One of the perks of my job is that when I am working on the weekend it is typically hosting a sporting event or a concert for clients. Last weekend I was lucky enough to take some clients to a Penguins game.
It was a nice excuse to visit home. So we packed up the kids and headed out on Saturday morning. My mom agreed to watch the kids for the evening so we could have a night out. After visiting with my mom and my sister for a few hours, we headed into town.
We stayed at the Renaissance downtown. It is a beautiful hotel.
We checked into our room and luckily we ended up on the side that overlooks the river.
We killed a few hours by walking around the city and then headed over the game. We were in the suite, which was awesome. How many times have you been at a hockey game while eating sushi, squid salad and drinking a glass of wine?
This was our view:
It was a great game, even though Crosby wasn’t playing. We won and spreadsheet guy and I had a great time.
We walked back to our hotel and I saw something I HAD to take a picture of.
seriously? Love it. For anyone not familiar, check this out. Dahntahn is how most people in Pittsburgh pronounce Downtown. It is weird, but since I left Pittsburgh, hearing anyone with a strong Pittsburgh accent is oddly comforting to me.
We got back to the hotel and I took more pictures.
It’s a little blurry, but that is the best I could do through my hotel window.
When we woke up the next morning, spreadsheet guy walked down to get me some coffee and I sat and looked out the windows. I really miss Pittsburgh.
After driving through the strip district for a while, (and trying to find ONE person who didn’t have their Steeler garb on – we failed) we headed back to my mom’s to get the kids and meet up for brunch. The first place we went had a 40 minute wait. We were all way to hungry to wait that long, so we left. We had an amazing brunch buffet and the kids got to color some pictures that they hung up for a scarecrow coloring contest.
The first restaurant was in an outdoor shopping area. When we were there we noticed they were having a Halloween event. They had a pumpkin patch for kids to pick a pumpkin and decorate, a petting zoo, a fire truck the kids could sit in and a pony they could ride. So after we finished brunch, we headed back.
Silly girl was so excited to ride a pony.
My buddy was not interested. His reason? Those things smell BAD. Stay tough, bud.
It was a nice visit. We ended up getting home later than we had planned on Sunday, but it was worth it. I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Pittsburgh.