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Suzy Homemaker

So, folks, sometimes I get uber domestic and do something really crafty like this:

IMG_0882Now, don’t get all impressed and think I did this all in one day – hell no!  This took about 3 months.  But I’m uber proud of it and will show it off to the world.

And then I also did this:


Those, my dear friends, are pumpkin gingersnap cookies, already for “Thanksgiving” dinner at the farm on Saturday.  Yum!  Now, least you think I am a baking goddess and many praises should be laid at my feet, the recipe for these little delightful balls of bliss actually came from Two Peas and their Pod (the link takes you directly to the recipe).  BTW, the four missing from the far cooling rack probably ended up in my stomach when it was just poor cookie dough – but cookie dough doesn’t have calories, so I’m in the clear, right???

There is something actually kind of enjoyable about sitting there kind of comatose and knitting a bunch of rows or throwing things in a bowl and seeing it become something that you can share and bring enjoyment to other people lives.

I’ve come to realize though, I’m a bit of a stress baker – not that these cookies were the result of a stress baking.  Back in April, one of my college roommate lost a battle with drug addiction and when Candice (who had been her best friend growing up) got home that night, there was food galore in that house – including a recipe for buttermilk pie that wasn’t terrible.  However, I can see stress baking becoming a huge factor in the next couple of months because…

…I’m applying for grad school (you all thought I was going to say Sam and I got engaged, didn’t you?  Natch, not yet kiddos!)  I’m only applying to two programs and I don’t know that they’re particularly difficult to get into.  My biggest concern (at the moment) is the math section of the GRE I’ll have to take to get apply to the program at Pitt.  Send up a prayer for me?


Perspective is a beautiful thing…

You know those weeks where the world just comes crashing down on you? Your bank account is low, work is uber stressful, something your boyfriend said rubbed you the wrong way…any number of things.

That was essentially me last week. Lots of closed doors and whispers at work. Payday wasn’t soon enough. Sam found out he has to work the weekend of Thanksgiving so that means him coming with me was out. I’ve been stage managing a show and it was tech week.

I had hit my limit.

Big, heaving sobs. Could barely talk to my mother about all the things bothering me without bursting into tears again. Crying face to the extreme: puffy, red eyes, bright blue eyes, red all over – I’m such an ugly crier.

And I wanted to do something about it but realized that all these things that were upsetting me, I couldn’t really do a damn thing about. What will be will be.

At work, all I could was put my best foot forward and hope that was enough (it was).

Sam couldn’t change his work schedule, so on to Plan B (to my Mom’s for Thanksgiving and I’ll see him when I get home).

Tech week is only that, a week (we’re now in performance and I have my weeks back).

Long story not so short, just going through the list and realizing what was wrong and how much I could actually affect it helped calm me down and put everything in perspective.

Now of only I could get a bus driver who doesn’t use the brake quite so frequently.

What are your ways of putting things into perspective?


Do you ever just find yourself wondering how you got to a certain point some days?  It’s been hitting me a lot recently, but I think the most recent was yesterday evening.

I was leaving work to attend a production meeting for the show I’m currently stage managing and my brain just kind of went “How did you end up here right now?”  There are so many different paths my life could have taken if I had said “yes” to one thing or “no” to another.  And they could be little things, not just the big ones, like college or internships.

And random side note: “Just Say Yes” by Snow Patrol was just playing on Pandora as I was typing that.

And it’s so true – saying “yes” or “no” can completely change your life.  I know everyone says “learn to say no,” “don’t stress yourself out over the word no” and all sorts of things like that, but I sometimes wonder if we don’t give enough emphasis to just letting ourselves say “yes.”  To letting ourselves experience something new and jumping in with both feet, guns a-blazing.

Yes, I will go on a date with you.

Yes, I will take that job.

Yes, I will work my butt off to get into this college.

Yes, I will live my life.

Yes, I will drive the ducky boat.

In case you’re wondering, that last one is a yes that 1) I took and 2) people would think of as really tiny and why do it?  But ya know what?  I had a great time driving the ducky boat.  It’s a fun story I get to tell.

I think it’s something I need to do more in my life – putting myself out there and just doing and being.

Yes, I will finally buckle down and study for the GMAT.

Yes, I will start finding a mentor.

Yes, I will finally start working on grad school, finances be damned.

Well not really damned – I’m still a pragmatic fool.

And as for the word “yes” I leave you all with this gem: The Yes Dance.  Warning: kind of graphic and may be inappropriate for younger eyes.  And possibly older eyes.

Wow. I really regret that workout.

“Wow. I really regret that workout.” – said no one ever

Here’s the thing.  I’m allergic to working out.

No really.  I break out in a sweat, I get red in the face, I can’t breathe…it’s a mess.

