Especially once my leaky windows/hardie board siding was fixed....
The black mess? It's moisture rotting and where all the water was getting stuck and going into my house.... sexy right? Thankfully after two days of work everything is fixed up and pretty all over again. I have to wait for the spring to fix the back windows but I consider this a small victory.Friday was spent triple dating it up in the newly opened Market Garden Brewery basement with me/CK, Moe/Mark and Janet/Adam, plus a special guest appearance by MOB/Pete. We ate, drank bubbles and enjoyed the new room which was totally nice, open spaced, beautiful walls with a cozy fireplace - I approve.
I told you the walls were cool. Additionally, you'll see the top picture where I was catching Mark and Moe deep in conversation and the bottom picture when they realized that I was photographing them - they are great actors.
After MGB a few of us walked over to ABC the Tavern to meet up with lots more friends enjoy some cocktails and catch up with frowns and vince the polack. ABC is the bomb, I've said it before and I'll say it again.
Saturday morning CK and I headed over to the other side of the alphabet, XYZ the Tavern, for breakfast. We got to catch up with owners Randy and Linda and grub on delicious veggie omelets and wraps. If you haven't made it out to Saturday and Sunday breakfast/brunch at XYZ you're missing out - go!
Saturday afternoon was spent making a version of jalapeno poppers (they are delish) with cream cheese, bacon and a crescent roll to take over to the 5th Annual Seidenwand Holiday Celebraish in Lakewood.
The Seidenwand's, Cubby and Martha respectively, sure know how to throw a party - food, drinks, hospitality, fun and lest not forget the highlight of it all.... the white elephant gift exchange. Lots of fun was had around the gift exchange this year and I may or may not have snorted laughing more times than I could keep track of.
Let's just get to the pictures, shall we?
Some of my favorite ladies: Martha, Babs, Court, the Klutz and Muffin + a couple of crowd shots pre-gift exchange.
Biondi and Tony really liked playing Santa for the exchange making people sit on their laps for present time - totally normal... just ask Ahmed, Amy and AJP.
This is the type of excitement one gets when opening an at home Blizzard maker from DQ - I'm not sure who was more excited, Hartzell or Biondi.
Muffin couldn't have picked a more perfect gift, a cat in a denim pocket t-shirt, brilliant... Babs, that mustache looks good on you... Martha, does that calculator need batteries?... Tara knows that everyone loves an *NSYNC Barbie.
KJ and timmybennett are quite the pimp and ho... AJP really REALLY cherishes her photo of Fitchko... Hatchel, um, um... Cubby loves Playboy, omg is that the Kardashian issue?
After the party MOB and I made it to the Public House in West Park for a drink and to hangout with friends because there isn't much better then a PH last call.
Sunday was a funday with CK and his little one at Crocker Park with lunch at Aladdin's, a "train-ride", a viewing of Arthur Christmas (so cute) and Menchie's. Couldn't get more wholesome than that.
The evening was pretty wholesome as well in that I circled back to 1988 and playing Super Mario Bros 3 for days on end - thanks to my trusty wii I was able to download it and pretend I was in the 4th/5th grade all over again.
Yup, I still know where the secret worlds are.
And thus concludes a another weekend in the CLE.
Happy Tuesday, kids!