I’m taking a break from Rosie Smiles for a few days due to my amazing mom’s recent visit to the ‘Burgh and my hectic work schedule, but stay tuned for a super stylish Friday Five this week as well as a quick birthday-follow up dedicated to all of the people, places and things that made my twentieth birthday special.
In the meantime, here is “Pittsburghese” — some words and phrases used by Pittsburghers that are growing on me:
- “Nebby” = nosey
- “Bitzle” = a piece of dirt on the floor
- “Bumbershoot” = umbrella
- “Dahntahn” = downtown
- “Yinz” = you all; y’all
- “Gumband” = rubber band
- “Heinz 57” = mutt dog
- “Jine Iggle” = Giant Eagle (local grocery store)
- “Redd up” = to tidy up
Last night, we closed a fabulous show called Love Changes Everything, which celebrates the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Here are some photos:
Laurie Gayle Stephenson: “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”
Kevin Kern and company: “The Money Kept Rolling In”
Liz Callaway: “As If We Never Said Goodbye”
Because of the success of Well-Read Wednesdays, I’m starting a new weekly series called The Friday Five. There will be lists of favorites, tips, recipes, and much more. Stay tuned!
Good morning, friends!
Yesterday, I took a quick road trip with my friend Amy and her mom, who’s visiting from San Diego. We drove 90 minutes south of Pittsburgh to Falling Water, a house built literally on top of a waterfall by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright during the 1930s. It’s completely secluded in nature…
This photo only shows about half of the house, but it basically defies gravity! The lowest level of the house has a set of stairs that leads right down into the stream below.
Here’s a dark shot of Amy and me at Falling Water:
We had so much fun!
If you live in New York, you can now marry whoever the heck you want! Last night, the New York state Senate passed a bill recognizing the rights of same-sex couples. The bill will take affect in 30 days.
The Empire State Building looked beautiful in support of equal rights. I won’t go on and on, but click here to see Republican Senator Mark Grisanti’s historic speech about same-sex marriage support as a conservative Christian.
And why Pittsburgh is also nailing it this weekend: the annual convention for furries (Don’t ask; I won’t tell.) is being held at a hotel a couple blocks away from the theater. For this reason, it’s recently become completely normal to walk out of the stage door and see people dressed like this:
Some of the “classier” furries stealthily sport just a tail and/or set of ears.
Yes, people. This is considered classy.
I retired my blog for the school year, but now that I’m working at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, I need to stay connected with my friends and family around the country.
We’ve begun our second week of Jekyll & Hyde performances.
Elizabeth Stanley as Lucy (“Someone Like You”; “A New Life”)
Next week we’ll start rehearsing the Andrew Lloyd Webber concert, Love Changes Everything!
More to come soon, including exciting (and healthy) recipes and a list of my top five favorite blogs!