It’s finally happening!

I can’t remember the last time we had an epic sports day. One of those days where there are so many good games on TV, you don’t how you’re going to watch them all. It’s been soooo long since we’ve had a really epic sports day. It’s been so long since we had sports. But today is truly an epic sports day! I’m calling it, EPIC SOCCER SUNDAY! This is what I’ll be watching during today’s massive football feast with the teams I’ll be cheering for highlighted in blue…

I’m not entirely sold on watching Toronto-DC United. I guess it depends on if I managed to stay awake until the end of last night’s FC Cincinnati versus Columbus match.  The 10:30pm starts during the MLS is Back tournament are just a little late for me. I might also watch my Doosan Bears versus Lotte Giants KBO game that was on ESPN very early yesterday morning. We’ll see how it goes. I might also touch up my quarantine haircut first thing this morning.

Of the four matches I’m really interested in watching today, Arsenal seems to finally be finding their form after the restart. The Gunners are undefeated in their last five with four wins and a draw against Leicester. Spuds are doing their best Totteringham over their last five with two wins, draws at both Everton and Bournemouth, and a whopping 3-1 loss away to Sheffield United. Leceister City are currently sitting fourth in the league and hope to regain their pre-COVID-19 form against Bournemouth, who have lost four of their last five. My Foxes have just one win in their last five with two losses and two draws. But with Chelsea also losing to Sheffield United yesterday, a win could put Leicester back in third.

Leading up to Sunday’s USL Championship restart, two-time USL Champion Louisville City will be christening their brand new, $65 million state-of-the-art, Lynn Family Stadium at approximately 30% of the new facility’s regular 15,304-person capacity.

And finally, there’s my Minnesota United. Before the season was suspended, the Loons won both of their matches, 3-1 away to Portland and 5-2 away to San Jose. So I’m super excited to have them start playing again. I stocked up on MNUFC gear in the off-season, and I’ve been waiting all year to finally have the opportunity to wear it.

There are other matches on Sunday too. There are two early Premier League matches on Sunday. Wolves face Everton at 7am. Wolves have been in great form since the restart and hadn’t given up a goal until they play Arsenal last weekend. The second match is Aston Villa versus Crystal Palace. And it just sounds like it’s going to be a boring, lifeless draw. But watch it end up being the most exciting match of the day. AC Milan plays Napoli in Italian Serie A at 3:45pm on ESPN+. The Rossoneri stunned Juventus 4-2 midweek. And there’s also the late MLS tournament match between Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids at 10:30pm on ESPN. I don’t know that we’ll make it all the way through the late MLS match. But I’m pretty sure it’ll be on our TV as we’re heading to bed.

It’s going to be an Epic Soccer Sunday. And I couldn’t be more excited. 😃📺⚽️🤗💯❤️

Two for two on masalas.

I had more of the spicy noodles for lunch. They were less spicy today…

For dinner tonight, we had this Indian Channa Masala that we got from Whole Foods…

We really liked the Tikka Masala we tried from Whole Foods. This one was chickpeas slow-simmered with onions, tomatoes and spices served over rice and it was so good. I wish we knew more about Indian food. What little I’ve had, I really like a lot. It has such unique, good flavors.

And speaking of good, good evening from Northside…

And we’re almost to the weekend again. 😀🗓️❤️

It was pretty dang spicy.

Good morning from Northside…

For dinner tonight, Genifer made these hot & spicy udon soup noodles that we got at Cam International Market

The noodles and broth were so tasty but they were also really spicy. Genifer made some delicious potstickers that we got at Cam as well…

Thankfully, the potstickers weren’t spicy at all.

And then we went on our evening dog walk…

Good evening from Northside…

And they actually cut the grass in the “orchard” at the end of the street…

It was looking like a hot mess. A real hot mess. And speaking of hot, even when we got home from our walk, my mouth was still on fire from those noodles. 😀🌄🥡🍜❤️

When we’re out, it’s masks on.

So we’ve been faithfully wearing our masks whenever we’ve been out in public since all this COVID-19 craziness began to hit home back in the middle of March. The masks felt really weird at first but slowly it’s become more routine with each passing day. Wearing a mask doesn’t really bother me. It’s just a new part of the world we live in now.

Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor announced a mask mandate for seven Ohio counties that are classified at Level 3 under the state’s Public Health Advisory Alert System. The county we live in, Hamilton County, is one of those counties. Now, masks will be required for everyone when they’re out in public…

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Starting Thursday, masks are mandatory inside public spaces in the city. That includes grocery and retail stores, health care facilities, restaurants, bars, the gym and buses, to name a few. The penalty for violators is a civil fine of $25.

Cincinnati’s mask mandate goes along with an order from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine that requires masks in seven counties, including Hamilton and Butler counties in Southwest Ohio, as long as those counties are considered red under Ohio’s new COVID-19 alert system. DeWine’s order takes effect at 6 pm on Wednesday.

Here’s an interesting statistic… If 95% of Americans wore face masks in public, it could prevent 33,000 deaths by October 1, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. And that’s nothing to sneeze at.

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams also said if people want more businesses to reopen and stay open, everyone should wear a mask. “Face coverings → less asymptomatic viral spread → more places open, and sooner!”

 

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I think everyone really needs to take their own responsibility and try to do the best they can with this ever-changing situation out in the world. And wearing a mask when we’re out and practicing our social distancing is a big part of that.

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We believe in face masks because we’re all #InThisTogetherOhio. 😀😷🦠❤️

Hello from Northside.

Good morning from Northside…

And good evening from Northside…

We were just getting back into our work week. It seemed like a very long day. 😀🌄❤️

Cheeseburgers & thunderstorms.

