Happy National Chili Dog Day!

After I was done volunteering at the Cincinnati Zoo, I walked about 1.2 miles from the zoo over to Skyline Chili in the Clifton Gaslight District for lunch. On my way, I walked by this great community garden…

And this City Barn…

And before I knew it, I was at Skyline in Clifton…

HAPPY NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY TO ME! Yep. It’s an actual thing

Skyline is delicious! After my lunch, I hopped on the Metro 17 bus and came home.
😀🧀🌭❤️

Grey Midwest Volunteer Day.

Today was Grey Midwest Volunteer Day. There were three different volunteer activities to choose from. I got to volunteer at the Cincinnati Zoo‘s Animal Enrichment Program in the Zoo’s P&G Discovery Forest…

Right up there on the little platform is an adorable sloth…

Today, we were building cubes for the animals to play with made out of old fire hose…

Ours was going to be the biggest cube intended for the elephants to play with. After a couple of hours, we had one layer down, five more to go…

But then we had to start over because we weren’t doing it right…

At least there were pop-ice…

Other people were building little cubes for the smaller animals…

Here’s a little bit bigger cube…

And even bigger still…

Our cube was supposed to be six hose weaved cube…

We got two layers done before it was time to go…

It was fun but it was a lot more work than I thought it would be. 😀🐘🔲❤️

It’s what’s for dinner.

We have spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread for dinner tonight…

I love spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread! 😀🍝❤️

I did it again!

For just the ninth time, I went over 3000 points for the week on my Swarm. 

I still really like my check-ins on Swarm! 😀⭐️❤️

Pause for paws.

Oscar and Mack love hanging out under our dining room table like it’s their special dog fort or something…

And we played in our backyard for a while this evening…

Ugh. Our backyard is just… ugh. But it was still a really fun Sunday. 😀🐾❤️

#LOVEtheCOV.

This afternoon we went across the Ohio River back into Kentucky over to Covington to finally check out Libby’s Southern Comfort for brunch

We had one of those Cherrywine Bourbon Slushes that we’ve heard so much about…

And they definitely lived up to the hype…

They were delicious. We shared some goetta hushpuppies…

Genifer had a house salad…

I had their oyster po’ boy…

Behind the bar, they had a whole bunch of really old bourbons…

Including one from the year I was born…

I wanted to ask how much a shot of it was, but didn’t get the chance. I can’t imagine that those were cheap. At all. Libby’s was really good. But it was also a bit on the expensive side for brunch. I’m glad we got to try it but I don’t think we’ll be rushing right back until I get a bonus or something.

After we were finished eating, we walked around the corner to Braxton Brewing

Last night was the grand opening of Braxton’s new rooftop patio…

The elevator wasn’t working so we had to take the stairs…

We were getting our steps today, that’s for sure…

Their rooftop patio os beautiful and so big with some great views…

I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of downtown Cincinnati for up here. But oh well…
what are you going to do? Guess we’ll have to get one next time.

It’s always fun to check out other neighborhoods. We #LOVEtheCOV but we’re sticking with our Northside. 😀🥃🍺❤️

Slow down and grill.

And look at all those beautiful, out-of-focus dogs…

Ohmigosh. Why does everything taste sooo good when it comes off the grill? 😀🍔🌭❤️

Apricot Coffee House.

After making a run to Trader Joe’s this morning, we got to stop at another new coffee shop. This morning’s pick was the new Apricot Coffee House in Pleasant Ridge…

Genifer had a latte. You could see the flower pattern through the lid…

And they had donuts from Starlight Doughnut Lab

I had the Choc Norris cold brew, cacao and banana smoothie with a mint chocolate donut from Starlight Doughnuts Lab

Apricot Coffee House is a great little coffee shop. We’ll definitely be back! 😀☕️🍩❤️

We ate this.

We ate this supreme oven pizza for dinner tonight…

Oven pizzas are always great. 😀🍕❤️

FC Cincinnati versus Wayne Rooney.

This evening FC Cincinnati played host to Wayne Rooney and DC United. It was the other match that we were kinda excited about this season because of who was going to be on the pitch tonight at Nippert Stadium. They were handing out terrific
little FC Cincinnati away jersey rally towels before today’s match…

And that’s pretty cool because I really have a thing for rally towels. I love them…

The match was being televised on ESPN as the Match of the Week or something and that meant there were cameras everywhere…

It was a white-out at Nippert Stadium for today’s match…

All of a sudden it made sense why they were giving out white away jersey rally towels. And there he is…

The man. The Myth. The Legend…

Wayne Rooney…

I was also rather surprised at how many people brought their Wayne Rooney jerseys to the match in hopes that Wayne would sign them…

He didn’t sign one of them. In fact, he didn’t even look it their direction…

 

At halftime, FC|C honored Cincinnati native and World Cup champion, Rose Lavelle

So that was pretty neat to see Rose Lavelle…

And that was that. DC United won 4-1 and Wayne Rooney one-upped Zlatan and scored at Nippert Stadium. After the match was mercifully over, we stopped at Penn Station for sammiches while we waited for the Uber prices to stop surging…

Unlike FC|C, Penn Station is sooo good. 😀⚽️❤️