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Next Week: N is for Niceties


Happy Sunday everyone!!!  How beautiful is it outside today!?  The sun is shining, the snow is melting, and right now my apartment smells like rosemary and garlic.  Try that topped on potatoes.  Take a minute and think about the explosion in your mouth!!  They’re almost don’t cooking, and I can’t wait to eat it.

DowntonAbbey1On top of that, I have bread baking in my slow cooker, a Friends marathon is on TBS currently, and some buffalo chicken dip is due to be consumed in about an hour.  Oh, and Downton Abby is on tonight, holla!!!!  Is anyone else as obsessed with that show as I am??  I seriously cannot get enough of that wonderful show.  Here’s my question, though, does anyone else keep track of how many times you want to smack Mary Crawley in a single episode?

Enough about my wonderful day, though, let’s talk about my adventure next weekend.  Next week is one of those random adventures I’ve always wanted to try, but never had the guts/time/ability to do so.   Not next weekend, though, next weekend, I’m finally making it happen.

Here’s the thing about next week’s surprise: I can’t tell anyone!  Maybe next week should be title S is for Secret, because this adventure has to go off without anyone knowing what’s going on.  I hope you weren’t too excited to hear about it this week, because there’s no way I can tell you!  But I’m super excited about it, and I hope that’s enough of a reason for you to be excited too!

So I’m off to work for a few hours, logging that overtime early to help keep ahead of the storm that is approaching at Initech.  Then it’s food, Downton, and some steamed Boston bread.  Let’s see how this turns out!!

Have a wonderful week.  Try not to think too much about my adventure next week.  And check back next week to see exactly what happened.



Next Week: X is for eXact Change


Word to the wise: remember to take your eye makeup off before crawling into bed.  No matter how tired you are, you will regret it in the morning when your pillowcase looks like a shoe shiner’s rag, and your eyes are red and watery.

I’m back!!  A fantastic weekend is in the books (almost), and Turkey Day is quickly approaching.  I feel the retail Christmas pull a little more this year…there’s this huge urge to get my Christmas decorations out RIGHT NOW and set everything up.  Patience, young grasshopper, the holiday season will soon be upon us.  For now, I will merely enjoy the sparse Thanksgiving decorations I have up, until it’s time to bust out my themed Christmas decorations.

I’m excited about next week’s adventure, because it involves careful planning, traveling, and a general exploring, three things I love.  Since my launch of this website, a lot of people have asked me about X is for eXact Change, mainly because they have no idea what it meant.  I haven’t told too many people, because I wanted to keep it a surprise, so now that the moment’s finally here, I want to shout it from the rooftop: NEXT WEEK I’M GOING ON AN ADVENTURE!!

So I got the idea for X is for eXact Change from all of those Food Network shows, $40 a Day, and stuff like that.  If you’re not a Food Network fan, the premise of these shows is simple: a host is dropped into a city, given a set amount of money ($25, $40, etc.) and must eat 3 meals in one day for that amount of money.  Sounds pretty easy until you remember how expensive eating out is…plus you have to factor in tipping, and all that fun stuff.  It’s actually a bit more challenging than one might think.

I decided I wanted to try it, though, but I wanted to put a twist on it: I want to see just how much I can do in downtown Pittsburgh for $20.  And I want to see how close I can get to spending all of it in one setting.  Am I helping the economy or what?!?!

Next week, then I’ll be heading down to the Strip District for a fun afternoon.  For those of you out-of-towners, the Pittsburgh Strip District is NOT the Red Light District, a common mistake. 😛  It’s more like a cultural district, not in the sense that the theater and opera are there (there’s an ACTUAL Cultural District where those are located), but because there are a million different mom and pop stores that you can shop in for real, homemade, fresh foods.  Homemade pierogies in the Polish deli; hand rolled pasta in the Italian market; rice in bags as big as me in the Asian market; homemade tamales at the Mexican store and restaurant.

On top of that, there are all kinds of great places to eat, such as a Vietnamese restaurant, a chocolate store (yes, those things do exist!), an Italian bar that loves dem Stillers, and a fanciful 1950s diner.  There’s also a Pittsburgh Sports appearal store, a used bookstore, some art shops, one of those “fell off the back of the China truck” stores where you can get Nike and Apple knockoffs for $20, and more.  It’s such a cultural melting pot, and such a fun place to visit.

So visit I will.  With $20.  The first test will be to try to snag some of the available but limited free parking…fingers crossed!!  And then we’ll take my money, and see just how much I can buy with it.  Should be a fabulous time.

If you’d like to join me on an adventure down to the Strip District, let me know.  If not, stop back next week to see exactly how well I did with my spending!

See you soon!!



Next Week: H is for Hiking Adventures


Ugh….fooooooood baby.

My family just left from a weekend in Pittsburgh.  I love my family, but whenever they come out I always eat WAY too much.  Oh boy, do I need to go walk this off.  Ever wish you could just unzip your skin, remove all the food in your stomach, and zip it back up?  Maybe that’s just my weird dream.  Haha.

Anyway, on to next week, and a brand new adventure to encounter.  I’ve decided next week, H is for Hiking Adventures, is the perfect opportunity for me to go out, and see the fall foliage before the dreaded snow sets in and ruins everything (in case you can’t tell, I’m not a winter person).  So I’m going to hop in my car, roll down the windows, blast some “Autumn-themed music” (does such a thing exist?  If so, what would you recommend I add to my Autumn-themed music playlist??), and head up the PA Turnpike to Buttermilk Falls.

I discovered Buttermilk Falls in college, because it’s right down the highway from my school.  It’s kind of a diamond-in-the-ruff place, tucked away in a less-than-savory area of Beaver County, right off the highway behind the Adult Mart.  No, I’m not making this up.  You could pass it a thousand times without realizing what’s behind that wooden fence and small gravel lot, but the beauty that you see there is absolutely breath-taking.

So next week is all about me, my camera, a good paid of sneakers, and a hike up to the falls.  Maybe I’ll play the role of “Hipster Young Adult” and find some Tom shoes, a North Face jacket, and some Obama swag.  I’ll blast Mumford and Sons, chew on some organic vegan granola, and bring my used guitar just in case the creative juices start flowing.  Ahhhh, Young Adult Hipster may be my Halloween costume this year!!  Yes!

Ok, I’m out to walk off this food baby.  I’ll be back sometime this week with some more updates!

Have a wonderful week,


Guinea Pigs


Wanted: Guinea Pigs (aka: taste testers)

Responsibilities: Cupcake testers this weekend (not part of My Alphabet Year, but still on a weekend, so I thought I’d post here).  You will be trying the good, the bad, and the magnificent.  A lot of cupcake consumption will take place.  You must be willing to eat many different samples.

Skills Needed: Ability to feed oneself.  Ability to eat several cupcakes in one sitting and not barf it up or go on a sugar bender.  Diabetes-free.  No food allergies (serious about those last two there, folks).

To apply: Comment below.  You can comment as a guest, just put your name so I know who you are.

Winners will be chosen and notified via Facebook/email/phone/in person.  Good luck!