January 2017: music, hockey, & food!

January was a great month!

December 31: Technically this happened in December, but I can’t not talk about the New Year’s Eve Speakeasy with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In general I’m kind of a sucker for anything Roaring 20s-themed, so I was excited I could convince the boyfriend to get onboard. I even went all out and finally picked up a flapper dress, something I’d been lusting after for far too long. (I made my fascinator myself!) The Pops are currently playing in their temporary home – the Taft Theatre, where I saw Lumenocity last summer and Jason Mraz about a hundred years ago – and were joined by New York-based jazz band The Hot Sardines. Hoooooly cow, I really enjoyed this show and I enjoyed The Hot Sardines so much I downloaded their album the next night. I’m growing an appreciation for jazz music, and the end of their set was New Orleans-inspired, and we all know my NOLA feelings…

January 6-7: It’s not often the Columbus Blue Jackets have back-to-back games at home, so when I was scheduling my quarter-season pass over the summer and saw a Saturday/Sunday duo, I gobbled up the opportunity to spend the weekend in Columbus. My sister and I headed up for the weekend and were surprised to be unable to get a table at our Arena District favorite (Boston’s) three hours before the game! This is, apparently, what happens when your team is fresh off a sixteen-game winning streak. Brave new world for us in Columbus. We were very fortunate to see the CBJ blow a third-period lead and lose the game with sixteen seconds left against the Rangers, and let the Flyers tie it with sixteen seconds to go on Sunday. Hooray, major disappointment! Good thing I’m used to this.

January 13-14: A more quiet weekend at home! Not much to report here; the boyfriend and I saw Hidden Figures, finally, quenching my thirst for both female empowerment movies and space-geekiness. We also checked out the Vikings exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, but it was a little too crowded to get any decent photos. Did you know viking horns aren’t a real thing?!

January 21: Back to Columbus again! This time, Don and I met up with some friends at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing and tried a flight of some of their drinks. I’m not really into their food menu (the options or the price point), but I haven’t been disappointed with their beers. After drinks it was off to the Jackets game, where they managed not to leave me completely disappointed and won, despite not playing very well! I forgot to get Tim Bits. 🙁

January ended with a killer week in trivia (two firsts and a second), a delicious dinner at Copper Blue in Milford, and seeing Manchester by the Sea at the Kenwood Theatre. I’d been to Copper Blue before but not in years, and I was really pumped to find the Granny Jack’s grilled cheese: sourdough bread, pepper-jack cheese, jalapeno bacon, avocado, apple and tomato.

Here’s to a great February!

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