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Party Night that Just Won’t Stop with @HaitianFam1st and @GracePotter

1 Feb

What a NIGHT last night was.  I spent most of the day making the final preparations for the much-anticipated Haitian Families First Back to School Party.  The sponsors, food, drink and prizes came together perfectly! The Standard Band totally rocked the house.  Bill Peduto even found a minute in his nonstop mayoral campaign to stop by!

I felt especially honored by all the awesome support of my friends.  The members of The Standard Band all have day jobs, and that means they took several hours out of their workdays to do all the setup and prep for their performance.  I am so grateful that they could do that!  (PS– they are an awesome fun band, and are playing March 15 at Jergel’s!) My friends also came together to donate huge wine basket and other great things for the auction.

We all had a great time and raised a whole heap of cash for this truly grassroots organization that is doing great work.

Of course, the night didn’t stop there! After the party, my friend @nncypttr and I enjoyed an evening with the divine Grace Potter.

I knew of course that Grace has unparalleled pipes, but didn’t know that her musical talent goes far beyond singing.  She showed herself to be a jane-of-all-trades with all things musical, mastering the drums, guitar and more throughout the show.  She is quite the musical powerhouse, and had such cheerful energy.  What a show!

Weekend ahoy!

12 Oct

You know those weekends where it seems like every organization and entity has something going on, and you want to attend EVERYTHING!  I have those a lot.  This weekend is especially nutty.  I’m looking at my weekend plans, and I’m kind of tired already.  But these are all GREAT things I will be doing, so it will be a busy weekend but a fun one!

This afternoon kicks off with the announcement of BAR EXAM RESULTS! I am so nervous and excited for all my friends who took the PA bar exam this year! Here’s to hoping that you’ll spend the afternoon sipping champagne in joy (and if not, at least tip a few back in sorrow).

This evening is the Alumni Reception for my 5 year law school reunion! 5 years! Can you believe it! Where did the time go?


Tomorrow brings the much anticipated Propelle Style Summit

I’m a little nervous about picking out an outfit…what in my closet could possibly be cool enough to wear to a gathering of fashionistas?

Saturday also brings the Annual Meeting for the East End Food Co-Op.  If you’re a Co-Op member, please be sure to attend! Election results for the Board of Directors will be announced (you can vote at the meeting, if you haven’t voted yet), and they’ll be giving updates on the state of the Co-op and its plans for the upcoming year.

On Sunday, Mr. Beez and I will be venturing to the Pittsburgh Opera for Rigoletto.  Although I’m a bit of an opera nut, I’ve never seen Rigoletto before.  It has gotten rave reviews, so I’m excited for an afternoon of music and drama!

What does your weekend have in store?


Friday Miscellany

7 Sep

1. I am loving Of Monsters and Men’s “Little Talks” video, especially when the monsters go “HEY!”


2. Going to see Jersey Boys, and going to the Jersey Boys cast party tonight!


I very rarely see a show twice, but when I saw Jersey Boys the first time, I absolutely loved it, and couldn’t resist going again once I heard it’s back in town!

3. Steel City Big Pour tomorrow!

4. If you’re a Pittsburgh blogger, please join me at BlogMob 2012 at Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank next Thursday!

5. Who is going to Propelle’s Happy Hour next Wednesday?  I’m not an entrepeneur in the traditional sense, but this sounds like a great opportunity to meet a lot of motivated and awesome people.

6.  Rosh Hashanah is coming up fast. So is New Years Eve 5773 at the Carnegie Museum, hosted by J’Burgh and Temple Sinai! I love that we’re celebrating outside the shul with something a little different, a little new.

Ok, now I’m off to find me some breakfast.

Squonk Opera Roadshow in Schenley Plaza

27 Aug

We’ve been living it up with the Schenley Plaza free events this summer. First it was the Carnegie Library Reading Extravaganza (not a Plaza event, but it was in the same general area), then we visited Kids’ Day in the Plaza, and then we spent an evening enjoying a free Squonk Opera performance in the plaza. The night was beautiful and mild, and Baby Beez was in the mood for dancing.


