Hi everyone! Happy start of a new week to you. Do anything exciting this weekend? I did something pretty big: my husband and I officially moved into a new townhouse! *cue happy dance*
Our new living quarters are just a few blocks away from our old apartment, but those days seem lightyears away already even though we’ve been gone for not even 48 hours. The verdict so far: 1) We feel like we’re on vacation (doesn’t feel like ours yet/we have a deck and associate sitting on the deck with vacation) and 2) I can’t say we really miss our old place at all. Change is good, friends. Woo hoo!
We managed to do quite a bit beyond the actual move, so in the spirit of sharing my foodie and life adventures with you all, I’m sharing a brief weekend recap on the blog today. Let’s back up a bit to the start of it all.
I arrived home from work (day job = Managing Editor) around 4:30pm thanks to Summer Fridays (#rejoice). Knowing that we had a very full day ahead of us the next day, Andrew and I ordered sushi from our favorite local spot, Blue Ginger. An order of dumplings and a couple of rolls did the trick.
I’ll leave Friday night at that: the remainder was spent packing up boxes, loading up the car, and taking apart and then putting back together a dining room table (#fridaynightgoals).
Saturday morning started bright and early. I felt rather restless thinking about everything that needed to happen the following day, so I tossed and turned for most of the night. Ugh. I decided to just get up for the day around 6:45. The rest of the morning was filled with a grocery run to Trader Joe’s, a trip to Village Bagels to grab a bacon, egg + cheese bagel sandwich, and Starbucks.
Around 9:00am, the moving company we hired to help out with the heavy furniture pulled into the driveway. I found College Hunks Hauling Junk (yes, that’s really the name) while reading reviews online – turns out they do a great job, so I hired them since they had the best name! 😉 The rest of the afternoon was spent loading up the truck, packing, unpacking, and unpacking some more followed by internet set-up in the late afternoon.
We were exhausted by dinner and opted for a frozen Trader Joe’s barbecue chicken pizza (delicious!) with some side salads. After dinner, we were craving something cold and sweet (it was 90 degrees out!) and decided to go out for ice cream at Little Monkey Cafe in Stamford.
We found this cute little spot while perusing Yelp and noticed that they serve 12 flavors of Giffords famous Maine ice cream – sold! I opted for two scoops of the Maine Blueberry Tracks flavor, and OMG – it was insane! Listen to this: vanilla ice cream with a blueberry swirl and raspberry-filled dark chocolate cups. I could go for another one right now!
It was probably among the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Next on my list to try: Campfire Smores ice cream (yes, really).
The day started bright + early with a trip to Home Depot to pick up some essentials: nails to hang photos, a level…and a tropical hibiscus plant for the deck. OK, I admit the last item might have snuck in there, but I got Andrew to agree it could come home with us. It looks fabulous if I do say so myself.
The rest of the morning was spent unpacking, organizing, and organizing some more followed by smoothies for lunch in our new KitchenAid blender (yes, the theme of the weekend is 90 degrees+ weather, as you can see).
Sunday Afternoon + Night
Around 2:00pm, my parents arrived from New Jersey to visit our new place with a bottle of champagne in tow. After chatting for a bit, we packed up the car and headed to our destination for the day: Cove Beach in Stamford. It was SO nice to put my feet up for a couple of hours and soak in some sunshine after being on the go for the past few weeks and weekends.
The beach was crazy packed since it was so hot, but it was kind of fun seeing so many people out and about enjoying the weather. While there, I noted the new vendor at the concession stand: Magee’s Curbside! They sell lobster rolls, crab cakes, fruit smoothies, fresh juices, and more…this may be dangerous, especially the lobster rolls part.
After a couple of hours at the beach, the four of us piled in the car and headed out to grab a bite at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in the Harbor Point neighborhood of Stamford. Despite living in the area for 5 years, I’ve never been. Wow – I’m not sure why I waited so long! The food was fabulous + they offered a great beer menu with selections from a few local breweries – love seeing that on menus. More to come soon – I hope to share a restaurant review on the blog later this week, so stay tuned!
That about wraps up the weekend. As you can see, it was incredibly jam-packed but full of productivity, relaxation, + good eats – and it ended in brand new digs! I’m off to dive into some work before sneaking off to a Pure Barre class at lunch, then awaiting the delivery of some patio furniture for our deck. Have a good one, friends!