|Cousins at the theater|
Saturday, February 28, 2015
In this month of love a perfect way to end February is with the musical, My Fair Lady, which is all about a love relationship between a man and women from different “classes.” Experiencing a musical in a small venue like Pittsburgh Public Theater (PPT) and going with my cousin were both new experiences but seeing shows has always been one of my passions (see Day 90). I think that I love the “classic” type musicals most because they are “happy” plays which lift your spirits when the inevitable punch of life hits you.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
When you live in the north you have to find something to do outside in the winter or you’ll turn into a tomato from eating all winter long. I had not skied much in the last few years due to other peoples knee issues but as an empty nester, I thought that I would make an effort to try it again. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book reminds us to, “exercise every day” and since winter hibernation would be the antithesis of that, I made an effort to try to get back on the slopes.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
(Blog integrity dictates the admission that this ghost experience occurred in January during my trip to San Diego.)
I believe in good and evil spirits but not in ghosts. As I noted in Day 78 Scare House , I am a chicken when it comes to scary movies. Therefore, I have no idea why I decided to check out the Whaley House, the “most haunted house in the United States”, according to Travel Channel’s America's Most Haunted . I love history and this house had a lot of history. It was built in 1856 and from 1868 to 1871 it served as the Whaley residence, a commercial theater, a county courthouse and a General store. It's located in historic Old Town so even though I was more interested in the history, for this new challenge I ventured to a supposedly “real haunted house.”
Monday, February 16, 2015
Ever since my visit to Chicago (Day 85), I have been craving a Vienna beef dog with dill pickles, tomatoes, spicy sport peppers and mustard but no ketchup, otherwise known as the Chicago Dog. Since this is the “month of love” thanks to Valentine’s Day, I thought that for this challenge I would search Pittsburgh for my culinary love- the Chicago hotdog.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
|Swoon The Night Away|
Since this is the month of love, thanks to Hallmark and TV commercials, it seemed appropriate to go see the “dreamy” trumpet player, Chris Botti who was playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as part of the POPS series. I saw his PBS special in Boston and just fell in love with his sound and his engaging performance. Love and belonging needs are third on Maslow's hierarchy of things that we all need to master before reaching our best or Self –Actualization. So with a CD titled, When I Fall In Love , this new challenge was to see Chris Botti and have a romantic evening of music and relaxation which is always good for the soul.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
(I took a writing hiatus as I reflected on the centennial blog day!)
On this 100th Day, it is hard to believe that I have been at blogging for 8 months and wrote 83 posts of new experiences. This blog started out as way to survive change. My change resulted from a blindsided crash and burn end to a long relationship while simultaneously my only son left the nest for college. With a past that was focused on others, I had to find a way to focus more on “self” and to keep my sense of humor if I was going to find all this change to be positive ( see Why Started This Blog). Through this process I built stronger and new bridges with family, friends, co-workers and God. So really, with the right attitude, change can be good even though in the beginning I fought it with the same passion that I now embrace it.