Sunday, September 11, 2011

Gateway Clipper

On Wednesday, I went in to work early. I know, crazy, huh?!? But it was for an outing. Four of us RSAs took seven ladies and headed down to Pittsburgh. Our destination was the Gateway Clipper. What an interesting day it was. The Gateway Clipper is a fleet of paddle boats that travel on the three rivers in Pittsburgh. It's actually a great way to see some of the city. We got to see PNC Park (home of the Pirates), Heinz Field (home of the Steelers), the science center, headquarters for Del Monte foods and Starkist, among many other sites. We learned that Pittsburgh is the city with the most bridges of anywhere in the world. It even surpasses Venice, Italy! (I was rather impressed with that bit of trivia.)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tattoo for Mary?

Yeah right! Like I would go thru all that pain. Really, really hate needles!!! Actually, I went to the Great Lakes Medieval Faire with a few co-workers and friends today. What a great day it was!
Although I goofed. I thought the gates opened at 10 am. Should have read my tickets, because the gates didn't open until 11 am. Oops!!! At least we got a great parking space ;-)
The costumes were amazing! Although there were a few that I won't be caught dead in. Let's just say - too much skin, not enough fabric... One of my co-workers fell in love with a wood nymph. I think she would have brought him home and put him in her garden if she could have!
As for my ink - it's really henna. That was a neat experience. Penny got one on her arm and mine is on my right leg, right above the ankle. The artist who did mine was fantastic. The henna is much darker before you rub it off, kind of a gun-metal grey. She put silver glitter all over it, so I guess you could say I was a sparkling personality today! (Insert groan here...)
We got to see a jousting match. The guys who were in it were quite good. Not to leave out that they had really sharp senses of humor. The younger one resembled Justin Timberlake, so the older one (who was the hero) had to quip that he was "bringing sexy back" - a reference to one of JT's songs. Alas, we had to feel sorry for the hero. It seems that when he picked a fair maiden out of the crowd to inspire his victory, she cried and ran to her mommy. sad.
When we were leaving, we decided to go to a pizza parlor in Andover that I have visited a few times. The Covered Bridge Pizza Parlor is quite amazing. It is actually part of an old covered bridge that was painstakingly reassembled in it's current location. We walked in to a very crowded establishment, but that didn't dampen our spirits. We went ahead and sat down at two tables that had yet to be cleared from their most recent inhabitants. The pizza was well worth the wait. Absolutely fabulous - possibly the best I have ever had! Maybe it was the wonderful company that I was in!
We arrived back home dusty from our travels, but holding onto many great memories of a few hours of sharing wonderful experiences. And, yes, we are planning on returning next year. Watch out Great Lakes Medieval Faire - we will be back!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Must be time for my vacation!

See that forecast?!? Seems right considering after today I have 9 days off! And what's in store for all but 2 days? You guessed it - RAIN!!! As if we haven't had enough by now. Maybe I need to start taking vacation time in August - when we usually need the rain?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Addiction

Really need help with this one! Recently a cupcake shop opened up in Franklin. It's called the Pink Champagne Cupcakery and they are soooooo incredible! I usually get the minis - trust me, they are enough. They are open Tuesday - Saturday. They have 5 flavors each day and change from day to day - except for Moody Vanilla, which has different colors of frosting according to the owner's mood. How cute is that?!?

Hope It Was A Typo!!!

I was at WalMart with Tina and Abbi recently. Saw these on the shelf. Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds - yummo!!! But I saw the price on the shelf...the box said $2, but the shelf said $48. So I figured I wasn't taking any chances and left them in the store!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Eat Chocolate!

Thought I had better add a project here as well. Finished a dozen of these the other day. Thought they were rather adorable. Used Stampin' Up's new set "Eat Chocolate" with chocolate chip cardstock and ink. The patterned paper is from a K&Co. stack (of 360 pages) that JoAnn's had on sale for $9.97! Think I'm really going to like this stack, there are some great patterns in it! I just need to get some Ghiradelli squares to put on the inside of the card. Guess I should have picked those up while I was in Target.

Windy Day in Erie, PA

Spent part of the day in Erie with Tina. What an enjoyable time of shopping and eating (too much of both, of course)!
We started off at AC Moore for a bit of craft shopping. Always a dangerous thing for me! They had storage boxes on sale. I walked out with 7 new boxes - 5 for putting cards into and 2 for 12x12 paper storage. May get organized yet!
Had to go to Bath & Body Works. Running dangerously low on my favorite scent - Dark Kiss! Fortunately I checked my email before I left. The collections were buy 3, get 3 free for President's Day weekend. (They were buy 3, get 2 earlier in the week.) I'm stocked up now! Then I noticed the mini candles after I already checked out. Three for $5 - who could pass these up? They smell so good and are so adorable! And they had antibacterial gels for St. Patrick's Day. Grabbed some of those for a project we're doing at Tina's mini-stamp camp on March 1st. Can't wait!
Lunch time after that shopping. So we decided to go to Red Lobster. YUM!!! Shrimp scampi and sunset colada, non-alcoholic of course. Stuffed at this point. Guess we had better do some more shopping!
After eating too much, doesn't everybody head to the Jelly Belly store?!? Well, we did. Buttered popcorn Jelly Bellies - wow!!! Love those things! They had so many different flavors, it was hard to chose, but I did anyway. And if you need M&Ms, they have just about every color imaginable.
Michaels before Tina headed home. I was so good in there! I think that's the first time I have ever left that store for under $20. But I did get a few nice little goodies.
I had to stop at Target before heading home. (What would a trip to Erie be without going to Target?) I found the coveted mint M&Ms again. When I went out to my cousin, Janet's birthday party this past summer, I found these incredible M&Ms. Her daughter loved them! And I couldn't blame her, they are AWESOME! Three bags in the cart and rush to the door.
Decided to stop at the Christian bookstore in Meadville. Had been listening to a tobyMac (formerly of dc Talk) song on my mp3 player all day long and knew that I really should try to find the CD it came from. Who do you think they didn't have any CDs by in stock?!? So glad that WalMart had it! Also walked out with a bag of Reese's Easter eggs. Will have to hide those until Tina's stamp camp!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Primanti Bros!

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PBSand Dad has been talking about Primanti Brothers opening a Grove City location in front of the outlet mall ever since he spotted it going up Interstate 79 one day last fall.  So I decided that today would be a great day to go.

For those of you who don’t know – Primanti Brothers is a Pittsburgh institution and has been featured on a few shows on both the Travel Channel and Food Network.  They started in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.  (Not as bad as the name suggests – the Strip District is an area in Pittsburgh known for fresh food markets and excellent eating establishments!)  Anyway, earlier last century Primanti Bros was a popular eating place for the truck drivers who would bring in fresh food.  They made sandwiches for the everyday working Joe.  Fresh Italian bread, the meat of your choice, coleslaw and french fries all put together.

They have many choices of meat for your sandwich pleasure, as evidenced by picture #2 – imported sardines anyone?!?  Dad played it safe and chose the ham.  Myself, I went for the Pittsburgh classic – black angus sirloin steak.  Absolutely delicious!!!   Normally I don’t care for coleslaw, but their vinegar and not mayo base was so good!  Definately something I would try again.  But if you don’t feel brave enough to try Pittsburgh’s favorite tradition, they do have more than their sandwiches on the menu.  Might have to try their pizza next time!  And they were so nice, they seated us at a booth with a Troy Polamalu!  Good thing it wasn’t Big Ben, might have had to ask for a different seat!

So, who’s joining me for my next trip?