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Birthday Weekend!

Not many couples can say they get to celebrate both of their birthdays in one weekend, but Matt and I are only two days apart, except he’s also a year old. I’ve noticed I’ve reached the age to where I can’t remember how old I am. I’m not sure if it’s just because age doesn’t really matter to me or that Matt’s birthday is so close, I get our ages confused. I told someone at work the other day I was turning 27 Sunday, not 26.

Last night (Matt’s birthday) we had some friends over for a game night and it was a blast! We played Quelf and Pictionary Man, both of which I hadn’t played in far too long. My team won Pictionary Man, which was great to get out again! My brother brought over some chips and salsa that Mom made from some fresh tomatoes in the garden. It was delicious! Especially for the first time ever of her making it. I’m glad there’s plenty left to enjoy. 🙂

Today we went to Coney Island for the first time together and for a long time for both of us. Matt got free tickets for signing us both up for the Breast Cancer 5K  in October. I’m pretty sure the last time I was there, it was for Mom’s office picnic which was a very long time ago. I can’t even remember how long. It was a great day for it and some of those rides are just awesome. Even the paddleboats were free!

Tomorrow we’re going out to Applebees or Mellow Mushroom for both of our birthdays with each of our families. The Bees is our first choice because there’s a fundraiser for autism awareness there but if we can’t get in in a reasonable time, we’re going to go to Mellow Mushroom instead. Then I have to go to a meeting a church where I plan on demanding cake because it’s my birthday. 😉

 

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SURPRISE!!

Surprise parties are by far some of the most fun parties, especially when you actually pull it off like we did today for my cousin’s birthday. Her kids are awesome and did such a wonderful job planning and conspiring with friends that she was completely shocked and had a wonderful time. She totally deserved it!

On the way to this party, we stopped by a liquor store to pick up some beer/wine for said party and happened to come across some specialty wine we just had to have. Barry Larkin Merlot and Homer Bailey Chardonnay, on sale, two for cheaper than on normally costs. Since Barry Larkin is my favorite, we’re taking a chance I’ll actually enjoy this Merlot. At least we know dad likes it so it won’t go to waste.

But….I’m keeping the bottle for our baseball wall. That’s mine. 🙂

In completely other “news”, Baxter can be so funny. Our bedroom and dining room windows are set up to where if you are looking out one of the windows, you can look into the other room. So a right angle outside. It was gorgeous today, so we had the windows open and allowed Baxter to sit on the windowsill. Then we proceeded to go into the other room and he was confused as to how we were over there, meowing his cute little face off. Later today he waits to lick my fingers from the chips I snack on, as if we never feed him.

Tomorrow is youth Sunday, so my brother is playing/singing again. I’m loving that he’s getting out of his shell and sharing his talent with the church. Love. After church, we’re going to the Reds game with a bunch of church members for Faith Day, a sell out, complete with after-game concert from Mercy Me.

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Weekend in Columbus

Matt and I went to Columbus for the weekend, originally with tickets for the Crew game until they postponed it due to a death of a teammate. I’m proud of the team’s administration for allowing them to have the day off to attend the funeral of their teammate.

All of the depressing news out of the way, we had our hotel room booked already so we dug up some other things to do on Friday and had a blast over the weekend. I rode the bus out to Matt’s office after work and we left immediately from there. We stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way down there and used a gift card from one of my wedding showers (woot woot!). Matt even bought me a small singing Christmas penguin. 🙂

Saturday we slept in a little bit then went to the Ohio History Museum complete with an outdoor village filled with people  all in character. One of the guys was particularly into his part and once he found out we were from Kentucky, he had to ask if we had any slaves and what our view on them was. He was happy to hear we were against slavery and went on a rant about how they just never know what Kentucky is up to. As another little perk, and somewhat depressing reminder, it was also educators day which means there were several booths set up with interactive lessons. My favorite building by far was the schoolhouse. It was adorable and made me want to teach in it. See, isn’t it cute?

