the winter always gets me down. cold weather cancels out anything fun {kite flying! hammocks! swimming in the ocean!} and brings an overwhelming sense of blah. this weekend i tried to combat the blah by actually doing stuff! crazy!

friday i went to a bunch of art openings with my friend katie henry. first, the kris chau show at vagabond in old city.

i really like her work a lot and already own one of her pencil drawings, but i still felt sad about not being able to fork over the 800$ for one of her new paintings. then it was a katie-katie-kat critical mass over to benna’s cafe for photos by kaitlin mosley.

and then a 5 minute walk-through of the “heart show” at jinxed which smelled too much like beer to warrant a longer stay. after a not-so-quick snack of sweet potato fries at royal tavern it was off to bed to get a good nights rest for ACTION-PACKED SATURDAY!

after a quick breakfast of pb&j, me and my special guy cris headed over to the stables at 2nd and george in northern liberties. this is where they house many of the horses for the carriage rides through the city. cris lives right around the corner so we stop by there a lot, and it’s one of my favorite places. usually there’s only one horse there while the others are out working. on saturday it was ‘trump’, who we quickly renamed ‘anthony moonbeam phantom’. he was a beautiful white horse with the best fuzzy ears and the stable hand told us that he was a favorite of PA governor ed rendell. woo.
so lovely. after saying goodbye we took a nice slow bike ride all over fishtown. it’s an area of philadelphia that i’m not familiar with at all, so it was neat to see parts of a new neighborhood. then, off to the zoo! well we just rode up girard and crossed the river to take a breather on the zoo benches then we headed through fairmount park, past the art museum, and off to a great lunch at mugshots, which is a coffee house across from the eastern state penitentiary {hence the name}. neither cris or i drink coffe {ew!} but they have really good sandwiches and it’s a nice place to sit and do the crossword.
they closed at 6 and kicked us out so we decided to head back east to cris’ house. on the way there we stopped at the spaghetti warehouse on 10th and spring garden to get some photobooth pictures! i’ve never eaten there, but it’s a nice place to spend 15 minutes and 3 dollars. after a quick pit-stop at cris’ to do some laundry and watch “jurassic park” we set off for whole foods, picked up some essentials and headed back further south to my house to make a delicious dinner of fake-sausage burritos and a lemon-strawberry cake! the cake was SO GOOD.
after i kicked cris’ butt in scrabble {ok, i only won by 18 points} we watched the “hmmm, hmmm, hiiiiimmm” episode of ‘married with children’ and fell asleep. FULL DAY.

to counter saturday, on sunday i didn’t leave the house once! and it was great! i started and finished reading ’south of the border, west of the sun’ by huruki murakami, watched ‘aguirre, the wrath of god’ , ate 4 pieces of cake, and started reading ‘the enchanter’ by nabakov.

the best weekend i’ve had in ages! as for the last two months of winter, i think that i might get netflix…

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