Category Archives: Random thoughts

I love being a Cleveland fan

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.

Hello, world.

The past 5 days were just what the doctor ordered. I took a well-deserved break from the internet, blogs, Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook, etc. I neglected my own blog, but life will go on. Sometimes real-life gets in the way (and I loved every minute of it!).

I got everything in I needed this weekend: QT with my girlfriends, sweatpants, couch time, puppy cuddles, turkey, shopping, the Browns game and a gourd toss. Really, we partook in the annual ‘Shenanigans’ party which included a pumpkin toss.

Look out below!

I have some exciting news to share later this week, I can’t wait!

How was your long weekend? Do you ever take a vacation from technology?

Positive progress!

Back in August I told you about our renovation surprise. It’s been a looong few months, but we are (finally!!) making progress. The shower floor is in, self-leveling concrete has been poured, coils for the heated floors are installed.

I will wait to post photos until we are 100% done – hoping a month or so (I have high hopes!). Then it’s onto the kitchen (which will make for a long fun spring!)

Since we had to gut the bathroom, I want to carry the *new* feeling into the bedroom. Problem is I’ll have to do this for next-to-nothing ($$). I have confidence in myself that I can cut corners and rehab the room without breaking the bank. Which brings me to the point of this post: Where do you shop or visit online for creative home inspiration?

Of course I drool over the Pottery Barn mags and emails I receive, but that is obviously waaaay over the budget. Last week I purchased the Living Social deal of the day which was a Canvas Pop coupon. I hope to find a photo in my collection I can use to hang over the bed.

I’m thinking something calming and simple. I know the BF likes neutrals, so I’ll probably have to achieve a pop of colors from pillows, pictures, etc. The renovations have not helped my already crazy obsession with HGTV! I’m currently all over the place bookmarking various images and pages on ikea.com, hgtv.com, Fine Living among many others!

If you know of any sites or stores that offer low prices and large imaginations, please share!

A Browns win and the Pit fail

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.

Keratin? Yes,Β please.

I did it. And I love it. I processed my hair with various chemicals to straighten the locks. So far, so good. I may miss the curls, but I’ll get over it.

Thankfully, I am fortunate enough to have a cousin who can cut me a nice deal! πŸ™‚ I highly recommend the Keratin treatment!

Straight hair it is!

I’m curious if this will actually last 3-5 months. I will let you know!

Happy Hump Day!

Trick or Treat!

Happy halloween bloggies!!

Cabela had a busy Halloween morning in the metroparks!

Now it’s t-shirt time! I mean costume time πŸ™‚

Did you dress up? I ended up putting something together last minute…fill ya in tomorrow!

Let’s have a laugh at my expense, ok?

Each week The Plain Dealer picks high school student-athletes that have recently excelled in their sport at coin them ‘The Players of the Week.’ These athletes used to be covered in TLR (The Locker Room) section of the paper, however due to crappy times for newspapers everywhere, they are now highlighted in the Sports section.

Today I was covering for a co-worker who is a new dad (!!!) and was to make this week’s said ‘Players of the Week’ photo gallery. Way to go, students!

Curiosity got the best of me..I just had to punch my name into The Plain Dealer photo archives.

What did I find? A 17-year old soccer Player of the Week. We all had a good laugh at the office….

hehehe

Look at all those earrings…SMH!