Our Appetizer.: April 2014

April 30, 2014

Confessions : I don't....

Happy Wednesday!
Happy Hump Day!
Happy midweek!
Happy whatever you want today to be!

Call me crazy but I actually like Wednesdays. Mostly because the week is halfway over and the weekend is halfway here. I like it because I can start making plans for the weekend. And I like it because I have a great workout class every Wednesday at The Movement Factory. But I have some things to confess today and today's theme that I created for myself is "I don't...".

One - I don't get anything done ahead of time. I am the biggest procrastinator. When I was in school and the professor gave us a project to do and it wasn't due till the end of the semester I didn't even think about starting it till the week before it was due. Wait did I say a week? I meant more like 2 days. And then I would get stressed out and not sleep because I had so much work to do. 

Two - I don't have sympathy for some people. For the people who create their own problems and then complain...I have no sympathy for you. I work with a woman that is incapable of doing her job so she says that she's stressed out and the doctor is telling her to take another 5 weeks off. Yeah, I have no sympathy for that. She knew what she was signing herself up to. And if you're incapable of doing your job then you should find a new one. Her actions and lack of work reflects on the rest of us.

Three - I don't know when to stop eating. It's a problem, I can eat all day. It's crazy because of the amount of food I eat I should be well over weight...correction...for how much I eat I should not be able to fit through a door. 

Four - I don't like to talk on the phone. I am a texter, on rare occasions do I actually enjoy talking on the phone. Don't ask me why, because I don't know. Maybe I don't like the sound of my own voice. 

What are your "I Don't..." confessions?

Dateless in Dallas

April 29, 2014

A trip to never forget

Oh my goodness, where do I even begin!?
I guess I should start on last Friday...

Last Friday was a normal day while at work which was great because I could actually get my work done and not get pulled into a bunch of different meetings or asking to help on a bunch of different projects. Don't get me wrong, I love sitting in on meetings with our Executives but I also have a job descriptions to fulfill. I was counting down the hours  minutes of when I was ready to leave work. Why do you ask!? Well, great questions! After work, I met Lavi at Elisha's house to pack up the car and drive to Pittsburgh for the night. Of course in our normal girls fashion, we left Elisha's house about 45 minutes later than scheduled and we had to meet Shannon on the highway at a hotel to pick her up too. 

First snapchat of the trip
Oh yes, Lavi and I tried the headband idea.
 What do you think? Can we pull it off?!

I will be the first person to say that Pittsburgh is a very confusing city to drive through and I wasn't even in the drivers seat. So many crazy bridges and one way streets. We got yelled at by a cop because we were backing up into the valet zone and he told us that we were going the wrong was. Well duh, we are backing up into a valet zone.

We got drinks when we got to the concert. They only took CASH! Who only takes cash!!?
So this concert wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I'm still heartbroken about my breakup and still in the early healing stages. Hearing songs about love and breakups isn't exactly what I wanted to hear. But I still had a good time.

Shannon, Elisha and Lavi

Ron Pope's Concert.
Of course we needed to take more selfies
My outfit for the night. What do you think of this look for me?
Lavi's look for the night. She's always rockin black.

These girls are a blast!
One of my favorite pictures from the night

After the concert, we decided to go across the street to a nightclub called Diesel. Talk about a blast! We danced the night away and drank way too much for our own good. After Diesel we were hungry so we wanted pizza, but first we had to ditch our heels. So we went back to Lavi's car and changed our shoes where we ran into the funniest people. Shannon was sitting on a chair and asking people random questions...it was an adventure. 

This is when we got lost in the parking garage
The next morning was rough, really rough. No one wanted to get out of bed and get ready for the day but had to check out by 11am. We had planned to go to IKEA to look for cute apartment things for me and house things for Shannon and Elisha. Before IKEA we had to find Lavi's car. 

We couldn't remember which floor of the parking garage we parked on the night before. So we had to stop on every floor to see if her car was there. When we go to the first floor and the elevator door opened we saw no cars. The same happened on level 2 and 3. By the time we got the level 3 and 4 we started seeing cars but not Lavi's. We finally found a her car on the 6th (last) level we stopped on. 

Before IKEA we found the cutest place to have brunch. Not only was the name of this place cute, Waffles INCaffinated, but the food and coffee were out of this world. 

They just couldn't decide...no one could there were too many good things on the menu

Menus for days
I ordered a goat cheese and mushroom egg while omelette

This was one of the best quick girls trip I've ever taken. We laughed, we shared stories, we drank too much, we cried, we ate too much and we made amazing memories. 

Have you ever taken a quick girls trip?
Are there a few girls you are the closest to?
Have you ever been to Pittsburgh?
Did you like it ? Love it? Hate it?
Have you ever shopped at IKEA?