After we were finished with the museum, we went to the most awesome outdoor mall I’ve ever seen in my life, also known as Easton Town Center. Everything looked like a piece out of time and it was filled with people! Perhaps the best part (okay, it is the best part) was when we went into the Barnes and Noble and Matt bought me my birthday present a whole month early. My Nook! I’m kind of in love with it. He also bought me Words With Friends, Watchman, Angry Birds Rio and a subscription to TV Guide. Reading a comic book on that is really awesome with the zoom feature because it zooms in/out depending on the frame sizes and moves to the next part when you tap the right hand side.

Matt also has a new favorite store and for good reason too. They had really awesome shirts about local sports teams (including our beloved Reds) and gave us each a FREE coke in a glass bottle. Heart won over.

 

That night we found our way to the recreation center of the city for a 100 Years of Broadway show. Let me just say I am jealous of their facilities. The show was really neat and simple as well. Just five stools/music stands with singers each in a different vibrant colored shirt or dress and a pianist. I kind of felt sorry for the only guy, but they did a wonderful job. They walked us through the history of Broadway songs by talking about each era and singing several songs from each.

Something I learned from that show? I haven’t seen nearly as many musicals as I thought and I plan on fixing that ASAP.

Sunday we ate at a donut place not available around us called Tim Hortons and my blueberry bagel was delicious. I really loved how they use real plates too. Sustainability!

After that new experience, we went back to the town center for some more shopping, mostly of the window variety and hanging out. The Container Store is amazing and I’m so so glad they have one in Kenwood. Then we went to a truly unique move experience, a Dine-In with the most comfortable seats known to possibly all of existence. We saw The Campaign whilst enjoying delicious chips and queso dip, soft pretzels and cheesy bread. Yum yum. Plus they have the bajillion flavor pop machines so I enjoyed a Peach Mountain Dew as well. The Campaigns was hysterical and if you’re a fan of either Will or Zac, you must see it. Ted was still funnier, but I loved this as well.

We decided to wait until Monday to pick up Baxter before taking him to the vet for his yearly checkup. He wasn’t too happy with me that night but he turned around quickly, as I figured he would. The vet had called earlier to ask if I could get there earlier, so I did and they still didn’t see us until the original time. No big deal, just not too happy for my baby who hates being in his cage and going to the vet.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is Olympics at work and I’m super stoked. I freaking love my office. Events include putt-putt, cornhole, rubberband shooting and ring toss. Plus lots of free food.

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Water Balloon Fights, Scavenger Hunts & Baseball

So it’s been a few fun days, yet again!

Right now we’re relaxing from going out to breakfast with my mom and grandma, shopping with them and meeting my in-laws new dog, Max. He’s adorable, in case you were wondering and I love him already.

Wednesday, I don’t really remember anything particularity exciting beyond seeing a bunch of people in Reds gear walking around downtown with reusable bags I was jealous of. They were also apparently on some kind of scavenger hunt.

Thursday was one of those days that went from normal to awesome pretty quickly. It was one of my closest cousin’s 22nd birthday and she had just finished all of her college courses, so she decided to celebrate (and rightfully so). She invited Matt & I, my brother, her boyfriend, parents and her brother to a water balloon fight in pitch black darkness. It was some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time and I don’t care if that makes me a kid. I don’t really ever plan on “growing up”.

At one point, her mom had gone back in the house claiming it was so she wouldn’t get wet but filled up some more water balloons for us to play with. Her son was sneaky and kept one of those with him once we had finished the rest off and waited for her to come back out. This time, she had one balloon for each of us and on his way over, he popped the balloon right over her head and grabbed another. We decided to gang up on the birthday girl and were very successful. 🙂

Friday was one of the longest days ever at work, especially the last half hour. It was almost torture. Probably because I was looking forward to going to Goettafest and the Reds game with two of our best friends.

