Wigger Comes to Cleveland…Again. Hookas and Glam Rock.

When Jason was in town in December 2014 we were in Cleveland and I noticed that Mickey Avalon, one of my favorite trashy glam rock artists, was going to be playing in January at the small trashy Grog Shop in Coventry, Ohio. I made Jason take vacation time to come up and go with me. It was not that easy to convince him to do so but I guess he must like me!

Wednesday, January 14 2015
Since I knew he was going to be hungry because he was coming straight from work and it’s a long drive I remembered a conversation we had previously that he had never had nor ever heard of a pierogi; the delicious potato filled Polish dish, so I had decided to make some for when he arrived. I have to say they were delicious (in fact the best I have made yet.) I had caramelized those onions for like an hour! YUM! Jason got to my place around 10:30 had dinner, finished watching Dolphin Tale with me and I think we just crashed.

Thursday, January 15 2015
We woke up and talked about what to do for the day and decided to go to the mall and walk around since I’ve lived here and have yet been to the mall that is just a quarter mile from my place, go to the non-ghetto vapor shop by my work that a co-worker told me about, and then visit where I work so he can see where the people on the other side of the phone/computer live and meet all the navigators.
We had lunch at the mall after walking around and not really being impressed. I like the fact we can split a meal. It is cheaper, we both had enough food, and we could both agree on what to eat even though you can’t really go wrong with bourbon chicken and orange chicken combination plate…I let him have the noodles. Everyone always wants noodles and Carolyn never gets rice. Ha. Such is life right?
After the mall we went to Kings of Vapor on South Arlington Road in either Akron or Canton, I still don’t know what city I work in. It was a lot nicer than the first place we went to in the ghetto part of Canton in December. They have a bar you sit at and try the different flavors, they have nice new products, and when you order a flavor vapor juice they make it right there in front of you! The other week I had bought this Fogger 4.2 cartomizer. When it came in the mail it came with a screwdriver, 32 gauge wire, rope, and some gaskets…I was “No way am I going to use this, too complicated for me.” So we talked to one of the guys that worked there about wanting to get rid of it. He said he would buy it but we would have to come back Saturday to do the exchange. That day I ended up leaving with a new favorite flavor, caramel latte, a little bottle of blueberry stuff, and a new vapor machine.
Off to work on my day off! So we went to Big Green where all the navigators are located. Jason is a technician and the navigators schedule calls to techs according to workzones, priorities, and all that jazz. We get to the workplace and bring him down the isles to meet everyone. it was a weird day at the office so people were a little out of sorts but everyone had a nice time talking to Jason and he liked seeing where we work and meeting everyone as well. I was actually surprised that one of my teammates actually got up out of his chair to talk to Jason. This dude barely talks to anyone at work so it was nice to see him get up and be friendly (not that he isn’t normally friendly per se he just doesn’t talk much; more of a keep quiet and work type of dude.)
Leaving work we stopped at the grocery store for some ingredients for a dinner Jason was going to cook for me on Saturday and I introduced him to the wonders of Giant Eagle Market District Liquor create your own 6-pack!
After that we were getting a little hungry and it was perfect timing because Bravo! Italian Restaurant happy hour started just then! So last time I took Jason there I had him try the beef carpaccio, (the guy who never eats meat unless it is well done,) without telling him what it was and he loved it so I thought it was cute when he asked if we could get that again. [For your reference it is very fine sliced RAW beef with whatever sort of sauce drizzled you choose.] I am not sure what we did after dinner. We probably went home and watched some tv or something. I cannot recall. Probably that because I remember cleaning up some and him having a few of the different beers he got from the grocery store…

