year in review

Friday, December 31, 2010
Ah, another year gone and done, which means it's time for another year in review. While this isn't going to be as entertaining as Jib Jab's yearly countdown, here is a quick look at my 2010.

January is always a great month because my birthday is on the 18th. I decided to switch my sign from capricorn to aquarius, purchased our house and saw my first Lady Gaga concert in Detroit - what a blast!

February started out with a bang with a night out with Cleveland's a Plum and her friends courtesy of Dove, screwed up my vision with contacts and had to wear glasses for what felt like forever, cleaned out my closet and retired my beloved Juicy sweatpants, and the BF left the unforgettable note to me about vacuuming.Oh, and I also received a kick ass look behind-the-scenes at Next in Beachwood and a shopping spree.

March was a big month. We purchased and moved into our new house. My friends and I surprised our friends with a trip to DC to see them before their tropical wedding. I attended the first family wedding of the year where I embarrassed myself dancing to Lady Gaga's bad romance.Then, I rounded out the month with my own Dove party.

In April, we attended the reception of our friends we visited in DC and was a server at Market Under Glass and gave away tickets to a lucky reader. If you live near Hudson, my friends opened B. Lux Boutique that month and I ran my first 10-miler.

May was the kickoff of all things wedding. My friends and I attended Erin's wedding shower and ate enough cheese for a whole sorority at L'Albatros with Cleveland's a Plum and Cleveland Foodie. Even with all that eating, I managed to finish running my first half marathon!

June kicks off the summer and fairs. Oh, how I absolutely love funnel cakes and festivals and gallivanted around Cleveland and laid myself out at the pool on a weekly basis.We also drove up to New York to stay the weekend at a cabin with the BF's family and he enjoyed himself quite a bit, as you'll see in pictures.

In July, I hopped all over Cleveland for two bachelorette parties in one weekend where one was in Put-In-Bay for a high school friend and the other was downtown Cleveland for a college friend and another family wedding - aren't those the best? Lady Gaga came into town so you know I had to see her again and I gave away a snazzy new pair of Gap jeans.

August was another busy month filled with two weddings - one in Cleveland and then one in Vegas and a short weekend trip to Chicago.. The whole month of August I drove around the Chevy Malibu and to attend a Browns practice, which made the BF smile.

Ever since June, it seemed like all I wanted was September to come because we planned a week long vacation to Mexico. It was beautiful and went by too quickly. September also brings new TV to the fall line up where I shared my favorite shows and attended a Gossip Girl premiere party.

In October (which is my favorite month), we attend our last wedding of the year, went to Brewzilla with friends and the Best of Cleveland Magazine awards and I hooked two girls up with a kick ass flat iron from FHI Heat with a giveaway.

With the year almost over, November sort of calmed down for me. I held a giveaway for Do Over Clothes, shared embarrassing stories of the BF and his childhood friends and promoted the Jump Back Ball kick off ticket event, which I'll be attending in February. We rounded of November with a preview dinner of Washington Place Bistro & Inn where the BF was said to be a dead ringer for Nicholas Cage.

Ah, and December. Finally. (Jesus, this post took a long time to write.) We searched high and low for our first Christmas tree, baked cookies with  my family and got stuck in Cleveland's first winter storm of the season.

My friends and I have already planned a few activities including a trip to New York City, another trip to DC and a trip to Charlotte for a wedding. Plus, we'll need to plan another vacation too! Here we come Cabo!

who brought chocolate strawberry shots to Christmas eve?

Well, that was fast. Christmas came and went so quickly this year and seems to go quicker each year, doesn't it?

Since we've been dating 4.5 years, the BF and I started to spend Christmas Eve together last year and spent Christmas together this year at the BF's family's house. Our families live 1.5 hours from each other so we've typically spent them apart.

We kicked off the holiday celebration at Greg and Jules' house on Xmas eve. Here are a few pictures from the evening.

classic family photo in front of the tree

well, we need one too

getting ready for the chocolate strawberry shots, which were the ultimate demise of my younger brother

My aunt decided to introduce chocolate strawberry shots to Christmas eve this year. Normally, we have Great Lakes Christmas ale flowing as you may remember from last year and my brother's antics. Well, let's just say a few shots of this can leave you sent up to bed at 10:30 p.m. by your mom when you are 26 years old. (I'm looking at you little Greg!)

