Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Photo A Day - December 2017

We had a great finish to an exciting year! We made trips to New York and Kentucky once again - our two favorite places to visit!

Chris helped out with our Breakfast with Santa event at work. I also set up a Giving Wreath which was my most rewarding experience of the holiday season. We decorated our little tree and ventured off to NYC for some winter fun.

We had a great time at another Albany wedding, mailed out Christmas cards, and enjoyed game night at Table Top Cafe.

We made time for Duck Donuts and our favorite Dave and Buster's game before we celebrated Christmas together.

We spent some time in Kentucky before returning to a snowy Columbus. We ended the year playing Nerts with friends. What a great way to end a year of transition!

Andrea :)

Monday, November 5, 2018

Photo A Day - November 2017

There sure was a lot to be thankful for this month. The weather stayed nice which was great since we were training for two different races.

It rained on and off the whole time for our Hot Chocolate 15k, but the treat at the end made it all worth it. Seriously - so tasty! I started a round of 21 Day Fix, voted, and we saw our second show as Broadway season ticket holders in Columbus. Waitress was fantastic!

I took a solo trip to Lexington to play with the kiddos and visit Mom and Dad while they were babysitting. We went to a dance at Brinley's school, had a basketball game at the Y, and went to church at Southland. I stuck to my workout schedule and continued to focus on eating healthy. I highly recommend listening to (or reading) Born a Crime - phenomenal.

Chris and I checked out the Columbus Blue Jackets when the Rangers were in town. I finally hung all my race medals - so many memories! The Youth in Government event had me at the capitol building for a few days before we celebrated Thanksgiving. Chris and I made our own turkey dinner. It had its challenges, but everything turned out great!

We ran the Hungry Turkey 5k complete mega cinnamon rolls at the finish. My cousin, Kenneth, surprised me with a completely unexpected visit. It was awesome to see him after SO many years! I continued to stay on track with my meal plan and drinking lots and lots of water.

Andrea :)

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Photo A Day - October 2017

We had a lot of fun in October. We celebrated our 4th anniversary with a trip to Las Vegas and spent a weekend with friends in Pittsburgh, too.

We had fun painting pumpkins at an event downtown early in the month. I continued to organize before we had our first visitors at our new place. Jordan, Jen, Chris, and I went to the Ed Sheeran concert while our parents watched Brinley and Landon. We spent the next two days exploring Columbus with highlights being Jeni's and Cosi before Chris and I headed off to Las Vegas!

We got back to Columbus in time for our first Broadway across America show - School of Rock. I started a Youth in Government program at a local middle school through work. We volunteered with a Compassion International walk and found the Christopher Columbus statue downtown.

We spent our 4th anniversary at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant. It is near the airport and truly a neat spot. We enjoyed our steak and reminiscing about the last four years! Continuing to organize around the house, watching movies, and work kept me busy.

We ended the month with some fun in Pittsburgh with a few stops along the way. I had a lot of fun passing out candy to all the kids in the area on Halloween!

Andrea :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Photo A Day - September 2017

We spent most of September getting acquainted with our new city. We did take a trip to Lexington for some fun with my family and a trip to Albany for a wedding. I also started my new job at the YMCA.

We had some quick fixes in the bedroom and stairwell at our new place. I got started on the Fall Film Challenge, enjoyed the geese on a nice fall day, and interviewed at the YMCA. Our first big event in Lexington was a tour of the Ale 8 Factory - lots of fun!

We caught our niece and nephew's soccer match, played games, and visited Old Kentucky Chocolates before heading back to Columbus. We volunteered at a Pints and Periods event through United Way and then started our trek to Albany. We caught the Canelo-GGG fight with some friends while we were there as well.

When we got back to Columbus, I did a little more organizing, we tried some new restaurants, went apple picking, and ran our first race in the city. Well, sort of. We were supposed to run the Scioto River Run 10k, but they cancelled it the day before due to city zoning issues. We still ran the miles to earn our medals on the Olentangy Trail that morning.

I was in the fall spirit - baking apple pie and getting a mum for our front porch. I celebrated Dad's birthday with a tasty treat, and we gave burger week a shot.

Andrea :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Photo A Day - August 2017

August was a busy month for us. We packed up and made our big move to Columbus. Then, we bought a new car and drove back to NYC for one last week of fun before returning to Columbus with the last bit of our stuff and beginning our life as Ohioans.

Our friend from church was playing in the orchestra for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory so we were able to go on stage and tour the set after the show - such a neat experience! I visited the New York Historical Society and we checked out the Jim Henson exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. We spotted Chris Rock walking the streets of Manhattan before I ventured out to Columbus for an interview with OSU.

Upon my return from the interview, we spent some time catching up with my former boss via the Metro North. Between packing up the final bits of the apartment and loading it into the moving truck, we visited with the Denings and their brand new little one, Rebecca. We drove to Columbus and unloaded into our much more spacious townhouse.

We bought our new Toyota Rav4 and started unpacking before we returned to NYC for a week of improv fun, running, and saying our "see you laters".

I had my Magnet Theater Level 3 class show, we ran the Harlem 5k, and then said peace out to Long Island City. I had a networking meeting at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse and we had a fun night at the Columbus Clippers game when we returned to Columbus.

Andrea :)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Photo A Day - July 2017

July held some significant milestones and fun times with my favorite birthday buddy back in Kentucky along with a pit stop in Columbus.

I became an official New Yorker just in time to pack up and move. Pretty ironic, but I am glad that I made it to that 10 year mark. It sure was a decade to remember. I am glad that I took the chance and didn't give up on myself or the city that never sleeps too soon!

We spent a few days in Columbus signing our new lease, exploring around town, and visiting with the birthday boy down in Lexington for a couple days. Lots of fun and excitement!

Packing took over my life when I wasn't enjoying my level two intensive improv class with Magnet Theater. Definitely a fun birthday week - complete with a trip to the LIC Flea Market.

Beautiful birthday flowers from Reba really brightened up the apartment. We had a date night at the Apollo for Amateur Night - definitely an interesting experience! In between packing up boxes, we saw Queen in Brooklyn and went to our all-time favorite hibachi spot.

Andrea :)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Date Nights - July 2017

As we prepared for our big move to Columbus, we split our date nights this month between the old and the new. It was nice to build in some fun while we were in Columbus looking for a place to live and doing a little networking. At the same time, it was great to be able to fit in a bucket list style date night in New York City.

In Columbus, we had a blast mini-golfing at Olentangy Mini-Golf. We played two courses and both each won a round. Afterward, we had delicious Mexican food at El Acapulco. It was a fun way to spend some free time as we checking out our new city. I can definitely see us revisiting these two spots in the coming months.

In New York, our bucket list style date night included dinner at Sylvia's in Harlem before heading over to the Apollo Theater for Amateur Night. The food was amazing!! I definitely recommend it regardless of how long you have to wait. Fortunately, we were there at a good time and had just a short wait before chowing down on some tasty chicken. Apollo Amateur Night was quite the experience. I can't imagine getting up in front of a crowd of New Yorkers and performing - truly a vulnerable spot! We enjoyed all of the acts, but it is tradition there to boo acts off the stage so that happened a couple times. We actually felt bad for those performers. Honestly, no one really stood out head and shoulders above the rest. There were some pretty talented acts. All in all, I highly recommend this combo to anyone. It was a super fun night!

Do you have any bucket list places or activities you'd like to experience in your city?

Andrea :)