Staycation, Day 5

Happy birthday, America! Also, my mom.

What am I doing with my hand? Finger guns!

If you wonder how I feel about my mom, check out my Mother’s Day post. I’d hate to repeat myself. So embarrassing!

We had a nice morning at her house and then went out for lunch. Then to Chris’ aunt’s house for a cookout.

And this guy. It’s been over two months. Delicious.

All in all, a great last day of staycation.


Staycation, Day 2

The day started off well (sleeping in) and ended well (thank-you notes with the lady) and had some awesomeness in between (errands and lunch with a friend), so, basically, a perfect day.

I slept in until 9:00! I was also up for an hour and a half in the middle of the night, but…9:00!

Before lunch, I decided that was the perfect time to switch out the cable boxes and, as a result, was a tiny bit late.

But lunch was with my friend Angela, who I haven’t seen since right after I started dating Chris three years ago. We probably live 20 minutes apart, so there really is no excuse. And you know those friends you have where you pick up right where you left off and talk for almost two hours? Yeah, she’s one of those friends. And she took time away from her adorable daughter, which she seldom does. I felt very special.

Then errands. I got Chris a squishy kitchen mat for when she does the dishes. I meant it to be much nicer gift than it sounds. More “how sweet,” less “your place is in the kitchen.”

(We follow some stereotypes based on our appearance but not all. For instance, I’m [outwardly] the more butch of the two of us, but I’m the one who likes to shop. And the one with the shorter crying fuse.)

Tonight, we finished up thank-you cards for the party. Of course, I was tearing up. What else is new?

I think my staycation may be a little boring, but it’s kind of awesome.

Tomorrow — more errands! I do love a good errand. And dinner for a friend’s birthday.

Oh, and the most exciting thing to happen today involved Primanti Bros. Not only do they now follow me on Twitter, but I won a t-shirt because of this tweet:

Not from Pittsburgh? Don’t know what Primanti’s is? It’s a giant sandwich with coleslaw and fries on it. And they also have delicious, delicious wings. I’m going there tomorrow, so there may or may not be a picture.

How exciting!

Staycation, Day 1

And what an eventful day it was!

It really is a lovely city.

I took Chris to the T this morning, stopped and got a few breakfast items, and came home and made breakfast.

Holy crap. This bacon.

Then I left and met Chris downtown for lunch. Some of her friends couldn’t make our engagement party — with lame excuses like “we are in Michigan” and “we were so exhausted we couldn’t move” — so we had some celebratory lunch meatballs and poutine.

But I decided it was a good idea to park at the casino and walk to her office. It’s 1.5 miles, which is no problem, right?

Except it was about 126 degrees, and I was drenched in sweat by the time I got there. Whoops.

After lunch, I had four hours to kill, so I walked to Duquesne, my alma mater. I went to the Starbucks on campus and thought things like, “If they have this on campus, they probably don’t need my money.”

Then back to the casino to gamble with the change I cashed in that morning, but this time I took the T. Too bad I got off one stop early. Sweaty again.

But I won $20 playing blackjack, and later I made it rain twenties in the car. Because I’m cool like that.

Anyway, Chris and I went to see a wedding venue tonight and absolutely loved it. It will be difficult to top. And true to form, we got lost on our way there. Another accidental tour of a Pittsburgh neighborhood one or both of us didn’t know existed.

Then in the drive-through, I told the woman that we didn’t need ketchup because “we have some at home.” Chris is still laughing at that…even though I think it’s a perfectly acceptable response.

All in all, a productive day with a crap-ton of walking. Good — I needed to work off that bacon!

The above-mentioned meatballs and poutine.