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Hi! Welcome to my corner of the internet. I'm a 26 year old therapist, feminist, photographer, and shop owner currently living in Seattle, Washington. My shop, Dealign with Feelings, is geared toward destigmatizing and normalizing mental health. I'm biased, but I think we have some pretty cute stuff :) Click the "shop" tab to see what we've got! I mainly post about my travel and daily life on here. With other random musings thrown in. I post more frequently (and about more feminism) on my Instagram @emmycoletti, so make sure you're following me there. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

New York Festivities

Saturday we went into the city to do things! It was such nice weather omgggggg. Also we drove in which was SO NICE. Every time we drive into New York I have these like, overwhelming feelings of gratitude that I can drive into New York City in an hour haha.

Speaking of, I want to go to more cities in the U.S., because I really haven't been to that many. So like, I know I love visiting New York, but how do I know that I won't love like Chicago, Seattle, or Portland more? Ya know? I'm trying to view this stage of life (pre-kids) as super exploratory and just finding what city vibes most with me. 

We were going to eat at this barbecue place, but realized we wouldn't have enough time lol. I have this map of places I want to try, so I just whipped it out and we ended up walking over to some poke bowls! J is OBSESSED with these. He gave them a 10/10 (which NEVER happens lol). 

Tofu poke bowl! 

J's salmon and... something else poke bowl. It had avocado and was pretty good, I will admit. 

I always wear the same earrings, but I recently did a collaboration and got these cute shooting stars. I am obsessed! They go up your earlobe and idk why but I just really like the way that looks haha. Here's the link for them!

We saw Waitress. I thought Jason Mraz was SO GOOD! Like, he made that play for me haha. It was cool to see a singer acting. Ok wait also for my Mormon friends out there, do you remember The Single's Ward or Sons of Provo? K well that guy is in Waitress!!! I was dying! And he plays a total douche bag character haha. Anyway, I lovedddddd those cheesy Mormon movies when I was little but literally haven't even thought about them in years. 

How cute are these little pies?? I was hoping they would sell pie for treats haha. 

Ok so you guys know how I was vegetarian for 7 years? Ok well now I eat mostly vegetarian, but mainly I just say "I eat what I want" whenever people ask. So like if I want a hamburger I eat it type of thing. But as a general rule I tend to lean more toward vegetarian foods just because it's what I am used to and like the most.

ANYWAY. So we went to The Smith for dinner and nothing was really looking good except for a steak, which is so weird because I have never been a steak person lol. So, needless to say I ate my first steak in like 8 years hahaha. To be honest, it wasn't what I remembered it as. Oh, and it was a filet mignon, which might mean something to meat eaters? I think it was weird because I have only ever eaten steak with A1 sauce, and this just had butter. So I think if I could have drenched it in sauce it would have been more on my level. But anyway! It was fun to try it out haha. 

They had this Mac-n-cheese appetizer that was SO GOOD. To be honest I would get it as a main next time I go haha. 

Oh yes, here we are. The steak in all it's glory! I am now remembering that it was really... soft?? If that's a thing. Which I liked. 

Look how cute this street was!!!! I don't know who did this or why, but it was MAGICAL! I didn't take a photo the first time we passed and instantly regretted it. Luckily we passed it again haha. See, these are the types of photos you can only get if you have other people with you! A stranger would have never risked their life standing in the middle of the road in midtown to get this picture haha.

Anyway, it was a fun day! I love living close to a major city and am literally planning my life to keep it that way haha. New York during Christmastime is the most magical place in all the land. They are lighting the tree at the Rockefeller tonight and I can't decide if I should go or not. I am already here for school so it would be easy to just stay a few hours later, but idk! Let me know what you vote I do 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!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving Festivities

Helloooooooo! So I can't start this post without writing to my future self about what happened with the Thanksgiving fundraiser this year. Basically I had this super cool idea for a fundraiser to support the Pine Ridge reservation but it didn't end up happening for various reasons. I couldn't get a hold of someone at Instagram to get my idea pre-approved, and didn't want to risk it getting shut down for violating any rules. I also couldn't get in touch with an agency on the reservation until a few days before I wanted to start. So I'm bummed it didn't happen, but it just means there is lots of time to prepare for next year!

So this year for Thanksgiving J's parents and sister came out to visit us. We started with breakfast at Caffe Social in Norwalk which was actually so good!! They had all these fun flavors of hot chocolate. I got Nutella and loved it! I don't think I've ever had Nutella hot chocolate I haven't liked. 

The classic eggs benedict was really good! I get mine with the yolk cooked all the way through because I hateeeeeeee runny yolks. Anyway, the restaurant was so cute too. It was v hip and modern and reminded me of 100% of restaurants in Utah lol. So! Needless to say I would definitely recommend it if you ever find yourself in little Norwalk, Connecticut lol. 

After breakfast we went to Jenning's Beach and drove around looking at all the houses. I LOVE driving around and looking at houses. It is so weirdly calming to me? I don't know why.

You can't see it in this picture, but there is a dog running around at our feet lol. I am kind of bummed the girl taking it didn't get our full bodies in the frame, because it would have been funny with that random dog lol.

J's face in this makes me lol. It was nice having people who were with us while we were out and about to take photos of both of us together! I love traveling with other people for that reason too lol. I always get scared to tell strangers to retake photos if they are blurry #socialanxiety

The sun was so bright lol. I usually just look away and shoot in direct sunlight, but I would like to experiment with backlit a little bit more in the future! If you have tips for shooting backlit, let me know!

How cute are these boats?? This is like... the most classic New England photo we have from our time out here, I think. One to show the kids, for sure.

We ate Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant called Fire At The Ridge. I can't comment on it because I don't like Thanksgiving food in general, but J said it was good! They had some blueberry cheesecake that I was very on board for. 

Then we went and saw The Avengers! It was pretty much what I expected. Ben Stiller as Batman was... interesting? I get so hung up on the same people being the same things, so it's always weird for me to watch like a Spiderman or Batman or whatever when they have different actors. I just want them to keep the same people, gosh dangit!

Pink sweater is from here. Grid jacket from here

P.S. My friend is reading this post right now and lol-ing because I 100% meant to say Justice League... shows how much I know about superhero movies lol. Also Ben Affleck... not Ben Stiller. I am keeping it all up there though because this made me laugh at how dumb I am haha.