We bought a couch going to a baseball game

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We had a pretty good date night last night, it started with a morning walk to the farmers market and ended up at The Vic.
Tipton has started a farmers market, this being the first week, we wanted to go and support the cause. We got some dog treats, fresh sugar snap peas,, and some of the best homemade bread I’ve ever tasted! This stuff was amazing, the lady told us that she had milled the wheat format on Friday and fresh baked the bread. It was just so sweet and chewy and just perfect. Definitely going to be on our frequently visited booths list. On our way back home we stopped by the plant store, picked up,some begonias, like 48 of the to be exact, we got those planted out back in a bed that we’ve long neglected, now it’s starting to look pretty good.

Once we got all that done, we decided we needed mulch, a quick trip to Lowes was in order. On the way, we were talking and the Indians game came up, we decided to go, the game didn’t start for another 4 hours or so, we figured we could load the mulch up, head back home, change, and make it with tons of time to spare. No problem.

We left a little earlier than we had even planned though, we were going to be there about half an hour before the gates even opened, let alone the first pitch.

You see, there is some major road construction going on in Hamilton county, on US 31, Major Moves I believe it is called. The intersection at SR32 and US31 is due to be reconfigured next year i believe and as such they are closing some local businesses at the corner to allow for the new interchange. A furniture store is one of those effected. Erin and I were thinking about stopping by for quite a few weeks, but it’s one of those things that we never seem to get around to, we decided to finally stop and look around. Not planning to get anything but just see how good the deals were and if they had anything that we might want to check out.

About 5 minutes after walking in the door, she sat down on a couch and decided it was perfect for us. I totally, 100% agreed. It was the right color, size and everything, heck, it even had a recliner built in to each end. Perfect.

So we bought it.

Of course we couldn’t take it with us downtown and set everything up to pick it up this morning. After that we headed downtown and watched a great Indians game.

Definitely a change of plans from what we started that day with. It was awesome.

This morning, I went to pick up the couch, that’s when the fun began again. More on that next time…

A short but HUGE update.

I feel I should update you all on what’s been going in life in the past month or so. Here’s the short list:

  1. Bought a car, new to me but used in reality.
  2. Erin bought a house in Tipton about a mile away from me.

There a huge details to go into both of these but I thought that I should at least note the events here.

On the car front, I basically had no choice but to buy a new one, I was having doubts about the car making it anywhere day to day. With over 140,000 miles on it and a huge dent in the front fender it wasn’t a pretty car but even so, now and then it would die for no good reason when backing up and there were so many caution and warning lights on the dash that it looked like a Christmas tree.
I knew that the new car was coming but one day I was fed up enough and found something that I did kind of like that seemed to be a reasonable price. I did some wheeling and dealing and got what I think was a good deal. Not great, I would have rather had a bit lower payment but I’m OK with what I got. A 2003 Dodge Durango, dark gray with running boards, bigger tires and alloy wheels. Its perfect for me, I’ve always had small cars, Cavaliers, Sunfires, etc. and now for me to have a truck is absolutely great. I love the size of it, the feel of driving down the road and not feeling like I’m sitting exactly on the road. I love to drive it.

The other big news and probably bigger news is that Erin bought a house in Tipton. A two bedroom, one and a half bath room house in the older neighborhood of Tipton. Older neighborhood is a good thing, I mean the neighborhoods that have been around a while, large houses and well groomed yards. She’s currently working on fixing it up the way she likes it. There are hardwood floors to be finished, walls to be re-plastered and painted, everything to be checked and rechecked. It’s a big job but she’s handling it remarkably well, all the stress of buying a house and remodeling it can’t be easy to deal with and she’s surviving just fine.

So my life has had some big things happen in the last month or so. I’ve neglected to tell you all for no other reason than I just haven’t felt like blogging much. Not because I don’t want to share, but more because I just have been lazy about sitting down and typing it all out.

There’s more excitement to come in the next few months of summer, plenty of baseball games to attend and who knows what else. Stay tuned loyal readers, there are still some of you out there right?

