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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
So, as I was saying yesterday, we headed back to Portland to catch our red eye flight. Necessary stops were made at Starbuck's (which we do have here but hey it's good) for a pink drink and Jimmy John's (which we don't have here and miss greatly) for a #6.

In Portland we drove around downtown and went to Cathedral Park. I can't believe how pretty Cathedral Park was!!!! I'll let the photos do the talking.

This hoodie I have been wearing on repeat can be found here!

Our last stop before the airport was Blue Star Donuts! I think I got strawberry basil... or something like that. I remember it being v delicious! J got something poppyseed and said it was ok but not his fave. 

After that, we caught our flight and went home! We got into New York at 7:00am and were welcomed back by the shuttle to our car being late (they were on the other side of this area we were supposed to meet and never called us or told us there was another side lol), our shuttle driver arguing with his boss about money when he was supposed to be getting our car (like literally right in front of us with our car keys in his hand lol #priorities) and some drama at work! We were like, "welcome home!!" lol. Needless to say, our personalities are definitely not made for New York or Connecticut (idk if there are other "mean" states in the northeast, but I am just speaking from my experience). 

Anyway! It was a good little trip and I'm glad we did it! I have two weeks left of my internship and only a few weeks of school after that! So it all really feels so close. I feel like my "real life" is about to begin and I'm excited!

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Monday, April 16, 2018
Last weekend we took a lil trip to Seattle to assess livability. As you know. I am constantly debating between Denver, Seattle, or Portland. We went to Denver a month or so ago, and when we got home we decided we should go to Portland since we have never been there before. So, we booked some tickets. A week or so later, we decided to just move to Seattle and stop all the debates lol. I tried to change the tickets but couldn't. So, we had a red eye to Portland and then drove 3 hours to Seattle lol. It wasn't too bad though and we did have a lot of fun! Without further ado, a day to day breakdown!

Saturday/ April 7th

I guess this is technically Friday night but whatever. So our flight left at 11:00 or something. We ate Chipotle before we dropped Tucker off at his babysitter (the one he has stayed with before and likes! Thank goodness 😅), but true to my personality I wanted a snack. Turns out, THE AIRPORT HAS A BAKED BY MELISSA! They have bite sized macarons and cupcakes, and they are the cutest. Go there.

We got to Portland around 1:00am on Saturday morning and picked up our car rental. People there were so nice!! J and I both agreed our experience with the people at the car rental there were the nicest car rental people we have ever encountered. Also when we were exiting the place, the kid who had to open the gate was so nice. He was asking for our reservation but pronouncing it like, "reserva-sheon" just being weird/funny. The niceness carried on for the whole trip and it was amazing!! Then we came back to the northeast and had like 3 different encounters with mean people over the course of one day and were like, "Welcome to the northeast!!!" lol. 

Anyway, so we got to our Airbnb (click for link) around 4:00 or 5:00 and napped for a few hours. We thought we were going to be super tired, but it actually wasn't that bad! The Airbnb we stayed in was SO CUTE and so cheap!! I would 100% recommend it if you want to visit Seattle.

J had a meeting at 9:00 in Bellevue, so I grabbed breakfast at Third Culture Coffee while I waited. Their hot chocolate and scone was so good! Definitely would recommend. They also had really good coffee shop vibes: good music, cool indoor swings, tall ceilings, modern, etc. 

I walked around the Bellevue Downtown Park. It was so pretty! I don't think we would mind living in Bellevue one day at all!

J finished his meeting and met up with me. There was a group of older men driving row boats with barbies in them around the water lol. It was also such a nice day! It had been raining earlier but it was still warm. That's what I've decided I care about. I would rather have a rainy warm winter day than a sunny 5 degree winter day lol. 

We got hamburgers at Dick's and drove around downtown next. I was hoping driving in Seattle would feel different than driving in New York, and it totally did! I feel like Seattle feels more open with more space. 

On this trip I decided to start a food Instagram, as if 3 Instagrams isn't enough lol. Anyway, you can go follow it here if you want. 

I have been looking at a lot of houses for rent, even though they will all be gone before we move lol. So, we drove around some areas to see what they were like IRL. One thing I love about Seattle is how you can live in a house with a backyard, but be like 15 minutes from the downtown of a huge city. So, I am hoping it will be a good fit.

