Archive | April, 2019

Take a picture, it’ll last longer (another sort-of slideshow)

30 Apr

April brought a lot of beautiful things like….

 

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These gorgeous pink flowers

 

  • Planning and embarking on a trip to Guatemala! (posts to come!)

 

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Hiding a note in the Pittsburgh airport

 

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Patrick’s birthday!!! ❤ ❤

 

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Helen’s birthday!!! ❤ ❤

 

  • …At Helen’s birthday party where I got to pet Victoria’s cat and micromanage some seating arrangements 🙂 — so it was really like I was the one getting the presents.

  • “They call me Crash.”
  • A visit to Findley Lake where I got to see my cousins Wendy and Paul! (and, at the local restaurant, briefly meet that weirdo.)

 

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Photo credit: the beautiful Wendy

 

  • THE RETURN OF GAME OF THRONES, which brought about the smiles below.  And then, spoilers, took away the smiles below.

 

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Playdate

 

  • A fun brunch (but not a delicious brunch) at Enix Brewery with April, Emily, and Laura.
  • But then a stopover at the super cool Voodoo Brewery, plus VB shirts!
  • An emotional breakdown after The Improv.
  • Eating, with Matt (all the way from Australia!) and Col (a hometown favorite) in the Northside at, what the sign referred to as “the best chicken salad in town,” (it’s not) and, on a different day, getting to actually eat the best chicken salad in town (it is) back at my parents’ house.  

 

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A party at my new friends Joe and Trisha’s with Emily, Erin Tobin, and April ❤

 

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This VIEW outside of my bedroom! I love this season!

 

  • A bad-beer power hour with Bella.

 

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And lots of board game days ❤

 

….Which we were assured would be fun.

 

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Peppered reassurances are as good as a money-back guarantee

 

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The peppered reassurances were accurate — It was fun!

 

  • Spicy, yummy soup delivered to me when I was sick.
  • A Federal Galley date involving the question game.
  • The Table celebrations edition was published!
  • A(n annoying) closure of our 9th street bridge.
  • A gorgeous dinner party for 5 hosted by my best friend, VB.
  • Inspired by outdoors-y films, in particular a mother daughter movie, at the Banff Mountain Film Festival ❤

 

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Great lightening in the Byam Theatre loo!

 

  • Victoria Pinksburgh coming out for the year!!!!!  Huge shoutout to Laura who babysat, and by babysat I mean stored the little cutie. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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Her maiden voyage.

 

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Full bloom.

 

  • A new tradition with Emily and Laura, we eat lunch together every week!

 

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All this friendship is making us hungry. 

 

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LUNCH WITH LAURA’S DOG CHARLIE (AND HELEN) – who also gets her name in caps because, honestly, it’s just as exciting

 

  • April 12th: My and Victoria’s best show ever!!  Drinking champagne, celebrating, sitting next to the Wildys.
  • April 19th.  At The Improv again.  Sitting next to Victoria.  Always glad to be there together! But this time wishing we had ordered our small drinks earlier.

 

 

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Helen got to do a guest set on Ray’s show.

 

  • MATT FROM AUSTRALIA COMING TO VISIT!! ! !!! !!!! !!! ! !! !  HOW EXCITING!!!!!  

     

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    Forever friends.

     

  • Going with Matt to Bingham Tavern to watch the Penguins game (FYI: I’m a fan now) and getting involved in trivia on accident, which, thanks to our bonus player, we ended up winning ON PURPOSE.
  • And then, taking Matt to the Micro Diner for pancakes and listening to his accent while he spoke with Dana, our server, whose Yinzer accent (and openness!) served to remind me (thanks for the service, Dana!) how there are people in each corner of the world with a genuine eagerness to show off their hometown (#hometownpride)  — and to help someone from a different place realize why ….(whatever city they’re in)…. is so great. 

 

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Battle of the accents, except not a battle because everyone wins.

 

I always love this time of year,
‘mi