Hooray for PennDOT

October 28th, 2008 posted by

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I used to think that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was out to get the poor, innocent drivers in and around Lehigh Valley … particularly with how they designed the ramps we use to get on and off the highways. Anyone who’s ever tried getting off the Hamilton Boulevard exit from Interstate 78 eastbound (crossing two lanes of speeding traffic as Route 309 merges with I-78) knows exactly what I’m talking about.

But PennDOT recently made amends with the completion of what I consider to be the best improvement to Lehigh Valley roads in the last decade: a traffic light at the I-78 westbound off ramp onto Route 100 southbound.

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Disc Golf in Lehigh Valley

October 27th, 2008 posted by

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Football fans in this area are in a frenzy over the Eagles, who are in the hunt for a playoff spot, and Penn State, who is vying for a shot to play for the National Championship. Oh, yeah, and the Phillies are about to bring the first Championship to Philadelphia in 25 years if they can wrap up the World Series tonight.

With sports on the brain, I’d like to shed some light on a non-traditional sport that Lehigh Valley offers: disc golf.

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You light up my life – glass blowing at Banana Factory

October 26th, 2008 posted by

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I got to go to the Fire & Ice fundraiser event two weeks ago at Banana Factory in SouthSide Bethlehem. It benefits their GlassWorks studio, which I am crazy about. If you haven’t yet been to BF, you really need to check it out. You can tour the artists’ studios and visit their two galleries and see the exhibits and it won’t cost you a dime!

They also have classes on everything from digital photography, in case you want to make the most of that expensive camera your husband talked you into buying, to dancing, in case you have two left feet and your wife demands that you do something about it.

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Last-Minute Lunch Plans

October 25th, 2008 posted by

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Earlier this week I received an e-mail invitation to sign up for a Northampton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon which was to be held at The Historic Weaversville Inn & Jessica’s Tearoom …THE NEXT DAY!

Now, for those of you (especially guys) who would cringe at the thought of stepping foot into a frilly tearoom, you gotta try this one. They do have the frilly, lacey side, but this lunch was held in the dining room off to the right.

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Wine and chocolate

October 24th, 2008 posted by

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OK. I admit it. I like a glass of wine every now and then. OK … more like a couple times a week. I’m not a big spender when it comes to wine but I know what I like. Usually I check out the “specials” section of the local liquor store and am drawn to anything under $10 with a pretty label. I’m such a girl.

Anyway, when I want to treat myself, I head out to Vynecrest in Breinigsville, just outside of Allentown. They make a sweet and tart cherry wine that is awesome. It’s not the kind of thing you drink with a meal. It’s a dessert wine called Cherry DiVyne.

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Pumpkins & Pigs

October 23rd, 2008 posted by

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With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I would tell the whole world (yes, I think our blog is that popular) that I’m a scaredy-cat. I could not possibly name all my fears, so I’ll give you a short list, in no particular order:

  • noises
  • crowds
  • scary movies
  • ghosts
  • haunted houses
  • imaginary people on the deck of my house ready to break in
  • shark attacks
  • bear attacks
  • dog attacks

Basically I’m afraid of all animals attacking me. I think everyone who knows me thinks I’m overreacting about the whole fear of animals thing, but a few select family members witnessed my fear firsthand over the weekend.

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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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Coffee Cravings

October 22nd, 2008 posted by

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My name is Kendall and I am a coffee shop addict.

While I do love a good cup of coffee, that’s not the driving force behind my coffee shop addiction. It’s the coffee shop itself: big pillowy chairs, high-top tables, wireless Internet, walls painted in a pallet of warm colors and John Mayer‘s whiney voice humming from speakers hooked up to an iPod (yes, I enjoy the humming). The atmosphere of the coffee shop is the real reason I go.

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Kudos to the Canal Museum!

October 22nd, 2008 posted by

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Kudos to Easton’s National Canal Museum on receiving the 2008 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience at a Small Institution given by the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

The National Canal Museum was recognized for its innovative canal exhibit, which offers visitors a hands-on water-based lesson on how canals work. Easton Mayor Sal Panto described the award as the “Oscar or the Emmy of Tourism.”

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Go-Kart Racing: A Female Perspective

October 21st, 2008 posted by

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Aside from Gone In 60 Seconds and The Fast and the Furious, the whole “need for speed” thing has never really appealed to me. So when a bunch of us from the office went to Lehigh Valley Grand Prix to race some go-karts, I was willing to try it (since I had never driven a go kart before), but I wasn’t jumping up and down in excitement.

After we got suited up for safety, we entered the “arena” and got into our assigned carts. Once I got used to my knees being scrunched up in what I considered to be an unnatural position, I took off like a bullet! Vrrrrroooommmmmmm!

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