Life Happenings. . .

HI blog world! How’s it hanging? So today I had the urge to write. Actually, I’m sitting at my desk at work typing this up right now while things are slow and quiet here. I didn’t really have a plan for this blog post other than to catch you up on my life happenings, however scarce they may be. So let’s get started.

I turned 23 years old on Saturday. This was probably the first of many birthdays that I was actually kind of freaked out about. 23 seems so old to me. Now that may seem stupid to some of you but in my life, I have always been the youngest. The youngest of all my cousins (Hadley is the youngest of our generation), the youngest of my closest friends, some by almost a year and in most of the jobs/internships I’ve had, I’ve been the youngest by almost ten years in some cases. So age never really meant a whole lot to me until this birthday. I mean, I use night cream now, and have to actually take my makeup off before I got to bed at night if I don’t want to spend the next three days getting that glow back. I. Have.Under.Eye. Circles. There, I said it.

To add insult to age, I had a number of people tell me in the weeks leading up to the 14th that they were married at age 23, and that it is such a great age for that momentous occasion. Now, I have never been the girl who fantasized about her wedding or is in any sort of rush to get married, hell, most of my past “relationships” never even made it past the “we’re talking” stage. But when you’re single and multiple people are telling you that you’re at prime marriage age, the flood gates open. So for the past week I’ve been wondering if I should be checking the left hand of every male specimen that approaches. Should I be going out to bars with my equally single friends, dressing myself up in attempts to commit some sort of animalistic mating call? Should I be creating a wedding Pinterest board just in case said mating call works? Am I old enough to freeze my eggs? (Sorry too far?) And then I stop, and realize I’m turning into That Girl. You know her. And I am not going to let this birthday ruin what small part of me is not crazy. So I will continue to not worry about marriage, or dating or any of that. If it comes it comes but I’m going to take my sweet time.

Moving on.

We went to the Big E for my birthday, I know, I’m such a party animal. If you don’t know what the Big E is well, then I’m sorry your life isn’t as enriched as it could be. This place is insane. It has to be at least  5 square miles of shopping extravaganza. They have buildings, yes full buildings, filled with booths selling goods from all over New England as well as an entire building devoted to international loot. But my personal favorite, the easy living (or was it better living) building where they housed any type of merchandise you have ever seen on QVC or an infomercial. We came home with everything from caramel apples and real maple syrup to vegetable peeler/dicers and silicone Tupperware covers that fit any container EVER. Overall, a great way to spend a birthday.

Apart from my birthday, life has been the same old daily grind. I have been inspired to write a lot more lately and I’m thinking on making some progress on my novel tonight. In attempts to move that along more and get into a more routine habit of writing I’ve decided that one day a week, after work, I’m going to park myself in a library or a Panera or even the clichéd coffee shop and just write for a few hours. There’s a yoga class near my work at 7:15 on Tuesdays so I might write from 5-7 and then go take the class, maybe that will help my ever-increasing stress levels. Probably not.

Stay tuned for my Things I’m Loving Post coming soon. =)

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Introducing the Sunday Adventure Series

Well hello there blog friends! Long time no. . . write? Post? It doesn’t matter, what does matter is my sincere apology for not posting sooner. It’s funny, I set out to write a specific post and the second that blank white box pops up a million topics run through my mind. I should remember this as a potential cure for future blog block. But a lot of those topics need some time to cook before they would end up as more than just a non-sensical ramble. Because I never ramble. . .

Anyway, back to my originial plan. Welcome to the very first Sunday Adventure post. You’re in luck, today is a 2 for 1 special! Before we jump in to recapping the first two Sundays of this series, let me explain where these posts are coming from. I work 50+ hours a week. I have my normal 9-5 grind and then I nanny/babysit for two different families which usually occurs between Friday night and Saturday night. Thus my Sunday’s are sacred. I try to keep them as free as possible because it’s really the only full day a week I have.

