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Connecticut guide
Showing posts with label Connecticut guide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Connecticut guide. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Becoming An Actual Gilmore Girl

I've lived in Connecticut for a little over a year now, and I'll admit. Not that often have I felt Gilmore Girl's has an accurate depiction of what is like. This weekend though, I became an actual Gilmore Girl. Needless to say, if you want the Gilmore Girl's experience: Yes, Washington Depot was the inspiration for the town, but it is such a boring place and not worth going to. FAIRFIELD ON THE OTHER HAND. It's everything you would want from a Star's Hollow. Just like, look at how cute the shops are decorated in this post!

Oh, also I have been wearing this sweater on repeat (aka every single day) and I am not ashamed. Here's the link. YOU NEED IT. This is the sweater I used to catch all my tears during Wonder the other day haha. So, needless to say, we have been through a lot together. 

We met up for lunch with another Connecticut blogger! They do exist!! We went to Firehouse Deli which I would recommend. It's a nice quick bite. There isn't a lot of seating, just fyi. We literally got there during the busiest time haha, but luckily found a seat in the back! I got the mother-in-law wrap and really liked it! 

Meet my new, real life, in person, friend Kim! J always laughs about how I make all my friends on the internet lol. I just like, literally don't know how else to make friends? Anyway, if you are in New England go to her blog for all the things to do!

Ok so here I am as an actual Gilmore Girl sitting on the steps of a gazebo telling J I am pregnant. KIDDING I AM NOT PREGNANT. It's a joke only fans of the revival will get, probably. 

So we self-timered some pics by this cute Christmas tree in the gazebo and I was like, "Ok so my hands are always on your belly and it looks weird so I'm going to do something different this time." THIS is what I came up with you guys. I am very good at being in pictures, obviously.

Our self-timer takes three pictures in a row. The second picture was the same as the first, and this is what we came up with for the third. Why are we the most boring people? Lol. I guess that's what horrible work schedules and grad school will do to you. WE WILL BE FUN AGAIN. 

Anyway! I am writing some finals today and then I will be pretty much done with my second to last semester of grad school. YAY!!!! It does seem like it's gone by fast, but when I think of how much I have left it seems soooooo far away. I honestly don't think I can make it, sometimes! But once April gets here everything will be ok because I will be done with my internship and just have one day a week of school. I CAN DO THIS. 

My school schedule next year is... debatable. The nice thing is that my first class starts at 11:00, so I can take the 9:00 train and take Tucker on a long walk in the morning. The bad thing is that my last class gets out at 8:30 so I won't get home until like 11:00pm. I am fully planning to bring a toothbrush, face wipes, and all my night routine things to get ready for bed on the train haha.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Black Friday - Not

So I don't really do Black Friday shopping, except I did find a few things online that I got. So we all just kind of met up when we got up and got pizza at Pepe's! It's the truest best pizza, I swear to you. 

After lunch we went to the art museum at Yale. It's definitely a must see if you are in the area! They have stuff from like Picasso, Rothko, and my fave - Basquiat. 

We got ice cream at Milkcraft, which I have posted about before. I really am not an ice cream person, but I LOVE this ice cream. It's so creamy and comes in the most delicious waffle cone. It's probably the #1 dessert in all of Connecticut, if I had to choose. 

I can't remember what happened after that. Probably us trying to do something and Tucker being annoying lol. I'll tell you, the whole dogs-need-a-routine thing is SO TRUE! Tucker really isn't too bad when we do the same thing with him. But if I wake up and don't get ready for the day? It throws off his whole day hahaha. Needless to say, over the break he was crazy! He peed on the floor like every day, and I have never been more grateful for hardwood floors haha. 

Anyway, it's nice to have him back in a routine! I usually drive 15 minutes to the dog park, stay there for 20-30 minutes, and drive back in the mornings. But this morning I just took him on a 30 minute walk around the block and he was just as pooped! Which is so nice because it's like half the time haha. So, I'm going to try to do that every day and see if I can ween him off of the dog park (which gives me like, the most anxiety lol). Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Morning Walks With My Dog Child

Getting back into every day, normal, creative challenge shooting has been so fun! I met up with a new friend in New York yesterday and we just shot around and bounced ideas off of each other. It inspired me to take my camera with me on my walk with Tucker this morning.

I take him out for an hour each morning so he will be *hopefully* less bored while we are gone all day. This morning I took him to Lake Mohegan, which has a little dog friendly part. We tried to take him there when all the dogs were there and he was NOT READY for that hahaha. He totally ran away and J had to chase him down. So my theory is: If I take him there when it isn't really busy, it won't be as new and exciting (aka distracting) when we go there for swim time.

He did ok this time, but it does get frustrating when your dog who knows all his commands at home gets into a new environment and disobeys everything! UGH!

But alas. We will keep training him! I have strong thoughts on training your dog, but I can definitely see why people give up. It's hard work! If we had a backyard I could throw him in, maybe I wouldn't be as good about it haha.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dog Park and Chill? Also a PSA to all dog owners.

