Our New Home (we have the whole first floor)
We cruised into New Haven, CT last Tuesday evening and got the keys to our apartment and immediately began unpacking our moving truck and cars which were loaded to the brim! We spent most the night moving boxes in and finding a place for them to sit until we could unpack them. The toughest part was getting my large couch in the front door, it took us about an hour of maneuvering but we finally pulled it off.
Our stuff all packed up (this isn't even all of it).
After sleeping in, we spent most of Wednesday unpacking and situating things. By the evening we were ready to get out of the house so we took in the new movie “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, which is based on a book that Maggie and I both had read. The movie was good, but as is usually the case, the book was better.
Thursday was spent doing some more unpacking and organizing things and working with the cable guy to get our cable box working. The house is set up with AT&T U-Verse for Cable and Internet and it seems to be pretty decent, although our landlord said he has had to work with them a few times to iron out issues.
In the afternoon Maggie and I took a bike ride to discover more of New Haven and to see how well it would work for her to ride her bike to Yale when school starts. We concluded the 10 minute ride probably would work at least until winter comes. On the way back to our house after the ride we stopped at Dairy Queen for a Blizzard; there’s no better treat on a hot muggy day than good old DQ!
Our goal for Friday was to check out the beaches nearby. We found that pretty much all of West Haven (which is about a mile from our house) that borders the ocean is public beach, which is awesome! We swam in the ocean and worked on our tan for a few hours before heading back to the house for dinner.
Friday night we decided to go out on the town and check out a dueling piano bar we heard about called “Keys to the City”. We had a few drinks and had fun singing along to a few songs and watching people do silly things on stage. The service was great, we even were able to score a couple chairs in the full bar with some help from the owner who was extremely helpful. We had fun but I think as far as piano bars go, I think Shout House in Minneapolis had better performers, at least as far as I can remember.
Saturday we decided to do some hiking at Sleeping Giant State Park just north of New Haven. The State of Connecticut website describes it as “Two miles of mountaintop resembling a sleeping giant give this park its name, and make it a distinguishing feature on Connecticut’s skyline.” There are a bunch of hiking trails, but to start we chose the “easy” on that would take us up to the Tower. It wasn’t exactly easy as we worked up a good sweat during our ascent. Once at the top, the tower offered some nice views of the surrounding area.
Maggie and I at the top
On our hike down we took a more adventuresome and rocky trail where we saw some cool roots that were exposed by erosion:
Cool root system
Finally, today (Sunday) we took our towels and headed to the beach again. Even though it was cloudier, it was still warm and a good opportunity to check out the beach again before we get busier with school and work.
This coming week I go back to work, only this time I will be telecommuting to work for Patterson as opposed to driving into the office. It will be interesting to see how well I like working from home.
Maggie starts Orientation Week at Yale on Tuesday where the new PA students get to meet their professors and fellow classmates and do a bunch of introductory stuff before classes start next Monday. I think we’re both looking forward to getting back into a routine after the all the events of moving/unpacking this past week!