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Pittsburgh weekend

22 Apr

I headed back to the Steel City this past weekend to catch up with some of my old friends from Kent State. With everyone working and living in different areas, it’s not always easy to get together, and we all jumped at the chance for a college reunion. I love visiting Pittsburgh, and it was a perfect opportunity to catch up and further explore the city.

We started the day at Pamela’s Diner in Squirrel Hill for hotcakes and coffee. Once we were thoroughly stuffed, we headed to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to walk off our food and learn about dinosaurs, minerals and ancient cultures. Afterward we headed to the Mount Washington incline for great views of the city and a stop at Grandview Bakery. I tried the caramel apple cupcake, and it did not disappoint. We finished the day with sushi at Little Tokyo and an evening filled with wine, stories and laughter.









It was so great getting together and hanging out with the girls.

Thanks to Shantae, Rebecca and Sam for a fun weekend!

The peppiest kids around

8 May

This past weekend I headed to Chapel Hill to visit one of my dearest friends, Lindsay. She’s attending UNC for her PhD in philosophy. We met as young kids at 4-H camp, and we’ve remained close ever since. Lindsay is one of those friends I don’t see all that often, but when we do, it’s like we’ve never spent a day apart.

This weekend was no different. We found ourselves on several unplanned adventures, which always ended with plenty of laughter. I arrived Thursday evening and we began exploring Chapel Thrill (as Lindsay calls it). After some froyo at Sweet Frog, we made an impromptu decision to attend an amateur comedy show. Although there were several free drinks involved, the comedy was mediocre at best. We did die laughing when one of the amateurs decided to read William Wallace’s freedom speech from Braveheart in a horrible Scottish accent. It was amazing.

{enjoying some froyo}

I had to work on Friday and Lindsay still had some talks to attend. We were able to get away for a bagel break and a walk through the Coker Arboretum to soak up the gorgeous day. Later that night we went for dinner at Top of the Hill and then met up with some of her philosophy friends at this great wine bar, Peccadillo. If you’re visiting Chapel Hill, and can find it, I highly recommend it. The evening turned into morning and we finally went to bed at 6 a.m.

{Coker Arboretum}


Saturday was a sleepy day, and we finally made it out the door by late afternoon. We went for lunch at Buns and then made our way toward Carrboro, stopping at little shops along the way. Unfortunately, we were caught in the rain and headed back to Chapel Hill. With the weather not cooperating, we decided a night in would be a good idea. We made pasta, used facial masks and watched one of our favorite movies, Mean Girls.

{enjoying our facial masks}

We finally made it to Carrboro on Sunday for a fantastic lunch at The Spotted Dog where I ate the best quesadilla of my life. And then it was time for me to head home. The weekend went by fast, but we had such a fun time together. I’m already looking forward to my next visit.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend, Lindsay! xoxo

My blogging hiatus

6 Jul

My first night in Germany

Holy cannoli! I didn’t write a single post during the month of June! But with good reason. First of all, I was hardly home, and when I was, there certainly wasn’t time for blogging. The beginning of the month was filled with getting ready for vacation. That meant tying up loose ends at work and making sure everything was organized. Then of course there was all the packing.

On June 9 I jetted off to Germany for my euro-vacation. It was over in a flash and I came back to a lot of work on June 20. Then I headed off to Asheville, NC for a conference for one of my clients. When I returned, I was busy helping my Mom get ready for our big family reunion, which took place this past weekend. We still have friends that are staying at our house, but they’ll head home tomorrow. That doesn’t mean we’ll be any less busy.

Fabiana, a foreign exchange student from Venezuela who lived with me my senior year of high school, is finally coming to visit. She’s my other sister. I haven’t seen her in five years, so I’ll be eager to spend lots of time with her. All this being said, I have a lot of blog posts to write. In the coming weeks you can look forward to posts about my trip to Germany, the family reunion, maybe an Asheville post and of course my time with Fabi.

So stay tuned! :-)

Hair Drama

25 Mar

After months of putting it off, I’m getting my hair cut tomorrow. My excuse is that I’ve been too busy to make a trip to the salon, but the truth is I hate getting my hair cut (What am I? Five?). I know, I know, it will eventually grow back, but a bad haircut experience in high school still makes me cringe every time my hairdresser picks up her scissors.

Mandy Moore (courtesy of google images)

This is what my hair was supposed to look like. (courtesy of Google Images)

When I was a freshman, I decided to cut my hair similar to Mandy Moore. Looking back now, it wasn’t the best idea. My hair is naturally wavy. The shorter it gets, the wavier it gets. My short hair was out of control, and I had no idea what to do with it. Since then, I’ve hated getting haircuts. It’s gotten easier with time, but I still put it off as long as possible (which is probably why my hair is so long).