We made multiple family members try this shots, including my mom, who describes the shot as "potent" after we had to explain how to do a shot by biting the whole thing at once. New concept, I know.

Strawberries, Three Olives chocolate and whipped cream
If you have to many of these combined with homemade Coquito and Christmas ale, chances are you also went to bed early on Christmas eve too! Just ask my brother who asked that I remove a hilarious picture of him nicely sleeping in his bed with Captain Jack, the coolest cat on earth.

How was celebrating the holidays with your family and friends?

the worst wrapper

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This past weekend, the BF and I did some major Christmas shopping. We kicked ass and took names in Beachwood with my brother in tow. He was home from law school so I invited him over to finish up shopping for my mom.

The mall was pretty hectic but not as bad as it could be seeing as it was the last weekend before the holiday. The three of us completed all our shopping and I even picked up something for myself at the YellowCake Shop's pop up shop in Beachwood.

I dragged two unwilling boys into the store because I read and watched all about Valerie from Project Runway on the most recent season, so I wanted to see what it was all about. I ended up snagging a t-shirt with one of her older illustrations on it.

See, cute shirt, right?

As I'm checking out, both my brother and the BF decide to point out that my mom's name is still on my check.

Sidenote: I have no idea why her name is on the check. She's been on my account since college. The bigger question is - who still writes checks anyway?

Both tweedledee and tweedledum start heckling me with comments like "Does mom know you are writing a check?" or "maybe you should check with mom to see if you can buy it?"

The girl behind the counter says, "You guys are all siblings, right?"

Seriously, the BF doesn't look my brother - see and judge for yourself.

Once we laughed hysterically and finally left, we headed home to wrap all the gifts, which is often difficult for me because I'm the worst wrapper in the whole world.

Many roommates can vouch for how terrible I am and the BF also doesn't understand how bad I am. Until he witnessed me wrap wine.

Great use of existing materials, right?

While I understand they sell cute wine holders, I completely forget to pick the up but had the brown bags and some decorations to make the wrapping that much more festive. Don't you agree?

The BF is ever so precise as he folds corners and adds ribbons to each gift. I can't even show you how absolutely terrible I am at corners. I just can't get it to lay completely flat!!

I should probably stand in line for gift wrapping for future gifts.

the music of 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
While there are a lot of things I want to stay in 2010, let's talk about the music of 2010.

There was some good.

There was some bad.

There was some really bad.

Here are the songs that I hope stay in this year and the bands/singers/artists can stay here too.

Hey, Soul Sister-Train
I never liked this song when it came out. I had a feeling it would become like Drops of Jupiter when it stayed and stayed and stayed. The only way I like this song is when its sung by the cast of Glee. For some reason, it didn't bother me as much but if I hear it on the radio, watch the F out.

Just the Way You Are - Bruno Mars
Please, no more. We get it. She is beautiful just the way she is.

Tik Tok - Ke$ha
While I don't think this song was actually in 2010, I would like her, her eye glitter and trash bag outfits to stay in 2010. I bet if I used autotune, I could sound just like that. Dontcha think?

Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
I don't like country music although I sometimes like a Taylor Swift song now and then. However, this song has been beaten to death. My friend coworker Lauren refers to them as Lady Scarabellum. I can't change the station quick enough and it ALWAYS comes on Sirius.

What songs do you love or hate and wish they'd stay in 2010?

winter weekend

Sunday, December 12, 2010
Oh yeah, I'm back from not-so-snowy weekend like we had experienced earlier last week.

On Friday with about 6,000 other people, I laughed my ass off with my friend Erin and a bunch of new friends at the Q for the Chelsea Handler show. I had never seen her before and heard mixed reviews from friends the last time she was here. Some loved her and then some thought she was over-the-top raunchy or just drunk.

Having read two of her books and seeing as I watch Chelsea Lately on a regular basis, I was hoping to expect the same humor. She was on stage for about an hour and a half, telling some jokes from her book, mentioning Angelina Jolie and told the story about "the feeling" from Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. She makes fun of Ted a lot and that was probably the most entertaining part when she would imitate him and described the demise of their relationship.

