Work and play

While I live in Newport, I work in Providence. I had moved to Newport before I started working up in Providence and I will handle the hour commute both ways to still live here. There is a sense of community that I have grown to appreciate over the years that quite frankly I am not willing to leave behind just to live closer to work.

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Thankfully Matt also works in Providence so we carpool most days. Actually pretty much every day, and during the ride, we jam out to music but also talk about our days. It is a great mental practice to talk with someone before work laying out your day and then regroup at the end of the day and see how it went. It helps me get over jitters before a rough day, and decompress after a bad day, but even better it means we discuss our days with each other before we even step in the house.
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There is a great separation between my work life and my personal life that I definitely do not take for granted. It is super difficult when I work with such cool people, but for me to not get way too wrapped up in things, I need a bit of distance. I do have great friends from work that I count as simply friends but they understand I may not be down to always hang out after work.

I think Providence is an amazing place to work, and slowly but surely I am taking the time to try new restaurants (there is always a new place opening up I feel), and finding new streets to walk down. If anyone has any recommendations feel free to let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

Planting and pancakes

(There were no actual pancakes consumed I just thought it sounded funny.)

One of my favorite weekend things to do is to eat brunch. I admit it is goony, but I just love it so much. Another one of my favorite things is Diego’s in Newport, RI. It is probably hands down the best place to grab a nice midrange meal in town, and I crave it when I am away.

When we have a weekend day with not much to do, we love to swing by and try our luck to see if they have an open table. If they do we have a leisurely brunch and then get on with the rest of our day. Thankfully they had an open spot recently and we go in immediately!

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The breakfast torta (above) is amazing. It’s a bolo roll filled with two fried eggs, beans, avocados, and potatoes. Going out to eat was difficult when Matt and I gave up meat for lent, but thankfully this made the cut. With the aioli they give you on the side, it has the right amount of spice to keep you wanting more.

Sadly they don’t serve iced coffee (please can someone change that?) so we usually run to Starbucks down the road right after, and this day thank goodness we did. We had a lot of work ahead of us.

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I really enjoy having plants in the apartment, but keeping them alive is a whole different thing. I try my hardest but for some reason not all of the lovely plants I buy…live. I especially like majesty palms which we have tried to have in the last apartment, only for it to die a slow, painful for everyone involved, death.

So this time around I did some research and learned that thankfully it’s not only me struggling with these plants. Majesty palms are apparently notoriously tricky to keep alive, especially not in somewhere hot. And the first matter at hand was to replant it. So we got all the supplies and got to work!

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(Not the best gardening shoe, even if it’s just deck gardening. It was immediately filled with dirt.)

We replanted both palms, and as we did it we could tell one was done way better than the other. The fertilizer balls in the roots kept me from getting too deep in the process, groups of circles really gross me out I have no clue why, but Matt did an amazing job. Let’s hope lots of sun and watering will keep at least one alive as we get into the warmer, easier months.

Any tips for indoor plants living a nice long healthy life? Leave them in the comments, I seriously need some!

 

‘Cause I’m movin’ in

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As I write this I have the Billy Joel song Movin’ Out stuck in my head…even though this is about moving in. Whatever. It’s been a while since we moved but we still have rooms far from done. We moved into the dream apartment mid-March but it didn’t really feel real until probably halfway through April when we hosted Easter.

While moving in is always an exciting whirlwind of new decorations and figuring out new routines, moving out of an old place can be incredibly tricky. We ran into a lot of problems with our older landlord that really make me want to take this moment to remind people to always, always, always take photos and keep them before you move in somewhere and new ones before you turn over your keys at the end. Thankfully it ended up being okay, but it was more arguing than we were expecting.

It can be hard to be comfortable knowing your rights as a renter, and even harder to be comfortable speaking up when you know something is not right, but if you don’t who will for you?

All that aside, once we moved in the first room I wanted to get to a certain level of done was the bedroom. In the past few apartments the bedroom area hadn’t quite been exactly what I wanted, but finally we get our perfect room!

I am in love with all things minimalistic (are you surprised?) and a mostly white bedroom with plant accents has been my dream for years. Finally we have the hardwood floors and open space to make that dream a reality!

Decorating spaces is one of my favorite past times I have learned over the past few years. It has been a great experience learning how to meld Matts more bohemian decorating style with my minimalistic style, and yet still end up with a place that doesn’t feel like a style jigsaw puzzle.

We’re still looking for new accent pieces everyday, trying to focus on finding a few pieces we love instead of tons of pieces just to take up space. If you have any suggestions of great places to look leave them in the comments!

Boys Club

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Newport in the spring is a tricky thing. More shops start opening up, restaurants start doing patio service, but you never know how the weather is going to behave. This spring was a cold one for sure, and quite frankly I was so over wearing anything I owned. Where I work they keep it so unbelievably cold that even in the summer I find myself reaching for a sweater, let alone a damp spring.

