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Here’s our reality: we thought that Jeff would be signed and off somewhere playing hockey by now, but he’s not. Our apartment lease ends on Sunday, and we’re heading from Rochester, NY to my parent’s house in New Jersey. It’s comical that I was so “stressed” back in April when our whereabouts was unknown, and now it’s almost September and I’m oddly feeling okay about it. By “okay” I mean that I am able to think about other things, I have stopped asking questions, I’ve put myself on an eliteprospects.com ban, and I have put trust in the universe that great things are to come. The crazy thing is that Jeff could sign with a team tomorrow and be gone by the end of the week… or we continue playing the waiting game.
So we’re packing up and heading to New Jersey indefinitely. It’s kind of scary. I’m looking forward to family time especially since my mom hasn’t been doing well, but I wish there was a bit more solidarity to our situation. It’s been frustrating not being in control of our future. Jeff has been told by multiple people that this year is even tougher than then NHL lockout year in terms of finding jobs, which is comforting and disturbing at the same time. Teams in the US are folding, teams in Europe are folding, and European teams are signing less non-Euro players.
For now I’m trying to tame my wanderlust. I’m trying to be happy in the moment and not think too much about the future. I’m day dreaming of new purses instead of new places. I’m living vicariously through others. I’m looking for any distraction. I’m trying to remember that at the end of the day I have my wonderful husband, our adorable puppy, and my amazing family who I know will be there no matter what happens in the next few months. We’re staying positive and making the most of the situation. Now onto the packing…
I had to share a few formals because I really think they turned out absolutely amazing. Everything from the beautiful setting to the colors of the bridesmaids dresses blow me away. It’s crazy to think I panicked so much about them, but in the end everything worked out and ended up looking fabulous together. It still shocks me that we chose our venue when we were living in Denmark. It turned out even more beautiful then we could have imagined.
This past weekend Jeff and I headed down to New Jersey to spend some much needed time with my family. It was pretty low key and mostly involved walking around the yard, laying around the house with mom, and sifting through old photographs. Aren’t those the best kind of weekends?
We move out of our apartment in two weeks, so New Jersey was a nice distraction from the soon-to-be realities of lifting couches, folding clothes, and stuffing things into a Uhaul for what I’m sure won’t be the last time. I mean, we still don’t even know where our next destination is. So there’s that. Is it just me or has this summer come and gone faster than most? I only made it to the pool once and haven’t even gotten use out of most of my sun dresses. I still have a few days left, I guess. If you need me, I’ll be busy carpe diem-ing around… or something like that.
What did you do this weekend? Tell me in the comments below.
Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Being from the Philadelphia area, I always had a bad taste in my mouth when it came to the Steel City, and I have to say I have been super wrong for 25 years. I mean… you have to admit that black and yellow are horrible colors for any athletic team, and Pittsburgh has 3 of them. And to top it off, none of them are bumble bees. I don’t know about you, but in my mind black and yellow = a beehive.
Pittsburgh is only a 4 hour drive from Rochester, which made it easy to get to. Even though I was there for work, my co-worker and I tried to explore the city as much as we could in a weekend, while working of course.
What surprised me initially were the steep hills that surrounded the city. The Philadelphia area is flat, so I assumed Pittsburgh would be the same. Nope. I loved seeing all the houses up on he hills, and I’m sure they had so many beautiful views of the city and the Monongahlea River. What!? Yes, there is a river that runs through the city center. Who knew. We briefly explored the south side area, the market square area, and all by foot. I love cities that you walk anywhere you need to go. The walk from our hotel to the Pirates game was about 15 minutes, and tickets to the game were only $18. I would probably go everyday.
In another life, I would give living in Pittsburgh a shot. I can’t say I’d be rooting for the Steelers, Penguins, or Pirates, but I would love to hang out and enjoy one of their Fat Head beers, eat some pierogies, and talk to the the locals who are so nice. Sorry Philly, but your inhabitants are a little cold and grumpy (minus me, of course).
Have you ever been to Pittsburgh? If so, what was your favorite part about it?