Good morning from Northside…

We went to get Biggby Coffee

Biggby Coffee is so good. We like it a lot.

We had to run some errands up north today, and afterward, we found ourselves out in Lebanon. We stopped to fill up our gas tank at this Marathon station…

It was just across the street from this train…

And we were presented with an unusual fuel option…

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We decided to just go with the plus. On our back home, we stopped at Quatman Cafe in Mason for lunch. We’ve been to the Quatman in Norwood a couple of times but we’ve never been to the one in Mason before…

Quatman always has a daily special. Today’s special was a cheeseburger, fries or onion rings and a drink for $8. Two, please…

Those onion rings look delicious…

And those burgers were as delicious as they were big. And they were huge! I don’t know why we don’t do to Quatman in Norwood more. Their burgers are terrific and it’s really inexpensive to eat there. We really need to change that and eat more Quatmans.

Quatman was sooo good. When we got home, we took the dogs on a walk around the block. There were some ominous looking storm clouds that had just passed us…

But as soon as we got around the block and up to the top of the hill at the end of our street, it started raining…

And when we got home and looked out in the backyard, it was pouring…

It seemed fitting that it would rain on the end of our weekend. It was a great Monday. It was a really great long weekend. And now we only have to work four days this week to get to our next weekend!

Taft’s pizza makes for a good Sunday.

Good morning from Northside…

We were a bit tired this morning. The fireworks around Northside went late into the night and straight through into the very early morning.

This afternoon we went over to Taft’s Brewpourium for a late lunch…

It’s kind of funny to us. It seems like Taft’s Brewpourium is really the only place we go any more. It’s close, the pizza and beers are great, they take all the right precautions to keep everyone safe, and now they have seats near the bar again…

We sat at one of the picnic tables on the other side of the Brewpourium…

We ordered a white pizza with mozzarella, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and arugula…

Taft’s had some Fourth of July weekend specials. We ordered two of them… pasta salad and BBQ Grippo crusted chicken wings…

It was a lot of food. Everything was really good as always. And I think the pizza we ordered just became our new favorite. We love Taft’s Brewpourium. It’s always been one of our favorite places but even more so during this pandemic. We don’t know what we would do or where we would go without Tafts.

And good evening from Northside…

It was another good Sunday. But it’s hard to have a bad day when you have Taft’s pizza. 😀🌄🍕🐔❤️

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day morning from Northside…

Later this afternoon, we headed out to Geri’s house for a Fourth of July BBQ. On the way out to the burbs, we stopped at a Walgreens in West Chester. And inside Walgreens, we found a floor stand I designed for Venus featuring Four-Time World Surfing Champion & US Olympic hopeful, Carissa Moore

The floor stand really looked terrific. And the next wave of my Venus displays featuring Carissa Moore are going to be arriving in stores very soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for them. It’s always neat when you see your designs come to life out in the real world. Pretty neat stuff!

When we got to Geri’s house, we grilled up a whole bunch of goodness…

YUM! Stuff always tastes so good on the grill even though I left the burgers on the grill a little too long. You can’t beat a Fourth of July cookout.

And then we were back home. Good evening from Northside…

As we settled in for the evening, we got ready to watch some fireworks from our third-floor bedroom window WyzeCam. We’ve been hearing fireworks around us every night for the last two weeks. So we were expecting quite the show tonight…

And we weren’t disappointed…

 

 

 

And here are all the little videos I captured combined into one long video…

And then the fireworks we could see out of our windows were done. We could hear all sorts of fireworks going off all around our house until very early in the morning. We just couldn’t see them.

We hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July. 😀🇺🇸❤️

Happy Fourth of July Eve!

Good morning from Northside…

It was a great morning for us because neither of us had to work. This morning we drove up north to Cam International Market in Evendale…

Cam International Market was so awesome. There was so much great stuff to explore. We slowly weaved our way up and down each and every aisle. It was noodle heaven and there were all sorts of unusual snacks and awesome Asian stuffs…

I wish I would have taken so many more photos. But I was so fascinated with everything in the market that I kind of completely forgot to take a lot of photos. We ended up getting some stuff to try, mostly ramen noodles, snacks, and candies from Russia. We’ll definitely be back. And next time we’ll have some recipes so we can look for specific ingredients. On our way home, we stopped at Penn Station to get lunch to bring home with us…

Penn Station is so good. Genifer always gets a 6-inch chicken teriyaki. And I always get an 8-inch Philly cheesesteak. Yum. Speaking of you, KitKat is one of my favorite candies. We got three different varieties of KitKat at Cam International Market…

The red ones were just like regular KitKats…

We think the bright green ones are KitKats with Matcha…

And we think the dark green are KitKats with seaweed because they tasted a little fishy.  It turned out to be a really pretty day.

Good evening for Northside…

This evening we walked down to Northside Tavern

We love Northside Tavern. We got to hang out and have a couple of beers. It was nice to get out of the house. And it was also really nice there weren’t very many people at Northside Tavern tonight. On our walk home, the moon was huge over Northside…

It was a really fun Fourth of July Eve. 😀🌄🥡🍻❤️

A Thursday that feels like Friday.

Today is Thursday but it’s kind of our Friday. We both have four-day holiday weekends for the Fourth of July. Let’s get this party started. Good morning from Northside…

We walked to get Sidewinder Coffee this morning…

We went on the rare lunchtime dog walk around the block…

And we went on our evening walk as well…

Good evening from Northside…

And to celebrate the start of our long holiday weekend, we started our weekend with an NYPD Pizza party

We got boneless wings and a large Station House pizza with banana peppers…

NYPD’s pizza is sooo good. And there was an almost full moon tonight…

Bring on the long holiday weekend! #MURICA 😃🌄🍕🐔🌕🇺🇸❤️

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