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A recent broke graduate determined to become more tech savvy for a career in online marketing. I am infatuated with fashion trends that my budget does not cover (thanks student loans& the economy!). Currently learning to take constructive criticism and embrace it. Taking each day one step at a time even though my goals and aspirations make my head spin a thousand miles per minute.

Trembling With Love: An Open Letter to My Uncle

Two years ago my Uncle Richard passed away at the early age of sixty two. It was an unexpected loss in my family which made saying goodbye so much more painful. For ten years, my Uncle Richard fought a long and hard battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Being a former athlete, meant Parkinson’s took away everything he enjoyed doing. His body no longer cooperated as he would have desired and to him, that was the ultimate form of defeat. My Uncle Richard always said that he did not want Parkinson’s to be the cause of his death. Ironically, it was not what killed him, a heart aneurysm did. Even though he no longer walks this earth, I find it fitting to write him a letter because he is still here in spirit.

Dear Uncle Richard,

When you died, I thought my world ended. I will never forget that day for the rest of my life. I was napping on a Sunday afternoon and the house phone rang. I never pick up the phone because the calls are usually telemarketers. I heard the automated voice say that it was my Uncle Gary calling. I still ignored it because I assumed he was calling to tell my mom something. When I heard him say over the voice mail, that something had happened to you and it is a “code blue.” I awoke from being half asleep. Honestly, I did not have the heart to call back to hear the news that you were dead. At that point, I was assuming you were dead, I knew, I could just feel it. I cried and screamed, ran to the phone and called my mom. She was getting her nails done so she didn’t pick up, I called and called and called. Finally, my mom returned home to receive Uncle Gary’s voice mail. When she first tried to call him back, he did not answer. So she called Aimee and she knew nothing. Just as my mom was going to make another phone call to try to find something out, Uncle Gary called back. I will never forget the look on my mother’s face as she stood outside, answering the phone, and looking back at me through the glass door screaming, “he’s dead.” Instantly dropping to my knees, I felt like my heart had been ripped my chest and torn into a million pieces. My worst assumption was the absolutely correct.

Two years later, not a day goes by that I have not thought of you. Someday, I hope I find the courage to participate in an organization that helps toward the fight to cure Parkinson. I promised in my eulogy about you that I would do that and unfortunately, I have not kept my word just yet.  There are so many things I wish I would have told you or done while you were alive. I wish we would have been closer. I wish that I would have hugged you tighter the last time I saw you. I wish you would have known that I thought you were the greatest and funniest father that I have ever known. Now, I have to live with regret because I never did those things. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive my mistakes. However, since you have passed, I have managed to gather most of the birthday cards you have sent me and many pictures of you and I together when I was younger. It is a blessing to look back at these sentimental items and realized what a treasure it was to have you as my uncle.

Everyone in our family is doing well. Since you have passed, we have been to Atlanta three times, which is a lot considering before 2010, we had only come to visit once in nine years. In October, we will be traveling to Atlanta again to see your daughter make her bat mitzvah. I know how much you would have loved to be there. Each time we have visited Atlanta in the past two years, we have always visited your grave. It hurts to look at your grave and see your name because til this day, it still does not feel real, not having you here.

As for me, I am doing fine and I am the happiest I have ever been. I have met a wonderful guy, that you would have loved. He enjoys playing pool, so I know you two would have gotten along. Also, he is extremely funny- in a way he reminds me of you. He is down to earth, kindhearted, and loves everything about me. To sum it up, he is everything I ever wanted and more. I always thought, when I got married that you would be the one walking me down the isle. Even though that is not possible now, I hope that when the time comes, I will feel your presence around me and you will be proud that I have found love.

Your death changed me and made me realize how important my family is to me. I always understood the importance of family but I was never aware how limited my time may be with the people I love. As cliche as it sounds, you never know how long you have to spend with your loved ones so it is critical to make sure you make all your moments count. Your positive and free spirit is how I want to be and each day I am making strides towards becoming that better person that I desire to be. Thank you for providing me with a father figure and role model for the twenty one years that I knew you. Please continue to watch over us and make sure to play cards with Bubbie and Poppy often. I love you with all my heart.

Love forever and always,
Nicole

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Winter Skates and Breakfast Dates

Most of us that live in Cleveland will tell you there is nothing to do during the weekends in the winter. Although I love this city, I have to admit – it does get pretty boring during Saturday and Sunday. Of course when I was in college, it was the same bars and clubs to look forward to every weekend but now that I am in the working world, that too has become redundant. However, my boyfriend and I decided to compile a list of things we could this winter to create memories (we are adorable- I know). Two weekends ago we tackled two of our winter activities and let me tell you- we had a blast.

