Snowy Saturdays = Mother-daughter bonding time!
E & A
I’m a lucky girl. Not only do I get to test drive the Chevy Cruze for the entire month, my mom is my best friend (I know, that’s cheesy, but it’s true). We needed to knock out some Christmas shopping so we headed up to Crocker Park in Westlake. Groceries, gifts, gabbing…we did it all.
The Cruze’s trunk was gigantic. We spilt sides, my mom got the left, I got the right (plus some :P).
Check out our video!
Trunk space in the Chevy Cruze from Alana Munro on Vimeo.
One might think you need an SUV to carry all the goodies we purchased at Crocker Park (Giant Eagle, DSW, The Gap, Banana Republic,Francesca’s, Trader Joe’s), however the trunk in the Cruze offered more than enough space for our shopping spree!
A magnificent girlfriend getaway!
*Don’t mind the horrible Vimeo screen cap on the video!
National media has had their eyes on Cleveland all week. Why? Because some basketball player broke our hearts up and down the streets of Cleveland and the shatters were heard all across the country on July 8, 2010. It may sound a bit dramatic to so many people…
Why are we so hung up on one player? It’s just a game, right? There are bigger things in life to worry about. Life goes on.
Really, it doesn’t in the land of no titles won since 1964, aka Cleveland, Ohio. LeYouKnowWho played with our emotions in the most vulnerable time possible. This city supported, catered, cheered and loved this man for so many years. From high school to rookie year to the elbow, we stood behind who we once throned ‘The King.’
Cavaliers fans react to LeBron James the day after 'The Decision.'
I don’t want to beat a dead horse here. This issue has been covered on that 4-letter sports monster as well as on many of my favorite local blogs: Waitingfornextyear and ClevelandFrowns.
Trepidation. Excitement. Fear. Disgust. Sadness.
These are all words that I think of when I think of Thursday nights’ Cavs-Heat game. I never wanted to see LeBron wearing another jersey besides one that adorned a Cavs logo. Why did he have to not only backstab his teammates but an entire city and fans far and near? As I have faith in the people of the city I love, I also have a bit of fear. I’m aware there are fans out there that will do things that will cast a black cloud over the city tonight. It’s bound to happen. Let’s just hope the national media doesn’t dwell on one or two, or ten, immature instances and paint the entire city hateful, juvinile, moronic.
In the end, remember that LeBron was not the answer. He was a false prophet. Some even call him the ‘Whore of Akron’ :P. And karma’s a bitch.
Go Cavs, kick some backstabbin’ ass tonight! And, I love being a Cleveland fan. I wholeheartedly believe our inevitable highs will soften the pain of all the lows we’ve endured over the years.
After a long weekend of imbibing a few too many glasses of wine or indulging a bit too much on the football buffett, I always need a great workout to get myself back in gear. While lifting weights or going for a jog is always good for the soul, I know how to drain the toxins out of my pores!
60 minutes on one of these suckers…
It might not always be enjoyable, but holy sweat! I try to get in one to two spin classes a week at Fitworks. Our branch just got some new bikes, too!
It’s always nice to get a kick start to getting back on the ‘healthy track’ by sweating out all the weekend’s poison! How do you ‘detox’ after a long weekend?
How incredible does it feel to be a Browns fan today?! Not only did we beat the defending Super Bowl champs two weeks ago, we shut down Tom Brady and the Pats on Sunday! Monday mornings are almost enjoyable after the past two inspiring W’s – I love my Brownies!
There was one thing that almost ruined my Sunday (almost!) though. As we walked towards the W. 9th entrance of the Pit, we we’re rudely told we needed to pony up $5 a person for the ‘pedestrian fee.’ I told the attendant that we were just ‘walking through’ (which was a lie :P). He said he didn’t care and we needed to pay. Well, we didn’t have any cash (and I had Cabela). So the BF had to run to Constantino’s so we could meet up with our friends that we’re already set up in the Pit.
I knew this was an issue a month ago. It was covered by The Plain Dealer, 19 Action news and a plethora of local bloggers. What was the headline on cleveland.com October 6? ‘Downtown Cleveland parking lot ceases to charge for walk-through.’ Well, that wasn’t the case.
What really angers me about this insane policy is how incredibly rude the parking attendants were. I am well aware of the fact that they have to deal with drunk and angry passersby all morning, but having a major chip on your shoulder will only make those people heckle you more. It’s not about the money. $5 is the least of my worries when I am tailgating because it’s definitely not a cheap hobby. Not only are they charging pedestrians to tailgate in their parking lot, they are not allowing cars to use vacant spots without paying an outrageous $30 car fee and they are also blocking off gigantic areas of concrete that could be the perfect play zone for the partiers. And come on, you know they are pocketing some of this cash. There is no way in Hell you can monitor the pedestrians in the lot.
We bit the bullet and paid the fee. We had a great time, but I will absolutely be rethinking my pre-game routine this Sunday.
Will you go back to the Pit?
Cabela's tailgating debut in 2009.
Cabela loves the attention she gets at the Pit!
Network parking, you blow.
Sometimes I think we (us Clevelanders) forget what an amazing city we live in. Sure, the snow can suck with a capital S, but we’re on the lake, we have beautiful rivers and (some!) waterfalls, breathtaking scenery in the fall and the Cleveland Metroparks (among a sleuth of other things)!
We love taking the pooch to the Rocky River Reservation branch of the Metroparks once summer is only a memory. She can run up the hills, splash in the river and sniff as many other dogs as her little heart desires! Maybe we are supposed to keep her on the leash while we’re there, but finding a remote area with no other walkers, runners or hikers lends us to bend the rules a bit. 😛
Last year Cabela was only 4 months (or so) old when we took her to the Metroparks. She absolutely loved it. She was
horribly a bit timid around the water though.
You're a lab...you can do it!
A fall trip to the Metroparks should be on everyone’s to-do list, even if you’re not the ‘outdoorsy’ type. The leaves, the trees, the running river…it’s all breathtaking.
Fall 2010 (much better camera? hehe)
Over the past year, Cabela realized she was a water dog (it took longer than anticipated) so this year she was splish-splahin’ around – all while making me nervous by the running water…
And sprinting through the trails…
'hi!' and 'bye!'
Sorry, I may have the cutest black lab of all time.
As if this dog wasn’t tired enough, it was off to the Lakewood Dog Park (which is near the Lakewood entrance of the Rocky River Metroparks) for some more
What are your favorite things about Cleveland in the fall? I can name a few…Christmas Ale may or may not be at the top of my list! 🙂