February Check-In

How is everyone keeping up with their resolutions? Can you tell that my blogging goal has fallen to the wayside? There just aren’t enough hours in the day, and trying to find balance has been a struggle for me. Plus being new to the city at a time when walking outside is almost deadly (it’s in the negatives here) has made exploration on foot a real challenge. Don’t get me wrong, the snow is charming and I don’t mind the cold… other than the fact that I can’t explore the city on foot the way I’d like to. Thankfully we change the clocks soon and afterwork walks will begin as spring starts to creep up on us. It’s soon, I swear.

This is completely narcissistic, but I just need to publicly have a “check-up” on my list of resolutions. It’s the best way to keep myself accountable.

Work goals:
O Make 2 new items to sell every week (so 100 items for the whole year). I was good about this until I started renovating Meyer Wire. Physical labor is exhausting, so I’ve had to pace myself. Once Meyer Wire is better taken care of, I’ll go back to my 2 projects a week schedule that I maintained for Dec + Jan.
O Keep good records on these projects (which I currently suck at). I’m doing my best with this. It’s a challenge to find the time.
O Make my business official- get tax ID etc. Get on the grid! I submitted the paperwork for this, but I’m still waiting for it to be official. It certainly cost enough to do, so it better happen soon.
O Join the New Haven Collective. Done! Now I just need to time attend more events!
O Shop local. Done! I’ve been hitting up a bunch of local shops here in New Haven and feel good about it. I love the farmers market too!
O Get business cards made. Still need to do this, but waiting on the LLC to be final.
O Clean out my emails and take myself off e-lists. Yikes, this is time consuming so I’ve been working on it in blocks of time.

Exercise:
O Lose that holiday weight. Working on it! Trying to hit 100 miles at the gym in the month of February. So far I’m at 35 miles… I hope to be at 55 miles by Saturday.
O Join a sport/club/group. Dodgeball? I still need to do this, as I think I’ll feel better if I join a group activity where I can start meeting new people.
O Hike Sleeping Giant. In spring.
O Hike East Rock. In spring.
O Situps twice a day. I need to do this more!
O Go running! I have a gym membership now, so use it. Check!
O Walk the neighborhood at night- 5 times a week. No excuses. I will when it gets warmer. (That’s a valid excuse)
O Sign up at the Rock Climbing Gym? Need to do this when I have the time and funding. Soon enough.
O Water! 4 big bottles a day! Working on it. It’s more like many cups of hot tea.
O 1 drink a week rule back on! I’ve been pretty okay about this. Not perfect, but I’ve been trying.

Reading:
O READ MORE. 1 book a month. That’s doable. Check! Just finished Gone Girl and Amy Poehlers autobiography is next.
O Rosetta Stone at least once a week. Je ne ai pas fais.

Life Goals:
O GET A DOG! In the spring, so a couple months but soon. Can’t wait!
O Get an apartment and make it look nice :) Check!
O Visit the Farmers Market in New Haven. Check!
O Go out 3 nights a week. Comedy, music, new bar etc. Find it and do it. I’m working on this. Trying to find balance between spending and saving, and dieting and indulging is a struggle.
O Be Ballsy! I need to do this more.

Money Goals:
O Pay off all student loans. I will by the end of the year!
O Pay off all car loans. I will by the end of the year!
O Save up for a house, but do invest in the business as needed. Find balance between the two.

Travel Goals:
O Travel to NYC once a month (for comedy, museums and to see friends). I’ve already been twice! Check!
O Travel to Canada (Montreal for a 3 day weekend?) This will happen later this year.
O Go to LA 3+ times in 2015. Visit 1 is booked! I’ll be there in March for a week.
O Go camping in New England. Waiting until it’s warm
O Explore the Wine Trail! Still need to do this!
O Explore the beer trail- brewery visits! Still need to do this. Anyone want to join me?

