Category Archives: Ramblings

Germs, Germs Go Away

Do you think you can ration with germs?  Probably not, but I’m gonna try.

Dear Germs-

I can feel you invading my body.  This sore throat sure is hanging on and I blame my sister.  She was sick this weekend and I am sure that you jumped from her to me.  This is a really bad time, germs.  You see, I have a very busy weekend.  One I have been looking forward to for quite a while now.

First there is Scramble’s 3rd Annual Memorial Pancake Barkfeast to benefit Secondhand Mutts on Saturday.  I’m working the event and I really don’t think that people want germs in their pancakes (personally, I prefer chocolate chips in mine!).  The event benefits the dogs in the Secondhand Mutts program that are heartworm positive.  They are expecting over 400 people this year and I just gotta be there.  Do you really want to stop me from helping the poor heartworm positive puppies?  I think not.

After that I’ve gotta jump right over to help with set-up for Near West Theatre’s Benefit but then I ACTUALLY GET TO ATTEND THIS YEAR (instead of working the event).  I’ve been waiting 5 years to enjoy this event as a guest. Don’t take this away from me, germs!  I even got to giveaway tickets and I’d really like to hang out with Jen from Why Cle? and make sure she has an amazing time!

Finally, on Sunday, I get to cash in on my Christmas present.  I had to wait a whole month but the day is almost here- Jack’s Mannequin at House of Blues!!!  Don’t ruin Christmas for me, germs.  I would hate to miss this concert and Chris would hate to see his present go to waste.  You know Jacks’ Mannequin is my favorite and I haven’t seen them live in A LONG TIME.  The new album is really growing on me!


So, as you can see, germs- this is just not the best time.  If you don’t mind, I’ll keep taking the Wal-born ($2 cheaper than Airborne and the wild berry flavor is actually quite tasty) and we’ll part ways as friends.  I’m sure you can understand, right?  It’s not you, it’s my weekend.

All the best,



Who would I be?

I was a baby of the 80’s, a child in the 90’s and came into adulthood in the new millennium. I was in my Social Justice class during my senior year of high school when I heard about the attacks of 9/11. Lived in NYC during the subway bombings in London and in a row house in Philly, PA when the massacre at Virginia Tech happened. I was married on the verge of 25 in the summer of 2009. Where I go from here, no one knows. That’s my life.

Dad- 1972

I saw Hair for the first time tonight. Along with the inspiring music and understated though touching storyline, it made me think- about who I would be…if I had been born in another time.  Would I have been a hippie in the 60’s? A Rosie the Riveter or in the 40’s?  A flapper in the 20’s?  Would I have gone against the grain or stuck with it?

Both of my parents were “hippies.”  My mom went to the protest in DC that has featured in Forrest Gump and only missed the Kent State shooting because she couldn’t get a ride that day.  My dad loved Hendrix, The Who and The Doors.  He wore a wig to school every day because he wasn’t allowed to have hair past his collar and once told me there wasn’t any drug I could do that he hadn’t tried. I wish I could have known them then or that I could simply get the chance to be a fly on the wall during those major character changing, life altering times.

Grandpa Jim

Both my grandfathers went to war and my grandmother went to college (the first woman in her family, I believe).  So, who would I have been if I had been born in those times?  I’m liberal but I’ve never been one to push the boundaries.  Heck, I think my friends who are vegans must be crazy.  I like to think I would have been a part of major events and gone against the grain even when it wasn’t popular.  Sadly, we can’t know our legacy until the time to make these decisions are done.  Not until we answer the questions of our children or grandchildren about where we were when or what we were like when we were young. Personally, it makes me want to live each day to the fullest and be aware of what the decisions I make now could mean for the future.

So, do you ever wonder who you would have been? Do you think about what the stories of our generation will be?


I’ve noticed that my iPhone is a bit of a tease.  Take the home screen as an example:

Somehow the iPhone home screen can manage to update the date and notify you when there’s new things to see on your apps and yet the weather icon shows is perpetually telling you it’s sunny and 73.  Here’s what the current weather looks like in CLE:

Far from accurate, iPhone.  Far from accurate!

Has anyone else noticed this?


DVR Revolution

Do you have a DVR?  I do.  I love it.  It has completely changed the way I watch TV.  I’m so spoiled!

