Autumn: apples

Fantastic fall foods for feasting...Last weekend a small group of Fisher students went out to a local apple orchard to pick apples and rejoice in the fall.  Of course, it is impossible to capture the beauty of that day (especially after a series of cold, rainy days), but what I can tell you is that it was picture perfect in every way!

Lynd’s Fruit Farm is an orchard and in my opinion, a “general fall extravaganza” in Pataskala, OH, just north east of Columbus.  It was a little difficult to find at first, but after a short drive we arrived to an intersection of orchards and kettle corn in the beautiful Ohio countryside.

Malika and Rob kicked the morning off right with a tour of the big tent filled with fall decorations, squash, gourds, cider tastings, jams and preserves, honey and fruit butters, and of course… a diverse selection of apples. Once out in the orchard, Scott and Ryan sought out the very best from each tree and enlisted Elsie in the process. TEAMWORK!

Malika and RobScott, Ryan and Elsie picking apples

As the morning drew to a close and the afternoon was quickly upon us, many had team meetings and projects to get back to…  Fortunately, I came home with Honeycrisp apples, spaghetti squash, apple cider and mulling spices, and another wonderful memory of good times with my Fisher friends. Today’s beverage of choice – Lynd Farm’s Apple Cider… delicious!The Author - Melissa

The Columbus Italian Festival

As I mentioned in my last post, Columbus’ Italian Festival was this weekend. And since I have lived in the Italian Village area of the Short North for over 4 years, it has become somewhat of a fall tradition for me. The festival is held on Columbus Day weekend every year and it is always a great time. The weather didn’t really cooperate on Friday night, but the rest of the weekend was fairly nice. My favorite food of the weekend was the sausage and peppers I got from Carfagna’s.
Sunday I went to the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library to renew my library card because I needed to check out some books for my MBA 812 team project. My card hadn’t actually expired though because I still owed $3 in fines. Regardless, I got a new card and reserved some books for my project. The library has a expansive selection of DVDs and CDs (in addition to the books) which you can reserve online and have delivered to the branch closest to you for pickup. For those of you on a tight budget, it is an excellent alternative to Netflix.
Anyway, that was pretty much the extent of my weekend. On Wednesday I will write a little about seeing David Cross and Wilco. Below are a few pictures from the Italian Festival.

I know no one likes baseball in the Buckeye State but….

The title of this post is not exactly what I am going to be writing about but I just have to say that I was watching the ALDS Yankees v. Twins baseball game on Friday night and I think MLB needs to develop some sort of rule about fair v. foul balls in the outfield.  Towards the end of the game the Twins had a hit to left field that landed SO incredibly fair and was called foul.  It cost the Twins the game and it made me depressed because who in the world wants the Yankees to win (I’m a Mets fan but am contemplating adopting a new team because they stink). And of course to top it off Mark Texiera the baseball robot hit a walk off home run to win the game for the Yankees.

Enough about baseball.  Other comments/observations from the weekend…

-I spent the majority of today and yesterday reading and catching up on work.  I read about half of my reading for my Fundamentals of HR book (this is the second book I’m reading for the class and it is slightly more interesting than the first thank goodness) and I caught up on stats and became a master of excel and StatTools this awful (but helpful) stats program for Excel that came with our book.

-I went out to dinner on Friday night for a late birthday celebration (my birthday was 9/30).  It was at a restaurant in Delaware, OH where Ohio Wesleyan is and where I went to undergrad.  I know I know why would I leave Columbus when there are so many good places to eat but the reason is because the restaurant is called Nova and they have the most amazing grilled chicken salad I have ever had.  It has a sweet onion balsamic vinaigrette that they home make in the kitchen, the chicken is delicious, it has blue cheese, spinach, strawberries and blueberries in it.  Hi amazing. So it was worth the trip to Delaware (which is actually a really cute town to walk around if you want to see someplace outside of Columbus).

-I had Rita’s again.  I went in sweatpants with my friend Rachel.  It was delicious.  I have two more stamps to get until I get a free ice.

-I discovered Antrim Park, up on Olentangy River Rd.  It’s a pretty park with a little lake and a 1.2 mile path around the lake.  There were a lot of people there with their dogs and people just walking and running.  I’m not a runner, I’m a brisk walker so I walked around the lake twice.  It was a beautiful day outside, I’m glad I found the park.  Sometimes I just need to get fresh air it helps me think.

-The same friend I went to Rita’s with, Rachel, said that I needed to do some more decorating in my apartment so I was inspired and got some nice pillows for my couch/loveseat and a pretty candle centerpiece for my dinged up coffee table.  Now I just need some things for my walls…it’s fun decorating an apartment except sometimes I’m completely uninspired and I get confused about what would look good so I never get anything.

So fun weekend for me (minus the homework) I’m off to read more and watch game three of Yankees Twins series.  If the Yankees win I’ll cry.

