Friday, April 29, 2011

The Butterfly Show

The annual Butterfly Show is something we do together every year at Cincinnati's Krohn Conservatory. It's very sentimental for us. We've been going every year since we've been dating.
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Yes, my hair was that short, and yes, Ryan's beard was that long.
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And of course, it's also where we had our wedding reception.

We had to go before we left. The theme was Butterflies of Brazil.

 Uh oh. I think we were interrupting something...

 This was really called a "powderpuff plant" but I enjoyed calling it the "tribble plant."
 It was dropping tribbles everywhere!

 An art piece outside, not an actual butterfly.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Getting ready to leave

Makes me so sad. What do you do without your husband for 3 whole weeks. We'll never live in this apartment together again. This is the best apartment ever.

Something that makes me smile every time I see it.

A disco ball in the backyard of a house in Clifton. Just lyin' there. Waitin' for December 31st.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Cincinnati Bucket List magically found an entire day dedicated to it.

It was the last day I had off of work before I take Ryan to the airport and kiss him goodbye for 2 whole weeks. I planned a day of things we'll miss.

First up was Chicago Gyros. I'm sure there are gyros in NYC, but we've yet to find better ones than these anywhere, including Chicago! This is our go-to when we're craving grease.

 And the Greyhound Tavern. Many say, including The Lee Bros., that it's the best fried chicken in the South. We can never get over the Hot Browns there, and have never had the fried chicken. We figured since it would be a long time since we got back there, it was time. We discovered that we'd been missing the best fried chicken indeed for years. Damn. It came with everything you see here!
The Hall of Justice. I mean, Union Terminal, Cincinnati's Museum Center.
Confusion over this familiar looking building is justified, though:
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They were playing the I-max film Tornado Alley.

We also went to Krohn Conservatory's Annual Butterfly Show, but that will be for another post because we took about 75 pictures!

What I Checked Out.

This week's theme: Judging books by their cover.

It's true, you can't always judge a book by it's cover, but those covers certainly can make you pick a book up. Here are a few things from the week that I couldn't resist. I really hope there are a few graphic designers out there eating well tonight.
First up, we have Creative is a Verb: If You're Alive, You're Creative. by Patti Digh. The cover of this one didn't catch me a much as that title alone did. Sometimes I just forget that I'm really creative! There is a poem on the inside page that I would love to get tattooed on my forearm, just so that I can say it to myself everyday:
When I say be creative,
I don't mean
you should all go
and become great painters
and great poets.

I simply mean
let your life
be a painting
and let your life
be a poem.

- Osho

I also like that poem because it reminds me of my BFF Lara. She really loves Osho, and she is the most creative person I know. I mean, seriously. Who the hell else would come up with a pulled fruit sandwich?
 This is something I am definitly going to read during my bachelorette days sad, lonely times while Ryan is away. I'm going to need all the inspiration I can get!
 And then, Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French. I really did pick this one up because of it's cover. I have no idea what it's about. I'll let you know!
 And Doughnuts by Lara Ferroni. No, not the same Lara as my BFF, but there must be something about Lara's and delicious treats, because look at that cover!
 Doughnuts are one of those things that I've always considered best left to professionals, but Ms. Ferroni makes it sound easy!

 Banana Bread doughnuts? Yes, please!
And there you have it!

Monday, April 25, 2011

What I Did Last Weekend

Easter, of course.
 First, Easter Brunch at Brother's house.
 My niece and sister. They would die if they saw this.
 Sister-in-Law, Mom, Dad.
 It was also Brother's birthday. He got caramel apple pie.

 other niece. and the rabbit came.
 And then we headed to Mother-in-Law's. Other Sister-in-Law brought cupcakes. Gigi's Cupcakes.
 At the top left, there is one hot fudge sundae, and the rest are bourbon pecan pie.
 Then lemon ice-box, vanilla with buttercream, chocolate with buttercream, and more hot fudge sundae.
 And the tastiest cupcake of all...

 I found out that opera creams are only a Cincinnati thing. Must stock up before going to NYC.
 Big men filling big shoes.
I love those baked pineapple rings.
 And one more Cincinnati Bucket List item. The pizza that I dream about.