Monthly Archives: August 2010

It’s all in the playlist

Do you ever experience lulls in your workout? (Stupid question) Of course you do, we all do. With the slight change in weather this past week, I realized outside runs will be ending in the next few months (ahhh!!!). Running outside 5 miles doesn’t faze me, however, running 5 miles on a treadmill is living Hell as far as I’m concerned.

Please help! I need new music!

In a premature preparation to keep what I call the ‘treadmill dread’ at bay, I need to create a fresh playlist. I’ve been listening to the same massive playlist I made for the Cleveland Half Marathon and it’s definitely time to change things up. I prefer to have playlists with about one hundred songs on them. That way I can shuffle any given playlist and not get bored with my tunes, but it’s time for something new, something that I can take with me to the treadmill!

This is where I need your suggestions! Here is what I’ve started with (I’ll end up stealing many songs from my old playlists to fill the void!):

Ben Folds- You Don’t Know Me (feat Regina Spektor)
Rolling Stones- Don’t Stop
Usher- OMG
Cat Stevens- Wild World
Lady Gaga- Telephone (feat Beyonce)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers- Wildflowers
Eminen feat Rihanna- Love the Way You Lie
Kings of Leon- Crawl
Bon Jovi- Wanted (Dead or Alive)
The Black Keys- Howlin’ for You
Rod Stewart- This Old Heart of Mine
Katy Perry- California Gurls
The Pretenders- Back on the Chain Gang
Johnny Cash- Walk the Line (Live)
Stevie Nicks- Edge of Seventeen
Kenny Chesney- Guitars and Tiki Bars

Obviously, I have an eclectic taste in music, but I need fresh ideas! Absolutely no screamo, or twangy country will ever end up on my itunes but Backstreet Boys’ ‘The Call’ is. What tunes are always on your playlist? Or do you know of a website that has great playlists?

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Grilled pizza: A summertime fav

We all have those foods and beverages we love to eat and drink during certain seasons: Hot apple cider in the fall, homemade soup in the winter, a crisp summer salad, etc. For me, I love grilled pizzas in the summer among other things. It’s cheap, simple and fun to make.

Prepping ingredients. Don't mind our wood countertops (we're renovating!)

On most trips to Trader Joe’s during the warm months, I stock up on TJ’s wheat pizza dough (to the dismay of the bf) and TJ’s pizza sauce. We like to knead to dough out to make roughly 4 flatbreads. Since everyone likes pizza their own way, this makes pleasing bellies quite easy.

I like my pizza with a ridiculous amount of sauce, black olives, banana peppers and what other fresh veggies we have on hand. The bf on the other hand likes more cheese than sauce and always changes things up from BBQ chicken to Lou’s sausage on his pizza (which I always end up eating.)

An easy and delicious summer meal.

Since we were fresh out of sausage, he made garlic bread (it was amaze) and an onion and mozzarella pizza. As always, the pizzas were messy tasty. I hope we manage to grill some pizzas before we’re bundled up inside during hibernating months. Can’t it be summer forever??

What are your favorite seasonal foods?

Are there a good pair of headphones out there?

I love to run. I probably average about 17-20 miles per week. I couldn’t imagine a run with out my ipod. The sound of my heavy breathing, the cars driving by, dogs barking, all the typical noises that occur in any neighborhood are not on my ideal playlist. From The Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga to Kenny Chesney, my tunes are what keep me going the distance.

However, for the life of me, I cannot find a decent pair of headphones. The ipod buds that accompany every ipod purchase are a joke. They serve their purpose when I’m avoiding all human interaction at work jammin’ at my desk, but they don’t last in my ears as far as my walk down the driveway.

My current Nike headphones.

I tend to gawk at the $100 sport headphones when I’m in need of a new pair, but I am always fruga, picking out a pair I know will stay put in my ears, sweat and all (that are much cheaper). About 5 months ago, I purchased a pair of Nike headphones from Target that were about $35. On my Tuesday evening run, the right bud took a dump. I’ve made it two runs with one functioning ear bud and it’s driving me nuts. Call me crazy, but I need two evenly tuned working ear buds!

Here is my conundrum, do I splurge and buy a ‘high-quality’ pair of headphones or do I keep wasting my money every 5-9 months on a ‘mid-quality’ pair? I’m wary to spend the big bucks because I’m nervous they will also stop working after a few months. Does anyone have a pair of headphones they love? I am completely open to trying out a new pair! Please help!

End rant.

Party, Party, Party

This past weekend was most definitely one for the books. 18 girls from across the country flew and drove into Chicago for one helluva bachelorette party. I only knew a handful of the girls, but that didn’t matter because I got to see my best friends who no longer live in Cleveland.

I am by no means a bachelorette party veteran, this happens to be the first wedding I am in as a bridesmaid. However, we had the standard supplies: everything penis – cupcakes, straws, maracas (bride is half-mexican after all!), balloons, etc. We also played a few games that made the bride, Als, uber-uncomforable in front of her sister and future sister-in-law. What are friends for anyways?

