We spent the last 9 days traveling the triangle of terror, as Scott would say (in good jest, of course) – from Chicago to Cincinnati, from there to Pittsburgh and back home again. With close to one thousand miles on the road, we almost put our ol’ wagon over the 100,000 mile mark, but not quite.
While staying with Scott’s family in Cincinnati, we let Jack loose in a muddy dog field, bathed him in time for Christmas dinner, and ate our weight in cookies, muffins, and bagels. We saved room in our bellies for Skyline chili and UDF ice cream, spent evenings nursing hot buttered rums, and cozied up to an outdoor fire pit during what felt like a cool, tolerable winter night. Our time in Scott’s hometown was much too short, of course.
Pittsburgh was reserved for family dinners with my Gram, margaritas with one of my oldest friends (going twenty years back), and cheering on my baby brother at his basketball tournament. We thrifted circles around the Steel city (snagging office re-do loot along the way) and spent a day clothes shopping for my younger sister’s first job, managing to get lost on every turnpike and each tunnel in town. (By the way, have you ever noticed how pretty Pittsburgh is? All those homes nestled and tucked in every nook of every hill – love.) We wrapped up our stay with a Penguin’s loss (boo), but it was the first time we got a chance to poke and mosey around their new arena.
Now that we’re home, we’re eager to get started on those things we’ve been putting off until “after the holidays.” We’re mapping out office plans (my soon-to-be studio!), gutting and purging our closets, and slowly (but surely) easing back into the groove.
Happy, happy 2012 to you all! What have you been up to? And what are you most looking forward to in this new year?
LOVE the photos!
How did Jack do with your families? Did you try the leash thing to ease him in? We tried it again with my dog-fearful 3 year old niece and it worked out really well. Oh, and your photos look beautiful! One more thing, since no YBH gift certificate landed under my Christmas tree, I am only asking for ONE thing for my bday in February… :)
Emily, we did try the leash thing on him! We kept it on at all times, and we were able to have him under the tree with us and all the kids on Christmas morning. He caught on pretty quickly, but he did try to pull from time to time. After a day or so, he got the hang of it. The only time he was relegated to the basement was for the massive family dinner – with his peanut butter kongs to keep him content. Success!
I love those pics of Jack, he is so handsome. I am glad everything worked out with Jack and your families! Happy new year!
i’m always going to be nostalgic for the old arena as that’s where my graduation was held. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Casacaudill, nothing will beat the original Igloo!
Beautiful photos–as always. I have a good friend who lives in Pittsburgh and when I visited it was one of my favorite vacations ever (except for my purse getting stolen, but even with something like that it was so still so much fun).
skyline and udf…yum! did you know you can get graeter’s ice cream in chicago? i’ve now seen it at treasure island and big apple foods in lincoln park.
Terese, we’ve heard the rumor of Graeter’s at Treasure Island. Danger!
Ditto on Jack. He is so damm handsome and kissable!!! I missed the story on why he’s on the leash? That face could not possibly be a bugger ever!!
Hi Jen, while we TOTALLY agree with you and his awesomeness, young children excite him so much. All he wants to do is love, love, love, but because of his size, it can come off a bit rough. At family functions, he might have to stay in his crate (in which case, we cries and cries), but we were determined to keep him in check this year. By keeping him on the leash, we could hold him close to our side, but he was able to hang out with the whole family, and everyone was happy!