Bringing The Band Back Together

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We used to go to brunch all the time. Linzi, Jimi and I. We don’t go as often as we used to. In fact it had been a REALLY long time since the three of us all went to brunch so this past Saturday we got the band back together. I was so really excited to try Jack Flaps. A new “urban breakfast shoppe” in Ohio City brought to us by chef Eric Williams. If you’ll remember he is the same person who opened El Carnicero (the restaurant we went to for Valentine’s Day) and Momocho and is part owner of Happy Dog…. basically he is a genius. Just check out this menus!

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Jimi got the Graham Cracker Waffle (top), Lindsay got the Fat Elvis (middle), and I got the Happy Jack (bottom). All of them we fantastic… but I think the best part was the mexican coke braised slab bacon. AMAZING. That picture is three orders worth. We all opted for it :)

photo 4photo 5 (1)photo 2photo 3That bacon was probably the best I have ever had. My waffle was my favorite of the three, but they were all yummy. If you are local (or visiting) I highly recommend making your way there for a fun and yummy brunch. We will definitely be back. Next time I am trying some of those Vietnamese style sausage . :)

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Valentine’s Day and Arty goodness

I’ve always like Valentine’s day. I don’t know why. I know many people despise it. Some people hate it because they are single. Some people hate it because they think it just another holiday for the greeting card companies (that’s sweetest day guys). I like Valentine’s day because it is a day that celebrates love. It makes you take a pause and appreciate the ones you love not just romantically, but platonically as well. I also love pink and hearts. I’m a girl what can I say. I’m 99% sure liking pink is encoded in our DNA. As far as it being just another greeting card holiday, Valentine’s day really started as more of a DIY holiday and many cultures celebrate by making handmade cards. Actually, I prefer handmade valentines cards myself and I had intended to make some this year (with doilies and everything), but like always the day came by very quickly. However we did have a great night and I thought I’d share some details.

I went to work on Valentine’s Day. The hub sent me several literary themed valentine’s day e cards. My favorite was this one:

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When I got home we exhanged gifts. He made me some art and will be buying me this travel coffee mug that I have been dying for!  I bought him a poetry book. A Charles Bukowski poetry book. The inscription reads:

“Jimi,

I thought a book of poetry would be romantic, but a book of Charles Bukowski poetry would be more our speed.”

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This is the piece Jimi made for me. He’s been trying his hand at art and I’m very proud of him. I like the way he combines art and poetry. He has lots of great ideas and gets frustrated with the execution of his work. I tell him practice makes perfect…either way I love my art piece.

Side note: I got the  book and his card at Loganberry Books which is an awesome local book store in Shaker Heights. We went on Thursday night so that Jimi could read his poetry at their open mic. I am very proud of him that he is keeping up with doing these readings. We had a blast. A few of his co workers came and we chatted it up and met a woman who played her ukulele. She shared her rendition of “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” She added a verse she wrote that took a more feminist and cheeky turn. It was brilliant. They also have a really awesome show up in the gallery. If you’re local check it out.

Anyway back to Valentine’s Day. After we exchanged presents we went to a gallery opening. Doubting Thomas Gallery in Tremont. The small gallery was PACKED. We inched our way to the back room that was reminiscent of a college house party. We ran into our friend Linda. We chatted. Jimi and Linda drank Bulgarian wine, we people watched, looked at art, got “love letters from god” wrapped in red velvet and a bow.  We were instructed not to read till the next day. I’m not the religious type, but I thoroughly appreciated its artistic value.

After the gallery opening we went next door to a Gallery/ Antique store. The name escapes me, but it is apparently run by a somewhat famous drag queen. Linda could not remember the drag queen’s name… “something dick.” And this is the story of how I created my drag queen name “Whiskey Dix.” If I ever decide to me a drag queen I am prepared.

We left Tremont and went to Lakewood for dinner. We wanted to try somewhere we hadn’t been yet. We opted for El Carnicero which,  if you are local might know that it, is one of Chef Eric William’s restaurants. It’s very similar to his other restaurant (and one of my favorites) “Momocho.” Its decorated with luchadore masks and has a very relaxed vibe.

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 I had a blood orange margarita. It was divine. We shared guacamole, the machaca (coffee and ancho braised beef) tamales with a fried egg on top and the al pastor (adobo & citrus braised pork) taquitos. Everything was delicious.

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oh yeah and I chopped off all my hair.

