NaBloPoMo Day 28: The Thanksgiving Pile

NaBloPoMo Day 28: The Thanksgiving Pile

I try to keep things light on this blog, but sometimes there arises an issue of such moral and social importance that I am compelled to confront it. This issue on my mind today is The Thanksgiving Pile. Specifically, the fact that the only appropriate way to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner is in a massive, gravy-drenched pile that is decadently disgusting.

Thanksgiving Pile

This is the most disgusting looking food picture I’ve ever taken. That’s the point. It’s wonderfully disgusting. AND THE WAY THANKSGIVING DINNER SHOULD BE EATEN.

There is a school of terribly misguided thought that believes that each of the foods in the Thanksgiving meal should be kept separate and eaten individually. THIS IS WRONG. It is completely impossible to fully experience and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner unless you properly mash it all up.

I feel so much better, now that I have shared this incredibly important information.


NaBloPoMo Day 25: Thanksgiving

NaBloPoMo Day 25: Thanksgiving

This year, I am thankful:

  • For my family, and our love for one another.
  • For friends who are always there for me and my family, whether it’s to just grab a beer and relax, to take our kids out to do fun things, to explore the city together, or even sit around the table and share a meal.
  • For our home, our food, the heat and water and all the other comforts in our house. These little things bring comfort and security to everyday life, and are so often looked over.  We are lucky to have them.
  • That I have a job that I enjoy, that keeps me constantly learning new things and challenging myself, and which provides for my family.
  • That we are secure enough in the necessities of life that we can help others out. I’ve been doing 412 Food Rescue deliveries when I can.  This week I transported a donation of milk, and it made me so sad that there are families in Pittsburgh who aren’t able to afford milk on their own. I was thankful to be able to be a part of helping them out.


  • For Black Friday sales— I’ve never been one for the mayhem of Black Friday shopping, but the last few years I’ve gone out and taken advantage of the doorbuster sales to get toys for the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division holiday parties for kids in local shelters. The better the deals, the more toys I can get for more kids, and I’ve had a lot of fun with it.  This year, I’m taking Baby Beez with me to do the shopping, and I’m looking forward to teaching her about helping others.
  • To be a in a community where people care about each other and do want to help out.  I’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook lately asking for people to help whether it’s donations for a holiday meal, or to provide clothes or toys for kids who don’t have anything. It breaks my heart seeing that those needs are there, but it is wonderful to see how Pittsburghers step it up.
  • For everyone who reads this blog.  It’s a fun and silly thing, but I have fun with it. As I’ve worked on it through the years, it has been fun to see it grow, and I love it every time someone tells me they read it and like it.  Thank you to everyone who is reading.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!


NaBloPoMo Day 20: @sephora Gift Set time!!!

NaBloPoMo Day 20: @sephora Gift Set time!!!

It’s the most WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! The time when Sephora swells with glorious holiday gift sets!! I know I’m supposed to be focusing on gifts, but the sets! Such deals! And I love them so much!  Last year I was much more into lips & eyes. This year I’ve got a thing for skincare. There’s something about a face mask on a Sunday night (with TV and wine) or a rich face cream that adds a tiny bit of luxury in my frantically hectic routine.

These are my picks for my favorite Sephora gift sets this yea (click the images to go to their listings on the Sephora site)r–

Velour Silk Lashes lash book. This looks SO fun. I don’t often have occasion to wear false lashes, but I do like to don them for fun parties. I love the variety of this set! So many options for fun, different looks!

Atelier Orange Sanguine gift set. I love this scent. It’s spicy and citrusy. It’s a highly unique scent, but the moment I whiffed it, I knew it was perfect for me.

Dr. Jart+ The Book of Masks.  I thought these masks sounded dumb, until I tried one. I’m hooked.

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic set. Another for my mask addiction.  The Dr. Jart+ masks are cloth masks that you drape on your face, and the Peter Thomas Roth ones are creams or gels that you spread on your skin. I like the cloth masks better, but I think the gel/cream ones do a more thorough job. But I love them both.

Caudalie Favorites Winter Set. Oh my skin in winter. It’s a mess. The Caudalie vinosource products add ample moisture without being oily or sticky, and the scent is light and lovely.

Korres Best of Body Butter Decadent Body Butter Collection. These body butters are so soft, and the scents are delicious. I spent my high school and college years slathering myself in Bath and Body Works saccharine scents. Then I discovered Korres body butters and I was like “OH, this is what I’ve been missing!”  Korres is decidedly more sophisticated, and just gorgeous in feel and in scent.


