what i’ve been up to.

How’s Cincinnati? What kinds of things have you been doing without spending lots of money? Great questions. Here’s a little insight.

I’ve enjoyed a delicious frozen Baha Blast from Taco Bell and toured a really big house in northern Kentucky. That drink totally matched the green in my dress, but the sun ruined it in the picture. Sad day.

 

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I stayed with my friends for a pretty awesome Arrested Development party/season 4 marathon. We had themed food and everything.

 

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I’ve enjoyed my plastic covered desk chair that acts as our patio furniture.

 

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…I’m bad at selfies.

I’ve discovered a memorial park beside the Sharonville library.

 

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I’ve taken a silly book out and spent time poolside.

 

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Anyway, my church is hosting something called Summer of Service next week. It brings in about 800 kids or so for worship and community outreach. I signed up for 3 volunteer slots as a cafe cashier, cook, and packed lunch maker–Laurelville and Macy’s have given me ALL the skills. I’m kind of upset I didn’t look at the volunteer list sooner, some get to go kayaking! It should feel good to get involved though.

more pictures.

I got most of my Pittsburgh wall decor up. I think it’s an accurate division of my sports love. It’s still too humid for me to trust the 3Ms yet, so my multitude of pennants and Pens canvas must wait for another day.

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The pool and fitness center. We have a sand volleyball pit and a little patio area behind the pool.

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books.

Since I moved to Cincinnati, I find myself without the ability to watch TV or the money to go out and do a lot of things. Being as such, I’ve been spending a considerable amount of my free time reading; I’ll never be one to complain about that.

For the first time in my life, I have a library card. It’s pretty awesome not to have to wait for the books I want to own to be released in paperback before I get to read them. (I don’t care for hardbacks, and I hate mixed sets.) I was finally able to read the rest of the Hunger Games novels and the third installment of the Heist Society series, and I’ve reread a favorite from my own library as well.

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I had run across a list of interesting books to read in your twenties, but when I returned to the library I couldn’t find any of them. Instead, I found one of my favorite authors and grabbed a few of his works I haven’t been through yet. Hocus Pocus sounds especially interesting, and I’m always ready to read more about the strange concoction of a character that is Kilgore Trout.

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I was also able to pick-up and finally watch the Perks of Being a Wallflower DVD. It made me miss Pittsburgh at night and crave grilled stickies. And of course, I was watching it while tracking the Pens 6-1 loss to Boston, so the irony of “‘How about the Pens this year, dad?’ ‘It’s like they’re allergic to defense.'” was not lost on me.

What are you guys reading these days? Any recommendations for my next library trip? My literary taste ranges from novels meant for teenagers to satire to classics to books on economic theory. Anything goes.