Football Road Trip to Ohio 2010

Every year around Labor Day weekend there is a Big Special Game that involves a team that BU does not usually play.  This means that to get to the game, one of the teams has to travel.  Really far.  Today, Chuck is in Easton, MA to see the season opener.  Google tells me the game is the Bloomsburg Huskies at the Stonehill Skyhawks.  I’m kidding; I was actually planning to go along and once the plans changed, I kept the day off from work.  I worked on the kitchen and had someone hook up a propane line for my range.  Sometimes it’s nice to have a weekday off to tie up loose ends.

Two years ago this weekend I travelled with Chuck to Ashland University for the season opener.  It was an epic football weekend road trip.  Chuck scheduled four games in three days because moderation is not known in the football vernacular, and I tagged along because I guess he had no one else to bring along.

Actually, I had a great time.  I can read in the car and I love hotel rooms so as long as I have daylight and an indoor pool I will go anywhere.  I’m no stranger to “roughing it” but my husband always tries to keep me comfortable when I tag along on football-themed road trips.  So I usually milk him for a room with a Jacuzzi.

spa tub

Our hotel room in Kent, Ohio, 2010

If you ever have to drive through Ohio, one place you cannot miss is Mike’s Place.  This has nothing to do with football (well, if you are a Kent State fan or alum, it might), but has everything to do with kitsch and good food so actually, everyone wins.  If you do not love tacky, geeky, cluttered décor and hundreds of menu items, you probably just need to take an Adderall.    Leave extra time to explore the contents of the restaurant’s walls.

Me in front of the X-Wing Fighter at Mike’s Place in Kent, OH

We also went to Toledo, Ohio for a football game.

To make up for it, Chuck took me to the Toledo Museum of Art.  I know what you’re thinking.  It’s either, “I don’t know anything about art so this new blog is clearly not for me,” or “Toledo, Ohio is not a place where any reputable artwork will be found.  C’mon.”  Well, you are wrong.  This experience more than met my expectations. The Chuck Close was not on display for some reason, but the collection includes works from many of my favorite artists, the special exhibits are accessible and interesting (when we were visiting this temporary exhibit featured 1960s psychedelic rock posters!), and the glass pavilion did not disappoint.  The Matisse mural “Apollo” was my favorite.

Me in front of the Matisse

My next post will be about the other things we did on our football roadtrip to Ohio in 2010.

Things I did today instead of driving the whole way to Massachusetts to watch a football game:

  • Stayed home from work anyway
  • Met the propane technician and hooked up the range in my new kitchen
  • Bought a newspaper and worked on the puzzles while eating a BLT in a booth at my favorite diner
  • Filled my new china hutch
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Must Be Football Season Again

“Can we wait to go to dinner?  I paid $5 to watch something on the internet.”

This is what my husband said to me this evening.  Don’t worry; it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Tonight I came home and Chuck and I debriefed each other on our days.  He had the day off as he originally planned to go to a game in Worcester, MA tonight, but at the last minute he found an opportunity to carpool to the Friday and Saturday games in New England with a fellow football fanatic so the schedule changed.  Actually, he was going to go to the Kutztown game tonight instead, but I guess he wanted to spend one last night with me.  The day off gave him some time to work on the kitchen, which is about 90% remodeled at this point.  Soon, baby, soon!

So, I told him about this awesome new machine I tried at the gym.  It’s an ab twister and it cracked my lower back as well as Dr. Ed, my chiropractor.  He told me about the great prices at the contractor counter at the electrical store.  We oohed and ahhed over the china hutch, which has been sitting in its box in our living room (and then hallway) for two months and is now unpacked and in place, ready for me to fill with pretty dishes.  Then he cautiously mentioned needing to go to the ATM.

Usually any errand is an excuse to eat out in my book.  The impulse has been made worse by our kitchen remodel.  When I heard that Chuck might need to go to the ATM, my first thought was a flicker of recognition that the cash was for his trip to New England this weekend.  My brain almost immediately moved on to the more important thought “this means I don’t need to eat cereal for dinner tonight.”

“Do you want to come along?  We could go to City Wok* or something?”

“How about Subway?”

“Can we wait to go to dinner?  I paid $5 to watch something on the internet.”

Before you go assuming my husband is paying to watch videos of adorable kittens (or perhaps something more perverted), let me assure you; this is an honest marriage and I am completely comfortable with his choices.  Yes, he was watching a pay-per-view internet broadcast of a football game.

And the season begins…

* This is a non-politically correct reference to South Park.  Neither of the Chinese restaurants in our town is called City Wok.

Stuff I did tonight to celebrate football widowhood:

  • Went to the gym.  It’s been a while because of the kitchen remodel and because I had the Swine Flu/bronchitis/walking pneumonia.  I finally don’t feel like I am obligated to work on the kitchen every instant I’m not sleeping/going to hack up a lung.  It was good.
  • I dyed my hair.  It’s auburn-ish.
  • I started watching a miniseries on Netflix called The 10th Kingdom.  Technically I am re-watching it because I saw it on TV when I was in high school.