My post titles are always so…obvious. Oh well.
Tomorrow’s Friday and things are looking good for me, I’m excited for the weekend that stretches ahead of me.
This week I purchased tickets to Connecticut for a summer journey with K, KT, and J. I’m excited to get myself to the homeland, because despite my six year stint in the fabulous Midwestern town of Chicago, I’m just an East Coast, shore town girl at heart. It can’t be helped. If I had my way everything I owned would be Cape Cod Blue (which is really pretty gray) and I would have a lobster trap coffee table and starfish everywhere (I know, it’s frightening, but true).
I’m also looking forward to taking KT and J to the coast, because I like to mix up people, places, and timeframes in my life. I like a good mash up of who I am and where I’ve been. Plus, I love where they grow up, and I hope they love where I grow up too!
These are things I’m looking forward to during my trip:
1. Book Barn. I’ve been going to this place since it was just one single building. It has several buildings, cats, and millions of books now, and there is nothing better than stepping in, sampling free coffee and a donut hole and getting to the business of touching/smelling every book in the joint. I could do it for hours.
The original building
2. Lenny and Joe’s Fishtale. This place is so good. Oh man. I don’t know how to even properly explain it. They specialize in fried seafood, awesome fries, and a mean coleslaw. They also have picnic tables outside to sit at, and a carousel that I’ve never ridden. But really people, it’s mostly about the fried clams. And the sweet t-shirts that I am finally going to acquire this year.
They start you early on this stuff...
3. Zuppardi’s Apizza I grew up on this stuff, since my grandma and grandpa lived down the street from it. This is the food of the gods, I’m not kidding you. You may think you’ve had pizza, but really, everything up until this has been a lie. I have never, in the ten years since I moved out of Connecticut, come to visit and not eaten this. It would be a tragedy. It’s the first place I’ll probably take my visitors for a large “mootz” and some delicious birch beer.
You have no idea what this pizza does to me.
4. Rocky Neck State Park This is basically my favorite spot in the world. My mom used to take us every single day when we were kids, and I hated that she dragged us there, but now I would basically give one of my limbs to spend every day sitting at the beach listening to my boom box, reading Alice Hoffman, and eating sandy turkey sandwiches and handfuls of Jax. I vow to try and recreate this with my best friends this summer. If they’re lucky, I’ll try and take them crabbing, though it might be a little early for that.
What a great beach
5. Misquamicut Beach This one’s in Rhode Island, and it’s got a different vibe than Rocky Neck. It’s more crowded and touristy (just ask me about the time we lost Jennie there in the 80s–but not in front of my dad, it’s a sore spot for him), but the waves are great and the little shops everywhere crack me up. Rhode Island beaches always remind me of my childhood love and best friend Matt, so a trip to this beach brings back hysterical memories of trying to flirt and ride a boogie board at the same time. It’s not really possible, trust me.
Those waves are in prime boogie boarding shape
It would be impossible for me to really name all of the things I love about my home state, because it’s hard to quantify all of them. I love the smell of the beach, the sand that gets all over everything, the sights and sounds of all things familiar, and really feeling like I’m home. I mean, I feel home almost everywhere, but as soon as I get across the state line, I feel comfortable. Like I just found my favorite sweatshirt. And someone just gave me a pizza. And James Taylor’s playing. And my family’s all yelling at me, but in a good way. That’s what Connecticut feels like to me, and I cannot wait to get back there in the summer.