Category Archives: Hit the Road

BlogPaws in Photos

I had an amazing time at BlogPaws this year. The pet community is truly a unique and wonderful group.  While this isn’t a “pet blog” per say, I spend a lot of time loving on my boys here and my experience working at Embrace Pet Insurance has led me to learn LOTS about the pet community.

BlogPaws focuses on pet blogging and is a place for education, connection and fun.  I went to some amazing seminars on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook that will be incredibly useful for work. I also made some new friends on this trip. Check out my photos. I think you’ll be able to tell what a great time I had!!

Trick dog, Paige, stole my heart (and my beer!)

Flat Henry wasn’t the only cardboard pet I played with…

What an honor to meet trick dog, Jasmine! She won Best Video at the awards ceremony Saturday night!

My new friend from Texas- Kari of Hound Girl!

That’s it- next year Henry is COMING WITH ME! (Seriously, I already booked the trip and Henry’s coming!!)


Sightseeing in SLC

Hello, from Salt Lake City!  Embrace CEO Laura Bennett and I arrived VERY late Wednesday night.  When I woke up in my hotel room Thursday morning, I got my first view of the mountains around Salt Lake (and the AC unit on the roof outside my hotel room).  We did a few quick drop ins at vet offices in the area and then had a rehearsal for a top secret flash mob that happened this morning at breakfast (more on that later).

After rehearsal we went to lunch at The Robin’s Nest. What a find! This restaurant was voted Best Vegetarian sandwich in Utah and, on that promise, they deliver.  Laura went vegetarian and I, the consummate carnivore, had a sandwich with turkey, bacon, melted provolone, tomato, lettuce, ranch and avocado. DELICIOUS.

The sandwiches gave us just the energy we needed for the trip ahead.  You see, since we did the drop ins that morning, we had a rental car just for the day.  With the conference coming up and, with it, a lot of time spent in our hotel, we decided to take advantage and see the site this city was named after- The Great Salt Lake.

We picked a spot off the map called Antelope Island State Park.  Antelope Island is an island in the lake that is connected to the mainland by a long road that must have been built up long ago to provide access.  The drive took an hour but it was totally worth it.  There were bison and buffalo roaming the island (thankfully not too close to our rented Fiat!), a working ranch that had been on the island since the mid-1800’s, look-out points and a beach.

We stopped by the ranch first – learning a little of it’s history, checking out the horses and seeing the old outbuilding set-up as they would have been 100 years ago.  I even roped a steer saw-horse with a head on it on my second try! Now, I know how The Pioneer Woman must feel!!

After our very quick tour of the ranch, we took some photos and put our feet in the lake. While I’m glad to say I did it, it was not an experience I need again.  We disturbed a colony of flies (video below) and, when we got it out, our legs left like we had submerged them in a chalk residue from all the salt left behind.

Here’s some photos of the fabulous views, bison and salt lake wading…

And, of course, I can’t forget the fly video:

Seeing Double

One of these Beagles is coming to Blogpaws with me and the other is staying home. I wish it was the other way around. The cranky looking one is my favorite. Sadly, he’s just a bit on the heavy side for a carry-on and I think the TSA frowns on dogs in checked luggage.  Au revoir best friend, I’ll be back from Salt Lake soon!! 😦


June is Bustin’ Out All Over

10 nerd points to anyone who can tell me where that reference comes from!

Oh my! June has been quite the month for travel. We’re 18 days in and I’ve already been to Columbus and Florida and on Wednesday I leave for Blogpaws in Salt Lake City. My sleeping schedule is a mess from all the travel but my heart is so full and my skin is so tan.  These are the times you look back and remember but, man, are they tiring while they are happening.

Here’s a look into the last few weeks thanks to my Iphone. First, Columbus where I spent some quality time with one of my favorite families and their new pup, hit the zoo with the GDI’s and had some drinks and dinner with Megan.  I have to say that the trip made me nostalgic for college.  If I could move my family and my job down there, I’d move to C-bus in a heartbeat!

