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Our 2018 Higher Gravity Beervent Calendar.

This evening we stopped at Higher Gravity for a beer. We wanted to try Platform Beer Company’s Fostered Bananas Sour Berliner Weisse and Brink Brewing’s Armored Heart Coffee & Vanilla Stout

And we had to pick up our 2018 Higher Gravity Beervent Calendar

It’s like any other Advent calendars used to countdown the days of Advent in eager anticipation of Christmas. Except with this calendar, there’s a different beer behind every door. We can’t wait to see what beers are waiting for us every day as we inch closer to Christmas…

We’re going to post the photos from our HG 2018 Beervent calendar every day until Christmas in this photo album on our Flickr. Cheers! 😀🍺🗓️🎄❤️

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Winding down another work week.

I’m packing up my workspace and calling it a week. I’m heading home for a three-day weekend. They gave us Monday off for a holiday shopping day. And they gave us a nice holiday bonus for our shopping. So that’s pretty nice. 😀💻❤️

Constructing Cincinnati.

I was curious to see how much progress they would make on the building across the street from work after the long holiday weekend. Since I last looked, it seems like they cleared all the rubble and debris and they’re starting to fill in the void with dirt. I took this photo on Monday morning…

I’m stil not really sure what the plan is for this space. I thought they were going to build ridiculously priced condos here. But recently, I heard that deal fell through. So I don’t know what they plan to do with this piece of prime real estate in downtown Cincinnati. 😀🚧❤️

Good morning from Northside.

We got more snow overnight. It still wasn’t a lot of snow but holy geez, it was silly cold this morning, especially for November. 😀❄️❤️

Good evening from Northside.

We had flurries all day. We got a dusting of snow. Not very much snow but just enough to make everything feel even colder outside. And today was a chilly one. 😀❄️❤️

The happiest hour in Northside.

After work this evening, we stopped at Second Place on the way home…

Second Place has some amazing burgers. They’re not anything super fancy. They’re just a really good, solid burger And during their happy hour, they’re half-price. A single burger is only $3 and just $5 for a double burger with bacon

We add a basket of fries for $4. And boom, instant dinner. Second Place also had a really incredible Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout from March First on tap. And the drafts were also $1 off. It was a really good happy hour. I think it might just be the best happy hour in Northside. And I could see this becoming a weekly tradition. 😀🍔🍟❤️

Inside our Birchbox: November.

Birchbox is so fun. Every month we each get a new box of beauty/grooming samples to try. There’s really no way we would hear about almost all of these products, let alone get to try them without Birchbox. It’s fun. So here’s what was inside both of our Birchboxes for November. Genifer gets her box a lot earlier in the month than I do…

In her box was R+Co WATERFALL Moisture+Shine Lotion, Marcelle New∙Age® Precision 8-in-1 Power Serum, CLEAN Reserve Skin Eau de ParfumLise Watier 24 Hrs Glam Mascara and Love of Color Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil.

And here’s my BirchboxMan for November…

In my box was Daily Concepts Multi-Functional Charcoal Soap Sponge, Oars + Alps Bar Soap, Kiehl’s Men’s Oil Eliminator 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer, Olivina Men Exfoliating Bar Soap and Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads.

I love the bar soaps. And you can never go wrong with anything Keihl’s. It was another really good box for me. Getting Birchbox is always really fun. 😀🎁❤️

100,000 photos!

I just posted my 100,000th photo to my Flickr! I started posting photos to Flickr all the way back in October 2006. Twelve years and a month later, it feels pretty darn amazing to finally break the 100,000 photo milestone…

That’s a lot of really great memories all in one place. Thanks, Flickr! 😀📷❤️

One of our laziest Sundays.

We didn’t do much today. We were in full-blown recovery mode from our trip to Dallas. This morning was very foggy…

We watched Arsenal win 2-1 over Bournemouth and then we walked to Django Western Taco for brunch…

We started with some of Django’s chips and salsa, and we shared the biscuits and chorizo gravy with a fried egg and Chef Josh’s famous tater tot casserole…

Later, we picked up Mack from The Pet Spot in Norwood…

I think he was pretty happy to be home. He slept for most of the evening. We’ll go pick up Oscar this week. He’s staying with his grandma. And he loves his grandma. Later, we ordered an NYPD pizza because we’d been craving an NYPD cheese pizza and we really need to go to the grocery store soon…

We watched some football and that was pretty much our very lazy Sunday. 😀🐾🍕❤️

Thanksgiving in Dallas.

We went to Dallas for Thanksgiving. This is going to be a long blog post. Hang in there.

