Why? Weekends!

Was anyone else totally confused as to what day it was last week? Wednesday felt like Friday because of the holiday and then work on Friday came around and threw me off again. I was one of those unfortunate, cranky souls who worked on Friday, but a quiet office and light traffic were small pay-offs.

Friday evening was low-key. I did some after-work vinyasa at Harmony Yoga, then spent the evening at home with Matthew. This summer has been so crazy that I seize opportunities like that when I can get them. A little homemade dinner, folowed by DVR and ice cream on the couch made for the perfect evening.

On Saturday morning, I volunteered as part of the Cleveland Foodbank YP Pantry at Trinity Lutheran’s hot meals program. As much as I enjoy volunteering directly at the Foodbank, there is a heightened impact in interacting directly with the people who need the Foodbank’s services.


We helped prepare, serve, and clean up from the meal service, which feeds anywhere from 60 to 120 people twice a month. If you’re interested in helping out with the Cleveland Foodbank YP Pantry, here are some upcoming events to check out:

Tuesday, July 30 – happy hour at Light Bistro, bring 2 boxes of cereal to donate – 6-8pm

Saturdays, July 20, August 3, August 17, September 7, and September 21 – volunteering at Trinity Lutheran’s hot meals program – 10am-2pm

Saturdays, August 17 and September 21 – volunteering at Trinity Lutheran’s produce distribution – 10am-2pm

Saturday, August 10 – volunteering at Cleveland Foodbank – 8am-12pm

I hope to see you at YP Pantry event soon! For more details on the upcoming events, click here.

Saturday afternoon, I picked up my new car. While I won’t tell you what kind she is, suffice it to say she is red, she is gorgeous, and she is named Roxanne. There are few things quite like the excitement and fun of a new vehicle.


After picking up Roxanne, Matthew and I were out for Saturday night date night. We had dinner at The Oak Barrel and went to see “Despicable Me 2.” Dinner was great, but I have come to expect nothing less from The Oak Barrel.

Matthew had the pulled pork, served on jalapeno corn bread, with house-made slaw and onion straws. The pork was tender, the sauce was a nice balance of sweet and smoky, and the corn bread was perfection.


I had the house-made sausage flatbread, with muenster cheese, Killibuck Valley mushrooms, tomato sauce, onions, and arugula. This was one tasty pie!

As for the movie, my abs still hurt from laughing so hard (not sure if that says more about the movie or the state of my abs).

Sunday, I met up with Mom, Kimberly, and Michelle to check out the Dior & More exhibit at the Western Reserve Historical Society. There were so many gorgeous dresses from the early 1900’s through the 1980’s.


Each dress has a plaque that describes the designer, style, and owner, as well as a quote about fashion and personal style. It’s a lovely exhibit and great way to kick off a ladies’ afternoon out!

After the exhibit, we had lunch at Washington Place Bistro. We shared the braised oxtail pierogi to start. I chose the shrimp and grits with chorizo for my entree. Then we shared orders of the Presti’s glazed donut bread pudding and the lemon-thyme strudel.


The food was absolutely fantastic, as was the relaxing, fun time we had sitting on the patio, sipping cocktails, and talking nonstop!


All in all, it was a perfectly wonderful weekend. How was your weekend? Did you have any fun holiday plans?

***Disclosure: I am a council member for the Cleveland Foodbank’s YP Pantry. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***


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