Cleveland part two, does it ever get warm?

Yesterday kind of got away from me.  Mostly because the kid and I spent the morning at the Short North and then after a quick trip to Polaris, I dropped him off at work and went running at Highbanks, (it was awesome!)

But you’ll have to wait til tomorrow on that because first I need to finish telling you about Cleveland.

Cleveland

I’m in a top knot phase lately and also, I’m lazy.

We went to Cleveland right after visiting Lake Erie and we were freezing so we decided to visit the Arcade.  On the way there, we passed the House of Blues.

House of Blues

Obviously it wasn’t open but I’d love to go back sometime and see an awesome concert or two.

The first place that we went to is called The Arcade.

The Arcade Cleveland

The Arcade originally opened in 1890 and was the very first indoor shopping center in America so it was fitting that I should visit.

Seriously though, the architecture and detail in this building was the main reason the kid and I decided to check it out.  We both love architecture and the buildings in Cleveland did not disappoint.

Cleveland Arcade

Cleveland Arcade

Cleveland Arcade

What? No topknot?

After the Cleveland Arcade we checked out some of the older buildings in the city.

Cleveland

We fell in love with the church behind me.  The detail in that building was exquisite.

After walking around for a while in the extremely cold weather I realized I had forgotten my hat or anything to cover my ears and I was cold so, we walked over to Tower City Center to see if we could find something.

Tower City Center is also home to the Ritz Carlton and it was Monday and there was a rumor that a certain family was in town and staying there.  I believe they are known as the KarJenner’s.  We did not see any of them but that is how we heard about the ladies who’s reservations were cancelled.

Tower City Center Cleveland

Aaaand the top knot is back but only for a brief time…

My cousin had recommended the rock and roll hall of fame and we had planned on visiting but then we came across Jack’s.  If you don’t know Jack, you should get to know him.

Jack's Casino

Jack's

Aw shit, we gonna be awhile….

After I calmed the kid down, we did pretty good.  It was his first time in a casino and good Lord, he got so amped up he kept leaving our bag and his jacket at random places and we had to go back and find them.  In the end, he won 100 bucks and I literally made him walk away which I’m sure he’ll appreciate later but at the time he was all ready to play some more.

It was already getting late so we decided to check out a local eatery and then head home.

The Winking Lizard

We went to the Winking Lizard.

They had a vast selection of craft beers to choose from so of course I chose the obvious, I went with the Pinot Grigio.

And then we wrapped it up.  The kid and I had visited Ikea on Sunday and we had a ton of stuff to put together.

menardds

Off to Menard’s for some tools. This will work right?

Based on the weather so far, I think I’m gonna need to borrow the kids hat.

cold weather hat

Bring on the trails, momma’s ready!

Tomorrow I’ll tell you about the trail I ran and I’ll get the name right for a change.  And I’ll tell you about some other really cool and fun stuff.

Have you ever been to a casino?

Did you win big or lose it all?

Happy Marathon Day!

It’s Patriots Day, also known as Boston Marathon Day.  If you aren’t lucky enough to be in Boston where the race is show on the local CBS station here is how you can watch it.

Boston MArathon

National coverage (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) can be seen on NBC Sports Network and will be carried via the NBC Sports app and through Amazon Fire TV, the Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

CBSBoston.com will also broadcast live from the finish line.  You can also visit the live blog on boston.com.

There are three American women who have a real shot of winning this year, Shalane Flanagan, Molly Huddle and Desi Linden, unfortunately Jordan Hasay had to withdraw due to a foot injury.

I’ll be live streaming from somewhere near Cleveland, yes, Cleveland, (as in Ohio), but before I tell you about that let me finish telling you about last week.  We were in Venice visiting with MacGyver’s sister and husband.

me and Lynn

Me and my sister in law

We went to a few of our favorite restaurants and spent some time on the beach.

food

beach

Disclaimer: Not me surfing, or anyone I know for that matter.

And then they came back to Clearwater with us.  I had to work a bit on Friday but that morning we all went to breakfast at Lenny’s before they left.  It was wonderful.  MacGyver and I were also excited to show them some of the antiques and things we’ve acquired since the last time they were here.  We were sad when they had to leave but we didn’t have long to dwell.  I had a serious amount of packing to do and then at 5:30AM on Saturday morning MacGyver drove me to airport and after an hour and a half delay, I was headed to Columbus.

me in a car

I’m leaving on a jet plane

We spent the first part of the day antique shopping in Delaware.

Delaware oh

A cool car because i really know how to take pictures.

random place

A random cool restaurant that we did not go to

And then we had lunch at Bun’s Restaurant, a 150 plus year old eatery in the downtown area which was charming.

Me

I went to Bun’s and I got a T shirt.

And then we headed over to Easton Town Center where I was able to see my favorite blue pond in front of my favorite store, Tiffany and Co.

Tiffanys

We also hit up a lot of other stores, (but really are there any other stores?) including the Lego store where I took a hiatus among the other girls.

lego store

We finished shopping sometime around 10PM.  The kid literally wore me out.  He walks a million miles a minute and he wanted to show me everything.  We did a lot of the same things on Sunday as well as some sight-seeing.

I was so excited to see my most favorite flower in the world has bloomed all over the city.

dafodils

I picked a few while we were out and about.  I couldn’t help myself.  I wish we would have had nicer weather on Sunday because the kid and I wanted to visit a park or two but it literally rained for most of the day.  It may actually snow a bit today but that’s okay, we’re headed off to Cleveland and regardless of what we do, I’m hanging out with the kid and that is everything.

How was your weekend?

Are you watching the Boston Marathon today?

Who are you rooting for?

Please accept my aPOLLENgies

Yesterday I ran 5 miles on the Legacy Trail.  I love that trail and it’s one of the reasons I love coming down to Nokomis.  The trail is long too so you can pretty much train for anything without ever having to add another leg.  You just get on the trail and go.  It’s epic.

Not so much yesterday.  For one thing it was a bit humid and humidity and me are mortal enemies.  But the worst part was the pollen.  Oh my God, I have never seen so much pollen in my life!

pollen crazy

After running I came home and took the dogs for a quick walk but then I shut myself in the house until lunch when MacGyver and I went to meet his parents at the Cracker Barrel. Has anyone else noticed that all Cracker Barrel restaurants are freezing inside.  It could be a legit 100 degrees outside and a icy 32 inside the Cracker Barrel.

cracker barrel

After we left we came back to our house to install a few windows since MacGyver mysteriously got the permit to go through.

With the windows being out, even for only a short time and only in one room, the pollen saturated the air.  Within a half hour I had a dry cough and it would not go away.  By 10PM it was still there so I popped two benadryl because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sleep.

I was able to sleep.

overslept

I didn’t wake up until 7:30 and I needed coffee bad.  Unfortunately, I forgot to put the cup under the Kuerig.  Fortunately we have one of those drip pan things under it and it almost got all of it.  The rest I had to soak up with a t shirt because I couldn’t find the paper towels.

benadryl haze

That’s why I’ve decided to take a day off today.  I walked the dogs and I even went for a bit of an extra walk with Hank, not because we wanted to but because I forgot where I was going and we ended up at the park.

I may be taking a long nap at lunch today.

Do you have allergies? 

Do you take anything for them?