Hopefully My Absence is Over

Life hasn’t afforded me the time for a blog post in a while. Here’s what’s going on:

  1. I’ve been very immersed in my new job, I am working on some awesome things I can’t talk about now because of trade secrets etc, but billing and payments in online insurance are about to get much much better.
  2. My long term, live in girlfriend of four years and I broke up. This stuff is always hard, but new beginnings are nice too.
  3. I moved from the West Side of Cleveland to Cleveland Heights (the East Side.) I miss the West Side but am loving exploring this part of town and being close to the Grog Shop and the Beachland. Incidentally I’m only 5 minutes from the Apple Store now. I’m also really excited to have a dedicated office space.
  4. I’ve been doing a lot of freelance. I finished teaching my class, but I’ll be teaching another for Fall semester.
  5. I started seeing someone else who is amazing (and also a talented baker) and I’m sure I will gush about her to the point your RSS feed will make you puke and you’ll unsubscribe.

I’ve also been putting some serious time and (ugh) money into decorating the new place. I bought a new couch and loveseat, I’m still waiting for the couch to be delivered. I’m getting a new dining room table. I’ve done a ton of painting (with lots of help.) I am replacing all my bedding and towels. I am going to put up all new window treatments. Someone should bar me from Crate & Barrel. I’ve also been going crazy with the Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s, and ended up with Martha Stewart paint. The dining room color is called Mint Gelato. The list goes on and on, so I’ve made two photo sets on Flickr, a before and an in progress. Here’s a few highlights:

I also want to mention Room Service, a fabulous shop where I bought my throw pillows on Detroit in the Gordon Square Arts District. They were pretty reasonable and have a lot of pieces by local designers and artists.


  1. Brendan

    Are those Sara Hoover prints I see?

  2. Josh

    Cleveland Heights is a great part of town. I used to live in South Euclid and spent a lot of time at the IHOP in Severance Town Center. I also loved The Grog Shop and I’m hoping when I’m out in Cleveland in August (to see Radiohead at Blossom) that I’ll be able to catch something at The Grog Shop also.

    It’s both a good and bad thing that the Apple Store and Crate & Barrel are so close to each other…

    It’s great to hear that you are doing well. :)

  3. beth

    Brendan, they are indeed. I saw some of her stuff at bizarre bazaar and have been regretting not getting it ever since. I think I actually want to get another one of her prints to go with these two.

    Josh, when you’re back in town get in touch and maybe we can grab lunch or dinner!

  4. Nate Klaiber

    Glad to hear you are more settled in. I’m not terribly familiar with either part of Cleveland (remember, I drive 1.5 hours to the meetups, hehe), but I think it would be fun to be in your shoes and have new things to explore.

    Now, the part I envy most is being so close to the Apple store. If that was the case for me, my furniture would be made of Mac Pros.

    Keep posting some more pics as you get more settled in.

  5. beth

    Nate I meant to tell you your new place looks awesome! You will also have to post some pics when you’re all done unpacking. Tedious process, I know haha.

  6. Josh Walsh

    Looks really nice Beth, even though you are an evil east-sider now.

    Seriously, when’s the CWSA house-warming party? I can smell the beef already.

  7. beth

    As soon as I get myself to Ikea for a new dining room table there will totally be a CWSA party! My couch finally gets delivered next week, I can’t wait!

  8. Josh

    When I go to see Radiohead, I’m only going for the show because I have some commitments before and after. However, I’ll be back on August 9th to see We Are Scientists at the Grog Shop. If you want to go to that, let me know. I always buy extra tickets in case some friends want to come at the last minute. If not, we can do lunch before.

  9. Jen

    So sorry to hear about the breakup - but it sounds like you’ve got so many other great things going! :)

    I spent an inordinate amount of time during my college days at the Grog Shop. Ah, the memories. I’d love to get back up there sometime soon.

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