I’ve pretty much been a workaholic in the past. I’ve worked a full time job and a part-time job since about 2000. I’ve learned what an impact a second income can have on your finances and your lifestyle. That’s why when we decided to start a family business, I decided it should be designed to create multiple income streams. Well, sometimes in the past, all I focused on was work and my kids. I didn’t feel like I had time for fun for myself. We would have movie night and they were in sports constantly, but I didn’t do things for myself. So, I’m trying to find balance in my life and see “time” as my friend instead of my enemy. I”m trying to live life to the fullest and enjoy and revel in every minute. Sometimes, when I get overwhelmed or when I don’t want to do something, I try to live my life 5 minutes at a time (this is another topic).
Anyway, in trying to maintain balance, I purposely plan fun things for my family to do, usually it’s the entire family, or sometimes, its a date night with my husband. We go on trips, we go shopping, we have a family business, so we make working together fun, we spend time together, we eat out, we cook together, we watch movies. I plan something every other week that we can look forward to—something big, like a trip, etc. I also plan something small that we can look forward to every week.
One of my favorite things to do is watch comedy, I absolutely love to laugh. Yesterday, we went to see Cedric the Entertainer. Laughter can reduce stress, boost your immune system, relieve pain, improve mood, decrease depression. Laughter is a powerful medicine. My sons, my husband, my mother, my daughter-in-law to be make me laugh til I cry. There’s almost not a day goes by that someone doesn’t have me cracking up at something. If I”m in a bad mood, when I start laughing, I immediately get into a good mood. So I was so excited to see Cedric yesterday. He is my absolute favorite comedian. And, let me tell you he did not disappoint. He was hilarious. He had me in tears the entire time. I’ve been a huge fan of Cedrics for probably over 20 years, when I use to see him on Comic View. I love it when he sings in his acts. He can Sang!! He just makes being funny seem so effortless. He’s been in several television shows—I’ve loved him in every one that I’ve seen, he is just an all-around talent. He put on several shows at the Funny Bone, but I’ve heard that several people say they couldn’t get tickets. I’m glad that I didn’t wait to get my tickets, they sold out fast, and I see why. He came to Columbus, many years ago, but I didn’t get to see him because we had to leave the theater before he came on because of a bomb threat. But, I did get to see him a few years ago, on the Comedy Get Down Tour, with Eddie Griffith, D.L Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy. That was a great show also. But, I like Cedric by himself—a one man show. I can’t wait until he comes again.
These are some of my favorite shows that Cedric has been in:
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We ended our family fun night at the Pearl—a trendy restaurant in the Short North. It was not a fabulous experience. First, we had reservations and still had to wait 40 minutes. There is not a good waiting place, it’s very congested and you feel like you’re in everyone’s way. Very frustrating. But, once we finally got seated, they recognized the frustration and apologized and gave us 2 free appetizers, so to me that compensated for the frustration. However, the wait to get our food was equally frustrating. Our server was nice enough, but there were 2 tables that ordered after we did, and they received their food before we did. Annoying. Also, my husband ordered his steak well done—it was burnt, black and not edible. Completely unacceptable. He couldn’t eat it and he didn’t order anything else because of the time it took to come the first time. Luckily, he had wings at the Funny Bone earlier that night—which were very good. My son and his girlfriend shared a chicken meal and so did my other son and myself. The chicken was pretty good. It came with a sticky cinnamon bun, which was good and green bean casserole, which was not good. I do have to admit, I am a picky eater and I”m more comfortable with down home comfort food, rather than fancy food. They have a lot of seafood type choices and I’m not a seafood lover. We also had home-made tater tots with some type of sauce that was really good. They also have deviled eggs for appetizers. They are spicy, but good. The restaurant is expensive, but because four people shared two meals (which was more than enough food for 2 people), it seemed reasonably affordable. It was extremely noisy. You could barely hear yourself talk. They service is slow. We were there for approximately 2 hours 20 minutes. Our reservation was 9 pm. It was very busy though, but 2 hours and 20 minutes was too long.