Archive | February, 2013

Visiting Ohio and Spending Time with Ohio Family

28 Feb

Last week I was sent to Cleveland for a work trip and so I took the opportunity to travel south of Cleveland for the weekend to Cincinnati to visit family.

Technically they are my family-in-law, they are the husbands close cousins who I happen to love. And thank goodness they love me too because they treated us like we were on vacation.

My friend Rochelle, who also happens to work with me agreed to come with me and stay with the Jarvis clan. Rochelle and I drove down from Cleveland Friday and stopped in Columbus to visit the German Village. We ate at this adorable German restaurant called Schmidts. We walked around downtown Columbus, well I think it was down town – it reminded me of Columbus’ version of Nob Hill.

We made our way to Cincinnati where we were greeted with family, food and margaritas! We were treated to home cooked breakfasts (with mimosas) every morning. We watched a 4th grade championship game, hit up Skyline and Montgomery Inn and most importantly we spent time with family!

Rochelle and I drinking German beer at Schmidts in Columbus

Rochelle and I drinking German beer at Schmidts in Columbus

We saw these Dukin Diva's win their championship game after an undefeated season!

We saw these Dukin Diva’s win their championship game after an undefeated season!

4-Way with beans!

4-Way with beans!

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This just makes me happy!

This just makes me happy!

Ohio Family

Ohio Family

Montgomery Inn with the family!

Montgomery Inn with the family!

Like Father Like Son

Like Father Like Son

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Reflections

27 Feb

I have been thinking a lot about my blog and wondering if I should continue doing it.

I wanted to make it more focused to a topic and subject but couldn’t pick one I really liked. I also didn’t want to end up hating said subject because I felt like I had to write about it. And I do a lot of other fun stuff that I didn’t want to ignore….. So I have been back and forth on what to do and the future of this blog.

One of the biggest pleasures I get from writing about my activities and adventures is that my family near and far gets to keep up with the husband, me and the animals. And for some reason I thought I needed to reach more people and get more people interested in my blog.

In my professional career (all eight years of it) I have worked in an area where I am selling and promoting more views and more attention. More of everything – how to get more people to be interested in your company or product. Basically more is better. So I think I started applying that concept to my blog – but I was wrong. I needed to re-evaluate my own concept of audience (see that Miller Heiman reference 🙂 And what this blog is about.

So – this blog is going to be about my life, adventures, things I love and activities. I am not vain or self-centered for writing about myself, I just want to share my experiences with whoever would like to read about it. So I will continue writing about books I love, recipes that I have tried and different events, activities and shenanigans the husband and I embark upon so my family can keep tabs on us and friends who I don’t see a lot or are far away can still feel close to me. And If I meet some new friends along the way the more the merrier!

With that said, I am excited to start blogging again.

Happy New Year?

11 Feb

Yeah it’s February but one thing you should know about me – I am always late. I am trying to fix that and have been doing a better job but sometimes I slip into old habits and show up a little late for things. This is my excuse explanation for the lack of new blogs.

January was such a crazy busy month for me and I feel like I am finally catching up. So just know I have some great new hobbies to try and old hobbies to report on.

The 12 Dates of Christmas was a successful hobby I might have to reinvent that into something like the Four Dates of Labor Day of something (get ready husband).  I got a lot of reading done so I have some new books to report on. I also want to try a lot of news activities. I am turning 30 this year so I believe I can get away with doing some unexpected things…..