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5 Thing Friday

22 Nov

1.  Ace Hotel Coming To Pittsburgh

Ace Hotel, New York

Ace Hotel, New York

So I read this article in Pittsburgh Magazine about “America’s Coolest Hotel” coming to the ‘burgh.  Well of course I wanted to read more because I’m a geek and turns out this hotel chain is super hip(ster) and there are just a few locations around the world – in swag cities like London, Portland, Paris, and now a revitalized  YMCA in Bakery SquareAce Hotel is known for contextualizing the hotel to the city, so we are all on the edge of our seats wondering how AH will showcase Pittsburgh’s complex industrial history.  Or at least me and other design junkies are.  I also might stay there just for fun because hello – micro-brew and small batch coffee on site?  Chyeah.

2.  Serial Killer Christmas Cards

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I recently discovered another Pittsburgh blogger – OhHonestlyErin – who seems to have a dry, off-beat sense of humor like myself.  She posted a link to her Etsy shop the other day, where she features her serial killer greeting cards.  I think these are surprisingly fun and hysterical!  I will definitely be buying some of her Valentine’s.

3.  Our house is done!

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More on this over the next few days as well, but yay!!!  Everything is perfect and we haven’t even put on the finishing touches…or decorations.  haha I promise my walls aren’t normally so cold.

4.  Jace & Si’s Turkey Safety Video

You’re welcome.

5.  Dinner Partayyyyyyyy

Thursday was completely consumed with fretting over and prepping for our very first dinner party.  I am working on a full recap for over the weekend, but just know that I was totally in my element.  I feel like I did my Bubba proud!  Yes, this is my actual grandmother in a photo taken (obviously) on her wedding day.  She was a master entertainer and I remember growing up attending lavish parties.  In fact, one time my cousins and I served hors d’oeuvres on roller skates to guests!  The thing that makes me smile the most about the picture is that when she got married, she couldn’t even boil an egg!

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Weekend Round-Up

3 Jun

It was a really busy weekend around these parts!! Amazing what you can get accomplished when your internet goes out and a tech can’t come in until Monday.

On Saturday, we headed over to East Liberty to the farmer’s market:

I had gotten an email talking about all the yummy local product expected in over the weekend, so I was pretty excited.  I ended up getting some carrots, a tomato, asparagus, green onions, rhubarb, red potatoes, beets, some green leaf lettuce starts and some jalapeno pepper plants all for $16!!

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Around 11:00, my family arrived to spend some quality time with the puppies.  Everyone is so active now, I promise to write a whelping update this week to show you how much they’ve grown!

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Mid-afternoon, we headed to Little Miss E (my cousin’s daughter)’s 4th birthday pirate party.  We had little brother CO in tow, and luckily he and my brother were able to hang out amongst all the littler kids.  They have only hung out a few times because they live so far away, but I was really happy to see how well they get along!  They had a lot of fun decapitating a pirate pinata after the kids ravaged it of its candy.

On the way home, we spotted a pop-up carnival and I suggested we make a quick stop.  Since there were three of us, we decided that we would go on three of the big rides and then leave.  Good enough for us!

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Then, we headed over to the baseball field to pick up almost-not-little brother CJ. We got there just in time to see him pitch the last inning.  He is a baseball extraordinaire, in fact he’s the league’s best catcher and as of right now he’s leading the state in home runs.  Apparently all the pitching practice in the driveway has been paying off because he struck out all three people that were up to bat that last inning!

Sunday was pretty low-key.  We finished up some projects around the house that have been lingering, like finally installing the overhead light in the living room.  Now, we just have to touch up the plaster and pick out a new paint color!

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The doodles got their first taste of grownie food!  This picture doesn’t even do the mess that was made any justice.

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Dinner was organic pierogies with sour cream and green onions from the market.

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Friday Things

8 Feb

There are so many things I want to say about Wednesday’s post, but I will have to save that for another day. 🙂

Today has been busy and its not even halfway through my day yet.  We’ve got some help at the house today and I’ve been told that the kitchen will be wired and dry-walled by the time I come home tonight.  YIPPEE!!!!!!  I made sure to take some before pictures late last night as I was emptying the kitchen of its contents.

