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The Death Star!

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Well ladies and gentlemen, guess what time it is?!?!?! It’s end of month at Initech!!

My word, Han Solo, I forgot how amazing you were in these movies.  TV Timeout while we admire Harrison Ford and the complete B.A.ness of him through all three movies.  Han Solo2Why don’t I know anyone like this in my life??  SOMEONE PLEASE BE MY FRIEND IF YOU ACT LIKE HIM!!

Anyway, back to the Death Star, er, Initech, as you all know it’s my least favorite time of the month.  That wonderful week of absolute hell and torture that comes at my high stress job.  Mandatory overtime, understaffed expectations we cannot obtain, and a frustrating bank that I want to burn to the ground.  Ok, maybe that’s a bit harsh, but I’m sure you’ve all had that moment when you have wanted to just scream your head off while sitting in your cubicle.  You must understand my pain.

Irony of ironies, because I’ve been working so many hours this week I haven’t had time for my running regimen I’ve set myself up on.  Still don’t know why I’m running, but that’s another post for another day.  The point is that I waited all day like a kid on Christmas Eve for that 6 o’clock hour to hit so I could leave, head home, and head out for a run.  It was beautiful out today, mid 80s, sunny, slight breeze.  A little humid, but I can deal with that.  Until 6:00pm on the dot, though, when a huge thunderstorm rolled in and unleashed over Pittsburgh and the surrounding suburbs.  Well…scratch that, then.  Guess I’m going home and being lazy like I have all week.

Readers, friends, what do you do for exercise when it’s raining/snowing/tornadoing/earthquaking out and the free gym you call the park is not available?  Pilates puts my to sleep, so don’t suggest that.  What are some other good activities I can do that won’t take 30 years and will get my heart rate up??

It’s Memorial Day weekend this weekend, one of the few holidays Initech actually accepts exists.  Hello, we didn’t even get Easter off, those commie bastards!!  So I am gunning for Friday, and this wonderful 3 day weekend that is coming up.  Three days without crabby coworkers??  I’ll take it!!

Baking tonight, and then to bed early, it will be another long day tomorrow at work.  Just have to keep reminding myself that I’m blessed to have a job.  Blessed to have a job.  Remember that!!

Night everyone!!!  Let’s go Pens!!

The Worst Mistake of My Life

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There are moments and events in my life that I look back on and think, “What in the world was I thinking?”  We all have them, sometimes I think I have them more than most.  I mean, I found my keys in the fridge the other week…what in the world was I thinking to stick them in there??

Most of my life I’ve been able to laugh at those “What in the…” moments I have.  My keys were a little chilly, but they still drove me to work in one piece.  Everyone once in awhile, though, I have one of those “What in the…” moments that I can’t laugh off.  I can’t laugh off because they’re so ridiculous, and un-Elisabeth.  They’re awful ideas.

I had one of these ideas 3 weeks ago, and I’m still regretting my decision to pursue this.  In an effort to get back into shape, I suggested to my old college roommate that we sign up to run a 5K.  I figured she’d say no, that I’m crazy, and we’d go back to discussing hockey.  Except, my old roommate didn’t say no.  She said yes.  And just like that, I was training for a 5K.

Here’s the thing about me and running: we hate each other.  Honestly, I can’t think of any worse way to spend a day than running around a park somewhere.  I’m not good at running, I run at one pace, which is super slow, and I always seem to some how trip/injure myself when I least can afford to take a spill.  Honestly, I’m the world’s worst runner.

The Hunger GamesAnd yet here I am, 3 weeks into training for my first 5K.  Oy.  It’s been slow going, but that’s ok.  I’m up to a steady half mile run, and then a lot of walking.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like a lot to you, but remind yourself that every step I take I take with absolute dread.  I am forcing myself to put one foot in front of the other by pretending I’m in the Hunger Games and I’m being hunted.  I even downloaded the soundtrack so I can run to the bone-chilling music while I fight for my right to live  as a Victor.  I will defeat everyone!!!

Ok, maybe that’s a little extreme, but that’s how I feel.  No lie.  I have to blare Pump Up Music into my ears every time I run or else I just give up.  Eye of the Tiger, I got you!  We’re rocking up the hill together.

20120513.ColorRun.1751So what’s the end goal of all this?  Well, we are going to run the Pittsburgh Color Run.  I decided early on into this suicide mission (like 30 seconds in) that if we were going to run a 5K, it was going to be a fun 5K, And what’s more fun than running 3.2 miles while being sprayed with all sorts of rainbow colors so that you have to throw everything you’re wearing out?  Don’t answer that, your replies may force me to quit this entire “running” thing I have going right now.  Just nod and say, “Of course Elisabeth, running a color run is a great idea!”

