Pittsburgh deux

Well, after a year in the Metropolitan NY area, going back to Pittsburgh was like winning the lottery! We were amazed at what we could get for our money! It was fun just looking for a place to live, because there were so many choices! We ended up getting a fairly new 2 br townhouse in Greensburg, about 40 min. east of the city. It was also about an hour from where my in-laws lived. An hour away was perfect! Close enough to share holidays, but too far away for any ‘dropping by’! I was just beginning my ‘June Cleaver’
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Riches to Rags, Rags to Riches…

We went from thinking we could start our married life in a comfortable furnished apt. in Pittsburgh, to the reality of Westchester County, NY. At that time it was the most affluent county in the country… lucky us! As I mentioned in a previous post, we headed for Scarsdale, NY right after our wedding with everything we owned in the back of a VW bug! Dave’s career was just taking off, and so were we. We knew it wasn’t going to be as affordable to live there as it was in Pittsburgh., but we weren’t at all prepared for reality!
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Boys, Boys, Boys!

I just found out that our 3rd grandchild will be…………Drum Roll Please!…. another Boy! This is so fortunate, because I don’t know anything at all about girls! I raised 2 brothers, have 2 sons, and 2 grandsons. my husband has 2 nephews, too! So the odds were definitely for a boy. One of the nephews actually sired a girl, but that had to just be a fluke! She is adorable, and I cannot wait to meet her in person, but… that adorable little girl is going to cost a fortune! Boys are much more economical! Think about the shoes alone!!
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P.S. about our Wedding

I forgot to mention that on the day of our wedding we had to go and meet the minister. He was trying to cram 6 wks. of ‘lessons’ into about an hour. So he asked Dave, ‘Have you been baptised and confirmed?’ Dave said, ‘Yes.’ Then he asked me the same question and I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘So you haven’t been confirmed?’ I said, ‘I’ve never been baptised.’ Long pause… ‘Would you like to be baptised?’ I said, ‘Now?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ At that point I figured, why not! Everything was happening so quickly, what’s the difference! As it
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Rag Top Day!

Edited 3/20/11 Funny to go back and read something you’ve written and find that it is apropos exactly one year later.  Even the part about it being the worst winter ever!  I did change the name of my blog (as you can see) and moved it to Blogger.  Spring has sprung!  I can tell you that in Philadelphia this was the worst winter on record.  So actually having true Spring weather on the first weekend of Spring was HEAVEN!! And now that it’s Spring, I’m thinking my blog name seems outdated and you know I prefer not to be considered
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John Mayer wrote my theme song!

GRAVITY! Who knew he was so attuned to middle aged women? After his recent blab session, I agree that he should just shut up and sing, but this song sings to me! Gravity is working against meAnd gravity wants to bring me down The very first lines of the song! The 1st time I heard it I thought… ‘damn, how can this young guy know about this?’ Talk about having a feminine side! The verses are a mystery to me, but it doesn’t matter. I love his bluesy style, and the chorus sings to ME! This is the last chorus…
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Educating Barbara, part 3 The MBA

It was the 80’s, the Flashdance days.  Aerobic dance was big… so was the hair! We all had the ripped shirts and leg warmers. Two friends of mine started aerobic dance classes in the town we lived in. I loved it! I loved to dance and needed the exercise, a win-win! I also used to help my friends come up with choreography for the class, and that was the most fun. Creativity… the key to everything for me, but I didn’t quite get that yet. So when a friend told me about a franchise opportunity for a women’s health club
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Educating Barbara

When you get married four months after high school graduation, and instantly become pregnant, college is pretty much out of the question. I had attended so many schools prior to graduating that I’d had a very diverse education, to say the least. I had gone to some very bad inner-city schools and some nice suburban schools, with a couple of rural schools tossed in for good measure. I love variety. I think I hit all of the above in 6th grade alone, (4 schools that year). I was not a straight-A student at all. I squeaked by with B’s and
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HAIR, Not the Musical, the end

Well, probably the end. Warning: This may not be suitable for men… continue at your own risk! I’ve concentrated primarily on the hair on my head, which I still like to change fairly frequently. It’s just hair, it grows back. I have to admit that when you have short hair there are only so many ways you can change it, so I guess I just sort of rotate styles. And of course there’s always color! Nora Ephron mentioned in her book, I Feel Bad About My Neck, (me too), that women today will always look younger than their grandmother’s did
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HAIR, Not the Musical part 2

As I was saying… My husband suggested to me, in the middle of labor with our 2nd child, that I should let my hair grow long because it hadn’t looked that great lately. He really didn’t think he was being a jerk… he just didn’t think. I didn’t react for lots of reasons; I was in labor, duh!, somehow I knew he didn’t mean to be mean, and my mother’s reaction would’ve been to squeeze that kid out immediately and hand it to him, then go home and pack! So, I just sort of let it go at the time.
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