This morning, I had to do diaper & laundry deliveries by myself.  Stressful doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about doing deliveries by myself.  I always manage to get all turned around, even though I know exactly where I’m going.  I constantly find myself in the wrong or slow or turning lane.  And I do NOT deal well with detours.  After arriving at my first delivery several minutes before what would be considered “LATE” (<– my least favorite thing in the world), I decided to catch my breath and calm my nerves with coffee.

If you are from Pittsburgh, you know there are about a million coffee stops near Shadyside, but parking is always an obstacle for me.  I decided to swing by Coffee Tree Roasters in East Liberty for several reasons.  One, there is always access to parking.  Two, it was on the way to my next delivery.  Three, I love Bakery Square.

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The East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh is one of those in-between neighbors which is in the process of changing from a crime-riddled ghetto to one of Pittsburgh’s now re-gentrified destination spots.  It butts up against one of the most posh urban neighborhoods (Shadyside) and one with the worst reputation (Homewood).  Within a one mile radius, there is both an Anthropologie, a prestigious all-girls private school, and several low-income housing projects.  I think that its a neighborhood that is slowly assuming a new identity, but in a sustainable way.  The neighborhood needed some new life breathed into it, I just hope that as it grows it does so by welcoming people of all income levels.

The development at Bakery Square was a turning point for East Liberty, in my opinion.  The development of several blocks of vacant, run-down warehouses into luxury offices, storefronts and living space gave people a reason to give East Liberty another chance.  The fact that Google opened offices in the Bakery Square development surely didn’t hurt.

Nestled front and center is Coffee Tree Roasters:

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Feeling crunched for time, I just ordered a large black coffee and grabbed one of these vegan energy bars at the register:

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I know the quality is a little bad, but that’s what you get for taking pictures while driving.  I should include the disclaimer here that I am not a vegan or gluten-free, nor do I have any real desire to be.  This was an impulse buy – kudos to whoever the genius was who realized product placement was a good idea.  These Heart Thrive bars by The Healthy Baking Company (also the makers of the California Suncake) were dense.  And dry.  It wasn’t bad though.  It was just different that what I’m used to.  They claimed to contain ingredients with a low glycemic index, which sustain energy over a longer period of time instead of causing energy spike and dip in one spurt.  I’d say that was accurate.  Normally, I spend mid-morning in an english muffin or bagel-induced carb coma and I wasn’t feeling sluggish at all after these two cakes.

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Also, I chose Cranberry simply because the only other option left was Raisin Spice. After checking out their website, I will be keeping my eyes peeled for a Chocolate Chip one.  I would definitely try these again, but in a different flavor.  Cheers to trying new things!

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And to the little Transit that could.  She’s being quite a trooper while she waits for her bumper to come in (its on back-order until March).

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Burgh Eye View: East Liberty

14 May

These small unattended girls, who despite wearing school uniforms were not in school during school hours, have been blurred to protect their identities.

solar panel + green roof  = how did i not know about this?!

Where else in the ‘burgh can I find these?

Were they retrofitted or was an entire shelter constructed to complete the project?

Who did this – the city? PAT? East Lib? Nonprof?

I want answers, people!

Burgh Eye View: Follow Up ♥

14 May

Don’t you just love social media?!

No sooner did I post my questions about the green bus shelter in East Liberty, then answers started to appear!!!

The project was brought about by East Liberty Development, Inc. in cooperation with the Sprout Fund‘s Spring program in an attempt to educate people on the street level about the benefits of green building design:

This particular solar panel produces energy to power a pump that pulls captured rainwater from the ground level back up to the green roof or to a nearby tree.  Get it?  Its self-powered and nothing is wasted.  I’ve mentioned feedback loops before, and a green roof is a great visual example of how to close them.

Green roofs have many benefits, which are explained in the video by project leaders Loralyn Fabian and Katherine Camp:

fostering biodiverstiy
mitigating stormwater runoff
energy saving
curbing the heat island effect
education through signage on shelter

Yay for green infrastructure and sustainability awareness in urban projects!!!

Don’t you just love Pittsburgh? ♥

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