Do This Today: A Haven Holiday

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My favorite New Haven arts organization, The Haven Collective, is hosting it’s holiday event tonight! It’s from 6-8pm at the Haven Collective headquarters at Vintanthromodern Vintage. Tickets are $10 for non-members, $5 for members. It’s a great arts organization where like minded female artists can talk-shop and have fun. I’m excited to join in January!

Event: A Haven Holiday, by the Haven Collective (event link)
Location: Vintanthromodern Vintage, 938 State Street, New Haven CT
Time: December 22, 2014, 6-8pm
Cost: $10 tickets HERE

Do This Today: The Nutcracker

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I’m Are you looking to get into the holiday spirit? Why not check out the New Haven Ballet’s, The Nutcracker at the Shubert in New Haven. Savannah Lowery and Adrian Danchig-Waring of the New York City Ballet are the featured guest artists. The show opens tonight and goes through the weekend, with a show tonight at 7pm. Tickets are between $20-$60.

Event: The Nutcracker performed by the New Haven Ballet (event link)
Location: The Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven CT
Time: December 19, 2014, 7pm
Cost: $20-60 tickets HERE

Do This Today: Holiday Pop-Up

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Tonight you should head over to Chapel St and check out the Re-Worx holiday pop-up shop! A portion of the proceeds goes to the New Haven Habitat for Humanity, and the pieces are made out of recycled materials so you can feel doubly-good about supporting local artists. Monday through Thursday it’s open 11-6p, Friday and Saturday 11-4p, and Sunday 11-3p. Check it out!

Event: Reworx Holiday Pop-Up Shop  (event link)
Location: 2nd level, 786 Chapel Street, New Haven CT
Time: December 16, 2014, 11-6pm
Cost: Free to check it out!

Do This Today: The Seagull

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I’m excited to share my first New Haven “Do This Today”. Tonight and all week, the Yale School of Drama is putting on The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Call for tickets to see it tonight or use their online system to get tickets for Thursday (their last performance).

Event: The Seagull performed by the Yale School of Drama (event link)
Location: The Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street, New Haven CT
Time: December 15, 2014, 8pm
Cost: $20 tickets HERE ($15 student)

I’m Baaaack!

You just can’t get rid of me! I’ve been on a moving/travel sabbatical for the past few weeks and I’m excited to be back blogging because I’ve got plenty to share. Before I introduce my new work digs (I have my own studio workshop!), explore my research on how to move cross country on a budget, and of course my last minute road trips and Los Angeles excursions, I want to start by sharing my trip across the US.

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Los Angeles to Hamden, CT is quite a journey. I took my time, but didn’t “dilly-dally”. As the map shows, I started in LA and drove to the Grand Canyon. From the Grand Canyon I passed through 4 Corners (where Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico all meet) and headed on to Durango for the night. From Durango I went to Denver, CO where I stayed for several days over the Thanksgiving holiday. After Denver I spent a night in Omaha before connecting up with RISD friends in Chicago for a couple nights. I continued on to Cleveland after that, and then made my big push with the longest driving day getting me into Connecticut. This is the short story.

Here is the long story:

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My friends through me the sweetest going away party at Golden Road in Glendale. So many people came and of course I was crying. After I went out for sushi at Octopus (one of my LA favs), then I spent some time freaking out and panicking instead of sleeping. I left Sunday morning after packing up the car, going for my last regular Toluca Lake walk (not my last ever- no lasts!) with my friends and then I hit the road. I cried/weeped for most of my ride to the Grand Canyon. My cheeks had the ultimate cry bath and were very pruny upon arrival.

When I left LA it was 75 and sunny and when I arrived at the Grand Canyon, it was about 22 degrees and pitch darkness. I was poorly dressed in my tee shirt and yoga pants (perfect comfy driving attire but not perfect winter clothing). But this was all fixable with a winter jacket (thank you, Uniqlo!), a hot meal and a cold beer.

10326415_1505040636434287_1730050933_n10817857_805660969480510_2017350428_nI was very proud of myself, as the following morning I woke up at 6a to get dressed (in many many layers) and make the 7am sunrise at the South Canyon rim. As the child next to me said “I’m freezing my eyeballs off!!”. My sentiments exactly.

After watching the sunrise and tracking down a warm english muffin and coffee, I hit the road as I had a 7 hour drive ahead and so much to see along the way! One thing I didn’t realize is that the drive through Arizona takes you right by Monument Valley. It didn’t make sense for me to go there (the entrance was actually still a drive away and it would add many hours to my day), but it was fun seeing some of the “monuments” along the way. And this way I was seeing them for FREE! I cheated the system.

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As I made my way out of Arizona and onto Colorado, I had to stop in at one of my favorite childhood vacation spots: 4 Corners. 4 Corners is where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet and it’s gotten a whole lot fancier since I was a kid. As a child this was all dirt with a plaque in the center (where of course I sat, so my butt was in 4 states at the same time), with wooden shopping stalls surrounding the plaque. It has gotten a whole lot fancier:

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As I got closer to Durango, the weather and landscape changed pretty dramatically.
Thankfully while it was snowing in the air, not much was sticking so the roads weren’t too bad. I made my way into Durango after dark and enjoyed a beer and dinner at Steamworks Brewing company before making my way to my hotel and crashing for the night. Durango is an adorable town and I highly recommend visiting it.