Of course J wanted to stop at a motorcycle store lol. Surprisingly the guy there was saying a lot of people ride motorcycles year round, even in the rain!

Driving from Seattle to Bellevue has the prettiest bridge! I love how low it is to the water. 


So full disclosure it was vegan, but stop your judgement right there because my very meat eating husband said it was the best Thai food he has ever had. Also it won for the best Thai food in all of Seattle in 2017, including the meat Thai places. So there!

So it's called Araya's Vegetarian Place and it's in Bellevue. We got the Pad Thai with "chicken" (idk what this fake chicken was made of but it was seriously the best I have ever had), fried rice, and mango sticky rice. I used my phone for these photos so they suck, but go look at their website for better photos. And if I could recommend one place in the Seattle area for you to eat, it would be this place. SO PLEASE GO THERE. 

Sunday/ April 8th

Sunday morning we had breakfast with my uncle in Ballard at a place called Stoneburner. I got the dutch baby with rhubarb and would 10/10 recommend. It was so good! I also liked that it was a smaller portion so I could snack on other things later on in the day.

After breakfast, we went to this park (looking at a map now I think it was Golden Gardens Park?). It was so pretty! One thing I didn't like about living in New York was not being able to escape anywhere. Everywhere felt so busy. I loved this park and the idea that I could grab food, and eat in my car at this pretty water view. 

Next we went and did all the typical Seattle things. We went to Pike's and I got my little fruit logs that are soooooo good. 

I contributed to the gum wall. 

I tried Beecher's original mac and cheese and it did not disappoint! I also loved that there was no line and it was ready immediately. 

We ate on the pier and rested for a bit. I really want to ride that Ferris wheel one day. 

Our last stop before heading home for naps was General Porpoise donuts. We got chocolate marshmallow (my fave), vanilla custard, and honey yogurt. They were SO GOOD and also the interior decor there was 100%. 

After our naps we headed back out for dinner. This is what the houses look like there. So cute, huh!? well, they don't all have steep steps in front like that, but they are all cute and little and cottage-like. 

We explored some more neighborhoods we might be interested in living and ended with dinner in West Seattle at Mioposto. I forgot to take a photo of this bread they had, but it was so good! It had rosemary which I am deciding is suchhhhhh a good herb, and an olive oil to dip. We split a Margherita pizza and it was such a perfect amount of food. And also v delicious.

We watched the sun set from Luna Park. From what we saw, I wouldn't mind living in West Seattle one bit! Those views are 😍

We ended the night with Molly Moon's ice cream. I got lavender with sprinkles. The lavender was so good and I would definitely recommend it. I probably wouldn't get the sprinkles again, though. J got strawberry and said, "I've had better but this is really good" so take that how you will lol. 

Monday/ April 9th

We left our cute little cottage and headed out! 

J had some interviews so I went to Storyville Coffee at Pike's Place and did computer things. Their hot chocolate and almond croissant were so good. Also they were really nice and brought around water to everyone who had finished their food/drinks but who were still there working on laptops. 

After J finished his interviews, we met up, hopped in the car, and headed back to Portland! I'll post those pictures tomorrow!

Overall, we had really good impressions of Seattle and feel comfortable aiming for that to be our next move. I am really excited!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
(This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnackWithCreminelli #DiscoverFood #CollectiveBias. Thanks for support the brands that help me pay for grad school 😊)

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One of my favorite things about living in the northeast is that everything is so close. It has been so fun to visit all the states we probably wouldn't have done a separate trip for. One of the last places on our list was Philadelphia. Since it is only like 2 1/2 hours, we decided to just drive down for the day. 

So this post wouldn't be complete without a story about the dog sitter we dropped Tucker off at. I will have to write the details when I turn this post private, but basically the sitter's house looked COMPLETELY different from the pictures they had online. The pictures online were of all these dogs playing outside in yards with kids, and it just looked amazing. Then in real life, all the pictures I got were of Tucker inside a dark house. When I initially dropped him off, it was a really creepy experience. I left and was in the car like, "What the f did I just do, what the f did I just do". I was convinced that we should just cancel our plans and go get him. So I called J and we decided that even though it was creepy to me, dogs probably didn't notice that kind of stuff and he would be fine. When we went to get him at the end of the day, I made J come with me to make sure it wasn't just me thinking it was a really creepy place. Long story short when we left J was like, "Yeah, that was one of the weirdest things." 