We expected there to be big crowds traveling for the holiday. So we got to CVG extra early on Wednesday…

Surprisingly, there weren’t very long lines at the airport. Genifer won the award for the best socks at the TSA Security Checkpoint…

We were through security and on way to our gate really fast…

There were some pretty awesome fossilized skeletons in CVG’s Terminal B courtesy of Cincinnati Museum Center…

For the first time, we didn’t check any bags…

And a couple hours later, we were in Dallas waiting for our Uber…

We were staying at the AC Hotel in downtown Dallas…

We dropped our stuff and headed out of downtown…

Just to the west of downtown is a Dallas neighborhood called the Design District to find Peticolas Brewing Company…

From there, we walked down the busy Irving Boulevard…

And we arrived at Texas Ale Project…

It turns out that Texas Ale Project’s taproom is actually closed on Wednesdays but the owner was there hanging Christmas lights in their courtyard…

He poured us some beers and we helped him hang lights. Their Fire Ant Funeral Amber Red was just out of this world. We had a really fun time at Texas Ale Project but we missed out on two other breweries because we were having so much fun. There was a really pretty full moon over Dallas…

From Texas Ale Project, we hoped in another Uber and headed over to the Dallas Uptown neighborhood to American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks…

We thought we were ducking into a bar but we actually entered the arena through some sort of VIP club entrance…

Who knew?

Walking around the concourse, every so often you would come across one of these really unique rotunda/atriums…

We shared Pizza Hut at the game. Don’t judge us. It was great…

We hung out at the game until the start of the third quarter and then we left to go find something else to eat…

The Mavs ended up winning their game. We were so hungry…

We shared some delicious Irish nachos…

And that was our Wednesday. On Thursday morning, we woke up to find a downtown turkey trot taking place just the next block over south from our hotel…

We were going to eat at Overeasy in The Statler Hotel…

But we got just coffee and a muffin instead. I wanted one of these cinnamon roll muffins so bad but they had already sold out…

We hopped in another Uber and headed out to Arlington. It was a hike. We passed Six Flags Over Texas…

We got dropped off across the street from the Texas Rangers ballpark…

Their current ballpark was built in 1995 but they are already building a new ballpark across the street with a dome because I guess it gets wicked hot in Dallas in the summer…

In between Texas ballpark and the Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium is a ginormous bar complex called Texas Live!

We found a seat at the bar in one of the many restaurants…

We had a couple of beers and some spinach&artichoke dip and then headed out to our very first Cowboys game…

The place is just ridiculous on its size and scale…

We had general admission tickets. This is what the GA section looked like…

Meghan Trainor performed at halftime…

A few minutes into the third quarter, we decided to break camp and try to get an Uber back downtown to catch the fourth quarter of the game at a bar…

There was more than one person in full Native American headdress…

We made it back downtown and headed to Scout at The Statler Hotel…

We shared some little sliders and some of the best chili cheese waffles fries I’ve ever had in my entire life…

The Cowboys would go on to win the game! Like I said, it was an experience.

We stopped in our hotel’s lounge for a celebratory drink for both the Cowboys win, for making in back downtown after being all the way out in Arlington and for getting our Uber before the crazy 3x surge charges went into effect. I learned an important lesson. Don’t ask the bartender for just a rum drink in it. If you do, you end up with a rum drink served in a skull glass…

Friday morning, we headed out to explore downtown Dallas…

There was a giant eyeball…

We walked down to the historic West End of downtown Dallas…

And we continued on to Dealey Plaza, the Grassy Knoll and the Texas School Book Depository Building…

The Xs on the street indicated where fatal shots stuck John F. Kennedy…

We stood there and watched as person after person ran out into the middle of the busy Elm Street to pose with the Xs. It was pretty ridiculous…

Note how the “allegedly” is highlighted. The Old Red Museum of Dallas History & Culture looked pretty cool…

And then we walked a couple of blocks over to John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza…

From there, we walked back to our hotel to rest for a bit. And later, we headed out to explore the east end of downtown Dallas and find the Deep Ellum neighborhood…

We finally found Deep Ellum Brewing Company…

This place has pizza slices as big as your head…

And then we headed to Braindead Brewing…

There were so many cool looking little bars in Deep Ellum…

We wanted to keep going but we were wiped out.

We ordered pizza from Campisi’s in downtown Dallas…

In the morning, we went back to Overeasy…

I got my cinnamon roll muffin…

So good. And we shared sausage biscuits and gravy…

Bye, downtown Dallas. It was a bunch of fun. At DFW, we got to ride the Skylink…

So we could find the Dallas Cowboys pro shop in DFW’s Terminal A…

But they didn’t have this hat in my size. So we rode the Skylink back to our terminal…

Apparently, Dr. Pepper is the official 7-Eleven Slurpee flavor of the Dallas Cowboys…

There was also a saber-tooth tiger in the terminal at CVG…

It was an amazing trip to Dallas that went by in the blink of an eye. It was so much fun! I can’t wait to go back and explore Dallas so more.

Click to see all the photos we took during our trip to Dallas. 😀🦃🗺️📷❤️

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