Monday, March 10, 2014

The F-ed Up Bucket List

My friend Lauren told me she's been working on what she's defined as a "F-ed up bucket list"; meaning, crossing off doing things she'd never really wanted to do to begin with. I've laughed rather heartily at that as I certainly have those items as well. Anyway, perhaps this qualifies - drinking in a high school. Admittedly it was for a charity event- but it was both very weird and very cool at the same time.

GTG late for class!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Breakfast Lately vol 3

The very best; homemade pancakes with Fred's Breakfast mix and New Hampshire maple syrup

The weirdest yet; bacon and cheddar pancake plus a banana granola pancake at First Watch

Blueberry banana crepes at Cain's

Make-Your-Own-Bloody-Mary, heavy on the bacon and horseradish at Local

My newest fetish; oatmeal pancakes with bananas and bacon at the Dorstop

French toast with honey and bananas at Cross-Keys diner in central PA

Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy FeBREWary!

Finally all of my years of Japanese paid off with this sign at East End Brewing! We have cold beer!

I've been a long time lover of East End; it's arguably my favorite Pittsburgh brewery. I enjoy everything they put out. However, I've only ever been to their growler hours in the strip and have drank their beers on tap at various other locations. This weekend I finally visited their full brewery and tried most of their dozen beers on tap (excluding only the ones I've had before).

My Uncle had given me a gift card for my birthday. Check out this snazzy thermos-growler I used it on. My first fill was rather fitting - a smoked porter. Delicious. So much happiness.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

To Keep Me Honest

I've signed up for an Olympic distance Triathlon in May.

This will be a 6.2 mile run, 1500 yard swim, and 24 mile bike. I'm not concerned about the run or swim; in recent workouts I've proven to myself I can already do this in succession. However, the bike terrifies me. For some reason I have an anxiety I will have to surpass. Spinning is something I love but road biking is a new fear for me, for reasons I cannot quite identify. Luckily (maybe?), with the cold weather, the tread on the road isn't something I have to face directly for a few more weeks yet.

Last year you may recall I ran the Pittsburgh half marathon. It was an event I trained endlessly for and I haven't been more proud of myself in a long time. However I didn't really think running the marathon again would keep me in the gym; I'm not excited about it and somewhere this winter I lost the drive to train on the treadmill. I wanted a new challenge; working more muscles in my body than just my legs. Recently I have found I was more excited about bike/swimming workouts. Combined with encouragement from my coworker, I found the triathlon and enrolled. I've already begun training and I feel differently about this event. Other than the additional expenses (wetsuit, bike) I'm loving this new motivation.

Not to mention, I have four weddings this summer. Helloooo bridesmaids dress!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy President's Day!

Of course, this is me celebrating with an Abe-Lincoln-esque beard of thin mints.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Beer Mine, Valentine!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Celebration events included the Allegheny Wine Mixer in Lawrenceville, which has some very interesting artwork.

Additionally, for my lucky boyfriend, he received a valentine turned into a mad-lib. Initially, this letter was written by painter Frida Kahlo to her beloved Diego. Below is the original letter; I blanked out some of the items and requested his participation. 
"Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. you are the mirror of the night. the violent flash of lightning. the dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. my fingers touch your blood. All my joy is to feel life spring from your flower-fountain that mine keeps to fill all the paths of my nerves which are yours."