Friday, January 16 2015
We didn’t really have any plans for that day, other than going to visit my friend Annie, so when we woke up I made a quick breakfast of bacon, french toast, and fried some eggs with the bacon grease (another thing Jason claims to have never had,) then got cleaned up and made our way out to Painesville, OH to see my BFF. It was a nice little visit. I have not been out to Annie’s in a long time. We usually meet in the middle or she comes to my place so it was nice for me to have the time to get to go to her plus I really wanted her to meet Jason for approval. We were there a couple hours until we had to head out to get to Coventry to have dinner before the show. Every time I go to Coventry (or in that general area) I have to go to BD’s Mongolian Barbecue. I love that place. We checked out the Grog Shop before dinner to see what time the show was supposed to go on and the guy said doors were opening at 9:30 so likely Mickey Avalon was to go on around 10:30. Dinner was not the best for me. I like to get the same thing every single time I go, which is sirloin, and each time I went up there the meat was more brown than red…my dumbass got it anyway the first time and each time I got my bowl filled they put fresh sirloin down. I was not happy seeing that! We took our time because we had a lot of it to kill, ordered dessert, and got done there about 8:30? We walked back to the Grog Shop to check in again, the guy then said now the opening acts weren’t going on until about 10:30 so more likely 11:30 Mickey would go on. What do to… Oh I know! I took Jason to La Cave Du Vine (a.k.a. The Cave) for a after dinner dessert Lambic. Lu Cave Du Vine is a sweet little wine/beer bar in the basement under Coventry Street. It is nice and dark and candle lit. You go in and they have sliding glass refrigerators you choose your beer from or the wall you get your wine from and you sit at a table then someone comes over to see what you chose and brings you the appropriate glass for it and opens it for you. Your own private wine guy. So that took about fifteen minutes ha ha. Jason had mentioned he had never been to a Hookah Bar before so there was one there I took him to called City and East. We decided on a blueberry and a pomegranate tin and we each got one of the two different bottles of blueberry beer they had appropriately brewed in Ohio. That was a fun experience. I took a bunch of pictures of Jason so he could play with and posted them to Facebook. We enjoyed our beer and he had a good time. Hookah’s are not that fun if you ask me. An hour straight smoking water filtered tobacco just isn’t really something I am into but I’m glad we went because he hadn’t before and he liked it so no skin off my back. I like doing things like that; showing people new stuff.
After that back to Grog Shop because is was 10:45 so show on soon. WRONG. Door guy tells us that the first opening band just started so looks like Mickey Avalon wasn’t going to go on until 12:30. Jason and I looked at each other and knew what we were thinking. We are old. Let’s just go home and watch a movie. Not going to some lame ass glam rock band to not get home until 3am. They money was spent so I won’t miss it. We went home and watched American Sniper which was probably way better than Mickey Avalon would have been. BTW American Sniper was really good. Bradley Cooper did an awesome job getting ready to play that guy and really looked exactly like him. I like Mr. Cooper more and more each time I see him!

Saturday, January 17 2015
Tobogganing anyone?! Um yeah we went tobogganing! It was like an hour and half wait to get to the top but luckily I am fun and downloaded Catchphrase on my phone so we played Catchphrase with some random kids we were standing in line with to make the time go by faster. We got in line to go our second round but again, the look in our eyes said “We’re old. It’s a long drive home. Let’s just go home. At least we can say we did it.” So we went home and Jason attempted to make veal scallopini while I was getting cleaned up. Luckily I came out in time to show him how to do it and make the mashed potatoes 🙂 I think he used a table spoon of lemon juice instead of a teaspoon but once we wiped most of the sauce off it was a delicious meal made by a happy couple ha ha. Trial and error right. Or maybe his sister-in-law needs to clarify her “T’s” and “t’s” when writing recipes! After dinner we watched Archer and Sunny in Philadelphia and crashed out early because this little lady had to get to work in the morning.
It was a very nice end to a very nice visit.

Hope you enjoy!

Going to Indy to Meet the Family

After my vacation to New York City to visit my family I decided to go to Indianapolis for a much needed respite. I was going to visit my boyfriend. Originally I was only going to be there for a few hours but luckily I was able to find a coworker to switch shifts with me so I could be there two nights instead of 16 hours. While talking about how I was able to stay in town longer I brought up possibly meeting Jason’s parents since they are such a big part of his life and I wanted to get to meet them. It all worked out very well.

