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Change of Plans

We planned to go to Savoy for our anniversary dinner last night.  When we got there, it was PACKED to the gills. People were waiting 3 deep at the bar, there were people spilling out to the entryway, the crowd was a steady roar and we couldn’t hear our own conversation.  The hostess explained that the NSBE convention is going on, that Savoy is a favorite of the convention attendees, and that it’s not usually this crazy and crowded.  We had a reservation, and they did quickly get a table for us.  We decided though that it was much to crowded and loud for the atmosphere we wanted for our anniversary dinner, so we chose to go elsewhere.  This is not a criticism of Savoy whatsoever.  When we told the hostess she could give our table to someone else, she was very apologetic (although I see no reason to be apologetic! I really didn’t see this as any kind of failure on anyone’s part.)  I do plan on going back soon and trying it out.  It was just much too crowded and loud for what we wanted that evening.

We traveled down the road to Nine on Nine.  The dining room was completely full, but there was an open high-top table at the bar, that was perfect for us!  I’ve been to Nine on Nine for lunch or for drinks, but I’ve never had dinner there, and Mr. Beez has never been there at all, so it was more or less a new dining experience for us.

Our server was extremely friendly, attentive, and fun to chat with.  Mr. Beez had the Brooklyn Lager beer (he said it was tasty), and I had the tangy and refreshing White Grapefruit Martini.  When the server heard that we were celebrating our anniversary, he also brought us complementary glasses of champagne! How sweet!

We ordered the charcuterie plate for our appetizer. It was [insert synonym for delicious, I'm failing at vocabulary this morning].  For us, biting into the savory sliced meats atop buttered bread was a fond reminder of our honeymoon breakfasts in Barcelona.  The platter was generous, but we greedily devoured every bite.

For our entrees, Mr. Beez ordered the aged steak and I ordered the rack of boar.  Both were amazing.  We did sample each other’s entrees, and if I had it my way, I would have eaten full plates of both! They were both indescribably good! (not that they can’t be described, I just haven’t had any coffee this morning, so can’t describe them. They were good good  good good. How’s that?)

Nine on Nine’s prices are what I consider “special occasion” prices, so we likely won’t return for an impromptu weeknight dinner.  However, we will be certain to return to celebrate special occasions in the future.  The service was fantastic, the food was divine, and we had a lovely evening.


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Transitioning from Document Review to a Permanent Position

One of my 30 before 30 goals was to publish an article in a legal publication.  I accomplished this yesterday, with the publication of an article in the Legal Intelligencer.  The job market for new lawyers has been getting tougher the last few years, and is especially so in Pittsburgh.  The ‘burgh isn’t a big city, but it has two law schools, and that means a lot of young lawyers are always on the job search.  There are quite a number of contract/temp doc review positions around, and a lot of lawyers eager to break out of those positions into permanent ones.  In this article, I interviewed some people very knowledgeable about the industry and this transition, and tried to give some helpful advice to new grads. 

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A lovely day of celebration

Mr. Beez and I have fun getting one another traditional anniversary gifts.  The traditional gift for the third anniversary is leather–I got him nice dress shoes, and he got me a Coach handbag. I won out this year for sure.  Mr. Beez also got me the lovely “Anne” dress by Mikarose (yes, I am calling it my “Mormon dress.”)  We’re going out to dinner tonight, but having frozen pizza for dinner on our anniversary night would have felt pathetic. We got carry out from Bangkok Balcony instead.  Yummmm pumpkin curry!

Mr. Beez also got me roses. He’s a keeper!

Thursday afternoon, a number of Duquesne Law School students had to suffer through my inane ramblings.  Every year the bar association’s Young Lawyers Division does a panel discussion for each of the law schools, where we give all sorts of “advice” about taking the bar exam.  I put advice in quotation marks, because my function is mostly to show up and tell about my bar exam experiences, so the students know what not to do (i.e. do not be a stressball maniac. I still passed though, so that’s something).  None of the law students ran out screaming, so I didn’t quite do my job.  Next year I’ll work harder and prepare more.  A bar exam talk is only successful if someone is in tears.

Since I had to make the hike up to Duquesne (all of like 10 minutes), a stop at Jamba Juice was in order.  Sustenance is necessary for such a trek.

I’m pretty sure that the Jamba Juice at Duq is the only one in the Pittsburgh metro area.  It was only put in about 2 years ago.  Before it opened, Jamba Juice was this magnificent delicacy that I would greedily seek out when visiting more sophisticated cities like DC or Los Angeles.  Now that we have one within walking distance, the novelty has evaporated and I’m too lazy for the walk anyway.  It’s not like there is any shortage of smoothie opportunities close by…I could get pretty much the same smoothie at MixStirs two blocks away.  However, since I was in the neighborhood anyway, a Jamba Juice excursion seemed like a wise idea.  It was. I had the Pomegranate Paradise, and it was tasty.

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Three Years Ago

Three Years Ago today…

Mr. Beez and I hung out with Darth Vader…

My brothers and I got an attitude problem…

We signed a contract….

We broke some glassware…

We ate some baked goods…

We danced with dragons…

And set the stage for happily ever after!

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Beez!

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Impromptu Gluttony

Chili dogs have been on my mind this week.  Today, I COULD NOT TAKE IT anymore, and I snuck back over to Station Street Hot Dogs for lunch.

It was truly delicious.  Admittedly, the chili cheese dog in my mind’s eye was more decadent and ridiculous– I imagined the hot dog being so smothered in chili and cheese curds that you’d have to use a knife and fork, and race to eat it before the bun gets soggy.  The serving of chili and cheese curds was generous, and it was all tasty, but I think I’ll ask for extra chili and cheese (“chili and cheese curds to the point of absurdity.”)

This evening, I also had to make a quick run to Shadyside.  I had Baby Beez with me, and since I’m a sucker, I bought her a toy and took her for ice cream.

We had Confetti gelato from Mercurio’s, and boy was it delicious.  The gelato was creamy and sweet, but not overly so.  It was tasty enough that Baby Beez sat still for a whopping 5 minutes to eat it! After those 5 minutes, she squirmed and hollered and squealed “DOWN! DOWN!” and wanted to run all over the place, so we packed up and hauled outta there.  Lucky for me, she looked angelic long enough for me to snap a picture!