To Chicago! And the beginning of Route 66.

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War Correspondents Memorial.

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You are here. At the Battle of South Mountain.

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The Burnside Bridge. It’s a famous Civil War era bridge on the Antietam Battle Ground.

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Walking towards Fort Ligonier.

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Inside the fort.

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The buildings were rather well maintained.

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The raw wood beams are lovely!

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I kind of want old glass windows in our house.

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We took a short walk to see the place where General Braddock was buried.

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And this is where he’s buried now…just a short distance up the hill from the other plaque.

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One of a few Madonna’s of the Trail we saw on the trip.

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Welcome to West Virginia!

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In Moundsville, WV we stayed with friends for two nights. Moundsville is famous for the Grave Creek Mound.

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And there’s the mound. It’s an Native American burial mound. The mound used to be higher, but humans are rude and sometimes don’t have respect for the dead.

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The former West Virginia State Penitentiary. We actually toured the penitentiary but I’ll save that for a different post!

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Be progressive!

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National Road West.

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There’s our travel buddy!

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Don’t you want to play some corn-hole games?

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I never really find the drive from Pennsylvania to Chicago all that interesting, but sometimes you come across things like this! And that makes the drive bearable.

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Hey Indiana!

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The Illinois and Indiana state border.

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Welcome to Chicago.

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I love Millennium Park in Chicago! You’ll see more of that soon.

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A fancy lion in front of the Art Institute.

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More Millennium Park! Water pours out from these fountains. The faces on the fountains also change every few minutes. AND the faces on the fountains are of Chicago residents.

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The Bean!! It’s my favorite thing in Chicago! I did my art history research paper on the Bean during my senior year in college.

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Seagulls on the Bean.

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Can you see us in the reflection?

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There we are!

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The last time we were here was in 2008 and we saw someone buffing and shining the Bean.

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

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Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Chicago has really nice parks and architecture.

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Vomiting seahorses!

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The beginning of historic Route 66! And the fun begins.

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In PA.

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Pennsylvania welcomes you!

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This is incredibly obnoxious. Silly Jesus! You can’t balance a plane on your head.

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It was a super humid and hazy day in PA. We stopped by the Flight 93 memorial. It’s a really somber place. Flight 93 was the plane that crashed into a field in western PA on September 11, 2001. There’s a long walkway with some signage along the way. To the left is where the debris field from the plane is.

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Names of those who died in the plane crash.

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It’s a big ‘ol coffee pot.

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An abandoned section of Pennsylvania Turnpike. This was used as a filming location for the movie “The Road.” Does it look familiar?

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It was a little creepy in the tunnel.

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Burt Reynold pleasure cave. Don’t mind if I don’t!

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No.

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In Gettysburg I spotted a cat lounging on a wooden fence. Super cute! I actually made Eric turn around so I could take a photo with my telephoto lens.

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In Gettysburg we spent some time driving around the Battlefield. This is one of Eric’s favorite places.

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Morning overlooking Gettysburg.

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Eric went on a Battlefield tour while I drove around and found this creepy stuff.

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Cannons with the Pennsylvania Monument in the background.

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It’s the Distelfink ya dingus!

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Back in my hometown of Northumberland, Pennsylvania! My dad took me out for a ride in his new(ish) boat. I say new(ish) because he’s had it for a while, but this was my first time in it. He even trusted me enough to let me drive it. My mom hung on terrified in the back. Kidding! I wasn’t that bad.

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Cupcakes for the wedding! Homemade in my childhood home.

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Eric and I spent time at my parent’s house, his parent’s and my sister’s. We cooked some veggie dogs one night at Eric’s parent’s house.

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Eric’s hometown of New Berlin, PA was having a parade and carnival while we were there!

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This is where we’re from.

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Someone has a nice bus.

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He’s missing his chaps!

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The kids watching the parade around us loved the fire trucks. They also loved the candy the firemen were throwing.

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The carnival was small, but they had a carousel. You can’t go wrong with a carousel!

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The wheel of doom! I’m not sure what it was actually called…I’m just telling you what it SHOULD be called.

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My best friend, Aaron, is a pastry chef and he so kindly helped me decorate the cupcakes for the wedding. He brought massive pastry bags and piping tips for the icing. He even gave me the tips to bring home with me!

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The night before the wedding we went to a local amusement park called Knoebels with some out of town friends. Fun, food and fantasy! Our friends Ryan and Jaime have two adorable kids. Arkaedi and Taviri were enjoying going around in circles most of the night.

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All of us road the little train. In front of me is Jason, Aaron, Matt and DJ. Jason has some fantastic tattoos!…and he’s vegan!

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And behind us are Arkaedi, Taviri, Ryan and Jaime!

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I think we all had a fun night together! My friends!