I got to Indy around 9:45 Thursday night. Very tired from waking up for work at 0500 then driving straight five straight hours we watched our favorite show and hit the hay. While Jason went to work Friday he suggested I go meet and hang out with his sister-in-law Erin, his nephew Bronson, and hopefully his brother Paul. Erin was out running errands for Bronson’s birthday party that was going to be on Saturday so it allowed me time to go meet one of the technicians that works for the company we do at a bank and see how things work. It was really quite interesting. I actually learned a lot. Being a navigator I see the texts of calls and what the “problems” with ATM’s are but I do not know what exactly the parts of the ATM’s are. Watching him work allowed me to have a better understanding of the working of the inside of an ATM and what our technicians do. That and the fact I got a bottle of his homemade wine was pretty exciting! So I made it to Erin and Bronson around 2:45. It was a lot of fun. Erin was preparing for Bronson’s birthday party and Bronson was having lunch when I got there. We talked for a bit while walking around the house with Bronson giving me a tour before Erin tried to put him down for a nap. While Bronson was upstairs “sleeping” Erin and I continued to chat and look at all the cool stuff around their house. This girl finds the coolest stuff. You remember when we were kids and used to find cicada shells on trees and pull them off and freak people out? Well she found one that had the cicada still coming out of it (not alive currently of course.) I was very impressed with all the little things around their home. It was very cool. I think we both had a lot of fun sharing stories and getting to know each other. It was close to quitting time for Jason so I called him to find out when he would be home so I knew when to head back; turns out he was running a little behind and had one last call to go to so I was able to stick around a little longer to meet Paul who would be home soon. Paul is pretty cool too. It was non-stop talking and story telling with them. It was great. I was very happy to have met them.  I left around 5:45 to head back to the apartment to get ready for dinner to “Meet the parents…and the dog…and grandma.”

So Jason had a rough last call of the day. He was home an hour late and we were almost two hours late to dinner. Yikes. We made it though. We got to the house with a big hyper greeting from Bogey (the boxer.) His dad was at the door to take our coats and mom coming in from the kitchen with grandma sitting patiently waiting for us. It was a very warm welcome and an excellent dinner (even if Mrs. W had to re-heat it twice because we were so late.) I even had seconds of dinner and dessert! His parents are so nice. You really do not find people like that any more. (Kinda like mom and Doc Lyle…Josh that one’s for you.) I learned his dad was on the National Championship Bowling Team back in the day and his mom is an amazing quilter and likes to take a lot of pictures no matter how awkward or uncomfortable it makes you feel 🙂 It was very nice to meet a family so close and together with one another. I cant wait to see them again.

Saturday was the day for me to leave but before I left Jason wanted to take me to The Ale Emporium to get some fancy wings he had just heard had a new flavor. Lucky for him Ohio State was playing Indiana in basketball so I had no problem going to get some wings at a bar! While we were at the bar eating wings it hit me…Jefferson’s Ocean had just came out and I needed to find some! I called 3 liquor stores near my house in Canton, Ohio and none of them were getting any. I asked Jason if there were any liquor stores he knew of and the first one we called had some bottles left at only $99.99 a piece. JACKPOT! www.jeffersonsbourbon.com. After lunch we went to the store to get me some fancy bourbon that only comes out every 5-8 years and while we were there I was sold a bottle of their very small batch barrel no. 46.

Thank you Indiana for producing a lot of bourbon and whiskey drinkers for me to be able to get my fancy stuff!

Back to Ohio I go!

When I got home and Jason was home from the birthday party for his nephew I had asked what his family had thought of me. Mom and dad said they liked me (good.) Erin said I was “feisty” (which I didn’t like) and Paul said I was “spunky” (another adjective I am not fond of.) To them those are all good ways to describe a lively energetic person. I guess I will be getting them thesauruses for the holidays! (Calm down I am joking…kind of!)

