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!

 

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.

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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