Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
My parents came on Thursday and left this morning, at the threat of snow for tonight. With all of these hills and winding roads, it can be intimidating at first. I showed them the way out of town, but not before a pit stop in the Strip District for them to load up on real northern Italian meats. That is stuff you just can't get down south.
It was a fun few days! Mom and I did a tour in the Cathedral of Learning at Pitt, we went to the Strip, watched a Steelers game, Billy showed Dad some rigs, did some shopping, checked out PPG place and the big tree, walked to Grandview Ave and took Patton for a hike on the trails. The only thing we didn't do was ride the incline down to Station Square! I'm sure there will be a next time. I think Pittsburgh exceeded their expectations. I think a lot of people(including myself) picture Pittsburgh as a run down old steel town, and some parts are, but there really is a lot to do here and some parts of the city are new and pretty.
Christmas was awesome! Check out the mess:
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Two more wonderful things are that Mom is coming with cookies AND Billy received a smoker for Christmas, which takes the cooking load off of me and it means less dishes! Yes, I now think about what I'm making in terms of how many pots/pans I will need to use.
It's going to be almost 60 degrees today. What the heck, Pittsburgh? Where is my white Christmas? Me thinks that won't be happening, which is fine because four people, plus a dog the size of a person in our less than large living space without being able to get out would not be good.
Tomorrow is the last day of work until January 3rd and this break will be glorious!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I have a lot to do anyway, like clean the house, go to the post office, buy some more makeup bc someone or some DOG knocked it off the counter yesterday and broke my eyeshadow. Things between now and next week will go by so fast, especially at work. Which is why I asked Billy for the house cleaning service I saw on Groupon yesterday but he said no. Ugh!
I keep laughing at the very funny gift I found for my FIL at Urban Outfitters last night. I guarantee he will think it is hilarious and keep sending us pictures of the sentences he makes. He has a mustache and apparently no one has seen his upper lip since 1980.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I read an article in the newspaper about how Duquesne is doing their students a disservice by not supporting a student atheist group. Perhaps the author did not get the memo that this is a Catholic institution and harboring a group of atheists doesn’t not really jive with the mission.
I saw the Lowe’s pulled their advertising from the new TLC show, All American Muslim. This was supported by Glenn Beck…who has a new reality show about a father training his family to live off the grid in case of economic/natural disaster. This led me to connect the dots about how this also crossed Billy’s mind and told me over dinner this weekend about his “off the grid” plan as well. After I spit out my food I was laughing so hard.
A student emailed me to ask if I knew if Penn State used the same chemistry book as we do. How on earth would I know that?
Another student stumbled over saying Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to me and then explained the stutter by saying he was so used to saying Happy Hanukah. To who? Again, with the Catholic university…
So far I have received only 4! Christmas cards. C’mon people!
I don’t think this is as good as the Jimmy Kimmel prank on kids and Halloween candy, but this is pretty good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4a9CKgLprQ
6 more work days!!
Monday, December 12, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Since Billy was gone, and he usually wrestles with Patton...I gave him an extra fun walk and we watched Water for Elephants. He seriously watches TV and always gets excited when there are animals on the screen. He wasn't too sure about the lions though! Very good movie...it made me like Rob Patt. since I loathe the whole Twilight thing.
So give you pup a great big hug today!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Also I was feeling a little crafty on Saturday and made a wreath for our door. For me, this is about as creative as it gets. Keep your standards low, people.
To cap off the weekend, we had Melissa & Corey over and Patton continued his strike against poor baby Teagan. I think overall, he is just confused about what she is. It's like she's the size of a small animal, but doesn't smell like one??? Not totally sure what the root of his behavior is, but he had to be sent upstairs while we had fun without him....and Billy forced his Godiva liquor on our guests.
Cheers to a 3 day week....and only having to work two more 5 day work weeks from now until January!
Friday, November 18, 2011
2- Billy tried to get me a concealed carry permit this morning. Why would I ever need a gun in public when I'm by myself? I'm not a PA resident yet, so that easily roadblocked him.
3- I walked by a group of 20 of my freshmen yesterday and they all stopped talking and just stared at me. Awkwarrrd.
