Warning, this is probably my LONGEST post I have written in the eight years I have been writing this blog. I wrote it for those of you who may be interested in our trip, but I also wrote it so that I personally didn’t forget any little travel details as a journal for myself. I hope you enjoy!
Today is exactly a month from our return from southern India. It seems like only just yesterday I had butterfly’s of excitement deep down in my belly as we landed in Bangalore around midnight on a warm spring evening. So many friends have asked me to tell them about our trip that I thought I would write a few fun stories down. While this isn’t a true Cleveland-centric post, it’s about an experience that has provided me a new perspective on the world and I hope you enjoy it.
You see…in 2008; just a bit over ten years ago, I was a proud Cleveland Bridge Builders participant. If you don’t know what “Bridge Builders” is, it’s basically a young-professionals, leadership organization where you have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a handful of other passionate Clevelanders for a solid year of programming. In this group I met a friend, he was an undergrad student at CASE and we were placed in the same small group project. I am happy to say that while the project wasn’t super successful our friendship has endured for just about ten years.
Last year, around Christmas I got a phone call from my friend who had since moved to NYC and it was kinda odd he was calling me since we typically text nowadays. I answered immediately worried something was wrong; but just the opposite…he was engaged and wanted to personally invite me and Mr. C to his wedding celebration abroad and just like that…we were going to India!
Morning everybody. Isn’t it pretty out today? Too bad I hear we are supposed to get soaked later today. Go get all those errands and your outdoor fitness accomplished now, this afternoon is gonna be a wet one.
So yesterday we had a printing rep stop by and drop off a big bag of Malley’s Chocolate…and while we tried our best to resist the dark chocolate covered pretzels (FAVE!) were calling out name…munch munch.
When we opened the box we found the cutest little flyer for the new Malley’s Marching Band. Even though I was never in a marching band and could only play the piano…I was intrigued.
The band website says “Join the Sweetest Marching Band In The Land. Attention all former marching band musicians. If you love to play and miss your marching band days, fill out the form below to join our all volunteer band! All skill levels and ages welcome. You must own your own instrument, we’ll supply a band shirt. Sign up if you’re looking for a non serious fun time band. Limited to the first 300 sign ups.”
So all you old band lovers, get out there and show us what you got. I look forward to seeing you at any one of the summer parades! It will be so SWEET! Have a great Tuesday.
Happy Friday everybody. Looks like it’s gonna be another wonderful weekend in Northeast Ohio. Lots of fun stuff to do around town, from those great (food themed) road races, to checking out the Cleveland flea, to perhaps some friend time and maybe even a bit of beach time depending if the weather warms up a bit.
For me, I am currently in Big Bear CA attending a creative conference/CAMP experience. My Seattle-sister and I thought this years annual meet-up needed a bit more than cocktails and shopping (gasp!) so we decided to gain some business and social media insight with a touch of archery, tie-dyeing and camp dances.
The theme for the long weekend is “Cultivate Ambition, Map Possibilities,” I can’t wait to come back to CLE with all sorts of ideas of how to enhance our design client project work, give back creative ideas to my community, perhaps have a few new camp pals on my twitter feed (including photographer & camp workshop instructor Bonnie Tsang nd textile designer, Erin Dollar also a camp instructor) and maybe even perfect my rope climbing skills.
While I am sleeping in a cabin, parent trap-style I hope everyone has a wonderful June weekend. Looking forward to connecting next week as for now I have NO cell reception…dying slightly inside but trying to find the beauty in the quiet!
XO from CLE in Cali, peace
This weekend feel free to feast on Salmon and Pierogies at the weekends charity road races.
Saturday get your day started with a run with the fishes. Celebrate the running of the Copper River Salmon with Pier W as they support the Malachi House. This race is particularly fun because it ends with a special box-type lunch and some grilled salmon. For race details and to get registered visit the Hermes site here.
If Salmon doesn’t make you want to tie up your laces, perhaps our more of a pierogi runner? Join the 2nd Annual Slavic Village Pierogi Dash 5k for your finish line feast of pierogis & smokies! Come in fun costumes because best in show will win the “Golden Pierogi” award. Super fun, make mine a cheese with grilled onions please. Sign up here!
Heck if you like both fish and carbs…RUN BOTH! Have fun, work hard, play harder Cleveland!
Hey CLE. I have had one heck of an online fun week and I couldn’t help but share.
I don’t know about you, but as a designer one of my daily reads is Design Sponge. This week I was honored to be a part of their “sneak peaks” section featuring the little nauti Airstream camper named “Amelia.” She comes from right here in Northeast Ohio and I had to share with you her story.
She was purchased off of Craigs List about two hours east of the 216. She had to be towed to Lakewood as she was not “road worthy;” thank goodness I have AAA.
Amelia had a small team of experts including a welding expert (who rebuilt her under carriage,) an Airstream enthusiast (who taught me about 110 volt to battery to propane conversion,) a tradeshow display building expert (who advised me on how things travel, fold, and then constructed the spectacular build out) and even an upholstery maven (who tried to talk me out of white upholstery no avail.) Thank you to each of them for being so willing to work with me on this massive project. I truly had no idea what I was doing but through persistance, lots of reading and searching for tiny parts on ebay (thank goodness for ebay!) we made her beautiful.