Out and About

I was feeling that my husband and I were already settling into a little bit too much of a routine now that we're both retired.  It's great to spend a leisurely hour or two each morning reading the papers and then moving on to a few chores followed by lunch, more reading and some stitching.  But I also felt we needed to have a little more adventure, so one day this week, I told him he needed to be ready to leave the house at 9:45.  Not until we were on the train into Philadelphia did I tell him the plan for the day.

Our first stop was the Philadelphia Art Alliance to see the Sunshine and Shadows exhibit I had read about.  The pieces were created from film strips deaccessioned by the Fashion Institute of Technology.  The artist cut the film strips apart, bleached or painted them and then stitched them back together into quilt patterns.  There are only five pieces in the exhibit, but it was interesting, as was the exhibit of Lithuanian textiles on the upper floor.  I was particularly intrigued by the computerized weaving.  An unexpected bonus, though, was the small exhibit of vintage clothing that had been collected from internet sales based upon the stories the seller told in the description of the item.  There was a baseball cap with a Nirvana logo purchased in Seattle the day after Kurt Cobain died and a huge t-shirt with Snoopy on it that was bought to give to Snoop Dog (now Snoop Lion as I have been informed by my daughter).  If you go to see the exhibit, don't miss the dress with the bloodstain at the knee level.  It was worn by the seller's aunt who "always had a notorious boyfriend."

Our lunch stop was here:
Luke's Lobster at 130 S. 17th St. in Philadelphia where we each enjoyed a lobster roll that was every
bit as good as it looks.  Just a grilled hot dog roll, a swipe of mayonnaise, lots of lobster claw meat and a little lemon butter.  As Rachel Ray used to say "Yummo!" 

After lunch, we made a quick trip to Rittenhouse Needlepoint just to have a look around.  It's a great shop and I would definitely go back again if I'm in Center City.  Then it was back on the train where we planned our next adventure.


  1. How fun!! That roll looks yummy!!

  2. Wow, nice! Sounds like a good adventure! I want some lobster roll too....

  3. I am glad you had such a great adventure with your husband!


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