I have not been blogging for a long time. I started this “happyincle” thing two years ago as a testament of my love for the city of CLE and all the wonderful people, places and things that surround me on a daily basis. But as of late, I have become distracted, unamused and uninterested. I do not write blog posts as much as I used too, which may have to do with the fact that Cleveland-centric posts and articles are simply everywhere. Depending on who you are following on Twitter or Instagram, who your friends are on Facebook or what topics you are reading on local blogs, it has become a repetitive series of events, places and news.
While all this cheerleading is a positive thing, I personally find it difficult to come up with interesting topics of discussion. You can only read so many blog posts, tweets and status updates discussing the same exact content. Everyone who knows me has a clear understanding that I love this city. Just look at my Foursquare check-ins and Twitter feed — I support this city by frequenting local restaurants and shops, volunteering on non-profit organizations and owning a home in the city. I think I have made it clear that I am happy in CLE.
So on this two-year mark, I think I am going to switch gears a bit and do a little remodeling. I will still support this city and all its riches, but instead of being tied down to one category, I would prefer to discuss other topics that may bring upon happiness, sadness, intrigue, beauty, laughter, disgust and wonder (whoa…that just got deep).
Now my next question becomes…what will my new blog name/web address be???
I love Cleveland. I really do. But lately I have really been wondering what my life would have been like if I would have moved to New York City straight out of college.
I have no doubt that our city is on an upward cycle, as evident in the recent Yahoo article: The Return of the Comeback City. However, we have a LONG way to go. Our city is not as progressive as most, we are surrounded by people (young and old, suburban and urban) who are disgustingly closed-minded and our greatest natural resource has still yet to be developed upon. Our city cannot even keep our only major lakefront park clean, updated and aesthetically beautiful as it should be.
Sometimes I wish I would wake up tomorrow, in a small loft apartment in Manhattan that has just enough space for my personal belongings and CB2 essentials. I would then prepare myself for the day, shut the door, put my shades on and walk to my place of business, which would most likely consist of some small boutique shop or large powerhouse advertising agency. After a long day of work, the night would begin with dinner and shenanigans at any one of 4,200 restaurants in the city, followed by additional stops and more shenanigans. Weekends would be spent enjoying shows, museums, world-class shopping, gallery openings, concerts and off-beat parties.
Now, I am extremely grateful for everything that I have in my current phase of life, but my mind has been on this “what if” state and it won’t go away. This may be just a part of getting older, as you sit back and dissect every aspect of your life and wonder why you didn’t do this or why you haven’t done that.
I think it is time for a long weekend trip to NYC. Maybe I just need a little time there to realize how good life is here in CLE. Or, maybe I will realize how much better life is in NYC.
Jump Back Ball 21 is happening very, very soon. This is the week to buy your tickets to one of Cleveland’s biggest parties, benefiting the iconic PlayhouseSquare organization. There are two main reasons why you should buy your tickets right now — prices will increase this Wednesday, 1/25 and there are less than 60 tickets left!
This year, music will include bands Radioactive on the main stage and the late night party will continue with Tricky Dick & the Cover-Ups. Regular price tickets include an array of food (catered by Sammy’s) and an open bar, while VIP tickets will include very VIP food provided by AMP 150. This year, the party will also include a fresh layout that regular Jump Back Ball attendees have never seen.
February 25th will be full of fun and surprises, so make sure to get your tickets right at this minute. Look how much fun I had last year (see below). I believe this is an accurate depiction of the good times you are in for.
Disclosure: I received one free ticket in exchange for blogging about Jump Back Ball 21. These opinions are all me!
For the past couple weeks I have been basically obsessed with an app called HeyTell. It really isn’t a revolutionary concept, but it has been a very amusing tool. This app is a cross-platform voice messenger that instantly creates conversation without having to text or call a friend a family member. Think of it as a walkie-talkie on steroids.
So why not text someone? Well, let me tell you friends – texting and driving do not mix. That’s a dangerous combination.
