Some Saturday errands.

We ran some errands late this morning into the early afternoon. We ran over to the Westside to sign our taxes and get those in the mail. We’re happy to report that we’re looking forward to a pretty nice return from the federal but we owed a little to the state. So we’re happy that taxes are done for another year. From there, we ran over to Tire Discounters on North Bend Road. We’ve been having a slow leak in our passenger rear tire. It’s never gone completely flat because we kept putting air in it. But then a few days later the tire pressure warning light would come back on. While we were waiting for our tire to be fixed, we spied a Skyline down the street. So instead of waiting in the tire waiting room, we walked down the road and had lunch at Skyline! Genifer and I haven’t had Skyline together in forever…

While we were at Skyline, Genifer found this sticker in Swarm that we didn’t know existed. And it’s funny because well, it’s named Oscar…

Mmmm, cheese coneys…

The tire place said your rear tires had near bald spots on them so we had the rear tires replaced. So now we have four brand new tires on our car and we should be good on the whole tire thing for a while again…

Errands aren’t that much fun. Buying new tires isn’t that much fun either. But the Skyline was outstanding. 😀🧀🌭❤️

My six-week post-op checkup.

This afternoon I had my six-week post-operation checkup…

It’s pretty crazy to think that it’s already been six weeks since my hip surgery

They took a couple of x-rays of my new hip. My doctor said that everything looked great on the x-rays. And he said that it looked like I was walking very well with my new hip. Everyone at The Christ Hospital did such an amazing job with this entire procedure. It’s incredible to think that just six weeks after my surgery, I’m walking unassisted without crutches or a cane and without any pain. I’m not going to post photos of the x-rays in this blog post but you can see them here, here, and both of them here. They’re not gross or anything but I know some people might be squeamish about that sort of thing. And that’s okay. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about seeing them. But I was kind of in awe of them. Looking at the x-rays, it’s just pretty crazy to think that piece of hardware is inside of me along with one very sizeable screw. And what really struck me after looking at the x-rays is that the whole thing didn’t hurt more. You’d think there would have been some amount of rather horrific pain afterwards. But that wasn’t the case at all. There was very little pain after my surgery and throughout the entire recovery process. I hope everything goes just as smoothly with my next hip surgery because this one wasn’t really that bad at all.

Next week, I have my last two sessions of physical therapy and then I’m done with everything for a few months until I have my other hip replaced at the end of June, physical therapy in July and I’ll be good as new by August.  😀🏥❤️

Mack’s first vet appointment.

There are a handful of vets that offer a free first veterinary check-up within the first seven days of adoption of a pet from SPCA. This afternoon we got Mack into the vet for his first check-up. We took him to Monfort Heights Animal Clinic on North Bend Road. They were so nice! And we’re happy to report that they said Mack is in great health with no issues. He got his rabies shot updated and everything else was pretty much good to go. It was a really big day for him. Being in the car really freaks him out. It’s like he thinks we’re taking him back to SPCA Northside. When we got home, he crashed out pretty hard and was all tuckered out for the rest of the evening…

If only he was this chill every evening. 😀🐶🐾❤️

Another trip to Ikea.

This afternoon we drove out to West Chester to visit Ikea again

We wanted to get another bookshelf and a proper desk chair for our office. We got those and we also got a little bookshelf for our living room. And we picked up some other odds and ends. Afterwards, we had lunch with Genifer’s mom at BDubs. Then we came home and put our new stuff together. Here’s our new shelf in the office…

Our office is actually starting to become pretty functional. So functional, we hung out in the office for the rest of the evening. 😀🇸🇪❤️

Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beers.

All the way back in August last summer, CityBeat gave $25 gift card to Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beers in Blue Ash for a photo I took during Cincinnati Burger Week. And for the last year, every time Genifer would ask where I wanted to go out to eat, my answer was the same… Sammy’s. It has become something of an on-running joke. But joke no more. Today, we finally got to eat at Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beers

I was really digging Parkway Brewing Company’s logo…

We started with these incredible buffalo chicken roll-ups with ranch dipping sauce…

Genifer ordered the Guacamole Burger with guac, chipotle mayo, bacon, pepper jack cheese, tomato and field greens…

I ordered the Bourbon Burger with bourbon sauce, fried onion straws, Swiss cheese, mayo, tomato and field greens…

The burgers were outstanding! Sammy’s burgers should always be in the near the top of the list in the conversation for best burgers in Cincinnati. They were that good. And they had a great selection of beers on tap too…

Now I can’t wait to go back to Sammy’s for another one of their amazing burgers. Such great stuff! And thanks again to CityBeat for the gift card! It was delicious! 😀🍔❤️

Our Thanksgiving.