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Our first stop of the weekend was the Wade Oval Rink in University Circle. In general, University Circle is a hidden gem, there are so many beautiful attractions such as the park and delicious restaurants (so I hear). During the winter months, the Wade Oval Rink opens up to the public. If you bring your own skates, it is free, if you choose to rent, it is $3. We went during the day around two o’ clock. There were a few families when we arrived but it was not over crowded, which was nice. However, when we stepped onto the ice we realized just how small and unpaved the ice rink was. I am not an expert skater so I was shaky starting off and the unpaved ice definitely contributed to my difficulty. Although that was a huge fault of the rink’s, we did not go there because we were looking to professionally skate, we went for the novelty of outdoor skating in the winter. As we skated around the rink, there was music playing and kids laughing- it was a beautiful sight and I loved every minute of it.

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After our adventure to the Wade Oval Rink, the following morning we went to breakfast in Tremont at Lucky’s Cafe. As we entered, the place was packed- I could tell it was family owned and friendly. Considering how crowded the restaurant was, I was expected to see a spectacular menu that left me drooling.However, as I read the menu during our wait for a table,I was not overly thrilled with what I was reading. Yet, I did find something that sparked my interested. Once we were seated,ordered, and our food was brought to us, I could not be more wrong about not being enticed by everything on the menu. The food around us looked deletable and our meal was a slice of heaven in my opinion. I savored every last bite. My boyfriend and I have a tendency to split our meals so we will order something we both want to try that way we will both receive half of something we wanted to eat.I am so glad we did that because what he ordered, which was Lucky’s infamous waffles- were to die for. I got sausage biscuits and as my mother would say, they were enough to feed an army. I could go on and on about how this was the best breakfast of my life but I will let the pictures do the talking for me. I will definitely be adding Lucky Cafe to one of my favorite breakfast spots in Cleveland. The only thing that I will warn you about, if you decide to try breakfast here is that it is a bit pricey but it is beyond worth it for the amount of food and quality service you receive.lcs

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If you are from Cleveland, are there any places you would suggest heading to during the winter weekends?

Ten Years From Now…

Every morning on my way to work, I listen to Elvis Duran and The Morning Show. A topic that they brought up a couple days ago really resonated with me. They began discussing how far one another has come in their life whether it involved their relationships, careers, or families. People often say statements like “ten years from now I hope to be doing this or that.”

Ten years from now, I will be thirty three years old and honestly, I do not know where or what I will be at that point in my life because I am at the start of my career and I am still learning a lot about myself each and every day. After pondering about ten years from now, I began to think about where I was ten years ago. Ten years ago, I was thirteen years old- it makes me sick to think that I was at the beginning of my teenage years but I guess that proves how fast time flies.

When I was thirteen, I was in eighth grade and I had the dream of becoming a dentist someday. I continued believing that was the career I wanted to pursue until I hit age sixteen and took my first chemistry class. After that, I rethought what I wanted to do with my life. Back then, if I would have thought to myself where I would be ten years from that time period- I would have never guessed I would have ended up where I am. I would not believe that I ended up going into a career in internet marketing or I would proud to be Jewish (when I was younger I was ashamed of my religion because I was picked on about it) or I would find my amazing boyfriend on an online dating site (it still makes me laugh thinking about it).

Reflecting back on the past twenty three years makes me feel accomplished and excited to see what is in store ten years from now. I think that too often, we come down on ourselves about everything that is wrong in our lives or how something we planned does not always go according to schedule. It is important to realize that everything takes time and will eventually fall into place. That is easier said than done but it really is the truth. Trust me, from personal experience- when I graduated college, I thought I had a job lined up and it fell through. I was mad at myself and the world. I had worked so hard and for what? However, the past nine months have proved me wrong. I finally found my career and I am content where I am right now even though it is not what I had planned for. To sum it up, you will not realize how extraordinary you are or how far you have come until you stop over analyzing your life and comparing yourself to others.

As cliche as this sounds, life is what you make of it and life is too short not to be happy and feel good about yourself. I know I am not exactly where I want to be in my life but that is because everything takes time and I have to work hard before I see the results I am hoping to achieve someday. It is like working out, you cannot expect to lose weight and look your best by eating cake and sitting on the couch (although that does sound wonderful.)  Live your life to the best of your ability and never stop dreaming. As for the future, do not worry about it- just dream for a better tomorrow. And when you need a confidence booster- think about how far you have come in your lifetime and be proud of what you have accomplished. You have done a great job :).

Best Commercials of SuperBowl XLVII

The SuperBowl ads are what most people are anticipating if they favorite teams are not playing in the game. This year not only was I not impressed with the game (keep in mind- I know pretty much nothing about football), but the commercials also bored me. However, there were some diamonds in the rough that made me laugh. And if you can make me laugh- then I consider that decent marketing. Here are my top choices of SuperBowl XLVII commercials in order of what I felt was the best (funniest):

1. Honestly, nothing makes me laugh harder than a screaming goat that has had his Doritos taken from him. I love how Doritos let the fans vote on the best commercial. In addition, I am really impressed that these were FAN-MADE commercials. This was a great way to engage the lovers of Doritos. 

