Thursday, August 7, 2014

Things I'm thinking about on Thursday

1. Tuesday I went up to the City Hall Observation Deck for the first time ever. I'm not afraid of heights, but sharing the postage stamp size, rickety, airless elevator for the slow, seemingly endless climb up tested my severely claustrophobic self. The views were worth it. I recommend doing this. It's only $6 and you get what amounts to about 8 minutes on the observation deck. Some photos:
My newest Billy Penn angle - underneath
2. In other claustrophobia news, I survived the dentist last Friday (obviously). I go back tomorrow to get fillings filled. Cue the tiny violins. There will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth tonight I'm sure.
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3. My lazy ahole dogs look like this every day as I'm leaving for work. Oh, durr durr durr, we are so exhausted we can barely open our eyes as you leave to make money to buy us food, treats, and toys. Farewell, mother. 

4. So...Orange is the New Black. I like it, but I don't think it's OMG best show ever. Piper is a spoiled asshole and the show itself is a little slow.

5. I spent eleventy billion hours weeding and deadheading this week. The flowers are out of control this year, in a good way.
6. Days remaining until our trip to Chicago: 23. Our itinerary is tight, I have those days packed to within an inch of their lives. It's going to be a need a vacation from our vacation weekend. Bring it!
7.  I love taking flag photos. Love love love. This is the Wanamaker Building at Juniper Street.
8.  Hello. Hi. Hey there.
9. It's been a while since I've felt the need to put someone on blast. That's nice.

10. Ecard of the week.
Have you wished the lovely Marla of Luck Fupus a happy birthday? Today's the day! Tweet her here. Happy happy birthday friend!
Let me leave this with you:
Waltzing Matilda, waltzing Matilda. You'll come a-waltzing Matilda with me...

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39 comments:

  1. Thanks for the elevator warning! I'm scared!! But such great pictures! Just wait on OITNB, Piper gets hers! Can they give you nitrous oxide at the dentist? My dad gets it just for a cleaning!

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  2. Hey, look at that! I wasn't the last comment on the post, or a week late! ;)

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  3. Such a great view! The pups make it so hard to leave in the morning, so cute! Well hello there! ;) I need to watch that movie again soon.

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  4. Your comments about the Observation Deck made me think of the Gateway Arch in St Louis. It's got a similarly freaky, claustrophia-inducing elevator ride, but then when you get to the top, you can only look out through these tiny windows that you have to lay down on this weird shelf to look out of. I always tell people to skip it and just hang out in the park under the Arch for free when they're in St. Louis.

    You're going to Chicago? I just love that place! I was there 3 years ago for a work conference and had the best time. My advice is skip the Aquarium unless you're going to pay for the extra exhibits, and spend your time at the Field Museum instead. We found a really good breakfast place called Yolk and ate there twice! I think it's a Chicago chain so there are multiple locations. And, of course -- pizza! popcorn! Are you going to a baseball game? The Frank Lloyd Wright stuff? (Sorry if I'm making your list longer!)

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  5. ha! your dogs expressions always kill me. the first one (gee?) he's like: well? the money ain't gonna make itself!

    i love chicago! i've been there twice and both times was NOT enough time! :(

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  6. I love when I'm reading a post and just find myself nodding along going "yup! yup! yup!" Your flowers, lady? Amazing! I really like OITNB, but I think it's mostly because it's a show J and I can watch together. I don't think it's the best thing ever, but it FEELS like the best thing ever because we rarely have shows together. That e-card? Can I wear that as a button?

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  7. I've tried Orange is the New Black TWICE and cannot get into it. Both times I shut it off way before the first episode was even complete. Just doesn't do anything for me...

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  8. I have a feeling your house is one I would walk by and comment on how I love the flowers!

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  9. OITNB took a while to grow on me. I don't think it's in my favorites but I liked it enough to binge watch and I like pretty much every character but Piper and her lovah. If I died and got reincarnated as a female prisoner, I would want to be Pensatucky, just saying. I love to hate her. Your views were awesome and worth the $6!

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  10. Ah yes I remember the days when my dogs just looked at me lovingly while I sludged out into the world to earn them all the things they like...now they just stare at me pitifully unless I take them out twenty times an hour....demanding little creatures!

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  11. Bahahah, my dogs definitely look the same sleepy way. I swear, it's just not fair. I love the photos from your observation deck view!

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  12. LOL @ "in other claustrophobic news!" I liked the second season of OITNB better because it focused on the other inmates. I love Chicago and we haven't been there in 10 years. Friends of ours just got married there and they're posting pics all over FB making me want to go. I'm hoping Jeremy will agree to Chicago for his graduation trip.

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  13. I love the observation deck photos, I'm glad you braved the elevator so you could share!

    My dogs sleep all day while I work and I have to watch them, grrrr.

    I LOVE how great your flowers look, full gardens are the best kind!

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  14. Have you ever done the Bunker Hill monument in Boston? Terrifying!
    I hate my spoiled dogs. They don't know how good they have it.
    "Gnashing of teeth" ha ha. Nice play on words there.