Help me keep this up, by the way.  Offer to run with me if you’re around, or just remind me why it’s good that I want to run.  Or give me cookies, same thing. 🙂 I won’t tell anyone if you slip me some cookies.

Done with my run today, making good time.  Now it’s time to curl up on the couch and watch some mindless television before it’s time for bed.  At least I don’t feel like a lazy couch potato…much. 🙂

Happy Hump Day!

Lis

T is for Tourist Trap

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crosbyBefore we get to the meat of this post, let’s take a small moment to post this once and for all…HOCKEY IS FINALLY BACK!  Big happy sigh. Penguins, come home, we miss you.

The lock out’s been awful, especially considering how well Pittsburgh’s other sports teams have performed this year.  Oh you Pirates, you heart-wrenching awful Pirates.  And the Steelers…well, that was an embarrassing season.  But today, today hockey is back.  And for a brief moment, the world seems just a little better.

I’m not going to get on my soapbox about how the NHL “owes” me something, and I won’t be watching games anymore.  Let’s be honest, I’m annoyed and frustrated with the NHL owners, executives, and players.  I think both sides have acted incredibly selfish for several long months, and it hurt the fans most of all.  But will I be watching the first game in a few weeks?  You betcha.  Because deep down, all I want is to watch my beloved sport again.  And watch Letang’s hair flow behind him as he skates the puck into the neutral zone.  And watch Sidney raise that Cup again.  Is that too much to ask for?

I’m getting ahead of myself, though.  Today’s post is (sadly) not about hockey.  Today’s post is about my favorite city in the world, Pittsburgh, and all the fun I’ve had in it this weekend.

524778_609559287652_1041826364_nAs I told you in my previous post, this weekend’s adventure was about acting like those love-to-hate-’em tourist.  I wanted to get out, see the sites, have a bite to eat, paint the town red, and generally just have a good time.  Were lives going to change over this weekend, probably not.  Was I planning on having a good time, you better believe it.

So my old roommate Kara and I headed down to Oakland for the morning.  For those out-of-city blog readers, Oakland’s the area of Pittsburgh that houses the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, and all of the Carnegie museums.  It’s a fun neighborhood to walk around, and while I have definitely explored the area before, I wanted to give it a closer look.

It was bitter cold on Saturday, and since all colleges are still on winter break it was also eerily quiet as well.  Without thousands of college kids streaming everywhere, the place seemed very ghost-town esque, if the middle of a major metropolitan area can ever feel like that.  We warmed up with coffee to help us brave the bitter winds, and set out to explore.

First we headed over to the Carnegie museums as they prepared to open.  Personally, even though I’m a history major, I’m not a huge fan of the Carnegie museums.  I can appreciate the culture and relevance they bring to the city, the chance for education and exploration, but I’m a sucker for the Heinz History Center.  It will always beat out the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in my opinion.  We did get to pose with some dinosaurs, though, which is something most people can’t cross off their bucket list 🙂

735175_609559157912_1979641394_nAfterwards we headed over to Pitt and the Cathedral of Learning.  It is the iconic building on Pitt’s campus, and though I’ve driven and walked by it dozens of times before, I had never been inside.   Luckily for me, I finally had the chance to head inside and tour the building.

The architecture inside is breathtaking, full of beautiful stonework, Gothic archways, and hand cut stone stairs. It is straight out of a scene from Harry Potter, and a little part of me wanted to shout “Protego!” as I wound my way through the grand hall on the first floor.  If we had been alone, I might have, but there was a high school mock trial competition in session, and it might have seemed a little weird…some day, though, I’ll make it happen.  Maybe I’ll add it to my ever-growing bucket list.

The cool thing about the COL is they have these “Room of Nations” all over the first few floors, and it’s almost like Pittsburgh’s own EPCOT.  Each classroom is set up and designed to reflect a different world culture, and each room was created to educate citizens about the different cultures in the world.  I will admit, there’s definitely less Mickey apparel in these rooms than in EPCOT, but once you get pas that the rooms are pretty fascinating.

185752_609559966292_496896217_nSeeing a new part of the city was definitely a great way to spend my Saturday.  Unfortunately the weather made staying outside for too long pretty much close to impossible, but we had fun exploring the museum and Pitt, and even got to see some amazing college tours full of apprehensive high school seniors.  Man I do not miss those days.

For now, I’m going to enjoy my Sunday off and catch up on some TV shows.  Seriously, what a great day.  Hockey’s back.  Downton Abby’s back.  And my laundry is finally done.  Is this not an awesome weekend or what?

I hope your Sunday is going as well as mine!!  Have a wonderful week my friends.

E

Well hello, 2013!