2.  I found this GoDaddy commercial to be repulsive but I am infatuated with their tag line “When sexy meets smart, your small business scores.” Also, they used Twitter to engage the fans with the hashtag #TheKiss. I am sure there were some pretty interesting hashtags last night but I will allow you to do that research yourself ;).

3. Oreo was ahead of the game this year by using the social network Instagram to get users to choose a side – cream or cookie? Kudos to them for thinking outside of the box and using one of the newest and most popular social networks to brands. Besides that, I love the irony of people fighting/agruing while whispering in a library.

4. There are a lot of great elements that were incorporated into this commercial. I thought it was clever that the tag line “Live Mas” inspired Taco Bell to decide to have the background music (“We Are Young” By FUN) play in Spanish. Using old people to break the stereotype that Taco Bell is not only for the young and rebellious was also an ingenious idea. It also represented that just because your old does not mean you cannot enjoy the delicious goodness of Taco Bell- especially late at night.

5. “Come back when you have a team.” All I can say it was an awesome way to present the seven passenger Hyundai Santa Fe while spicing it up with humorous kids involved.

What were your favorite SuperBowl XVLII commercials and why?

Effective Weight Loss Workout by BeFit

Ever since flu season hit and I developed a cold, my workouts have not been the same. I have not had the energy or the determination to get back to my regular routine. My excuse is that I do not want to wear myself out and get sick again (I know it is possibly the worst excuse ever). Finally, I have found a workout that has inspired me to get back to into shape. Occasionally, I will check out the BeFit YouTube channel when I get tired of using the treadmill or my other workout DVDs. The video below called Total Body Weight Loss (Level 1). It made me sweat more in twenty minutes than I sweat when I am running on the treadmill for forty five minutes. This workout is the perfect combination of intense cardio with breaks in between to catch your breath. Lately, I have heard health experts on the radio talk about doing spurts of intense exercise then resting for a small amount of time because that gets the heart rate pumping and causes muscle confusion within one workout. Check out this video and let me know what you think!

American Horror Story: Murder House Vs. Asylum

It seems like just yesterday was October 17, 2012 and I began watching American Horror Story Asylum. Even though I am sad that the season wrap up, I am very excited to see what is in store for American Horror Story 3. Both seasons of American Horror Story have been disturbing, creepy, and controversial. Yet, which season had our skin cringing more?  Let’s breakdown the elements of both seasons to find out which one scarier.

American Horror Story (Original: Murder House):

Each episode took the viewers back to a period of time that took place in the haunted house, specifically what was known as the murder house. A majority of the ghosts and characters were introduced during the glance of the past. It was a great way to predict what would go on in each episode because after it became routine each week that an older time period would be introduced, you knew another character (ghost) would be featured in that episode.

The element of a Romeo and Juliet love story made the first season more than just a horror story. I looked forward each week to seeing the love of Tate and Violet develop. It was also tragic to see the love between Ben and Vivian dwindle. I felt that one of the biggest questions during the season was – can love conquer all? However, it seems that evil was a force to be reckoned with in the murder house.

Evil lived and lurked inside of murder house. Many of the ghosts blamed the house for their destruction. Yet, it  was not the house that tore people and families apart, it was them creating their own demise. Each person that died in that house, had problems before living there that made them bitter, guilty, and angry. Speaking of trouble ridden characters, there was one is particular, who stole the show with their amazing acting.

The cruelest character of them all in the first season was played by Jessica Lange. I could not help but to hate and love her at the same time. She was greedy, conniving, sassy, and brilliant. One would have thought that the strife Constance (Jessica Lange) endured throughout her lifetime that she would have went insane or died. But, she prevailed by staying strong and sneaky. Even with wonderful actors and actresses, there is still one thing this season lacked.

At the time that the first season ended, I am not sure how many fans were aware that the new season would be a completely different story. I could not believe that everyone from the Harmin family died and their new soul purpose would be to keep the living away from murder house. It was cheesy which made me question why the entire season was shocking and mortifying. After having some time to reflect upon the ending, I can understand the reason why everyone needed to die. The only way for the Harmin family to ever be happy again was if they were reunited through death. Plus, we were still given a creepy ending as we watched the demon child sitting in his rocking chair as he smiles down at his dead nanny.

American Horror Story Asylum:

When I first heard that this season would take place in an asylum, I was thrilled. Nothing scares me more than a bunch of psychopaths. However, this season almost had too many scenarios going on to keep track of. There was a dictating nun, a narcissistic pastor, the devil, a nazi scientist, a mass murder that acted as a psychiatrist, aliens, the angel of death, and a nosy reporter. There were many different stories and although they all fit together in the end, it was a lot to keep track of. Let’s start off with talking about actors’ performances.