Blog Goals:
O Write a Do This Today, 5 days a week. Fail, super fail. I’m doing my best but it’s been hard coming up with winter activities.
O Do an additional 2 posts about life/events each week. Also fail. I need to focus myself and get this done.
O What is there to do in New England? Find it and do it! I’ve got a to-do list going and I’ll start making myself cross items off the list. Hopefully this weekend I’ll go skiing (which is on the list).

Okay, that’s enough of my failing resolution list. I promise more will get done when it’s warm. In the meantime, try to stay warm, positive and productive.

Surviving Blizzard Juno

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People keep asking me about the blizzard Juno, which was actually just an awesomely fun snow storm. We got a ton of snow, but power didn’t go out, no accidents in front of our house (there’s a bridge that people slide on all the time) and it made for a fun snow day.

On Monday I left work once it started snowing and headed to my parents house in Wallingford. I was dying to spend a snowstorm at my new apartment in New Haven, but with the threat of power going out, I figured being alone and trapped for days would be so lonely. Plus I didn’t do anything to prepare for the storm. My parents suggest I come over to their place where if power went out we could at least play boardgames via candlelight, which sounds like the best day ever.

I took the photo above from their cosy living room as the snow started slowly piling up. Of course that night we played boardgames for hours and did a little shoveling. Shoveling is the ultimate workout… great for your core!

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I took the above photo around 2pm on Tuesday once the snow had stopped. It was so beautiful out, that I needed to go for a photo-taking walk around their neighborhood. The temp was around 30 degrees, which made it actually really comfortable outside. The snow was like a light powder, and not crisp or icy. It really was perfect.

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Above is a photo from the bridge across from my parents house. Off in the distance is the waterfall and upper lake.

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Part of their neighborhood is an expanse of farmland. I needed to see the many acres of fresh untouched snow.

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Their neighborhood is so pretty, especially blanketed in fresh powder. Another bonus is that 2 of my best friends live a 10 minute walk away, so I was able to meet up with one of them for a walk too.

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This is the local farm where they sell eggs, honey, maple syrup (on the honor system) and grow Christmas trees. They live my dream life and live in my dream house with a big red barn.

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And to top off this gorgeous day, the sunset was this deep pink/purple. My walk was over and it was time for hot cocoa and more boardgames!

Hope you enjoyed your Juno vacation, East Coasters! Now it’s back to the grindstone and time to play catchup! Yesterday, I spent time replacing ceiling tiles at Meyer Wire and today I’m painting! I’ll share before and after photos soon. Time for another coat!

Weekend Guide: Two Roads Brewing Co. Igor’s Dream

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On Saturday January 24th, check out Two Roads Brewing for their release of their new Imperial Stout! It’s aged in rye whiskey barrels, and if you are a stout lover like I am, it’s gonna be goooood. If you go in the mooring, hit them up for breakfast, or come around noon when the beer is released and grab lunch at the food trucks coming: Bodega and Firehouse Grill. Should be a fun Saturday!

Event: Two Roads Brewing (event link)
Location: Two Roads Brewing, 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615
Time: Saturday January 24, 2014, Open at 10a bottles available at 12p

Do This Today: (un)Bound Walking Tour

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There’s an artist New Haven walk being hosted by the Yale University Art Gallery. Here’s their write up of the event via eventful:

“Join artists Jo Yarrington, Morgan Post and Sam Dole on a Walking Tour that features an interactactive demonstration with their installation at the Artspace galleries and a tour of the larger exhibition, CT (un)Bound on January 22, 2015. The tour starts at Yale University Art Gallery. Visit Odd Volumes, at the Yale University Art Gallery, on your own, meeting in the lobby of YUAG at 4pm. Then walk with Jo, Morgan and Sam to Artspace from 5-5:30pm. As you stroll, the artists will talk about their contribution to the show and how it relates to the Allan Chasanoff Book Art Collection and the State of Connecticut. End the walk with a tour of the Artspace galleries at approximately 4:30pm. Jo, Morgan and Sam will lead a demonstration of their new interactive commission, Containment and Spillage. The tour is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for this event.”