I have less and less free time

Tomorrow will be the fifth time we meet for class and things are starting to pick up. I have my first MBA 870 midterm on October 20th and my team is in the process of picking a project for MBA 812. Not only that, but work has been very busy and my social calendar is very busy this month as I have stated before. In order to get my work done, I am going to need to make it over to the library for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday morning.

Friday through Sunday I have the Italian festival. I am 0% Italian but my condo is literally inside the festival grounds and so I always have friends and family over that weekend to eat, drink and have fun. Sunday night I am going to see comedian David Cross who some of you might know from Mr. Show with Bob and David or Arrested Development. As of this writing, tickets are still available.

Monday night I am going to see Wilco at Mershon Auditorium. If you are a fan of good independent music, you need to keep an eye on the Wexner Center’s website for upcoming shows. I have seen a lot of great bands there over the last few years. There are still a few tickets available for the Wilco show as well, but I am guessing that it will probably sell out before Monday.

If you do decide to go to the Italian Festival this weekend, you can get 50% off of admission if you bring this flyer provided by Experience Columbus. Sunday afternoon I will post pictures from the Italian Festival for those of you that may be interested.

Coffee Talk

I know all professors want to hear students pay attention and do not surf the web or do other activities while sitting in a lecture.  I understand that and recognize that we all wish to get full attention while presenting, however, sometimes that is just not possible.

Today as I sit in a lecture, one that I’ve already contributed to multiple times (yay – multi-tasking!) I am thinking about how I’ve already enjoyed a grande coffee today and am already dreaming of a second.

Fortunately, there are a long list of options close to campus where I could dash and pick up a pipping hot beverage.  Unfortunately, my favorite spot, Staufs Coffee Roasters is not within walking distance.  They do have a Cup o’ Joe cafe at Lennox Mall, however, I still don’t have time during my 15 minute break in between classes.

Ah well.  Back to discussion – mmmmm…. coffee.

Wednesday is my “Friday” when it comes to classes and Friday is often associated with cocktails and celebrating the end of the week, so in celebration of the end of the week… I proposed a coffee-flavored toast – Irish Coffee.

I think the Buena Vista in San Francisco does it best… check out their recipe here.

Slainte!  Back to California dreamin’…

New Washer and Dryer

While, they were new to us at least. Sarah’s parents drove in from Richmond to visit (8 hours through VA and WV mostly,) and we decided since they had the truck here, we should try and get a washer and dryer. Just to preface, we have the hook-ups for a washer/dryer in our house, we just hadn’t bought one yet, and had been using an awful laundromat down the street.

Laundromats are not particularly fun places to be. One has to keep feeding the machine with quarters, it is a huge waste of time to just sit there etc. So Sarah and I started looking. We started on the Craigslist.org appliance section, and struck gold almost immediately. There was a guy who lived in Victorian Village (just south of campus) that had moved into an apartment that came with a washer/dryer already included.  To make a long story short, Sarah and I are now the proud new owners of a brand new (to us) washer and dryer, for only $220. We are pretty excited we never have to go back to the laundromat.

We also decided a couple weeks ago to adopt a puppy. Her name is L.E. pronounced Ellie. She is a Beagle mixed with something, we are thinking either Basset Hound, or Dachshund. She is about 12 weeks old, and weighs about 8 pounds. She is an awesome little puppy, and loves being around us. The crate training isn’t 100% done yet, hence the dire need for a washer/dryer : )

On the career path, things are going well. Deadline’s have already started expiring on Fisher Connect, which is Fisher’s online career portal. I have applied for quite a few positions up till now, and all the networking I have done through Fisher has really paid off. I have already been accepted for one Big 4 interview, and one regional firm in the coming weeks. I am definitely excited to get the interview process started.

GO BUCKS!

Second night of class

I just finished my second night of class and now that school is in full swing I have had to sketch out my calendar for the next 10 weeks. In October, I have a ton of events that I have tickets for and thus I have had to plan ahead. Among those events are concerts, out of town football games and the local Italian Festival which you’ll hear all about in my blog over the next few weeks. Anyway, what I guess I am trying to say is that time management is really, really important. If you want to do all of the fun stuff, you have to manage your time well so that you can still get all of your work done.  October is going to be crazy, but fortunately it should slow down a little in November and I will have a little more free time then.

Also, one thing I forgot to mention in my last post was that I went to Montgomery Inn in Dublin over the weekend and it was awesome.  If you like BBQ then this is definitely the place for you. If you don’t like BBQ then it is also definitely the place for you. The service and food were great. Make sure you check it out.

Some ideas for expeditions for those new to C-bus

Even though I’ve been living in metro-Columbus for the past two years, there are ALWAYS new, exciting things to do! Let me give you some examples:

1. The Chihuly exhibit at Franklin Park Conservatory, which goes through November. Dale Chihuly and his studio members create some of the most beautiful glass objects in existence (in my humble opinion)! There are currently THREE separate exhibits of his work in Columbus – it’s hard to believe he’s not a Columbus native! There’s the exhibit at the Conservatory, one at the Columbus Museum of Art, and one at the Hawk Gallery. Check out some of the pictures of his works.

