Visiting Home 1: Getting There + Father’s Day

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After my last day at work, I hopped on a Burbank 9:45p Jetblue flight to JFK airport. It was a busy day, but thankfully it made me exhausted, so I slept nearly the entire flight.

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Once I arrived in NYC, I took the bus shuttle to Grand Central ($16? one way, no reservations required). It would have been cheaper taking the subway, but it involved transfers and would have taken extra time. Also, it was 6am and I was pooped.

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From Grand Central I took metro north to New Haven. Once on the train I closed my eyes, rested up and awoke to this view. How beautiful is that? It’s an excellent train ride along the coast.

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After a day of napping, seeing family and catching up with the three hour time change, it was Sunday! Father’s Day! We decided to spend midday visiting Grandma for lunch at her new facilities. Isn’t Grandma Trudie a cutie?

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They gave flowers out to all the dads on their special day. This dad was no exception.

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The next day I got to see my cousin Elena and meet her new baby Everett. He’s such a sweetie.

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I’m holding a baby!!

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Don’t these pictures just make you melt?

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I made it home before the clouds rolled in. About 5 minutes after I took this photo it started downpouring. It was such a treat for this LA girl. And such dramatic clouds!

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Rain, Rain, RAIN! We decided to use this indoor time tackling our object filled basement. This has been my parents project for a long time, so it was nice to come home and help them clear out a lot of my old belongings.

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Warning: Cleaning out the basement takes an emotional toll. Going through childhood treasures and having to decide what has value and what doesn’t, man it’s rough. There were certain boxes that were an automatic keep. My dad put these Mickey ears on my head and I was pretending this doll was my child. My lazy-eyed child. Sigh, what has it come to.

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In going through my old RISD boxes I found this homemade card from dear Ms. Sally Funn To (best middle name ever). This was in the “keep” pile of course 🙂

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New Haven Part III: Pepe’s Pizza

After leaving the Yale Center for British Art (discussed HERE), we continued on to get an early dinner. New Haven is known for their pizza places. Just the other day I tried Modern Apizza (see that post HERE), which was my first taste of New Haven pizza. We decided to try Sally’s (or Sal’s as it’s also called.. at least by me and my friends) Apizza on Wooster Street. Sally’s only downfall is that she didn’t open until 5pm on Friday, and as we had a jam-packed schedule, we needed to eat before then. So we continued down Wooster St. past Sally’s where we hit Pepe’s Pizza, which s one (if not the) most famous New Haven pizza place. Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Robin Williams, Bill Murry, Danny DeVito, and even “The Fonz” have enjoyed Pepe’s Pizza when they’ve stopped in New Haven. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for us! Check out this article to learn more about the pizza places in New Haven.

Pepe’s doesn’t have a huge amount of seating so it’s typical to have to wait to eat, but come in at 4pm on a Friday and you get your pick of seating. From our both we could see them loading pizzas into the GIANT oven.

We ordered a large pizza for three of us, knowing there would be leftovers for our fourth person (Jess) who had to work on Friday. We decided to do half cheese, half veggie, which was an awesome selection. The standard cheese side was so yummy and the veggie side was loaded with all types of veggies. They didn’t scrimp on the toppings.

They carry Foxon Park soda (which is made in Connecticut) so I had to indulge in a delicious cream soda. It just felt right. I have to say, I liked this pizza more than Modern. Don’t get me wrong, Modern was tasty but there was something in this pizza that made it really awesome. That ingredient is probably more fat (haha) but still, if you’re gonna do it, do it right.

The reason we ate so early is because we needed to leave New Haven and drive up to South Windsor for Jess and Lexy’s hockey game. That’s right, my two tiny Asian twin friends play hockey and are AMAZING at it. They are both working full-time in the medical industry until there is a major woman’s professional hockey league (which they would dominate at), in the meantime they just save lives. Yes, you could call them superheroes and that would be accurate.

I had to include photos from the game, because they played so well. The above photo is Lexy who scored 1 goal.

The above picture is Jess, who scored three goals. The overall score was 6 to 0, with the twins scoring 4 of the 6 goals! How impressive is that?!

I also need to include this photo. Lexy would be the one sitting in the penalty box (or the naughty time-out chair, as Mike and I called it). We all weren’t sure why she ended up in there (for being a hockey badass? Is that a crime?).

New Haven Part II: The Yale Center for British Art

After we finished in the Cushing Center (see post HERE) our New Haven expedition continued..

We walked around Yale some more (hoping to happen upon a secret society of course). The above picture is of the Yale Repertory Theater where many great actors have performed while honing their craft.

We also passed the Yale Art and Architecture Building (designed by Paul Rudolph in 1963). This was a nice contrast for my recent trip to Harvard where I got to see their Architecture GSD building.

We decided to pop into the Yale Center for British Art which is FREE. Their other art museum across the street is also FREE. My next visit will involve a trip to this museum. It will also involve more Yale/New Haven exploring because there is so much to see.

Photography was probably not allowed (and there were guards EVERYWHERE) but I still snagged a few shots.. cause I’m badass as you already know.

We were running tight on time, so once we explored the 4 floors of the museum it was time to move on. I enjoyed the building more than the art (designed by Louis Kahn), but I’m more of a modern art lover so I knew this wasn’t really my genre going into it.

We continued with a quick stop to the main Yale Library (very Hogwarts) and then looped back to the car. We walked through the New Haven Green where Occupy New Haven/Wall Street was in full force. These campers are in it for the long haul, and clearly New Haven Police haven’t made them move yet like in other cities. The Green has public restrooms which makes it much more sanitary than in other cities. We passed what looked like Yale student journalists interviewing members of the camp. I liked the waving flag in the campsite.