Birthday Weekend Wrap-Up

My birthday may have fallen on a short day, but the only thing it was short of was time. Thanks to my wonderful husband, I had a fantastic birthday weekend.


I stayed at work late on Friday to say goodbye to the woman who hired me and until Friday was my supervisor. She has moved on to new opportunities and created a few of them for me as well. Brad ended up ordering Chinese for me to pick up on the way home for dinner.

When I got home, there were roses waiting for me and Stella Artois in the fridge. Stella + sesame chicken + the couch made for a nice low-key evening.



Being the horrible birthday girl that I am, I had planned to run errands on Saturday. Brad had other plans. He treated me to breakfast and let me squeeze in on errand before treating me to a surprise afternoon.

I was instructed to dress nicely and wear comfortable shoes. Our afternoon birthday adventure included three official stops and a Starbucks break. Continue reading

Not a Bad Way to Spend a Wednesday Evening

On Wednesday evening, I had the opportunity to attend an event at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. It’s one place that has been on my list of things to do since moving to Cleveland three years ago.

Somehow, it’s not terribly easy to convince my man that an afternoon spent in the gardens is an afternoon well spent. I’m working on it though, because I want to go back.

I had been planning to park a few blocks away in a parking lot that offers public charging for electric vehicles. Unfortunately, when I arrived the five spaces with access to the four chargers were parked up. Which would have been fine if 4 of the 5 cars weren’t regular, internal-combustion-engine powered cars (aka ICEd). So I headed over to the garage at the Bontanical Gardens.

The first thing I noticed before even entering the building was how nice everyone was! I took the stairs instead of the elevator and ended up one floor too early to enter, a security guard gave me directions and was very nice. The lady who validated my parking at check-in was also nice.

As part of the event, we were allowed access to the gardens and glass house. I only walked some of the gardens and across the terrace area and it was beautiful! I wrapped up my visit with a tour of the Glass House, which is a great place to go in general but would be especially fun on a rainy or cold day.

All of the brightly colored statues are made of Legos and are part of the Building Blocks of Nature, Nature Connects Experience. Continue reading