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And here’s a peak at our wedding day! And my very pregnant sister. She’s so cute! She had that baby five days after the wedding! I’m flying back to PA in September to meet my niece, Tessa.

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My sister puts up with me doing weird things to her.

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Married and watching the sunset over Gettysburg.

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Goodnight Pennsylvania!

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It’s a Birthday!

Today is Eric’s Birthday! We woke up, had some gift giving AND ate a chocolate peanut butter silk pie that I made! Today was also the Mother of all Yard Sales in Everett. I bought some pink lemonade from a little girl selling it along the sidewalk. She even had lemon slices in the cup! She was selling pink lemonade, limeade and regular lemonade. We opted for the pink lemonade since she said it was her favorite.

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Eric wanted to go to Bamboo Garden in Seattle for lunch and I’m not one to say no to some Bamboo Garden. I had some wonton udon noodle soup. So good!

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Bamboo Garden serves sizzling plates that Eric has been lusting after for a long time. They’re a little pricey but since it was his Birthday I was able to talk him into finally having one. He approves.

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These were my finds for the day! I’ve heard good things about Stiff so I picked it up at my favorite used book store in Fremont. The (racist?) Canadian Mounted Policeman was a yard sale find. I have a thing for Mounties so I had to add him to my collection! Also I’m apparently starting to wear nail polish. In the past week I’ve purchased three bottles of the stuff! I’m almost girly.

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And this face was waiting for us at home! Cute little girl.

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From Washington to Ohio.

The trip to Pennsylvania took us through Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and finally PA! I added a few new states to my “States I’ve Been To” list. Those would include North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. And do you know which states I hated? North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan! Michigan was the biggest offender. I’m sorry if you live there, but good grief it was a horrible drive! Never let me go there again!

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Dry Falls, Washington.

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Juniper was along for the ride.

 

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Old concrete.

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In Montana, white crosses along Route 2 mark where someone has died. This dangerous 70 MPH section of road has already taken 17 lives. SLOW DOWN!

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Big Sky Country.

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Continental Divide.

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We saw so many trains on the way to PA!

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There were plenty of stormy skies but they mostly stayed away. They were fun to watch from a distance though.

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Dino time!

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There’s an underground tour in Havre, Montana. This shot was taken while on the tour looking up at the sidewalk. The purple glass squares are inset in part of sidewalk.

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The underground tour took us through a dentist office, a saloon and even a brothel.

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Beautiful buildings in Havre.

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Clouds and cows.

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This gorgeous church is in Montana!

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Cowboy Bar. Cowboys and old neon? Heck yes! I love me some cowboys.

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“I’m gonna get you with my tiny arms!”

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Rugby, North Dakota. The geographical center of North America!

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Waking up to a beautiful morning.

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Blazing sky.

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One of many Paul Bunyan and Baby the Blue Ox sculptures we saw on the trip.

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Giant Pike – Erskine, Minnesota.

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Cordwood Pete and Tamarack. The legendary brother of Paul Bunyan. There was supposed to be a statue of Pete and Tamarack somewhere in this town, but we couldn’t find it! Maybe someone stole them?

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We became very fond of Paul and Babe. We even bought a Paul Bunyan and Baby the Blue Ox salt and pepper shaker set.

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Babe on the sidewalk.

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In Cloquet, Minnesota is a gas station designed by famous American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. We HAD to stop there for gas. There are restrooms and a sitting area above the actual gas station. I took advantage of that.

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Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Big Paul Bunyan.

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These poor guys were locked up! Stop vandalizing people. Knock that shit off so everyone else can enjoy giant things!

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45th Parallel.

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Back in Amish Country! We spotted this ATM in Ohio. And yes it’s IN the back of a buggy.

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Annnnnd we’re back!

After a month of travel across the US we’re back on the west coast!

I wish I were still on the road, but I’m happy to be reunited with my little cat, Juniper.  She stayed at the house while we were away and we had a good friend come over every day to take care of her and to hang out with her.  She was so so happy to see us, but it kind of made me feel bad because she must have missed us so much from the way she’s been acting.  She was glued to me the first few days back at home.

So what we’re we doing traveling for a month?

  • We drove to Pennsylvania.
  • We got married complete with a 100% vegan wedding and 100 cupcakes made by me!
  • We drove to Chicago and honeymooned all the way to Los Angeles on old Route 66.
  • We drove up California State Route 1 along the Pacific Ocean.
  • We also saw some friends along the way and stopped at many many roadside attractions, oddities and museums.

Over the next few months I’m planning on posting photos from the trip and wedding.  I want to do a post for each of the main attractions we saw along with photos from all over Route 66.  I’m kind of excited to get back to blogging!  I felt burned out by it a few months before the trip, but I think maybe I just needed a break from it.

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Wedding Day!

