It’s just embarrassing.

We went to Second Place to watch the USMNT take on Trinidad & Tobago in the final qualifying match for next summer’s World Cup in Russia…

Our USMNT needed a win against a Trinidad & Tobago squad that had only won one match in qualifying. They had one win, eight losses, and no draws. Handing T&T one more loss would guarantee the USA a spot in Russia but a tie would more than likely put them into the World Cup finals as well. And the USMNT played really well against in their 4-0 rout of Panama on Friday

And the USMNT lost 2-1. They finished fifth behind Mexico and Costa Rica and Panama and Honduras. Fifth out six teams in the hexagonal table. Next summer’s World Cup finals will be the first without American involvement since 1986. Disappointing doesn’t really cover it. It’s just really dang embarrassing. But I haven’t been this disappointed and embarrassed in the United States since Trump was put in the White House.

But hey, at least it was a pretty evening before the match…

What the heck is happening to our once-great country? 😀🇺🇸⚽️😬😥🚫🏆😭

Taco Tuesday.

It was Taco Tuesday again at Silverglades Deli on Eighth…

YUM!  😀🌮❤️

You Hold the Key.

You Hold the Key is a community awareness and engagement campaign aimed to promote dialogue and inspire empathy around the issue of homelessness in Greater Cincinnati through public art.

 Today, I saw some of the You Hold the Key artworks along Eighth Street on my way to pick up something for lunch…

 ArtWorks transformed people and places through investments in creativity. Each year, ArtWorks employs local youth and professional artists to create community impact across our region. 2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the ArtWorks mural program. They believe our city is a gallery and are proud of the 100+ murals in 37 Cincinnati neighborhoods and 7 nearby cities which celebrate our history, heroes and legends, to date.

ArtWorks is expanding its strategic focus to support the awareness and advancement of key regional issues by partnering with organizations working on the front-lines of these issues, to create community dialogue through art. ArtWorks’ social art practice hinges on the power of art and art-making to serve as a catalyst to promote health and wellness, spark conversation and invoke empathy.

Visit YouHoldTheKey.org for more information. 😀🏡❤️

Fantasy football update.

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We are just wrapped up Week 5 of the 2017 fantasy football season and my seven teams are a combined 29-6! At 4-1, I’m in first place in my money league at work. Rounding out the rest of my teams, I have another team at 4-1, two teams at 3-2, and I have three teams that are still undefeated at 5-0! 😀🏈👍❤️

No more leaks!

The sink in our second-floor bathroom is now fixed!

HOORAY! No more leaks! Taken with Instagram. 🛠️🚫💧

It’s what’s for dinner.

Genifer made this amazing slow-cooker chicken enchilada chili for dinner tonight…

It was delicious! And there were crescent rolls too! I love crescent rolls!

YUM! Genifer is such a good cook. 😀❤️

Seen and noted.

I noted all these cute little pumpkins outside of Woods Hardware on Ninth Street in downtown Cincinnati and then noticed there were even more pumpkins inside…

And Genifer saw this Praying Mantis while we were out walking Oscar…

Taken with Instagram. 😀🎃🦗❤️

Sunday Funday.

This afternoon we dodged the raindrops and walked down to Higher Gravity to watch FC Cincinnati’s second to last match of the regular season away to Ottawa Fury and that other “professional” football team from Cincinnati was playing too…

Genifer’s mom, Geri has been staying with us while she closes on her new house…

FC Cincinnati lost to Ottawa 4-0. Now they sit precariously in the final playoff spot with one match remaining. After the soccer match, we went home to watch our Dallas Cowboys take on the Green Bay Packers. And we got some delicious NYPD Pizza for the late afternoon game…

Isn’t it amazing how all pizza is so similar yet so completely different at the same time?Oh. And the Cowboys lost on the final drive of the game, 35-31. It was another really fun day in Northside if you get past all the losing. 😀🍺🍕🤠🏈😕❤️

EZVIZ Mini O.

Recently, I was asked to participate in the EZVIZinsider Review program.

EZVIZ is a company creating ways that connect you visually to your life. No matter where you are, EZVIZ cloud services and smart home video technology can help you feel like you’re home—right from the palm of your hand.

I love my OscarCams. We have the original OscarCam, the V380 from Zeng Qingyao on a shelf in our living room. I got it through a very inexpensive email deal. When we first got it, you had to switch the language settings from Chinese to English, and set-up was a real headache. But after the nightmarish set-up, it works fine. And I like it because you can rotate the camera from the app to search around the room to look for Oscar. We also use Alfred, a free mobile app that can turn any old Android or iOS devices you have laying around into home security cameras. They work pretty well with much easier set-up than the V380. I don’t really have any complaints. We have two of them fixed on our first floor doors. Sometimes you can see Oscar with them. But not a lot of the time. When EZVIZ got in touch with me, I jumped at the chance to add another OscarCam to our living room… for free! The first EZVIZ product they asked me to review was the EZVIZ Mini O. And it arrived on our doorstep yesterday…

It’s a pretty small little camera and very pink…

We decided just to stand it in one of the little cubbies in our tv console…

It has a very strong magnet in its base and comes with a variety of different attachment options that would allow for it to be installed almost anywhere in any position in your home, and it has an extra long cord to stretch to a nearby outlet. It’s a stationary camera but it has a very wide-angled 111º fish-eyed lens that captures our entire living room in crisp 720p HD Video…

You can also activate instant motion alerts, night vision, and it has real-time, two-way audio. It also works with IFTTT, the free applet and services platform that helps you do more with all your apps and devices. There are all sorts of applets for the ENVIZ  cameras. Everything from turning on sleep mode to arming the motion detection.

And set-up for the Mini O was a breeze. We just plugged in the camera, downloaded the app, scanned the QR code on the bottom of our Mini O and we were all set to go.
It was literally, plug and play.

We checked in our Oscar throughout the day while we were out and about just to see what he was doing. And it worked great. The Mini O is a really great addition to our OscarCams. At $59.99, it’s price point is a little bit more than I would be willing to spend to add too many more of them to our home. But if another Mini O or two were to show at our door, I wouldn’t be mad at all. It’s a great little camera! 😀📷❤️

Northside Saturday.

We went back to Taft’s Brewporium for lunch today…

I really like their New Haven-style “apizza…”

We watched some of the baseball and then we watched Michigan lose to Sparty.

It was a really fun day up until the losing part. 😀🍺🍕〽️🏈😕❤️

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