And Now for Something Totally Creepy

It has been a lifelong (err, since I was 20-ish) dream of mine to visit Eastern State Penitentiary (yes, I know, I dream big, considering I live about 25 miles away and could have gone any time in the last ten years). This year, my husband took me as a birthday present. It was totally as creepy and in disrepair as it boasts. Next year I want to go back and make a trip through Terror Behind the Walls. This year I loved telling people that my husband took me to prison for my birthday. Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip (a mix of Hipstamatic iphone shots and DSLR. You can see the entire Flickr set here.)

The nice gargoyle that greets visitors. Pretty sure this is in no way original to the prison.

Apparently the skylights were intended to invoke the eye of God. 

Running in Amish Country

Last weekend, I went out after my run and took some photos of my route. I've lived here for a year and it still amazes me how beautiful it is. These are mostly from the neighbor's farm, which is across the street from where we live. It's hard not to be distracted by nature, which is nice. And yes, when I pass the horses, I say hi to them.


Polaroid makes a triumphant return

You might have heard:

Polaroid is back

! Which is pretty exciting news. I've always loved Polaroid photos. My dad, who went to school for photography, pretty much always had his trusty Polaroid hanging from his neck in my youth. As kids, we used to love watching the photo magically develop before our eyes...and as an adult, I love the hazy kind of instant-memory photo quality that Polaroids have. I even downloaded an iPhone app (


) to Polaroid-ize my iPhone pictures! To celebrate, here's some real old school Polaroids, along with some newfangled iPhone versions that are from more recent times.


Me and my dad, who's looking like Teen Wolf


Yes, that would be a Cabbage Patch doll in my stroller. (For anyone keeping track at home, her name was Marjorie Joy)


And yes, that would be a Pound Puppy that I got in my Easter basket! Representing the best of the 80's toys here...


My sister Sarah and I on Christmas Eve. Sarah's holding a Polaroid and waiting for the magic to happen!


A jewelry box with a twirling ballerina that plays music is a milestone in any girl's life. PLUS, it had a personalized gold name plate!


Sarah and her "singin' in the rain" umbrella


Sarah was a force of destruction. Come to think of it, she kind of still is.


Sisterly love.


Family portrait, circa 1985?

The beach in Oceanside, California

The beach in San Diego (iPhone)





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