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A Night In The City!

Whelp, I’m an idiot and almost got ran over my a cab. No worries! I’m fine. But seriously, I crossed one street and for some reason thought it was okay to cross the next, except it wasn’t. So, I saw the cab coming at me, not even trying to slow down, and managed to leap back onto the curb. Whew!

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Of course I did joke to Kels afterwards (she went to Philly with me tonight) that if I was going to be hit by a car, that was the intersection to do it at because that was the intersection where the Jefferson Hospital was. At least I’d be admitted somewhat quickly. XD

Uh…anyway, I went to Philadelphia tonight with Kels to go to my favorite ramen shop: Hiro Ramen. It’s delicious as ever! Then, we walked around for awhile trying to find someplace to buy a sweet treat as a desert but everything was closed!

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Even the Starbucks was closed at 9PM on a Friday night! I know for a fact that the Starbucks by where I live is open until 11PM on Friday nights, so why was the one in the city closed so early??? …I have no idea, but it was disappointing.

So, Kels and I ended up wandering around the Arts District until we found: Capogiro!

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This place, by the way, is a Gelato Artisan and is rated #1 in the World by National Geographic! Needless to say, the gelato here is outstanding! I ordered a chocolate caramel medio gelato. Yum! Here’s a pic (-wink wink-):

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Ah…it was so good. I want another. -sigh-

Well, needless to say I’ll probably plan another trip back. I do want to get to the Philadelphia Art Museum before the Impressionists exhibit closes in September. It features work by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Manet, and Pissarro. Those are all some of my very favorite artists! -swoons-
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Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

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Beni’s Walk, Emma, and ED Baker

Good afternoon world!

Day Six of our family vacation is in full swing! While my parents and brother and his girlfriend and her two sisters are at the beach (see, we only have 6 beach tags, so one of us had to stay behind…. Side Rant: I think it’s quite incredulous that you need to buy tags to go onto a beach. A beach should be public property where families and friends can go to relax. But, no, some towns and cities actually charge you to use their beaches! How demanding! What is this world coming to?). Ahem, anyway. I decided to walk Beni around town while they enjoy the sun and surf. I’m pretty beached out anyway and could use a day to relax from the surf, sand, and sun.

Beni and I made plenty of friends on our walk today. She is an ever-popular dog. I guess it helps that she’s super adorable and very socialable and friendly. I walked her 10 blocks to Starbucks. Once there, the lady at the window where I placed my order for iced green tea gave me a treat for Beni. That was nice. She asked if I was a dog walker, because when I went to this same Starbucks and this same girl was my server earlier in the week, I had been walking Leila, then. I told her no, I just have different dogs, haha! Beni and I then sat at a table outside and relaxed in the shade of the awning over the building while I drank my tea. I have a portable dog bowl that folds up, so I undid that and gave Beni some fresh, cool water to drink, too.

While I sat there, I met two men who are here on vacation from Albania! I thought at first that they were speaking French, and when I said that, the one guy snorted into his drink. I guess he found it funny. But they were speaking Albanian! I’m just glad they weren’t speaking French because I thought for a moment that maybe I forgot all that I’ve learned and practiced when I couldn’t quite make out what they were saying.

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Well, that being said, once Beni and I were done with our drinks and our break, I walked her 10 blocks back to our shore house. Now, she’s passed out on our couch, sleeping. What a cutie.

I found a new webcomic! It’s called “Emma”! Well, actually, DeviantArt introduced me to it, but that’s beside the point (or is it? Hm….). Here’s the link, so check it out: Emma: The Online Comic.

I think that’s it for now? Other than that, I’m reading E.D. Baker’s “The Frog Princess” series. Did you know that her book is what Disney’s “The Frog Princess” was based off of? It was written back in the early 2000s. Since I have to wait for October for the other book in her newer series to come out, I figured I’d re-read her first series since I:

  1. Can’t quite remember it. And….
  2. Am not quite sure that I ever finished the whole series.

I’m off to do some more reading (and writing probably). I’ll post some more pictures from my vacation later.

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

Loud and Tasty

Loud. It was very loud last night, until I walked outside at 1 AM and heard what quiet sounded like again. Whew. I went to a bar last night with Kels (who’s been my friend since 6th grade), her boyfriend, and a bunch of his friends. The bar has a dance club attached to it. You go down a hall behind a liquor store to get to the dance floor. There was fog and lasers and super loud music. I had fun, though. Usually, I am not the type of person to go to this kind of place, but I feel that sometimes, it is good to experience. I always feel awkward at first then, after some dancing, I’m good to go. I never drink. I actually don’t drink alcohol, anyway. I don’t like the smell or the taste of pretty much most drinks.