We’ve had a DVR ever since Chris and I moved in together at the beginning of 2008, however, I’ve never really thought about the impact it had on my life.  It seems like almost every electronic device that comes out makes a huge impact on our lives and the changes come more and more quickly (ie. I am totally attached to my iphone).

How has the DVR changed our lives?  Well, there’s definitely increased flexibility.  I love The Colbert Report but there are a lotta nights that I just can’t stay up to watch it. Not a problem with DVR.  There’s also Grey’s Anatomy and The Office, 2 of my favorite shows on at the same time on Thursday nights.  Thanks to DVR, I watch both at my convenience.

DVR doesn’t just solve programming problems.  It allows me to avoid commercials.  I don’t have to hear about the newest stupid “as seen on tv” products, hear about what brown can do for me or listen to politicians bash one another through campaign season.  YAY!

There are some disadvantages, however.  I rarely know what movies are in theaters and occasionally miss out on the start of the “cool new show” (I came into Modern family about 8 episodes in after seeing it at my parents… on their DVR).  If you’ve got any movie or tv show suggestions, comment on this post because I may not know about them.

In the end I spend a lot less of my time watching tv thanks to the DVR and that’s a good thing.  I don’t have to worry about being home in time to see my favorite show and I always have something to watch so I don’t waste time channel surfing.  The rare occasions where I do find myself channel surfing are often when I waste the most time in the moment and in the long term because I usually find a new show to add to my dvr schedule.  Today, that show was It’s a Brad Brad World.  Damn you, Bravo.  I could watch your crap reality shows for hours on end.  Luckily, thanks to my DVR, I can avoid that all together (most of the time).

Does it sound like I’m doing a commercial for the DVR?  I kinda feel like I am but really I just love this technology.  Do you love your DVR?  Your TiVo?  Have you gotten rid of these technologies and decided to go with Hulu or Netflix?  Maybe you don’t have a tv at all? Tell me what has you sitting in front of the “boob tube” for hours. 🙂

My Password is Password

Passwords are necessary.  I get that.  However, I don’t get the random assortment of symbols, capital letters, and numbers that some companies require. It’s a danger to security if you use the same password for everything, it’s a danger if it’s too personal, it’s a danger if you write them down somewhere, it’s a danger if you tell your dog (okay maybe not that one, but he never remembers what I ask him to anyway).  HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO REMEMBER ALL THESE PASSWORDS?!?!?

Sax on the Beach

What comes to mind when I say— saxophone?  Maybe jazz music?  The 90’s Cleveland ska band, Sax-o-tromba?  Well, that one is probably just me…  You probably think of the saxophone solos in rockin’ 80’s music.  It seems like it might be accurate to say that the saxophone was the 80’s solo instrument of choice.  Want an awesome riff during the bridge of your song? SAXOPHONE! Need that little something extra to ensure a hit- SAXOPHONE.  It would seem that in the 80’s, the saxophone was to popular music what leg warmers and HUGE bangs were to your popularity in school.  I even found an excellent medley of 80’s sax solos…

Was that not awesome???!!!  I particularly enjoy the sax solo in “It’s still rock n’ roll to me.”  That is a rockin’ 80’s tune!

Well it would seem that after 20 years of being in the background and ska music- the sax is back! It would seem that the female babies of the 80’s are going back to their sax loving childhoods (that sounds kinda bad doesn’t it?). I noticed it first in Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.”  (warning-I have no idea what’s up with the Justin Beiber and Johnny Depp photos in this video but it’s just the musical clip I was looking for…)

It sounded so 80’s I couldn’t even stand it.  I thought it was just a fluke.  Gaga’s often evoking the feeling of other artists (Madonna and Ace of Base come to mind immediately…).  Then I heard it again in “Friday Night” by Katie Perry.

Katie must have understod the insane level of 80’s throwback-ness because she set the video at an 80’s houseparty with KENNY G playing the solo!  How ridiculous is that?!  Last, but not least, I noticed the major role that the saxophone plays in Dev’s “In the Dark.”  (BTW- this is totally my new GPS.)

So, now that you’ve seen the evidence of the resurgance of the sax, what do you think?  Are you a fan?  Do you think this will inspire a new generation of Kenny Gs?  Will it be the new instrument that guys learn to play to get girls?  Or is the sax solo another passing fad?