All of the performance was great, but my absolute favorite parts were one performer’s “peacock tail” made up of bicycle horns, and a piano that rotated upside down (then rightside up, and over and over) as the artist was playing. Squonk brings a whimsical, but not infantile, perspective to music. Congrats to Squonk Opera on their 20th Anniversary!






(Please excuse the out of focus pictures.)

My Pittsburgh Weekend

12 Aug

It’s technically still summer but this weekend has been a little cooler, and the stores are starting to stock up for Back to School.  I like summer but I love fall.  The beginning of autumn fills me with excitement for turtleneck sweaters, boots, and pumpkin spice everything.  It also fills me with regret.  Regret that another summer has gone by and I haven’t been able to do all the things I wanted.  Now it’s clear from my blog that I certainly get out and do a lot, it’s just that I set my hopes too high, and when the summer’s over, I feel like there is so much left undone.

I’ve spent too much time on airplanes the last few weeks, reading the airline magazine articles about “Spending a weekend in [Enter Hub City].”  Articles I’ve seen about Pittsburgh are always the great, but typical, spots– Mount Washington, Just Ducky Tour, etc.  So I’ve put together my own “Weekend in Pittsburgh” for the traveler who has already seen the major tourism spots, or the resident who just wants a blissful weekend.


The Cultural District is always a winner for a Friday Out.  I’d go out for a decadent dinner at Nine on Nine or Sonoma Grill and catch a Pittsburgh Public Theater show at the O’Reilly.  Afterward I’d take a stroll in the direction of Market Square and have drinks at Andy’s in the Fairmount, or maybe check out Perle, the new champagne bar.


I would sleep in (what an indulgence!) and then spend a long, lazy afternoon in the Strip District.  I’d meet up with friends for a coffee at La Prima, and then we’d stroll up and down Penn Avenue,  stuffing ourselves with Banh Mi from Lucy, tacos from Reyna’s, cookies from the vendors outside PennMac, and mung bean pancakes.  I’d also make a stop at Farmer’s at Firehouse to check out the weekend’s offerings, and make sure to stop at the Pittsburgh Public Market to fill up a growler at East End Brewing.

After all that eating, oh boy would a nap be in order.

Once I was well rested, it would be time to venture down to PNC Park for a Pirates’ game.  And yes, Quaker Steak bbq wings and a beer are a must!

In the dugout!

If I had my druthers, it would be a 4pm game (with a WIN!), and then a band I like would be playing that night at Stage AE, so I could wander over and relax on the law, watch the boats go by, and enjoy the tunes.


Sunday means one thing: BRUNCH.  There are so many amazing brunches in Pittsburgh that it is so hard to choose the “best.”  If I was feeling like a classic, decadent brunch I’d go for the Grand Concourse.  If I am feeling more modern and chic, Casbah is the choice.  And if I’m feeling whimsical, I’d go for Doublewide Grill.  I really have to say I was IMPRESSED with Bar Marco, and sampling their brunch selection is a must for me, so that would be my number one pick (today).

With all this eating, a long walk would be in order.  I’d strap Baby Beez in the beco carrier, and head over to Frick Park for a hike through the trails.  With any luck, we’d see chipmunks and birds, and the shady trees would keep us all cool.


After our long, leisurely walk, it would be time for dinner (yes, all I think about is food).  I would want to haul out to Aspinwall for some Burgatory. They tweeted about their new key lime pie milkshake this week, and I can’t get it OUT OF MY HEAD!

Burgatory Key Lime Milkshake, from the Burgatory Twitter Feed

And after all that running about and madness, I admit I’d spend Sunday evening on the couch, regrouping, and catching up on the TV I missed during the week.

So that’s my weekend in Pittsburgh.  How would you spend your weekend in Pittsburgh?

Completely gratuitous photo of my friend, Krista, and Councilman Bill Peduto…wherein he pretends to devour a decorative cabbage. This is pretty much the best Pittsburgh photo ever.

Lazy Sunday.