But really, I am glad I spent my time there getting to meet his family. Can’t wait for Jason to visit here next week!! (I’m making him go to see Mickey Avalon at The Grog Shop with me hahaha!)

Later people! GO BUCKS!!!

 

2nd annual NYE in NYC!

So last year I had so much fun in NYC on NYE I decided to make a new family tradition of going there every year. This is the 2nd annual trip for New Year’s Eve 2014…

Tuesday December 30th

I departed for my 2nd annual NYE in NYC trip to stay with my sister and Niece in the city. All was well. The plane took off on time and landed early. When I posted that I had landed my sister left work early to meet me at the Port Authority Bus Station with my niece Harmony to walk back home with me. I wanted to be the cool I-know-what-im-doing-in-nyc person but she insisted on meeting me there. She must have been really excited to see me. It was a lovely walk to the apartment. This year it was not just my sister and niece and Max but we had two more come out. My sister’s niece, Victoria (Tori) and her friend Christa. Both beautiful smart young ladies from Florida. 5 adults and 1 child (who acts like an adult) in a two bedroom apartment in New York City = AWESOME TIME! My sister gave me some presents; a freaking sweet ass COACH ID badge holder for work, some very warm fleece lined pants, a pair of pajama pants with pockets and she got us matching funky monkey pajamas!

Okay so we got to the apartment and introduced everyone and my sister and I had some work to finish up so she did that while I spent a lot of time trying to get my work laptop hooked up which resulted in my having to call the helpdesk and getting a temporary 24 hour vpn address.

After working for a bit I think we took a nap because the girls had gone out and all were tired plus I had planned on meeting someone I used to be friends with about 6 years ago later that night.

2000 dinner at mercury bar with the old friend. I thought it was going to be weird seeing as how I have not spoken or text this person in 6 years until she randomly asked if we could meet up, but it was not. We kinda picked up where we left off. We talked about our jobs, our love life’s, our old friends and a bunch of nonsense in-between. We were sitting next to two dudes from Brasil, one a doctor in Brasil and one a college student in Boston from Brasil. That was interesting. They wanted to know where they could go to listen to club type music and there was nowhere close to where they were staying or where we were. Told them to go to Brooklyn ha.

Walked back to the apartment to get a good nights sleep for the big/early day…

Wednesday December 31 2014! NYE IN NYC

Woke up and got the girls ready to go out. My sister Karen works for Ernst and Young in New York. Her building is literally across the street from the ball that we all see drop on TV so we walked up there to go up to the 22nd floor to see the pretty lit up ball. I made the mistake of taking Broadway to cross over to the street she works on and we were smashed like latkes in with all the people trying to get across. It was horrible. It took half an hour to get across the street. I felt like an idiot and was slightly upset with my niece who didn’t tell me we were going the wrong way to her mothers’ work but kept my cool and got us all there safely. When we got there the sight was unbelievable! The ball was right next to our heads! All the girls were so excited (I was a little bit too) and we all had their hones out taking a million pictures of the thing. “Oh its pink now!” “Look it’s blue and green now!!” “Now its just green!” “Look, look its white and blue!” The damn thing changes colors every sixty seconds when it is not show-time and blaring white!

So we did that then I wanted to go to Dylan’s Candy Bar but the girls had a train to catch that prevented them from being able to make the trek with me so I spend the rest of the day walking in NYC for roughly 5 hours and about 8 miles. Luckily they didn’t come with me because I didn’t even make it there! I got so very, very sidetracked!