Ann and Josie (who I hadn’t seen since she was a baby- WHAT A CUTIE!) trying to figure out how we get to lunch. If only we could have gotten into the map like Joey on Friends.

Michelle pretending to be a penguin because…well, she’s Michelle!

Wes and Isaac at the Columbus Zoo.

Naomi and Goldendoodle puppy, Guthrie

$5 Cosmo at Bar 23 with Megan

Naomi with her flowers after Columbus Dance Theatre’s “The Jungle Book.” Gabe was in it too but he’s anti-photo these days.

Next was a quick trip to Tampa with my dad.  Sadly, my grandma’s had a rough year battling lung cancer and most recently pneumonia.  She’s 88 years old and a true fighter so we’re hoping for the best. She was in the hospital when we got there but moved to a rehab facility on Thursday.  While there was no way she was going to let me take her picture, I had fun looking through all her photo albums.  I even brought one to the hospital for us to look through together. It led to lots of good stories! When we weren’t with grandma, dad and I went to the pool, the beach, and the bar. All good times!!

I found this photo when going through an album with my grandma. I adore it. From left to right are my dad, my grandma and my uncle Dave. How cool do they look? Like right off a Hollywood set.

After I was done being quizzed by the matriarchs of the community, I had to get a photo of the weathered Piney Point safety ring at the pool. Thanks to my Camera Awesome app for the great effect!

Seagulls at the Manatee County beach. They sure were brave.

Hopefully, I’ll feel especially motivated to post while I’m at Blogpaws this weekend.  Keep an eye out for an increase in posting as my crazy June winds down.  How’s your month going?

Life According to my iPhone 5.0

Well after a successful opening for Ragtime, I’m back to share a little bit of what I’ve been up to the last few weeks.  I was mostly missing from this blog as I dedicated my life to work and rehearsal – with a trip to DC thrown in for good measure.  I’m still recovering and even that has been challenged when I received news yesterday that a family friend had passed away unexpectedly.  No rest for the wicked, I presume? As I  rest up for another weekend of Ragtime (4 shows – Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday -{what a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day- bring your mom!!} Tickets and info here. *end shameless plug*), I’m nursing a sunburn from some much needed work out in the yard.  Some day when I give up my social life my yard will look nice, I swear it. But on to the photos of the moments when I remembered to pull out my phone during the last few weeks…

From the top left moving clockwise:
1. Gwen hosted a FABULOUS Cinco de Mustache party after Ragtime on Saturday.  I danced my little heart out until the wee hours of the morning (show hair and all…).
2. Beautiful craft at my office made by a coworker.
3. My Ragtime “family,” Aaron, Maggie and myself sporting mustaches
4. National Harbor, Maryland
5. Hannah with our Volcano at Li Wah
6. (center) Lindsay and Susan showing off our tap table in DC
7. Alison at the Embrace booth during the CVC DC veterinary conference
8. Myself enjoying a beautiful evening in National Harbor.

IBL 2012 According to my iPhone

Well, we survived another year at the Indian Bear Lodge.  This year we were a newer and smaller lodge in the IBL community, the Little Rock Lodge. This lodge was set up for partying.  Bedrooms on one side and party room on the other.  The party room had a bar, pool table, big screen tv and room to play cornhole inside.

This wasn’t the nicest year at the lodge. It was kinda cold and Friday night we saw a tornado in the distance, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t find ways to have fun!  Sadly, after popping out an adorable little girl, Dr. Lisa wasn’t there to take 500 photos this year.  I got a few ridiculous pics on my iPhone.  Here’s my weekend according to my iPhone starting with night 1…

(From left to right & top to bottom)

1. Mini shuffle board is surprisingly awesome.
2. Friday night perogies for 20 + people.
3. Lovely Hostess Candice making sangria
4. What’s the max on the hot tub?  Who knows! It was practically empty the next morning.
5. Party Room!
6.  Tornado in the distance.  Never seen one of those in real life before this weekend!