I felt so bad. Tucker NEVER cuddles and that night he came home, immediately jumped on the couch next to me, and slept on my lap for hours! I still feel bad about it. I know he wasn't abused or anything because the sitter had like 60 five star reviews, but still. I don't think it was his favorite place. For our trip this weekend, I just booked him with who he has stayed with before, because I know he likes it there. Ideally in the future I want to find someone who maybe has one other dog and a backyard and just take him there every time we leave, so he is familiar and comfortable with it. 

ANYWAY! So Philadelphia was alright. It was one of those place I don't feel like we would make a separate trip for, but it was nice to go in for the day. 

They had so many cool murals!

Obviously the main thing on our to do list was to eat cheesesteaks lol. J picked Geno's and I'll admit, it was good! I wouldn't make a trip solely for the purpose of eating cheesesteaks, but they were very good. 

The first sign of spring!! Right after this trip we came back to Connecticut and got 4 inches of snow FML. 

We went in search of a vegan cheesesteak for me, but the location I had looked up was closed. So we went to Dottie's (a vegan donut shop) instead. I got the lavender sugar donut and it was so good! 10/10 would recommend them. 

I gave J "Instagram husband" points each time he took a photo of me. Points can be redeemed for things such as not having to take Tucker out, head scratches, and not having to do dishes. On this trip he earned 30 Instagram husband points. So far he has only redeemed 5. 

(This is me being stupid, not serious in case you couldn't tell. Although the points are real. This pic only got 3 (max for each pic is 5) because of slight blur lol. Anyway, highly recommend Instagram husband points. V good and fun experience for all. 😂) 

This mural is for my sis-in-law, Sara.

Like I would love to see people in the process of painting these.

So I am trying to convince J to start an Instagram making fun of me. For every picture I have of myself somewhere cool, I have the exact same picture of J that I took to get my settings right. Anyway, plz convince him to do it because it would be so funny I think lol. 

The was Philadelphia's city hall. So pretty right! 

If you walk into it, there is a place where you can stand in the middle and see for miles in each direction. It's kind of hard to tell in these photos but it was really cool.

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There was this really cool little sculpture park next to city hall. I swear I have seen this statue somewhere else?! Someone back me up!

Also this is the famous "love" statue. I love that people were organized so politely to take photos in front of it lol. 

How cool are these giant game piece statues?!

We had Federal Donuts which were v good. They ask you if you want them hot, which was a new concept to us. They were really good hot, though! I got strawberry lavender and J got cookies and cream. Would recommend both!

More cool murals. I bet you could do a really fun walking tours of all the murals they have.

We went to the magic gardens, which is basically a huge garden made of trash. It took the artist something like 14 years to put it all together! Crazy, huh? 

Here are some photos of me being awkward on stairs. So the problem with the magic gardens is they let like, way too many people in at the same time and then everyone just wants to take photos lol. And I am not the type of person who is totes chill to have pics taken in front of strangers. #socialanxiety lol. So, these are what I get!

I really wanted to try a vegan cheesesteak, so we stopped at Blackbird Pizzeria. It was a really good sandwich, but not the same as a cheesesteak (I had a bite of J's from Geno's). I think what would have made it better for me is if the cheese was Cheese Whiz instead of a vegan mixture. But overall I would still definitely recommend it if you are vegan and wanting a good sandwich. It was really good, just not the same taste as a cheesesteak. 

For the drive home we had a to-go tray from Creminelli Fine Meats™ that I got at Target. 

Check out their Instagram here to see more fun pics of people snacking in cool places. And check out their website here to see more tray options! This picture was taken at a service plaza, which is one of the greatest inventions in the world. It's like a little pull off from the freeway that has bathrooms, gas, and food places. But it's not like it's own exit, if that makes sense. So you can just pull off real quick, grab some gas, and then pull right back on. BEST THING EVER. 

All in all, it was a good trip! I truly feel we have explored every last bit of the northeast. I don't feel like we will leave feeling like we missed anything. So I'm excited! Next up, the PNW!

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