Sometimes I can feel a little "trapped" in Manhattan. The good thing is that there is plenty to do around here so it's not like I'm bored or feel isolated. But getting out of the city can be a hassle and sometimes not worth it in the end. After months of back to back travel, I decided to stay put for a while this summer. Besides a quick afternoon jaunt to New Jersey recently, I honestly hadn't left the city all summer. I finally got the itch to get out again. And perfect timing. GM lent me a car for a week and it is the definition of freedom in the city.
I considered getting a car in the spring, but ultimately decided against it. This is making me reconsider... being able to just go anywhere (and actually grocery shop) is really nice. The car was delivered on Friday morning and I had to quickly get over my fear of driving in the city. It actually wasn't as bad as I thought. I ended up driving around the neighborhood for about thirty minutes just trying to find a spot to park in. One thing I also discovered, I've never actually had to parallel park. They don't require it on the driving test in Florida and, while I learned with my instructor, I've never had to put it to use. Ah!
We've (aka Garrett) has been driving the Chevy Traverse and we both love it. Three rows of seats!!! Who wants a ride?!
We didn't really have plans on taking the car anywhere on Friday, but between the long weekend and actually having a car it was too tempting to not take advantage. After a failed first attempt at an adventure with Teddy in tow, we decided to go visit Garrett's friends from work who live out in Oyster Bay. A little drive around the town, "shopping" for houses, and then a picnic out by the water. I can't even describe to you how relaxing it was... just being by the water makes me feel like a new person again!
Theodore Roosevelt's home is located in Oyster Bay so we went by for a visit. Unfortunately, it's closed for renovations, but it was still nice to walk around and stretch our legs a bit.
Garrett's friends (Dale on the left and Cody on the right) volunteer for fire departments in Oyster Bay so it was really great to tour the stations and see how they're run. Garrett was happy to be back in a fire station again!
^^ Snapped from the window of the car... So beautiful! I didn't want to head back to the city. (But for spoilers on how the rest of the weekend went, check out my Instagram!)
I'm wearing: Lilly Pulitzer dress (old, here's a cute shift option though), Monogrammed Jack Rogers (c/o), Monogrammed Crossbody (c/o), Ray-Bans
PS I requested a pitstop at Target. It was heaven on earth. (I've obviously been to Target since moving here and I shop online all the time, but it was being in a Target with a car with a trunk and being able to buy everything to bring home. I FILLED that cart with everything. All kinds of groceries that are insanely expensive in the city. I had to actually rearrange and reorganize all my cabinets in my apartment because I couldn't get everything to fit. A great problem, if you ask me.