4- This weekend we will be taking our Christmas card photo. After 3 years of putting my foot down, I may cave to Billy's dream of wearing tacky Christmas sweaters for the picture.
5 - Two giant deer ran in front of us during our walk last night and Patton didn't even flinch. Some labrador he is!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Also, whilst in the Burgh, I have noticed bumper stickers that say N@....I didn't have a clue what they were referring to until last week, and now I hear it ALL. THE. TIME. At first I thought maybe these people were Washington Nationals fans. Wrong. It's like saying, "I'm going to the grocery store to get eggs, milk AND STUFF LIKE THAT." Instead, they said, "N'at" in place of "things like that". Example:
For Thanksgiving, I'm in charge of bringing a dessert, and I think I'm going to try to make gobs, which are pretty popular up in these parts. And delicious, I might add. Billy's aunt assured me since I work full time, that I can just pick something up from the grocery store...but I think I may give these the ol' college try.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Billy's parents arrived on Friday evening and we went to dinner at Shiloh Grill on Mt. Washington. This is B's new favorite place because he found out about Bacon Tuesdays. Yes. This is where you can get all you can eat bacon. Just for ordering water. Sick. I'll sit this one out. And I love bacon as much as the next person...but no, I will not be participating in this.
On Saturday, we went down to the Strip District to stock up on Steelers geat and then went to the Heinz History museum. Five floors of museum! To my dismay, we made it to 2.5 floors. It was really awesome - but very random also. The first floor was an American Flag exibit(Go USA!), the 2nd floor was about Western PA sports, the 3rd floor was about Kethup...and I wouldn't know about the top 2! I love walking. Billy HATES walking. So for the rest of the day, we took a ride to the "hollowed" ground at Heniz Field...obv. that is Billy's word, not mine and watched college football.
We saw them off yesterday and agreed that it was a pleasant, drama free weekend! And we'll see them in just 10 more days for Thanksgiving in Maryland! I got my bowling shirt this weekend for the bowling that happens between dinner and dessert? This will be a new tradition for me...and sad for the team that gets me as their free agent!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
What do you think? Do black and brown go together?
Edit: For you northerners and soon to be Alaskans, here are some fleece lined tights for only $7.99. I just ordered mine! http://hip2save.com/2011/11/fleece-lined-leggings-only-7-99-shipped.html
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Yes, that is me staring up into the ceiling. This was also my favorite BM dress! It was from White House/Black Market and she bought the jackets at Ann Taylor and gave them to us as gifts. It was great for a fall wedding!
What I liked about this past weekend's bridesmsaid dresses was that not everyone was wearing the same thing. I know it's tradition and all, and even I did it, but I still think it's a little dumb to have several women all wearing the same thing. If I were to do it over again, I would have had a color scheme and had them each wear something different. No plans to do it over, though! ;)
Monday, November 7, 2011
It was chillier in SC than PA I think, but we didn't let that get us down! A little alcohol and a wrap, and I was good to go. I even got Billy to dance! We got to the rehearsal by the skin of our teeth, but after that pretty much everything was smooth sailing. Except the groom's cake...but that is a story for another day. Or another decade.
For a gift, Courtney got her BMs a big box of embossed stationery. It was a perfect gift! I had to leave mine with my mom bc Spirit Air we didn't have space in our bags, but I can'w wait to start using it after they bring it up in December. For the groomsmen gifts, they got collapsible chair with a built in cooler. Perfect for tailgating and much better than the standard flask as a gift. All the groomsmen and bridesmaids were so much fun, which added to the weekend!
On the way home, we wore our Steelers jerseys(and dressed Jim's dog up) and had an ON TIME direct flight! We caught a little hell from the occasional Ravens fans, but we won't get into that. We did have the most strange cab ride home though. And before I realized it, he had my address, name and birthyear, so I made us stop to get cash so he wouldn't have my credit card number too. It was very bizarre.