NaBloPoMo Day 11: Thank You, Vets

I support, and will always support, the troops. Even if I think the military’s decision to send them to a particular place or interfere in a particular issue is inappropriate, I will still always support the troops.  Our military service members sacrifice so much, and they deserve our appreciation and respect.  On this Veterans Day, I especially want to give a shout out to my brother, Matt. In the last few weeks, he just returned to the USA after deployment in Qatar.  He had to leave his wife and son behind during his deployment, and I’m sure they are overjoyed to have him back.  Hoping he gets some free donuts and discounts today!


THANK YOU, VETERANS, for all you do for our country!!


6th Things for the 6th

6th Things for the 6th
  • In general I have sworn off Groupon because I buy a bunch of Groupons and never use them. Of course one day sitting around waiting to get called for court, I signed on to Groupon and went shopping. Because I’m a sucker. And fell down the rabbit hole of “Well, I’ve been meaning to go there anyway, so I might as well buy one.”  I got one for local, since I haven’t managed to make my way there yet. We took Baby Beez there on Saturday for a late lunch. It’s more bar than restaurant, so her presence was only mildly inappropriate. She also was refusing to act like a civilized human, so she fit right in with all the beer swigging March Madness fans. The food wasn’t impressive, and since there are a number of other restaurants in the South Side that I like better, I probably would not return for a meal. But I did get myself a Yinzerrita, and it was FANTASTIC. Mine was a strawberry yinzerita, which comes with pear cider (other flavors come with other corresponding beers and ciders). I would like a Yinzerrita waiting for me when I come home from work every day, plz, Jeeves.

Yinzerrita from Local Pgh

  • We went to Green Forest Churrascaria with my father in law for Easter lunch today. This was Baby Beez’ first meat-on-swords experience, and it was a revelation for her. She announce her favorite food is MEAT, because of course it is. I was a vegetarian for 10 years before I got pregnant with this kid. Then all I wanted was hot dogs and donuts. Of course those are Baby Beez favorite foods. Pregnancy cravings make a lot more sense to me now. Baby Beez is no stranger to dining out, and she announced Green Forest to be her FAVORITE RESTAURANT. She has found her happy place.

Green Forest

  • Also, because it is Easter, and she is spoiled, she got lots of chocolate even though we are Jewish and don’t celebrate Easter (we share it with Christian relatives). Baby Beez doesn’t care what you call it, as long as she gets chocolate. We usually don’t let her have chocolate because it makes her CRAY CRAY. Like serious cray cray. I thought “What the heck, it’s Easter” and let her eat a bunch of it. The result was her stripping off all her clothes and wearing only undies and my noise-cancelling headphones (not plugged into anything),  running in circles around the living room,  and at one point wrapping herself in a blanket and talking to herself under the dining room table. Now you see why she is not allowed to have chocolate. I guess I just need to eat the rest of the goodies in her Easter basket for her.

Easter Chocolate

  • We made a bunch of airline and hotel reservations for our travels over the summer and I am very excited about this. Also, I went through our calendar and plugged in “SWIM AT JCC FAMILY PARK” on a whole lot of days. In past summers, I fantasize about taking Baby Beez to swim in the kid pool while I lounge around and read magazines.Then I get all wrapped up in all the different things going on around the city and buy all these tickets to things, and then we don’t make it to the family park. So now I’m filling the calendar with “SWIMMING” and plan to stick to it.

  • Mr. Beez bought me 2 LUSH bath bombs for Hanukkah. I used one of them today, and turns out it was a bomb full of glitter. So the tub was full of glitter and I was covered in glitter, and Mr. Beez dropped a bunch of f-bombs about that bath bomb, and now I’m not allowed to have bath bombs anymore.


  • I was very excited to run the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, but now I start a trial in Erie the next day. This means no race for me. Which is probably for the best because I’ve got full-on stabbed-in-the-knee runner’s knee going on in my right knee. I could run a half in May, but it would be bad news bears. So now my next long race isn’t until Labor Day weekend. I went to the South Side trail to try and run today, but I couldn’t make it more than a couple steps before I was limping. I did a 4 mile walk instead. I need to lose some LBS, strengthen my quads and do a whole lot of stretching. At least I’ve got time on my side for this…but I better not use that time as a temptation to slack off.  I took this neat picture of the industrial bric-a-brac on the trail today.