Friday, October 17, 2014

This City that I Love

Cleveland. It's had a bit of a bad reputation in the past.

But this city that I live in and this city that I absolutely love is doing so many incredible, amazing, wonderful things to change that.

And this video highlights some of those things and just gives me chills.

Our food scene is rocking it....Michael Symon is just one of many to call Cleveland home.

Maybe, just MAYBE this is the year our sports teams will turn it around. Our QB is a hometown boy. Lebron is back...and yes, I'm happy about it.

Apartment buildings and restaurants and stores are filling up downtown.

We have Playhouse Square (the largest performing arts district outside of NYC).

We have one of the best orchestra's in the world (you know I had to throw that one in there...).

And I love that I live in this city. And that I'm here to see all these absolutely awesome things happening.

Monday, October 13, 2014

So Fancy

Saturday night was just one more reason to make me love my job. The annual Gala is one of our largest fundraising events of the it was an awesome excuse to get all dressed up and spend a fun evening with my coworkers.

And since I'm still in a bit of a zombie state after not getting home until after midnight on Saturday and being up altogether TOO early yesterday, pictures will have to do.

Fabulous evening with some awesome people...too much fun with photo booth props
AND we got to meet the star of the night- Lang Lang.

We clean up nice.
To top off an already awesome (though exhausting weekend), my Browns decided to not just beat the Steelers, but to absolutely crush them (those were Siri's words....not mine. Which made it even better).

Friday, October 3, 2014

One (or 5) Things I Can't Live Without

One thing I can't live without.

But really, just one thing? And since it's thing, I feel like I should stay away from "my husband" or "my dog," because duh. Obviously, I can't live without them. But one thing?

Since I'm never good about following directions, I'm going to give you a few things.

1. A gas stove. Yes, I'm weird. But I love cooking so so much and cooking on an electric stove makes me angry. And it makes me burn things. So my gas stove is a necessity.

2. Red wine. Not a specific bottle. Just red wine in general. Because without it....well, I just don't even want to think about a world without red wine.

3. Hate to do it...but NetFlix. And let's be honest- Hulu too. Coming home after a long day, pouring myself that glass of red wine and turning on the tv. With oh so many choices of shows to watch and unwind.

4. A good book. I don't read nearly as much as I would like these days. But I absolutely love just getting lost in a book for hours on end. To stay up way too late reading because I just can't bear to put the book down.

5. My bed. Well really just sleep in general. It is kind of my favorite activity ever.

So 5 things I can't live without.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dream Jobs

Dream jobs are a funny thing...because they never stay the same.  

Day 2 of #Blogtober14- Dream job when you were little/ what is it now?

When I was a little kid- you can bet that my dream was to  be a ballerina. It's really unfortunate all my little kid photos are at my parents house because I'm sure there is a glorious picture of me in a blue tutu floating around. Because I basically never took it off.

Although here is an amazing photo of my cousin in my tutu/ I obviously love her a lot because I really didn't like to share that thing....I'm wearing a bathing suit.

Middle school and high school? Dream was to be a journalist. That one stuck around for a while. Heck- it's what I went to school for. Journalism jobs were the initial ones I looked for upon graduation. But that was kind of a half-assed attempt, I think because I knew deep down that it wasn't for me. I realized that half way through college too...but just couldn't figure out what else I would rather do.

Now though? My dream job is still a little in flex. I love my job- but it's not the forever position. But it is a dream job in terms of where I work. Obviously, I've said a few times that I love my job. And while I enjoy what I'm actually doing, what makes me love it so much is where I work and the people I work with. So for now- this is my dream.

As for where I will be in 10, 20, 30 years? Guess we'll wait and see.

Though I think my ballerina dreams are gone forever.

Helene in Between Blogtober

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Money, Money- #Blogtober14

I've been in a blogging funk. No surprise there. But no excuses either. I have time, but always seem to find something else I would rather do. Like catch up on my never ending Hulu queue (YAY! FALL TV PREMIERS!), play with my dog, sleep. You know- the important things in life.

So what better way to get my groove back than an old fashioned blogging challenge. Like the Blog Every Day in October...or #Blogtober14 hosted by Helene and Taylor.

Today's prompt- If I won the lottery, I would...

Well first, I would buy a new laptop since that is the main reason my blogging has taken a giant shit. I had to get this in somewhere...but didn't want to put it above since I said no excuses. 

But really- #1 is obviously the stupid student loans. Boring, but necessary.

Which leads to non-boring #2, at least two weeks in Europe- with definite stops in the Czech Repbulic, Italy and Greece. And hell- while we're at it, what's another few weeks in Australia, right? Basically just give me allll the traveling.

I do have to say- we would both happily keep our jobs. We both love our jobs...and honestly, I would be a horrible housewife because while I love cooking- the whole cleaning thing just doesn't happen. Oooo so maybe someone to clean my house a few days a week...or at least wash my dishes after dinner!

But I would never do this.

Because I'm not a douche.

I do still love my Browns though.

Helene in Between

Monday, September 29, 2014


Two years. Two whole years of marriage.

Is it appropriate to say HOLY SHIT? Because that's kind of how I feel about the fact that I have been married for two years.

Some days it feels like it happened last week.

Some days it feels like it's been at least 5 years.

 But either way, those 2 years have been an amazing ride. We bought a house. We adopted our first pet. There have been laughs and fights and smiles and tears. We've talked about our future. We've hosted parties and family gatherings. We've gone on roadtrips and vacations. And we've done it all side by side.

So tonight? I'll go home and make dinner. The same as I do every other night.

But we'll also reminisce about our amazing wedding day and the fabulous two years that we've had. Oh and of course our favorite topic as of late- our future, our plans, our dreams.

Dougface- I love you as much as I did the day we met. Well actually a lot more since we spent that first meeting screaming at each other over a game of beer pong.  I cannot wait to see what our future has in store for us. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorites

Friday! I'm so happy you're here. This week has lasted for wayyy...and it's not even over since I have a work event until 9:00 tonight. Lame.

Anywho- here are some of my favorite things right now!

1. Yesterday, I finally emailed the travel agent that a few of our friends have used to book vacations in the past about booking our all inclusive for January or February! I basically told her we want to spend a week some place warm where we can just relax and escape what I assume will be a shitty Cleveland winter. And I am SO EXCITED!!

Because this looks so much better than the freezing cold-ness that I expect in February in Cleveland...
2. I got my dress for the Gala!! I decided that instead of going with Rent the Runway, I would check out Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find one for a decent price. And whaddya know- $65 later, I walked out with a stunning dress. And since I own it, my mom can shorten it for me- making it much more convenient to wear flats with. Which is also a perfect excuse to wear these beauties again. So ignore my goofy ass face- and just look at the pretttty dress.

3. These shrimp and grits from How Sweet It Is. Shrimp sizzling in butter. An obscene amount of cheese mixed in with the grits. Holy awesomeness. Plus- if you're looking for some good recipes- check her site out! Everything is to die for...and you can bet her cookbook is on my Christmas list!

4. Shoes. And more shoes. Well more boots. But whatever. Zulily was the downfall of my bank account last week. Two pairs of Toms. A new pair of boots. And all for such an amazing deal. Those black flats are the only ones I've received...and damn do they make my feet happy.

5. Monday is our two year anniversary. Can we say holy shit?? I guess one of these days I'm going to have to stop calling myself a newlywed...but it's hard when I feel like we just got married yesterday! More on Monday.