MERRY CHRISTMAS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! It was a chilly Christmas in Cincinnati…

And we woke up to a white Christmas…

We got the dogs a bunch of new dog toys and blankets for Christmas…

I took a little video of the dogs coming in from outside to discover all their new toys…

And now the dogs have a very full box of toys…

After the dogs got to play with their toys for a bit, we took them out on their walk…

Good morning from Northside…

Genifer made Magic Middles for breakfast this morning…

Magic Middles are delicious…

After breakfast, we opened our presents and exchanged our gifts. My parents sent us this hilarious 2020 ornament…

A huge thank you so much to my mom & dad for all our wonderful Christmas gifts…

There was a bit of debate over this advent calendar…

I thought we should start at one, count along with the days and end on twenty-five. Genifer thought we should start on twenty-five and countdown to one and end on the star. And you can see who won that debate…

This afternoon we headed up to West Chester to celebrate Christmas with Geri. We took some shrimps, a meat & cheese tray, a whole bunch of dippers and that was our Christmas dinner. We had a wonderful time spending the afternoon with her.

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

Good evening from Northside…

After the dog’s were done with the freezing cold walk, we watched a bunch of basketball and called it a day. We had a really wonderful Christmas day. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas as well. πŸ˜€πŸŽ„β€οΈ

A pretty low-key Sunday.

It was really chilly and frosty this morning…

Good morning from Northside…

We had a big breakfast this morning…

Eggo waffles with scrambled eggs and sausages! And it was terrific. We never have big breakfasts.

Hello, Oscar. He looks so handsome with his new haircut…

And we had Thanksgiving part three for a late lunch after Arsenal lost this afternoon…

And then it was just a lot of hanging out on our new sofa until we took the dogs on their evening walk around the block…

Good evening from Northside…

It was pretty sunny all day. But it started getting more and more overcast the closer we got to Monday…

Tonight, we watched both The Princess Switch and The Princess Switch: Switched Again on Netflix. The first one was pretty cute. The second one was still cute but a bit of a stretch. While we were watching our Netflix movies on the TV, I was also keeping tabs on Michigan as they survived overtime against Oakland. The same Oakland that Xavier destroyed by 52 on Wednesday.

We had a pretty low-key Sunday. But it was a really good one. Low-key Sundays are the best Sundays. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„πŸ§‡πŸΎπŸ¦ƒβ˜οΈβ€οΈ

Pizza for a dreary day.

It was very dreary, grey and rainy morning…

Good morning from Northside…

This morning I got to start eating the Sweetwater’s long johns that I brought home from with us from Kalamazoo. I brought home two vanilla-filled and chocolate-filled long johns…

Their donuts are just so amazing.

For dinner tonight, we got ordered pizza from the Dominos in Clifton…

We usually get out Dominos pizza from Finneytown. We didn’t realize there was one in Clifton. Clifton is so much closer to us…

Genifer like the hand-tossed with pepperoni and I like the pan with sausage…

And we got Dominos Marbled Cookie Brownieβ„’…

Dominos was really good stuff. It definitely hit the spot.

And good evening from Northside…

We watched game one of the World Series. I hope Tampa Bay beats the Dodgers. And that was our rainy Tuesday. πŸ˜€πŸŒ„β˜οΈπŸ©πŸ•πŸŒ§οΈβ€οΈ

Good morning from Indy.

Good morning from downtown Indianapolis…

Across the street from our hotel was Cafe Patachou

I ordered a Belgian waffle with fruit…

It was delicious. But Genifer completely out-ordered me with her incredible croissant french toast…

Cafe Patachou had some amazing coffees. When we were done with our breakfast, we got coffees to go and some snacks for later…

Thanks, Indianapolis! We had a blast!

And then it was back to Cincinnati…

On the way home, we stopped to pick up Mack from The Pet Spot

We’ll get Oscar and Bear from Geri’s after our fence is done. I think Mack was pretty happy to be home…

And we were really excited to try these guys later…

It was a great, really quick little adventure. πŸ˜€πŸ—ΊοΈπŸ§‡β€οΈ

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. πŸ˜€πŸ°πŸ₯ͺ🍟❀️

We made it through Wednesday.

It’s hard when you’re really busy with work and there’s nowhere to go and nothing to do. And we were pretty tired today from last night’s MLS is Back tournament matches that both went to penalty shootouts and saw my Minnesota United advance and FC Cincinnati get sent home.

But it was still a good morning from Northside…

I’ve been all about these Kodiak Cakes microwave flapjacks and muffins cups…

Today, I tried the chocolate peanut butter flapjack…

Just a quarter cup of water and 60 seconds in the microwave and you have flapjacks…

They’re really good. I like all the flavors. But the blueberry ones are really my favorites. Speaking of bears, Bear was all crashed out in the office while I was working…

This afternoon I was tinkering with the relatively new Photoshop Camera app and the Photoshop Express app on my phone…

Both of those apps are really neat. There are a lot features. I love being able to remove little blemishes and spots with the Spot Healing feature in Express. I’ll have to keep playing with them.

Good evening from Northside…

And that was pretty much our Wednesday. πŸ˜€πŸ₯žπŸ»πŸ“·πŸ—“️❀️

At least the BLTs were great.