So Sunday Adventures were born. It pretty much entails Hadley, Abbey and I doing something random, fun, uncomfortable, adventurous or all of the above. We plan a full day of fun.

Newport, RI

The first Sunday Adventure took us to Newport, RI. Newport is always a highlight in the summer time. If you’ve never been, it’s a beach town with some of Rhode Island’s best beaches and an awesome downtown area with lots of shops and restaurants and there’s always events going on. It’s a pretty big tourist area in the summer so crowds, parking and beach traffic can be a bit chaotic but we parked for free with ease thanks to a connection Abbey had and since we went in the early afternoon we didn’t hit too much traffic.

We shopped around for about and hour or so, most of which was spent in my own personal heaven, Yankee Candle, and then decided if we wanted to grab dinner we should probably do it before the dinner rush. We decided on Brick Alley Pub which is a Newport staple with pretty delicious food. I got the Caprese sandwich which is one of my favorite meals. IMG_1382blog

Since we ate dinner on the early side there was stillplenty of daylight left for more shopping and walking. Here are a couple more pictures of our first Sunday Adventure.

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Crazy Burger and The Umbrella Factory

This next one was our 2nd Sunday Adventure and it’s safe to say this time we definitely ventured out of our comfort zones. Hadley, Abbey and I drove south for about as far as we could go while still staying within the Rhode Island borders. Our first stop was in Narraganset for Crazy Burger.

Crazy Burger is a casual restaurant that caters to all foodies. It offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options as well as more than enough for us carnivores. Crazy Burger has actually been featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. Despite this claim to fame, I found it rather average, as did Hadley who didn’t enjoy her meal much. If you don’t know already, I have the palette of a 6 year old so my opinion is pretty tainted when it comes to these things. Hadley and Abbey on the other hand are amateur foodies and both agreed for the most part.

Next stop was Charlestown, RI for The Umbrella Factory. This was Hadley and I’s first visit and boy were we shocked. The Umbrella Factory is a sort of compound that resembles a flea market. But this was the mecca of all crunchy granola flea markets. You really have to experience this for yourself and I’ll have to let the pictures speak for themselves but just to get you going in the right direction here a few things we saw. Incense, a lot of it, a bamboo forest, a hummingbird like bee, a petting zoo with the most bizarre looking birds I’ve ever seen, and a lot of linen. Observe. . .

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Well there you have it, the first part in the Sunday Adventure Series. Keep a look out for the next installment.

Review Numero Uno

As promised here is my first ever book review that was written purely voluntarily and not assigned in some form of an English class

I choose to read this book by Gillian Flynn first, instead of her trendier novel Gone Girl, because I knew someone else would buy it and then I could borrow it when they were done. It was less likely someone I know would purchase this one. See, saving money everywhere!

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Sharp Objects: A Novel – Gillian Flynn

I want to start by saying I loved this book, but not from page one…or two. This was one of those books that took forever to really get into. If I’m really interested in a book, I finish it in a week tops. This book sat partially read for a month at least.

Flynn’s writing style and voice were unique and I wasn’t sure if I liked it at first. The story was also dark right from the first page but it was dark in a kind of teenage-turned-adult angsty way. Like her 16 year old, too-much-black-eyeliner phase never quite faded. But then that angst was eventually justified and it left me feeling pretty judgmental.

The first half of the book was pretty “been there, read that” but once it started to pick up, damn. I couldn’t put it down. The novel is in the crime, drama category and while mysteries are usually not my first choice, this had a nice secondary story winding through it that made it different from those paperback mysteries you find at yard sales with metallic lettering and an ominous looking shoreline on the front. You know what I’m talking about.

I reached a point where I was honestly intrigued and it’s written so the reader starts to figure out what’s going on before the characters do which is always a nice power trip. But just when you think you got is all figured out, BAM! A twist you never so coming.

Well done Flynn, your twist through me for a loop. You win this round

 

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