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I like my job just fine, but you need a break from time to time and recently I decided to take a half day to relax a little before a big, scary Monday.  I still wanted to have my semi-monthly lunch date/Secretary therapy session with my friends Tina and Megan so after I was off the clock, we headed to Sake on Miller Lane in Vandalia.  I hadn’t been there since I was probably 13 or so and nothing had really changed, which was nice.  The place is still a lot of fun and I love how they don’t skip on anything even though it’s lunch.

We might need to work this place into our normal rotation of restaurants because after lunch at Sake, it really feels like you’ve been away for a while.  Without noticing it, they get you entertained, well fed, and out the door in plenty of time to get back to work (unless, of course, you took a half day).

Sake
7260 Miller Lane
Dayton, OH  45414
(937) 898-9834
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I posted recently about how much I love the Wet n Wild Megalast nail polishes, but I always had a problem with the Sugar Coat shade never looking complete.  It was definitely missing something, but what?  Then one day while running errands, I spotted Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength Jewel Overcoat in Ring-a-Ding! – a sort of rose gold confetti glitter – and it totally clicked!  The other day, I tried to create the manicure I had so hoped would work in my head and I think it turned out really neat.  The subdued ballet pink balances the fun of the confetti glitter pretty well, if I do say so myself. (Please forgive the messiness, I was about to run to the gym but wanted to snap a few pictures beforehand in case any nail got ruined while working out.  Also, these pictures do not do the polish justice because in motion, the glitter is very shiny and sparkly.)

We believe people don’t perform at their highest levels unless they are having fun doing it.

– Eric Ryan + Adam Lowry, Cofounders of Method, The Method Method

To this weary worker, the ideals espoused in The Method Method of a modern workplace seem dreamy and farfetched.  Reading Ryan and Lowry’s book feels like reading fantasy because I work in a typical workplace entrenched in the traditional ways of doing things.  I’m so inspired by their ideas on creating an office culture that is both fun and productive as well as nurturing and encouraging.

If you can’t be yourself at work, you’re not going to do good work.

It seems so simple and uncomplicated, so why do traditional workplaces have such a hard time understanding this?  I long for the workplace utopia discussed in these pages.  Method, take me away!

Now that we are settled in our house, we have established a sort of rhythm to the weekend.  Our best weekends are loosely (if at all) planned out and just sort of unfold at an easy pace.

We start the day with brunch, many times from the Starlite Restaurant:

Next, we peruse the shelves at Belmont Party Supply (they have the most diverse beer section I’ve ever seen – I wish we could have taken my dad here because he would have refused to leave, it’s that close to a beer enthusiast/shopaholic paradise).

After taking our winnings home, we gather up our library books and walk to East Library:

No weekend is complete without a cold walk in the fading sunshine – and maybe some time on the swings.

We round out the afternoon with a trip to Ghostlight Coffee for a latte.