Unfortunately, no pictures were taken from our sweet view it the suite because I was too preoccupied trying to get a package backstage to Chelsea on behalf of a client. Sadly, we came up empty handed but I still enjoyed her show and would definitely not turn down tickets to another show or to her show in LA.

On Saturday, I headed west to decorate cookies with my aunts. They baked everything earlier and I showed up to add my decorations to the cut outs. Seriously, I probably ate one too many but that's part of the fun, right!

i ate too many while i frosted

On Sunday, the BF and I met up with friends to watch the game and we attempted to do some Christmas shopping earlier. It was a mess. Legacy Village was a mess with parking and the stores were packed, so we knew it would be even worse at Beachwood Mall. We said screw it and headed to bar.

Here's too a long week that will end with a holiday work party!

the one where i lose my mind on my daily commute

If you don't live in the midwest of the east coast, you can't truly appreciate how snow can really eff up your morning or evening commute.

You may say, " you should be used it" or "it comes everywhere, you dummy," but nothing can quite prepare you for what would normally take 20 minutes maybe 30 minutes to get home in snow to 2 hours and 23 minutes. My journey started at 4:27 p.m.

According to Mapquest, my house is 10.4 miles from work. Now, if you are in LA you are probably thinking, "that sounds about right in rush hour."

Well, folks, this is Cleveland, not LA. My biggest decision is to get off or not get off at Cedar/Brainard and for those of you who live on the east side can appreciate what a cluster f*ck that exit normally is.

So? What did I do on my 2 hour and 23 minute commute home?

Let's take a look at my tweets during that fun-filled time:

I'm just beginning my journey and blown away by all the snow and how crappy the roads are this point.

 I'm now completely astonished that it's taken me this long to go one mile.

By this time, I'm past the part of having a dance party in my car, have gone through the whole new Rihanna album once and realizing I'm going to be here awhile.

 For anyone that was also stuck in their car or parking garage, I felt it was important to share that I wasn't in fact driving, just sitting in my car wishing I was driving.

At this point, I was way over my dance party phase and people started laying on their horns as if that was going to stop the snow or make people start moving. Fact: It didn't help one bit.

I saw this on Twitter which made me turn on my Lady Gaga playlist to make it another few inches closer to home.
After 6 p.m. slowly came and went, I soon reached a familiar landmark.

almost home!   

 When I finally turn on my street, I glanced at the lock and it read 6:51 p.m. Seriously. Is that even possible? I gangstered up the driveway because it was covered in snow with my little Mazda 3 (bad decision to share for another post) to hopefully get it in the garage. I lunged forward toward the garage to see the BF shoveling snow and barely hit him as I finally pulled into the safe zone.

To find this hilarious boy, sliding all over the place with his shovel.

It's good to be home. It's good to be home.

christmas tree hunting

Sunday, December 5, 2010
If you are in the midwest, chances are you got a little or a lot of snow this weekend. I convinced the BF that this would be the perfect weekend to go purchase our first live Christmas tree.

When we lived in the apartment, we had a little dwarf fake tree that didn't quite cut it so when this holiday season came around, I knew we needed to kick it off with a bang.

First things first - the BF is somewhat of an organized person. Like when we were looking at Xmas lights, he needed to strategically think about which lights work the best on the front bushes and calculated how long of an extension cord he needed. (I was huffing and puffing to get the hell outta Home Depot and just pick up some lights and cords, hoping it would all work out.)


Let's just say I wasn't sure how much patience he would have for me and my tree hunting. When I'm shopping for anything, I like to look at all my options whether that's buying toilet paper, purses, shoes or cereal. I like to have options.

I was looking for the right tree that I only I could picture that was 6-7 feet and the right fullness. He was picking out short and fat ones but I really saw something with more height and fullness. I also almost saw the snow up close and personal because I almost fell twice and one of which was caught on film. Of course.

Picking a Christmas tree from Allison Peltz on Vimeo.

And, here it is, all dressed up. When we were shopping for ornaments, I let the BF pick silver versus gold but lucky for him, I had more ornaments my mom gave me.

Ice blue, silver and gold
Do you have a fake or a real tree