Scenes from the Weekend: A Day at the Fair

I spent the weekend visiting one of my besties in Columbus. Part of the visit included a trip to the Ohio State Fair.

It’s been years since I was in a fair or amusement park environment. I forgot how overwhelming the sights and sounds could be. Not to mention, I was at the fair with two mothers and their toddlers. Which… is a lot for a person used to walking through the world solo and unencumbered.

In a true Brianna from Grace & Frankie moment, I took a break from the group to hunt down an adult beverage. Alone, the fair was less slow and noisy, more full of wonder. Once I located the Beer Garden and quietly sipped a Belgian White, all was well.

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Scenes from the Weekend: Strolling Through the Metropark

I’m not a nature person. Not a “fitness” person, either. But I spent all day Saturday and early Sunday battling body aches. The kind of body aches born of inactivity. I didn’t want to workout for a few minutes and crawl back into bed (a downside to living with my mother: if I’m home, I’m in my bedroom, which means I’m almost always in bed). I needed to be up and about for a couple hours. I needed to walk.

The only nearby site conducive to my need to move around and not spend money was the walking trails at the Metropark. I threw on workout gear, grabbed my phone and earbuds, and headed to the great outdoors.

To prevent getting lost, I picked a single trail and didn’t deviate. Occasionally, I’d pass a male jogger and think “This dude could murder me in these woods. No one would know.” Thankfully, I went un-murdered.

I don’t know how long or far I walked; just kept going until I needed to use the restroom; which was basically an outhouse with a toilet-like contraption over a hole in the ground.

By the time I was finished the walk, my body felt looser and I’d worked up a nice little sweat. Dare I say, I enjoyed it.*

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Scenes from the Weekend: Polka Dots & Line Dances

My weekend kicked off Friday afternoon with a preview of the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I’m typically not a fan of avant garde art, but the space yielded great Instagram photos was fascinating. Her repeated attempts at creating infinity were simultaneously captivating and haunting. Also, I wore a polka dot dress not knowing Kusama frequently used dots in her work. Continue reading

Scenes from the Weekend: Boats, Beaches & Bikinis

I spent this weekend doing my best interpretation of stuntin’ for the ‘Gram.

Friday evening, C and I finally fulfilled a big Cleveland summer bucket list item: find friends with a boat to cruise Lake Erie the Cuyahoga River. We’ve done the happy hour tour on the Goodtime III, but crave the private boat experience every time we hit the beach. A work event at a yacht club brought us to our destiny and it was every bit as stuntastic as we imagined it would be. Especially riding back to the yacht club at the end of the night, listening to “Big Pimpin'” while watching the downtown Cleveland lights sparkle against the water.Continue reading

Scenes from the Weekend: Waterloo Arts District

This weekend’s outing: a walk through the Waterloo Arts District. One of those hipster artsy areas in the middle of an urban neighborhood: specifically the Collinwood area. Where I attended high school. Having grown up ripping and running these streets, it’s odd to see them as “hip,” but the neighborhood has long been on my exploration bucket list.

I wasn’t in the mood to do a lot of socializing, but I did walk up and down the streets taking photos like a weirdo. The area is heavy on murals, which is perfect for wandering around outside.

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