Beatin’ the Heat

It was a scorcher today and the house I’m staying in doesn’t have A/C AND my room’s on the 3rd floor. Let’s just say I’m nice and toasty. But hey, rather be hot than cold.

Since it was 95 degrees, my roommates and I decided to go on a run. A run up and down the hills on Mount Washington. We ran a total of 4.5 miles and the last leg was uphill. I don’t think I’ve ever done anything so challenging in my life. Although challenging, it was also rewarding and gave me permission to indulge in my weakness: ICE CREAM!

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We visited a small, hometown ice cream shop on the SouthSide. I was really excited because I miss my hometown ice cream shop and this place might be my temporary summer ice cream go-to. I enjoyed a Reese’s cup flurry. You can never go wrong!

A Weekend of Exploration!

This weekend was my 1st real weekend in Pittsburgh. I decided to come down from my stoop on Mount Washington and do a little exploring to find out what this city called Pittsburgh is all about.

My 1st stop was the neighborhood of Shadyside. I went through the Pitt campus and spent some time cruising the trendy shops and boutiques on Walnut Street in Shadyside. The homes around the area are old Victorian and absolutely beautiful.

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I found this great trinket store and this awesome book. Road trip?! I think yes!

Next stop: Heinz History Center “dahntawn” to sample food from 50+ vendors from around the Pittsburgh area at an event called Hometown Homegrown. I tried everything from mini donuts and ice cream to Thai chicken and crab cake balls. I was in HEAVEN!

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After eating my way through the event I took some time to explore the history museum.

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Bacon cooker from the ’60s

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Heinz Buggy at the Museum

Eventually the subject of history wore me out and I decided to head to Schenley Park in Oakland to catch some rays. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful Botanical Garden and Conservatory. I stuck to exploring the outdoor part (which was free) but hope to go inside before my journey ends.

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Just a sample of the many pictures I took of the gardens

I spent the rest of the evening with some friends on the Southside of Pittsburgh. We browsed the bar scene but I’ve yet to experience the full effects of Carson Street at night.

Sunday I endured a 5 mile run with my friend Anna and a running club I found out about in Shadyside. I never usually run that far but it was great having people to talk to and keep you motivated along the way. I also practiced Yoga for free after the run. I have a feeling I’ll be sore tomorrow!

Finally, I attended my 1st ever Pirates baseball game at PNC Park. They played the Detroit Tigers who are my favorite hometown team. I had a tough time deciding who to root for!

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What an awesome ballpark!

I also had my 1st ever Primanti Bros. Sandwich at the game. Oh boy, so huge but so good!

Primanti Bros. Sandwich with fries in the middle.

What a whirlwind weekend! Taking some time to relax then week 3 of my internship starts tomorrow!

Finally Back on the Field

Monday’s are usually the worst days. Knowing you have 5 days of work and/or school ahead of you tends to put a damper on the day. BUT today was actually a GREAT Monday! Who would have guessed those two words would ever end up next to each other?

Anyways, I worked at Brunner until 5:30. Around 5:00 I sat at my desk overlooking the river and watched it torrential downpour for a good ehhh… 2 minutes and 30 seconds. I thought to myself, Of course, it’s raining. I’m supposed to play softball tonight and God ALWAYS happens to magically place a lovely pocket of rain showers in the forecast on game days. Much to my surprise, game time rolled around and the field was already dried up and ready for the 1st game of the season between Brunner and MarcUSA!

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My co-worker and roomie, Leah George and me before taking the field

It took me a while to get warmed up but eventually the years and years of fastpitch came back to me as my nervous energy turned into adrenaline and fun! I had a great time throwing the ball around, attempting to hit a slowpitch ball and getting to know some of the employees at Brunner! Plus, I got some exercise in too.

MONDAY FUNDAY?!

Exploring the Shores of Lake Erie

 

It’s not every day that tough bikers, tourists and upper-class wine tasters cross paths. 

This weekend I visited Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio located near Cleveland on the shores of Lake Erie. My Mom and I spent the weekend laying on the beach, searching for beach glass, riding bikes along the lake, visiting wineries and interesting food joints and checking out flea markets and craft shows. All the while trying to figure out the strange mix of people there. 

Old Firehouse Winery

Needless to say, we never really did figure out the logistics of the town but where there’s sun and a shoreline, we’re both beyond content. We decided Geneva-on-the-Lake and the cute towns surrounding the area deserved a 2nd visit. There was just too much to explore and understand that couldn’t be done in the matter of two days.

Ashtabula, Ohio

Apple Sandwiches with Peanut Butter and Granola

Ingredients

2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons granola

Method

If you won’t be eating these tasty treats right away, start by brushing the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.

Nutrition

Per serving: 300 calories (150 from fat), 16g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 36g total carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 25g sugar), 8g protein

Big City Girl

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I want to dedicate my first post to my experiences so far in Pittsburgh. I’m a media intern at Brunner, an advertising agency located in that black building all the way to the left in the photo above. I’ve just completed my first week of the internship and everything’s going really well. My desk overlooks the river and I’m already learning a ton.

Not only am I in Pittsburgh to intern but I’m here to explore and bask in the beauties of Pittsburgh. I’m a girl who loves to explore and discover new things so living in a new city excites me.

Here are few things I’ve experienced so far:

1. Sat on the top of Mount Washington and gazed at the Pittsburgh skyline. Both during the day and at night

2. Rode an incline up and down the side of a mountain to work and back.

3. Froze my butt off at work everyday as I watched jetskiers, boaters and tubers drive by on the river. (Now I have a blanket at my desk)

4. Attended a free Matt Nathanson concert with a friend and enjoyed the fancy hor d’ouevres and intimate setting.

5. Met an old man who thought I was training for a marathon

6. Met a lovely family from Florida on the incline

7. Went to Market Square to have lunch and watch a hot dog eating contest.

8. Went on a Just Ducky tour (The tour starts on land and goes into the river!)

Pittsburgh Fun Fact: There are 446 bridges within the city limits!