HAVE I TOLD YOU GUYS HOW GREAT IT IS TO LIVE CLOSE TO FAIRFIELD YET? CUZ IT IS GREAT. It's has like, 100% more food places than where we were at. A lot of these food places are the no-waiter-but-not-fast-food types that we are fans of (cuz #collegestudentsforever). We tried Pronto and it was v good.

We just split a small margherita pizza and it was so. good. Are you picky about marinara sauce? I am. Like, very. I remember when I was a wee child my mom would make calzones and when she rolled them together the sauce would spill out and it looked like a little surgery cause the sauce was red and the dough was tan haha. Anyway, the marinara on this pizza was very, very good. Also it was thin crust, which is something I appreciate. 

We will return pronto.... get it? (This is a pun.)

After dinner we got the baby (moms everywhere are hating me in this moment) and took him to the dog!!!! park!!!! Our old apartment had a dog park 5 minutes away. When we moved I kept trying to find one and couldn't find one that was closer than 25 minutes. J found one using his Android because it is obviously the superior phone. It's 15 minutes from us! 

Wait. As I am writing this I realize these pictures are not from that dog park? But I have a really great dog park story I want to tell? Ok I'll just tell it at the bottom.

SO THESE PHOTOS are actually from a different dog park that isn't fenced. I'm like ????? let's not? Like why would I take my dog somewhere that is not fenced so he can run away and get killed? Hard pass. But then he gets really crazy so we don't have a choice. We tested his off leash-ness and he did pretty good!

He played for like 10 minutes and then was done. So it was pretty decent. There weren't any other dogs there for him to play with though. So it was kind of sad. 

Us in real life.

Us on Instagram. (Notice J is very much the same in both photos.)


Oh what's that? Are we in 2004 when it was really emo and cool to take side mirror photos of sunsets? No, I'm just a 23 year old stuck in a teen angst phase. It's fine, don't worry about me. 

Ok so here is the other dog park story. Wait, I think I have a photo of it on my phone... ok yeah, here you go.

So we go to this dog park that is 15 minutes from our house and there are 3 dogs there. They are all playing nice (Tucker loves other dogs and is really nice) and then this big wolf mean dog growls at him! And the owner was like, "Was that Cujo?!" (Dog wasn't named Cujo, it is just fitting.) I'm like ???? Does it look like my dog is mean? He is like, licking everything in sight. 

Whatever. Then 5 minutes later (I am having panic attacks this whole time, because remember when my brother's lab bit my dog in the neck and there was literally blood everywhere and I had to apply pressure while we rushed her to the pup hospital and then I had to clean up my bloody hands in a public bathroom like the freakin' mob??? YA ME TOO.) 

Where was I? Ok yeah. So then 5 minutes later Tucker is just like, romping around by himself in a corner (same tho) because he's a little rattled from earlier and this mean wolf dog comes over and starts sniffing him and then JUMPS ON TOP OF HIM AND PINS HIM TO THE GROUND!!!!! Tucker is submissive apparently, because he just laid there until it was over. It was sad.

The dog's owner is just like, over in la la land being the worst dog owner in history (Ok fine he was a nice guy and waved to us when we saw him later. Maybe oblivious is a better label). After Cujo let Tucker go he came over to us all scared. :( It was so sad. Then the mean dog had the audacity to come over AGAIN! Tucker hid underneath the bench and that's when we decided to leave.


Is this how mom's feel when other kids are mean to their kids? J is all like, "He has to learn how to be in the world!" And I'm like, "He was in a shelter for months!!! He has been in the world!!!" 

Gotta love it. This is a long post? It's been awhile since I posted posted, ya know? Can you tell I don't have friends in Connecticut? Lulz.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Connecticut Guide: Nom Eez (Ramen!)

So I mentioned yesterday that we moved! We now live pretty dang close to Fairfield, Connecticut, like we could throw a rock and hit the town line. We are technically in Bridgeport. It has a reputation for being pretty dangerous, but since we are so close to the town line our little area is pretty safe. (At least according to the maps on Trulia lol). Anyway, so I always feel the need to let people know we are in a safer area of Bridgeport and not threatening our lives.

ANYWAY. Fairfield is like A+ food wise, I hear. Our biggest complaint about Connecticut is that there aren't many places that are in between fast food and restaurants. Ya know? Like places you can order food and sit down, but it doesn't have a drive thru and you don't have to pay a waiter.

So apparently Fairfield has these places and I'm like "J I TOLD YOU WE WERE JUST LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACES."

Needless to say, our new apartment has me feeling very inspired and creative. Thus the sudden increase in blogging. Also I have more time, so maybe that's it? Idk. WHO CARES LET'S TALK ABOUT FOOD.

So this place is called Nom Eez and is SO. GOOD. They also sell Donut Crazy donuts which is weird but amazing, because they are our favorite donuts.

