Beer and Wine Festival 2013

This past Saturday was the 4th Annual Uptown Beer and Wine Fest and it was another great turn out!

Last year at this event, I ended up in the newspaper doing the Wobble so I decided to keep it a little more classy this time.

All kinds of people of people were in attendance and it was so nice running into old and new friends while sharing mini glasses of brews. I wish I’d kept better tabs on all of the beers and wines that I consumed but all were pretty darn good to me!

Here of some fun pictures!1382182_10151951511642146_647125185_n Ran into some fun guys in kilts who asked me if I liked “bagpipes”

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There’s no better way to bring in the fantastic fall weather than a good ole festival!!

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Maltitude Grand Opening

Last Friday was the grand opening for Malitude, Columbus’ first craft beer and wine specialty store!

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Located on the main strip of Broadway, this dog friendly beer and wine shop is an awesome new addition to the growing Downtown scene. With bike stands, build your own six-pack stations, and the first growler filling/refilling store (to my knowledge) in C-Town, Maltitude already has the ability to attract customers from all different walks of life. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable and didn’t look down on me at all for not being a craft beer connoisseur.

IMG_4413[1]I absolutely adore the dog drinking station! It was really awesome getting to see people bring in their pups instead of leaving them out on the sidewalk. Got me thinking that now all we need is a dog park nearby!

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We wandered around looking at everything and eventually decided on one of the mix and match six-packs. Even ran into some old friends at the register!  After check out, we decided to head out to streets to enjoy our brews while listening to the Outdoor Concert Series.

I can already tell that this new store is quickly going to become a Columbus favorite!

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Putting a Bow on Friday the 13

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It’s Friday the 13th so what do we do to celebrate? Why, get a new tattoo of course!

Black Lotus Tattoo Gallery had a special running just for this special occasion. For the low price of only $13, you could choose any of the pre-selected designs to commemorate this dreaded date! Not one to turn down a good deal, I anxiously awaited escaping my office, jumping in line and adding a new art piece to my body.

I arrived at the shop around 6:30 pm. Luckily for me, my roommate had gone early and put our names on the waiting list already because the place was PACKED. Around 30 people were milling about and looking at designs. The staff seemed stressed and unhappy. I mean, I’d be a little ornery too if I was hot, overworked, and dealing with picky people for only $13 a piece. Granted they did bring it on themselves by creating this event but a bit more organization would have gone a long way!

We waited 3 1/2 hours before it was our turn which would not have been terrible if it had not been super hot in the building. That aside, once I was taken to the back to get started, I was like a silly school girl getting her very first tattoo. My awkward nervousness forced me to repeatedly assure him that this was not an ink virgin. I had decided on a little bow between my shoulders.”Make it bright pink and very preppy please!”, I said. Overall, I think he did a great job but I may go back and get someone to add a little more color.

Here’s me looking very excited about it.

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I also didn’t realize that I would not be able to see this very well and I’m still figuring out how to take care of it from feel alone.

Would you get a tattoo for $13?

Sometimes it’s more about the story than the ending. 

http://blacklotustattoogallery.com/

Good Vibes Gathering

First off, I’d like to tell you that I certainly do not consider myself a hippie in any way. I do, however, enjoy dressing up in costumes and blending in with the natives.

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“Blending In”

With that in mind, I’d been planning on going to an event in Pine Mountain called The Good Vibes Gathering. Good Vibes is a free music and art festival where everyone is accepted and all work for is done on a volunteer basis.

www.goodvibesgathering.com

After seeing last years’ Facebook profiles of friends in headbands, covered in flowers and dancing, and general wallowing about in the grass, there was no way I was going to miss this year.

Then the rain sky opened up and rain began to fall. ALL. WEEKEND. LONG.

On Sunday I decided that I’d had enough and I hadn’t spent $4 on this headband for nothing so I packed up my waterproof picnic blanket, grabbed my cooler of beer, and prepared myself for whatever I’d discover.

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There weren’t tons of people about but rain has a tendency to put a damper things so I wasn’t completely surprised. I really enjoyed all of the handmade decorations and the ingenuity that went into creating them. As a not very creative person, I found myself amazed by the simple beauty of fabric banners and silk scarf tents. Cute little stations were set up if you found the need for things you’d forgotten and reminded me of a “sharing is caring” point of view that, in this busy world, we tend to neglect.

