The ‘Burgh! Part Two: Back to the Pitt

Last night I went to Target and ran into my friends Sarah and Michelle. Apparently Target is where all the cool ladies hang out on Fridays, we know what’s up. Sarah shared with me that she was sad I didn’t take any selfies during my trip. I’m sad too Sarah, I’m sad too. Sarah won’t like this post, there are no pictures of people. Just pictures of buildings. The architecture of downtown Pittsburgh is pretty amazing. Right next to a steel skyscraper you’ll find a gothic church with a hot dog restaurant in it.  The ‘Burgh was full of surprises and I can’t wait to go back and explore when there’s more time.

Friday night mister and I got lost with one of our friends in downtown. It took us over an hour to walk about 5 blocks because we couldn’t find our hotel. We may have walked past it a few times and we may or may not have been slightly intoxicated. On Saturday the groomsmen decided to get ready in our hotel room which meant I needed to vacate the premises for a few minutes. I retraced our drunken* walk from the night before and took pictures of everything. Here are some of my favorites.                                                                                                                *allegedly

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^This was our hotel. The Omni William Penn. Gorgeous. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^There were 13 weddings at the hotel on Saturday including this traditional Indian one. I just happened to catch the grooms procession. So much joy and celebration. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Best pedicure of the weekend goes to this horse. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Across from the hotel was a park with this fountain. A peaceful spot in the middle of all the hub-bub.^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Love the color and textures in this flower patch.^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^The old Allegheny County Prison was just blocks from our hotel. We actually walked around the entire thing on our adventure.^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Fancy wording in Pittsburgh.^

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^This gate was barely open so I snuck in. Little did I know that it was still the old prison…which was closed. Had to sweet talk a police officer to let me take some pictures. ^

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Sometimes playing the dumb tourist pays off. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^A good hair flip works too. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^The Pirates (Pittsburgh’s Baseball team) are actually pretty good this season. The  excitement was infectious. ^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^Did you know?^

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^This is just a regular old door, no big deal.^

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA^This building reminded us of The Gargoyles movie. Remember that 80’s classic? ^

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Have a great Saturday!

GOOOOO DUCKS!!!

This is something else entirely.

Originally I was going to do a “weekend photo post” but then I got to Sunday and looked through my pictures and realized that would be so incredibly boring and I didn’t want to put you to sleep.  So this post may be a little random, a little chaotic, a little like how I am in real life. Real talk, real life, yo.

This weekend was pretty low-key which was really nice. I started the morning with a little blogging/computer time.

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During the week I’m really good about eating breakfast, during the weekend I’m really bad about eating breakfast. My focus in the morning is usually Gypsy snuggles and coffee, not eggs and cooking them. This day I forgot to eat until around 11:30, which is technically brunch time, right? So I took my Carne Asada wet burrito from the night before, heated that baby up and put an egg on it. Personally, I think that anything with an egg on it will constitute as breakfast food.

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The rest of the day was lazy, I took a nap, then we went to the grocery store. So exciting, I know.

Saturday I decided to purge and clean my bedroom. It took two and half Harry Potter movies, three cups of coffee, a large rum and coke and three Oreo’s to finish. Okay, it was probably more than three Oreo’s, whatever.

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Half way through cleaning I got an alert that my friend Shannon had posted on her blog. She was one of my friends that I nominated for the Liebster, apparently since it’s a some-what made up award you can also make up your own rules. So Shannon nominated me back! Now I have 10 more questions to answer. I’m convinced it’s because she was upset that I told her she had homework during her summer break.  Here they are:

1. Why do you blog?

I love to write and I think there are at least three abandoned blogs that I started out there somewhere in the interwebs. I kept trying to fit into a niche that just wasn’t me. I finally decided that I was just going to write, I would share my life with whoever wanted to read it. Also, I’m pretty bad at keeping in touch with people, especially my family. I figured this could be a way for them to at least know that I was still alive and not in jail.

2. If you could own one thing off your Pinterest boards, what would it be?

Why would you ask this question? I can’t just choose one thing. That’s absurd. I love all my pins! But I guess if I had to choose one it would be this gorgeous collection of Pyrex:

Swoon.

3. What is the best plate of food you have ever eaten?

Honestly, I have no idea! The only thing that comes to mind is the massive Thanksgiving feasts that my group of friends put together. We go all out, and it has to be one of the top meals of the year. My friend Sean does things with Brussel Sprouts that should be illegal.

4. There are a lot of retro fashion trends coming back lately…which one do wish would have stayed in the past where it belongs?

Are booty shorts a retro fashion trend? If not I think they need to go away anyway. If I can see your butt cheek whilst walking behind you, they are to damn short. I mean how do you even sit down in those?

5. What fictional character is most like you?

Woah, this is pretty deep. Blame the fact that I just watched the first three Harry Potter movies but I’m going to go with Hermione Granger. At first she’s annoying with all her know-it-all-ness, but eventually she grows on you. She’s always there to have her friends back no matter what, and she doesn’t take any grief from anyone, except Ron, who she’s in love with. She’s smart, strong and witty. Three things I think I am too.