Event: (Un)Bound Walking Tour (event link)
Location: Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven CT
Time: January 22, 2015, 4pm
Cost: FREE!

Do This Today: Escape New Haven

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I’m so excited to share this “Do This Today” activity with you! Have you ever played those “escape the room” games on your phone or iPad? They created a real life version of the game and it’s launching in New Haven TONIGHT! They are having huge FREE launch party starting at 8 at Ordinary and then heading over to the Moroccan Room at Briq at 9:30. Expect games, food, puzzles and fun! Plus you can book an “escape”!

Event: Escape New Haven  (event link)
Location: Ordinary, 266 College Street, New Haven CT at 8pm
Briq, 990 Chapel St, New Haven after 9:30p
Time: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8pm
Cost: FREE event! RSVP HERE to snag a spot!

DIY: Intagram Art and Magnet Fun!

Let me start by saying that I miss DIY posts and hope to do a lot more in the future. This past weekend it was cold and rainy here in Connecticut, so instead of exploring New Haven I stayed in and did some art projects. I just moved into my apartment this month… well really this past weekend. I’m now fully in the apartment, but it’s missing that personal flair that I’m used to. For Christmas my sister got about 10 of my instagram photos printed for me by Printstagram. They are 4″x4″, great quality on thick card stock and it got me thinking… ART PROJECT TIME!

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Here’s a look at my dining room above. The console/bar table and dining room table are BMeyer Studio originals fyi (contact me if you want to buy them!). You can see it’s gorgeous, but lacking in personality. As the note tells you in the photo, Ill be making a very large painting to go on the biggest bare wall. That’s coming up next week.

In the meantime, Im focusing on another wall in the room:

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I decided to make a display of all the photos I took on my northern road trip (LA to Portland along the coast, then Portland to LA inland through the National Parks). It’s a great timeline and reminder of such a fun beautiful trip. Plus, the pretty colors add a nice artistic, fun art piece to the room.

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Printstagram  sells 24, 4″x4″ prints for $12, which is a great deal! I ordered 2 sets made, which gave me 36 photos for this art project, and left me with 12 extra images of friends, which I turned into magnets (see later in the post).

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I decided to make my grid 6 rows by 6 columns. I found scrap string and some nails, so all I had to purchase were these tiny clothes pins from Michaels to hang the photos from the string.

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It took some math to figure out where to place the nails in order for everything to be centered on the wall and hang evenly. Trust me, do the math and have it be right. If you eye-ball it (as I often do), you’ll regret it when one row is uneven.

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Photos don’t do it justice, as in person it really lightens up the room. It gives the room a fun pop of color, and even the sag of the string gives the room a playful feeling. Plus the photos tell a story and mean something to me.

***BONUS DIY!***

With the 12 left over instagram photos I decided to buy a cheap magnet roll from Home Depot and turn the photos into magnets.

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This was super easy, cost practically nothing and now I can see photos of my friends every time I’m in the kitchen.

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When I was moving my stuff out of my parents house and into the new apartment, I came across a box of old photos from my grandma’s house. I noticed small Photobooth photos of my grandparents taken when they were dating. They had a light, thin metal frame and were also perfect to turn into magnets.

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They look so great on the fridge and are actually getting seen, as opposed to being boxed up in the basement. Aren’t they adorable?

Do This Today: Happy MLK Day

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone! The New Haven Museum is hosting free events from 12-4p today, specifically storytelling events. At 12:30p, Joy Donaldson will perform “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Word and Song”. At 1:30p Waltrina Kirkland Mullins will perform “More than Black and White: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King”. Lastly, Karen Johnson will perform “Thriving in the Harvest” at 2:30pm.

Event: Storytelling at the New Haven Museum (event link)
Location: The New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT
Time: Monday January 19, 2015, 12p – 4p
Cost: Free! Head on over!