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New Haven Turkey

This exchange happened at about 9 am Sunday morning after I was awoken by two loud turkey gobbles:

Aaron: is it just me, or did you hear a turkey gobbling?

Maggie: (who was studying at the time): I definitely did not hear a turkey. (gives strange look)

Aaron: Okay. (Shrugs and leaves)

Aaron: (5 secs later) Come quick, there’s a turkey walking through the courtyard!

And here’s the evidence:

Strutting through the courtyard

Checking out the fire pit

Walking Down the Sidewalk

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What we’ve been up to since arriving in New Haven

Our New Home (we have the whole first floor)

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).

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.

The Ocean

The Ocean

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.

The Tower

The Tower

Maggie and I at the top

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

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!

Best service ever!

Maggie and I started our journey to New Haven, Connecticut today, leaving the Twin Cities about noon with our Penske truck and cars loaded to the brim.  We made it to Rockford, IL before calling it a day and finding a hotel.  Before we did though, we stopped at the Ruby Tuesday just off the interstate near Rockford for dinner.  It wasn’t very busy but it was taking a while for my burger to come (Maggie had the salad bar) so the waitress offered me a free pass at the salad bar, but I wasn’t really that hungry to begin with and wanted to save my appetite for the burger.  Finally the burger came and the manager personally delivered it to our table and comped our entire meal!  I’ve been offered discounts and free deserts before for slow service, but this is the first time it was entirely comped.  It really wasn’t a big inconvenience to have my burger come a bit late, but getting it comped was worth it for having to wait a few extra minutes.  Having this done for us was a nice surprise considering how stingy and how poor the service is at many of national resteraunt chains.

New Haven here we come!

One week from today Maggie and I will be picking up a Penske 16′ truck and tow dolly and start packing all of our belongings into it in preparation to move to New Haven, CT for her to attend Yale University and study to become a Physician Assistant.

After spending one last night friends on Saturday at Chris and Melissa’s wedding, we will push off for New Haven on Sunday in the Penske truck, pulling my Maxima with Maggie in line driving her Saturn Ion (nick-named Tow-to).  We expect it to take two and a half to three days to get there, since we’ll be towing all our stuff and the moving truck doesn’t have cruise control, so we’ll probably be taking plenty of breaks to rest legs and to fuel up (I’m not excited about the reported 10 mpg they say the truck will get).

We’ve already started the packing and cleaning and preparing to move, but this next week we’ll be even busier putting the finishing touches on packing and with seeing friends one last time before we go.

I’m excited for this new adventure to begin, it’s been a long time in the making!  Stay tuned for updates from our new adventure!

New Haven here we come!

New Haven here we come!

We’re Engaged!!!

That’s right, I asked Maggie to marry me!  Last week we were on a road trip to New Haven, CT, where Maggie and I will be living while she is attending Yale, with the goal of finding an apartment for us to move into in August.  I was looking for the perfect moment to ask her to marry me and give her the ring I had picked out (with some input on the style from her) on our trip, but during the first few days in New Haven I couldn’t find a great setting since it was kind of rainy and gloomy the few days we were there.

Maggie and I after I proposed.

Maggie and I after I proposed.

We found an apartment we loved and finalized it on Wednesday morning and then headed to Philadelphia for the rest of the day to see the historic sights.  Thursday we drove all day to just outside of Chicago, with intentions of possibly finding tickets to the Twins vs Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field on Friday.  So we drove to Chicago Friday morning and it was a beautiful sunny day (unlike most the others on our trip) and we were early so we stopped at Millennium park.  My hope was to find a picturesque scene to propose to her since we had had a lot of time before the game started.  Eventually I found a nice bench in the flower garden where I asked her to marry me and gave her the ring.  She said YES!  She was surprised, that’s for sure!  She said she thought I might do it on the trip but by that point I think she figured I would wait until back in MN.  I had the ring in my pocket the whole trip waiting for the right moment, and luckily it came!!

The ring!

The ring!

Afterward we walked around the shoreline and then spent the rest of the afternoon at the Twins/Cubs game (the Twins won 7-4) before driving to Eau Claire to sleep for the night and visit my parents and tell them the news, show them the ring, etc…

Twins @ Cubs at Wrigley

Twins @ Cubs at Wrigley

We haven’t set a date yet since we have to see how her schedule at school looks for the next year or two.  I can’t wait to see where the future takes us!