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Bucket List: Agora Theater with Apocalyptica

With everything that has been going on with me the last few years, I haven’t been living my best life, you could say. Actually, the past year, I got really depressed before finding out all that is wrong with me. I have made a decision this spring that I cannot live that way anymore, and if there is anything I have learned from having some scary health events the past few years, it is that we need to live our lives to the fullest.
apocalyptica at the agora theater
I created a bucket list. Some of it is really simple…such as silly date ideas or attending festivals and fairs again. Others are going to take time, such as seeing all of my favorite bands. Apocalyptica is one of them…okay, so they kinda ARE my favorite band. I discovered them as a teenager and have been obsessed with this Finnish dream team ever since. Getting to see them in concert, however, has not always been the easiest. I lucked out and saw them some years back at Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA. It was an amazing show! You had people who were tweens…all the way to old people! I was pretty far back though and really wanted an opportunity to see them up close.

Prissy in AC/DC dress
When you go to a concert, you gotta look the part! AC/DC dress by Torrid.

Their Metallica tour this year gave me that opportunity. They played at the Agora Theater at the end of May, and I got my chance to see them super close. I was right up to the stage! It was ah-maz-ing! Seriously, the stuff these guys can do with a cello is just astounding. They can put them over their heads and play. They can make them sound like heavy metal. These guys are super talented!
Eicca playing cello

The Agora Theater is a pretty nice smaller venue. They have parking in the back of the theater, which granted, we had to walk to the front. However, it beats trying to find another place to park. The area has plenty of security, and it was really well-organized. As someone who also suffers from anxiety, the whole experience was quite pleasant. I loved it!
apocalyptica plays metallica on four cellos

I have been adding to my bucket list all summer, and I cannot wait to share with you all some of the other things I have been doing like other concerts and festivals I have attended. To be honest, I feel like it is giving me back my youth! I think everyone should have a bucket list. It doesn’t even have to be things you will accomplish this year or even next. However, it gives you things to look forward to doing. We all need goals!

What are some of the things on your bucket list? Who is your favorite band? Please feel free to share with me in the comments below. Also, if you know someone who could really use a post like this, be sure to share it too!

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How to Do Date Night at Playhouse Square

datenight at playhouse square pin

Not too long ago, the Mister and I got to check out Playhouse Square up in Cleveland to see the production of “The Humans.” If you haven’t done the theater as a date, it should go on your list, and I am going to tell you why and how to do it.

Prissy and the Mister at Playhouse Square
Obligatory selfie of me and the Mister

So… here’s a little bit on how we ended up doing this in the first place. I got tickets for my birthday to go see “The Humans” from two of my close friends. It was a matinee, which was great because then you can have dinner and extend the date. Our tickets came with a parking garage pass, which is a must when you go because the garages can fill up fast, especially if there are other area events that day. This guarantees you a parking space.
Going to the theater is a chance to get fancy for the sake of getting fancy. When the Mister and I were first dating, he used to put on a suit and do this whole James Bond thing. It sounds soooo cliche, but I LOVED IT! Three kids and several years later, he doesn’t do that so much. I miss it, and I really like to find excuses to both of us dressing up. (Just a note to those of you needing some ideas for intimacy, this definitely can be a turn on and cross over into the bedroom. Just saying.)

humans stage set at playhouse square
“The Humans” set

Playhouse Square is fairly easy to navigate, and we found where we needed to go in no time. You don’t have to live in New York City to see a Broadway production. You can find many productions that were on Broadway in bigger cities. Check your closest theater’s website to find shows you want to see.
I absolutely loved the architecture of the theater. It added a glamorous and romantic feel to the day. The show was amazing and very relate-able as a millennial.  The Mister summed it up as depressing and humorous at the same time!

beautiful ceiling at a theater in playhouse square
Gorgeous Ceiling in one of the theaters in Playhouse Square

After the show, we decided to get something to eat while waiting for the parking garage to empty out. It was practical, and there are many places within walking distance. We found this cute little place called PHuel Cafe. Recently, I found out that I have some food allergies, and it has made dining out difficult. This place was like heaven for me! The food is tasty, not too pricey, and allergy friendly. It was easy to find gluten-free and dairy free options. I even got to have dessert! We definitely will be coming back there over the summer!

date night at Playhouse Theater
Feeling Fabulous at Playhouse Square

This is one of those dates that I will not only remember for a long time to come, but it is also something we want to do again. If you are on a budget and looking to do this, sometimes theaters have cheaper prices for seats that are farther back or special deals on matinees and shows they want to fill. Also, Groupon sometimes features different discounts on shows. Make sure you check out what restaurants are available in the area. This is becoming increasingly important for us as we navigate food allergies. Do you know how frustrating it is to start running down the list of options and having to cross off each one? It is time consuming too. So, check your area, be prepared.
Also just go have fun, relax, live it up, enjoy yourself. This can be a really fun time for you and someone you love or want to get to know better. Also…seriously play up on turn ons! It really takes your date nights to a totally different level!
If you are in the Cleveland area, check out Playhouse Square and Phuel Cafe. I hope you enjoyed my date night for this week, and if you did, be sure to share it and pin it for future use!

*Outfit details: Dress by Lindy Bop and purchased at Retro Rosie

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Date Night at Tilt Studio

If you have been together as long as the Mister and I have, sometimes the relationship gets stale. It does not mean that it is a bad relationship, but it does mean that you need to sit down and figure out how to put some more zest into it! For me and the Mister, it means the importance of going on dates. Recently, he and I decided to have a fun night out at Tilt Studio in the Eastwood Mall.
date night at tilt studio eastwood
Tilt Studio features arcade games, mini-bowling, mini-golf, laser tag, and more! They even have a Tilt O Whirl in the center of it!
games at tilt studios
The place is perfect for couples that like a little competition! We had a blast playing games and even had some fun racing cars!
racing cars at tilt studio
Date night should be more than just going to dinner and a movie. This date is creative, and it is good for seasoned couples and also couples that are first starting to date. If you are newly dating, it allows you to show off your fun side, and if conversation is awkward, there is so much else to do. For seasoned couples like us, it is great because we don’t feel ourselves slipping into the pattern of talking about the kids or work. We can focus on us and having fun.
If you don’t live near Tilt Studio, there are also places like Dave and Buster’s that have an adult arcade, which is fun! Just remember to enjoy yourselves!

All photos taken by CW Photography. Jean Jacket thrifted. Tee is from Hot Topic. Jeans are by Torrid.