Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dreamers Awake

Hi everyone!

I hope your Tuesday is going well. It was quite chilly at the bus stop this morning. But they say it's going to be in the upper 70s and sunny towards the end of the week. I'll take it! I wanted to stop by and tell you about this really great artist that I have grown to love. Her name is Kelli Murray. She creates such beautiful paintings and illustrations. I am completely in love with these:

Isn't her artwork amazing? These pieces are definitely on my wish list of things to buy some day, especially the "Dreamers Awake" and "Bride to Be" pieces. Be sure to check out her Etsy shop because she is awesome!

On another note, last night I went to check out a dance class! The Dance Cafe was offering a free hip hop cardio class downtown, so I decided to go. I heard about it through a new friend of mine that actually teaches at the studio. I am so glad I went. I was debating whether or not I wanted to make the trek downtown, but I'm really happy I did. I've been a dancer all my life, dancing at studios during my childhood and on the dance team in college. Then once I graduated, I had nowhere to go. Then this class came along and I was just in heaven. It felt sooo good to be dancing again. I hope to pop in to some more dance classes in the near future. Dance will always hold a special place in my heart.

Well, it's time for lunch. Just a side note: if you ever plan on trying Campbell's french onion soup... don't! It's gross! Ok, until next time!*

Monday, March 29, 2010

Explore, Dream, Discover

Over the weekend I did some crafting! I bought a bunch of supplies a while ago and have been meaning to work on some stuff, but just never got around to it. Well yesterday was the perfect little rainy Sunday to lock myself in my craft room and get down to business. I ended up getting really into it and didn't want to stop. But eventually Brett lured me out of the house to walk to Trader Joe's for dinner supplies. Here's just a taste of what I did!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain

"Go on Hitch a Ride on the Back of a Butterfly..."

I spent the past Thursday night with Brett and my dad at the Train concert. And let me just say, I was blown away. I was never really a big fan, just kinda knew some of their more popular songs. So when it was announced that they were coming to Pittsburgh, we decided that it would be fun to go. Plus, they were playing at the beautiful Carnegie Music Hall. This was the first time I had ever been to Carnegie Music Hall - it is GORGEOUS. Everything was made out of marble and velvet. I have a deep love for old theaters and this one made me love them even more.

From the moment Train walked out on stage, they had so much energy and charisma. They're singing and playing was dead on throughout the whole show. The lead singer, Pat Monahan (from Erie, PA yeah!) had such great stage presence! I loved how they involved the audience throughout the concert, bringing fans on stage and making them sing. I definitely walked out of that concert with a much better experience than I was expecting. Truly awesome.

What the show did for me more than anything was reassure my love for live music. Being in that beautiful theater, watching a band put on an amazing show with such passion for what they do really made me remember why I love music and live shows so much. When I'm at a concert, I feel like I'm in another world. Everything about the atmosphere, the music, the musicians, the fans, and the whole feel of the night just wows me every time and makes me want to strive to have that kind of passion in my day to day life.

I plan on going to more and more shows this year. Even if I don't know the band well, I love going to shows and discovering new music. Tomorrow, Brett and I are planning on going to see the South Memphis String Band at Club Cafe in the Southside. I'm really excited about that! I'll let you all know how it is!*

(PS - Sorry for the bad quality pictures... they were taken on my iPhone)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Design

I played around with the new blogger design template and gave all of my blogs new looks! What do you think?!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Live Life

On Tuesday, I headed down to Southside Tattoo to witness my sixteen year old sister Brita and my mom get tattoos. I did not partake in the tattoo getting (I already have 4). My mom had promised Brita that once she turned 16, she could get a tattoo. Well, Brita held her to it and about a week after her 16th birthday, there we were at the tattoo parlour.

They originally made an appointment with tattoo artist, Amy (always go to her) but schedules got mixed up and she wasn't working that day. So artist Joe did the tattoos. Brita looked really nervous and was scared it was really going to hurt. But afterwards, she said it really didn't hurt as much as she was expecting! Here is the end result! (This was literally right after he finished, so it was still red and puffy)

My mom was up next. She already has 3 tattoos, so she knew what to expect and was a lot more calm!

And the end result!

They love them!*

Toubab Krewe

Last Thursday, Brett and I went to see a band called Toubab Krewe at Mr. Smalls venue. We had originally discovered them at the Three Rivers Arts Festival last summer and LOVED them. We sat in the grass in downtown Pittsburgh and watched them bang on their djembes and play all kinds of unique instruments, creating a really original sound that we just loved. Very relaxed, carefree, and unique. When we heard they were coming back to Pittsburgh, we had to go. This show was just as great as the first time we saw them (except it was March and not so warm...). The energy of the band and the carefree attitute of the crowd was the perfect escape from the midweek routine. I hope to see them again sometime soon. Toubab Krewe has definitely made a fan out of me. Check them out! http://www.toubabkrewe.com/

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happiness is a Journey

"For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time to still be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time and remember that time waits for no one.