The Hump Day Blog Hop

April 22, 2014

A Liebster Award

I am so shocked and excited to be nominated for the Liebster Award, mostly because I was nominated by a fellow Cleverlander who's blog I read on a daily basis. I was nominated by Jessica from Anchored in Clev for an online award which is awarded by bloggers for other blogger. This award is given to up and coming bloggers who have a small number of follower or any blogger you believe deserves recognition. 

I am most honored by this because it shows that people actually read my blog. It means that people enjoy coming back day after day to read what I have to say. This award is an empowerment to want to continue my blog even with my negative thoughts lately. With everything going on in my life, I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep my blog or what to do with it. After being nominated for this, I have decided to keep it because I love it and it's a reflection of me and who I am. You can read more about my thoughts about the topic here

The Liebster Award Rules

1.) You must link back to the person who nominated you
2.) You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
3.) You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award (with a small following)
4.) You must create 10 questions for your nominees
5.) You must go to their blogs and notify the nominees
My 10 Questions from Jessica
1. What is the meaning behind your blog name?
That is a very difficult question for me to answer. It's difficult because of what is going on in my life currently. The name came from mine and Ionut's start in life together. Him and I love to travel, we love to see new places, we love exploring new things, we had a lot of firsts together and we went through a lot of happy and sad times together. The name came about our journey together.

2. Where are you from, and what if your favorite part about your city?
I am from Cleveland. My favorite part about Cleveland is the diversity. I love that it's a huge melting pot of different nationalities, different customs, different ideas and different cultures. I think learning about different cultures is benefaction because it forces a person to think outside of the box.

3. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Salt and Vinegar chips. I could eat these chips everyday and I wouldn't get sick of them.

4. What are 3 items you absolutely CANNOT live without?
My phone, water and my car. My phone is constantly with me, basically attached at the hip. I have been getting better about keeping my phone away from me so I'm not tempted to check it all the time to see if someone has texted or called. I drink water like a fish. And I couldn't do anything with my car. I live way too far from any public transportation.

5. What is your favorite hobby (besides blogging)?
I really enjoy reading and working out. When I was younger I hated reading, I never read what was required for class. As I'm getting old I find it more and more relaxing. I also really enjoy working out. The hardest part is getting to the gym or getting into a routine. Once I'm set with either getting to the gym or settling into a routine, I workout almost everyday.\

6. What is your favorite thing to drink?
I drink water all day everyday. I choose to not drink my calories and I want to keep my body well hydrated for many reasons. I also really enjoy wine on the weekends :) 

7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go to Fiji. I adore beach vacations but my requirement is that I need clear water. I cannot get in the ocean or a lake if I can't see the bottom, it just freaks me out. Fiji just looks like such a remote part of the world and it looks very relaxing.

8.What is an organization or cause you love/support?
I am a huge advocate for the Make A Wish foundation. I love the fact that these people work together to make a child's' wish come true. There is nothing better than giving to children that don't have many years or even days left with us. It breaks my heart just thinking what some of these children go through every single day, so any foundation that tries to ease the pain is a great foundation in my book.

9. What event/moment/person/etc has had the most impact on your life so far?
The moment that has impacted my life the most so far was when my parents decided to move to America. We moved here in 1997 in May. I was 6 years old and I still remember some of the things we went through. I will have to do a whole post about it because the story is so long. If we wouldn't have moved here, who knows where I would have been and what I would be doing now.

10. To date, link your favorite blog post you have written. 
One of my most heartfelt posts was the post named We Live In The Airport. The post is about how Ionut and I used to basically just live in the airport, check it out to get the whole story. I also really like my most recent post, Slowly getting back into it, because its about the raw emotions.

My Nominees 
- Ashley from A Faithful Passion
- Ashley from Afternoons with You
- Bella from Dateless in Dallas
- Emily from Emily Ahlbum 
- Margret from Life After Athens
- Valerie from In-Between Life
- Melissa from Making Melissa 
* I couldn't think of anymore 

My Questions for the Nominees
1. What is the reason you started your blog?
2. What is your favorite season and why?
3. Who is one person you are most thankful for?
4. If your life was a movie, what movie would it be?
5. Would your 8 year old self be proud of where you are in life?
6. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
7. Are you more of a texter or more of a caller?
8. Describe your perfect day. 
9. What are 3 things you couldn't life without?
10. To day, link your favorite blog post you have written. 

Thanks again to Jessica for this great opportunity! I'll be on the look out for the posts from the blogs I nominated. Also, make sure to check out the blogs I nominated if you haven't before. 

April 19, 2014

Slowly getting back into it...

