This post has been something I’ve wanted to write for a while now, but have been kind of afraid to. It’s kind of a long story and I won’t bore you with all of the details, but I’ve dealt with several disappointments and some major drama concerning my full-time clinical rotations (for occupational therapy) for the spring. When I thought everything was finally settled, I announced the news on my Facebook page, only for everything to fall apart a few days later. I was pretty heartbroken and frustrated, but as of now I have my placements for the spring, and I’m just crossing my fingers that nothing bad happens with them! Anyway.
I’m excited to share with all of you that come December, I’m saying “goodbye” to Pittsburgh and moving…twice in the spring. That’s right. Two placements, two states, six months. It’ll be interesting to say the least! I don’t want to jinx things too much, so I’m not going to share where I’m going. As it gets a little closer, I promise I will keep you updated.
Looking up at the Cathedral of Learning.
As happy as I am to not have to spend January-March in Pittsburgh (the COLDEST winter season ever, am I right?), I’m a little bit sad to leave! I’ve made so many amazing friends here, and it’ll be really hard not to spend 8 hours a day with them, 5 days a week. Plus, there are so many things I love about Pittsburgh. It’s a great city, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I have a few things I still want to see/do before I leave, and I’ll share that “to-do” list in the near future.
For now, I’m just going to enjoy the beautiful fall season here in the ‘Burgh and relish these last few months.
Thanks for letting me share my news (and ramblings) with you!
One of my favorite things to do in Pittsburgh is spend a quiet morning in Phipps Conservatory, an amazing botanical garden/greenhouse/escape from an urban landscape. It’s especially amazing in the winter, since it’s pretty warm and snuggly inside, and the lively plants really cure the winter blues!
A couple of weeks ago I decided to spend my morning at Phipps–it is my happy place, after all–and snapped a few photos that I’m sharing here on the blog today.
Of all the amazing rooms, the Desert Room is definitely my favorite. It may not be filled with ornate flowers, but those little cactus’ are poky and I love them. Everything about them is fascinating!
If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, make sure you check out Phipps! It’s a beautiful building filled with unique plants and flowers, plus they rotate the displays seasonally so the rooms are changing constantly.
One last photo of my morning–walking back from Phipps, I looked over the bridge and the view was gorgeous. This picture doesn’t do it justice (my iPhone camera isn’t working as well these days), but the lush trees with the Cathedral in the background…oh man. Pittsburgh is such a beautiful, old city. I’m really trying to appreciate everything about it before my time here is over.
I knew this fall semester was going to be a tricky one in terms of fashion and shoes — I’m moving from Pittsburgh mid-December, so I’m trying to really limit my clothes and shoes because I can only take so much with me. Plus, I’m starting some professional clinical rotations 2 days a week, so I need shoes that are appropriate and comfortable. Not to mention, I have to walk back and forth to school, to the bus stop, etc. Lots of walking in Pittsburgh. So I needed some comfortable, practical flats for the fall.
Enter these recent purchases: a red Minnetonka moccasin, beige-and-white striped Keds, and these unique Naturalizers.
I’ve admired the Minnetonka brand for years, and I’ve always wanted a colorful pair. While slipper-like in comfort, the shoes have fairly good treads and are really well-made. Plus, the cherry red color is perfect for fall!
The “Preppy” Sneakers
These Keds have a cushion in them, so they’re super comfortable in addition to being adorable. I love mixing them with mini-skirts and boyfriend jeans for an unexpected but pulled-together look.
The Professional Flats
These Naturalizer’s are made of incredibly stretchy and soft fabric that always bounces back. I love the thick horizontal strap, which adds a little “ballerina” to them. And they have a thick sole, making them really comfy to stand in a while.
All 3 of these shoes are going to make a great (and practical) addition to my fall closet. Which shoes are you loving for fall?
It feels good to finally write a couple of blog posts again — it’s been a long couple of weeks, and I’m beyond ready for summer semester to end so I have a little bit of a break from school. I have some big goals for the blog this summer, and I’m hoping to really dig into those goals while I have some time off from classes and get back to the roots of what I envision Imperfect Chevron to be. More to come on that soon…for now, here are some photos from the last few weeks of my life.
Could Pittsburgh get any more beautiful? I snapped this shot before heading up the Duquesne Incline with some friends a couple of weeks back.
Okay, maybe it’s not “real sushi” because it’s chicken, but man was it delicious. Ginger-dressing is always the way to go!
I’ve been taking advantage of the warmer days and walking in Schenley Park quite a bit. It really helps me calm down and get a break from the stresses of school for a few minutes.
I treated myself to fresh flowers this week (it was a doozy, I needed something to lift my spirits!). I don’t think anything is quite as special as having fresh flowers in your room.
We made it to May! It feels like such a big deal, since the winter was so long and so cold. Here in Pittsburgh we’ve launched into some July weather (humid, 80-90 degrees!) and while it’s unexpected and sudden, I’m trying to enjoy it as much as possible.
I have a busy week next week — lots of exams, client days, and numerous things are due — so I’m going to do my best to bunker down this weekend and get some serious studying in. Summer semester sure is hard! At least it’ll go by much quicker than a typical semester. I hope you all have a great weekend!
It’s been raining a lot the last couple weeks here in Pittsburgh, and I feel like spring is finally here. The grass is suddenly green, there are flowers blooming, and the trees are starting to bud! Here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks.
Studying in the sun on my front porch.
A happy card for my friend.
I treated myself to a scone and coffee at an amazing bakery this week.
One of the neighborhood cats taking an afternoon nap.
Happy weekend, everyone! Hope you have a great one.
Today was the last day of classes for our Spring Semester (Finals are next week, lots of studying this weekend!) and we got out of class a little early, so I made plans with a couple friends to celebrate! It felt like we earned a little bit of a study break. So after our class ended, we headed over to Phipps Conservatory to walk through the gardens. Phipps is just always the best place to go. It’s so rejuvenating.
A gorgeous tree blooming outside Phipps
Playing around in this cute palm-frond hut (meant for children)
What a great break from the hustle-bustle of the semester! After Phipps, we headed over to Shadyside and had some killer Thai food at Noodlehead (I would highly recommend it!). Their menu is short but they have obviously perfected each dish. I tried the Pad Thai, which was incredible, and I can’t wait to go back and try some of their other dishes. Amazing.
It was a great outing, and I loved spending some time with my friends outside of school. It feels like we get so busy sometimes that I only get to see them when we’re at school, and it was really nice to get away from all of that and just have some fun.
Happy March, everyone! I am certainly glad to see February make it’s exit; it’s been a really hectic and overwhelming month at school, and the weather here in Pittsburgh has just been bitterly cold for so long that I’m not sure how much longer I can stand it! We had a couple of weeks in a row where the temperature didn’t make it above zero. I am truly thankful to my family and friends for listening to me complain and grouch about the weather.
I’m hoping for some warmer weather heading our way soon (please, let there be sun!) as March unfolds. My mood has also perked up a bit because I’m headed to Florida for spring break this year, and I can’t wait to get there. I’ve been looking forwards to this trip all winter long, and just knowing that I’ll soon be laying on a beach makes me feel a little less sad on the inside.
I made this birthday card for one of my good friends — can’t wait to mail it next month!
I’ve been trying to improve my lettering and handwriting skills, so I’ve been practicing every chance I get (aka during lengthy lectures and while watching 30 Rock — multitasking works, right?).
Anyway, lets hope that March brings us some sunshine and warmer temps. Have a great week!