Glacier Ridge Metro Park ~ Columbus OH

Over the weekend, we went to Glacier Ridge for a walk in the woods. I was very surprised to find no ridge or woods at Glacier Ridge! All the tree stands in the main park were less than 40 years old – which makes total sense for reclaimed farm land. However, they also grow hay in the park and you can see directly into a subdivision on part of the main loop. Now, if I lived in said subdivision – I’d be thrilled with a Metro Park so close to home! While I’m glad we knocked this one off the list {we were trying to get all the Metro Parks this year}, I doubt I’ll be back until I can strong arm my sister and her horse going for a trail ride with me there.

glacier ridge metro park~columbus OH

glacier ridge metro park~columbus OH

What I Read: November ’14

The Dinner by Herman Koch: I read this for my book club, but I’m so glad I did! Billed as the European Gone Girl, The Dinner is a thriller, set over a long dinner between two brothers and their wives. I can’t really describe the plot without fear of giving away the twist. While I did thoroughly enjoy the book, I found a few places in the story to be plodding, with such a tight narrative structure, the few loose places certainly showed.

Expecting Better by Emily Oster: Debunking pregnancy rules with science; plus it doesn’t hurt that Oster is frank and personable. Who doesn’t love that?

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler: Hilarious. With a dose of the kind of advice you’d expect your girlfriends to hand over tacos and margaritas. Absolutely worth reading.

What I Watched: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Persepolis, Kingpin, Inception, Snowpiercer, Anatasia, Batman (1989), Batman Returns, The Addams Family Values, Down Periscope, Advanced Style, Much Ado About Nothing (2012), The Duchess, Your Sister’s Sister, Jane Eyre (2011), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Please Subscribe, Clerks,

Pittsburgh Trip!

For my birthday, M and I drove to Pittsburgh for just 24 hours! It was a whirlwind trip, but we had so much fun. We stopped at Primanti Brothers for sandwiches. After lunch we walked around the Strip District for a bit and then walked up Penn Avenue to Fort Pitt Block House, located inside Point State Park. The museum was free so we did a quick walk thru and learned a lot of about 15th and 16th century American history.

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pittsburgh~the comyn space

We tend went to Roundabout Brewing for a flight of their beers. All were very good but the lingonberry ale was the real standout. Then we headed to the Duquesne Incline for some stellar views of the city.

pittsburgh~the comyn space

pittsburgh~the comyn space

pittsburgh~the comyn space

pittsburgh~the comyn space

pittsburgh~the comyn space

We ended the evening with drinks at the Butcher and the Rye and then dinner at Meat and Potatoes. One the way home, we stopped at Ikea – and get this – stuck to the list! Hard to believe, I know! It was a great little getaway!

When we got home, we went for dinner and to see The Stray Birds at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza. A truly stellar weekend!

Birthday Reflections

It’s a point of pride that I make my ‘resolutions’ or annual goals on my birthday, not on New Year’s Day, when the peer pressure to ‘save more’ and ‘weight less’ isn’t so strong. Not that I don’t want to do those things too but because I’d like them to be on my terms dammit. This post, this year’s Resolution, has been bumbling around my brain for a while.

This year. This year, I’m stuck. Things have changed from this time last year – we bought a car, we paid off some debt and generally sucked less with money, I knocked a few things off my 30×30 list. I started a novel, I finished a quilt, and so on and so on.

And yet. Things are so much the same. We live in the same apartment, with the same incredibly teal wall I made M paint for me – OOPS. I still long for close girlfriends here (absolutely what I miss most from Chicago).

I’ve been sorting of dreading this birthday and I’m not sure why. We have an awesome, happy full weekend planned and it’s not even a Big Deal Number. As lame as it is – I’d like to continue making the same good choices and grow the same habits I’m already working towards. Now, I’m off to go have some fun with my main squeeze and my family.

What I Read: October ’14

I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe: Following a Rosetta and Jeremiah, young couple during the Civil War, I could not help but fall in love with these fully realized, flawed characters. Based on a true story, we experience both major battles and mundane days with Rosetta and Jeremiah. McCabe opens up America in the 1860’s to us modern readers and explores the highly delineated worlds men and women were forced to inhabit. It seems hard to believe that women could have pulled this off but once you realize no man had seen a women in pants before, it becomes more believable. Even though I finished it a few weeks ago, I cannot stop thinking about this book and have mentioned it several times on Twitter and to friends. I Shall Be Near to You is hauntingly good.  This is important inclusionist history and every feminist worth her salt should read this book.

What I watched: North by Northwest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Fright Night, The Addams Family, Galaxy Quest, The Benchwarmers, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, The Mighty Ducks

Slate Run Metro Park and Living Historical Farm~Columbus Oh Things to Do

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We went to Slate Run Metro Park on Sunday and hiked about 1.5 miles thru the park to the living historical farm. While M doesn’t love the inaccurate maps (not to scale) I do love how well marked all the trails are! This would be the perfect place to have a big part and Slate Run as a great mix of regrowth hardwood forest, prairie and wetlands. If you’re the greater Columbus area and you haven’t checked this gem out yet – get on it!

What I Read: September ’14

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple; I really liked this book! I thought it was engaging and loved how Semple interwove various ‘primary’ documents to expose different points of view on the narrative. I was rooting for the Fox family at the end, which I think is so important in connecting readers to characters. I get why this is on everyone’s list now!

The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Everything Else by Daniel Coyle; Coyle argues that talent is not innate but grown in our brains in the form of myelin, once thought to be inert coating for brain cells. I found his writing to be clear and approachable and he offers some easily transferrable take aways for mastering skills or talents.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin; I wish I remember who’s GoodReads this popped up on so I can say thank you! While filled with tragic experiences, Zevin manages to weave together a jaunty narrative that never sags under it’s own weight. She’s filled this novel with wonderfully compelling book people who will remind you why you love your local book store.

What I watched: Only Lover’s Left Alive, Muppets Most Wanted, The Lego Movie, The World’s End, Hocus Pocus, Bad Words, Her, X Men: Days of Future Past, Muscle Shoals