This might be the longest post that you will ever read on this blog or any blog 
but I hope you read all, if not most, of what I have to say 
because it all holds near and dear to my heart 
and maybe some of you have gone through something like this before.

Life Recently - 
Man oh man, where do I begin? I would love to tell you that I haven't been blogging because I've been busy enjoying life, traveling or planning a wedding but the truth of the matter is I haven't been blogging because I'm heartbroken. That word is so much harder to see on paper screen than to actually say it. Whenever I say that word it just flies into the wind but when I type it, it's embedded on this page forever.

Ionut and I came to the conclusion that if neither one of us want to move there is no point to continue. Ionut is the man behind this blog, he is was My Guy. It's hard because I always prayed for him to come back to Cleveland. But I know he always prayed for me to move to Florida. I don't want to rehash what happened between him and I because I don't think my heart can handle it right now. Being alone is scary, being with someone else makes me sick to my stomach and even more, thinking about him with someone else is a feeling that is indescribable. He was it, he was mine, I was his, I was supposed to be his wife and he was supposed to be my husband. But life has a funny way of working out and putting other things first. Yes we both might seen selfish but if you understood our backgrounds/personalities you would understand why neither of us want to give in and move. 

Oh goodness, I'm getting emotional just typing this. Ok I'm done talking about that. Long and painful story made short and a little more bearable...we chose different paths.

Moving out - 
One thing that I've been wanting to do is move out on my own. It's so hard to understand that I need to focus on only myself and my needs now but I'll get there. I started looking at apartments and I found one I really like. Well I like the apartment complex, the location of the actual apartment is perfect only thing standing in my way is the fact that someone still lives there. The guy moves out April 30th and I want to be the one moving in once he moves out. I think I'm going to go put my deposit on the apartment so no one else can take it, because with my luck someone will get it before I can go look at it.  Or I kind of just want to go knock on the guys door and ask him if I can have a quick look around.
I'm really excited and nervous to move out on my own. I think I really need to see what I'm capable of doing on my own. 

Something I've always wanted to do was do a wine tasting/tour. Last weekend I got a few close girl friends together to go with me to Canton's Gervasi Vineyards for a girls day trip. I really needed a pick me up after everything going on and Ionut being on a cruise for a bachelor party just had me thinking all kinds of none sense. Let me try to explain to you how amazing this place way. This place was out of this world, so relaxing and just had such a beautiful vibe. 
#selfies on the way to Canton
Snacks on the way 
And we are here!!

Enjoyed some wine while we toured

One of the coolest sinks I've ever seen
#selfies while we tour
A little blurry but that's ok
In the tasting room


Cheers to good friends
amazing appetizer
Everyone's dinner was mouthwatering
Let's sit around, chat and enjoy great wine.
Of course we had to have dessert.
Messing around on Lavi's phone while she was in the bathroom.
this place was beautiful
I definitely want to stay here one night.
It was a trip much needed to a place I've really wanted to go.

This Blog - 
I started this blog to be able to capture mine and Ionut's relationship growing into a hopeful marriage. It was about him and I starting a life together, about being able to document everything and anything we did together or apart. Now, I'm not sure what course I want to take with it. I'm thinking about just keeping it a Lifestyle blog about life in general. My biggest problem is the name, Boarding Together came because of two people boarding together in life. Now I'm alone and I don't know what to name it. Do you have any suggestions?

Recent posts -  
My recent posts have been a reflection of my life the past two weeks. Yes, I haven't posted and that is mostly because I don't know what to say because I'm speechless and because I'm not sure of the direction I want to go with this blog anymore. I guess I should explain what I mean...

The post titled How To Deal - Lover Moves Away was meant to get things off my chest with how things played out with Ionut and I when he decided to move away. I wrote the post as I remembered how things happened. Of course it wasn't the whole story about how I promised him that I would move down there to be with him and what not because the post was only about when he moved away. If you go to the post, you can see where he commented on it. Some of the things he said were true some were a little grey but that's ok. I would think most people wouldn't publish a comment like that but I have nothing to hide. 

I used the post 32 Things That Make Me Happy to focus on me and only me. With everything going on in my life I needed to focus on the positives. So I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else and wrote that post. I swear that link-up was an act of God because it really forced me to focus on some positives. 

And my last post Wednesday = Me Time was where I said that I need to take some me time. Mostly because I didn't know what to do with myself mentally, physically and even spiritually. The day I wrote that post Ionut and I hadn't talked for about 4 days and it was hard....it's still hard. I also took time to figure out in what direction I want to take this blog. 

Did you read the whole post? 
If you didn't it's ok, but I hope you read some of it.
Have you gone through a hard breakup?<-- I hate that word.
How do you bring yourself up when you're down?
What do you think I should name my blog?
How has life been treating you lately?