Well why not leave a voicemail? If you go this route, you have to call someone and then wait for the beep. Yes, I know that doesn’t sound difficult, but you are wasting a little more time than just leaving a quick HeyTell message.
Not only does this app provide convenience, it provides hours of entertainment via their Voice Changer. This past weekend I probably left 58 messages to friends and family, most of which were in the key of “Alien” at a -30% range. You must try this. I have been giggling since Saturday.
Below you will find a few of my faves from this past weekend. Happy HeyTelling!
I really enjoy long weekends. Especially when they involve holidays that include stuffing your face with stuffing. *Random thought — why is there no restaurant establishment and/or chain named “That’s the Stuff” where all kinds and variations of stuffing are served, 24/7?
It was a very relaxing (yet busy) weekend filled with family and friends that never cease to amaze me. Let’s recap this bullet point style, yo!
Ever since Sea World left the Midwest (aka Aurora, OH), I haven’t been the same. I grew up at that park and have very fond memories with Shamu and the rest of his aquatic crew.
My love for the water has been a consequence of growing up in a family that has always owned boats and other types of watercraft. I would NEVER live in a city that isn’t situated near a large body of water — ever.
While you cannot really snorkel in our great lake, I’ve had the opportunity to view a little under the sea action in places like Hawaii and Brazil. I cannot tell you how much excitement I get when I see that whole new world (cue Little Mermaid reference) that makes up the majority of our planet.
Unfortunately, CLE does not have one facility dedicated to underwater life, other than those found at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Plans for a waterfront aquarium near the Rock Hall once lived on a list of lakefront development concepts, which in my opinion would have been ideal. However, we all know how these grandiose plans and renderings soon become only imaginary dreams that will most likely never see the light of day.
HOWEVER, I am happy to say that CLE will soon see our very own aquarium located right in lovely downtown. Located in the FirstEnergy Powerhouse, The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is scheduled to open in early 2012 and will feature over 40 tanks of fresh and salt water species.
Personally, I am really pumped about the “SeaTube” exhibit, which is literally a tunnel of glass where visitors will walk through providing a more believable underwater experience.
I am thinking (and hoping) companies and individuals will be able to rent the space for private events. Wouldn’t it be great to host a benefit or even your 30th birthday party under the sea!? A boy can only dream…
It was quite the weekend. It was 100% White Party planning, shopping, cleaning and of course, partying.
I can’t remember if I had the chance to say hello to everyone who came, but I do hope everyone in attendance had a good time. For those who couldn’t make it out, we hope to see you next year! And to the strangers who showed up and did not say hello or thank you, you are def not invited next year. Then again, random party-goers do bring an exciting element to a party.
I am pretty sure next year’s accent color will be red, so you can start planning your threads now.
One major factor of any party is obvi the music. And each year I think about the handful of songs I REALLY want played so I can go bananas too on the dance floor. Some of said songs were played at this year’s White Party, but I can’t seem to remember if the following tracks happened to get on the list.
I am currently obsessed with these two (newish) soon-to-be hits. Download them. Play them. Dance.
After a fantastic weekend filled with perfect weather and loved ones, I realize I have much to be thankful for. I am in love with just about everything around me and things are looking smashing. Except for the fact that my birthday is just over four months away (and it’s a milestone bday).
I will once again be MIA for the next few days. Tomorrow is my very last day of work as I start a new chapter of my career. But before I get into the new work groove, I will be spending a little time at a lake house and taking a road trip to Milwaukee for my cousin Jenny’s wedding. Labor Day weekend is looking G-double-O-D-good.
Change is good. Life is good. It’s all good.
P.S. If you frequent Little Italy and have not yet taken a trip to Michaelangelo’s, you are missing out. I can safely say that I consumed the best pasta I have ever had in my life. Try the black truffle stuffed Sacchetti with black truffle cream sauce. You will not be disappointed.