Friday, September 19, 2008

Impromptu Day of Solitude (kind of)

I drove my parents to Pittsburgh this morning so they could catch a flight to California for my aunt's funeral. She died on Wednesday afternoon. As I was driving away from the airport, I had the sudden realization that I had no where to be. Sure, I had work to do, but I didn't care all that much. I was really feeling the need to be away and alone.

After helping Dave via phone and web to locate some files, I quickly came up with an itinerary for the day. After that, I scolded myself and got off of the computer. I put everything away and just started driving. My goal? Get lost, get out of the car, and walk. I didn't get too lost: I mean, it's Pittsburgh.

My Day:

  • Went to IKEA and just looked at the room setups. Got a free bag for filling out a survey.
  • Drove downtown and snapped some pics.
  • Walked around the strip district, shopped the street market, and took more pics.
  • Ate a sandwich and a pickle outside.
  • Spent 2 hours at the Andy Warhol Museum. (15 minutes were in the cloud room. It was so peaceful)
  • Bought a belt and a shirt.
My Pics:
I only took about 20, so I didn't have much to choose from. Here are some decent ones:

My Thoughts:

  • I feel better when I take time for myself. It doesn't need to be a whole day in a different city if I make it a bit more frequent.
  • God time in the car is one of my favorites. Especially when I catch someone looking at me talking to myself. 
  • I like to take pictures. I don't feel I'm all that great at it, but it was nice to do it for myself.
  • Mourning is very different for each person. No matter how it's expressed, it's still painful.
  • Sometimes I really wish I lived in a bigger city. I just love the energy. A city on lunch hour is a sight to behold.
  • Andy Warhol is really inspiring, so is his mom's handwriting. It is gorgeous.
  • Andy Warhol was seriously mental.
  • Andy Warhol was a genius.
  • Is it normal and/or socially acceptable to cry in museums?
  • It's been a rough couple of months.


Blythe said...

it sounds like your day in pittsburgh was a much-needed change of pace from everything. i enjoyed your pictures, especially the one of the facade of the warhol museum. you and your family continue to be in my prayers

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about your aunt. She was a sweet woman. I'm glad I met her in this life, mostly because she's a part of yours.

I'm glad you claimed the day yesterday for yourself. I loved the pictures. I look forward to my moments of solitude too, but I found myself wishing I had been with you. :)

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your Aunt, I hate thinking about death and the reality of it.

Andy Warhol in my opinion was so overrated, the guy peed on a canvas and called it art. Glad you enjoyed the Burgh, hope you made it to the Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. in the strip!

Noel said...

I'm sorry about your aunt, and I'm thankful that God gave you time with her and that she was able to return to California after all.