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There were a few vendors still there selling all types of handmade items. I saw gorgeous pieces of jewelry and headbands, clay-ware and t-shirts, even “soul” readings, as one sign pronounced. Artists brought their wares as well and even invited others to help “create” by adding their own creative juices to a piece. I added a tiny cartoon lion face to the below piece of furniture for the sole reason that I though it needed one. The owner of this awesome exhibit stated the following about it:

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“I also love the symbolism I take from the top right “we still love Good Vibes, even in the rain.”

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this little “hippie” adventure and loved meeting all of the nice people who helped make something like is possible. I’ll just pray next year doesn’t rain so I can spend the whole weekend taking in the “Good Vibes” beneath the sunny sky and lush foliage!

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House on the plantation property Boyfriend had to check out before leaving.  See more about this great property at:

www.sweethomeplantation.com

Event Planning Is Going to Give Me a Brain Aneurysm

Planning this reunion has to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.

It’s a hard lesson to learn but it is extremely difficult to make everyone happy. Especially when working a full-time job, attempting to do math, appeasing the masses, and trying to look pretty doing it. It’s beginning to seem as if every little thing I’ve done thus far has begun to unravel.  After being stressed  for months over all of the details, I found out this morning that we are around $584 over budget! Definitely not an easy blow to receive at nine in the morning and four days before the actual event.

Honestly, my biggest fear is failure. Failing not only my classmates but also myself. After all of my hard work and dedication towards making this happen, will I be remembered as the girl no one asks to help out again or as the unsung hero of something great that almost didn’t happen?

I’d like to think that if everyone who had RSVPed had bought their tickets, the reunion wouldn’t be in the place it is now. But then again, it’s easy to place blame and much harder to shoulder it yourself. Maybe next time (granted there is one!) I’ll listen less to the complaints of everyone else and lean more towards what I think is practical. After all, when everyone wanted cheaper tickets, the request was obliged, even to the detriment of what is now an event on the precipice of collapse.

For now, I’ll have to try to keep my head above water. Continue sending emails and struggling for a hand-hold. The only good motion is forward motion and I’m bound and determined to make this occasion a reality.

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10 Year Reunion

It’s 2013 and it’s Time for My Dreaded 10 Year Reunion.

Actually, I’m not dreading it at all!  A few years ago I attended a 10 year with an ex-boyfriend of mine and ended up having a blast. He was 5 years older than I was and apparently everyone his age was dating someone my age so it ended up being one big fun party.

I mean, dressing up and drinking in fancy places? COUNT ME IN!!

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So a few weeks ago I was contacted by one of my old ’03 classmates who was apparently in charge of getting this event together. Keep in mind that the year is almost over and I haven’t been available for a single planning meeting. He stated that he’s been very busy and unable to accomplish venue planning and other details. No problem! I’d love to help and LOVE planning parties.  He then informs me that the set date for the reunion will be Aug 24 – IN 46 DAYS!! Now, I could have just said it was impossible but I do so enjoy a challenge!

After finding a venue only to have them cancel one week later because they were opening a restaurant within the next few weeks, I’ve managed to secure a new one that I KNOW won’t be going anywhere – The Marriott Downtown. I’ve helped secure a DJ, buffet, and even set up an online pay page all while trying to keep the Facebook page updated and appease all of my former classmates.

If if sounds like I’m patting myself on the back, I suppose I am a bit. All this planning isn’t near as easy as I’d thought it would be but I’m thrilled to be feeling such a sense of accomplishment!

Now with the event only two weeks away, I’m starting to feel slightly apprehensive. Will enough people buy tickets (at this juncture, we only have one couples ticket bought out of 50 people!) Will everyone show up? Will there be enough food? Is the room too small? Do I need to make a speech? I secretly hope so! What if the DJ is too loud? Am I over-thinking everything? Possibly. Truth is that I just really want everyone to have a good and memorable time. At the same time all of this makes me wonder,

Am I becoming too concerned with all of the planning details to a have a good time at my own reunion??

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I’m guessing that we’ll just have to see how things are going within the next few weeks. And don’t worry, I’ll be sure to update you!