Random n’at

1. “I’d rather have Nutella and no bananas than bananas and no Nutella,” will be the second chapter in my forthcoming book I Have my Deepest Thoughts While Licking the Inside of the Nutella Jar.

Pre-order now through Amazon.com!

2. Two shirts I am seriously going to design and sell on this here blog.

They must be created.

3. I took my sister Pens Fan to the symphony on Friday to hear David Conrad narrate Peter Leo’s Burghy rewrite of Peter and the Wolf.

It has been a long time, Internet, since I’ve been to the symphony. A long time.

I think the last time I went I was in college and I visited a symphony in Texas in order to get a grade for a music course I was taking.

My thoughts about the symphony are that there are a lot of elderly people that go to the symphony and that means that the laughter was quite polite and muted when David would hit a funny part of the narration.

I was definitely one of the loudest laughers (takes a bow), and when he got to the part about the cat being named UPMC, I wanted to stand up and do an Arsenio Hall WOO-WOO-WOO-WOO. But I didn’t. I behaved.

Microphone issues really made it hard to enjoy the Final Alice portion of the show. My sister is six months pregnant and I thought her fetus was going to leap out of the womb in fear of the microphone bursts.

That baby was definitely kung fu fighting the music.

I heard Sunday’s performance went much smoother.

4. On The Spot is once again holding a fundraiser to raise money to provide menstrual supplies to needy girls in our local schools who otherwise can’t afford them. This one Tuesday, May 24th, 6:00pm to 9:00 pm at Hough’s.

Two words: Cookie table.

Two more words: Bacon chocolate.

5. Pittsburgh’s alternative, indie wedding show Hand(made) in Marriage is taking place on May 21 in Lawrenceville with 50 vendors offering everything from vegan wedding cakes to harp music to a vendor called “Green Bubble Gorgeous” which I am now in love with.


It’s a bath bomb. You throw it in your bathtub and it fizzes and fills the water with skin smoothers!

And look at these cute baby animal soaps!


Love this vendor.

6. Champion dropped Rashard Mendenhall as a spokesperson in light of his recent bin Laden tweets.

Show of hands of who among you knew Rashard Mendenhall was a Champion spokesperson?


7. This story about a Portland couple who bought a second home in Pittsburgh is outstanding for so many reasons, particularly:

That night, amid “flying beer and hot dog parts,” Larry officially joined the Steelers Nation. The game was electrifying, he says.  “Normally, I’m a very quiet person, but I became uncontrollable” that night. (We understand.)

Boy, do we understand.

Nothing like the Steelers to make otherwise staid people lose their shit.

(h/t Alecia)

8. Who knew there is such a jewel called the Pigeon Blood Ruby?

The brightest and most valuable “red” called pigeon blood-red, commands a huge premium over other rubies of similar quality.

See, I’m not the only one who puts a high price on the spilling of pigeon blood.

(h/t Amber)

9. The Post-Gazette had a special Sunday article about the forthcoming Stink Bug Scourge entitled “Everything you were afraid to know about the invasion.”

Let me sum it up for you: They’re here, they’re multiplying exponentially, and we don’t know how to stop them. Good luck, n’at.

We’re doomed.


  1. Pensgirl
    May 9, 2011 12:18 pm

    If someone actually makes an “I brake for tunnels” shirt, I’m gonna need about a million of them.

  2. Cindy T.
    May 9, 2011 12:38 pm

    I will purchase Stab a Jagoff tee. A real money maker. Thanks for teasing with the soap…thought it was dessert. Damn.

  3. plexxer
    May 9, 2011 1:03 pm

    I think that any homeowner that gets both a Bed Bug and Stink Bug infestation will burn down their own house, so either the Stink Bugs will evolve to eat Bed Bugs, or vice versa. It’s natural selection in action.