However, I’m being a big girl on Saturday and heading to the salon. I’ve decided to change things up and add shorter layers (pause for ooohs and aaaahs). Even though I might cry after, I’m a teeny bit excited.

And if it turns out horrible, I’ll still be on a high from hanging out with Lindsay (a.k.a. Spicey) that it won’t even matter. Lindsay, one of my dearest friends, has been studying at the University of Cambridge since September. For this reason, I haven’t seen her (in person) for months. However, she’s visiting the States for a few days, and I will be seeing her this weekend. We always have the best times together, and I couldn’t be more excited. Let the fun begin!

Chicago Weekend

16 Mar
St. Patty's Day Group

St. Patty's Day Gang (after the race)

This past weekend, I flew to Chicago to spend some quality time with my sister (schwester in German – see I am learning). Grace lives in Lisle, near Naperville, about 35 minutes West of downtown Chicago.

The weekend started on Saturday with an 8 a.m. 5K run for St. Patty’s day. I used to run all the time, and although I didn’t have time to train, I wanted to do the race. I finished in 33 minutes, which I was happy with. My legs, however, weren’t quite so happy. I could hardly move after, but I pushed through the pain and still enjoyed the rest of the trip.

Saturday evening, we hung out with my sister’s friends. There are too many details to write about, but everyone had a great time. My favorite quote from the night was, “Yo bro, we need to get a keg.” I think these pictures best describe our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations:


Grace and Michal dancing

My St. Patty's Day Look

Some of the Girls

On Sunday morning, we got out of bed to go play Whirly Ball (don’t worry, I had no idea what it was either). If you’ve never played, watch this video. It’s a mix of lacrosse, basketball and bumper cars. Although I didn’t quite get the hang of it, I had a lot of fun laughing (and slamming into walls).

After the game, we met up with our friends Greg, Shaun and Angie. We did some shopping at IKEA and had dinner at Front Street Cantina (one of my sister’s favorite restaurants in Naperville).

Even though we were exhausted by the end, it was a great weekend. We both agreed to set up flight alerts, because when you have so much fun together, it just seems silly to wait so long to do it again.

Me and G-race

The Week of Catching Up

7 Mar

When I was in college, I had this idea of what life would be like after graduation. Maybe living on my own (stay tuned for future post on life with the rents) and of course keeping in touch with all my friends. As it turns out, staying in touch after graduation isn’t always so easy.

Luckily for me, not everyone moved far away, and we can still get together. That is, of course, when we find a time that suits all our schedules. In a rare turn of events, everyone was free this past week, and I was able to schedule two “catch up” dates.

Tetra, minus Ally.

Me, Kim and Mike - Tetra (minus Ally)

Tuesday night, I had dinner with Mike and Kim, two members from Tetra, my senior PR campaigns team. I should probably give a quick background on campaigns. All PR majors at Kent State are required to take the class, and it’s usually the last one to cross of your list. Students are broken up into teams and compete against each other to create a PR campaign (hence the class name) for a real-world client.

Our team was pretty unconventional in every sense of the word. We came up with crazy ideas, laughed a lot and spent the beginning of each meeting talking about what we did that week. Now don’t get me wrong, we worked our butts off, but we also had a lot of fun doing it. And while we didn’t win, I think we may be the only team that started out as classmates and became friends in the process. Even a year later, we still meet up to reminisce about that awesome semester.

Mike and Kim always make me laugh and turn a bad week into a good one. And that’s why Tetra is the best (and the true winner in my book). So thanks to the professors who put us together. You sure knew what you were doing :-)

The week of catching up continued on Thursday. My good friends, Tyler and Marissa, invited me to dinner at their apartment, which may or may not have been because of this tweet:

Regardless of the reason for the invite, it turned out to be another great evening. Although she won’t admit it, Marissa is a fantastic cook. She made a delicious roast with garlic and rosemary, layered with tomatoes and potatoes. It was amazing, and the picture does not do it justice.


Fantastic. Delicious. Awesome.

To top it all off, she created a chocolate pudding dessert, which went great with the Riesling I brought (if I do say so myself). We all had a nice time, and I can’t wait for the next dinner.

This coming weekend I’ll be in Chicago visiting my sister, who I haven’t seen since Christmas. I’m looking forward to celebrating St. Patty’s day with her and, of course, catching up.