Day 2 (Starting at top left and going clockwise around)

1. After a rousing round of Sink the Biz, Chris decided he could not allow the beer in the bucket
go to waste. So he drank the bucket…
2. Casey is totally sober in this picture…. TOTALLY sober…
3. Glad we brought the beer bong even if Candice was the only one to use it!
4. Chris with his birthday cupcake.
5. Beautiful birthday cupcakes from Rachel for Chris, Trish, Erin and Jenny.

Thanks to the awesome group that made this year just as memorable as the previous 3!  Now back to my regularly scheduled life…

What Happens at the Lodge…

It’s lodge weekend!!!!  Don’t know what I’m talking about? See posts here and here then wait for the ridiculous results on this year’s trip in the weeks to come…


Life According to My iPhone 4.0

I love Life According to My iPhone posts.  They help me remember all the awesome things I’ve been up to.  Sometimes I’m so busy and have to move onto the next thing so quickly, that I forget.  As stressful as these busy times are, if had lots of free time, I’d probably get bored and try to fill it.

We headed up to Syracuse last weekend to visit our friends the Zinninger (you might remember them from my posts about trips to their lake house here and here. We had a fabulous time drinking, skiing and socializing.  I am amazed by the way this family welcomes us with open arms every time.  We are so lucky to have met them.

On Tuesday, I headed to Wine & Design in Tremont for a Ohio Blogging Association wine tasting.  I love combining 2 things I love (wine & blogging, if that wasn’t obvious) into a great night out.  The wine was delicious (although not my normal sweet white preference), the company was wonderful and I was reminded what a great community Cleveland has.  Overall, a winning night. YAY!

Now I’m sitting in my hotel room in Columbus.  Today I put up the Embrace booth at the Midwest Veterinary Conference and I’ll be working there for the rest of the week.  It should be a good time (we have Plinko!) and I’m excited to having so many of my co-workers coming down to work the show with me.  Hopefully, I’ll have a few photos and info on that soon but for now, I’m off to bed.  Good night, reader!

Beerlympics 2.012

I’m a little late on the New Year’s posts.  Your probably sick of reading them.  Sorry about that but I’ll try to be quick and plentiful in photos.

Our trip to DC this year was just as memorable as ever.  As soon as we hit the beltway, it was time to party.  We spent the first night out in DC at Redline in Chinatown.  There was drinking, dancing and a game I am terrible at— the metro balance. On the way home, at 2am, we had the car all to ourselves. Hilarity ensued.

Night 2 was all about the toga beerlympics.  We went all out.  Fabric store for togas, Michael’s for greenery and wire to make laurel wreathes, the grocery store for champagne and more. We looked pretty classy.  Here is the final product…

Well yes, that is a bucket full of champagne. That’s how we roll.

As usual, things got weird…

Yup.  My friends are the best.  The actual beerlympics started late and deteriorated quickly this year but it was still a great time. We spent New Year’s day watching the Browns lose to the Steelers and eating pork and sauerkraut cooked by the fabulous Mrs. LP.  The next day we headed home into a snow storm, another new year’s eve in the books.

As for resolutions, I failed at my 2011 resolution.  I started out sending cards like it was my job.  Then I started running out of occasion appropriate cards and things just went down hill from there.

As for 2012, I have a few hopes and dreams.

  1. Finish the Scene restaurant challenge (8 to go!).
  2. Grow my blog.
  3. Keep on rockin’ my CLE love.

Stay classy in 2012, friends.  If all goes as planned, we’ll welcome 2013 in DC as well.  We call dibs on the guest room, Linds!

CLE 2 DC 4 NYE 2.012

It’s that time again.  What time, you ask?  That time when Chris and I make our annual NYE trek to DC.  Why do we do this?  Because we’re always guaranteed a good time!  Don’t believe me?  Check out my recap of our first 2 DC NYE trips and my review of last year’s beer Olympics.  This year we’re continues the beer Olympics tradition but going a little more old school.  How old?  I’m talking 2500 years old.

So it will be a little of this…

but really a lot more of this…

It should be AWESOME! 🙂