Wow…. Working an inside sales position while wedding planning means that I’ve been spending 12 + hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen; Swollen fingers, tired eyes, and a whole new unexpected load of stress means that Bethanybethinking has taken quite a backseat…
In fact, I’ve been so incredibly overloaded, that had it not been for Tumblr’s helpful e-reminder, (Thank you Tumblr Support!) I may have completely overlooked Bethanybethinking’s 2nd blogaversary.
But there it was, sitting in my inbox…… “Bethanybethinking….turned 2 today!”
What ensued next was 3 minutes of internal debate over whether it was worth the energy to create a celebratory post…
Still Undecided, I opted to review that very first post that I garnered up the strength to push out 730 days ago…. "Bethanybethinking Today….." , Essentially, an ode to my goal list… a list that I realized has managed to slip away from me….
Didn’t take much motivation beyond that realization…. a few seconds later and I had opted to resurrect this Rusty Blog and began to craft this beauty below….
So without further ado….In True Bethanybethinking style…….. an updated ode to my goal list:
Goals I’ve still failed to accomplish:
Learn Rhythm so I can dance
Be in a commercial
Learn how to cook better to so I’m not afraid of eating raw or undercooked meat
Hit up all 50 states
Learn how to use my electrolysis machine
Finish reading Suzzie Orman’s Young Fabulous & Broke
Take a cruise (Check!)
Attend a Nudist colony (Stumbled upon one in Indiana but it was December and everyone was clothed - what a disappointment)
Ride a Mechanical Bull
Pan for Gold
Rally at an execution
Work to free a wrongly convicted felon
Be a contestant on a game show
If you’re thinking that 1 out of 12 is pretty bad, you’re not alone…. I admit, I probably could have found time to pull my electrolysis machine out of the box, but even so, I’ve managed to rack up some pretty good seconds…..
Joined a Book Club
Threw at a Dunk Tank
Met Punxsutawney Phil
Took a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Climbed the Corporate Ladder
Got my first Designer Hand Bag (It was gift people - I’m still super cheap)
Explored the Heck out of Cleveland
Went to my first NFL Game
Attended The Twins Day Festival
Got my first Massage (It was a gift people - I’m still super cheap)
Attempted to find something valuable with a Metal Detector
Took a Glass Blowing Class
Attended a Gay Pride Rally
Drank Shiner’s in Texas, toured the Biltmore in Asheville, Studied history in Philadelphia, and hit up Harvard in Massachusetts
Managed to fit in Madonna, Jewel and NKOTB
Became an Aunt
Turned 30 (Continued to breathe)
Got a Passport
Took a European River Boat Cruise
Saw “Starry Night”
Had “The Dream” Parisian Engagement
Scored one heck of a rock (It was a gift people, I’m still super cheap)
Hey Bethany, I've just moved to Cleveland from London and keen to find a group of girls to meet up with and have some fun! I'm 28 (nearly 29) and I saw your blog about the Girls Book Club - can you tell me how to find / join the group? Or any other fun and affordable things to do here? Thanks! Carla
Hi Carla - Your message came through as anonymous. Can you message me your email address - Thank you!
Though the selection I opted for last year “Beauty is Embarrassing" was a light-hearted documentary about an eccentric artist, my selection this year "Broken,” was a dark drama about a British youth and the violence that surrounds her.
Though the movie selections couldn’t have been more different, the overall experience of CIFF 36 and CIFF 37 were both quite enjoyable. *Added bonus for the Tower City light display I witnessed during my departure.
Get viewing while you can, this annual event ends on April 14, 2013.
Slightly odd hours… Mostly 11:00 to 7:00 with the exception of Noon to 6:00 Sunday’s….
Racks, upon racks, upon racks, upon racks…. I’m talking about a store that puts Gabriel Brothers to shame… Plan on eating before entering because you are not leaving for 3 hours
Don’t make the drive if you’re looking for a lamp….. The outlet pretty much offers it all (Women’s, Men’s, Children’s, Shoes) but don’t count on accessories or home goods….A few straggling belts and purses and a table or two of leftover pillows and curtains…..
