Cincinnati Auto Expo

If I’ve learned anything over the last few years, when my life has started to finally form some patterns, it is that it will rain Labor Day weekend for our friends’ backyard palooza and fireworks, and there will be snow on the ground the third weekend in February.  The Cincinnati Auto Expo is always the third weekend in February and it is always frigid; this year we had more snow on the ground than I can ever remember in Cincinnati.  This poses a particular challenge to dress appropriately without freezing on the way from the car into the convention center (I’m a product of the suburbs and hate to pay for parking, so there is always a walk involved) while simultaneously not having a huge furry winter coat to carry around once you make it inside.  We survived without sweating to death inside this year, and I took some pictures to prove it:

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The Volkswagen display was an early hit this year.  VW brought a lineup of only white cars, leaving you to play with a slick interactive spray paint display to see their variety of colors.  They also stumped us with their weird looking spare stashed in the back of the Touareg.  Apparently, the newest fad is not a full size spare, not a doughnut, not a patch kit, not run flats, but a full size un-inflated spare (to save on space, naturally) – it comes with an electric air pump.  Good luck.

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Everybody loves dancing hamsters.

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If the shoe matches the paint color, it is clearly the car for you.  Speaking of electric colors, BMW brought their newest plug-in:

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I think our group spent the most time with the F-150’s.  That truck cab got a very thorough review from all three of my favorite men.

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^We finally found what I will call the “alpaca mover.”

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Lastly, no auto expo would be complete without a fully researched souvenir purchase.  He made an excellent, classic choice.

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Galentine’s Day

Dearest Galentine,

Thank you for bringing me my first ever Galentine’s Day (Galentine’s Day = like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!) goodies when I was sick:

Thank you for the butternut squash soup.  It is my favorite kind of soup (except for your homemade butternut squash soup – yours is better).

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Thank you for the tulips.  They are my favorite flower.

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Thank you for the Yagoot. White Peach is the highest and best use of Yagoot and, as you know, my favorite kind of Yagoot.

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“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.”

― Leslie Knope

 

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