J got this rice which was like $8 and I honestly would get that next time. I got the ramen (pictured below) and it was so good, but also like $11 I think. And with the rice I felt like it was pretty fancy and a lot of food? So we are probably going to stick with that!

When I asked the girl to box up my ramen, she was like, "Oh you didn't like it?" And I was like, "I did, I am just done?" Lol. But then also we went out of town shortly after and I never finished eating it. Also I think it's still in my fridge and it's been there for definitely 2 weeks. So that will be fun.

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE BACK ME UP ON THIS!!!! I SWEAR TO YOU Androids take photos that look different than iPhones? Like they look more bubbled and weird to me. I don't know. I can't stand it though. My phone shattered so all my photos have weird light leaks now, but whatever.

So, hopefully I'll be able to give you guys some yummy Connecticut food recs now that we are closer to good food!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Chillin' W/ Ma Boys

So I'm pretty much done with school until September, so blog posts comin' your way!! These pics are from forever ago when we explored the dog park with T. This was 5 minutes from our old apartment! #bae

So something gross about Connecticut is that there are ticks. Tucker already has Lyme disease so I guess it doesn't matter, but also they are so gross and I hate them. They are so small, like how are you supposed to be able to find them in a fluffer (a fluffy dog)?!?! We found one in Tucker's ear and I FREAKED out. I stripped down, made J check me everywhere, and then took a one hour shower lol.

Needless to say, T hasn't been to many dog parks since then. I need to take him to the one by our new apartment and see if it's any better tick-wise.

I've said it once, and I'll say it again! I. Can. Not. Wait. To. Get. Back. To. The. West. Coast.

I know I need to appreciate this moment and blah blah blah blah. But I'm really strugglin'! I feel we are so close to moving (10 months!) and I am so close to being done with school FOREVER it's just getting hard to keep a way positive attitude. I just want it to be over and be moved already! Gah!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Staycation Day 3: Connecticut

This is Henry. He is our windshield wiper fluid we for some reason keep in the car. He rolls around a lot so we have to make sure to buckle him in. 

For breakfast we went to The Granola Bar of Westport. It was v trendy. When we ordered hot chocolates (once again, eating the same food on accident) she asked us if we wanted "the works". We said yes and I'll tell ya, I'm happy with "the works"!

I got avocado toast again because I'm basic. It was v good.

Ok so this is random but I live by the Pez factory? Like, the actual factory that makes Pez. After passing a few sings for it, we decided to drop in. It was actually really fun! They had this photo booth that made me lol. They also had a bingo where you found certain Pez dispensers. If you got a bingo you won a free dispenser! Then they had Pez samples on the way out. So we ended up with a dispenser and 4 packs each. Not bad!

We became Pez. These pics crack me up.

Ok so this bridge is like, right next to my house. Over the summer, I would complain to my mom often about how it was hard to work from home. She always suggested I go on a walk, and I would tell her there wasn't anywhere to walk near my apartment. She always thought I was being dramatic lol. So, after the Pez factory I took her on my "walk". We had to cross this bridge which is really old. Like it's actual wood slices with space between. I mean, an adult couldn't misstep and fall through, but a child probably could. 

So anyway, we start walking on this bridge. First, my mom thought she heard a puppy in the side of it, so we went back to see if she could see anything. Spoiler alert: There was no puppy. Second, about halfway through my mom starts FREAKING out. Like she suddenly realized that the bridge had so many spaces, and at times was just a piece of chainlink metal. So she takes off, being like, "I need to get off this bridge!" and I'm just back there like ??? Needless to say, we did not take the bridge back.

After almost dying, I took her to get ice cream to raise spirits. I think I have talked about this ice cream before. It's called Milkcraft and IT'S SO GOOD. Like there aren't many places I would recommend pit stopping for in Connecticut, but this is one of them! This time I got the fruity pebbles and I am in love. 

My mom got the s'mores. She literally still talks about it. Talked about it on the phone to me yesterday, in fact!

I talk a lot about Primark and you guys are like, "WHY DO WE CARE." So it's hard to relate, for sure. I took my mom there to test if it's really as great as I think it is. Conclusion: IT IS. We got four bags (between the two of us) and only spent maybe $300-$350 (once again, between the two of us). I will miss it so much when we move to the west coast.

If you're wondering: Primark is like a Forever 21 but with way cuter things and better quality (I think). They have really cute stuff, including like home goods, stationary, etc. If you are interested, just YouTube "Primark haul". Also, you can not shop online. Their website doesn't even show everything they have, just the new arrivals. So yeah, it's amazing.

We ate at House of Bones, which is totally delish. I am obsessed with their pulled pork sandwiches. 

I feel like we ate somewhere for dinner with J? But I don't have any more pictures from this day so maybe we didn't. Huh. 

Oh yeah! So after this we got pedicures. This was also the day I got my phone to work! 

Anyway, it was v chill!

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