Sending a message

Dear germs-

Thanks to you I didn’t sleep well last night and today I’ve been doing a lot of this…

I know I have no leverage here but I was hoping you might possibly consider vacating quickly.  In case you didn’t know, I have a very busy week coming up.  There is the rehearsal dinner and wedding for these lovely people…

AND I am walking our foster dog, Patsy (more on her later, I promise) with some of the Embrace staff in the Berea ARF Monster Mutt Dash

Then on Monday I head off to Atlantic City for work where I’ll stay in the Trump Taj Mahal on Boardwalk (yes, Monopoly fans, I am a high roller!)…

So, germs, it may be cliche, but “it’s not you, it’s me.”  You see, I just really don’t have the time to make this relationship work.  You deserve better!  So please, find someone else to infest.  Trust me, it’s for the best!


Sara Marie

Potty Humor

IT’S ALMOST THE WEEKEND!!!!! Next week I have 2 day at Near West, 1 day to myself, and then my first 2 days of work at Embrace.  WHY AM I SO SCARED?!?!

Luckily, I have a busy weekend that should keep my mind off these things.  Tonight, Chris and I have tickets to the Indian’s game in their Social Media Suite (oh the perks of blogging!!!) and Barbz’s birthday bar hop.  Tomorrow, Henry and I are headed to Hinckley to party like we’re back in high school at Julie’s parents house (they are on vacation! ha!).  Then Sunday brings a Father’s Day cookout and the return of my husband and sister from their respective weekend getaways. Busy, busy, busy.

On a lighter note… take a look at today’s post from Blogging Dangerously called: A Crappy Realization.  Now, change the Bruins to the Browns.  Welcome to my life.

Finally- because I don’t like posts without pictures (who does, really???)-  a few Iphone pics of my favorite humans with my favorite beagle…



I made it all the way through college without drinking coffee.  I didn’t even drink it at my first job in Philly when there was a Starbucks a block away!  Oh, how things have changed.  At some point in the last four years at Near West I became a COFFEE ADDICT.  Maybe it was the Keurig One Cup Coffee Maker we got for our wedding.  Or the fact that the delicious Gypsy Beans and Baking Co. was just steps from my office. Either way, I am officially addicted.

This became especially evident yesterday.  I forgot to reset my alarm and woke up late.  No time to make coffee at home or stop at McDonald’s for a delicious medium Vanilla Iced Coffee (my FAVORITE cheap summer coffee beverage choice).  Two hours into the day, I was feeling fine and decided not to make a stop of Gypsy before my production staff meeting.  BIG MISTAKE.  By about 1 p.m., I was feeling exhausted- could not stop yawning.  You would have thought I had only slept 3 hours the night before (when really I had gotten a good 8 hours!).  By 4 p.m., I was not only exhausted but feeling cranky- just the coworker everybody wants to be around- and by 5:30 p.m. I was on the couch with a massive headache looking to Henry for some kind of solace (he offered none).  What a crappy day.

If I was under the dillusion that I was in the control of my coffee addiction, I was sadly mistaken.  Does this mean I’m going to stop?  Probably not.  I really only have one cup a day- that’s not so bad, right????

So, are you a coffee addict?  Or are you judging me for my addiction???

Awkward & Awesome Thursday

Hello, sports fans!  Welcome to June!!! I thought I would rock out an Awkward and Awesome Thursday for you this week. 


– I am the worst at waiting.  EVER. If there was an award- I would get it.
– Going to my husband’s work anniversary dinner and struggling to remember names of his coworkers that I see only once a year.
– Having asbestos removed from the basement of my office while I am trying to blog work.
– This website (IBS stands for both Independence Business Supply and, well… you know):



–  My friend Lindsay‘s parents are housing us in Pittsburgh tonight for our early flight tomorrow!  Her mom is pretty much the nicest.
– AT&T is covering both the repair of my car and a rental vehicle. YES!
– Henry turns 3 years old on Wednesday!!!  This is exciting but at this point he could stop aging and I would totally be okay with that.
–  Finding out that Jill Olecki and her friends love the same blogs I do… and then gushing over the Young House Love house and Baby Will’s old room on Bower Power.

Have a great weekend everyone and stay tuned for some Life According to My Iphone posts while I’m gone!!