I bought a fan brush today and a detail brush to get some closer work done on my commission. I say it’s coming along nicely, but that’s my opinion, haha! Before purchasing these necessary items, though, I ate lunch with my Dad at Starbucks while he was on break. I ate a delicious mozzerella, baby spinach, and sun-roasted tomato panini with olive oil-basil-garlic pesto:

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Oh…so delicious. My mouth waters just thinking about eating another one. Now, I want another, haha! I wonder if the restaurant I am going to with Pepere and my cousin will have something similar that I can order. Hm….

I’ve started a new Korean dramedy today on Netflix: “Shut Up & Let’s Go” about an underground boy band that ends up getting transfered to a rich kids school. It’s a pretty basic plot, so I’m curious what they’re going to do with it. Since the boys in the underground band (Eye Candy, by the way) all seem pretty rough-and-tumble and seem to come from a “poorer” district, and they’ve already developed conflict with a three-man band at their new school, I’m sure that there will be conflict with that.

Anyway, the lead singer of Eye Candy, Byung Hee, seems pretty spontaneous so far. His eyes are captivating! I’m not sure if it’s the black eyeliner that he wears around them, or what, but I swear that in some scenes with really bright sunlight or light, his eyes almost look orange! I wonder if he wears orange-colored contacts in these scenes, or his eyes naturally look like that in bright light! What do you guys thing? Here’s a photo of him:

Twice today, our other dog, Beni, has jumped up and put her paws on the counter to grab at food up there. This morning, she got into Leila’s medicine (so we had to call the vet for two new doses, since that’s how many she got. Since Beni is about 5 times Leila’s weight (Leila weighs 15 lbs, Beni weighs 70 lbs), the vet told us not to be worried about her consuming the medicine. She said she’d be fine. Now, it seems she has just done it again and gotten ahold of the loaf of French bread that Dad brought home today. I just give a little melodramatic sigh over this. I wonder if something’s up with her. Does she want even more attention than usual today? Hm, hm, hm, things to ponder.

Oh, on the other hand, Leila is feeling much better! I can tell because her activity levels have resumed back to normal. Yay!

Please look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

Rainstorms and Tea

It started to downpour as I finished the Pilot episode of AMC’s TURN. So, I’ve shut off the air conditioner and televsion and opened the door to listen to the rain. It really is a lovely sound. I like the way the raindrops patter off the maple leaves of the tree just outside the windows. Plus, there is always the refreshing scent of moist earth after a storm. Supposedly, the forecast warns of thunderstorms off and on for the next three hours. It’s funny. I used to be terrified of thunderstorms when I was little, but after spending a year down in Florida and experiencing their thunderstorms, I find the ones here at home much more simple and kind. That being said, I think that I enjoy them now. Although, the occasional unsuspecting clap of thunder does startle me and send my heart racing.

Haha, now the tree frogs have started to croak. Guess they like the rain, too. Anyway, I want to talk about this Pilot episode a bit. AMC’s TURN just started last year, apparently, but I’ve only just recently come across it on Netflix (can you tell that I’m a Netflix enthusiast, yet?). It really took me until midway to 3/4 of the way through the hour-long episode to figure out who was who and their relations to one another. I’m not saying that it’s not interesting, and I’ll definitely be trying the second episode soon, just that it was a bit confusing at the start. It built up ground, though, as it went.

In other news, I started my commission yesterday. After buying the supplies this past weekend, I sat down last night and sketched out the two dogs I’ll be painting onto a 16×20 canvas. I had planned to start painting it today, but after blood-work yesterday, resulting in a bruised left arm today, and a trip to the dermatologist (which I listened to the Siriusly Sinatra channel on my way there) and having an incision made into my right arm, both are rather sore and I don’t want to put them to the constant up and down and sideways strokings that paintbrushes require. But, I’ll probably attempt it tomorrow for a bit and see how it goes…. I’d love to share the finished product with you all once I’ve finished it. In fact, I would post the progress photos I have already taken, but since this is a piece for a customer, I want to ask their permission to share the images. After all, I’m painting a portrait of her two dogs. Maybe she won’t want it to be shared? I will ask.

Hm, the rain seems to have stopped for now. I hope it picks back up, though. In the meantime, maybe my younger brother will return home from Starbucks with that green tea lemonade I asked for earlier. Since he went to Starbucks originally to meet a friend of his, I doubt I’ll get my drink any time soon, haha!

I might write more later tonight. In fact, I’m thinking that I most likely will. So, look for my words again soon.

-Soleil

Oh, P.S.. On a side note, I had the sudden thought last night while watching Naruto, that Lord Orochimaru could well be the original Lord Voldemort, what with his affixation on snakes, his pale skin, and dangerous demeanor. That is all.