Friday, October 19, 2012
The Squirrel Hill reminds me of San Fransisco meets Boston. Huge hills with with quaint older homes built at a 80 degree angles. Cudos to the archeitects of the city of Pittsburgh. Monday, I went for what was intended to be a run/exploration of my new surrounding... it ended up being a glorified walk, which resulted in Kathi being lost for a good 30 minutes and a sore set of calves and a gluteus maximus. Lesson from this... If I do not have an amazing set of gams by the end of my stint in Squirrel Hill it will a great opportunity wasted. Speaking of the inclines, above is a picture of my new place of residence. I feel as though this picture does not do the steepness justice. But the stairs leading up to the house is at about an 80 degree incline. If there is any ice this winter, I have no clue what I am going to do. Maybe I'll slide down the railing?! Could be fun. The residence itself was built in 1880s which has proved to be an interesting endeavour all in its own right. Its beautiful but not user friendly. I have no idea to hang pictures into plaster and with a boyfriend a 1000 miles away this is turning out to be a frustrating experience. Thank goodness the room mate situation is working out better. My room mate has been nothing but warm, welcoming and helpful. Due to this being my first use of Craiglists (I was a MAJOR skeptic), I am pleasantly surprise at how well it come together. Anyways, through my getting lost, sore calves, and life lessons on Judaism it is starting to feel like home.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
As for me, (and most of you that will be reading this know most of this....) I have a significant other who has stolen my heart (I keep asking him to give it back, luckily he won't :), graduated from nursing school, did a quick stint with Target Field and Caribou Coffee, and have now found myself in Pittsburgh working in Cardiology (my dream... well for know..). My goal for the next segment of the blog (again my intention...) is to post on my new experiences in Pitt... which might mostly consist of my getting lost stories. Definitely, got lost today. Ended up 15 miles out of my way in the North Hills of Pittsburgh just because I missed an exit. Needless to say 2 bridges, 2 freeways, and 25 mins later I arrived at my intended destination. Not the point but let me tell you driving here is another experience..We make fun of St. Paul in the twin cities. Come to Pitt, you will think those 'drunk Irishman' were more sober than originally thought. All joking aside it feels good to be back online, a year later, with a new job and new team (Go Steelers?!)
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Hot Chocolate Mixers
- Vanilla Vodka
Mix each to you liking! I will tell ya its hard to go wrong. Kudos goes out to Katie for coming up with this tasty treat. Now we just need to come up with a name : )
Friday, August 26, 2011
So in my years I have attend many weddings and such but I have never been in one. As of mid- August I can now say I will have now been in the wedding party. It is my pleasure to be the maid of honor in one of my besties (of 20 some years now) weddings. However, not going to lie, when she asked I had not the faintest ideas of where to start. Pretty sure it started with me on google identifying the roles of the maid of honor. YES, I went to google. She knows, I figure and she didn't demote me so she can't me too mad : ) So I also think this will be a great opportunity to blog about the adventures as a maid of honor. It is also partly why I changed the name of the blog.. I think weddings have a lot to do with sparkles . Plus I know there are tons of girls/friends of mine that are in the same boat.. kinda clueless, busy, and yet want to do a stellar job for your friend. So if I can help one person, I did my job. Plus everyone that knows me I love to talk (and that might be an understatement) but I want to document my journeys as best I can.
So what the heck do I have to do as a MOH (as the site referred to it)? Okay from my research a MOH does....
- Be the emotional life boat. Okay I think I can keep a level head for everyone?!
- Keep the bridal party informed about what is going on. Well I guess that gives me an excuse to talk on the phone longer, check.
- Shop for dresses. Love an excuse to shop, however my bestie got this one down on lock. Just need to get a style and it fitted.
- Plan and attend all pre wedding parties. OKAY, I now understand why she picked me...
- Help the bride out during the ceremony, in all ways she deems necessary... ok, okay I will stash a flask in the ready room.
- Hold the groom's ring... Hope he trusts me muahahaha...
- I get to hold the flowers during the ceremony... I like flowers, who doesn't like flowers.
- Give a speech somewhere during the reception - this could be good - first time I slept over at her house... I threw up on her and rolled back over went back to sleep. We are still friends, go figure?!
- Arrange and manage the train and dress... okay I just recently found out what a bustle is.. so yeah we will see how this one goes. I will try to do my best hunnie bun!
- I have to keep track of the gifts received...
- I get to sign the marriage license. BOO-YAH.. they get my autograph
- I get the priveledge of seeing and being apart my best friend get married to the man of her dreams. As a bestie that is truly the best part of my job... Love you girl!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
During our tours, we had stopped by Old North several times. Old North Church was built in 1723 and is famous for the ride of Paul Revere where they hung the laterns to signal the British were coming. Old North still run service every Sunday. So we went. It was a beautiful service, we sat in Theodore Roosevelt seats?! There a little plaque stating that Teddy himself had attended service seating in these seats. Pretty cool. After service we bopped around the North End again, and made our way to the Science Museum for the famous duck tours. Now the duck tour was pretty cool because you see Boston by land and by sea, however definitely make it one of your first stops. Since we had been a couple tours already, it wasnt as compelling. Moreover, when the water portion of your trip is more exciting for the 5 year olds to stir the boat then what you actual saw. But we can say we did it. I guess, right?! The picture below was taking from the North End on Hanover Street. You can find the best Canolis down this street and some fabulous gnocchi and other assorted Italian cuisine : )