| AMY TANNENBAUM
LINDSEY AND KRISTIN get by with a little help from their friends. They’ve been helping them get settled into the house they just purchased together, and they are the ones who first set these two up. Now they share laughs, home-improvement projects, and a rambunctious pup in their Merion Village home.
Lindsey and Kristin both grew up in small towns in Ohio, with supportive families who taught them the importance of kindness and love. They each made their way to Columbus through different avenues, but haven’t looked back.. “Columbus is just the right pace for us,” explains Lindsey. “It’s super progressive and the food just keeps getting better!”
They continued chatting in Facebook messenger for several days before their first date at Barrel 44, where “we shared a flight of bourbon and a steak dinner, like the old men we are,” recalls Lindsey. They ended the night with PBRs, karaoke and photo hunt. “I thought she was beautiful, kind, and really funny. Still do,” says Lindsey. The first thing that attracted Kristin to Lindsey was her energy. “It was oddly comfortable since we were a couple of bourbons into our first date,” says Kristin. “She was, and is, the perfect combo of humor, nervous sweat, and kindness.”
As their relationship grew, they merged friends, social calendars, homes and a growing list of favorite places to eat. In particular, Lindsey was a package deal – she came with a German Shepherd mix named Milo, who she had adopted from the Capital Area Humane Society several months before meeting Kristin. “It was winter, I was single and this girl wanted a puppy!” explains Lindsey. Milo is now 2 ½ and Lindsey fully recognizes that Kristin has a love/slight dislike relationship with this sweet and crazy pup. Still, Lindsey occasionally catches Kristin and Milo secretly snuggling in the morning. “I do secretly love and snuggle with Milo,” admits Kristin. “I’M even considering legally adopting him.”
These two really love the city of Columbus, enjoying the food, the people, and the various pockets around town. They also really value spending time with their families. On a typical Saturday you can catch them enjoying their, as like they to call it, “scruffy” Merion Village neighborhood. “Scruffy is kind of fun,” says Lindsey. “There is just a great midwest culture in Columbus - you go to Katalina’s for a yummy brunch then go on a walk with your dog and say hey to people you pass, regardless of if you know them or not, and then you have a cookout with your friends and watch the Ohio State game. It’s simple, laid-back, and just right.”
But simplest of all, Kristin and Lindsey really love each other. Lindsey loves Kristin’s sense of humor, while Kristin’s favorite thing about Lindsey is her kindness and thoughtfulness. “I think making each other laugh, challenging each other and also really, really loving one another is what makes our relationship work,” says Lindsey.
So what’s next? If you ask Lindsey, “Get the house fixed up, marry Kristin, and have 10 children.” Kristin smiles and states her desire: “Talk Lindsey down on her goal number of children.”