But sometimes you just have to push through it.  Like today, for example.  I usually go down to the gym in our office, do a half hour on the elliptical and then use the app Sworkit to get in some strength training.  I prefer the elliptical because it’s easier on my ankles – I know, I sound like an old woman.  25 and weak ankles.  And Sworkit is awesome.  It’s a circuit training app that lets you do five, ten minutes, etc.

But today I got down there and just couldn’t get into the cardio.  It probably didn’t help that a version of “Ring My Bell” that was about 10,000 minutes long came on.  Okay, more like 10, but it felt like.  Lots of cow bell.  I decided to do 15 minutes of yoga from Sworkit instead (another awesome feature of the app!).

And while I don’t feel as awesome as I usually do after a full half hour of cardio, I still got 15 minutes in and rocked it.

So, moral of the story.  Push through it and love it.


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I just had a wonderful staycation.

I know the term is kind of cliché, but that’s what it was.  I took a week off of work, the first three days were just bumming around the house and then Med Boy and I played the tourist over a long weekend.  We went to the Rivers Casino for lunch (they have one of the best lunch buffets every!  Sometimes we take long lunches and walk over since we’re right there – shh!!) then went to the Carnegie Science Center the first day.  It was kind of fun being big kids – I beat the robot at air hockey!  There’s a whole floor dedicated to robots there, since Carnegie Mellon University is such a big part of the city.

The best part of this vacation is since we’re 25 and child-less, we can switch it up without a care.  Friday was a little gross and dreary, so instead of going to Fayette County like we had planned, we decided to go back into the city and play around in Station Square.  Lobsters for lunch, the incline for dessert, and a Ducky tour for a finish!  Best part – they let me drive the Ducky boat.  I mean, they also let 5 year olds drive the boat, but it’s still cool.  Check out their website –  If you’re ever in Pittsburgh and looking for a good way to see some of the city, take this.  They’re kind of pricey, but they get good people to drive the boats.

I think my favorite part was Saturday – nature day!  We drove down to Laurel Caverns in Fayette County.  There were carvings in there from people who had explored the cave in the 1700s.  As Med Boy put it, that’s older than our country.  We were going to stop by Fort Necessity (since I’m a bit of a history nerd), but it was closed due to the government shutdown – oh well.  It wasn’t a planned trip, but it would’ve been nice.  Then we drove over to Ohiopyle, which is this awesome state park that’s build up in the Laurel Highlands.  There’s a natural water slide that’s built up over hundreds of years and then Cucumber Falls.  We hiked down to the river from there – my first real experience with hiking.  Lots of fun with the hopes of more to come!

Finished the weekend with a movie on Sunday afternoon – Captain Phillips.  Oh. My. God.  I cried.  We went to see it because Med Boy loves all things military – he gets any book written by a former Seal, he watches the military channel, he’s hard-core boy crushing on them.  But I loved it too – and not just for Tom Hanks.  Very touching, great movie.

There’s a gallery above with some of the highlights – check them out!

Sometimes a girl just needs a best friend…


Blair and Sarena – rulers of the Upper East Side

Sometimes a girl just needs a best friend.

Enter Opera Diva.

I’m not really sure when we decided to become best friends, but it has been over 5 years.  We met as college freshmen; she was in the same major as one of my dorm neighbors who I was friends with and then she started working in the theatre department as her work study.  By the end of school, we were BFFs.

And now we’re roommates.  And do all sorts of BFF things.  Like watch “Crazy, Stupid, Love” over and over and over and over and over and over…well, you get the idea.  The viewing number is definitely somewhere into triple digits now.  And eat each others crack Trader Joe almonds.  And pay for things at random for each other, but know it’ll all balance out in the end.

But I think the most important thing is I know if I walk in that door in tears, she’s right there for me.  Even if her schedule is crazy busy and I would most likely have to wait until 10p to actually see her.

ImageOur trip to Toronto – November 2011
Hockey Hall of Fame – Go Pens!!!

The Past is Another Land…



A phrase like this always gets me because I have so many people in my past who I sometimes miss and I know I shouldn’t.  I know that they’re no good for me.  But then I think “where would I be without them?”  There are some people who helped me come out of a shell, who released a different side of me, if only for a few hours or days.  Then there are those who taught me some really hard life lessons: who tell what to, where you put something for everyone to see, the proper way to let someone out of your life.


And then I think about the people who are going to be in my future.  Opera Diva.  Med Boy.  Iowa Lady and Momma Lady.  The ones who I know can teach me something new about myself all the time.  And I realize that without the people from my past, my future would be no where near what it is today.


So here’s to the past and the people who made me and the future and the people who’ll love me.

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