2013 Wrap up and 2014 goals

Happy 2014

I have to say 2013 was a really great year. I feel like ever since I hit 30 things keep to falling  into place year after year. Maybe I just mellowed out. Maybe I’m just wiser.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy. Not perfect, but happy. A co-worker of mine has a sign in her cube that says “Progress. Not Perfection.” It’s a pretty good mantra. On this blog in the past I have created long lists of all the stuff I want to accomplish for the coming year…I’ve never successfully completed ALL of these goals in the 12 short months that I give myself to complete them, but as I have gone back and looked at these goals I have noticed that eventually I do get things accomplished. Progress. Not Perfection. I have goals for this year.  I’m not putting pressure on myself to get it all done and wrapped up in a bow by December 31 2014. Some of these things can and will most likely take time. Not to mention the fact that there is a good chance that my priorities and my interests today might be  will be different in 12 months. I’m ok with that. I’m done with forcing myself to complete a to do list with stuff on it that I don’t want to do anymore. Isn’t that what the year should be about? Growing and changing is part of life. I‘ve learned am learning to let go of things that don’t really matter in the long run. To not focus on being perfect and crazy about every detail (no one will notice but me anyway.) I mean I still think it is important to pay attention to details, but at some point you have to let go and enjoy yourself. During the holiday season I let my self do that a little bit and it was way less stressful for me. It’s something I plan to do more of in the future. The lessons I learned and the experiences I went through  in 2013 have influenced these goals. I’m excited to see what comes to fruition and which ones become obsolete and fall to the way side. I kinda broke them up into categories….cause I am a nerd like that.

Professionally

 Update LinkedIn profile. -I don’t know how useful LinkedIn is I haven’t really used it that much, but I figure it wouldn’t hurt to update it and utilize a little.

 Update resumes (both work and acting)

 Update headshots- My last ones were done like a million years ago.

 At least work on thesis. This has been on my list for years… at this point its a joke, but I gotta put it on my list because I really do want to finish it. Baby steps I guess.

 Work on monologues for auditions.- These days you very rarely need prepared material usually you’re just reading from the script, but I really should have stuff prepared.

 Audition more often. I usually do one or two shows a year. I’d like to try and do at least two maybe even three this year.

House

 Dining room- We need to paint and get an area rug.

 Jimi’s office- We need to paint and hang all his art and Spider-man stuff,

 My office- My office is still filled with boxes and a bunch of crap from when we moved in August 2012. I can’t wait to have it organized and painted and decorated. :)

 Kitchen- I have some plans for the Kitchen… I think this room will be a slow process.

Garden

 Brick borders around the gardens for definition.

 Raised bed in the back yard for vegetables

 Trim the tree in the back yard. It really needs it!

Self

 Get a pedicure and manicure – I always want to but I always change my mind because I don’t want to pay the money. but I think I deserve at least one. Right?

 A massage! I haven’t had one in a while and I really want to get a deep tissue massage for my birthday.

Financial

 52 weeks money challenge- Maybe I can actually save some money this year… that would b nice.

Misc.

 Learn chess

 Bake 12 loaves of bread- I have never really successful made bread. I figured I would expand my culinary skills and bake a loaf once a month.

I have some other things floating around my head, but those are for me :)

Check out my little Flipagram :) I love this app!

Mountain Mama Mix

So…I am a terrible blogger. It’s been foreves since I have even looked at this blog. I have a list of blogs I have been meaning to post… I’ll get there at some point. In any case you have to start somewhere. So here is the mix that I intended to post in November. Better late than never.  I call it Mountain Mama Mix because I made it shortly before our trip to Virginia (affectionately refereed to as The Three Shillelaghs: Moonshine Kingdom…yes we name our road trips… doesn’t everyone?)  and it’s filled with folkie hipster music… which is my current music obsession.

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 Brighter- Patent Pending

 Atlas Genius- Trojans

 Animal- Miike Snow

 Step- Vampire Weekend

 In Transit- Albert Hammond Jr

 Believe- The Bravery

 Two Weeks- Grizzly Bear

 It’s Not You It’s Me- Coconut Record

 Normandie- The Shout Out Louds

 Sleeping In- The Postal Service

 Lost In My Mind- The Head and the Heart

 Moth’s Wing- Passiona Pit

 Broadripple is Burning- Margot and the Nuclear So & Sos

 Home- Phillip Phillips

 Classy Girls- The Lumineers

 The One That Got Away- The Civil Wars

 Babel- Mumford & Sons

 New Slang- The Shins

 If I Were Free- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

♥ Tea with Cinnamon- Katzenjammer

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Candy Corn Fall Mix 2013

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So much good music has/is coming out this fall… I knew I wanted to put Applause (Lady Gaga) and Roar (Katy Perry) on a mix (and Patent Pendings new song too)… all of these songs don’t have the typical sound I go for on my fall mixes. So I decided since I had more than enough music I would make two mixes for fall. The first one is the Candy Corn mix. It’s a little bit pop and a lot of awesome. Enjoy!

