set up a “Month of Thankfulness” table and for November, I am going to try to post daily for “Thankful November.” I know I did that for the past few years on my former blog, I’m going to do it this year too! It is Thankful November!

What are you thankful for today?

Halloween Celebrations that Will Spook Your Socks Off… or maybe squee

This will mostly be an image blog post. On Friday, my full-time job held the annual pumpkin contest. My department’s theme was Unicorn Land; I made gluten-free cupcakes and wrote the story. Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but people loved our theme. HR also loved my story.

On Saturday, I bought a really cute Halloween style shirt at Urban Outfitters. I wore it yesterday–don’t worry, I’ll wear this neat shirt long after Halloween.

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Yesterday, I went to the Academy of Natural Sciences for their Halloween themed enrichment. Luna the Great Horned Owl and the creepy crawlers crept their way into my heart, they added a much-needed touch.

 

I love Halloween.

Jessica Attends Her First Shabbat 26 October 2018

Last night I attended my first Shabbat, which was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia’s Next Gen program. What a beautiful experience! First, they blessed the bread, then the wine, and said a prayer. Afterwards, we broke bread and comingled with one another. I had the chance to meet Will, Joel, Jackie, Stacey, Yoni, Heather, Carol, and a few others. I ate dinner with Will, Jackie and her friend; they were a blast to chat with, especially since Will is starting a business. Before we all parted ways, we exchanged contact numbers and I will be keeping in touch with Will and Yoni. I had a blast and it was a great opportunity to expand my interfaith communities.

I’m sad to report about the massacre at the Synagogue in Pittsburgh today. It breaks my heart that there is still so much hatred out there. I am angry and on Twitter I’ve said some colourful things. I believe in justice and I believe in “do unto others as you would want to be treated.” I can be unkind about criminality and I just wish that every child had the opportunity to comingle with people that are different from them. I believe if every child had that opportunity, it would kill racism and bigotry since they would learn that at the end of the day we are all human beings. We all bleed, we all have the same basic needs, we are not radically different from others. However, I don’t think it’s ever too late to learn and I still believe teens and adults should comingle with people from different backgrounds.

Thankful Thursday 25 October 2018

Very quick entry since I spent the evening working on stuff for my full-time job’s Halloween party tomorrow and I want to get to bed. It was thrown together quickly and who knows what tomorrow will bring, but grateful about being included.

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I’ve been cooking a lot lately and sharing Halloween goodies with people lately. A work friend has a friend that was diagnosed with cancer, I brought her in a goodie bag last week and my friend brought it to her friend. On Monday morning, her friend called my friend, my friend walked over to me, I spoke to the friend and she thanked me up and down for the treat bag – it really cheered her up. I’m grateful that it did and the feeling made me so verklempt.

I also cooked dad some Halloween monster peas, which he loved. It’s been a peaceful few nights and I am grateful for it all. I’m especially grateful for the Harvest Moon.

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What are you thankful for?

Walking the Schuylkill River Trail 19 October 2018

For the past two times, I’ve walked to Manayunk on the Schuylkill River Trail, but today I decided to walk in the opposite direction and I walked to Conshohocken. Money is a little tight this week; I didn’t venture into Philadelphia and decided to spend the night in (it’s a welcomed change). I thought I would walk to Conshohocken to catch the train back to Norristown (to get to King of Prussia). I didn’t take many photos, but the view was just as gorgeous!

As I mentioned yesterday, the weather has cooled, and it was a joy walking. The leaves are starting to change, but I am hoping by Halloween that we will have full colour.

When I hopped off of the train in Norristown, I ran into an old library co-worker. She’s a sophomore at Temple University and it was so nice to catch up briefly!