So that ends my flight travels to the Carolinas for this year. Three times down and back in two months. Time to get ready for my FIL to visit this weekend and Thanksgiving in 2.5 weeks!!!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Only 5 days before the little broski's wedding! Our flight down to SC was canceled! But we picked up another one out of Latrobe for $60 less! Booya, DirectAir! We have to go to Latrobe anyway to drop Patton off. The only complication will be flying back into Pitt on Sunday, but I think we have the logistics worked out!
It was a chilly, but relaxing weekend. We had plans to go to a Halloween party, but bailed because of the weather. It was supposed to snow/ice again on Saturday night, but I'm not sure if it actually did. On Sunday we woke up and drove to one of Billy's rigs. It felts like an hour long roller coaster - going up and down hills and so many turns and unpaved roads! It was worth it though because he got the job! Woooo!
Annnd to top it off, the Pirates and the Steelers WON! Looking forward to this 3 day week! One of the perks of working for a Catholic school = tomorrow is All Saints Day = no work!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Saturday morning I woke up bright & early to head to Greenville for Morgan's Bridal Brunch. I was so happy to be invited and it was nice to see everyone before the wedding craziness began!
The wedding was perfect and I wouldn't expect anything less from Morgan. She's one of the most thoughtful people I know. From the giftbags, to the decor, she's always on point! I haven't seen her in three years, but it felt like no time had passed at all! Except for when we went to 519 after...it definetly did feel like I was an old married lady who was ready for bed around 1am!
On Sunday, I dragged my aching head out of bed and made the drive back to my parents. After a healthy dose of Motrin, I was back in action and went for a long walk on the beach with my mom. I'll see them again in less than 2 weeks! DirectAir called us yesterday and cancelled our flight to SC, but I was able to find another one out of Latrobe. Luckily, we need to go there to drop Patton off anyway! We'll miss the rehearsal, but I'm pretty sure Billy and I will be able to find out way down the aisle!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Last weekend it was almost snowing and this weekend it was 80 degrees. Pittsburgh, stop messing with me! It really was a great weekend though. Friday, Billy decided to stay in Morgantown after work and relive his college days with some of his buddies. He made it back by 9:30am on Saturday and slept most of Saturday while I went shopping to try to find a shower curtain to go with our pink tile bathroom. Dear, sweet Billy…never seems to remember how much it is going to hurt the next day when he does that.
We had friends coming to stay with us over the weekend, so I was forced to finally put everything away/hide it under the bed. The guest room finally looks presentable! What we did realize though, was the bathroom door doesn’t shut all the way! With just the 2 of us, we never shut it…so it wasn’t until Saturday that we realized that this was a problem! Especially when Patton likes to nudge the doors open and join you in the commode or shower. We sort of fixed the issue with a latch hook.
So Steve & Tiffany got engaged on Grandview Ave on Saturday evening and went to the game on Sunday. For the game, we went to one of Billy’s college friend’s grandmothers house in Sewickley , where he proceeded to trade them our vegetables for cookies on the way out. We went out to dinner on Sunday and then Billy forced ice cream on everyone because his stomach is a bottomless pit. Of course, I got zero pictures as usual. I need to really start taking some because I never have any to submit to my cousin’s family calendar that she has made every year. Such a disappointment!
Less than 2 weeks until North Carolina – one month until my broski’s wedding and then my FIL comes to visit and then Thanksgiving! Lots to look forward to!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Even though I own a few iPods, I never caught on to the Mac craze. In light of the passing away of Steve Jobs, here is a quote from him and the top 5 reasons I am loving my work today, "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."
1. Student organizations and emails like this: The brothers of Phi XX XX will be hosting a Sausage Fest on Friday Oct. 7th from 11am to 3pm, on A-walk, outside of Mellon. Come enjoy a hot dog, a hot sausage or to just to "meat" the brothers. Seriously, did no staff proof this? Or did they think it was too funny just like me?
2. Free gym membership.
3. Free tuition.
4. Green space like this in the middle of the concrete jungle of downtown. I enjoyed this view, sunshine and a book yesterday during lunch.
5. Library/Starbucks/Bank/Post Office/Pharmacy all at my place of employment. The only other thing I could ask for is a dry cleaner.