April 2018 Round Up

You thought I forgot to write a post this week, didn’t you?? With the warmer weather quickly approaching (it was 80 degrees yesterday!) I find myself very busy on the weekends. I usually try to write on Sunday and post on Monday. The past couple of weeks I have been playing catch up with all my usual weekend errands on Sunday so I have not had time to sit down and write.  I need to find another day to post on because Monday is no longer ideal.

I really tried hard to have another no-spend month in April, but my efforts were in vain. As you saw, Walter and I had a weekend away which required spending money, and we had a few other pre-planned outings that required some swiping. However, I think I did well not spending money on things like clothes, coffee, snacks, etc.

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It feels like most of April looked this gloomy and chilly. I know we had *some* warm days, but there were a lot of days that looked like they were straight out of a horror movie. This is the New Haven Green located in downtown New Haven, which used to be a cemetery. Spooky indeed.

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Marley and I finally got to see and paint the pottery we made back in March. I was not 100% pleased with how my pieces turned out, but we all have to start somewhere. I can’t wait to book another pottery throwing session. My sister got me this as a present for Christmas, and it is one of the best gifts I have ever received. There is something special about gifting an experience rather than a material item.

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I finally went to the eye doctor to get a new prescription for glasses. I have been wearing the same lenses since 2012. I can tell I need something a little stronger– another perk of getting older. At the visit, they numbed and dilated my eyes. It was such a bizarre feeling. My eyes felt swollen and dry. Later, they were extremely sensitive to light.

On one of the nicer Saturdays, Marley and I went for a bike ride in her parents’ town. I haven’t been on an actual bike in a couple of years and even that was a flat beach ride. This day we were up and down hills. It was definitely a challenge to bike up the hills and I only had to hop off once going up hill. I was super sore for a couple of days after – ladies you know what I mean. Though I struggled a bit, I can’t wait to hop on and ride again.

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The knitting continues! In April I learned how to do a pearl stitch, so I am practicing by making a scarf. I can’t wait to finish this so I can start to work from a pattern. A couple of the ladies in my knitting group are working on sweaters. It blows my mind to think one day I could make something that difficult. There is a store called Knit in New Haven that sells the fanciest of yarns. I am itching to buy a few skeins to play with.

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We got to spend more time with new parents – Gayle and Phil, and baby Liam. We had a delicious dinner at Puerto Vallarta complete with margaritas and then went back to Gayle and Phil’s to hang out. Liam loves to be bounced. I was bouncing him on this huge medicine ball and he fell asleep. He is the absolute sweetest. I can’t wait for more hang outs with GPL (Gayle, Phil and Liam) as the weather gets nicer and we can chill on their patio.

 

Our last April activity was Sleep No More at the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea. I have been hearing about this immersive theatrical experience for almost a year now and we finally found time to go. It was the coolest thing I have ever done. The best part about going to Sleep No More is not knowing what to expect so I don’t want to say too much. What I will say are things I wish I would have known or what I think is important to know going in. The play is based on Shakespeare’s MacBeth so you might want to read up so you can follow along a little easier. I recommend finding a character(s) to follow. I did not do this and I think I really missed out. It is fun and exciting to explore solo, but you get more from the story if you follow a character. I think it’s important to stay separated from the people you came with. I noticed a lot of couples walking around together and whispering to each other. If you are alone you can fully immerse yourself in the story and won’t be sidetracked. You will also have a unique experience different from everyone else. After we got out it was interesting to hear what everyone saw. I am definitely itching to do Sleep No More again. Prices start at $120 so it isn’t something I can do every weekend, but I am desperate to go again.

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I’ll end this post with a cute picture of Teek because everyone loves a cute cat picture 🙂

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