Written September 19, 2015...
Sooooo - I haven't blogged in a while. Starting back to work at the end of January put quite a dent in my leasure time which is sometimes then used to blog. Also, moving back to cincinnati things see more "normal" less "blogworthy" than life in Key West. We aren't spending weekends on the ocean and celebrating festival after festival. But I love Cincinnati just the same. I'm so happy to be back to hills and trees and overcast days and cold weather. Almost 1 year later i feel like i'm ready to stop "getting things settled" and start having a great blog-worthy time again! One thing i'm really looking forward to as the weather starts to cool down is playing. I know. A lot of people love to be outside and play in the summer - but its too hot for me.
Annnnnnd now, December 5, 2015... Or 17th by the time I actually finished...
So yeah. I really do want to blog again. Certainly because I want to please my "fans" but also because I love having my blog to look back on to remember moments in my life.
Sooooo, what's been going on since my last blog on February 14, 2015? (and a thing or two before that never got blogged about)
February 4, 2015 - This all started as we chatted with Mike, the proprietor of Ludlow wines and asked him what food was best pared with Port. He suggested something hearty like bacon. The Hoffman's invited us to their estate and as Mark and I are Bacon connoisseurs we have found the best bacon in the city and it is available at Kroger & Sons at Findlay Market. We ate plain bacon, brown sugar and cinnamon bacon and bacon with Grippos BBQ seasoning. That night the 4 of us ate 3 pounds of bacon and various amounts of potatoes with a mysterious cheese that smelled like feet before cooked.
Feb. 26ish, 2015 -It snowed and we let the cats out to walk in it - they didn't like it much. So they went in and Mark and I went to Burnet Woods to have some fun.
We created a snow cat. It was popular among the neighborhood children. Even into the summer when one particular child walks by he always reminds his parents that we were the house with the snow cat. One time he told me he liked it and then he told me his cat died. He was very matter-of-fact - not sad.
I stopped for a "snow bunny" pose on the jeep.
Mark took a calmer approach and climbed a tree for some peace.
March 16ish, 2015 - The river flooded so we headed down to Bicentennial Commons and the Serpentine Wall to enjoy. Mark found he has his own town along the Ohio.
March 13, 2015 - I finally finished this pillow I had been wanting to make for Mark. He loves grumpy cat. If you want one the pattern check out Sew What Sherlock?
March - Back in November of 2014 I attended my first meeting of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt guild. Since then I've had fun working on a few new quilts based on the different techniques I've learned and challenges we've had.n I was working on a flying geese pillow cover and couldn't decide on a layout.
This is a quilt I was starting using the "slice and insert" technique. At first I didn't like the technique at all but once I started using this old pink sheet that was sun faded and coffee stained I really just fell in love. This quilt is also the first wall hanging I ever made.
Also in March - Bikini Body Guide (aka BBG) - I started this new workout program that I found online and I really liked it because you don't really have to think - you just follow the program and I loved that there is a HUGE online family on Instagram. I started separate IG account just for this so I didn't have to overload my quilty friends with progress pics and sweaty pics. I am really happy with the results I got from the program. This is a pic from the first workout.
This new program as well as looking at all the "fitspo" online has led me to buy TONS of new workout clothes. Don't worry too much as most of them came from my fave place - the Valley Thrift. This isn't even all - there are many more pairs of shorts and long sleeve tops that have been purchased since this photo.
I made it through the first twelve weeks and started on a second round!
April - Jamie's dad got a really good deal on clown noses and Mark and I were lucky to be recipients of two. We brought them downtown to Fountain Square.
See the resemblance?
May or June - Ugh - the carpet in our bedroom was so gross. There was no other carpet in the apartment so with the landlord's blessing we pulled it up. It was so gross that when I would vaccum it it would just kind of disintegrate.
We visited the Museum of the Great Lakes. It was pretty cool.
Mark got the ship under control.
At Cedar Point we road to the front of the park at the end of the day via the gondolas and the slow-moving-yet-high-up ride was kinda scary. Even though we went on just about every other ride in the park - including the really high and fast ones - this creeping slow mover gave me the willies.
June 12 - Jurassic World. HUGE. Jurassic Park is pretty much "our movie" so this was a pretty big deal for us. Mark made some chalk art the day before in anticipation.
We wore our matching t shirts to the theater. We weren't the only couple both in JP t shirts but we were the only couple in MATCHING ones.
The movie release coincided with an amazing week where Kroger had skyline chili on sale for $2.50 for the big can. So we stocked up.
After the movie we cooked some up for a late night snack and somehow I set the fringe of this towel on fire.
July - I noticed this sign not far from our neighborhood. We REALLY love Vernor's Ginger Ale.
Then put a bit of syrup in the bottom of a glass, add ice, gently top with orange juice, orange liquor and whiskey.
August 7, 2015 - On a Friday afternoon I was in a car accident. Some young guy hit my car from behind and spun me around. My car was totaled and while I wasn't seriously injured it was enough to really set me back on my fitness goals. The whole experience from not being able to work out, to dealing with the insurance company to getting a new (to me) car has been really physically and emotionally draining. It's December as I write this and I'm still struggling to get back to where I was pre-accident.I don't want to put in a picture - but I felt this was important to capture in this review because it definitely was an ordeal. But back to happier things...
September 14,2015 - Renaissance Festival - HOLY CRAP Why have I never been to this? It was so much fun. Mark, Dave, Scott and I braved a chilly, rainy September day to visit the festival. We ate giant turkey legs and drank Meade. I bought a ton of stuff including those awesome dragon horns I'm wearing.
September 25, 2015 - The best birthday gift ever. Mark made this chalk board drawing for my 33rd birthday. I don't really even remember anything else. This is amazing.
Mid October 2015 - Mark got new skates. We liked that they were really big and looked like moon boots. I made Mark bust out some poses for me.
Mark is excited to skate.
Have you ever found a strange hobby and just had to take it up? I did. Ball Jointed Dolls. Yeah, people get dolls and paint faces on them and pose them in lifelike ways. Many beginners buy Monster High dolls from any big box store because they are affordable. Then, once home, you can use acetone to remove the factory painted on face and paint on your own. This is my Spectra VonDerGeist doll. At this point I have repainted her lips but she has factory eyes. I was prepping her to wipe off her eyes and decided to test a feature on my new work camera. The camera will record like 3 seconds of video and then take a photo. At this moment I was listening to Gone Girl on audio book and I was really excited by the moment that was captured.
If you can imagine we both carved cat pumpkins.
November 3,2015 - Marks birthday! Oh, and did I mention it's Dinovember too? The Dino's helps to wrap Marks birthday gifts. (Only one dinosaur tooth was harmed in the making of this photo).
During this time Mark was awesome and had my favorite Key West Coffee and potato chips delivered to our house.
After my very successful KonMari style clean out earlier in the year things were still pretty organized. Though truly with only two regular size closets and two dressers in the whole place we just didn't have enough space for all of our clothes and coats and sweaters and such. Soooooo I just had to improve our storage capabilities.
Two IKEA Malm 6-drawers and one Malm 2-drawer later I'm pretty pleased except that our floors are so un-level that the left dresser sits just an inch above the left one. Either way we have tons of storage. Now I just need to get some art or mirrors or something on the walls.