Things That Make Me Happy: #16-#19
#16: Accidental touristing.
My dad came up with this phrase when I was in high school. It means picking a place on a map or a town you’ve never heard of or a road you’ve never been on, and going to it without any expectations for what you are going to do once you get there. It’s been a great way for me to discover different and unique places on the East Coast and makes for a great afternoon adventure when you don’t have anything to do. One of my favorite “accidental touristing” trips was when I went to the Delaware Water Gap my first summer in New Jersey. I had seen “Del Water Gap” on the freeway, but I had no idea what it was! So I decided to drive to it. I didn’t know where it was or how far away it was, but I figured if it started getting late, I could just turn around and go home. Turns out, the Delaware Water Gap is a gorge on the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania. There is even a little town called Delaware Water Gap on the Penn side of the river. I only spent two hours there, but I took a tour of the area (it was popular with celebs and rich folks back in the day), had some yummy apple pie and just spent some quality time enjoying the outdoors.
Don’t you just love it when a song comes on and you just want to do a little boogy-woogy no matter where you are? Or when lyrics speak so clearly your emotions that you just have to stop what you are doing and listen? I have never in my life had any musical inclination, but I do love good music.
As you’ve probably noticed from reading this blog, I am quite the fan of photography. I’ve always loved photography but I’ve never seriously developed it as a hobby until I moved to the East Coast. I have never had a professional or even semi-professional camera in my possession until I met Erik, who owns a Nikon D60. I have owned Nikon point-and-shoot cameras though, and for Christmas, Erik bought me a Nikon S570. It’s a pretty snazzy black point-and-shoot with lots of features. It takes some pretty sweet pictures too (all the pictures from my adventures in cooking were taken with that camera). I originally had a awesome red Nikon S210, that I bought in England for a lot money because my previous camera bit the dust and hello! I am not traveling in England without a frickin’ camera! No way no how no sir! But that one bit the dusk mere months later when I accidentally spilled juice on it. Oopsey-daisy. Anyway, I am back in action with a new camera that I cross my fingers hope to die won’t break, and with that, I am joining the ranks of the Diabetes 365 crew! Hope to God I can actually finish it this time, seeing as how it’s my second go at it. But regardless, I love having a camera again, one that is mine and mine alone. Though I will, of course, being sneaking shots with the D60. I mean… come on…
I am a cat person. I’ve never had my own cat, just family cats. Our first cat, Max, was adopted by my parents the year before I was born. Max was put down due to kidney failure when I was almost 18 years old. So yeah, I’m a cat person. A week later, my mom adopted Emma (she is also, clearly, a cat person). I love cats because: they are soft, purrs are nicer to listen to than barking, they take care of themselves hygeine-wise (except for cleaning out the litter box but that doesn’t take that long), and they don’t sniff people’s crotches. Not that I don’t like dogs. I do. But I like cats more. Especially kitties, they are so fun to play with.
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