We are less week away from the end of the open enrollment period, the time when you can sign up for or change your health insurance coverage. If you live in Pennsylvania or any other state where you purchase health insurance from the HealthCare.gov, you must sign up for your 2018 insurance plan by Dec. 15, 2017.
This year’s open enrollment period is six weeks shorter than previous years. The health insurance broker I have used in the past sent out an email asking us to start shopping around because the shortened enrollment period will impact the amount of time… Read the rest
This is one of my favorite posts to write every year. Six or seven years ago, an old friend posted on Facebook that volunteers were needed to help cook and serve a Thanksgiving-Eve meal. I showed up and helped to wash some dishes and I have gone back to volunteer every year. You can read my Facebook post from November 26, 2014, it is probably the best summary of my experience.
The congregation of Albright has been hosting this free meal for 42 years. It is a big old Thanksgiving dinner, turkey, stuffing, and all of fixing. The meal is… Read the rest
This video just popped up on the Pittsburgh subreddit and it is worth 5 minutes of your time. It is a beautiful little story about how the filmmaker, Dean Bogdanovic, purchased an old bike on Craigslist and fixed it up at Kraynick’s Bike Shop in Garfield. This video checks all of the boxes for me… pretty Pittsburgh pictures, check, a story about locally owned business, check, vintage bicycles, check (I have a hot pink one in my basement waiting for a restoration). This five-minute video is a delight to watch. Even if you aren’t a regular cyclist or bicycle collector,… Read the rest
Every year I spend the days leading up to the weekend before Halloween adding more costume ideas to my Pinterest account. A few years ago, I made an award winning mail order bride costume, I spent a few hours constructing a dress out of Priority Mail envelopes. I have learned that I love the process of making the Halloween costume more than I even like wearing the costume.
I spent hours looking for the perfect Pittsburgh costume to craft for this year and came up with nothing. I was debating making a Stanley Cup costume out of duct tape, but… Read the rest
One of my favorite events as a kid was attending the annual holiday bazaar at our church. While my parents shopped, I would sit in the Sunday School room crafting elaborate gingerbread houses, consuming just as much candy as I was attaching to my graham cracker abode. I have a vague memory of my dad telling me we need to leave and I was insistent that I finish my gumdrop landscaping project before my masterpiece was complete. If only I spent that much time today on the maintenance of my own home today.
The purpose of this post is three… Read the rest