This past weekend my cousin received a white coat. Not just any white coat, but a very powerful white coat; one that symbolizes knowledge and dedication; one that represents her compassion and concern for others. She received her doctor’s coat.
Grandma and I were excited, and honored, that she invited us to celebrate such an exciting occasion!
I’d never been to Maine so in addition to hanging out with my cousins, I was excited to check out the city of Portland and her new digs.
(Her apartment is the cutest happiest place I’ve ever been inside. Many people may roll their eyes at the concept of a physical location having a sense of energy, but I’m a believer. There are some places that you enter, and you can’t help but feel happy and content. My cuz and her BF’s place, with it’s massive open lounge/dining/kitchen room and peaked ceiling with wood beams, is a little domesticated mountain lodge. I’m seriously considering moving in when (if) she ever has to move out. It’s my “happy place.” OH! And we had lobster rolls… it was my first ever 😮 )
The day after the ceremony Grandma, cuz and I headed to Portland’s waterfront to check out the shops and eat seafood. Literally, that’s all we wanted to do… eat seafood! We perused the most adorable independent shops and boutiques. Jewelry, fresh spices, housewares and souvenirs… everything was lovely — and had lobsters on it!
After walking as far as Grandma could, we sat her down at Portland Lobster Company, a casual waterfront seafood place, to chow down. She was in heaven. We all were, but Grandma has a special appreciation for the waterfront and seafood. (She used to do a lot of fishing, and you can tell it’s her “happy place.”)
Now the best part… our food! We all started with a soup: Lobster Bisque for Grandma, clam chowder for cuz, and Butternut Squash and Apple Cider soup in a bread bowl for me. Yeah, I don’t mess around. Cuz and I then followed it up with some of the best crab cakes I’ve ever tasted, and Grandma had a scallop roll and delicious crunchy sea-salt covered french fries. (Yeah, I ate most of those on her.)
We watched small tour boats come in and out of the port, listened to live music playing on the porch where we sat and I eye-loved a big poofy Akita that I could tell wanted me to take it home. After our Portland rendez-vous, she showed us her campus and the shoreline only a couple of miles from her house. Beautiful!
It was one of the most relaxing days I’d had in a long time. The whole trip was actually — even the interview I completed on Friday was smooth as Breyer’s.
Life has a way of always getting you what you need, when you need it, even if you don’t know you need it. We hit no traffic, spent some fun relaxing time with great family, enjoyed a new city, and ate AMAZINGLY. It was the exact break my body and brain needed from my hectic schedule. And to top it all off, we stopped on the way home in one of my latest favorite spots in New England, Providence, RI, to have brunch with my best friend. We hit up Amy’s Cafe on Wickenden St for omelets, hot apple cider and french toast covered in whipped cream and strawberries. I’ve now had two fantastic brunches in East Providence (the first was at Brickway… one more and I might pack my bags!
It was fantastic.
And the I-95 drive from New York to Maine, and back again, was not only enjoyable, it completed my cross country road trip. I’ve now driven across the entire country — Maine to Seattle — and all within the past month!
I deserve a high-five!