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18 May

“plenty of sunshine heading my way…”

7 Oct

Feeling pretty good this morning for several reasons!!  First and  most obviously…

finally some blue skies!

Secondly, one of my favorite bloggers left me a comment!  I really appreciate the support and it definitely makes this journey a little brighter!! 

I love the idea of blogging and always have – being able to connect with people all over the country.  I maintained a blog from 2002 until around 2004, writing my way through and out of depression.  It was full of memories and inside jokes, song lyrics and diary-entries that weren’t really for anyone to read but myself.  I decided to retire that blog once my life starting changing.  I still read through it every now and then and thinking to myself – “Wow…my life was so different then.”  The person who wrote those tired entries is just a shadow that I catch a glimpse of every now and then.  That shadow is cast by all the light given off my wonderfullife.  I am busy becoming the person that everyone always thought I could be.  Believe me, baby, now I’m shining bright. 

On my way…

7th Ave.

happy hump day!

6 Oct

This weather just won’t let up!  It’s only 45º and it is dreary, dreary, dreary out.  If it wasn’t for the rain, this would be perfect bonfire weather. Soon!!

Pittsburgh is a relatively clean city.  We have a lot of traffic, but you don’t see a lot of smog and pollution like you see in other cities.  While it may look smoggy, I can promise that its actually just fog due to the weather.  I don’t think I’m a true Yinzer yet though…my heart still skips a beat when we’re coming around the bend on the parkway and you can see the downtown skyline 

Mixin it up!

5 Oct

I am the type of person who religiously packs  a lunch.  I feel like that eliminates any compulsive decisions along with saving she♥ and I some cash we need for the current remodeling projects we have going on.  However, I have been really lazy about getting to the grocery store.  Not a ton of lunch options in the house right now!

I work in the Strip District of Pittsburgh.  For those of you who have never been – it is one of my favorite places in the ‘burgh.  It is a long strip that contains dozens and dozens of street vendors, ethnic food and anything else you can imagine! 

One of my favorite lunch spots is called Mix Stirs  – located in the Senator John Heinz History Center.  They have amazing smoothies with whey protein that I sometimes grab for a quick-fix lunch, but my favorite thing to get there is the Chef Salad.  It has only 307 calories and tops out at 28.6 grams of protein.

Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham, Swiss, Provolone, Cucumbers & Red Onion

Side note about the Heinz History Center…

The current exhibition is called Vatican Splendors.  Pittsburgh was one of only three cities chosen to host the largest Vatican exhibit EVER in North America.  Pretty cool, right??

*Bust of an Angel:* Giottto di Bondone, after 1304. Polychrome mosaic. The Reverenda Fabbrica of Saint Peter, Vatican City State.

via HHC gallery

Their website lists some of the amazing and unique pieces:

  • Original works by Michelangelo, as well as a first generation cast of the Pietà from St. Peter’s Basilica, alongside signed documents and personal objects used in work on the Sistine Chapel.
  • 17th century works by Bernini, including carved, gilded angels and a baroque urn depicting the Last Supper from the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.
  • A reliquary containing the remains of Saint Peter and Saint Paul that has never been outside of the Vatican.
  • Guercino’s c. 1622 “Portrait of Christ with Crown of Thorns” painting, the first modern representation of Jesus, that has never been on display at the Vatican.
  • Objects discovered at the tombs of Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
  • A bronze Cast of the Hand of Pope John Paul II, which visitors are encouraged to touch during their visit, alongside a handwritten poem from John Paul II.

Hopefully my dear♥ will decide to take me 🙂  Some of these pieces have never left the Vatican and it doesn’t sound like a place I’ll be visiting anytime soon!!!

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