Our friend, D.J., performed the wedding ceremony.  The night before the wedding Eric and I went to a local amusement park in PA call Knoebels.  Eight friends who were in town for the wedding went to Knoebels with us and we had such a fun night!  My best friend Aaron and I went on a ride call the Tilt-A-Whirl with D.J.  The ride tilts and whirls you around and around in a circle on an incline.  As we were tilting and whirling around in the dark with bright lights flashing I declared that this was the best bachelorette party ever!  Girls night!…three girls and seven guys.

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Grill it!

Most of the food at the wedding was homemade aside from the veggie burgers.  Eric and I took control of the grill and served our wedding guests.  Now we want to buy a grill for our house!  All I can think about are grilled veggie burgers, roasted corn and kabobs with pineapple on them!

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I’m doing something beautiful!

This is such an awesome video!

A boy questions his mom about eating animals and then tells us why we shouldn’t eat them!

My favorite quotes from the video are…

“Fish are animals…octopus are animals…chicken are animals…cows are animals…pigs are animals.”

 

“I don’t like that they die…I like that they stay standing up.”

 

“These animals…you gotta take care of them..and not eat them!”

 

Son- “Why are you crying?”

Mom- “I’m not crying…I’m just touched by you.”

Son- “I’m doing something beautiful.”

 

OMG!  You are doing something beautiful!  And I like that they stay standing up too.

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I’m still here.

I’ve been neglecting this little blog of mine!  Things have been so busy the last two weeks with preparing for the wedding and our Kickstarter project.  Yesterday I realized that it was exactly TWO weeks until we leave for Pennsylvania.  That’s TWO weeks until I’m off for a month.  Woo hoo and OMG I didn’t realize that I only have two weeks to get ready.

I’m ready for the planning stage for the wedding to be over with.  So much planning for a small wedding!

Another worry of mine is leaving my little cat behind.  It really makes me sad and I try not to think about it, but I can just see her now looking out the front window, watching us drive away.  Baby kitty!  We do have a close friend coming over to the house everyday to check on her and feed her and play with her, but I feel so guilty!  Baby kitty, if we had a camper I would take you with me in a heartbeat!

Other things on my mind lately…holy tornadoes in the Midwest.  It’s making me really nervous to be traveling through that area on Route 66.  Oklahoma City is being slammed yet again with tornadoes today.  We’re going to be driving right through Oklahoma City.  Get out of there you mean old tornado!

Tomorrow there will be a day trip fun!  I’ve been so stressed out this week, it will be wonderful to get away for a day!

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More packages!

Today was another fabulous mail day! I don’t know about you, but I love getting letters and packages in the mail. When we get mail though it’s not just for us…it’s for Juniper too! She demands to hop in every box that comes through our door. She will check out envelopes and junk mail for us too. You never know…maybe we missed something!

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Fantastic packaging! I can’t tell you what’s inside though. You’ll find out the day of the wedding. Hold your horses!

Last week I had a treat yo self moment from Cisthene.  I’ve been eyeing some bangles for a few weeks.  I just went for it.  Treat yo self!

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I love fancy packaging! I don’t like snakes though so the faux snakeskin creeped me out a little bit. I can appreciate it though!

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Bracelet!

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Juniper thought it was for her. She tried to pick the bracelet up in her mouth after batting it around a bit.

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Eric and I took a little drive tonight to a park that we had never been to before. The park seemed pretty nice from what we could see. There were trails around a marshy area, but you had to park about a half mile away and walk to the trails. We decided not to do this since it was starting to rain. You’d think we’d be used to the rain by now. We did find some lovely blooming flowers and bushes near the trails!

Happy Thursday!  Come on Friday!

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Mail day and a new ‘do.

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A custom necklace from Sailor’s Omen arrived in the mail today! She’s a gem!

Check out the other goodies for sale at Sailor’s Omen!

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I bought a few scarves yesterday. I’m trying out some new hair styles. Success?

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It looks like I’m ready for a farm. Now where’s my tractor?

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Collection.

This is my collection of ticket stubs so far this year! I usually try to keep all of my ticket stubs, but I’m trying EXTRA hard this year!  I’m not a scrapbooker, but I want to do something to keep these safe.  Any ideas?

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Collection.

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Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000!

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We went to see the band, Sparks, a few weeks ago. It was their first time playing in Seattle AND we were right against the stage!

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Yesterday Eric and I went to see the documentary “A Band Called Death.” It was so good! Here’s how the documentary’s Facebook page describes the film…”Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in the early ’70s by three teenage brothers from Detroit, Death is credited as being the first black punk band, and the Hackney brothers, David, Bobby, and Dannis, are now considered pioneers in their field. But it wasn’t until recently — when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of Bobby’s attic nearly 30 years after Death’s heyday — that anyone outside a small group of punk enthusiasts had even heard of them.”

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I flew to Pennsylvania and back this year.

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Also…The Hobbit and lots of roller derby!

What have you seen and where have you gone this year?

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