About Me

Who is Frickin Dannie?

I started this blog a long time ago to muse about this and that and share some of my adventures. It’s turned a bit away from being a personal blog and more into a Cincinnati appreciation blog, but let’s be real… it’s a lifestyle.

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati, living most of my life in Clermont County — “the far east side” as they call it — although I have also lived in Louisville, KY and Williamsport, PA. I attended Goshen High School and went on to the University of Cincinnati for a little while but left school to venture into the working world. I went back to school in 2012 at age 25 and finally earned a BBA with a concentration in finance at age 29 from Thomas More College. I said I was finished, but in 2017 I went back for more — this time at Cincinnati State to work on credit hours to qualify for the CPA exam. I’ll be finished with school in December!

I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I currently work for a bank and if you had told me at high school graduation that I’d have 12 years of banking/finance experience by age 31, I’d have laughed you off the face of the earth. I never meant to end up here, but some of us back our way into careers we find rewarding and challenging. Obviously, since I am working toward getting my CPA designation, this isn’t my endgame. I am always pushing myself and looking to take the next step. My dream job is to work for the FBI as a financial crimes investigator, but they don’t hire just anyone.

Currently, I am still living on the “far east side” in Miami Township, where I bought a condo in 2014. I’ve posted a little bit about my home renovations on here but the process stalled pretty hard. I’m hoping to redo my kitchen in the next year or so, so be on the lookout for that excitement.

I like to prove that you can love all things Cincinnati — urban and suburban — without living downtown. As much as I would love to live in a trendy neighborhood, I am a sensible adult and appreciate things like my low cost of living and reasonable property tax values, and also I’m not rich.

 

 

Some of my Cincinnati favorites:

Things to Do: Cincinnati Zoo, Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Museum Center, any kind of festival in Washington Park

Places to Drink: Little Miami Brewing Company, Rhinegeist, Streetside Brewing, Taft’s Ale House, MadTree, Fifty West. (See my brewery passport post here.)

Places to Eat: Taft’s Ale House, Little Miami Brewing Company, Fireside Pizza, Flipdaddy’s, Dixie Chili, Skyline (cliche, but true). No, I don’t eat goetta.

Places to Volunteer/Support: Shelterhouse, Tender Mercies, Cincinnati Hunger Walk, Matthew 25 Ministries