15 Jul

Today Mr. Beez woke up with the baby, and let me sleep in.  I slept until 11:30, DO YOU KNOW HOW GOOD THAT FEELS?  Today we are hanging out around the house, regrouping from a busy week and weekend.  I’m watching Nashville, and feel like it’s full of references and humor that I’m just not getting.

Friday night, Baby Beez had a sleepover at her grandparents house, and Mr. Beez and I got to go out on the town.  We started out with a ridiculously gluttonous dinner at Ibiza.  I had a LivingSocial coupon for there (there are always Groupons, LivingSocial, and Restaurant.com coupons floating about for that place).  Upon eating plate after plate after plate of delicious tapas, I realized that these folks are totally winning at this game.  Sure, I paid $12 for a $25 coupon, but the lamb tapas plate was $24 alone, so I got a whopping half off one of our dishes. Whatever, it was GOOD.

We followed up that tasty meal with the Death Cab for Cutie concert that I had been looking forward to for AGES.  I really do love that band, and the show was great.  This was my first visit to Stage AE, and I was happy to find that the venue is big enough to attract big acts, but small enough that pretty much everywhere has a good view of the stage.  They also have enough concessions and restrooms that you don’t have to wait in long lines.  We’ll be making visits back there in early August for 311 (Mr. Beez’ pick), and October for Fiona Apple.

I even forced my musical tastes on my poor, unsuspecting child with this Death Cab onesie.

Yesterday afternoon we visited SouthSide Works Exposed, featuring musical acts, hula hoopers, and the I Made It! craft market.  We wandered about for a bit, but it was hot hot hot.  We weren’t in the market for any crafty things in particular, so we spent most of our time hanging out at the fountain.

Last night we also went to the drive-in to see Ted.

Ted was pretty funny.  It really IS like a live-action full length Family Guy.  The structure, style, and humor is all the same.  I run hot and cold with Family Guy.  I will watch it if it’s on, but the jokes grow tiresome to me pretty quickly, and it’s not like I go searching out the show on the TV lineup.  Ted was pretty much the same thing.  I enjoyed it, but it didn’t turn my world upside down.

The last 2 times we went to the drive in, Baby Beez has been find. Last night she decided to be a screaming banshee, so we spent a lot of the movie with the windows rolled up, hoping to limit the disturbance to the other attendees.  (we would have left due to her fuss, but it was a logistical impossibility to leave the movie while it was going on).  We didn’t stay for the 2nd movie, and of course as soon as we started to drive away, she conked out in the car.  Maybe we just have to go for a longer drive before getting to the drive-in, to get her to fall asleep in the car before we even get to the movie.

We’ve spent a good part of this weekend watching the TV coverage of Comic Con in San Diego.  At one point, Mr. Beez asked with sad-puppy eyes, “Do you think we could ever go?”  “SURE.” I answered.  I’m not much into all the comics and games, but there is plenty for the movie nerd side of me.  We started looking into what it would take to attend the 2013 con.  Booking a flight and hotel won’t be a problem, but it looks like getting the tickets to the convention is going to be tricky.  Apparently this year’s full-convention tickets sold out in 90 minutes. Yikes.  IF we can get tickets for next years Comic Con, it’ll be a good opportunity to drop Baby Beez off with my mom for the weekend, and let them have some quality time together.  Has anyone gone to Comic Con before? What was your experience with the event?

Music for a Drive

6 Jul

For many parents, having a little one means listening to kids music in the car.  I’m a selfish jerk, and so in MY vehicle, I’ve implemented a firm “If I don’t like it, we’re not listening to it” rule.  At first, this was no problem at all.  However, Baby Beez has recently begun developing preferences, so there has been some negotiation involved.  We still only listen to things I like, but I let her choose between the various CD’s or radio stations I like.  Something is wrong with my child, because she hates Phil Collins, and screamed at the top of her lungs at the very suggestion of “Easy Lover.”   She has, however, shown her true Pittsburgh roots.  She dances and claps every time Bon Jovi or Journey come on. 

