Monday, October 26, 2009

Here We Gooooo!

If I were not living here I would wonder, "Hmmm. . . I wonder what it looks like up there in Princeton, NJ. Are there aliens everywhere? Are there sky scrapers everywhere or are there just miles and miles of corn fields?" For this reason, I decided it would be a good idea if I took pictures on my way to work. So today, I finally remembered to bring my camera along. I took pictures the whole way without getting into one car accident! So here we go. . . .

We live right across from some woods and a field. At least once a week we will see deer in the field or on the outskirts of the woods. They are very comfortable around people. I mean, not comfortable enough for you to go up and pet them . . . but they don't run away if they see you.

I drive down this road for a bit (Canal Point). . . .

Then I turn onto this street (Alexander). I like going down this street early in the morning because I will likely get to see Charlie the gopher. He tends to hang out around a driveway. He doesn't know his name is Charlie, but I think it suits him/her.

I drive over this bridge. . . which goes over the canal. You can rent canoes and kayaks from here. . .we have not yet had the pleasure of doing this. The canal is forever long. . . .there is also and toe path that runs alongside it. Very very pretty. One day I will take pictures.

Then I keep driving down this road until I hit University Rd. where I take a right.

At that point I pass the "Dinky" which is the small train that takes you to the Princeton Junction Train Station. . . .from which you can go to Philly or NYC. Dinky!

As I get closer to the heart of Princeton I begin to pass Seminary and University buildings. They are all gorgeous! If you saw the last Transformers movie. . .then you saw Princeton!

I turn right onto Nassau St and head to Starbucks. I love Nassau St. It's so quaint-----yet expensive-----I can't wait to see it during Christmas~!

Part of the University.

Starbucks is right next door to this sweet looking Bavarian-esque building.

So that is how to get to the Starbucks on Nassau. Where I go about 5 days a week. Also, right around the corner is a delicious Italian restaurant called MezzaLuna.

Zach and I went here about 2 weeks ago for a nice dinner date. I had lamb and Zach had steak and it was amazing!
Right across the street from MezzaLuna is Small World Coffee.

Our friend from Saint Augustine Kevin McNeal works there (Who's wife is my good friend Rachael McNeal)! I hear they have good coffee and food. But then again. . . .so does Starbucks.

Oh and one more thing. Zach and I were going to try and make it to Delaware Water Gap this past weekend for a nice little vacation. I heard it's a great place to go and see some amazing fall foliage and waterfalls. But then we found a bed so we spent money on that instead. And here it is:

It's a sleigh bed and a queen and I absolutely love it! Oh and I put some curtain in the kitchen and hung lights! And by "curtains," I mean that I cut up an old tapestry that I made into a duvet cover a couple of years ago. I love reusing old things.

Until next time. . . miss you and love you all.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Good and Very Bad of Living in NJ

So today I had a day off from work!! Yayyy. . . . .it was somewhat relaxing, but some of it was very not-in-any-way-relaxing. Let me tell you why. . . Today was the day I went to get my new (and very much required) New Jersey state license and brand new tags for my car (because I had to).

In no way is going to the DMV ever a fun trip. There are always lines and the people who work there are never pleased to be there. On this particular day it was about 43 degrees outside, very windy, and very rainy. Not like Florida rain. . . . but like thick slanty downpoury rain (no good in any way when it's 43 degrees outside). I waited in my lines and then got my picture taken-----I am very pale now and it makes me kinda sad. After waiting in lines for my license and voters registration I bitterly handed the unhappy, very very pale lady my hard earned money and headed to the next line. Tag and registration time! At the end of this lovely line I handed over way more money for TWO tags (because you need TWO here for the front and back of your car----at first I thought she gave me one too many on accident) and a registration that feels more like a meal ticket. Very very flimsy and sad looking. Something that I would lose the first day if it not stay in my cars glove box. Hope it never gets wet because it will definitely disintegrate immediately. When I thought my trip was over I was informed that I had 15 days to get my car inspected. I said "Huh?" and then remembered that because I live in the glorious state of New Jersey it is my every-2-year duty to get my car inspected!

There was no way I was driving all the way home to come back on my next day off. Time to get in my car and wait in another line. I love my car. It's comfortable. . . very nice looking exterior and interior. Great sound system. . . .has a kazoo holder thanks to Josh Hagar. Runs really well. Even has a little computer that lets me know exactly how many miles I have left before my car runs our of gas, the air pressure of my tires, and how much life my oil has left. Oh. . . and tinted windows. However, my wonderful car still failed the inspection. Why? Because my 2 front doors have tinted windows.

Not wanting to have to deal with the tint "problem" on my next day off, I decided to take my car out to the parking lot and fix the "problem" myself. So I sat there and peeled away the beautiful tinting on my 2 front door windows. It was actually not that hard. . . however I still need to get some Goo-Gone and get off the invisible but very sticky glue that stayed on the windows. I took my car back to the inspection people and it passed this time with flying colors (Good job Saturn. . . good job).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wedding Love and Dentist Doo Doo

If I had a lot of money I would without a doubt have a wedding every year and invite all the same people . . . . plus friends I meet throughout time. Our wedding was just soooo fun and it kind of makes me sad that it's over. So I'm just saying. . . . if we ever get rich somehow, expect an invitation!

I just finished watching our wedding video. I love it and I have it all thanks to Peggy and Dane Ingram. Well, the video is courtesy of Dane. . . .but they both made it possible.

In other news. . . last night I had the misfortune of experiencing my first ever Root Canal! It was completely unplanned and no fun! Here's what happend: Like 3 years ago. . .when I still lived in a world where I was still on my parents insurance plan. . . I went to a dentist in Jacksonville. I don't remember this guys name. . .but I would never recommend him to anyone. After going through an appointment with him I was unable to chew on the left side of my mouth. After the appointment to fix that problem nothing changed.
Bada Bing Bada Boom---I'm in a lot of out-of-nowhere pain. I call a local dentist and get connected with an on-call dentist. He finally decides to meet with me at the office at 6:30pm. After a few shock tests on my teeth (worst) and an x-ray he reveals the solution to my problem: Root Canal!

An hour and a half later (a lot of full body shaking because I am scared to death of the possible pain, 2+ shots of Novacane in my gums and 2+ shots of Novacane in my roots later) I am pain free.