Since it was a bachelorette party and all sorts of awesomeness took place, I think I will just share a few photos instead of rambling on about drunken tales (who would want to read about that anyways!?).

Our wicked dance party on the trolley we rented Friday night.

On Saturday, after trying to sneak into a marina and hanging out in a basement bar we watched a few of the planes from the Air Show before it was time to get drunk again get manis and pedis.

Als (the bride) and some classy $5 champagne at our mani/pedis.

After we got all dolled up we headed out to dine and drink at Carnivale before hitting up Market Bar. A pigeon crapped in my hair on the walk to Market Bar. I found it quite hilarious. May or may not have had anything to do with the sangria I had just consumed.

For the pride and privacy of my friends, my new friends and myself, I unfortunately can’t post any more photos. I know we have some respectable snapshots somewhere, but they sure didn’t make it onto my camera!

All in all, the weekend was a crazy party with some great girls. Where is your favorite destination for a wild bachelorette/bachelor party? I will admit, I put the kibosh on a trip to Vegas with almost 20 ladies.

Chicago bound

It’s not everyday one of my best friends gets married, so we’re going all out for the bachelorette party and heading to CHI town. On the to-do list: debauchery.

By the time I get back on Sunday afternoon this will all be fixed, right?

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One can always dream!

Any last-minute suggestions on things to do while we’re in Chicago? We have a pretty tight itinerary but can always switch things up!

Have a good weekend 🙂

Neighborhood besties

Shortly after Dean bought his first home, his best friend, J, purchased his own starter home with his wife. It was convenient for the guys to go to through such a monumental experience together. Simultaneously, they learned the ins-and-outs of home ownership. From J gutting his kitchen, to Dean buying his first riding lawnmower (unfortunately for Dean, it wasn’t a John Deere). What made things even more interesting was the house J bought was directly across the street from our ‘estate.’

Dean and J: Shirts off in club seats of the 2009 Browns home opener. That's just how they roll.

These guys love living so close to each other. How could they not? They drink beer in each other’s garages, share tools/lawnmowers/etc., put toilets in one another’s backyard, sneak cones on top of the other’s chimney…get the picture? I have to admit, it is fun having J (along with his off-the-wall antics) and his lady right across the street.

A few months ago the neighborhood happily welcomed Captain Max, J’s 6-month Black Lab/Great Dane mix pup. This dog is a sweetie rough and tough, he even wears a Harley Davidson collar! Cabela wasn’t wary at all, rather she tried to lick Captain Max to death on their first encounter. Thankfully, the Captain was just as friendly.

Max, left, and Cabela loving each other (or sniffing out a treat).

Fast forward one month: Cabela and Captain Max are now best doggy friends (it’s possible). They even have a best friends necklace. Every time Cabela sees Max out front she whines and gives me the ‘pleeeeeeeease let me go play with Captain’ eyes. Albeit cute, it can also be a major pain seeing as Cabela runs across the street every chance she gets.

One Saturday afternoon, J and Dean with the help of one of their caveman buddies, chopped down a tree in J’s frontyard. This was the perfect opportunity for Captain Max and Cabela to play while I enjoyed a cold beer. Chainsaws, dogs and beers…what a Saturday!

(Cabela is wearing the orange collar. Please ignore my puppy talk. It was the Bud Light Lime talking 😉 )

The neighborhood love is everywhere. Do you get along with your neighbors? We’re pretty lucky to live in such a dog-friendly and people-friendly ‘hood!

What a weekend

This weekend was a complete whilrwind. A successful whirlwind at that. I think I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Friday = Twilight at the Zoo. This was my first year attending this event and we’re definitely going again next year! It was a great night. We may not have seen many animals, but we did enjoy the night with a few of my co-workers and friends, not to mention 7,000 other people!

Dean showing the dinosaur who was in charge.


Ran into lots of friends who we haven't seen in a long time.


The contents of the 'big and brown' basket Dean won. Win for me: facial, a mani, and lots of Aveda products, which I loooooove.

Saturday = Brown and Orange scrimmage at the Browns Stadium and a stop at Whiskey Island to witness debauchery at it’s finest with my mom. I have the coolest mother of all time. She really did stop at Whiskey Island with me. We were lucky enough to have friends that rented a boat slip for the weekend. I’ve always been out of town for Krusty’s, hanging at the marina next door seemed close enough for me.

My mom and I in a loge at the scrimmage. Obvi this lighting sucks.


Quick costume change and I was ready to have boat drinks! Don't mind my mom's Jamal Lewis jersey 😛


And then Scott iced Dillon.


Iced!

Sunday = Funday! Dean, Brodie and I headed downtown for some patio hopping and the W. 6th Street Fest.

The creepy stilt-walker. We couldn't figure out if he was a she or she was he.

$10 for a carafe of long islands? Maybe not the smartest idea...

Which led to this…seemed like a reasonable idea at the time.

Dean bought a snake. It looked real to me.

And that’s what I call a whirlwind of a weekend. Thankfully, I only have a 4-day work week!

What is your favorite summer event in Cleveland? I now understand why so many people love Twilight at the Zoo!