The next morning I left around 9am and made the trek into Denver. I was most nervous about this day, so I allowed a lot of extra time and took a not-very-direct route to avoid snowy mountains. If this was summer I totally would have gone to Aspen and driven in through the Rockies and it would have been beautiful. Since this is December and I had all my belongings crammed into my little mazda 3, I opted for the longer but less mountainous route.

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But I made it! And in record time too. No snow and no ice, yesss! Above you can see some images from my several days in Denver. I stayed with my uncle (bottom right) who was very generous and always the perfect host. We even got to go to a night showing of the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanical Gardens (top right). It was a really fun visit. I even got to meet up with a childhood friend who just moved to Denver, and I’ve known her since nursery school days. Ah, to be young again.

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But alas, I had to continue on my journey so I cleaned off the mazda and drove through Nebraska (above) to get to my destination for the night, Omaha. The following day I was up early to continue through more of a similar landscape as I went through Iowa and eventually made my way to Chicago!

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In Chicago I have some RISD friends I was excited to see. I also stayed at this awesome, cute and cheap airbnb in Wicker Park (message me if you want the info on it). Since I love walking and had been cooped up driving the past few days, it felt so good to park my car and just spend the day walking around the city and poking my head into the cute shops.

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I ended up walking all the way to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and saw the David Bowie exhibit. They were very fussy about cell phones/ cameras since this is the  only US stop for the exhibit, so sadly this is the only photo above. It was a very fun exhibit featuring a lot of his most famous outfits/costumes, Bowies lyric notes, and footage showing his progression as an artist. This exhibit really is only about Bowie as an artist and I wish we got more of an idea of his personal life. I would have loved to see photos of David Bowie eating breakfast in his kitchen on a Saturday morning, or anything to show that he’s human. Does he shop at Ikea?

After 2 fun nights visiting with friends in Chicago, it was time for me to continue onward to Cleveland. Why Cleveland? I’m glad you asked. In the tv show 30 Rock, Liz Lemon visits Cleveland and everyone asks if she’s a model because things are just different there. I was hoping to have my Liz Lemon moment in Cleveland. Also they have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and were the natural place to stop and spend the night before getting into Connecticut.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is right next to a sport stadium (football I think??) and is an awesome pyramid architectural shape. I took SOOO many photos in there, but I don’t want to bore you so I figured I’d share he most impressive iconic item they had (in my opinion): Michael Jacksons glitter glove. They had much more Michael Jackson clothing, about 8 of Beyonce’s outfits from different music videos and events. They also have a wall dedicated to the Rolling Stones and to the Beatles. This was a very fun place to visit and I highly recommend it to people driving through Cleveland. As for the sporting arena… sure, I bet you could visit that too.

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I made my last drive from Cleveland to Connecticut, which was the longest stretch. I knew it might be an 8 and a half hour drive but with traffic in New York and bathroom/coffee stops, it took about 10 hours. Bummer. But at least when I made it to CT I got to sleep in my own bed, and get started on all of the projects I have going on and there are SO MANY! Now it’s time to apartment hunt (anyone know of any apartments for rent in East Rock, New Haven?), setup my shop in Meyer Wire, and get going on all my design projects!

Next up: This week I’ll be back-tracking a bit to tell you about my road trip up the coast from LA to Portland and back. I’ll also do a post dedicated to the cheapest way to move cross country. And lastly, I’ll introduce you to my new digs: Meyer Wire. I’ll share all of what it entails. I hope moving forward to start updating you about Connecticut events and doing “Do This Today” posts, although it’l take me some more time to amerce myself in the scene to pass along all the details.

Moving Stress

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I’m sorry that I’ve been so quiet since my big move announcement. I’ve been dying to tell you about my road trip to Portland and back, as well as all my tips for how to move cross country on a budget. Unfortunately, this move is taking up 100% of my time. Between waiting for craigslist people to show up (hint: they only actually come 5% of the time) and getting everything ready for a massive Salvation Army truckload donation, I’m out of time completely. With what little time is leftover in the day, I’ve had to spend it packing boxes and getting the car ready for the big cross-country drive. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. And of course the most important thing I’ve been trying to do is spend as much time with friends as possible. Thankfully I got to see my favorite LA comedy show, Hot Tub, at the Virgil last night. I’m supposed to hit the road in 5 days and I’m currently surrounded by belongings. STRESS!

Okay and whiningggg, done. I just wanted you to know you haven’t been forgotten about and when I’m writing to you from back east in early December, I promise the following posts:

- Road trip LA to Portland and back to LA (up the coast, down through the state parks)
– What’s the cheapest way to move from coast to coast? I know the answer!
– Road trip from LA to Connecticut. Follow the journey!
– Renovating Meyer Wire: The Before

Balboa Island + Newport Beach

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Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last week. Since announcing my move back east I’ve been trying to check a lot off my to-do list. Moving is such a big undertaking. I’ll do a post talking about the most economical way to move in the future. I also owe you a post all about my northern road trip from LA to Portland and back. The trip was beautiful and we did it on a very tight budget. I swear all of this is coming soon.

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In addition to moving, I’ve been trying to enjoy my last few weeks in LA. One place I’d been curious about seeing is Balboa Island, Newport Beach area. They talked about it a lot on Arrested Development. My friend Jamie and I made the trek down and it was the perfect day. It was 75 degrees, and sunny with a light breeze. We walked a full loop of the island, stopped in some cute shops on the main drag and enjoyed a yummy lunch before heading to Newport Beach. We walked the pier and boardwalk before sitting down and watching the sunset. It was such a gorgeous beach day.

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