So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination."

-Alfred D. Souza

This quote is perfection to me. Exactly how I'd like to live my life.*

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Life is Short. Stay Awake for It.

I stopped at Caribou Coffee yesterday morning for a tastey latte and I am loving their new cups and napkins!

"Savor every sip. Marshmallows have no nutritional value, and that's ok. Step 1: Rave leaves, Step 2: Jump! You'll only be your current age once. Only look back if it makes you smile. Be the ruler of your own life. Be the first to enter and the last to leave the dance floor. Indulge in chocolate therapy. Plant lots of trees. Learn to say thank you in ten languages. Dare to adventure. Spend time with your kids, tomorrow they're a day older. Give your change to charity. Have a favorite charity. Spin the globe then pack your bags. Pour yourself a cup full of karma. Be the first to apologize. Sing out loud. Don't wait for New Year's to make a resolution. Donate blood, you have plenty. Dance in the rain. Lighten up. Get your hands dirty."

"Life's too short for: grudges, fake anything, putting profit before people, over-roasted coffee, crabby people, waiting for change to happen, wifi you have to pay for."

"Stay awake for: maxing our your passport, ghost stories around the campfire, adopting a four-legged friend, playing an instrument, break dancing, luscious oh-so-delicious chocolate."

"Do more cannonballs. Dream big, act bigger. Surprise your B.F.F. with a cup of coffee. Build communities, not empires. Pick up the check. Read poetry. Send your grandma a card. Give a kid some crayons. Sleep under the stars. Get there on two wheels. Tell someone you love them. Hold hands, not grudges. Take the stairs. Kiss slowly and forgive quickly. Remember where you came from. Do the hokey pokey. Say 5 nice things about the person sitting across from you. Go home early and play with your kids. Run your feet, not your mouth. You are as wonderful as your dog thinks you are. Take a 7 day weekend. Sip it, sip it good. Max out your passport. Technology is good but people are better. Stir emotions. Teach a child to fish. Question authority. Roll down the hill. Marry your sweetheart. Re-read your favorite book."

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I hope you all have your green on today. :) Even though today is St. Patrick's Day, Brett and I did a little celebrating in Erie over the weekend. We went to the Oakwood for lunch on Saturday, which is famous for their reubens (Brett had one, I did not = veghead). Then we headed downtown to State Street for the parade, though we ended up not watching much because it was pouring. Instead, we indulged in beers and irish bands inside Molly Brannigans. Everyone had their St. Patty's best on, including our little nephew Bradley:

Isn't he adorable?! His shirt says 'Kiss my, I'm Irish.' He wouldn't sit still to get a good shot of the whole shirt. :) As for today, I'm celebrating St. Patty's Day through my green shirt I'm wearing at work. Maybe a beer at lunch?! Just kidding...

St. Patrick's Day holds a very special place in my heart. I come from an Irish family, with a very Irish Grandfather, who just so happened to pass away on St. Patrick's Day in 2005. Wow, it's already been 5 years, time flies. I miss him every day. Love you G-Pa :) I'm sure he's celebrating St. Patty's Day somewhere just like the rest of us!

I hope everyone has a very lucky 4 leaf clover kind of day!*

Monday, March 15, 2010

Mary Engelbreit

I am a huge fan of the artist Mary Engelbreit (I get this from my mother). She has just the sweetest pieces of art. I admit they are sometimes cheesy but overall, I just love them. I have a ripaway calendar of hers that has her drawings with sweet quotes each day. I love looking at it every morning. It always gives me such a happy feeling to start my day. Here are some of my favorites:

Aren't they just too sweet?!*

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Good Morning*

"I can see the orange haze on the horizon as the morning exhales a yawn & seems to be ready to rise."

Friday, March 5, 2010


Happy Friday everyone!

We have lots to do this weekend, fun things! We hope to go out and register for wedding gifts, go bowling, and Brett has a new brew in mind for Sunday. Oh boy! Fun little weekend. :)

I'm sitting here at my desk, drinking my coffee, but can't help wishing that I was HERE drinking my coffee.... What a picture perfect moment. :)

Sending you all Friday happiness! Have a great weekend! Do something FUN!*

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sweet Summertime Wishes*

Just dreaming of summer and warm weather and sunshine. I miss it so much right now. I need to keep looking at pictures like these to keep myself sane through this seemingly neverending winter... Spring and Summer please hurry!

Until then, I wish you all sweet summertime wishes*