A "Monday Morning Recap" this is not, but I can't not post about my rad 4th of July weekend because quite frankly it was too perfect to not share.
So let me pull up my foursquare check-in history to remember the 2011 Independence Day weekend that was.
Friday, July 1st:
Had a vacation day at work which allowed me to get organized for my upcoming party, clean the crap out of my house, get a mani/pedi at Liz Nails and even get to check out the newest and hottest place in Cleveland these days Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City.
I knew the Market Garden Brewery was going to be cool, but I was blown away by the decor, the pure size of the the place/patio and the "hip" vibe. I have yet to eat the food, or even try the beer (I was sippin' on vodka that night see picture of Moe and I for proof), but I can't wait to go back and do so.
But take note ladies and gentlemen, with the addition of valet service on W25th enter in the new crowd.
Saturday, July 2nd:
MY 31st BIRTHDAY where I threw a party at my townhouse in the Detroit-Shoreway, was surrounded by my friends and family and was essentially the luckiest woman alive that day. I couldn't stop smiling, and it couldn't have gone better.
I can't thank my friends who stopped by enough for all the good times and gifts - you guys sure know how to make a lady feel special. My only complaint about the day into night party extravaganza was that I took little to no pictures, apparently I was having too much fun.
Me, beaver, foxx, muffin and Holler, aka my Dayton lovelies chilling in my backyard - I guess I took two pictures.
Now this picture I flat out stole from Heather, but it was too cute not to post! Here's me and some of my favorite blog friends, Allison, Heather, me and Suzanne - gossiping not included.
The evening ended with a rain downpour around 11pm, an impromptu dance party captured on video by lzone and a trip to Tina's Nite Club at 1am.... because we can.
When waking up the next morning and taking in the mess that was my house the morning after I realized that my friends know me so well, because I have the pleasure of enjoying all of these in the upcoming months.
Sunday, July 3rd:
Recovery day. This included cleaning, naps, ordering pizza and just flat out lounging all day with CK - it was wonderful, fyi.
We gathered ourselves by evening to head over to Carla and Craig's, aka C-Rossi Squared, house in Lakewood for a party for America. I sipped on the new skinny girl sangria, caught up with the Rossi clan, dug into some shrimp boil and dominated some flip cup. The one flip wonder returns again.
Craig and Patrick, aka the authors of Cleveland's own Cork and Kegs blog, being oh so very Americana.
The winning flip cup team comprised solely of University of Dayton kids - Mark, me, AJ, C-Rossi Squared, and George. I was most definitely the oldest alumni on the team though. As an '02 graduate, Mark an '11 graduate, made me feel slightly old to say the least...
Monday, July 4th
Party hoppin' time for me and CK after we spent the day at Crocker Park shopping and taking in a showing of Bad Teacher (it was O.K.).
We started off at Bo and Babs's house in Tremont for the Bo and Barb-B-Que where we noshed on pulled pork, and brisket amongst other delicious items and spent some quality time visiting with my "main crew".
Action shot from Bo and Babs's - please note the adorable pumpkin that Martha is holding... that's Christopher!
After a few glorious hours CK and I left Tremont and headed back to the D-Sho for another backyard party but this time at the BZone Casa. The food was a plenty but I was beyond stuffed so I drank my calories in some vino instead - that is until Justin brought out the ribs, mmmmm.
I'm not sure how to explain the crowd at BZone's but it was an awesome eclectic crew - the D-Sho at its finest, especially the neighbors who put on quite the firework display.
The remnants... I have some great video but that'll be for another day. Perhaps a "fireworks chat"? (hint hint)
By the time Monday was over I was spent but so so so so happy. It was one of those weekends that leaves you fat, happy, loved and blessed.
And now I'm getting all schmoopy over here, I'll stop now.
Happy Wednesday, kids!