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10 years June 25, 2011

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10 years ago today, my dad died. it still sucks.

 

steven andrew o.

february 15, 1955 – june 25, 2001

(this is my favorite picture of him that ever existed )

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25! January 8, 2011

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I wanted to re-cap my birthday, but I’m not feeling very wordy today.  I will tell you that it was the best birthday I have ever had.

We went to The Mattress Factory, Phipps and Nakama, it was wonderful and everything I wanted.

Here are a few pictures, instead.


Glowing

My boyfriend, the German hitman.

Pedal through the metal.

Burning.

It's coming.

Orchid

Sneaky

Mommy and Baby monsters

Purple

Happy 2011!

Not a birthday picture, but I love it anyways.

 

2010 in review (photopalooza) January 1, 2011

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Now I think every year I make a secret resolution to blog  more and every year I fail.  I’m not going to be a daily blogger, ever, but I really wish I could get back into the swing of things.

I can read near daily livejournal entries from 1998-2005 and marvel at what a stupid kid I was, I wish I had kept better track of the past 5 years, but I guess I can just try to start now.

2010 was a pretty amazing year.  I really loved 2009, but as the first four months were pretty awful, 2010 might win for overall happiness.

The first weekend of the year was spent with Keith (unfortunately) sick, but we had borrowed his mom’s dog/his old dog for the weekend, so I at least had Jackson to keep me company while Keith was in bed.  We ordered some pizza for my birthday, since I refused to cook, and Keith, under a cloud of cold medicine, gave the delivery guy the money (which I had counted out to include tip) and asked for a 10 back, which the guy gave him.  So instead of giving the guy a tip, we ended up short changing him, and oh man was it hilarious.  (I was outside with the dog at the time).  We never ordered from that pizza place again because I was afraid they had blacklisted us.

Jackson!

I also turned 24 which made me eligible for the good financial aid, and  I started to get serious about going back to school.  I had to get some loan things straightened out and figure out where I would be going and it was an incredibly stressful few months.

February brought us the gigantic snowstorm that no one from Pittsburgh has been able to forget yet. We also went to NYC again for more basketball and more late night gyro platters! yum!

msg for some basketball game i probably didn't pay attention to.

central park!

best food in nyc for reaaaaaal.

March brought the realization (thanks to Keith) that I could probably just go back to Pitt.  I had been afraid they wouldn’t take me back, but a phone call and a 45$ payment later and I was reinstated! I honestly squealed when I got the letter, I was so excited!

In April, we went to DC to see Elyse and the Cherry Blossom Festival!  It was so gorgeous, I am really glad we got to see it.

cherry blossom festival!

cherry blossom festival!

cherry blossom festival!

my favorite tree that ever existed.

Taken by the lovely Elyse.

We also wandered around and went into a few museums.  Here’s Keith learning about birth control, hahaha.

hmmm.

Elyse took this picture at the WWII memorial which I think is pretty much the funniest thing in the world.

Probably reading twitter.

Our last day in DC, Keith didn’t feel well, so he stayed at Elyse’s and she and I ventured to one of my favorite places in the world, the National Arboretum.

Capitol Columns

Capitol Columns

Magnolias with the Capital Columns in the background

I love DC in the springtime, can’t wait to go back!

We also went to NYC again in April, this time to go to Keith Malley’s annual stand-up show. We got up there on a Thursday, and Keith surprised me with a private performance by Ben Lerman. It was the most thoughtful, adorable surprise ever. I wrote about it here, in case you want to remember how adorable Keith is.

Keith and I with Ben Lerman and Jessica Delfino

We were also introduced to The High Line thanks to Ben and it is another one of my favorite places, if you go to NYC, you must check it out.

The High Line

The High Line

Keith (Malley)’s stand-up show that night was hilarious and the next day we went to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

Battery Park cherry blossoms

Lady Liberty from the ferry

Lady Liberty

Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty from Ellis Island

That night, we went to (part of) a Yankee game, and then walked dozens of blocks in the POURING rain to attend more KATG festivities, including The Match Game (hosted by Ben) and KATG bingo, which I suck at. We sadly had to leave early because we had to drive home at 6 a.m. the next day, I really wish we could have stayed longer because it was one of the best nights.

Yankee Stadium

Match Game!

Keith and Keith

We left at 6 a.m. to head home for Keith’s grandma’s surprise 80th birthday party! It was a weekend chock-full of excitement.

The next week, Keith and I celebrated one year together!

In May, I did a huge thing and bought a car.  I still didn’t have my license at this point, but I found what looked like a decent car for cheap and sprung on it.

My pre-dented car

June brought my second and worst gall-bladder attack. I threw up for about 7 hours before I ended up in the E.R. I also finally got Keith to go in a photo booth at me (at a Pirate game, where else).

hello, morphine.

Photo booth!

July was probably the most exciting month, I made adorable cupcakes for the fourth of July, I got my license!, I got my gall bladder removed and we got Daisy!

Burger Cupcakes!

Daisy!

Keith, Jackson and Daisy

Daisy!

In August we moved into a bigger, newer, brighter apartment! We took Daisy to Sandcastle and I started back at Pitt.

Aww.

She wasn't really a fan of swimming, hahaha.

Happy dog!

In September, we took the dogs to a Pirate game and Keith turned 25. He had a nearly week long Sports extravaganza, but luckily the only one I attended was the dog pirate game.

