Thursday, May 14, 2015

I've been slacking. In my defense, Cleveland has been having an identity crisis and my time has been spent either sitting directly in front of a fan to keep cool or curled up under a pile of blankets to stay warm. Yep- it was 90 on Monday and 55 yesterday; I woke up to a house that was 53 degrees this morning. Quit playing with my emotions Ohio.

I'm going home this weekend to get my hair cut and colored. I feel like I just did it, but it was back in December, so I'm definitely ready for one. I thought I would hate the short hair, but I have absolutely loved it and am ready to get a few more inches off! I'm really excited about a fresh 'do and color.
Color on the left, style on the right
And in honor of my trip home, a little throwback to almost 10 years ago with my best friend at my welcome home from the Czech Republic party. Damn, was it good to see her after a year away!

Friday, May 8, 2015

List of 4s

I've seen this floating around blogland lately and well, who doesn't love a good list- especially on a Friday!! So here we go with lots of fun random facts about me.

 4 Jobs I've Had
1. Cashier at a grocery store
2. Cashier/mail order at Guggisberg Cheese- home of the Baby Swiss...and where I had to wear a horrible swiss dress. No- no photographic evidence of this exists.
3. The rec center in college (there were like 3-4 different positions here)
4. Events and Marketing/Development (for basically the last 5 years in different ways)

4 Movies I've Watched More Than Once
1. All the Harry Potters- I'm constantly rewatching these

2. Ratatouille
3. Bio Dome
4. Princess Bride

4 Books I Would Recommend
1. Me Before You by Jo Jo Moyes (SO GOOD)

2. Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
3. Danny Champion of the World- Roald Dahl. It's been a lonnng time since I've read this one- but it is amazing and hilarious and the best.
4. Harry Potter. Duh.

4 Places I Have Been

1. The Czech Republic
2. Jamaica
3. California
4. Toronto (already planning another trip!)

But really. Can I please go back to Jamaica???
4 TV Shows I Watch
1. Daredevil

2. Silicon Valley
3. Game of Thrones
4. Grey's Anatomy

4 Things I'm Always Saying
1. I'm hungry

2. I'm tired
3. Want to go for a walk? (Because the look on Lucy's face when you say this is epic)
4. Fuck. Because sometimes dropping an f bomb is the best thing.

4 Things I'm Looking Forward to This Year (2015)

1.  Multiple friends having babies!
2. Summer
3. A few great friends weddings
4. An unplanned vacation that Doug and I WILL be taking

4 things about my appearance 
1. Green eyes
2. On the short side
3. Short hair (for the first time (since December) in a long time...and getting it cut again soon!)
4. Finger nails that are constantly a mess due to my horrible habit of biting/chewing them. Gross.

4 things in my purse

1. Chap stick. Always.
2. Business cards...which I never use. They have the wrong job title...and have for a year.
3. Lots of change
4. My work badge

4 posts of mine you should check out

1. Let's Be Still
2. That Time I Embarrassed Myself at a Wedding
3. The Crazy in us All
4. My Dog Eats Everything (because it's hilarious...oh and add a pound of raw salmon to that list...)

Because what's a post without a picture of Lucy

4 things I couldn't live without

1. My gas stove and grill
2. Red wine
3. Hulu Plus
4. Earl Grey tea
And obviously my husband and dog and family and friends...but those are the obvious ones.

Happy Friday all!!! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


You know you're turning 29 and not 21 when you go to bed at 9:00 the night before your birthday. I did decide to skip the 5:15am gym wakeup as a birthday treat to myself and then get mad when the birds started squawking outside my window at 6:30, and still didn't drag my butt out of bed until 7. At least, that's what I did today.

May is birthday month and I will happily remind everyone of that fact. We started celebrating over the weekend with an Indians game and plenty of tacos and margaritas. Which was a perfect day spent with friends (and a less than perfect following day...because duh 29 year old hangovers are way worse).

But today? I'm going to work (lame). We're having our normal weekly dinner with our best friends (not lame). Probably some Lucy snuggles; I mean more than I already got this morning when she jumped in bed with me and fell back asleep.

