Sunday, October 28, 2012

Nat's Visit of Awesomeness in Cleveland

Nat visited this past week and it was an a-w-e-s-o-m-e time! There's never a doubt in my mind that I love Cleveland, but it is so cool sometimes just to see it through someone else's eyes.

As soon as I picked her up at the airport, we stopped by one of my favorite Cleveland restaurants: BSpot. Seriously, this place is great. (Apparently Nat thought so, too, since we went back three times while she was here!)

While Nat was here, we explored the city, visiting museums, tourist attractions, and some great local restaurants. We also took the time to fill up on a fall/autumn activities: pumpkin-hunting (both in the pumpkin patch and at stores), pumpkin-carving, hot cider (and rum!), toasting pumpkin seeds, and going for a walk in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.  Oh AND we went to a pretty cool vineyard for a wine tasting, dinner, and some great scenery.

It really is great to have friends where you can just pick up where you left off and have a great time.

Sunday morning coffee at Dewey's

Nat at the Rock Hall

Pan-seared scallops at Sergio's Sarava

Chocolate Mousse from Presti's in Little Italy

BSpot, New Jack City Burger (sans bun for the gluten-free)

Me demonstrating my mad pumpkin-carving skills
Nat's first ever pumpkin patch experience!

And then we got more pumpkins at Trader Joe's

Sarah, Nat, and I enjoying the Fall Fest

Nat enjoying the scenery at Gervasi's Vineyard

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Life in Five Minutes or Less

Quick update because I've been to busy to write much of late:

1) New job (YAY!)

2) New apartment (YAY!)

3) 5K this coming Saturday. Will be awesome.

4) Signed up to walk (and attempt to jog/run) my first 10K in May (ACK!)

5) Can't wait for Nat to visit!

6) The colors have just started to change here.

7) I am addicted to Doctor Who, but very sad because I don't have any access to BBC America and BBC America doesn't allow online streaming of Doctor Who in the US. Bad BBC America!

8) Gluten-free for almost three (?) months now and feeling great.

Lose Yourself (in Music)

I was driving down the highway this morning and I started to thinking about how I can just get lost in some songs and how music has played such a big part in my life. It sounds so cheesy, but it's true. The songs that I just seem to lose myself in aren't necessarily restricted by genre, lyrics, style, or tempo. Sometimes it is just one song by a band, artist, or a composer that I don't listen to regularly --or at all.

Attaboy - Goat Rodeo Sessions (Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan)

This song just sounds like pure joy to me. The whole album is fantastic, but this song is especially wonderful.

Houdini - Foster The People

It's addicting. I'm not even sure why.

Beethoven's Piano Sonata 15, Op. 28 Allegro

(or pretty much any Beethoven Sonata)

Somebody to Love - Queen

Such greatness all wrapped up in here.

Neat Little Rows - Elbow

Honestly, play me anything by Elbow and I'll be enthralled. I love this band. I really do. [insert plug here for new album "Dead in the Boot. Ah!]

Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2

Skinny Genes - Eliza Doolittle

Another one of those addicting earworms. I actually really don't like the music video because it strikes me as just to hipster and kitschy, but the song is so catchy.

Chinese Translation - M. Ward

This list could go on for forever, but let's end it with this awesome song by M. Ward. Mellow, light, "philosophy pop". Loveliness wrapped up in raspy-voiced goodness.