sights and sounds {part six}

Congrats to Danielle B. — you won the race entry to the 2014 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies on July 5th!  You say you’re not Danielle? Good news – there’s still plenty of time to register online at the event website.


THIS WEEK! Holy guacamole.

MONDAY: Work. Fuzz puppin’. Yoga. Hummus. Pretty much your usual weekday.

TUESDAY: I won’t lie – it started off rough. But for mornings like that, I have this on my family room mantle. A quick read – and Insta-share - I was out of my funk in no time…

Plus, knowing I get to teach yoga later in the day always makes it worth while. Speaking of, I cannot get enough of this song while teaching Sun Salutation B’s:

It takes everything I have to not start dancing while in chair pose.

WEDNESDAY: Ice cream for dinner — does it get any better? A HUGE THANK YOU must go out to Edible ClevelandMitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream and The Agrarian Collective. They treated us bloggers to quite the night!

I’ll let these bloggers tell the full story – click on over to Eat*Drink*Cleveland and WhyCLE to see more from this week’s SweetUp. And save-the-date to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House on Monday, July 21st! Thanks to Jacquie from Cleveland Kiddos for helping to coordinate our upcoming meetup.

THURSDAY: Decided to SLOWDOWN and made time for family – and crazy-dog-ladying:

Here’s to my mom for throwing together a lovely dinner of salmon, Brussels sprouts, corn on the cob and plenty of vino — rounded out by a hilarious moment of Chase, her rescue pup, taking his very unplanned first swim in her hot tub! Goodness, how I love them both!

FRIDAY:  That smile from Thursday continues because it’s TGIF — and I get to think about which of these 12 Patios You Must Enjoy this Summer (Plus 10 Dog-Friendly Options) I can sweet talk Kimberly from Smitten in Cleveland into after my 5:45PM yoga class at Evolution Yoga.

SATURDAY: Oh, you know — just some yoga event that you may have heard me mention recently…

yrp AH and CF

Ready to put a huge check mark next to another bucket list item. Join us tomorrow night in Lincoln Park! More info at the event website.

SUNDAY: What am I doing – other than sleeping in?! I’m headed right over to the Cleveland Museum of Art to check out the Yoga: The Art of Transformation exhibition. Never stop learning, right?

What’s been the highlight of your week? Who will I see tomorrow at Yoga Rocks the Park?

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sights and sounds {part four}

Getting some words of encouragement a little over a week ago seemed to light a fire in me last week – or maybe it was just being out and about so much in and around the city.

coffee on a friday

Even after that HUGE cup of joe, on Friday afternoon I wasn’t sure where the energy was going to come from to teach my happy hour class that evening. Leave it to a room full of yogis and some new tunes to get a part-time yoga teacher going.

grady and macbook

Upon my iTunes browsing adventures, I came across the Vitamin String Quartet and their wide array of covers of popular pop tunes. I could have spent a hundred dollars on MP4s, but to Hans’ pleasure, I only spent about $10 — which included this:

That was a $1.29 well spent — students in two separate classes specifically asked me about this track. I love shaking things up and giving them a big of the unexpected – even in the background soundtrack of their practice.

Saturday included a treat that’s been long overdue. Hans was jonesing for a trip to his favorite Tremont restaurant for awhile now. And with Zack Bruell Restaurant Week going on thru the 25th, I made reservations for Parallax.

parallax lobster roll

…but in our usual fashion at such restaurant week events, we didn’t order off the Restaurant Week menu. I started with the thai coconut and chicken soup (I could have eaten three bowls of this and been happy) and the sashimi salad, and Hans couldn’t resist the pumpkin gnocchi. We then split three delicious sushi rolls: one crab, one spicy tuna and one lobster (pictured above).  From service, to food, to the background music (rock hits of the 70′s and 80′s FTW), we will always keep Parallax in our back pocket for a much needed date night out.

Sunday morning rolled around fast, and Hans was ready to take on another one of my yoga classes. We found ourselves bright and early at for my 8:30 Sweet Heat Flow class. Since I’ve started teaching at Evolution Yoga, he’s been dabbling with more formal studio classes.  I love having him in class – he’s my extra boost of confidence.

evolution yoga sunday morning

My eyebrows might be out of control, but Hans’ side crow is quite steady. He’s even able to stack his thigh on just one elbow – compared to me stacking on both elbows. Ahhh, the bonus of regular weightlifting Myself, I snuck back to EY for Sandy’s 4PM Jungle Vinyasa class where we started by rolling out our hamstrings and glutes – but she kindly threw in some backbends for yours truly. #lovethatlady

Sunday night wrapped up having family over for homemade slow cooker pot roast. As captured via Instagram video, my recipe is pretty much a chop-and-drop one. Five or so hours later, it gives you enough to feed five adults a bit leftover – mostly thanks to my mom bringing along haluski (cabbage and noodles) that made the gluten-eating diners quite happy. And me crazy jealous.

As for today: I’m catching up on the things-to-do that I shoved off this weekend. For a change, it feels like a “weekend from the weekend”!

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ten things this tuesday: karaoke edition

If you were on Twitter last night, you might have seen some ridiculous tweets about an activity that highly enjoy: karaoke! Exhibit A:

That Twitter conversation lead to some ridiculous moments which included a lot of laughing at my kitchen table. I love my ladies. Check out Julie’s post for more tweets from last night.

It got me thinking of the days when our friends would regularly meet up at a local dive bar on Saturday nights for some cheap drinks and karaoke. There were always just enough people to keep things flowing and entertaining, but just enough where you could easily sing three or four songs in an evening if you wanted to. Plus, the DJ is an old high school buddy that always takes care of us!

Since I’m already humming those tunes we’d all used to belt out, why not share them today – in our usual Tuesday fashion:


1. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston: This is MY song and it’s a must sing of mine. Every night, every time. I get seriously mad when someone else sings it. Be warned.

2. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls: I keep this one of file for the always bound to happen “ladies group sing” number.

3. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond: I really enjoy that Hans enjoys karaoke as much as I. I don’t think I’ve ever told him, but I always loves when he busts out this oldie but goodie.

4. Piano Man – Billy Joel: At our bar, there’s a gentleman that ALWAYS sings this song – but he also plays his own harmonica throughout. It’s pretty sweet.

5. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen: My girl Stacie busts this out like it’s nobody’s business. You go girl.

6. Love Shack – B-52s: While you would expect this to be a guy-girl duet, I prefer to sing this with my great friend and maid of honor Dana. She makes one mean Fred Schneider.

7. Rebel Yell – Billy Idol: This is a staple of another one of our friend’s repertoire. Guy has the fist pump down.

8. These Dreams – Heart: This is my go-to slow song. Sometimes you need something that everyone’s not expecting.

9. Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel: One of Hans’ standbys, and it’s just a feel good tune. Gets everyone moving!

10. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher: When I do get talked into a duet with Hans, it’s almost always to this song. I have the right hairstyle, not so much Cher’s vocal range. You win some, you lose some.

It’s your turn – what song are you singing on karaoke night?

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