 Warrior- Ke$ha

♥ Applause- Lady Gaga

 White Teeth Teens- Lorde

 Youth- Foxes

 Roar- Katy Perry

 Foolish Love- Jules Larson

 Boys with Girlfriends- Meiko

 Sick Muse- Metric

 Burn- Ellie Goulding

 We Didn’t Do It- Tegan and Sara

 Oath- Cheryl Lloyd

 Hey Mario- Patent Pending

 Don’t You- I Fight Dragons

 Such Great Heights – Postal Service

 Super Spy- This Good Robot

 Everybody talks- Neon Trees

♥ Chartreuse- Capital Cities

 Out of My League- Fitz and Tantrums

 Bruises- Chairlift

 This To Shall Pass- Ok G

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Once upon A Time at Garlic Fest…

This story starts with garlic and ends with chicken. And no it’s not a recipe. :)

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A couple of weeks ago the hub and I went to Garlic Fest at Shaker Square. The plan was to go there and then head off to Mentor Headlands beach to try to squeeze  a little more beach time in before Fall took hold. But unfortunately that day was gray… and so we headed to the Garlic Fest and then decided to go to my dad’s house for dinner (We had previously been invited). So we walked through Garlic Fest and sampled garlic jellies, garlic hot sauces, pickled garlic, and fresh garlic (that was surprisingly very spicy.) Then we got an Agave Garlic Popsicle from Chill ( a new Cleveland popsicle vendor)

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I enjoyed it, but I’d probably get another flavor under different circumstances ( when at Garlic Fest…). We also got a little free mini biodegradable pot and free garlic cloves to plant. We are going to plant them soon in the ground. By this time next year  we will have garlic of our own.  One of the last things we did there was buy a raffle ticket. The prize? Two chickens and a brand new chicken coop. I had wanted to raise chickens for a while and thought, why not put in a dollar…. “I probably wont win” I thought…I was right. I didn’t.

Later that night we went to my dad’s house of dinner and we talked about all the things we did at the Garlic Fest that day. My dad insisted that my step mom and he go the next day (he’s a big garlic fan.) That night at 5:00pm my step mom called me. “Kate I won the Chickens!!!” By 7:00pm the brand new coop and two chickens were in my yard.

At first I was thrilled. The next two days I was totally freaked out! What was I thinking?! Chickens?! What if they got loose? What if predators got to them? What if they got sick? What if? What if? What if? It was anxiety central at my house… I talked to my mom and she assured me I was crazy for freaking out. I was still skeptical, but the next day  I checked on the chickens and I saw EGGS!!! It was so cool. I became totally giddy! Since then I have been very excited about having the Chickens in our lives. We are on week two and so far so good.

We named the chickens after the characters in Waiting For Godot, Estragon and Vladimir (what would you expect from an actress & a playwright?) Since Estragon and Vladimir are more masculine names and we nick named them Gogo and Didi (also the nickname of the characters in Waiting For Godot.)

Estragon is a barred rock chicken. She’s very pretty and more than a little feisty. She lays brown eggs.

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Vladimir…I’m not 100% sure what kind she is… I think she is an Ameraucana chicken. She looks like she’d be a handful, but she is very sweet. She gives a light greenish egg. I totally saw her lay and egg and it was totally crazy/amazing/weird.

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This is our coop (pardon my compost pile in the back haha) I feel like it is two small for them to live comfortably/happily. So once my chickens are “legalized” (Cleveland Heights allows chickens, but we have to get a conditional use permit through the city and the next approval meeting is in October) we will be building a run to provide more space for them.

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We have a local brewery in town that sets their spent grains out for us crazy suburban chicken raisers. This will save us some $$ on feed! yay!

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Pretty crazy story huh?  I have to say I am glad the fates took charge and gave me these chickens. I had wanted them, but who knows if I would ever have gotten the balls to go through with it. It’s nice to be reminded that life is an adventure and the best adventures are the ones that are full of surprises!

My newest obsession? Rugby!

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So…Let’s talk Rugby for a minute! The hub and I went to check out a Cleveland Rover’s game this past Saturday and I LOVED it. First of all  the Cleveland Rover games are free and you can bring food, drink, and even your pup! It is super easy to follow which is a big relief. Football is way too complicated for me.  My two favorite parts are the scrum which looks like this:

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I never snapped a picture of the scrum at the game. The one above is from an England vs Scotland game.  A scrum is a way to restart the game after a minor infringement.

My most favorite part is this:

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This occurs during a “line-out.” A line-out happens when the ball goes out of play. Both sides compete for the ball and sometimes they lift a player in the air.

For a detailed description of the rules I suggest you head over to Wikipedia. They are WAY more detailed then I have the patience to be. :) If you are in the Cleveland area I suggest you take in a game! If not I suggest you find a local Rugby league and take in one of those games :)