While waiting for Matt to get off work, I went to Barnes and Noble to kill some time which apparently involved trying to read and falling asleep in a chair. I did see one of my favorite former coworkers from Home Depot and got to talk with him for a while about the wedding and his teaching. It was a wonderful surprise!

At Goettafest, I tried goetta macaroni and cheese while Matt got a goetta burrito and devoured it in about 2 seconds. Okay, maybe that’s an over exaggeration but it was pretty quick. I chose to savor mine…or I just eat slow. Your choice. Our friends enjoyed a goettaway (3-way with goetta) and some goetta conies. While in line for Matt’s burrito, we ran into even more friends of ours, one of which is the reigning champion for the goetta coney eating contest. We’re going to cheer him on from afar tomorrow as we’ll be at the Reds game…again.

Reds game was nothing short of amazing. It was a sell out crowd vastly made up of screaming Reds fans having an absolutely wonderful time cheering on their first place, best record in baseball, team. The environment was full of inexplicable excitement! We won, got to see Marty’s head shaved and saw the best fireworks show we’ll probably ever witness.

Marty also managed to make me cry because as soon as all of his hair was gone, he unbuttoned his Reds jersey to reveal a blue shirt with yellow lettering that said “I’m still me”. Then he started talking about this organization and the children with cancer and blood disease that it supports while walking up to two of those children and giving them a hug and kiss on the forehead. I was gone. He told the story of how those children reacted when they heard Marty was going to shave his head. One of them said something along the lines of “He’ll be just like us.” Lost it again.

Oh, and the fans alone raised the $20,000 for the Reds community fund for him to get this done on the field. With corporate donations, the total soared to $50,000. I love this team and everyone involved with it.

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10 Game Winning Streak

So the Reds were on fire for the last 10 games prior to last night’s game. Then they decided to come home and completely fall apart. We were there and we left when it was 10-4, which is something we never ever do. Neither one of us felt like being exhausted because we stayed to watch our team get their butts kicked into the ground. We did get to walk down to the new park with the colorful waterfalls and fountains, so that was nice. I really enjoyed it. Matt says we’ll take a picnic down there sometime soon. 🙂

Another good thing about the 10 game winning streak? Marty is going to shave his head. I’ve heard Saturday since he has to shoot some commercials this week. Can hardly wait to see it.

We’ve been recording and watching as many Olympics as possible and it’s been wonderful. I’m pretty sad that we missed the opening ceremonies though. Stupid DVR ate it all up. We’ve been able to catch little bits and pieces of it with the other Olympic events but I need to look it up online to see if I can find more.

Sunday, we got our photobook from our photographer and I am in love with it. He did such a fantastic job that I will never get sick of looking at it. I took it to work yesterday and spent probably an hour and a half showing it off around the office. Then the bus. It was so fun to share with others and I can’t wait to continue to do so with as many friends and family as possible.

My best friend found this picture and said it would be Matt & I except in Reds uniforms. I think it’s adorable and totally plan on doing this when we’re old enough.

In other news, I’m reading Tale As Old As Time – The Making of Beauty and the Beast right now as well as the Resolution for Women and I love it. It’s my absolute favorite Disney movie and I will love it for all eternity. It you enjoy that kind of thing, it has a lot of background information, drawings of characters and scenes the did and didn’t make the movie, etc. I’m not even finished and two parts have already made me cry.

1) They were talking about the ending when Beast is dying and how they knew they had struck gold with it because even the guys working on it had tears in their eyes. Not that I needed any more reasons to cry at that part.

2) They were talking about how Angela Landsbury was the perfect choice for Tale As Old As Time and how her softness and imperfection made the song perfect. I’ll admit I have an extra-soft spot for this song now because Matt surprised me at the reception by requesting it to be played and dancing with me. I love that man.

Tomorrow I have work and dinner with mom and several of our female friends/family for two of their birthdays. Going to Chucks (better known as O’Charleys)!