Since the candy place was on 60th and 3rd I decided to walk up to 5th avenue and over to Rockefeller Center so I could see the tree then up and over to the candy store. That backfired…I ended up running into this amazing little market place called Bryant Park. About a hundred little shops with people selling all kinds of stuff. I spend an hour there and probably a hundred bucks! Okay time to go see the tree then off to the candy store. Wait, there is a sale at H&M…forty minutes and $40.00 later, off to see the tree. Wait, there is a sale at Urban Outfitters. An hour and $130 later…now it is time to see the tree! Okay I finally made it to Rockefeller Center, got some pictures with my face in front of the big Christmas tree. Man I’m tires. Only 20 blocks and 2 avenues to go. Another H&M and this one the whole store is 70% off!! An hour and a half and $100 later…of to the candy store! Shit this backpack is heavy. How much further is it? It’s getting dark. I get to the corner of 59th and 5th avenue and see a Lindt’s Chocolate Store. Saved my life. Screw Dylan’s Candy Bar I’ll just go in here and get a bag of chocolate and call it a day and walk home. 3 minutes and $28.00 later I am walking back to the apartment. Phew. What a long day. I walked 8.something miles in those 5ish hours I was out. I was such a long walk back to the apartment I passed the avenue my sister lived off of. I was totally confused to where I was! Finally realized I was like two blocks from her place! Der der der.

So back at the apartment with the family on New Year’s Eve; I’m tired. I can barely move. I politely decline my sister’s invitation to appear at some fancy party and take a nap while her and my niece go out. When they left I woke up and started drinking the bourbon and Skyping with Jason and his family. It was the first time “meeting” his sister-in-law, brother, and Nephew. We had some fun conversation. My sister and niece got back around 10?? Whatever time it was I was about a third into the bottle of bourbon J and watching the party down the street in Times Square on television with Max. It was fun. I really do enjoy sitting around doing nothing on New Year’s Eve and watching all that crap on television! I mean if I didn’t last year I never would have heard of “cat-bearding!” Look it up if you have not either. So yeah, I drank almost half a bottle of bourbon and stayed up until like 3am skyping with Jason and whatever watching tv. It was a good day.

Thursday January 1st, 2015

Sister Day!! Karen had off from work and the girls did not want to go anywhere so we got to go out by ourselves! We were on a mission. My mission to go to China Town and buy purses! It was the shortest amount of time I have ever spent in China Town ever. Got the purses I wanted as soon as we exited the subway. Easy. Now for the walk to my favorite store Yellow Rat Bastard…another place you must go if you have not been there and ever end up in NYC. What should have been a nice short walk a couple blocks to YRB ended up taking like an hour…I saw the Volcom store and was like “Hey sis let’s stop in here real quick I want to check it out.” Yeah real quick my butt! We were in there almost an hour! The whole store was buy one get anything half off plus a bunch of stuff was on sale. After trying on almost every shirt and hoodie they had I ended up with a pair of pants, a bomb-ass hoodie, matching jacket with one my sister bought, and a belt…possibly a t-shirt too I do not remember. All I know is I spent some money there.

Yellow Rat Bastard was a trip. We were there a good half hour maybe even forty-five minutes. Upstairs and downstairs. I left with two t-shirts, a tank, and another shirt for Jason. Dropped another $100!

When we got back home the girls were sleeping on the couch and did not want to go to dinner so my sister and I got to go to dinner alone! Harmony and the girls had been talking about how I have to go to this place called Five Napkin Burger. Last time I was in NYC we tried to go there but the wait was too long. In fact I had tried to go there the first night I was in town with my friend and the wait was long which is how we ended up at Mercury Bar. Either way Five Napkin Burger is amazing! There was a 45 minute wait for a table for two but when we went to the bar to get a ridiculously expensive drink I had asked the bartender “If these people waiting for a table move off the bar we can sit here and order dinner, right?” She said “Yes” and proceeded to tap on the shoulders of the people sitting at the bar making them move so we could sit down and eat. No waiting! Love it like I love blue cheese burgers! My sister and I had a lovely dinner together. Tried some bourbon and ate some burgers and had a nice walk home in the cold.