Dress lightly and carry a small purse… You’re going to need the energy to carry the many pounds of discounted clothing to and from the dressing room… if they do offer shopping carts I’ve yet had the opportunity to use one… even so, you couldn’t fit them up and down the isles….
Phenomenal ladies dress section; I’m talking 15 or so racks of cute name brand dresses at a fraction of the price; Antonio Melani, Calvin Klein, Cremieux, Gianni Bini, Jessica Simpson and Kenneth Cole to name a few…. *I scored an amazing $130 Kenneth Cole for $20
Prom Dress Haven… If I could only rewind the clock 15 years….would have been worth the 80 mile drive to scour the rows upon rows of discounted ballgowns and glitter
Terrible Customer Service… With the exception of a few register workers, these staffers epitomize bad customer service…..By far the the rudest dressing room employees I’ve ever encountered…. That being said, I enjoy the spunk and like the challenge..
Terrible Dressing Rooms… As if the unpleasant staffers weren’t enough, plan to occupy yourself because there is going to be a slow-moving line of anxious people….
Best of luck of bargainers… You’re going to have to work for it, but it can certainly be a fun challenge…
How To Help A Local Cleveland School win a Sustainable Garden
Thanks to Burpee Home Gardens “Grow Anywhere Tour" select local schools in 23 U.S. cities will be splitting 30,000 lbs of fresh vegetables and 13,000 vegetable plants….
Take 10 seconds of your time to visit the Burpee Home Gardens Web site, Click on the letter “S” and place your vote to help one of five very deserving local Cleveland school’s compete for a chance at this amazing opportunity.
Best of luck Marion C. Seltzer School! And what generosity Burpee Home Gardens - Talk about Corporate Social Responsibility!
Going back to my Vegas days, I remembered that cameras inside a casino are a bit of a no-go. That being said, my snapshots are less than glamorous…. Still, my evening at the new Hollywood casino was quite enjoyable…
One would not expect to find authentic Indian cuisine located in the basement level of a Shaker Heights corporate office building, but nonetheless, so sits the Saffron Patch. So easily overlooked is the entrance, that even with GPS, you can expect to do lapse…. Do not give up….
BethanyBe Saving with her 2013 Cleveland Coupon Book
It’s that time of year again!!!
Time to purchase my all-new Our Town and All-Around Cleveland coupon book!! By far the single smartest $28 purchase any Clevelander can make….
Featuring amazing buy-one-get-one free entrees to hundreds of eateries throughout the city, a section offering discounts to over a dozen Northeast Ohio wineries, and a section designated to discount savings at the West Side Market, this book blows the Cleveland Entertainment Guide away…
Despite my own unexpected bout of pneumonia, and Nick’s pulsating eye issue, 2012 was pretty good to the two of us. And while we did receive a few cancer diagnosis for two of my family members, and we sent out some prayers to a few of his, the year ended with both families fully intact. We certainly never know what the future will bring, but I am certainly thankful for the way it panned out in 2012.
2012 brought me a double bundle of joy…. So blessed to be the new auntie of an absolutely beautiful baby boy…. and the pseudo auntie of an absolutely perfect baby girl…
Love and Laughter:
Three years in the making and Nick and I are still going strong. Despite my annoyance at his video games and his desire to lounge without purpose, and his disdain for my driving and everlasting need for activities, we pretty much balance one another out and keep each other smiling day in and out.
As for the love and laughter of others in our lives….It’s true what they say, being in your late 20’s means one thing…. weddings, weddings, weddings!
To all of our friends and family who tied the knot, thank you for allowing us to be a part of it, we love you all and wish you nothing but the best throughout the coming years….
Jason & Kristin Caron May 26, 2012
Brian & Jennifer Lantz June 23, 2012
Lindsay & Paul Rados July 7, 2012
Tom & Julie Ertl August 4, 2012
Matt & AJ Luginbill August 18, 2012
Justin & Amanda Lesesky September 29, 2012
After having both landed decent jobs in our designated fields, Nick and I spent most of 2011 rejoicing over our good graces. Moving into 2012, we both were in the swing of things and focusing on further excelling our careers.
By Mid 2012, I had landed two corporate colleague awards and was well on my way to take on new challenges in the workplace. Within a few short months, I had found myself moving out of my client services position and into a sales position.