On a cold and rainy night

The startI had the opportunity last night to witness history. The Tipton boys basketball team won a sectional for the first time since 2001. They not only won the title but they did so at game that I can only describe as absolutely amazing. Tipton versus Oak Hill on a cold rainy night that was miserable for everyone except the Blue Devil faithful.

The game started at 730, living in town but not living there long enough to understand the gravity of the game I arrived at 710. Not a great move. I think I parked farther away from the school than I live. After a long walk through the rain and cold wind I arrived, dropped my five bucks and proceeded to find a seat in the very small feeling gym. As you can see, the place was packed. Both teams were bringing all their fans with them.

The game started off great, the Tipton star, Elston was on fire at the on set. Both teams were truly playing their hearts out on that floor though and the game remained very close. It was like watching a tennis match, back and forth all through the first half. In fact the lead for either team never surpassed about 5. The refs were calling a lot of fouls, most of which were legit but it did create some interesting language to be used in the stands, it also made the coaches use their bench pretty early and really made it exciting to me.

I sat on the visitors side, balcony, across from the home cheer block (student section). Basically I sat with all the late comers and Oak Hill grandparents.

High school basketball didn’t seem this exciting when I was in school. My school didn’t really have a great team most of the time but even so, this was electrifying. The crowd was so loud during time outs and bad calls that you couldn’t hear the horns or what the refs were calling. At half time no one left their seats. I’m not sure if that’s because no one wanted to lose their seats in the packed house or because one side didn’t want to show weakness for a bathroom break or a water/popcorn run. Champions

The second half was even closer, never more than a point or two difference. Even the stars of each team couldn’t seem to break out and run up the score. This was going to have to be a team effort. As the clock wound down though, fatigue was setting in, at least on the court anyway, the fans were still loud as ever, if not more so.

In the end both teams played a great game, OHHS shouldn’t feel bad about the loss, they played with everything they had and Tipton just had a bit left at the end.

I was excited to be a part of the game, no matter how small my part was. It’s starting to feel more and more like home.

The girls of Sociology

I’m at school… What more is there to say really other than the fact that I’m bored out of my mind. I just got done eating some BK and going over my L201 stuff. Business Law, what fun! :-/ I just wanted to write a few things in here and I’ll get as many as I can before I have to go to class at 7. First of, entitled “the Girls of Soc.” There 35 people in my soc. class, 30 of them are girls. Being that IUK has a 3:1 ratio, this is nothing new. But since this class started and since I don’t’ pay attention that well in class I have made a few observations about the girls in my class. First of, there’s H, she’s a typical college student, 19, somewhat pretty and slightly on the shy side. She seems nice enough but totally reminds me of Emmy, both in looks and in demeanor. There’s not a lot to say about her other than that really. The other girl that I have noticed, K, she’s a bit different. She’s 21 and from the Tipton area I believe. She is nearly married and has a baby. She doesn’t seem like the typical college student in that sense or because of the fact that Tuesday was her first day of college, ever. She also has this thing with noticing the way people act and dress. She seems very naive for her age and just seems like she has lived a sheltered life at least in the past few years. She made a huge fuss about the girl who wore a mid-riff revealing shirt to class, “Why is she wearing that, doesn’t she realize her belly is showing?” The girl wearing the shirt was perfectly suited to wearing the shirt, albeit a little cold out to wear such a garment. K also has a slight tomboyish quality to her, she wears boots, not black heeled boots but work boots all the time. An interesting person for sure. I’m sure there will be more stories to tell about them both as the semester drags on.
The other thing I wanted to write about was last night. I was supposed to be studying but instead, I talked to Emmy from about 11 til 2ish I think. We had a very good conversation. She made her “5 year old voice” and I was putty in her hands. We talked about us and where we’re going and what we’re doing. I’m encouraged but still waiting on a definitive answer. Only time will tell.
This weekend promises to be both exciting and dull at the same time. I am going to work on a computer for a friend on Saturday, then out to the movies with the gang I think, and finally to see some people sing Karoke at around midnight. Then on Sunday is the AFC Championship game. Of course I’ll be watching that. I should probably get to class now cause this post is probably getting longer than I intended it to be.
Can’t wait to see my surprise tonight! 🙂