Back at the house it was time for the OSU vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl game for the ticket to the BCS Championship Game. No one there is into sports let alone The Ohio State but lucky for me Max was up, he has some kids or grandkids that live in Alabama and since he sleeps in the loft had no other choice than to watch the game with me while my sister was in her room Skyping with her girlfriend and trying to sleep because she had to work in the morning. After taking forever to figure out how to get the game on the TV (and multiple times having to “refresh” the connection throughout) it was on. Max and I (mostly I) were screaming at the TV the whole game. My sis came out for the halftime show and thought that was the coolest part of the game. It was beautiful. The first quarter did not look good for Ohio State but we picked our game back up and came down to the wire for the win in the last two minutes of the 4th quarter. GO BUCKS!!! ONTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINSH OREGON!!! SUCK IT ALAMABA!!!! ROLL TIDE INTO THE GARBAGE!!!

Friday January 2nd, 2015

Me day. Sister is at work, girls left, and Harmony went skating with some of her friends. I had to go to E&Y to get some boxes from my sister to mail some stuff out so on the walk I stopped at the military surplus store and got a duffel bag to check on the flight home since I had bought way too much stuff, I took the fleece lined pants my sister got me to Modell’s to exchange them for a different size and headed to Ernst and Young to see my sister and get some boxes. On my way back to the apartment I stopped at Papaya Dog and got a chili cheese hotdog for lunch. Back at the house I hung out with Sam and Max while I got my stuff somewhat organized to pack and got the box ready to ship all the stuff I got for Jason to Indianapolis. After that, while waiting for my sister to get my niece and come home, I got Max set up on his computer to watch The Interview and I wrote a bit in my journal. Harmony and Karen came home, I was starving. We talked about food. I think Harmony decided she wanted rice and seaweed so that gave me and Karen the opportunity to have another sisters’ dinner! We went to one of her friend’s places Chelsea Grill (I think that was the name) in Hell’s Kitchen. It was a nice little Irish Pub. We enjoyed the food and booze but not the bartender! Walk home stuffed, tired, and ready for bed!

Saturday January 3rd, 2015

Karen went into the office to do something. IDK maybe print out more pictures or something. I walked to the post office with my big ‘ol box to mail to Jason. So the apartment is on 46th and 10th; the post office is on 42nd and 8th. That is only 4 blocks and 2 avenues, not too far. I get there with my big box. Stand in line with the big box. The USPS lady comes out and tells me, with my big box, I am standing in the wrong part of the line. Me and my big box move to the right area; wait five minutes, get called to the window, and the USPS lady just now says “We can’t mail packages here you have to go to the post office on 33rd and 7th.” I’m thinking “are you freaking kidding me? You came out to tell me to move, you had to have seen I was carrying a big box, then you made me wait in line to tell me you can’t mail this thing and I have to walk across town?” Jerks. Okay so ten blocks and another avenue rushing to make it there before the place closes, which sucks. I make it to the corner of 33rd and 7th and I take a picture of this big ass building like whoa what is that? I don’t see the post office flag thing, so I ask a random person on the street if they know…he looks around, says “I don’t know.” Looks around some more and then is like “Oh, it’s right there,” and points to the big ass building I was just admiring. Ugh. So I walk up the million steps and go in it is hot as heck in there! Anyway I get the package out and start walking back to the sisters and try to figure out what to do with the couple of hours I will have left after taking a shower and getting all packed up to take off to my bus to the airport.

I got everything packed and ready to go to the airport and we had about two hours until I had to leave so we decided to go back to Chelsea Grill for brunch! My sister had talked about this amazing prosciutto eggs benedict the other night when we were there and I wanted some! It was sooo good! I will never have eggs benedict the same…unless I am back in NYC for a brunch day! We had just enough time to stop at the jewelry store and I got some rings and a necklace.

Since I had a huge duffel bag, a carry on suitcase, and a rather large backpack my sister walked to the Port Authority with me and helped carry my bags and waited with me for the bus to the airport. It was a sad goodbye but I was happy to be heading home. I missed my daily routine but really loved every second being in New York with my family.

Until next December…

Peace out New York City!

P.S. Do not skimp on a duffel bag. Go get a waterproof one because everything I packed in that thing got soaking wet!