6. Who shot first?

I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re talking about Star Wars, and the change in the scene between Han Solo and the bounty hunter. Han shot first, and he was the only one who did. Some things shouldn’t be messed with. Han Solo is one of them.

If not, then it was definitely the other guy.

7. Umbrella, rain boots, waterproof coats or none of the above?

This is Oregon for goodness sake. You definitely need a waterproof coat. I just bought rain boots, but I never use them. Never use an umbrella. Ever. Unless you want people to think you’re from California, and nobody wants that.

8. For a moment disregard that bills have to be paid or learning would have to be done…what is your dream job?

I always say I want to be one of the in-game reporters for a baseball team. Preferably the Giants, because they’re my favorites.

9.  Someone gives you $500, what do you do with it?

The responsible side of my brain says, pay your bills, put it in savings, open a CD!  The fun side says go on a massive shopping spree! Or buy a plane ticket to go see a friend or family member I haven’t seen in a long time. Eh, probably shopping. Most certainly shopping.

10. Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? Or you know…in college?

This is a joke between me and Shannon, you’ll have to read her post about being nominated. Basically I’m her imaginary friend, she has a vibrant imagination that one. But seriously, I’m an only child, so even if I don’t remember them, I’m about 95% sure I had an imaginary friend growing up.

Good questions, Shannon! I really had to think on most of those, thanks for waking up my brain during summer break.

The rest of the weekend was pretty quiet, we visited our wedding venue where I took a million pictures and mister finally got excited. Because I can’t resist and ya’ll have been so patient if you’re still reading this, so here’s a sneak peak:

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That’s from the ceremony area looking up to where the reception will be. The place is beyond magical, it’s just plain perfect.

Have a happy Tuesday!

A year from today….

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I took this screen shot of my wedding countdown app as soon as I realized it was past midnight. I’m just a nerd like that.

OMGEEEEE you guys! Exactly one year from today I’ll be waking up and getting ready for what I can only hope will be one of the top five days of my entire life. I could say that it will be the best day of my life so far. I’m assuming I’ll have children and that could trump the day I finally get to wear that kick-ass vintage dress that is hanging in my closet. It’s possible, except that dress is ah-mazing so those kids better be pretty great.

Anyway, enough about the dress (for now).

Of course, I have a lot to do before this shin-dig. I have a marvelous friend that is helping me plan  and I honestly don’t think I would be able to pull off what I want to do without her. She’ll be my much needed voice of reason when my Pinterest crazed wedding brain says that I want everything wrapped in lace and burlap. What do you mean people don’t want to drink out of mason jars with real-life flowers on them? You mean we can’t make 100 different themed hand made place cards? To much? Not possible. These are the things she’ll keep me from doing, I already know I’ll be eternally grateful.

You know I have a list for this. This sort of thing was made for lists!

Getting this wedding started:

1. Visit the venue, sign the new contract, take millions of pictures (happening on Sunday)

2. Nail down what kind of budget help the parental units will be giving (hint, hint parents that are reading this. You are reading this, right?)

3. Find a photographer and book it, set up engagement photo time.

4. Connect with the most amazing Lenore (who is also my MOH) to nail down invite/website/overall awesomeness theme for everything paper related.

5. Finally decide who will be in the wedding party…and let those people know.

6. Get guest lists from parents (are you still reading?) and make a starting guest count.

7. Start gathering addresses

8. Find a seamstress that will not ruin the beading and lace on my dress.

9. Start gathering craft supplies for decor and other things.

10. Remember to have fun and not get stressed out about the little things (should this have been first? Maybe.)

Of course I’ll keep ya’ll updated with all the haps and projects we’ll be working on this next year.

Now I’m going to go try on my dress and twirl around for a little bit.

Summer Lovin’

You guys, I am BORED! B-O-R-E-D! Like becoming a Candy Crush expert, three seasons deep into Gilmore Girls BORED. Read an entire book in one day bored. I’ve only been out of school for a month, which is pretty much the longest break from school I’ve had in almost two years and I really have no idea what to do with myself.

Even though we’ve been super busy this last month with all sorts of summer things like weddings, barbecues and concerts it doesn’t seem like I’ve been busy. I guess when you get used to having 3+ hours of homework every night when that’s gone you suddenly have what seems like a lot of free time on your hands.

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We went to a wedding on the coast a few weeks ago and caught this rare sunny day. Beautiful beach day: check!

At first it was great but now I’m geting antsy.

You know what antsy means…time to write a list. Yay lists!

Here it is:

1. Plan the wedding (Only 356 days)

2. Organize and purge the house (In case we move, which we probably will)

3. Have an amazing summer (Oh right…that.)

Yeah, no big deal. Just a few things to do. Since next year will be such a huge year with so many major real life events like graduating college, getting married and moving I really need to use this time wisely. This is kind of like the calm before the storm so I really want to use this time to prepare for Hurricane Real Life (name pending, leave suggestions in the box).

I won’t bore you with one long list of all my goals at one time. Instead I’ll break them up and share them, then keep you updated on the progress. Maybe I’ll get some new tips and tricks to share!

Until then please send more lives in Candy Crush.

Please and thank you.