The Olympics are over.

This morning we ran over to the grocery…

They had the panda and train on-shelf today…

And we stopped for coffee…

When we got home, we took the dogs round the block…

Good morning from Northside…

We ate this sausage alfredo flatbread for lunch…

Our HelloFresh arrived today…

Good evening from Northside…

For dinner, we ordered takeout from China Food…

China Food is so good. And then we sat out of our back patio and watched the end of the Olympics.

After 16 days, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came to a close. The USA volleyball team won gold in the final event of the games to top China in the gold medal count and finish on top of the overall medal overall. The USA secured 21 overall medals in the final weekend to finish out the Olympic spectacle with 25 more medals than any other country. Itโ€™s been an exciting two weeks of lasting Olympic memories. And the pageantry of closing ceremonies was a spectacle of its own.

But between the time difference, repetitive programming, and the endless re-airing of events, these Olympics were the most exhausting, challenging and frustrating to try to watch. And while NBC tried to create an immersive and watchable experience, the modern world of social media shattered the old model of replaying and re-airing events.

Luckily for us fans of the Olympics, there are two positives about the next go-around. There’s only a three-year wait until the Paris Games. And they should provide an daytime schedule of live events. No matter what happens in 2024, it canโ€™t get much worse than the much-missed Tokyo spectacle.

Still, we did the best we could to enjoy the heck out the Tokyo games. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฅก๐Ÿ“บ๐Ÿ†โค๏ธ

We had a pretty low-key Saturday.

Good morning from Northside…

We got lunch from NYPD…

I forgot to take a photo of our lunch. I think we ordered hoagie sammiches.

Good evening from Northside…

And we watched Minnesota United beat Houston 2-0

And then we watched the last full day of the Olympics. It’s hard to believe they’re almost over already. But we sure have enjoyed watching them.

And we just had a pretty low-key Saturday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿฅช๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ“บโšฝ๏ธโค๏ธ

Please send noods.

Good morning from Northside…

After we were done with work, we walked down to Gulow Street…

If you couldn’t tell, we like Gulow Street a lot…

Tonight, we both got noodles or as we like to call them: noods. Genifer ordered the Sesame Noods.

And I ordered the rigatoni bolognese noods with garlic bread…

Gulow Street has delicious, delicious noods. On the way home, we stopped to sit on the patio at Northside Tavern….

And then we went to home take the dogs around the block…

Gulow Street Friday nights are the best. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅก๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

Delicious Mexican mush.

Good morning from Northside…

And good evening from Northside…

We ordered dinner from El Taco Veloz for dinner

Genifer ordered an enchilada with rice and beans. It looked good. My chimichanga with rice and beans always kind of looks like a hot mess of mush…

But ohmigosh. It always tastes so amazing. El Taco Veloz has some delicious Mexican food. It’s our favorite. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝโค๏ธ

Our Wednesday.

Our HelloFresh meal this evening was Kickin’ Sheet Pan Orange BBQ Porkloaves with cheesy potato wedges and roasted broccoli…

We watched FC Cincinnati play to yet another scoreless draw. And that was pretty much our Wednesday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿฝ๏ธโค๏ธ

It’s kind of Taco Tuesday.

Good morning from Northside…

Mack and Oscar were drinking out of the same water bowl again…

Our second HelloFresh meal of the week was One-Pan Portobello and Poblano Fajitas with pico de gallo and smoky red pepper crema…

So it was kind of Taco Tuesday…

This meal was another delicious one. But it was the spiciest HelloFresh meal we’ve had yet. We actually had to stop eating a couple of times to let our mouths cool off a bit.

Good evening from Northside…

We had a pretty good Tuesday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿ”ฅโค๏ธ

Two HelloFresh meals in one day?

Good morning from Northside…

We had one of our HelloFresh meals leftover from last week. So we had Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken Salad with kale, apples, roasted carrots, sunflower seeds and honey dijon dressing…

After work, I ran over to the Kroger by our house to grab a couple of things. And look at the huge balloon options the neighborhood Kroger had…

For dinner tonight, we had our first HelloFresh dinner of the week. This one was One-Pan Trattoria Tortellini Bake with a crispy parmesan panko topping…

It was delicious especially since we added garlic bread to the meal…

The HelloFresh meals are so good.

Good evening from Northside…

I could get used to eating two HelloFresh meals every day. It made our Monday really very tasty. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿฅ—๐Ÿ๐Ÿฝ๏ธโค๏ธ

Hello August.

Good morning from Northside…

Early this afternoon we ordered Domino’s for lunch…

I like Domino’s. I think they make a good, solid pizza pie. And Genifer loves their cheesy bread.

we sat out on our back patio and watch some of the Olympics.Track and field was on tonight…

And then we switched over to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: Mexico versus the United States…

The United States beat Mexico 1-0 to lift their seventh Gold Cup. And they beat Mexico for the second time in less than three months!

What a great Sunday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ“บโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ†โค๏ธ

Crumb cake & NYPD hoagies.

It was hard to get back into the swing of things today. Genifer got me this delicious crumb cake from Napoli Cafe when we stopped for coffee in North Top Sail Beach as we were starting our trip back home…

I didn’t go into Napoli Cafe with Genifer. I stayed in the car with Oscar…

Look at all that crumb topping…

It was as much crumb topping as it was cake. And it was delicious. Really good. One of the inadvertent themes of our trip was crumb cakes and crumbles. Without trying, I ate three crumb cakes during our trip. I think this last one was my favorite. It made getting back to work this morning a little bit easier.

I must be out of practice and a little bit rusty. This morning, I completely forgot to take photos of the sky from the top of the hill at the end of our street. But I made sure to remember this evening…

So good evening from Northside. We need to make a trip to the grocery store. We don’t really have very much food in our house right now. At all. So this evening we had an NYPD hoagie sammich party

NYPD isn’t just for pizza parties. Their hoagie sammiches are really good as well. Genifer’s favorite is NYPD’s Italian. And my favorite is their chicken fajita with bacon crumbles added. We always add a family-sized order of fries. The good part of not having any food in the house is getting to go out to eat which makes it kind of feel like we’re still on vacation. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฅช๐ŸŸโค๏ธ

Home sweet home.

It’s nice to visit new places but it’s also really nice to be home…

And good evening from Northside…

It’s nice to be home. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿก๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

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