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Good News – I Read 108 Pages Today

The bad news, I was stuck on the bus on the way “home” for an hour and forty five minutes due to a terrible 10-car pile-up on 471. Eight people were sent to the hospital, one by air care. I just hope they’re okay, the news hasn’t said yet but the wreck did close the highway down for four hours.

Being on the bus was interesting for sure because we were just dead stopped watching emergency vehicles pass on the shoulder for quite some time. Then we started seeing tons of cars turning around and driving in the wrong direction on the shoulder, appearing that police officers closer to the wreck were telling them to do this then drive back up the entrance ramp. Eventually there’s enough open space for the bus to turn around but the driver’s idea of turning around involved literally driving backwards up the entrance ramp, y’know until the cop told him to turn around and drive forward. I seriously thought we were going to cause another accident.

Thankfully, I made it to Raniero’s pretty darn close to on time and before the birthday boy! It was a great time. Matt and I even had some completely alone time with our niece while sister in law went to get milk for her. She was playful and happy while she was gone as well. We had the meat-lovers pizza and demolished it between the two of us. It was so delicious and I will for sure be going back.

The other highlight of the day was finally catching some free concerts from the World Choir Games on fountain square. It was super packed so I just found an empty table, sans chair, and stood eating my food. It was great to be able to be outside, eat and listen to beautiful music for an hour. I got to hear some kind of English-speaking children’s choir sing Love Shack, a children’s choir from Hong Kong and a gospel choir from Germany. It was delightful.

My D23 membership 23-month calendar showed up today as well and it’s really cool! Lots of old concept drawings for the Disney movies, most of which look nothing like the finished product. I find that all very interesting. Best part was that my friend at the post office sent a picture of it today and attached a post it note to the box saying him and his wife missed us. 🙂

Tomorrow is finally Friday and I am so excited. We’re going to the Reds vs. Cardinals game, hoping the Reds come back from the All-Star break with a fire under their butts!

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Month of Marriage, Hunger Games & Solitude

Monday was an awesome day merely because Matt and I had been married a whole month on that day. We celebrated by opening up a bottle of champagne leftover from our wedding and downing the entire thing. It’s hard to believe I’ve been married to my best friend for that long already. It’ll only go faster from here is what I’ve heard! 

Last night H and I went to see Hunger Games for the second time with my cousin and her boyfriend. She had just finished the books, rereading the first actually, and wanted to see the movie for the first time so we all went down to the cheap night at the dollar saver cinemas for it. Yup, there’s a cheap night even at the cheapies and it’s the second time we’ve taken advantage of it in the past two months. It was a great night.

Prior to the movie we were at her parent’s house for dinner. My aunt made chili spaghetti and it was delicious. Something I’ve never seen go with that meal before was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Very interesting. 

Today was the first day of this long week where I’m completely alone in my row at work. My two partners in crime are on their house trip with “the group” so things are a heck of lot quieter. I did treat myself to Graeter’s ice cream today and eat lunch on the square again. I was hoping for some choirs or bands from the World Choir Games but I got treated to the Corporate Olympics instead and was majorly disappointed. It would have been entertaining at least if I had gotten to watch but I had to sit too far away.

Oh well, I read 70 pages of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows today, part of it at lunch. I really hate myself for being “too cool” to read Harry Potter when it was actually out. These books are amazing. 

Tonight was the first actual recipe meal I made Matt since we got married and it turned out amazing. Just some Chicken Corkscrew Pasta that I made super colorful by buying the multi-colored noodles. Just in case you’re wondering, it tasted great too. 😉 Enough leftovers for each of us for lunch tomorrow and Matt had the foresight enough to pack it in two different containers. I think I’ll keep him. 

Tomorrow I’m looking forward to going out to eat with my in-laws for my brother-in-laws birthday. We’re going to a local pizza place that went from a small hole in the wall to renting out an old Blockbuster space. I’ve heard it’s really good plus I’ll get to add another new restaurant to my 10 new restaurant list (Day Zero Project).

 

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