Saturday, March 30, 2013

Date 81 - Meat Is Neat.

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Type: Out On the Town
Cost: $$$
Planned By: Adam

Groupon had another great deal for Brasa. We had to buy it. This is Adam's favorite restaurant in the entire city so we had to go again. Here's the gist of it: all you can eat 13 types of meat carved for you at your table. I'm not going to go in to detail because we've already done this date so you can read about it here.
We also watched Ted before we went out to dinner. It was pretty funny, but I probably won't watch it again. Then we got all dressed up and ready to go. Before we left we played with my new camera remote! It's awesome.. I love not having to set up the timer!!
After dinner Adam went in to a food coma for about 12 hours.

In the morning we watched our second movie, The Perks Of Being a Wallflower. I was really excited to see this movie and it didn't disappoint. I'm a big fan of Emma Watson, and it was nice seeing her in a new role. The movie had a deep story and was told very well. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.


Friday, March 22, 2013

Date 80 - I'm Lucky To Have You!

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Type: At-Home, Family
Cost: $
Planned By: Adam

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This year I told Adam he had to plan St. Patrick's Day since I came up with a great date last year.

So what did he do? Well, it's not actually what he planned, but what his mom planned for the day. He got lucky, and didn't have to do much at all.

Sunday morning Debbie, Richard, Madi and Jensen made the trip out to our apartment. We caught up for a little bit, and the kids had a good time playing with their cousin, Obi.
For lunch, Debbie made corn beef, cabbage, and cute shamrock shaped ravioli in a delicious bacon-cheesy sauce. We all sat at the table together and had a traditional St. Patrick's day lunch.
Living downtown has it's perks, and for more than one reason in our next activity. First, we all went outside to watch the Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade. We got some blankets for the kids and sat on the curb. Then people stood in front of us so we had to stand up. It was OK it was mostly for the kids anyway. About 30 minutes in we all were freezing and decided we were not having enough fun to endure the temperature. Therefore, we went upstairs and watched the parade out our window (second perk)! It was warm and cozy and we could see fairly well, and still hear some of what was going on below. I was much happier watching from above!
After the parade everyone headed out, including us. Adam and I decided to get a shamrock shake from McDonalds in honor of St. Patrick's Day. It was delicious, and I'm very happy we ended our St. Patrick's Day celebration with it.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Date 79 - Raise Your Voice!

Date: Friday, March 8, 2013 
Type: Out On The Town
Cost: $$
Planned By: Adam

We had a busy weekend ahead, but it started out with our date. Adam got me season tickets to the Broadway Series at Playhouse Square for my birthday. Our first musical of the series was the Sister Act! 
I've seen the movie, but never the musical. Personally, I liked the sequel of the movie better. Adam hadn't seen either. 
Our seats are in one of the last rows of the balcony, but we could see just fine because we are in the center. I loved the show! There were a lot of funny jokes, especially added in ones about the Pope. The singing, dancing and costumes were all fabulous. I really enjoyed the entire performance, and I would recommend it.

This was our third date night to playhouse square (Aadam's Family & Beauty and The Beast), and there are four more coming!! Just call us theatergoers!
On Saturday Laura, Sean, Penny, Ryan, and Lauren visited us. We love reuniting whenever we can! The weather decided to cooperate which was fantastic!! We had some drinks, played games, went out to dinner, caught up on life and danced at some bars. We had a great time hanging out with each other!! On Sunday Laura, Sean, Lauren, Adam and I went to Chipotle and then walked down to the East 9th Pier and sat by the lake for awhile. It was really relaxing. (Check out when we all go together in Put In Bay and last year for Cinco De Mayo!)
Also On Sunday it was Obi's Birthday!! He got a special Fancy Feast birthday dinner and a new toy called, Da Bird! He loves da bird, he was playing so much that he started panting like dog.. it was adorable!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Date 78 - Everything's Better With Rainbows!

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013
Type: Home & Away, Family, Themed
Cost: $$$
Planned By: Dani

My sisters and I love celebrating our birthdays together. We recently decided to combine birthday since we all live in different cities. My birthday and Michelle's boyfriend, Jim, birthday was first up for the combined party. I decided to plan it since everyone was coming up to Cleveland for it. I chose a rainbow theme because I knew we would be celebrating in March and its pretty close to St. Patrick's Day. Everyone knows those leprechauns love their rainbows! So here goes...

I told everyone to wear a different color of the rainbow. Red - Michelle, Orange - Zak, Yellow - Jim, Green - Amanda, Blue - Adam and  Violet for Me! Everyone was very willing to participate, and I think we looked adorable.
For our first activity we went to BA Sweeties Candy Warehouse. Everyone had to find a piece of candy in their color. This place is huge as you may remember from our candy themed date. Everyone had a great time reminiscing about our favorite childhood candy and just looking at the rows and rows of delicious candy! We found Whirlypops in every person's color, and everyone succeeded at finding something they like in their personal color.
Everyone bought a chocolate coin in their color. We attempted to take a picture of all of us flipping them. It took many tries, and it still didn't turn out very good. No problem though.. it was fun!
Before dinner we snacked on my Rainbow Fruit tray and tried to make rainbow shots. One time in college someone ordered these shots that changed color as they poured them. It was amazing! I looked up the directions and decided it wouldn't be too hard. I was wrong. We tried four times, and we never really got the full rainbow. They tasted OK though.
Right before dinner we met up with Michelle and Jim's friend who so conveniently was wearing Indigo without even being told the theme! He completed our rainbow!!
For dinner we went to Flannery's Pub, and Irish type restaurant on East 4th street. Amanda and I  tried their Magner's Irish Cider and Adam got Great Lakes Conway's Irish Ale to keep the theme going. Both were good! Everyone loved the food and the atmosphere was really nice and comfortable.
After dinner we went to City Tap for a couple extra drinks. The bar tender made us some cool rainbowish shots to make up for our poorly made rainbow shots at home.
For the end of the night, our pot of gold was the amazing S'more Cake that Michelle kindly slaved over for three days. This cake was extremely complicated and huge. It has brownie cake, cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie cake, graham crackers, marshmallow and chocolate frosting. I was so impressed with her baking skills with this cake!!
For the rest of the night we played Glee Karaoke Revolution and went to bed.
For breakfast we got Fruity Pebbles, but no one wanted them.
Overall, this was a really fun birthday party. We had amazing food, fun activities, and great company. Every time we all get together we have a great time an this was no different. If you liked this one check the funky town birthday celebration from last year.