The Lights All Aglow

December 15th, 2008 posted by

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Last weekend my fiance and I had the pleasure of watching my niece and nephew while their parents went to a holiday party. Since my son was not around to pal around with them, I really had to put my thinking cap on as to how to keep them busy. It was snowing that night and I thought wouldn't it be a cool time to drive through Lights in the Parkwayin Allentown? So, I made some hot chocolate, cappuccino and tea, we all got in the car and I turned on the holiday tunes to mentally prepare us for what we were about to see.

The car line to get in wasn't too bad because the roads weren't the greatest. We only had about a five-minute wait before turning our headlights out (of course you have to leave your parking lights on), readjusting the radio station to coincide with their program and gazing at the lights around us! Oh, and the kids each got a box of Mike & Ike's for the ride.  

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Allentown’s Got “Momentum”

December 8th, 2008 posted by

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The last couple of days I've noticed that there's been a lot of hubbub on the "vacant" first floor of my office building, the Butz Corporate Center in downtown Allentown. I've been seeing all kinds of cool artwork being shuffled around, people coming and going, and an awesome-looking sheep dog prancing about. But what does it all mean?

Well, I finally stumbled across what the commotion is about in a post written by Joyce Marin on the Allentown Good News blog and I couldn't be more excited about it (both for me, personally, and downtown Allentown):

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Nature at its Best

December 1st, 2008 posted by

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Given a choice, I would much rather travel the back roads than hitting a highway any day. Last weekend, while driving the "less traveled," more scenic roads north of Lehigh Valley to visit my fiance's family in New York, I recalled some really neat experiences I had there. Specifically, I'm talking about my trips to Bushkill Falls, aka the "Niagara of Pennsylvania," located in the Delaware Water Gap.

Call me a nature freak, but I love being outdoors. While Bushkill Falls is not open until March, I am definitely putting it on my calendar as an inexpensive attraction for my family when the weather gets warmer.

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To Market, To Market

November 24th, 2008 posted by

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With the holidays fast approaching, I thought this week would be a good time to share with you my all-time favorite place to shop for food (ready-to-eat meals and individual ingredients): the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market. It is 90,000 square feet of some of the highest quality, freshest food around and has an old-world-style that I love.

My trips there have a set pattern. I park smack dab in the middle of the lot, head inside and wind my way past 65 merchant stands, always stopping at my favorite three.

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Ready … Aim … Fire!

November 17th, 2008 posted by

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My son spent the weekend up in the Poconos with my brother and nephew hunting turkeys, which makes me think back to my younger days of shooting guns at targets at my family’s cabin in the mountains. Now, while the thought of killing an innocent turkey or deer is mind-boggling for me, oh how I love to shoot any sort of target, be it a soda can or a traditional bullseye. And I must admit, I’m a pretty good shot, even though some people think I am a girly girl.

Not too long ago, our office staff took a field trip to Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay. While I haven’t tried out this type of shooting – yet – I am anxious to do so when it gets warmer, although they are open year-round.

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The Hottest Date Spot & Hook-up Joint in Lehigh Valley?

November 10th, 2008 posted by

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Wegmans! Yes, who would have thought it? Saturday night, my fiance and I were heading to an old friend’s for some cocktails and conversation, and we decided to stop at Wegmans in Allentown to pick up some dinner for the three of us. Now, I have been to Wegmans several times and I absolutely love the marketplace side, but this night I learned something new about the place: Saturday night = date/hook-up night at Wegmans.

The place was swarming with singles and couples alike. It was almost as if they were giving away free food. Maybe with the news of them lowering their prices this past week people thought they would try it out.

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I’m … Bug-In … Out …

November 6th, 2008 posted by

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And I want the world to know …

OK, a bad rendition of the classic Diana Ross song, “I’m Coming Out,” but when I heard the title of the exhibit at the Da Vinci Science Center, it was the first thing that came to my mind … call me an ’80s kid! The next thing that came to mind was that I can’t wait to check this thing out.

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The Grand Phinale

October 30th, 2008 posted by

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It's over. I can get back to a normal sleep pattern. I'm so excited, as is the majority of the east coast who have daytime jobs! Yes, I'm talking about the World Series.

The highlight for me was having two tickets to the World Series Premiere Party, hosted by Nacci Printing, at Coca-Cola Park last Wednesday. Even with temps in the 30s, my son and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to watch the first game of the series on the big screen in center field.

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Apples, Pumpkins and Raspberries, Oh My!

October 23rd, 2008 posted by

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This past Saturday after a grueling “Glutes & Guts” workout with Angie at the Coliseum Gym, I decided to spend the afternoon with my mom and grandmother to take in some of the sights of the fall season.

We set out on a mission to pick our favorite apple of the season: the Mutsu (sometimes called a Crispin). The Mutsu is sort of a hybrid cross between a Golden Delicious and a Japanese Indu. They are green in color and look like a Granny Smith but they are sweet. They make excellent pies among other things.

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