Sunday, June 26, 2011

Solstice and Fundraising

Ah! Such an awesome weekend! Well, in all reality I should say such an awesome Saturday night (if a very long one).

6pm Saturday -- Fundraiser for Mia at Memphis Station. Hung out with friends, had a few drinks, raised a huge chunk of change, and all before nine o'clock at night! I am still on a high from this. It is great to see people band together to take care of one of their own and exceed expectations at every turn.  Cinnette and Freddy, if you're reading this: Congratulations! You are both amazing and all your hard work paid off in a huge way!

10pm Saturday -- Summer Solstice 2011 and the Cleveland Museum of Art. This was fantastic. High energy, great atmosphere, incredible art and fantastic music! If you want to see a bit of the party (if you can ignore the horrible audio) click below. It really was amazing. It was a perfect end to the night. I can't even explain how cool it was.



Got home around 2am, fell into bed at 2:30am and then woke up at 6am (damn internal alarm clock) and have been up and exhausted, but happy since. Happy Solstice, all! Here's to a beautiful, fun-filled summer!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Next to Normal

Wow. Got to see Next to Normal today.


Raw.
Amazing.
Real.
Impressive.
Visceral.


One of the best musicals I've seen all season.  While I like all the light-hearted and/or fantastical stuff of musicals like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and even Shrek, there is just something about the very real, raw subject of reality. For those of you that don't know, Next to Normal recently won a Tony Award and Alice Ripley (who plays 'Diana') was awarded best actor in a musical.  It is about the struggles of a family dealing with psychological issues (mostly bipolar disorder) and family life dysfunction.

When watching Next to Normal and other productions in a similar vein (Rent, Garden State, Ordinary People all come to mind), what I have to start asking myself is "If dysfunction is everyday, what then is normal?"

Anyway, Next to Normal was amazing. I sniffled (okay, cried) through most of it. Most of the time, what I appreciate most about shows like Next to Normal is their honesty and, while I do appreciate it, sometimes it hits just a little too close to home.

Had a great weekend hanging out with E. She came to visit and we all got to hang out at the CSA, the farmers' market, the art museum, and even an Indians' game. Go Tribe!  Back in first. :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sunny Saturday

This past Saturday (err, yesterday) was awesome.  First I got my hair cut (Thank you, Crazy Mullets!), then met up with LD to catch the very end of Parade the Circle. Wandered around in the beautiful sunshine, enjoying the live music, and the coming together of a fantastic community.  It was a gorgeous day and it was wonderful to just get out and be among people. After Parade the Circle, we headed over to Little Italy for some gelato.

Mmm...  Spumoni Gelato! (And, yes, I made a mess...)

After Parade the circle and gelato, I headed to the Wolstein Center to watch some roller derby. There is nothing like a good derby bout to finish off the day. Granted, it would be even better if I was actually playing, but beggars can't be choosers, eh?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Staycation: Heather's Visit!

So during my Spectacular Staycation, my wonderful friend, Heather, came to visit and hang out with me. We hadn't seen each other in around two years, so it was great to catch up with her! Here are some of the pictures from her visit. We went to the art museum, Little Italy, the city greenhouse (free and beautiful!), the farmers' market, the BSpot, and engaged in some just general wandering. It was awesome.





The Best Staycation Ever

Where did I go for my vacation? Nowhere. Money's tight, but a vacation was definitely needed, so I decided to take the ever-increasingly-popular 'staycation'.  I had my vacation time and I was going to have fun, damn it. And I did. It was a great relaxed and fun week, even if I don't have pictures from me being sunburned on some remote beach or lost in a foreign city.

Staycation started on Friday, May 27th, with Heather's arrival. I had an awesome weekend catching up with her. We talked, we visited museums, we stopped for lunch at Presti's in Little Italy, played video games, watched movies, and pretty much laughed the whole weekend. She headed out Sunday evening. Headed to a friend's family's barbecue on Sunday night, then spent the day with my family on Monday. Come Tuesday, I told my family I was working all week, told my coworkers I was headed out of the country and pretty much ignored the cell phone for the rest of the week.

Pictures and more anecdotes to come.