These are some CD’s we both enjoy, and are in heavy rotation in my car:

I wish I could say I am super cool, and have been into David Bowie for decades, but that would be a big fat lie.  The Life Aquatic was my real first exposure to Bowie, whom I now LOVE.  This soundtrack is mellow and cheerful, and features Brazilizan musician Seu Jorge’s charming covers of a few Bowie classics.


Really, how can anyone not love the original Weezer album?


I totally forgot I even had this CD, until I discovered it in pile of junk in my glove box.  I put it in the player and was like “HOW HAVE I LIVED WITHOUT LISTENING TO THIS FOR SO LONG?!”  True Blue is by far Madonna’s best, and I’m probably going to break the CD sooner or later, because I just leave it in the player and listen to it over and over and over.

What are your favorite driving tunes?

Table for One

22 Jun

Baby Beez was up from about 3am-5am, howling like a banshee for no particular reason.  As a result, I’m moving a little slow today.  The hardest part about having a kid and working the type of job I do, is that I’m responsible for everyone.  I’m responsible for myself, my family, my clients.  Sometimes the responsibility gets tiring, and I want to check into a hotel for a night, order room service, and watch hour after hour of Say Yes to the Dress with no one else asking me for anything.

I love going to coffee shops all by myself.  I bring a book and sip a cafe au lait, and even though there are other people around, they leave me blissfully alone.

I love going to the movies with Mr. Beez, but sometimes it’s just nice to go by myself (and eat all the popcorn!)  Movies aren’t much for social activities, so I don’t feel awkward or lonesome on my own.

I know some people like to mosey up to the bar and have drinks on their own, but I’ve never been comfortable with that . I don’t even like to be the first one to show up at the bar.  When I’m meeting friends for happy hour, I make a point of being a couple minutes late, because I don’t like being there by myself.  The same goes for restaurants.  I feel awkward getting a meal on my own.  Sure, it’s less awkward if you can eat at the bar and there’s a TV there, but then I’m so distracted by feeling strange for being on my own, that I don’t really enjoy the food. 

Now I’m dealing with the question of whether I want to go to a concert on my own.  Sure those super-music-types with bookshelves full of vinyl feel perfectly fine showing up at concerts on their own, just to enjoy the music.  For me, though, there is too much downtime in a concert for me to feel comfortable going by myself.  I suppose I could show up late enough to miss the opening acts, and therefore miss a lot of that downtime, but I also don’t want to risk showing up late for the main act.  Even though this is not a band Mr. Beez likes, I will probably beg and beg and beg until he agrees to go. 

So what kind of things do you like to do all on your own? 

More Summer Fun

2 Jun

So here I am, back with my family at the drive in, getting excited to watch Snow White & the Huntsman, and hoping Baby Beez falls asleep soon ( she’s been rubbing those little eyes).

Last night we stopped in at the Three Rivers Arts Featival for some corn dogs and music. Baby Beez had a ton of fun running around in circles and dancing to The Wailers’ reggae music.

She’s hard to see in this video, but I swear she’s there dancing with her light-up shoes.

As much as I love the Arts Fest, it is only 10 days, and we will be able to hang out at the drive in all summer long. It’s a little gritty, but I love my movies!


What is your favorite summer pastime?

Busy Week

10 May

Litigation work seems to be feast or famine, and right now for me it’s FEAST.  My posts have been a little lean this week, because I’ve been crushed at work.  This is no complaint– the end of the fiscal year is coming up, and it’s comforting to have plenty of work and be on target (or above) for my hours. 

I have fit in some time to watch a few movies lately– Anonymous, In Time, and Columbiana, and a few others, but none of them have been interesting enough for me to write up a post.  I finished up A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole, 1980) a few weeks ago, and have been meaning to do a write up about that, but haven’t gotten around to it.  For now, I recommend you check out Elle Ewok’s stellar review of the book at the Semi-Literate Yinzer Book Club.

For your listening pleasure, I can’t get enough of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know.  It’s one of those fuming, seething angry songs that doesn’t entirely sound enraged. Love it.