Playlist .04

I’m ready for a summer of dirt road, no GPS, trying to find your Airbnb in the pitch black adventures. Those adventures where you say “you can’t possibly fit that in the trunk” and “let’s see if the car makes it.” Those adventures where a good soundtrack is a necessity. Playlist .04 was compiled with both highways and backroads in mind. The track “Place We Were Made” by Maisie Peters brings me back to my hometown, while “People Need a Melody” by The Head and the Heart is a bit of a punch to the gut in its honesty. Hollow…

Best Summer Events on Aquidneck Island

It’s the first day of summer and I couldn’t be more excited. School is out, the weekend forecast looks amazing, and my calendar is booked up with adventures and old friends. Most days, I find that I’m racking my brain for things to do in the area. That being said, I’ve complied a list of summer events on Aquidneck Island that I love attending. If you’re visiting, or a local looking for a staycation, these are definitely worth your time. Newport International Polo Series I’ve been attending Newport Polo since I was a little kid. We used to tailgate in…

Postcards From Mount Washington

We started out the month of June with something that was a bit out of my comfort zone. I’ve been doing that more lately- trying things I haven’t ever done and taking chances on things that are a bit different from what I’m used to. I’m happy to report that so far, the results have been pretty great. Ryan and I will be doing a summer hike with his family up in Maine this July, so in preparation, we decided we needed to hike a real mountain. Correction, I needed to hike a real mountain (see the fact that I…

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Garden Update

Hey everyone, look at our perfect garden! … not. Although, I do have to say that as a first attempt, this garden is above and beyond what I imagined it would be. It is currently blooming bright, green, and healthy while it drinks up more water than I can keep up with. Also on the ‘can’t keep up with’ front, the weeds are killer. Literally- I’m almost certain they were choking out some of the plants at the roots before I gave some serious TLC last week. So, what’s been our greatest success? Lettuce and radishes.. who knew. We had…

Caitlin’s Kitchen: Pizza

Ryan and I observe Pizza Friday almost every Friday night to celebrate the end of the work week. It’s a fun tradition that gives us the opportunity to unwind and cook together. I joke that we seem like such ‘old people,’ as I think back on a time in my life when Friday night was the night to go out. The reality at the end of the week, however, is that we’re exhausted. Most of the time, a pizza, some wine, and a movie is the most favorable option. When it comes to pizza, we try to mix it up.…

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  • Newport, Rhode Island- known for its beaches, shops, mansions and scenic shoreline. In the summer, tourists flock down the cobblestones in waves. The streets are crowded with folks of all backgrounds, enjoying the ‘destination city’ they’ve heard so much about. ⁣⁣
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When I tell people I work in the schools here, they tell me it ‘must be nice.’ They’re always surprised when I tell them Newport is an urban district, that our population receiving free and reduced lunch is 85% and that our number of english language learners is off the charts. They don’t realize that just a few miles away from downtown are subsidized housing districts where hardworking people are living paycheck to paycheck. They don’t realize that the Preservation Society and Salve Regina University are exempt from paying property taxes, meaning it’s a constant battle getting city money for school needs. ⁣⁣
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Newport is an incredibly diverse city and as a resident, I’m challenging myself to stay informed and to inform others. Please, come visit, but also, please keep in mind that Newport is more than what meets the eye.
  • I was hired the day before school started. 180 days later, here we are. Today was fitting- the first day of summer, the last day of school. Year one and done and yet, in my head it’s still the first time I’m walking into my classroom, seeing my name on the door. This year has been so many things- exciting, challenging, heartbreaking, exhilarating... the list goes on. So, as I sit down at my computer, ready for a summer break of pool days, travel, and yes, planning for next year, I feel grateful. I feel accomplished. They tell you the first year is the hardest, but that isn’t the half of it. You only know if you’ve been there, and if you’ve been there, I raise my glass to you. Tonight, we all deserve a cold drink and a good nights sleep🍾😴
  • Take a minute for yourself. Take a breath. Put the rushing and the planning on pause and go for a walk. It’s all too easy to get caught up in life and to miss out on a spectacular moment, while waiting for the next.
  • Without really thinking, I filled up my summer calendar with planes and trains and automobiles. I’ll be unpacking and repacking, opening suitcases more frequently than dresser drawers. I’ve been bit by the travel bug for as long as I can remember. Now, however, there’s a definite part of me that’s already looking forward to being home again. There’s a lot of joy out there in the world, but there’s also a lot right here, in the little things: a good cup of coffee, clean sheets, and a sunny spot to sit.
  • In high school, my friends and I would climb up to this cliff and I would watch as they jumped into the waves below. I never had the nerve to try it myself but I liked to sit there, to take it all in. There’s something comforting about staring into immensity, about feeling like your problems aren’t as big as you make them out to be. Most of the time, it all comes down to perspective. I never felt like ‘the girl who wouldn’t jump’ but instead, ‘the girl taking metal photographs’ - a reminder that we don’t always have to fall off the edge to feel something.

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The Best Outdoor Spaces on Aquidneck Island

Sometimes, if I’m ever feeling jealous of the mountains up North or the canyons out West, I take myself to the beach. Aquidneck Island has some of the most beautiful spots in the world, in my opinion. Most days, I’m walking around saying to myself- wow, we live here. As the weather warms and we begin spending more time outside, I’ve been compiling a list of my favorite outdoor spaces on Aquidneck Island. Weather you’re looking to hike (more like walk) or run, picnic or read, there are plenty of locations for your enjoyment. The Norman Bird Sanctuary I’ve written…

Caitlin’s Confections: Brown Butter Lemon Cakes

The weather has finally taken a positive turn in New England and I am all for it. The amount of rain we got over the last month was absurd. Not only was it the only thing people could talk about, but it was also really getting people down. For me, when I’m feeling particularly dreary, I bake. Yes, that does have to do, in part, with the fact that I can stand at the open oven door afterwards. However, I find that sweet treats make a grey afternoon far better. I posted a recipe for one of my favorite confections,…

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