This afternoon we went over to Genifer’s mom’s new house for Thanksgiving dinner…

I ate one of the turkey wings. It was like a giant chicken wing only with turkey! We hope everyone had a very thankful and delicious Thanksgiving! I know we did. It was a great day filled with wonderful food and family. 😀🦃❤️

A Tavola Madeira.

After we were all squared away at the Apple Store, we met our friends Cory and Amy and their twins at A Tavola in Madeira for lunch…

Surprisingly, we’ve never been to either of the A Tavola locations before today…

We thought it would be bigger inside but it’s very small and cute and intimate and it smelled really amazing in there…

Genifer tried the Fretboard Jazz, and I had the Rhinegeist Penguin which looked like a lager but had all the taste of a really great stout…

They had a bunch of really great sounding pizzas. But after much back and forth, we decided to share the Gorgonzola pizza with tomato sauce, gorgonzola, mozzarella, house made sausage, pepperoni and cracked pepper…

It was a terrific pizza! Next time, we find ourselves in Madeira we’ll definitely stop in for another one of their delicious pies! 😀🍕❤️

It’s like a whole new computer.

Last Tuesday, I was updating the operating system on my MacBook from Sierra to High Sierra. The computer went to restart but never powered back on. I tried every keyboard command and trick I could find online. I chatted with Apple support and we couldn’t get it to reboot so this afternoon I brought it to the sea of humanity that is the Apple Store at Kenwood Towne Center to see if they could get me back up and running…

Thankful, they got my computer to power on again. They replaced the battery in my MacBook, and now it’s like a whole brand new computer again! 😀🍏💻🔋❤️

Lunch in West Chester.

This afternoon we drove out to West Chester to see Genifer’s mom’s new house. It’s super nice and really big with a big yard and all very West Chester. I didn’t take any photos because I’m really super weird about taking photos of other people’s stuff and posting it online. It’s not my thing. I just don’t do it. After we hung out at Geri’s new house for a bit, got the grand tour and the lay of the land, we all went to Dingle House in West Chester for lunch where I had this monster of a bacon burger…

The last time I talked to my parents, they were telling me about their post-Halloween All Stouts Day adventures at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. And specifically, they were telling me about Bell’s Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout. And look what I found at Dingle House…

Unfortunately, it wasn’t actually on tap. Even though we were told a couple of times that the draught beer was completely current and just updated that morning. And that’s a bummer. But we’ll be out there to visit a lot of more. So we’ll keep checking back.

Personally, I think the vast suburbia that is West Chester gets a bad wrap. On our way to Geri’s house, we passed a bunch of places I wouldn’t mind checking out in the future trips out to the ‘burbs. And I could see the draw of living there. Big home, big yard, white picket fence, two-car garage and all that. It’s not for everyone. We like our more urban, walkable little neighborhood. But different strokes for different folks. And I look forward to our trips out West Chester to visit. 😀🏡🍔🍺❤️

Summer Hours: Streetside Brewery.

It very rare that we find ourselves over on the east side of town. But after chasing around after FC Cincinnati rally towels, that’s exactly where we found ourselves.
We decided to finally check out Streetside Brewery on Eastern Avenue over in the
East End/Columbia-Tusculum part of town for the first time. We’d tried a couple of their beers at Higher Gravity in Northside, and we were pleasantly surprised by how good they were. We were really excited to see what else Streetside had in store…

We arrived at Streetside just ahead of one of those beer tours…

Genifer has a Tea Bags and I had a Little Balls of Blue mixed with the Goseface Killah while we watched Arsenal take on Leicester City in the kick-off of the new EPL season…

Streetside offers a range of steamed sammiches as well…

In hindsight, I wish I would have tried a sammich. Genifer wishes she got a steamed soft pretzel. Oh well. Next time. Eventually, the beer tour moved on to their next location…

Awesome place. Great beers. Next time we find ourselves on the east side of town, we’re definitely stopping back into Streetside for a beer and a steamed sammich. 😀🍺🍻❤️

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