We’re up and moving pretty early every morning. And today was no exception, we were up and walking the dogs before 8am. Good morning from Northside…

Apparently, I need to clean either my Moment fisheye lens or the lens on my mobile’s camera. I’ve been getting a slightly darker dot right in the middle of my frame. And that’s kind of annoying to notice well after the fact.

We ran over to Kroger to some groceries…

Kroger had more really cute balloons

So cute. We stopped at Mad Llama again to get coffee and a breakfast sammich…

I got this sausage egg and cheese sammich on a jalapeno cheddar bagel…

And boy, those jalapenos were spicy! You could tell the bagels were super fresh and made from scratch. It was a really good breakfast sammich. But next time, I would definitely get it on an Asiago bagel instead so it wasn’t so spicy.

We didn’t do anything all afternoon. We thought about going to Newport on the Levee to watch the second Reds game of the season. They were projecting the game on a big screen outdoors “safely social distancing in our own game box!”

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But then we looked again at Newport on the Levee’s Instagram and it just looked like too many people for usΒ and it didn’t look like people were wearing masks in any of the photos. So we decided just to watch the Reds game at home because, you know… COVID.

So we just ate BLTs again and watched the Reds game…

And good evening from Northside…

And the Reds lost to the Tigers 6-4. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

The T must stand for Tuesday.

It’s Tuesday. Good morning from Northside…

Before work this morning, we ran over to Lowes so Genifer could get more paint for our living room. But they were out of the paint base to mix the color we needed. And that’s kind of a bummer. She was so looking forward to trying to finish the living room today. We’ll check back or try another Lowes later in the week. While we were out, we did get Mad Llama coffees. I’m in love with their Caramel Java Whips. It’s soft-serve ice cream with caramel sauce and coffee. And it is out of this world…

I also tried one of their sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sammiches this morning…

It was a terrific breakfast sammich. I will definitely be getting many more of these in the future. Today was very long. There was just too much stuff to try to get done in one day. It’s already been one of those weeks. And it’s only Tuesday…

Good evening from Northside…

We had BLTs again for dinner tonight. The T in BLTs must stand for Tuesday. Holy geez, I love BLTs with turkey bacon…

And Genifer made seasoned oven curly fries…

I put some turkey on my turkey bacon BLT to make it a turkey bacon club again…

I wonder how many days I could eat BLTs in a row before I get tired of them. I’d bet you it would be a lot. Hopefully, things start to calm down this week. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

Breakfast burrito & a lot of painting.

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to Mad Llama for some weekend morning coffee…

This morning I tried the Mad Llama bacon breakfast burrito…

And there it is…

It was really good stuff. I like breakfast burritos. Next time we go to Mad Llama, I think I’m going to try one of their breakfast sammiches.

We ran out so I could drop off a return at the UPS Store. Guess what. Come to find out the UPS Store is closed on Sundays. Who knew? At least it gave us an excuse to get some Mad Llama Coffee. When we got home, Genifer started painting our living room. Here’s what it looked like primed and before she started…

And when we came downstairs to check on her, she had made a lot of progress…

It’s looking so good. She’s doing a great job. But she thinks we’re going to need to get more paint to do a second coat.

We ate all the grilling leftovers from yesterday for a late lunch today. Stuff from the grill is so good, Even when it’s warmed up the next day.

Later, we took the dogs on a walk…

And good evening from Northside…

When we got to the top of the steps, it looked really threatening off in the distance…

It got really winding in our backyard when we got home. But then it blew over and the big fluffy white clouds were back…

We had a pretty low-key Sunday but Genifer has our living room starting to look pretty amazing! I can’t wait to see it without all the painter tape. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

We made it through another week!

Good morning from Northside…

I love these types of clouds. They’re so pretty…

After we walked the dogs this morning, we ran over to Kroger. I’m really happy that they finally made wearing a mask mandatory in public…Β 

We stocked up on Shining Stars

Today, Kroger had both the bear and the train in the international aisle…

Kroger’s been having a balloon display by the vegetables recently…

The cutest display was with the condiment balloons or the Cinco de Mayo balloons.

After we got our groceries from Kroger, we ran into Meijer to look for another one of the Venus in-store displays I designed. And there it was…

This display looked really great as well. And then we stopped at Mad Llama for coffee…

When we got home, I had a big bowl of Shining Stars with my Mad Llama Java Whip…

After work. we had delicious BLTs for dinner…

I really love BLTs. When we took the dogs for their evening walk, the skies looked kinda ominous and threatening…

Thankfully, it seemed like those dark clouds had passed us…

The ice cream man drove by…

Of course, we didn’t have any money on us. Because we were just walking the dogs.

Good evening from Northside…

It was starting to look threatening again. But when we were walking down the steps, the sun came back out. At the bottom of the steps, we saw this Northside sidewalk snail but it was hiding inside its shell right in the middle of the sidewalk…

I picked it up and moved it over so it wasn’t right in the middle of the sidewalk…

Those are some really grey clouds. I’m happy we made it through another work week.

This evening we watched more of Hanna Season 2 on Amazon Prime. πŸ˜€πŸ—“οΈβ€οΈ

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