Ceiling of Chihuly glass

The Blue and Purple Boat

Blue Grass

Beautiful Flower

2. Shadowbox – a sketch comedy/live rock&roll club. This place is absolutely a blast – I’ve been with co-workers, friends, even my mother – and everyone has a great time. It’s composed of a very talented group of singers, actors, comedians, etc that perform cover songs, original music, and some of the funniest live sketch comedy around. As a bonus – they have student discounts! Located at Easton, it’s only a 15 – 20 minute drive from campus. Definitely worth checking out on a Friday or Saturday.

3. Gallery Hop in the Short North. This occurs the first Saturday of every month. There are lots of local artists and artisans selling their wares, along with free food and wine at some of the galleries. Personally, one of my favorite parts of the Gallery Hop is the people-watching!

4. The North Market. This somewhat hidden gem is in the Arena District. It’s a great place to peruse on the weekends – try some free samples of all kinds of cheeses, enjoy Jeni’s ice cream, sushi, all kinds of wild game, and much much more!

5. Dawes Arboretum – the home of the giant hedge! This park is in Newark, which is about 45 minutes east of Columbus. Admission is free. Many people take senior pictures and wedding photos here; once you visit, you will understand why! It’s a great place for a walk, a run, or a picnic dinner.

Dawe's Arboretum

6. The Longaberger headquarters and homestead. Also on the east side of Columbus, the Longaberger headquarters brings to mind the phrase “going to hell in a handbasket”…. Check out the picture to see why. This is a fun daytrip – tour the HQ, and check out the homestead.

Longaberger

7. Scioto Downs – live harness racing, a short drive southwest of Columbus. A fun time can be had here, although don’t aim to strike it rich!

Scioto Downs

Anyone else have any other “hidden treasures” they recommend to C-bus newbies??

First day of class and OSU – Illinois weekend

I had my first night of class this past Thursday and I was pleasantly surprised that the (almost) 4 hours of class went by as quickly as they did. In 812 (Managerial Economics), we discussed a case for the majority of class and in 870 (Data Analysis for Managers), we went over the syllabus and then jumped into the course material. I think it will be a good quarter as long as I stay up to date with my work.

Since Thursday’s class I really haven’t had time to think about the reading and homework I have to do for class on Tuesday. My girlfriend’s family flew in from Chicago on Friday and we’ve been busy until now. Friday night we went to dinner at Marcella’s in the Short North. The food was good but the service was slow and the restaurant was ridiculously loud.

Saturday we went to the OSU – Illinois game. As most of you know, the weather was awful and despite our waterproof jackets and ponchos, we still managed to get pretty wet. Five minutes into the 2nd quarter we decided to go underneath and watch the rest of the quarter. We quickly decided that it would be a good idea to leave at halftime and watch the game from home. The defense looked great and it was nice to see the Buckeyes get another shutout.

Once the rain had cleared Sunday morning, we went golfing at OSU’s Scarlet course. It was a little soggy out there and I didn’t play very well but we had a great time. Scarlet is one of my favorite courses and for $30 you won’t find a better deal in Columbus. For those of you that aren’t golf fans, OSU’s golf courses were designed by Alister MacKenzie who designed Augusta National (where the Masters is played) and is considered by many to be the greatest golf course architect ever.

Now that the weekend is winding down, it is time to to get started on my homework and readings for class. Thanks for reading…below are a few pictures from the game.

The Ohio State University Campus

I decided to take a walk across campus on Wednesday night and take a seat on a bench in The Oval.  Seeing the Main Library, I started thinking about how much the campus has changed in the 7 years that I have been in Columbus. The restoration that has taken place has been nothing short of amazing.

The “Oval Restoration Project” was the first major renovation that I can remember happening while I have been on campus. It started during the Summer quarter of 2004. The oval was completely closed for renovation, and with no walkways available, I had to leave my dorm 15 minutes earlier each day just to make it to class on time. The pathways were opened for Autumn quarter, but fences stayed erect until Spring quarter of 2005. After all was said and done, the grass was greener, the pathways were much nicer, and it will stay beautiful for years to come.

I chose to talk about restoration of campus because there has been a lot of construction around The Ohio State University lately- The Union, The Main Library, 315, the parking garage by Fisher- just to name a few. Although it might cause some delays, or some headaches at the time, the future of The Ohio State University campus becomes much more exciting and beautiful because of the work that has been done.

aerial view

Picture taken from The Ohio State University website

The Oval is one of the most recognizable and favorite spots on campus, and throughout the rest of the year I will be posting some of my other favorites. So stay tuned!