SEMA, goats and aretha - oh my!

Monday, November 7, 2011

How does one wrap up 5 days in Vegas at the 2011 SEMA Show on behalf of work? I'm not sure, so I'm going to skip it and just post a handful of pictures of some of my favorite cars and exhibit pieces at this years convention.

I'd drive any of these, you guys.

I love how you can choose the color of your car like you can choose your nail polish color, as well as bedazzle your engine.

Coming back to Cleveland after my time in Vegas on Friday I came home with $60 more than I went to Vegas with and a massive cold which I'm still fighting on Sunday night as I'm typing this. I like money, I don't like being sick though.

I needed to work past the sickness though because two of my CLE favorites JoeG and Justin were celebrating their 29th birthday's at AMP 150 with 18 of their closest friends.

The dinner party, creatively titled - The Billy Goat Ball(s): Two Boys... One Goat! - equaled one delicious goat being roasted for the group. I've never had goat before but would compare it to dark turkey meat, if that makes any sense at all. We had delicious sauces and sides paired with the meat and we all left full and happy.

The whole gang (minus me), the birthday boys Justin and JoeG and THE GOAT!

After dinner a group of us headed to the famous Velvet Tango Room for cocktails and jazz where we got to visit with Paulius and even head into the VIP room for a nightcap.

I'll never complain about being the only girl at a table - NEVER. There's Seanski, CK, Me, Ryan, JoeG and Adam and I blatantly stole this pic from VTR's facebook page.

Saturday brought continued sickness and lunch at Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood where I drank hot tea instead of beer to rally myself because CK and I had the American Music Masters Tribute to Aretha Franklin Tribute concert at PlayhouseSquare's State Theater. In preparation for the concert Hot Toddy's were drunk at Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City with CK, Jody, Becky and Tim.

The concert was fabulous as the Rock Hall always puts on an amazing show no matter what the topic. Additionally, the music of Aretha Franklin was moving, toe-tapping, and even brought a little bit of Jesus to the audience. Highlights for me included the Chaka Khan singing Natural Woman, just being in the same room as Rita from Sister Act 2 (aka Lauryn Hill) and when Dr. Franklin herself took the stage to perform.

Like, you guys, I saw Aretha Franklin perform live! I'll always remember that.
Sunday was a little bit of this and a bit of that but mostly involved some much needed rest... and cooking.

I made a big pot of white chicken chili with all the fixings and a warm apple caramel crisp with ice cream for dessert - as you can see they both came out splendidly.

And thus the weekend concludes and the work week begins, have a great one, kids!


  1. love that you made a sister act 2 reference - my friend Katie loved that movie!

  2. Oooooh, you've reminded me that chilli season is ON! =) Hope you're feeling better...

  3. I was so excited to see your tweet that you saw Aretha Franklin! That is amazing.

  4. after just having seen the most adorable youtube video of a pygmy goat on Ellen, imagine my suprise to find out what the goat in this post was.



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