An update + thanks

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It's been kind of quiet here on the plum these last couple of weeks as I've been making some big life decisions that up until now I wasn't ready to share.

For example, my last day at D&E was this past Friday, the same day that I announced that I was taking a job on the east side. Well an amazing (and long in the works) career curve ball was thrown my way late Friday afternoon and instead of that east side position I'll be joining the marketing department at Hyland Software. I couldn't be more excited.

Additionally, in a few short months our wedding guest list has gone from 295 to 75 because quite frankly, buying a forever house is more important that buying a wedding reception - especially when you're the one footing the bill.

Wrapping my head around the fact that we won't be able to share our wedding day with as many of our friends and family members as we'd like is well.... depressing. Especially for this 100% Greek professional bridesmaid/wedding guest. But ya know what? Ever since we pulled the plug on trying to do something that we couldn't afford I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and that's a good thing - bring on the celebration!

I mean when 2013/2014 is all said and done I can say that I successfully sold my townhouse. moved (twice), started a new career and got married. Bring it on - but don't even think about mentioning the word baby around me yet.

Anyways, in the midst of all this transition planning I have had the opportunity for some fun with friends. 

P!ink at the Q with Biscuit + Nano Brew and Tina's karaoke with friends + A stellar dinner at Pure Vida + Bowling and dinner at Cozumel Restaurante with CK and the kiddo
With this week being my "freedom week" from work as well as Thanksgiving week, there's much to be thankful for as I celebrate and spend time with my family.

Ya better hold on kids because it's going to be one heck of a wild year.

Le sigh.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Moving sale.

Wedding planning.

Adult decision making.

Obligations to fulfill.

Future step-mom practicing to hopefully make perfect.

Learning how to be more patient.

Stress eating.


Stress eating again.

Failed wedding dress shopping.

Quality sissy time.

Long talks.

New house daydreaming.

Tears, happy and sad.

Future planning.


So, what have you been up to?

Weekending in Cleveland: #GiveMe30

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This past weekend was a perfect combination of productivity, fun and relaxation. 

Friday: Libations with CK at our new neighborhood lounge Drink bar & grill. Saturday afternoon: Spinning at Psycle, brunch at home and picking up my new (I told you I was "blind") glasses.

Cocktails, menus, my strong as heck eye prescription and brunch at home with CK.

Saturday evening we got to celebrate my dear friend Nugget's 30th birthday at his and Seanski's home in my old Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. One of Nugget's favorite things to do is workout so Seanski through him a fitness attired theme party - I mean, who doesn't like to party in comfy pants!?!

A great theme party with some of my greatest friends - #GiveMe30 was a rip roaring good time.

The birthday boy, Muffin and Seanski doing some "heavy" lifting on the dance floor.

Lzone's hilarious opposite of fitness party costume with a beef stick and doughnut dumbbell and all! #CrossFat #Fatfluential #Bacardio

Fitness parties are the best parties. Me rockin' my Psycle gear attempting to limbo under an exercise band with Heather + Ladies, all my favorite ladies + CK, Jay and Dean being... um, I'm not sure what + party enthusiasts with a giant bubbles bottle that I'm totally stealing + A mysteryG partyG guestG getting tweaked by Shibani

Below you'll find a sweet little Instagram video from Allison where I make a serious connection with a champagne bottle and Seanski rocks the dance floor per usual - all to the sweet tune of No Scrubs by TLC.

I'm thinking Nugget should turn 30 every weekend - good weekend, good times.

Happy Wednesday, kids.

Diwali in Cleveland

Friday, November 8, 2013

I recently had the honor of attending my first ever Diwali celebration courtesy of my friends Shibani and Nick who opened their home to a great group of friends for amazing Indian food, libations, gambling and sparkles.

Shibani was not only an amazing chef and party planner, but also a teacher who shared her Hindu family traditions with the group, e.g., gambling to bring prosperity for the new year or lighting sparklers to embrace our inner light.

I loved every tradition, bite of food and roll of the dice - the celebration was perfect.

My bindi wearing, samosa eating self + my loves Shibani, sarabot and JV + Shibani explaining the menu for the evening + Nugget blowing out his 30th birthday candles

I'm positive that the gambling with dollar bills was my favorite Diwali tradition - so much laughing and fun + a corner coin flip game + Allison with her left/right/center winnings + sparklers! + a blurry Seanski with his new boxer BFF

As I left the party with a bubbles and Grand Mariner buzz and a fist full of dollar bills from my gambling winnings I made Shibani promise me she was going to throw this party again next year. She said yes, so an official new Cleveland friend tradition has been born.


Happy Friday, kids!

#JBB23: Shaken Not Stirred....

Monday, November 4, 2013

Guys, I don't believe I'm about to type the following sentence right now....

It's time to talk about the 23rd annual Jump Back Ball!

Historically one of my favorite days of the year, this year's Jump Back Ball will be taking over PlayhouseSquare on February 22, 2014 with an oh so swanky Bond (James Bond) themed party.

Jump Back Ball 0023: Shaken Not Stirred

I'm already getting excited for #JBB23 as I look through my plum recaps of the party from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

A guaranteed sell out event it's beyond important for you to get your tickets well in advance. Last year's tickets sold out in one month, which makes attending Thursday's Jump Back Ball Ticket Kick Off Party super important because the last thing you want to be doing on February 22 is following the #JBB23 hashtag from your couch.... 

The details:
What: Jump Back Ball Ticket Kick Off Party and happy hour
When: Thursday November 7, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30pm
Where: Cibreo Privado (the private dining and event room of Cibreo Italian Kitchen - 1438 Euclid Ave, across from PlayhouseSquare)
Why: Purchase your Jump Back Ball tickets at their lowest price ($115 for Partners and $150 for non-partners), enjoy complimentary appetizers, drink specials and mingle with your future party partners in crime.

The first 250 to purchase their tickets on Thursday will receive a commemorative long-sleeved "Will you be shaken or stirred" t-shirt. VIP tickets will also be available for $200, and there's a 2 ticket per person limit for all purchases so be sure to remind your friends to attend so they won't be left out in the cold come February. 

Hope to see you all on Thursday!

Disclosure: I've partnered with PlayhouseSquare to help promote #JBB23 in exchange for a discounted ticket, as always opinions are my own.