I loved Lily Rabe’s performance of the devil this season. She was phenomenal, we saw some of her cruel ways in season one as she played the first owner of murder house, but this season she outdid herself. Her transition from a sweet innocent nun to the devil that shows no mercy to anyone was impeccable.  Jessica Lange as the dictating nun was perfect. It was amazing to see how powerful she starts off in the season and how she is slowly conquered. It was karma to see her evil ways come back to haunt her.

Another star performance was, Sarah Paulson, who steals the show this season. Her character was feisty and lovable at the same time. She played a tough victim that refuses to give up until she succeeds and I loved how she continued that behavior throughout the entire season. Besides amazing performances, the biggest shocker of the season had to do with Blood Face.

What shocked me the most this season was Bloody Face being revealed. I could not believe it was the psychiatrist, Dr. Thredson. I was convinced until he was revealed that he was someone that we could consider a protagonist. However, him ending up to be the biggest lunatic of them all (besides his son) was a perfect twist in the middle of the season. Even with shocking twist, turns, and performances, there was still some parts of the season that disappointed me.

Besides too many different stories and conflicts going on during AHS Asylum, bringing aliens into the mix was ridiculous and farfetched. I do understand that Murphy included the aliens because this season took place in the 60’s when alien invasions were something humans were terrified of. I believe it reduced how scary the season was and should not have been mixed in with mass murders and the devil.

I enjoyed the ending of this season more than the first because it gave me closure by how the last episode wrapped up. The flashback to Sister Jude talking to Lana from the first episode made watching the whole season worth it. Sister Jude talks about Lana snooping too hard for what she wants to find out. And Sister Jude says, “If you look into the face of evil, evil will look right back.” I thought this left many interpretations about Lana as a person and what she went through the whole season because she went searching for evil.

After comparing the two seasons, I  believe that season one was a better because it was a more terrifying storyline. People dying in their own home and haunting it for eternity, is just plain creepy. I hope season three will be the best season yet! Which season was your favorite and why?

Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 (According to Me)

As an avid movie lover, it is only right that I discuss the movies of 2013 that excite me. There are a lot of remakes and sequels to hit the big screen this year, as well new thrillers and movies based on popular novels. Let’s take a look at the movies I cannot wait to see.

gangster-squadGangster Squad: Everything about this trailer makes me excited to see this movie. From Ryan Gosling’s accent to Emma Stone once again teaming up with Ryan Gosling. It just seems awesome. For the past couple weeks, I have heard the movie reviews from various radio stations saying the movie was excellent. In addition, many bloggers have said that is was a fast paced movie, which is what I prefer. Unfortunately, Rotten Tomatoes gave Gangster Squad a 33%. The only way to find out if the movies was great or not, is to go and see it! I predict that it will not be the average gangster movie. I think it will have a twist and be a movie SideEffects2013Posterwe can remember throughout 2013.

Side Effects: I have no idea who Rooney Mara is, but all I know is that she looks dangerous in this movie- and I LIKE IT. From watching the trailer, it appears that the movie has to do with a woman taking a medication and possibly becoming a murder or more of a sociopath than she already was. That is just my guess- either way it looks suspenseful and intriguing. Plus- Channing Tatum is in it and it will be interesting to see him play in a thriller as opposed to a comedy or romance. It is about time!

carrie2013Carrie (2013): I am jumping for joy, this is the remake I have been waiting for. When I think back to the original Carrie movie, it was terrifying when I was kid. However, if I was to watch the poor quality of the visual effects now, I know that I would be disappointed. This is exactly why this movie needed a remake! Besides, Chloë Grace Moretz is in it! This fifteen year old girl could not be any creepier. She has haunted my dreams since I watched Let Me In (2010).

World War Z: When I saw the trailer to this in theaters, I was on the edge of my seat. I was so enthralled by the trailer, that I had to re-watch it on YouTube, once I got home fWorld War Z cutdownrom the movies. I am usually not a Brad Pitt fan but, he looks like a born leader in this movie that is ready to save the world from some type of zombie apocalypse. Apparently, World War Z was originally a book so I hope it follows the storyline in the novel and does not disappoint readers!

Despicable Me 2: Now do not think I am crazy, but I recently just saw the first Despicable despicable-me-2Me and I LOVED IT. Everything about this movie was adorable and funny. As usual, a movie would not be good if I did not shed some type of tear at the end (I promise it was a happy tear). From the trailer, which did not give much of a clue as to what the plot is- it seems like there might be an alien invasion involved. Regardless, I am sure it will be a cute movie, but I am not sure how it will top the adorableness of the first one!

What movies are you looking forward to seeing in 2013?