You also know your turning 29 and not 21 when no one insists on buying me the cheapest shittiest shot of tequila in the world. Because Cinco de Mayo.

And if that is what turning 29 means, I'll take it any day!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Life with a 70 Pound Lap Dog


I'm tired, I have a head ache and I got to work an hour earlier than normal. So my motivation to write a post is zero.

Instead I'm just going to leave you with this comic, which is basically MY LIFE with a 70 pound "lap dog" who lovvvves to snuggle. 

Not that I could ever get mad at her (unless maybe she spilled my wine....). Because just look at this face.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ramblings of a Slow Week

How a week can be so boring and so long, I will never understand. I just don't do well when I'm not busy. I somehow manage to thrive under pressure and get so much  more done if I'm under a time crunch.

What has been nice about a slow week (and a boss who was out of town) is that I was able to take off early a few days and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather that has finally decided to show up in Ohio. Nothing better than coming home, sitting on the back porch, enjoying a beer and a good book- and of course watching the dog frolic in the yard.

I just finished Where'd You Go Bernadette and I really enjoyed it. It was the perfect amount of quirky and weird and funny and awesome- all wrapped in to one. Obviously I'm really good at explaining a book, but just read it because it's good.

Have any of you seen the Pet Smart commercial where the couple is explaining the things all their dogs like? "Do you have food for a dog who is scared of spiders? What about a dog who is so so lazy?" And of course the so so lazy part makes me think of Lucy

Who was being so so lazy this morning. Which just made me want to stay home with her all day. Alas I did not. But it is supposed to be a glorious sunny and warm weekend so she will get plenty of outside play time and walks.

Doug surprised me the other day with this 4 pack of Pilsner Urquell is these awesome cans. If you didn't know, I lived in the Czech Republic for a year and have a special place in my heart for all things Czech, especially Czech beer. Mmmm pivo.

I'm trying to figure out something fun that I can do with all the cans. They are too cool to throw away. Plus as I said- yay all things Czech!!

And there you have it- the most random Thursday post ever.

Monday, April 27, 2015


My parents have a group of friends who they have known since high school (some of them even longer). When we moved out of Cleveland, they still kept in touch- with the Cleveland friends making trips to the farm- otherwise known as where I grew up. We all joke that this group is really just extended family. Try explaining to your significant other that these people are all cousins, but not really cousins; aunts and uncles but not siblings of my parents.

We all ended up being busy in high school so the get togethers didn't happen as frequently. But with many of us settling down in Cleveland, we have been able to reconnect and it's been wonderful. While we all have great memories of epic capture the flag games and riding little tikes 3-wheelers down a huge hill behind my parents house and huge bonfires, there is definitely something enjoyable about being able to sit down with this same group now and have a drink or two.

I have known these girls as long as any of my immediate family; they are my cousins the same as the rest. Plus, it's always hilarious to see our parents get together because they get way rowdier than we ever could.

Friday, April 24, 2015


I love not having cable. Honesty, I haven't lived in a house with cable for over 5 years. Doug always had it until we moved in together, when we decided that spending that much money for cable wasn't worth it. Between Netflix and Hulu plus, Amazon Prime and HBO Go, we were set. Especially when friends gifted us a Roku for a wedding gift, which made it even easier to stay up to date on shows.

Plus I really didn't miss spending hours flipping through the channels and trying to find something to watch.

We have not once regretted this decision.

Until last night when everyone and their damn mother (and my uncle) RUINED GREY'S ANATOMY FOR ME.

Don't worry. I won't spoil it if you haven't watched it yet. I'm not a fricken animal.

But seriously. In this day and age, enough people don't have cable or watch shows on DVR or Hulu the next day. So why in the world would you post spoilers in a place that everyone can see them less than 5 minutes after the show is over? WHY?

I get it if I accidentally read something the following day. I don't love it- but I wouldn't feel the same anger. The following day, I at least have a chance to watch it before the spoilers. But the same day? No chance.

So here I am on a Friday morning, watching a show already knowing how it ends.

Animals I tell you. All of you.