Pup in the Park!

In October, Keith and the Girl came to Pittsburgh for a live show that was really awesome, though entirely too short! And I turned Daisy into a banana.

Chemda, me, Keith and Keith

Banana Dog!

In November, we went back to NYC for more basketball, but also got to see Pee Wee on Broadway and a Harry Potter musical spoof by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade with Ben Lerman, oh and I made more adorable cupcakes for Thanksgiving.

NYC!

Keith and Pee Wee!

Cookies and Cream cupcakes!

December brought a lovely Christmas, a gorgeous ring from Keith, final grades in my classes (A and B+!), more cute cupcakes, a mohawk! (for Keith) and an adorable NYE dinner at Notion in Oakmont.

Daisy wasn't ready.

gorgeous ring!

christmas cakes

mohawk!

nye dinner at notion, full post later.

If 2011 is half as good to me as 2010 was, I will be thrilled.

 

NaBloNoTime November 1, 2010

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So, ’tis November. Which means NaBloPoMo. Last year was the first time I succeeded, and I would love to try again, but who knows.

That said, I didn’t want to throw in the towel the very first day, so here’s a picture of me and Keith with Keith and Chemda from Keith and the Girl.  They had a live show here last weekend and it was a blast.  So excited for April when we’ll go to New York for Keith(the other one)’s birthday extravaganza.

Party! Super Party!

 

Sangría! May 17, 2010

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At the beginning of April, I was in D.C. visiting my friend Elyse.  One night we went out to a Mexican restaurant for dinner.  Either Elyse or Keith suggested we get sangría.  I…was dubious.  I “didn’t like wine.”  Elyse told me, “It takes better than wine!”  So I agreed I’d have a glass.  When they brought it to the table it was a pitcher of white wine with tiny apple chunks.  I was unimpressed.  All the sangrías I had ever seen were overflowing with fruit.  I had a glass and it was okay, but made Keith and Elyse finish the rest.

A while later, we went to La Casa Narcisi in Gibsonia.  Before dinner we did a wine tasting.  I initially said no, since I “didn’t like wine,” but then relented.  And it turns out?  I just don’t really care for red wine.  I tried 5 wines and the one I liked the most was Catawba, a semi-sweet blush.  After that it was the Niagra, a sweet white.  For dinner, Keith’s mom got a bottle of Riesling and I even liked that.

We went back the winery another time and did another tasting.  This time I tried only whites but still loved the Catawba the best.  I drank almost the entire bottle myself and bought two more to bring home.

The other day, Keith suggested we make sangría.  He is a red fan, so I told him sure, but we had to make white too.  So we bought another pitcher, some wine, some fruit, came home and made MAGIC.

I did a ton of googling and ended up using the same recipe for the sangría and the sangría blanca.  The amazing thing about sangría is you can add or subtract whatever you like!

Here is what we did.

Keith used a bottle of Tempranillo, I used Riesling.

Dump the bottle of wine into a pitcher.

Add the follow

1. two ounces triple sec

2. two tablespoons sugar

3. 10oz of pineapple chunks + juice

4. a splash of lemonade (i used more like two ounces)

5. juice of half a lemon (or a whole lemon, I just only bought one and had to split it

6. half an apple cut up into chunks

7. half an orange cut into half-slices (this doesn’t seem like a lot of fruit written out, but it is! I had two more apples and an orange that I didn’t use.)

8. Toss in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.  Orrrr if you are impatient, toss 4 icecubes into a wine glass, toss some frozen berries into the glass (I bought a mix with raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries), fill almost all of the way with wine/fruit, top off with gingerale.)

9. Sit on the porch and LOVE YOUR LIFE.

 

The most exciting post I may ever make. March 28, 2010

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YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!


I left Pitt in 2007 due to being too poor.  I attempted to go back in 2008 but had outstanding tuition that I couldn’t pay.  Eventually it just made more sense to wait until I was 24 to try to go back.  I had actually given up hope on going back to Pitt.  I wasn’t sure how it worked, I thought maybe I’d have to reapply and as my record wasn’t very stellar the first time around I figured they wouldn’t take me.

While talking to Keith about going back to school, he asked where I’d go.  I admitted that I didn’t think Pitt would take me back and he encouraged me to call and find out what the requirements were.  Thinking about going back to school somewhere else secretly depressed me.  I understood that it was irrational so I just silently plugged along, looking at other schools.

When the girl on the phone from Pitt told me it was just a 45$ fee, I didn’t believe her.  I called a different office and asked the same question and got the same response.  I was ecstatic.  But suspicious.

I had them mail me the required paperwork and Wednesday of last week they cashed my check.  Still suspicious, I called on Thursday.  The lady on the phone seemed really annoyed that I was calling a day after they cashed my check and informed me I’d be getting something in the mail.

Until I held that paper in my hand, I thought there must be some kind of fluke and something was messed up.  But Friday I got that letter.  And yesterday I got stuff about my email address.  So now I must call and meet with an advisor and then I am all set to start part-time in the fall.  I may eventually take some time off from work to go back full-time, but it’s all baby steps right now.

I WILL graduate before I’m 30!  I am SO excited! More excited than getting accepted to Pitt the first time, because I’m finally an adult now and know what I want.

 

One step closer… March 15, 2010

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The baked goods are getting smarter.

One step closer to a Cupcake Supremacy.