Ohio Weekend, Part 1: The Colonel and the Cincinnati Reds

Good afternoon! We pulled into the driveway at 6 a.m. and were up 5 hours later to head to Emory for my ultrasound. Needless to say, we are exhausted. Joe’s taking a quick power nap but, since we have to be up around 5 anyway to get ready to head to Kiwanis, I probably won’t join him. Quick, hour-long naps make me even more tired!

Since we had *such* a full weekend and took about 700 pictures, I thought I’d break up our trip into several posts. We left Wednesday after work and headed up to Collegedale to watch my brother’s softball game and meet his new girlfriend. We like her a lot!




We headed out of town Thursday morning, and what should have taken us about 6 hours to get to Cincinnati took about 8 with the various stops we made. It’s ok, though, because we got to go to the original KFC and see where it all began.


And, of course, we had to pose for pictures with Col. Sanders himself.




We decided that Kentucky is one state we would *never* want to live in. We didn’t think anywhere could be as bad as south Georgia, but Kentucky proved us wrong. There was absolutely nothing there. It was a very boring drive. And, we discovered that Kentucky is quite proud of being southern.

florence, ky

We arrived in Cincinnati with just enough time to check in at our hotel, drop off our bags and head to the stadium. It was very difficult to find The Great American Ball Park because, well, the signs were all faded. And, they told you to turn when you really needed to go straight. It was all very confusing. But, we made it, and we fell in love with the stadium. It is so much more open than Turner Field.

a view of cincinnati

the great american ball park

the great american ball park


The stadium is about two blocks from the Cincinnati Bengals stadium, so we we walked down there before the game to take a few pictures.

the cincinnati bengals stadium

The Reds lost that game, but we still had a blast. Coming up next: our stay in Warren (oh the stories I have to share) and the wedding!

Moving On

Well, I am definitely not pregnant. The timing of everything has actually worked out well, though, because now my cd 3 ultrasound will be on Saturday (obviously much easier to get to than one during the week), and my cd 12 scan will be the day we get back from Cleveland. That takes a load off my mind since, if I actually started on time this month, cd 12 would have fallen in the middle of our trip. Crisis averted.

Speaking of our trip, I’m getting more and more excited, not about going to Ohio itself but about some of the things we’re going to be doing while we’re there. I’m super excited about the two baseball games we’re going to. I’m so lucky I married someone who loves baseball as much as I do (and I’m sure Joe would say the same about me!). Plus, road trips are a lot of fun. At least for the first couple of hours. 🙂 Luckily, Ohio really isn’t as far as I thought it would be. Cinncinati is only about 6 hours from here, and Cleveland is another 2. We were told at first that it would be an 11-12 hour trip, so 6 and 8 isn’t that bad.

The Weekend that Was

I had a very lazy weekend, and I really enjoyed it. We slept in *really* late yesterday because Callie kept us up all night, and then after a quick lunch, Joe got ready and headed to Atlanta for Jon’s bachelor party. I settled on the couch with a yummy haystack and my dvr’d episodes of Swingtown and One Tree Hill. It was a nice, relaxing “me” night, but I did miss Joe a lot.

Today, we slept in again, though not as late, because Callie was playing from 12-6:45 a.m. I had even kept her up last night until I went to bed at midnight, and yet she still wouldn’t sleep. I have no idea how to change her sleeping/playing patterns, but I think we’re going to keep her in the bathroom tonight because we just really need a good night of uninterrupted sleep. We throw her out and shut the bedroom door, but then Dizzy beats at the door and AJ scratches at the door frames. Sigh. It’s a lose-lose situation with our cats. I don’t remember Julius and AJ acting like this when they were kittens, so I really don’t know what Callie’s deal is. Any suggestions??

This afternoon, we hung out and watched the Falcons defeat the Lions, and what a surprise that was. I don’t think anyone (especially the sports writer who predicted a big loss) thought the Falcons would win. They’ve had a couple bad seasons, and this season wasn’t supposed to be much better. But, their new quarterback and runningback are awesome.

Then, we watched the Braves lose after 14 innings (no surprise there), and now I’m watching the Browns get crushed by the Cowboys. Boo.

And, of course, I’m still analyzing every little thing I’m feeling. I definitely have not had cramps (and I know why my stomach was hurting yesterday), and now my boobs are hurting. Of course, that could all be in my head again. I really hope not.

Now, Joe is off to pick up our free pizza from Little Caesars since, when I got pizza there last week, they gave me two pepperonis instead of one pepperoni and one cheese. Yay for free food!

Ohio Stopover

We decided not to drive all the way to Cleveland the Thursday before Jon’s wedding. That’s because we’re now going to a Cincinnati Reds game!

We originally had tried to see if we could fit a Reds game into our weekend but, as the cities are 3 hours apart, we decided it just wouldn’t be feasible.

Then, today, my brother, Randy, who just returned from a trip to Detroit, told me that we will actually go *through* Cincinnati on our way to Cleveland. He pulled out his trusty Ohio map (bought while trying to find a way out of a 3-hour traffic jam on interstate 71) and confirmed the route.

