Wednesday, September 18, 2013

That Time Lisa Visited Pittsburgh

When you live in a flyover state, like I do, you usually find yourself heading out of your hometown for trips and meet ups with friends. I was beyond thrilled when, after being relocated to the East Coast, Lisa decided she wanted to come spend a weekend in my hometown.  What my river valley lacks in tourist destinations, it provides (at least in my opinion) some of the most stunning vistas available with its rolling hills and wide river. 

Lisa and I spent the day Friday in Pittsburgh riding the incline and walking the strip. We met up with Erin, who brought along her adorable son Welles, and Marisa for dinner. Later in the evening we were able to swing by one of my favorite ice cream shops to have dessert with Maggie and her beautiful little daughter, Millie. Saturday was spent visiting some favorite local places and lingering over lunch and coffee. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to just sit around talking without having to rush off to do something else. The whole weekend was one of those good for the soul, uplifting, so thankful for the people in my life kind of weekends. It goes without saying, but Lisa is my kind of people. 

(shameless stolen from Lisa's twitter feed)

The weekend wasn't about having Lisa experience everything there was to see or do, it was about having quality time with a friend I generally only get to see once or twice a year, if we're lucky. The weekend was about reconnecting, slowing down, and just embracing what one moment to the next brought. It was about finally meeting Erin face to face and being introduced to Marisa, a new friend. The weekend was seeing my little valley through a fresh set of eyes and a gentle reminder that where you live does matter and is vital to your happiness. 

Now, who's coming to visit next? 

You can read a recap of Lisa's visit here