Saturday, November 26, 2005

The "Balluminaria" Fest!

Every year Cincinnati hosts a hot air balloon festival, and today was the day this year! :-) Fortunately for me, this event occurs at the lake at the bottom of my street (the lake in the photos I posted a few weeks back).

So, my flatmate Melissa, Melissa's boyfriend, and I, decided to wander down the hill approximately 2 minutes before it began. As soon as we turned the corner, there were swarms of people everywhere, a million cars parked all up the banks, and the roads around the flat gridlocked with still-standing traffic!!

Needless to say we were very glad for the 2 minute walk back home again. :-)

Friday, November 25, 2005

Happy Turkey Day!

Well, I ate turkey, and boy it was good!! I obviously picked the best invite of the bunch for my Thanksgiving dinner, hehehe.

We ate copious amounts of turkey, stuffing, hot glazed ham, mashed potato, mashed sweet potato, creamed spinach, beans, a delicious homemade cranberry pickle chutney and gravy ... followed by generous servings of the famous American Pumpkin Pie, homemade Pecan Pie and Apple Pie (Seriously!! Three pies...) all topped off with lashings of whipped cream and whatever else was left lying around on the table. :-D

Then, as I was walking out the door, my lovely Thanksgiving Day host handed me a doggie bag full of turkey, ham, pecan pie and pumpkin pie!

So I almost got to eat the same meal all over again today... :-)

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Snow, snow, and more snow

Oh dear, the woes of winter have hit Cincinnati waaaaay too early for my liking this year, hahaha! I would write more except I am running late for another class. Oops. So instead, I have added a few commentary notes to the pictures. :-) I will write more later...

This was the view looking down the stairs from the front door of my flat, when I left for College this morning...

and the view looking from the top of the landing down to the backyard

...just like a Christmas card!

More snow...

And more snow...

Looking towards the Cincinnati Art Museum (...not that you can tell...)

The council workers haven't quite got to clearing the sidewalks yet...

...Anyone feel like taking a seat while they pause and look at the view, huh? (see the bottom right hand corner of the picture.)

See?! No need to buy cotton wool and fake snow in THESE parts, hehehe. Get your decorations out early enough and they will be sufficiently covered by the real-deal. :-)

Awww - pretty (and see how the Halloween pumpkin hasn't even had a chance to decompose yet...?! Seriously early snow.)

Reindeers, and Santa Claus, and ... snow.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Doh! forgetful me

I keep forgetting about this whole Thanksgiving deal! I am really hoping that by Thursday morning I will suddenly "feel excited" or something, haha!

Today I popped into the supermarket for some apples and dishwashing liquid. Exciting stuff, I know, but I had run out of both and couldn't survive long without either. :-) Anyway, I forgot that it is less than 48 hours before Thanksgiving Day. Recall what almost all supermarkets are like on or around December 23rd. You know, the day that every person with half a brain keeps as far away as possible from such places?

Well, imagine that level of mayhem - then triple it. :-)

Yeah. NOT a day to be popping into the store for anything less than a giant trolley load of goods, that's for sure!!! (Because you're going to be stuck behind a line full of them anyway, oh joy.)

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

This week is Thanksgiving. Ooooh, I cannot wait to see what kind of a mess everyone gets themselves into with this death defying food and drink fest, hehehe! Apparently it is the biggest event of the year. Bigger than anything else involving food and alcohol in this country ... and, trust me, that is saying a LOT.

I am not exactly sure yet what I am doing for Thanksgiving. I have had a million and one invites to different family binge-fests, but my preference right now is to actually do nothing! Like, a day spent entirely in bed sounds rather appealing? :-)

Somehow I don't think I will get away with that though. I think it would be considered blasphemy not to gorge myself on at least one person's turkey.

The question is, whose turkey will it be? :-D

Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Ok ... so the weatherman was right, goddamit.

It's snowing.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

More weather talk...

Cincinnati has been having some wicked thunderstorms these last 24 hours. And right now there are tornadoes ripping through Indiana, located less than an hour away from here. Several houses have been destroyed and it is all a bit freaky.

What was extremely freaky was a particularly intense thunderstorm, in the middle of the night, that not only had the usual flash of lightening followed by a thunderous clap of ... well ... thunder - but - for a second or so BEFORE the whole lightening thing, the house actually SHOOK, silently, as a result of the electrical energy build up!!! That is how intense the thunderstorm was. More awesome than any I lived through in Sydney ... and I had thought they were pretty strong.

I guess this is why they are creating little tornadoes all over the place right now. They just said on the news: "We really think there might be some tornado activity in your area." (Don't you just love the way they stress certain words in order to scare the bejeezus out of you?? Hmmm.)

Oh yeah - and the first snow flurry of the season is forecast to arrive tomorrow. At the moment I am choosing NOT to believe it, but I don't think I can ignore the tornadoes quite so easily.

At least I coughed up the $15.00 for a flu jab last week. :-)

UPDATE: Oh, I just had to add this: guess what helpful piece of advice the friendly weatherman just instructed us all through the TV screen? "If you're not inside a sturdy building, go lay in a ditch." Seriously!!

Friday, November 04, 2005

Doggy daycare...

My flatmate's boyfriend found this beautiful, yet abandoned and abused, dog. Because he loves dogs, he succumbed and adopted him this week!

The only problem is that he works crazy ridiculous hours, like, 6.30am - 10.30pm. (Who in their silly minds would EVER be an attorney??? Ha.)

Anyway, as a result, the three of us have come up with a fine solution. Chester gets dropped off at our flat at the crack of dawn each weekday morning, and pretty much hangs out with me. :-) Melissa goes to College an hour's drive away, whereas mine is only 10 minutes away. Most days I end up coming and going between College and home throughout the day, depending on what classes I have and what assignments I need to type up. (I work more productively at home. No people to distract me and convince me to join them for their fifth coffee of the day at the Starbucks across the road from the library! :-D)

Melissa's boyfriend then gets to go on all his "man-with-dog" adventures over the weekend! (When I am looking after Ben anyway.)

It's great! I get a daytime buddy without all the actual responsibilities and costs of doggy ownership! Sweet.

Yes. He likes the couch.

awww, what a cute face!!! matter what he is doing...

Chester admiring all the Fall leaves covering the deck ... since we never actually get around to sweeping them up!!!