So our tickets have arrived, and the hotel room is booked. We’ll head out of Cincinnati around 6 a.m. and arrive in Cleveland just after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens. We can’t check in at the hotel there until the afternoon anyway, so we’ll have plenty of time to see the Rock and Roll Hall and hopefully the Football Hall of Fame as well.

That will be three stadiums visited this year, a Schulman record that I don’t think will be broken any time soon. But we can always try!

destination: progressive field

in a little more than a month, we’ll be headed north to cleveland. our main reason for going to cleveland is for jon’s wedding, in which joe is the best man. our secondary reason is to hit progressive field, home of the cleveland indians and our latest stop on our quest to visit all of the major league baseball stadiums.

i was worried about scoring tickets at first, but when joe reminded me that the indians are in last place in their division (who would have thought that another team would be behind the kansas city royals), i knew we could wait until closer to the trip and still find an abundance of tickets.

today, i decided to browse on stubhub again. i always check there first because ticket prices are usually *much* lower than they are on ticketmaster. and boy, did i get a deal! two field box tickets with surcharges were less than the ticketmaster price for one ticket *before* surcharges. score! here’s where we’re sitting:

progressive field seating chart edit

i’m going to have one happy hubby!

new york, new york

we had another whirlwind trip to new york. one of these days, we’ll spend a week there, but for now we’re getting our sight seeing in on weekend trips.

when we arrived, we caught a shuttle and headed straight to our hotel. it was a few hours before check-in, but we had been told we could leave our bags at the desk while we went into the city.


it turns out that our hotel was right across the interstate from shea stadium. this is what we saw every time we walked outside.

shea stadium 3

after we dropped our bags off, we took the subway into the city. last year, we spent a lot of time at time’s square. this year, we headed to 5th avenue. i didn’t buy anything, but it was a lot of fun seeing all the designer stores.



kenneth cole

we also went to trump tower. we were told there are several trump towers in new york, so we didn’t know if this is the one where the candidates on “the apprentice” stay, but we got a picture anyway. after the fact, i told joe we should have gone up to the employee at the desk and asked to see the board room and when he said “no” because we were insane, we should have said “you’re fired.” yes, i’m a dork like that.

trump tower 1

unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to walk all the way down 5th avenue. i didn’t get to go to kate spade or vera wang, but i wasn’t too bummed. we can always fit those in the next time we go. we walked about 40 blocks in a 2-hour period, and by the end my knees were really hurting. i ended up having a flareup from all the walking, but it was worth it.

we had to rush to get back to the hotel, change and head over to shea to meet our friends, tim and mindy. the good news was we were only two blocks from the stadium. the bad news was i couldn’t walk very fast and was hobbling like an elderly person. oh well.

shea stadium 2

behind the stadium, you can see the new stadium which is being built. the mets are going corporate like almost every other team, and instead of being called shea stadium, the new ballpark is being named citi field.

shea stadium 1

citi field sign edit

i ended up not wearing my braves shirt because tim and mindy decided to be mets fans for the game and joe’s braves shirt didn’t dry in time. we still cheered for the cardinals, which really set off a few of the fans in our section. in the first inning, the cards scored four runs, and in the bottom of the first, the mets scored two. a guy sitting in front of us turned around and started yelling at us and shaking his fist at us. we thought it was hilarious because, really, we didn’t care about the game. we’re not fans of either team. being at shea stadium, though, really showed me why joe hates mets fans. they really can be jerks. in 2006, cards catcher yadier molina hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning of game 7 of the national league championship series, which put the cards over the mets and sent the cards to the world series. now, mets fans hate him. when he came up to bat, they all started chanting “asshole”. i understand it was an important game, but i thought that was just incredibly rude.

all in all, though, the game was fun. it ended up going 14 innings. we left after 13 because my knees were really hurting, and we watched the end of the game in our hotel room.

us at mets game edit

at night, there is a skyline of new york city that lights up on the top of the scoreboard. on the left, you can see an unlit ribbon wtih two towers behind it for the world trade center.

mets skyline

the next day, we had planned on going back into the city because i really wanted to go rockefeller center, but i was in no shape to do more walking. instead, we spent a lazy day in queens. we got bagels for breakfast (*definitely* not new york bagels. they were terrible!) and then walked up the block to a mexican restaurant for lunch. the food was amazing and was pretty authentic.

then, i wanted to go swimming, and you all know the rest of that story. joe ended up bashing his head open and we spent the afternoon at the hospital. when we got back, we decided to have dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. the food was absolutely amazing. we started out with a yummy salad and a plate of garlic bread.


garlic bread

i had the penne pasta primavera, and joe had fettucini alfredo with crab.

pasta primavera

crab fettucini edit

and then, our trip was over. since we hadn’t made it to vera wang’s store, i picked up a bottle of her new perfume, princess, at the airport. it is now my new favorite. it has such a light, pretty smell. now i’m totally ready for another trip up north. maybe we’ll fit in another weekend trip next year. 🙂