"Our most ancient metaphor says life is a journey. Memoir is travel writing, then, notes taken along the way, telling how things looked and what thoughts occurred. . . .This is the traveler who goes on foot, living the journey, taking on mountains, enduring deserts, marveling at the lush green places...as a pilgrim, seeking, wondering." -Patricia Hampl

June 27, 2006

Bridal 'Burgh Babes Throw a Bash

Allison and Tina threw what was to be my last of four--count 'em, FOUR--bridal showers at Tina's lovely new home in Dormont. Fun decor, delicious Greek fare (including Toni's famous keftedes, dolmades with avegolemeno, and spanakopita, not to mention TT's baklava cake), a (temporary) tattoo artist, trivia games, and of course, what shower in the 'Burgh would be complete without everyone dancing in the living room?


36 days and counting. . .

June 11, 2006

Finally, the House Pictures You've Been Waiting Two Months For

Alright, already! I finally unsheathed the camera cord to upload my photos. Await no more. . . sorry we haven't taken any of the second or third floors yet, but they're really unfinished. You'll see those in July: maybe. Enjoy!

Our Tree in Spring

the deck

from the kitchen you can see...the dining room

view from the hallway

another angle of the dining room

the dining room, set for mother's day

the living room

June 04, 2006

April & May & June Showers Bring. . .

662078786303_0_ALB Many brides-to-be experience the phenomenon long known as the bridal shower, wherein they are literally surrounded by loving women who bathe them in love and food and gifts.

I've had three such showers.

Suffice it to say that for someone who's never asked for a particular birthday present since age six, the outpouring of generosity has been pretty overwhelming. Marriage is certainly a major rite of passage, but a bridal shower is a close second: you find yourself at a loss for words for how wonderful people are. Pictured here is a cake in the shape of a flowerpot (with edible flowers), conceived and constructed as part of the last shower which touted a garden theme--each guest brought veggie or flower seeds, gardening tools, gloves, and of course, flower pots. Beautiful. Many thanks to our hostesses, who've opened their hearts and homes to make the time between engagement and wedding an ongoing party!

A New Face For the Blog


The latest photo of my niece! Check out the polkies. Yum.