  4. Tunnel Runner
    May 9, 2011 1:24 pm

    Ginny–go immediately to an intellectual property attorney, copyright ‘i brake for tunnels’ & ‘jagoffs make me stabby,’ print up decals, t-shirts, hats, mugs, etc., & donate proceeds to your Make Room for Kids charity. You could do for kids what Myron’s estate does for autism.

  5. Virginia
    May 9, 2011 1:34 pm

    Tunnel Runner:

    Is it naive of me to assume that no one would be such a jagoff as to steal my ideas right from my site? ;)

  6. lisa
    May 9, 2011 2:03 pm

    when I first moved into my house in Butler, I found a few of these bugs every fall. I had never seen them, every year they got slightly worse. Now they are everywhere. I first found this bug in 1995, so they have been here longer than they think

  7. AngryMongo
    May 9, 2011 2:14 pm

    No, but I’m willing to talk collaboration. ;)
    Say the word, Ginny…


    That’s a lunch hour…

  8. Christina
    May 9, 2011 2:18 pm

    1) In five minutes walking distance from my apartment they sell excellent banana-nutella ice cream! Wanna come? Be my guest any time.

    3)I would have given a lot to be able to be go to this concert. I love “Peter & The Wolf” since I was a kid (still have my vinyl LP from the 70ies) and a Pittsburgh version narrated by David Conrad sounds like pure awesomeness to me.

    All reviews from people I got from people were very positive. Some of the newspaper reviews – especially the one from the Gazette – were a bit irritating. It sounds like for some people making fun at the Symphony is a blasphemic thing. RUBBISH, I say – music is supposed to bring joy and to be FUN!

    Looks like the Pittsburgh version of Peter & The Wolf needs a Rock’n’Roll audience. Maybe at a slightly smaller location, but definitely with a dresscode like this: Come in your jeans and your fave yinzer shirt and laugh out as loud as you want. Yelling, standing ovations and other actions of excitement permitted.

    If that would happen, I’d fly around the planet to join. I will either wear my best Pens shirt or my brand new “Jagoffs make me stabby” shirt supporting “Make Room For Kids” ;)

  9. empirechick
    May 9, 2011 2:45 pm

    Virginia –

    RE Comment #5: Yes. Your regular readers won’t, but there are plenty of sleazeballs on teh Internets.

  10. Butcher's Dog
    May 9, 2011 3:07 pm

    Might be a couple of sleazeballs in the Strip District, too, Ginny. Just sayin’.

  11. Pensgirl
    May 9, 2011 3:39 pm

    Yes, ask The Pensblog’s Stephen Slesinski about some of those sleazeballs.

  12. Judi B
    May 9, 2011 3:55 pm

    I saw a comedian at the Funny Bone (decades ago!) and he claims that Pittsburgh stands for (are you ready for it?)

    “People In The Tunnel…
    Stop Before U Really Get Hurt”

    Might need an XXXL shirt for that one!

  13. MattDC
    May 9, 2011 8:02 pm

    #6 — I have to admit, I find Mr. Mendenhall a bit intriguing. He’s not just massive, angry, and misogynist, which describes half the NFL; he’s also a proudly self-documented loon, like Charlie Sheen playing Donald Trump on steroids. If we’re to be treated to disgusting behavior from our athletes, we should demand that it be entertaining, since they are professionals. Maybe Trump will pick him up for next season.

  14. bucdaddy
    May 10, 2011 11:12 am

    I now I’ll have “Yes, we have no Nutella, we have no Nutella today!” in my head all day.

    Thanks. Thanks a bunch.

  15. Carol
    May 10, 2011 11:20 am

    Last weekend, I saw the biggest, most gigantic jar of Nutella *ever* in Costco.
    Since I have 2 unopened regular-size jars in my pantry, my husband decided that no, we did not need more Nutella and dragged me forcefully out of that aisle. /sad

  16. Jenn C
    May 12, 2011 9:47 pm

    FYI, Waffalonia in Squirrel Hill has Nutella ice cream, which would probably be delicious with a waffle smeared with, you guessed it, Nutella.