Why? Weekends!

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I feel like my weekend really started on Thursday night, when Matthew and I attended Playhouse Square Partners’ night at Cinema at the Square. Not only did we get to watch “The Princess Bride” on the big screen in the Palace Theater, but we also got to find out the theme for Jump Back Ball 23, happening February 22, 2014.

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Shaken, Not Stirred: Ball. Jump Back Ball is an homage to all things Bond. In fact, there are 23 Bond movies and this is the 23rd Jump Back Ball, so it’s a perfect fit! Start thinking about your best Bond girl dress and your sharpest tux. Also, stay tuned for a ticket pre-sale happy hour this fall!

With my dear friend Kimberly as one of the co-chairs, I know this is going to be a night to remember!

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On Saturday morning, I volunteered with the Cleveland Foodbank’s YP Pantry group at Trinity Lutheran Church. We helped out with both the produce distribution and the hot meal service.

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There is so much satisfaction in doing something concrete to help those in need and in getting to interact face-to-face with the people helped by the Foodbank. If you’re interested in getting involved with the YP Pantry, click here for more information.

The rest of the weekend didn’t go at all as planned, due to some unforeseen and, frankly, crappy circumstances. We were supposed to go to a BBQ at our friends’ Chrissy and Mike’s house. From there, the plan was to head to Plank Road Tavern to say farewell to Maria and her husband Mac, who will be moving to Chicago this week. Maria and I were friends in college who reconnected a few months ago through the blogger community.

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I am so excited for her new adventure in Chicago, even though I’m so bummed that she won’t be as close by anymore. But it gives me a fabulous excuse to visit Chicago (and a place to crash when I’m there)!

But, none of those things happened. And while it was truly a rough weekend, I will say that Matthew and I are healthy and safe and I was reminded of this quote:

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Image Source – facebook.com

Sometimes life hands us things that we don’t understand and that really make us question what’s going on. Sometimes plans, big and small, have to change on a dime. But all you can do is hang on to knowledge like this and keep on keeping on. So, in case your weekend (or your last week or whenever) brought you those kinds of feelings, maybe this will help you like it’s helping me.

***Disclosures: I am a member of Playhouse Square Partners, the Jump Back Ball Raffle Committee, and the core council for the Cleveland Foodbank YP Pantry. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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6 Responses

  1. Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you and keeping you both in my prayers. You are amazing people with amazing things ahead, I know it. And you always have a place to stay in Chicago. 🙂

  2. Hugs! I am the worst at reminding myself to be ok with where I am – especially when things don’t turn out the way I expect or want. It’s difficult, but you’ve got an excellent perspective, as well as support from Matthew (just as you support him).

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