Nick too found success in 2012 as he had the opportunity to move from a communications associate to a full-time coordinator position.
While the new job roles are certainly challenging, I think we’re both optimistic for the future year and excited at the opportunities that await us. Combating the added stress… something for us both to work on in 2013….
I’ve always been a fan of setting small achievable goals. Even then, I have my share of setbacks…
Bethanybethinking: In late 2011, I launched bethanybethinking in the hope that it would inspire me to get out, enjoy the city of Cleveland, and be more accountable for how I spend my time. Though 2012 started out strong, Bethanybethinking tapered out toward year-end. While I have vowed to stop slacking on the posts, I want to acknowledge all the positive things that this little blog has allowed me to accomplish over the last year:
And lastly, thanks to Cleveland Restaurant week, amazing happy hours and a series of coupons, I continued to cheaply eat my way through some of Cleveland’s finest establishments: Pier W, Georgetown, Parralax and Players on Madison.
Like 2011, 2012 brought me great adventure in some long awaited choice cities…
New Orleans: I, accompanied by a clan of Worner (Nick) women, took mass delight in a 4-day journey to the Big Easy where we found ourselves delightedly exploring and eating our way through NOLA. In regards to food, it was a series of firsts…. world famous Cafe Du Monde beignets, native King Cake, fat filled Po Boys and the most amazing crawfish pasta I’ve ever tasted…
And, despite our horse-drawn guided city and cemetery tour, the purchase of our New Orleans City Pass, allowed us to take advantage of multiple attractions on the cheap. From the Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Insectarium to the Hurricane Katrina Bus Tour, Mardi Gras World, and a guided Swamp Tour, New Orleans did not disappoint.
And like any good trip to New Orleans, the tour couldn’t be complete without experiencing full debauchery on Bourbon Street. I myself got full hands-on butt grab from a mystery man while I was float hoping the St. Patrick’s day parade, (And being that I was with Nick’s mom and sister, I was able to come out of it with absolutely no association of guilt!)
Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Waco, Luckenbach and Forth Worth Texas - Where Nick and I spent 4 days visiting our wonderful friends in Austin and 3 more days travelling the state and making it to some of the best and most noteworthy tourist attractions.
Starting in Austin, we played Chicken Shit Bingo and enjoyed watching the world’s largest Urban Bat colony take flight at night.
and lastly on to Dallas where we stood at the JFK Assassination site and then ate fried bologna at Reality TV’s favorite biker bar, Ma’s Roadhouse..
Winston-Salem & Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Enjoyed a 7-day stint in North Carolina where Nick and I initially headed to Winston-Salem to meet baby Cullen and celebrate his baptism.
He and I also sneaked in a well-needed overnighter to beautiful Asheville where we took a scenic fall drive along the Blueridge Parkway and spent a day visiting the Iconic Biltmore Estate.
Goal List Cross Off:
Though my goal list is still vast, 2012 did allow me to cross off some biggies….
Attend Groundhog’s Day: In addition to finally making it Punxsutawney for Groundhogs day, I also had my photo taken with Punxsutawney Phil. An achievement far grater, and for more rare than I could have ever anticipated.
Hot Air Balloon Ride: After months of fighting off unacceptable weather patterns my two besties and I finally took flight in a balloon….
Attend Twins Day: Never did I think I’d be so happy to experience double vision!
Visiting Roadside Attractions: And as for my ongoing goal list of visiting as many roadside attractions as possible… 2012 brought me the following…
Happiness, Joy and laughter as I tore open Nick’s mail and stumbled upon this adorable little Whiskey Sweater…..
So you can only imagine my excitement when a few weeks back a package addressed to ” Mr. Ambassador Worner” arrived in the mail.
My fingers couldn’t tear into that envelope fast enough……
"Nick…. Nick… come look at what we got" I said…..
"Stop opening my mail" he said…. but his annoyance quickly dissipated as he feasted his eyes upon this year’s Makers Mark holiday gift… a trio of spoof boxes that were sure to bring joy and laughter to a gullible relative on Christmas day…
"I get the cat weights"…. I yelled out…
Thank you Makers Mark public relations and marketing team for consistently bringing joy my way during the holiday season!