I sat in the Taft seat!

Ladies and gentleman, meet President Taft. As you can see, the man was a giant force of life.


As such, when he came to hear Yale music department performances, the man needed a seat to fit his giant force-of-life behind! They built a chair specifically for this purpose, and it is lovingly known as the “Taft seat.” For the New Haven Symphony, we reserve it for special guests – people who sponsor a concert, have been a wonderful partner, or sometimes randomly one of our parents gets it.

I finally got a chance to check it out before our last concert this past Thursday. As far as the extremely uncomfortable ancient seats found in Woolsey Hall, I’d say that if you slapped a seat cushion on this seat, you’d probably have yourself the most comfortable seat in the house!

If any of you want to sit in this seat by donating some $$$ to the NHSO, you just let me know!!

Other notable firsts:
* I had never commuted to work for an entire week by train. Dante and I are moving in together sometime this summer and wanted to see what it would be like to live together in New London since he’s got a pretty sweet pad. I liked the commute, but no so much when the commute started…I had to be out of bed by 5:45am. For those of you who know me well, this was not an easy feat!

* I had never eaten at Krust in Middletown! Delicious! And I got to hang out with Amber and Steve AND her parents! Her mom had run 20 miles that morning. Whut.

* I had never eaten at a Yard House outside of Honolulu! When we visited Mike and Kristen in New Jersey, we ended up at one and I was STOKED!!

* I had never heard Peter and the Wolf live before! The perks of my job🙂

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I started dancing with the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance!


Listen, I know in my last post that I said that I’d be back soon. I unintentionally lied…can you ever forgive me??!  I had so many things that I had to work out that I was completely overwhelmed. I’ve recently realized how much I miss the fun that comes from doing something new and the paths that all those new things open up for you. So I’m ready to recommit myself to this blog again….albeit on a monthly basis now. And I think a leap day is a great way to post on the last day of the month!! So let’s get to it!

I danced with the Gray school of Irish Dance for about three months when I first moved back from Hawaii. It was LOVELY, but I ended up running out of both money and time when I was in my Education program. Fast forward a few years, and suddenly I have the evening time and cash to start up one of my favorite pastimes again!!

I found the Mulkerin School because they have an adult class, which is really important to me. The friendships that I made in Hawaii through our branch of An Daire were AMAAAAZING. we celebrated birthdays and fun times together all year, not just St. Pats (which was pretty vibrant in Honolulu!!)


It also happens that my boss’s daughter also dances at the same school, and she had wonderful things to say.

I started my first class at the beginning of February and loved it. I was the fifth Caitlin in the class, all spelled the same way, and the ladies that I’m dancing with are hilarious. We learn both steps and ceili dancing. Their school steps are a bit more traditional than the ones that I learned in Hono, but it’s all good and you won’t hear any complaints from me!

I don’t think my arch has suffered toooo much, but I’m looking forward to getting it back into shape!


Other notable firsts:

  • I LOVE MY JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My job is amazing. All of it.
  • I’ve never lived in Branford! I moved into a house share in December so that I could be closer to New Haven. I can’t beat the commute time!
  • I’ve never eaten so much New Haven food. I can’t even.
  • I’ve never had dental insurance before! (CRAPSKIES, I should probably start using it….)
  • I had never stayed in Storrs, CT after watching a UCONN basketball game!
  • I had never felt so old after getting cut in line by 19-year olds trying to get into a UCONN bar. I was so mad at them!!!! Grandma wanted to SIT!!!!!



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Dear Readers (aka friends….),

I’m going to take a bit of a break from here for a little while. Just have to figure a few things out.

I’ll be back soon!!!!

Thanks for all of your support🙂

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I dubbed over a Star Trek movie trailer!

My original plans for this week’s post fell through thanks to WinterWeather2015 part 94324532 dumping another few inches of lovely snow on us yesterday.  Hopefully that plan will happen sometime in the coming weeks.

So I asked Dante to help me brainstorm good ideas for the blog and he came up with this one, which immediately made me yell YAS YAS YASSSSS!!!!

I figured it would be funnier to dub over a clip that I had never seen before and had no clue what was happening in it. At first, I picked a fight scene in the Batman movie with Bain, but then I made the mistake of watching it so I had to rethink that idea.

I then remembered how I know absolutely nothing about Star Trek, and wondered what it would be like to dub over a trailer for it. THIS, friends, was the perfect choice. Prepare to be amazed over my absolute zero knowledge (besides knowing the name Spock) of all things Star Trek (also, apologies to Jennifer Morrison for confusing her with Kirsten Dunst):

We had to reverse the image because of copyright concerns (although it is kinda cool to see things backwards!!)

Other notable firsts:

* I had never been to Three Rivers before. I had another informational interview with a woman who worked there about more careers to look into at the college level. I was introduced to her by her sister who works at Conn College and was the first informational interview that I went on back in December. This sister was the 60-year old version of myself. It was pretty wild to see what I could be like in 30 years!!!

* I had never seen a video that Dante posted of me on my birthday on instagram talking about one of the books that I was currently reading. I laughed really hard!!!

* I had never forgotten to put my e-brake on and then gotten out of the car. Whoops. Luckily, a snow bank stopped it after 3 inches of rolling. That would have REALLY sucked if the snow wasn’t there!

* I had never heard of the blog 1000 Awesome Things before. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a TED talk by Neil Pasricha. The talk was included in a list of talks having to do with what to do with your life upon graduation (listen, I’ve had so many graduations that you’d think I’d know the answer to this now….). His life sounded so similar to mine, so I checked out his site and then wrote him an e-mail to thank him for the talk and letting him know how nice it is to see you’re not alone in your views on the world. He was super nice and replied back and even stopped by this blog. Sometimes life is just awesome.

* I had never helped a friend out with student loan information before. It felt good to give her all of the info that I’ve accrued over the past few months. All the tears were worth it to help someone else out!!

* I had never done hot yoga before. I did Bykram yoga when I was in Hawaii, which is a specific set of moves done at a specific temperature. But hot yoga is just any style of yoga done in a hot temperature. It was my first time practicing yoga in like 4 years, and I might have come close to falling over about 5 times, and may or may not have kicked my instructor while attempting a tripod, but it was pretty fun!!

* I had never been hired to write for a website before!! I landed a small contractor-writing job that will help bring in a few extra $$. I also now get to use all of my masters degrees. Exciting, no?! Check out my first article!


* I had never taught Dante how to make sushi before! We made it for our snowed-in Valentine’s Day dinner extravaganza🙂


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I used a snow blower!

Yes, I have lived in New England for my entire life (except for four years spent in Hawaii).

No, I had never used a snow blower until last week.

How was this possible?!! Continue reading

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I listened to a Joni Mitchell album!

Last weekend I watched Sia perform on SNL and was curious about her back story. Turns out that, like me, she has crushing performance anxiety and wears that headband over her eyes and faces away from the audience to just focus on getting through the performance (I mean, I’ve never worn a headband over my eyes, but maybe I should have tried that?!!) Continue reading

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I made a collage out of my rejection letters!

An old co-worker, Meaghan, recently posted this quote to her facebook wall:

To change habits of the mind: we must speak and act in accordance to that which we want to align….not to that which is currently present. This is what can make it so challenging. Our habit pattern, our MO, our tendency is going to feel natural and normal…but may not be how we WANT to be. This is why it is 1- a practice and 2- must be done consciously until how we wish to be becomes normal and natural.

It perfectly sums up my belief that anybody, with self-discipline and plenty of will power, can truly change anything that they want to about themselves. Continue reading

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