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It’s 2013.  Wow.  Children being born this year will not graduate high school until 2031.  Doesn’t that make you want to curl up in a ball somewhere?  When did we get so old??

Initech is dragging me down this week, I’m sad to say.  Everyone has the flu at work, I think it’s only a matter of time until I do too.  My coworkers think I’m crabby now, just wait until they see me super sick too. 😦

The being said, my.alphabet.adventure is on standby this weekend, while I see how my health shapes up.  If it’s possible I’d still love to go, but there’s no way I’m going to risk infecting other people, or delaying my recovery, just for a blog.  I love you guys, but not that much!!!

So consider this weekend a “maybe”.  If I don’t get out, it will probably be rescheduled for the following weekend, Initech allowing, of course 🙂  Lord knows my job is more important than anything else I could ever hope to do in my life!!

Stay warm out there, readers.  It’s freezing here in the Burgh.

E

Next Week: T is for Tourist Trap

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timessquareLAST POST OF 2012!!!  Ahhhhhhhhhhhh….FREAK OUT!!!!

I can’t believe it’s New Years Eve.  I’m not going to post about “Oh what a year it was, let’s reflect.”  You all know what kind of crazy year it’s been for me.  Let’s not rehash it.  🙂

I’m excited for 2013, though.  There’s something final about taking that calendar off the wall and thinking to yourself, “That was last year.  This is this year”.  A whole new year of laughter, tears, problems, and praise.  I can hardly wait to screw it all up. 😀

To start the year off right, I’m back in action with my.alphabet.year next weekend.  I’ve decided to be a complete anti-Yinzer next weekend and head down to the city to experience some “tourist destinations”.  Pittsburgh’s full of them, it shouldn’t be too hard to find something.  The Incline, the Science Center, that Casino, Pitt, every museum you could ever imagine, my favorite Macy’s in the world.  Ok, maybe some of those are “tourist destinations”, per se.  But they’re on my list of favorite things, so I’ll probably stop by anyway.

We are low budget next weekend, since I just paid off my credit card bill.  2013 debt free!!!  Going to have lots of fun without spending a lot of money.

If anyone wants to join me, let me know.  And for all you out-of-town readers out there who can’t join me, let me know if there’s anything in the city you’ve always wanted to see but never did.  Let me be your eyes.

Happy New Year everyone!!  Stay safe, have fun, and keep those New Year’s resolutions!!

E

Candy Canes!!

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For those of you who don’t know me, one of the things I love most about Christmas time is candy canes.  Oh candy canes!  I can’t get enough of their wonderful minty goodness!  I wish sugar free candy canes tasted better, because I would be sucking those down like I hadn’t eaten in months.

candy-cane-hunt-mable-houseI love all the new things manufacturers come out with every Yuletide season that are “candy cane” flavored.  Pop Tarts.  Oreos.  McFlurries.  Coffee.  Cupcakes (who am I kidding with this one, though, I can have candy cane cupcakes anytime I want!).  Pretty much, I think the rule of thumb is, if you should not be eating it, they’re going to be tempting me to do just that by adding some mint flavoring and red food coloring!

A few weeks ago when I headed down to the Strip District for X is for eXact Change, my brother and I stumbled into the Pittsburgh Popcorn Company and saw on their “Coming Soon” billboard a listing for candy cane kettle corn for one week in December.  Be still, my heart.  Kettle corn AND candy cane.  Holy mother!

Here’s the problem with the PPC, though…I don’t work anywhere NEAR them.  And they all close at normal human hours of 6 or 7pm.  Oh snap.  Yesterday was an easier day at work, so I thought, hey, let’s leave a little early and head on downtown to get some Candy Cane popcorn.  Sounds like the perfect winter gift.

Except, everything that could have gone wrong went wrong.  Traffic was moving slow as dirt, Lord knows why because there’s no hockey game to head downtown for.  Then I get downtown and stupid bus lanes clog me up even more.  Thanks to some good friends I managed to snag some free parking downtown.  But by then it was 6:35 and the place, still several blocks away, closed at 7.  There I ran, in the dark, in the cold, by myself, in high heels, trying to make it to the PPC.  Out of breath, 6 blocks later, I pulled up at the door at 6:45.  I pulled on the door.  Locked.  All the lights were on, but it looks like they decided to close early.  I called the store, heard the phone ringing inside.  Nothing.  No one answered.  No one showed their face.  No candy cane popcorn.

Thankfully, my awesome brother lives downtown, and managed to get the popcorn for me today, without sprinting through the downtown, without banging on the door for several minutes.  God bless brothers.

This is my life, though.  Chasing time for candy canes.  Maybe it’s why I love life so much 🙂

Time to bake.  See you soon!!

E