Christmas eve.

We ran around this morning for some last-minute Christmas odds and ends this morning, and it was 55º in downtown Cincinnati… On Christmas Eve…

And then this evening, we headed out to Liberty Township for some Christmas Eve festivities with Cleve and Alyssa. I completely forgot to take a photo of their really pretty Christmas Tree. But I did take a photo of the end of their street which had a lot of homes that went a little nuts with the Christmas lights…

Merry Christmas Eve! 🙂

On the eve of Christmas Eve.

We were getting the distinct feeling that Oscar was starting to get pretty excited for Christmas because he kept sitting by all the presents surrounding our little tree…

Later, he continued his festive mood by wearing my scarf for a while…

Happy eve of Merry Christmas Eve! 🙂

Low Spark.

We were out again taking care of some last minute gift shopping in Over-the-Rhine, and afterwards we stopped in to check out 4EG’s newest bar, Low Spark on Republic Street…

It’s not a very big place at all…

The focal point of Low Spark is the octopus tank behind the bar…

But we didn’t really get to see the octopus. We were told it usually comes out after midnight.  We hung out for a little bit and had a couple of ciders…

Really cool place. It seemed very chill. Next time we’re in the neighborhood, we’ll definitely stop in for a drink. And next time, we’ll have to try a cocktail or two because their cocktail list looks pretty dang amazing. 🙂

Can you find the panda?

Hungarian artist Dudolf posted a Where’s Wally-style cartoon challenging you to find the panda in a bustling crowd of cheery-looking snowmen. It’s one of those puzzles you’d think would be the easiest thing in the world, but you’d be wrong. It took both me and Genifer a good couple minutes to track down that elusive panda. Try it for yourself…

Did you find him? If so, good job! If not, keep looking. 🙂

Constructing Cincinnati.

Over the last few days, they’ve been very quickly erecting a new tower crane across the street from us for the construction of the new parking garage on Sycamore Street between Seventh and Eighth Streets…

And when I was walking home from work this evening, it looks like they have it completely finished and ready to start constructing stuff…

Geez, that thing is tall. Like waaay up there. I think it’s even taller than the one they put up to build Seven at Broadway. I would NOT like to have to be the guy that has to climb up and down that monster each and every day. But then, I really don’t like heights. 🙂

Christkindlmarkt.

Last night, we walked through the Christkindlmarkt on Fountain Square

And I walked back through this evening and there were a lot more people…

And the line for ice skating was pretty nuts…

Always fun stuff on Fountain Square. 🙂

Pause for paws.

Oscar got his haircut today. When Genifer picked him up from the groomers, he was so mad. Sooo mad. But he looked so very handsome. And when I got to finally see him this evening, he looked very handsome indeed…

Oscar loves his jelly sammich and duck toys…

The little bud dog looks soooo handsome. 🙂

Back to Americano.

We went back to Americano Burger Bar tonight to celebrate Genifer turning in the last project of her Masters program. And with that she is officially done with school! HOORAY!

We shared another delicious Americano Burger with cajun fries…

With hand-battered onion rings…

Chef Christian sent us over an order of their chips and guacamole…

Delicious stuff! What a great way to celebrate! 🙂

Deskey White Elephant potluck.

This afternoon was our annual Deskey White Elephant gift exchange

There was a fajita bar for the occasion…

And it was some pretty delicious stuff!

Our fearless leader, Studer Claus…

I ended up with a portrait of Bob from finance, and giant Snoopy Pez dispenser…

Our creative director has been collecting these Christmas mice…

He said he has over 40 of them…

It was another pretty fun and funny afternoon party at Deskey.
We work hard. And we play hard. 🙂

Seen and noted.

It’s a bit late, but I saw my first Rudolph car of the season on my walk to work today!

Hooray! Those are fun. 🙂