With all my spring clothes made for, ahem, warmer temperatures (when will I learn that I live in New England and spring is just muddy and wet?), I started reaching towards Matts side of the closet.

This oversized jacket is from Gap and I am in love with it. Its neutral tone matches so many fun tops, and the oversized aspect of it helps me play with proportions without overdoing it.

Walking down by the water this outfit was a perfect match. But I don’t recommend sitting on the fence like I did. Let’s just say I was less than graceful to get down.

Moving Around

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As the apartment is quickly becoming filled with boxes and the weather continuously disagrees with our plans, the move is coming up quick. Don’t let this Paris post fool you though- we are staying in Newport! (I just don’t have any cute photos of anything right now. I’m living in my sweatpants and it’s a winter storm outside!)

We found a gorgeous apartment that fits every single one of our needs, and some. I can’t wait to start decorating it (all of that process will be shared here) but first comes the ACTUAL moving part.

I’ve moved a million times it feels like, but none have started as seamlessly as this. I have four tips for making a move smoother, because nothing I’m sure will make it more fun.

1.Plan Ahead

Always, always, always make a list. There is nothing more important than your moving list. It’s going to be long and tedious (and you have to make sure you don’t pack it up) but it is going to save your butt when your brain is fried and for some reason you’re still trying to do stuff. Make sure you jot down what you need to do to get these boxes out that door and on to the truck- no step is too small to note.

2. Make an overnight bag

I’ve definitely forgotten this a few times. You have to make sure all your clothes are packed by Tuesday night… but you’re not in the new place until Friday night? Remember to pack outfits through until next Wednesday! It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially if you aren’t taking time off work and need to look presentable. It’s the little things too- don’t pack up your laptop charge, and yes there will always be time to read a book so keep one unpack as well!

3. Backdate

The best plan for success is to backdate what needs to get done. If you’re moving Friday, what does your life need to look like Thursday night, Wednesday, Sunday? If you figure that out it is much easier, and more realistic, to set expectations for yourself packing and organizing. It’s a careful balance of being prepared, but you also don’t want to have everything packed for a full week before you move if you still have to live in that space!

4. Don’t forget the champagne!!

Matt and I have a tradition that we have to have a champagne toast the first night in the new apartment. Personally I love this tradition of ours. Moving is stressful, expensive, and frustrating so even if you’re sitting on the floor and drinking out of paper cups it’s important to take a moment and celebrate. A move is exciting and a new chapter to your life, enjoy the little moments even if they seem a bit overwhelming.

Well, this reminds me… I have to finish packing my kitchen up! It’s always the last room I pack, and I find it the hardest. I hate ordering take out as a necessity and not as something fun, and doing it a few nights in a row is a huge pet peeve, but sometimes that is better than being stressed about wrapping up dishes!

Winter is coming?

I’ve lived in New England for 15 years now (wow that’s pretty gross) and I’m still always surprised when we get a March snow storm. Thank goodness this snow is nothing scary, but in my mind I was already planning out my beach days so this is a shock.

But exciting news! We are officially moving! Matthew and I signed our new lease last night and are so incredibly excited to start this next chapter. It’s the first place with more than one room and it’s absolutely stunning. I wasn’t sure if we even stood a chance to get it, there was a lot of competition, but the papers are signed and we are set to move…in a WEEK.

This is when the panic sets in. There are no boxes in our apartment, nothing is even looking like its moving anytime soon, and we have to set up movers. This weekend is the St. Patricks Day parade in Newport which is a huge event, but we’re going to be warm inside with tons and tons of boxes.

Last weekend we went out for a bit as a calm before the storm and it was absolutely freezing. I am pretty resilient when it comes to wind and cold weather as long as the sun is out but we barely lasted longer than these photos. I actually sprinted back to the car. Whoops.

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A Busy March

This month has just started and I am already planning my weekends into April. While this is a weird transitional month, March has always been a fun one. Newport has a huge parade for St. Patrick’s Day and I always make a classic corned beef dinner the night before and some hash in the morning. Friends come over and crash at our place and it’s all around a great time.

This year is going to be a little bit different though. We are looking to move the weekend after, I’m not going to say anymore because I don’t want to jinx a good thing before it’s signed, sealed, and delivered, BUT I do plan on being especially busy packing that weekend.

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Which is a bit of a personal bummer because I love the tradition, and it’s been harder and harder to get people together for weekend. We are definitely on the side of hard to get for others as well, so I can’t get too upset, but it seems like everyone’s life is moving at 70mph.

It seems like the spring has a lot of potential, but being in this weird in between stage, am I packing or am I not, and trying to keep up with traditions is hard. I need to loosen a bit of control I believe and see where it leads me.

Or I can just plan…better?