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?