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  15. Your flowers are wonderful. I want year round flowers blooming like that. Love the Jake picture. One of my favorite movies. I do not like prison shows. No way - that elevator, can't do it. I was on the 30th floor of the Hyatt in Hong Kong.
    I was woozy for days. The pups are adorable always .Extra Lights to you on all of your dental visits.Cant believe
    your brother moves back in to school on Tuesday already JMJ. Carpe diem this beautiful day. A bunch of them coming
    I will be tweeting MJ shortly to say HBD!
    Love your MOMMA

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  16. your dogs are so freaking cute! boo to the dentist again. i need to go because i have a toothache but i am ignoring it for the same reasons.

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  17. Can't wait to see what you have lined up for Chicago! The flower garden is looking good!

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  18. Ughhh I hate going to the dentist too, you can cue the world's tiniest violin for me too ;-)

    I just got into OITNB recently too and am hooked. I agree she's spoiled/entitled but after each episode I just want to watch the next one.

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  19. I love that e-card! Hilarious! Thanks for sharing.Every blog I read people are heading to Chicago or talking about chicago and now I want to go!

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  20. Those views look amazing!!!! I love seeing cities from atop a building. It is always worth the super scary elevator rides and the hyperventilating I do on top of said building.

    Don't you know how rough a life it is being so damn cute?! Of course they are tired, duh! My dogs give me that same look. Well, Gracie does anyways. Mac is never tired. I am pretty sure he hides crack in his crate. Hes a hoarder.

    Dental pain then retail therapy. Be thinking of all the awesome shit you are going to buy yourself for your woes.

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  21. those pics from the observation deck are INCREDIBLE!!! love them so much!! Thanks for the reminder that it's Marla's b-day!

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  22. Nothing like going on vacation only to need a vacation from vacation! I feel that way every time we visit my in-laws! ha! Have fun in Chicago!!

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  23. I love the photos; I really, really want to see Philly, D.C., and (more of) New York and Jersey. Basically I need a vacation to the North East, preferably when it's not extremely cold or extremely hot.
    And thanks for reminding me that I need to weed my flowerbed; I saw it yesterday and sighed. I've been slacking.

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  24. I NEED to get to Philly! Love those pictures!!

    #8...watched it 4 times since Sunday. I recorded it on my DVR and then thought maybe I should just buy it! Duh! Ohhh Jake Ryan!

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  25. Your dogs look like how my cat looks in the mornings. Lazy asses.

    I didn't like OITNB either. For mostly the same reasons...plus I'm not into graphic sex on television shows. Just not my thing...I find it unnecessary.

    Your flowers are purty. My garden/yard was severely neglected this year...I just wasn't into it for some reason. It's also hard getting excited about things that won't bloom until late June/early July and then die in August.

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  26. The dogs kill me every time! They could have their own IG feed. I mean - haven't you seen how many people (including me) follow and love HarlowandSage . Anyway - My flowers too have gone crazy. I'm just proud I haven't killed them yet. Thanks for the weeding reminder... The Philly photos are awesome. My momma grew up there and she always talks about Wanamakers... now I see part of the building!!

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  27. How contained is the observation deck? I AM afraid of heights...

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  28. such a sweet, fun and funny blog post! and tons of eye candy! you are my new blogging idol -- I shall strive to incorporate some of the feel of 'life according to steph' in my next 'life according to dangerous linda' blog post! thanks for the smiles and the inspiration ;-)

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  29. I like your observation deck photos.

    I like Orange Is The New Black, but it's not my favorite show in the world. It's entertaining though.

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  30. The views from the observation deck are gorgeous! I love all of the photos you took.
    I need to do a little work in my garden, mainly plant some flowers ha ha.

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  31. I WILL visit Chicago one day! Make sure you do a full recap so I can take note of all the awesome things you do
    LOVE your flowers..they are beautiful :)

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  32. Those views look amazing. I love the picture of the LOVE fountain from above.

    I am one of the people that loves Orange is the New Black, but I read the book right when it came out and when they said they were going to do a show, it concerned me a bit, but I love it.

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  33. Love all the great pictures of Philly. We're thinking about Christmas in South Jersey again this year. Missing the east coast a bit I guess :))).

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  34. Piper is a total asshole, but the other characters I love. Season 2 gets into their stories more, so I liked it better. You are going to have such a fab time in Chicago, I'm so excited for you!

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  35. I love your dogs they are so cute. Loving the pictures as well and can we talk about how pretty your flower beds are?? My mum would be in her glee if she saw them!

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  36. Your flowers look so beautiful. Props to you for weeding and doing yard work--I'll admit I'm the laziest when it comes to that kind of stuff. Luckily my roommate likes to garden, so our yard looks nice and he has a veggie garden in the back and will sometimes share with me. :)

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  37. Oh man, Orange is the New Black is on my list. Should it not be??!

    Photos of the city are VERY cool!

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  38. Very late reading and catching up! Steph, all those photos are gorgeous!!!!!!

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  39. Also, you will have to share with me some things on your Chicago agenda <3 And thanks for the shout out!!

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