Showing posts from November, 2013

Happy Turkey Day!

I figured what I wrote on Facebook this morning will work just fine for a brief post about being thankful:

It is nice to wake up to so many posts of gratitude and good wishes. Allow me to add to them and to wish all of you a happy, peaceful, delicious day (that includes a Steelers victory) and to express my thankfulness for my family, friends, a roof over my head, food on the table, coffee, a job, and a song in my heart (as well as the Steelers, Pens, Pirates, Penn State, and Pitt).Here is hoping that each of you can find something to be thankful for. Gobble, gobble!

This and that (including a bus story)

I just cannot seem to come up with a coherent blog post. It is just easier to post pictures, tell a story, or do a bulleted list. Here goes my bulleted list (and why is it that blogger thinks that "bulleted" is not a word?)

Last week when I got on the bus, I sat down next to a guy. Said guy had a can of something between his legs. My first guess was beer, particularly since he reeked of alcohol, but then I decided it could have been one of those canned energy drinks. When he turned towards the window (and away from me) to take a sip, that was a pretty good indication he was drinking a brew. Upon further review, I confirmed it. Miller Ice, I believe. As my bus driver friend said, "As long as the bus driver is not drinking, you are golden."After my third trip to my mechanic in five months, I told him that, no offense, I hoped that I would not see him until January 2015, when my next inspection is due. I don't even want to add up what I spent on the car in 2013, wh…

Water and sun

I thought I would post some pics from a quick trip to Erie I took with the kid and my mom in August. I can never take or have enough pictures of the water and the sun. The water was really cold, which I thought it might not be as bad since it was just past mid August. But that did not stop the kid from swimming. Me? I made it to thigh deep water and chickened out.

One of the coolest thing about the Bicentennial Tower was there were hundreds, maybe even thousands, of bricks engraved with people's names, scattered along the walkway that you see in the photo above as well as in and around the Tower building. After we came back down from the top of the tower, we got ice cream. And I was sitting there eating, I happened to notice a brick with the names of a family whose kids go to my kid's school. Small world, I say.

I really enjoyed our time at the Thomas Ridge Environmental Center (TREC).

The kid and I trekked up the many flights of stairs to see the view from the top of the…