Sunday, March 18, 2012

What a Difference a Week...or two Makes So, within the last two weeks my entire world has been flipped and turned on its head. Seriously.  If you know me, you know that Van received and accepted an amazing job offer at a start-up finance tech company in...LA. Yeah! His new office is literally in the center of Hollywood.  I am still floating on Cloud 9, and so very, very, very excited to be moving home. This is exactly what we dreamed of happening, we are thrilled.

It has recently hit me though, that I will be leaving Pittsburgh, in a matter of 2 short months.  So strange to think about moving back after spending two years of our lives here.  I honestly think that if you have the opportunity to live somewhere that you don't consider "home," for a couple of years- I would absolutely recommend it.  We were exceptionally lucky in that we were able to move back to where most of our friends/family live after a couple of years.  But seriously, I strongly suggest getting out of your comfort zone for a couple of years- because I have changed and grown so much as a person. 

Believe me, it hasn't all been fun and easy.  Actually, some points were probably the lowest in my life.  The first year especially was rough.  Van's first year of school was definitely the most challenging, he was figuring out what he wanted to do and traveling a lot for school.  I learned who not to work with again.  Hah.  I'd never lived more than an hour away from my family, and had certainly never lived anywhere other than the west coast.  But...I did it. And I'm really proud and happy, because honestly Pittsburgh is definitely a gem- and I'll always have a special place in my heart for this city.  I've also made some life-long friends, who I adore and will miss like crazy.  Luckily, a few of them have LA connections. :)

So last week, Van and I decided to celebrate by going out to dinner.  We were celebrating these major life-changing events, (all happening in the next 3 months).  In order of future occurrence:  Van's Graduation, Our move back to LA, Our wedding, Honeymoon in France, and Van's new job.  We also need to find an apartment and move into said apartment- but I'm not worried about it. We know the area we want to live in-(NOT WEST OF LA BREA). Haha.

We decided to go to Root 174 in Regent Square.  This new restaurant is actually located in the old location of probably my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh, Legume.  The interior is very small and intimate.

I ordered the pork loin and Van ordered the hanger steak.  The meats were delicious and cooked perfectly.  We weren't as thrilled with the side-dishes, nothing too special, but the meat was perfect.

The restaurant is also BYOB- so we indulged in a delicious cab.

I nixed the dessert, although the neighboring table ordered some type of chocolate cake and it looked delicious...but I'm getting married in 3 months, so am being mindful. :)
Anyways, we are extremely happy that A) Van has an awesome job, and B) We are moving back home! Thank you universe. I owe you one. Also- Pittsburghers, I'm pretty sure we are going to have a pig-roast before we move, because we have to with our yard. You are invited.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


I'm feeling...a little emo, and a lot reflective right now.  I think, (and I am not trying to jinx anything) that it is officially Spring, after the most mild Winter Pittsburgh has had in the past 10 years.  Pittsburghers- am I wrong?!
Although it did snow a tiny bit today, (ie 10 minutes) it was also sunny at some points. So strange.
Spring is also showing through my beautiful little orchid- it is blooming, with 2 additional buds!
Van's mom bought us this little plant when we first moved to Pittsburgh, almost 2 years ago.  I have miraculously kept it alive, through all of the traveling and moving apartments with 3 ice-cubes a week. Uh-mazing.  I really do love this little plant though- and what can I say, it is flourishing.
So...lots of life-items are changing for me, (did you get the Bowie reference)? I am currently still hard at work with the health and wellness consulting company- with probably our biggest event of the year coming up later this month.  I'm definitely going to blog about that event soon.  I'm also wedding planning, (from across the country) which (thank God for help in CA), and taking a Nutrition class, that I am thoroughly enjoying.  I am blessed in a lot of ways.

Van will graduate with his MBA from Carnegie Mellon in 2 months.  He has interviewed all over the country, but we are hoping to move back to CA to be closer to family.  Nothing is definite at this point.  I don't want to talk about anything too much, until something definite happens- but you guys will be the first to know where we are headed next, or if we are staying in Pittsburgh. Also, Van and I are getting MARRIED in 3 months and are fortunate to be going on a honeymoon to Europe afterwards.

Right now- I'm just trying to focus on the next 3 months, and with the sage advice from my mother- not put too much pressure on myself with wondering what is next.  But, I'm not going to lie, it's hard...can you feel me? If you know me- you know that I am a planner, and I'm not a fan of not knowing anything.  Especially, where I'm going to be living in 3 months, the housing/moving situation, or what I'll be doing in terms of school/employment.  Blah. 

Anyways, although there is a lot of uncertainty  in our lives right now- I'm trying to look at our situation optimistically and be excited about it. Trying.

Positive thoughts/vibes/prayers are always appreciated- and especially now.