I had a great trip to Ohio. I flew in on Saturday, and after a couple of delays (late flights, confusing city streets) Monique picked me up at the airport. We went to the "Short North", an area of Columbus where her brother Sean lives, and where we spent most of the weekend. We stopped for lunch at North Market (Vietnamese food) and then went to see a t-shirt designer who designed some great Obama t-shirts so Monique could get a t-shirt. We stopped by to see Sean's friend, Jane, who has the coolest house, and then went "home" to Sean's cute brick Victorian. We went to pick up Sean's daughter at her friend's house, where they were making plans for their all-girl band. I am determined to come up with the best band name for them -- what a cool bunch of kids!
BUYING CRUSTY BREAD AND GOAT'S CHEESE AT NORTH MARKET
Later that night, the four of us went to a restaurant called Rigsby's, and had some fantastic appetizers and drinks. Monique and I kept going until midnight, so we could celebrate her birthday. We went to a bar where Sean's kick-boxing instructor was performing with her band. It was just like old times!
It took us a while to get moving on Sunday, for some reason (like old times?). Sean made breakfast, and then Monique and I went to the Ohio State University's art museum to see an exhibit of Andy Warhol.
HANGING OUT WITH ANDY AT THE WEXNER
Sunday night was dinner with Monique's parents at a really good Italian restaurant. On Monday, we had big plans, but got bogged down at the mall, shopping and eating at The Cheesecake Factory. We made up for it with Yoga that night, and then dinner of soup and veggie drinks at a health-food restaurant called North Star. They made the best Rustic Tomato and Bread soup, ever!
All in all, it was a relaxing weekend of reminiscing, good food, and hanging out. Thank you Columbus!!!
MY ARTSY PICTURE OF HIGH STREET IN THE SHORT NORTH