Visiting Home 4: The Joys of Home

To catch you up on my Connecticut trip check out Visiting Home: Getting There, Exploration and Touring Wallingford. This is the last installment of my week long trip home. It’s a hodge-podge of some of my favorite parts.

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I got to paint Grandma Gertrude’s nails one day. Gosh she’s so cute. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but it was a sparkling light pink (on of grandma’s favorite colors).

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I got in a game night with my parents. I (we) LOVE board games. Love them. We have so many because it’s one of our favorite past times. The above photo is of my favorite game (and my father’s least favorite game), Masterpiece. This board game is all about collecting and selling paintings (based off the Chicago Institutes Collection of classics).

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Another day I got to layout in the sun in our backyard (notice David Sedaris’ new book? Amazing).

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While laying out side I was being watched by a curious cat.

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My mom brought me to a place in Hamden CT called Urban Miners. I want to own a store like this. It’s filled with recycled architectural materials. Just walking around this place the creative part of my brain was freaking out. So many ideas!

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I could use this whole stack of wood. Badly.

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Another day I met up with friends and went to Hubbard Park in Meriden.

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We just laid out on the lawn like bums. It was awesome.

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Such excellent weather in the park.

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On my last night I got to see my good friends Alex and Jess play hockey (they are in a coed league). They didn’t win, but they played well and we tailgated under the stars afterword.

It was hard to say goodbye, but it was time to get back to normal life. This was a special trip home and I hope to sneak another one in before we approach 2014.

Weekend Guide Dec. 16 + 17 +18

The weekend is upon us, are you ready for it? I’m sure you’ll all be busy running around doing last minute holiday things… but check out all of these events if you can. Hopefully you got your ticket to the Sarah Silverman show at Largo tonight, because they have already sold out. I will be there, but if you are out of luck, chck out these other events instead.

FRIDAY Dec. 16th:

Olvera Street is having their holiday fair and nightly candle light procession tonight. The celebration begins at 5:30p and get ready to sing some carols (in English + Spanish) and crack some pinata’s.

If Olvera Street is too far away, and you want to stick to the valley, check out NoHo Commons Holiday Party. Check out the artwork of Cella Gallery and Rico Adair Gallery and enjoy some free beverages.

SATURDAY Dec. 17th:

This 826 LA sounds awesome. On Dec 17, the Spread The Word fundraiser is happening at the Mark Moore Gallery. Tickets are $25 and this includes listening to a set by DJ Mister Amigo and Jason Bentley as well as free beer tasting and yummy food trucks. Artwork is for sale by a bunch of awesome artists, and from what I hear it’s all at awesome prices. This is a great place to pick up a gift for that unique relative that already owns one of everything. Check it out!

At 5pm on Saturday, the 3rd Annual Santa Monica Pub Crawl is happening for charity. So get your festive gear on and get ready to drink. Tickets are $10 and get all the info online HERE. There’s even unlimited bus rides for $4. Get a team together and get ready to have some scavenger hunt/ bar crawl fun.

The Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce is putting on their Holiday Night Out this Saturday from 3-8pm. There will be family events, live music, free goodies and sales. Check out the website HERE for the full list of vendors and locations.

Cinefamily is having their 24 hour marathon fund-raising event this weekend.  Check out their full 24 hour list of events HERE. They have special guests and a ton of different types of events to choose from.

SUNDAY Dec. 18th:

Are you looking for some more holiday events to get you in the spirit? Check out Pershing Square this weekend and do some ice skating! Check their website for prices and hours HERE.

If theater is more your thing, The Santaland Diaries is having it’s last performance on Sunday at 2pm at the Stella Adler Theater. Advance tickets are $30 and student rush tickets are $30.