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Cincinnati Museum Center: The Mummies Exhibit

Posted on: 11.24.2014

there are many places in this city that i love. whether it's a delicious restaurant or a beautiful park or just somewhere that is special to me with a nice memory attached to it. the Cincinnati Museum Center is one of those places. Now I'm guilty of driving by it more than actually going inside, I'll admit, but I think that only makes it even more special when I do get a chance to go. I remember taking field trips there as a kid and didn't you just LOVE field trip day? my mom was always a field trip mom, bouncing around for hours on school busses and carrying 10 sack lunches, all while keeping track of screaming kids that were touching everything in their grasp. (Thanks, mom!) We went to the museum a few times on field trips and I remember not remembering much. I was 10, you guys! All I knew was we weren't going to have homework due the next day and I would get to sit on a bus next to my best friends, back when you were small enough to fit 3 to a bench.

I'm proud to say that as an adult, I get a lot more out of my museum visits. I walk through slowly, read quietly to myself (maybe a few times) then try and absorb everything.  Just walking into the museum you feel as though you are standing in the middle of a piece of art, you know? It really is something to see, if you haven't been there yet and right now there is an amazing exhibition taking place. 

This past Sunday, Maria and I took the afternoon to check out the new Mummies Exhibit and it did not disappoint. WCPO Insider was gracious enough to give me two tickets to check out the exhibit and allow me to take photos throughout. I wouldn't recommend this experience for anyone younger than 10, as all of the mummies inside the exhibit are … well… real. and some of the pieces were fairly graphic. learning about mummies was by far my favorite part of history classes growing up and this exhibit only furthered my intrigue. (I've been googling mummy facts since we went! so much interesting information out there! ah, the internet) we saw mummies of men, women, children and pets as well as artifacts and jewelry. It was puzzling and beautiful at the same time, seeing the bodies of people that have been around for hundreds of years while having so many unanswered questions.

be sure to check out the exhibit if you get a chance. it was truly remarkable and i'm so glad we got the chance to go and see it. here's a few photos that we took while there. enjoy!

 
this opportunity was made possible by WCPO insider and tickets were ℅ WCPO insider. Thank you

A holiday Drink Guide!

As a bartender, and a firm enthusiast for the adult beverage, I thought it would be fun to make a quick video for some easy and yummy holiday drinks! Thanksgiving this year will be in this apartment and it's necessary to have my bar ready to go with something other than spiked eggnog. Being that two bartenders live in this house, that just simply won't do, ya know? We gotta get a little more creative than that when it comes to the spirits. Jon came up with a before dinner cocktail and an after dinner martini and I show you an easy shot that tastes like the holiday season in your mouth! 

In case you would like a step by step guide on how to make the drinks:
Pumpkin Old Fashion:
2 drops Orange Bitters
1 Sugar Cube 
1 tablespoon Pumpkin Puree 
2 ounces Smoked Maple Bourbon

Muddle all together in a glass
Pour over ice and stir for 2 minutes 
Strain & pour over fresh ice in your serving glass 
Cut a thin slice of orange peel and flame it. 
(This will release yummy orange oil out of the peel that will layer on the top of your drink! plus, let's be honest, it just looks cool as hell to see it done, don't you think?)
Garnish drink rim with the Orange peel and serve
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Pumpkin Pie Martini:
1 ounce Half & Half
1 1/2 ounces Crown Royal
1 tablespoon Pumpkin Puree
Combine in a mixing glass
Add ice, cover with a shaker and shake shake shake!
Pour into a martini glass & garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg
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Fall Over shot:
throw some ice into a shaker
Add equal parts:
Butterscotch Schnapps
Bailey's Hazelnut
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
(I did 1 1/2 ounces of each to make 3 shots)
Shake until cold, strain into shot glasses!

I highly recommend trying out all three drinks at your gatherings this year!
Here's to a warm, safe and yummy holiday season!
Cheers!

(We filmed this at the Bar that we work at, Dean's!)

play nice, kids!

Posted on: 11.17.2014

does anyone else out there ever feel like they just need to just vent? i mean,  i try and keep this space pretty light and fluffy because … well, let's be  honest… we've all got our own shit going on and no one really wants to read about other people's life nonsense. but sometimes, today for an example, i just need to treat my keyboard like a best friend and just go nuts for a minute. 

being someone that rarely filters what i say or takes into account other people's reactions to what i'm saying, i get myself into trouble a lot (as i'm sure you can imagine) i don't apologize when i'm not sorry and i don't hold back if i really have something to say. i have what i like to call a chelsea handler sense of humor and a rosa parks sense of conviction. and you best believe if i ever come to you with an apology, i mean it. and it probably took me a lot of pride swallowing to muster up the ability to say it. 

 all that heavy sounding stuff aside, i never try to be an outwardly bad person. I feel like for the most part I try and do right by people and try to not ever intentionally hurt others. we all have our own stuff that we're going through and i don't know why others do the things they do. and it's none of my business. Cincinnati is a small community and most of us in my age range have known each other for years. Most of us didn't go to high school together or know each other in our formative years, but we became close during 21st birthdays and confiding in one another about our first serious relationships. 

we know each other pretty well.  lately, a lot of us maybe haven't been as nice to each other as we could possibly be. we're all guilty.  I say "we" because although I don't believe I am outwardly involved, I know that I leave my doubts with some on whether or not I am a good, honest and genuinely nice person. i also believe that you invite drama and bad shit into your life, so if i have some in mine, it's my own fault. while at the end of the day, i have a very loud "I don't care what anyone thinks about me" attitude, sometimes it does hurt to know that there are people out there that just …well, don't like me. whether it's someone telling me flat out that they don't, hearing it from someone else, anonymous comments or in other ways. it all hurts and pulls at my heart. and i can spend countless minutes, cigarettes and tears wondering why or what i can do differently in my own life to change their minds but at the end of the day, i have to simply accept that there will always be people out there that don't want to like me, will roll their eyes at the things i say, and say harsh things about me and about what i do in my life. 

i never know who in the hell reads this thing, or if it gets read by anyone at all, but i would just like to take a minute to send a cyber hug and kiss to all the good people in my life. the people that i know love me for who i am, the good and the bad. the people that listen to me when i'm sad and laugh with me when i'm happy. the people that know that my intentions are never to harm. I also would like to send a hug to the people that don't like me, too. i know that we all have our different outlooks on how life should be lead and what others are doing wrong. but as long as you can let others live their lives so that you can live yours, it will be ok. all of it. we weren't all meant to be the best of friends. and that's alright, ya know? there's no harm in that. i just needed to take a minute to sit down and put my thoughts into words. so long story post short, we don't all have to like each other. let's just try and be ok. 

ok? 

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