My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Life :)

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Hey Everyone,

Sorry I've been a bit scarce in blog land lately, but I've been living life in the real world.  Not a bad thing really, it just keeps me away from stamping and blogging.

So, what's been going on I hear you asking?  Well, here ya go:

I got my card published.  I'm on page 24 in here:

Spent time with my cousins Cathy and Jenn.  This is them :)

We went to Hartville.

If they don't have it there, it doesn't exist ;)  We had a super fun day of looking, buying and eating.

We ate at the Hartville Kitchen.  Comfort food at its finest.

On a different day:

Went to Amish country with my aunt and uncle. This is them:

Can you believe these people are 80 years old?!  I should look so good...lol!

We ate lunch at the Inn at Honey Run. 

Went to the Breitenbach Winery.

And shopped in Berlin.  Ohio, not Germany ;)

And on another day:
Hubby and I went for a clambake one night at Mavis Winkles.  The night we were there they had super cute kids doing Irish step dancing in the restaurant.  Sorry no photo, you'll just have to trust me on the cuteness factor ;)

I read The Peach Keeper.  It's the book for my October book club meeting. 
I didn't love it.  A little too "chick lit" like for me. 

I'm currently reading Deeper Than the Dead, which is our November book.  So far it's just a murder mystery, but I'm not too far in.

I celebrated my 21st anniversary.  Twenty one years ago we looked like this:

Today we look like this:

Ha ha!  We went down to Columbus OH to visit my niece at OSU.  We took her for dinner at the world famous Schmidts.  It must be seen to be believed!  Sausages on a buffet as far as the eye can see and cream puffs the size of your head!

Very cute inside...

And this was the breakfast area where we had french toast with peaches, bacon and yogurt parfaits.  YUM!

This was our room.

The Short North area is said to be what SoHo is to NYC.  Not sure if it's true, but it was fun in it's own small way.

We shopped the vintage shops and record stores whose name I cannot print on my wholesome blog.  Rise Against was there doing an appearance.  I marveled at the kids buying vinyl for them to sign.

We made a stop at The Book Loft.

Once again, if they don't have it, it doesn't exist.  I so could lose myself for DAYS in here!

Went to the Columbus Museum of Art.  We go to art museums whenever we are in a new city.  Doesn't matter the size or the collection, you can always learn something new.  Especially when we had a tour by a Docent by the name of Jack.  Who just learned about the new exhibit an hour before our tour started. Who constantly consulted the mangled notes in his hand.  Who thought we were in the 4th grade.  And grilled us like our teacher was going to make us write a report about what we saw an hour after we left.  So. AWESOME.  I wish I could be one of those people who just walks away and leaves.  I mean, it was free, right?  It just seems like his feelings would have been really hurt. Sigh.

Anyway, these were a couple of my favorites:

Both are way better in person, natch.

We also shopped at Easton and made a stop at Grandpa's Cheese Barn.  Our trip would not have been complete with out it :)

We rounded out our eating extravaganza with a stop at Michael Symon's restaurant The B Spot

What can I say except, we need some salad!

Just not yet...I think I smell some Bacon Bits!  Woo-Hoo!  I'm over the pig sty, in hog heaven, and anything else you can think of!  Excuse me while I dust off my dancing shoes....

Read all about it right here!


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Monica Hunter said...

Wow Karin - what an awesome travelogue! I enjoyed hearing about every stop along the way. What a fun way to spend your time, and it looks like you squeezed a lot in! Happy Anniversary too. (BTW, I love the "after" wedding pic!)

We're so glad to have you back on the Hambo team! Woohoo!!

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TannyP said...

That'a such a fabulous review of all that you've been up to! I love that you've been getting out and living life - not just in blogland - too. I don't feel so bad about being a scarce sight around here ;)

LOVE the wedding pic - that was quite the train! I love all the fantastic eats you've been enjoying - and I say stick with the bacon....bits! LOL Congrats!

The wholesome blog comment forced me to pan over the record store....killed myself laughing!

Sue from Oregon said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your vacation pics! What a great time you must have had!!!

Angelica Carballo said...

WOW!! Karin fantastic trip =)

I enjoyed reading your adventure
and discover new places.
Now I have a good reference for traveling next Christmas Holidays.

Happy Anniversary =)

Gina said...

Wow, you have been busy!! Thanks for sharing all the pictures with us. I love seeing places that other people go. If I have been there it is like a trip down memory lane, is I haven't then it sometimes serves as a recommendation of a place to go. Happy Belated Anniversary.

Pam said...

Everything about this post makes me want to be your BFF. Please? You have it all. Elegance. Humor. Amish people. Art. Cheese. Bacon. What more could a girl want?

Lindsey said...

Congratulations on being published and being a new Bacon Bit! I'm glad the real life getting in the way of your crafting has been so much fun. :)

melissac said...

Congrats on being published and your new Bacon Bit gig!! It sounds like life is a wonderful journey right now and I'm so glad you are enjoying it!! Blessings and hugs!

The Paper Parade said...

Karin, I loved your recap of what you've been up to lately :) Also, I'm wicked excited to be a Bacon Bit with you this time!

Andrea said...

Wow you have been busy! I am excited to get to know you better on the Hambo team over the next 4 months!

Amanda R said...

First of all congrats on being a Bacon Bit, well deserved! Happy Anniversary and you have done more in the past month that I do in a year! I was just at Hartville a couple of weeks ago, exhausting to do the entire thing and it was like 100 degrees when we went. But interesting to see all the stuff!

Emily Leiphart said...

Karin, congrats on the publication and happy anniversary!! What a fun post. Thanks for sharing a smorgasbord of fun news!

Jennifer E. said...

Wow, you have been busy! Congrats on your publication. It's always fun to see your name in print!

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