Car Shows and Furniture Hunting

As I’m getting increasingly settled in Boston, I’m trying to find balance between fun playtime activities and all the logistical stuff that needs to get taken care of after a move. Lucky for me, a lot of the logistics stuff has turned out to be pretty fun too.

To start…a trip to a car show! No, this was in no way part of moving logistics since I am not in the market for an extremely expensive classic car. But it was fun! Throughout the summer, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline has been hosting car shows. Each week, there is a different theme and cars are displayed on the museum’s lawn. Noah likes cars and I like it when he tells me things about cars, so we went to an Italian car show there!

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There sure were a lot of cars! There was a whole section of Ferraris that seemed to be getting a lot of attention…

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I recognized the name of this car right away from doing crosswords…

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I was interested in the crazy door action on this car, but Noah said he prefers a more classic look:

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There were a lot of Fiats at the show as well, but this one caught our eye in particular:

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This car was built for Gianni Agnelli, the chairman of Fiat. The car was designed because Agnelli wanted a car that he could carry aboard his yacht, so he needed something small, light, and that could be easier lowered off the boat and used for transportation on land. This car – a Fiat Jolly – was the result, and less than 400 were made between 1958 and 1969! They were sold only briefly in the U.S., so they are very rare here. Check out the inside!:

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We also went furniture shopping! This was, obviously, a matter of necessity (#no furniture #movingin5days), but it ended up being a lot of fun. 🙂 We went to two stores (so far), but we’re planning on going to at least a couple more places before making a decision. For this shopping excursion, we ventured out to Natick because there were two big furniture places we wanted to check out there: Bob’s and Jordan’s.

We went to Bob’s first and spent about an hour sitting on various couches and asking sales people information about delivery, fees, etc.

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Bob’s had some stuff I really liked (especially this extra wide chair that was soooo comfortable)…

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…but there was also some stuff that was pretty gaudy. Leather couches with cupholders? No, thank you.

Jordan’s, however, was quite the experience. First of all, the store is on top of a big hill that seems to overlook the rest of the town, so even when we were at Bob’s, Jordan’s was literally looming over us. When we made our way up the hill to go to the store, even the outside was way beyond expectation. It kept going…

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and going….

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and going….

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Noah said it best, “This is the Taj Mahal of furniture stores.”

Inside, there were more surprises:

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What is that?!?! 

It seems as though the inside of this Jordan’s has a New Orleans theme. And an IMAX Theater. And an escalator where paintings of paparazzi “take” your picture (complete with camera flashes and shouting). No big deal.

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After the initial shock of our surroundings, we looked around at furniture. That endeavor, however, proved to be no less overstimulating.

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Wow – what a store. The search for furniture continues, but I think it’s pretty likely we’re going to return to Jordan’s furniture warehouse (cheaper priced furniture) for a couch. Stay tuned!

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Roasted Veggies and an Emergency Rescue

I’ve gotten in the habit of making batches of veggies, rice, potatoes, etc. at the beginning of each week to use for lunches and dinners over the next several days. This week I made roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes. For the brussel sprouts, I chopped them in half and tossed with some coconut oil and cinnamon…

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…then roasted at 375° for 30 minutes.

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For the sweet potatoes, I sliced them and tossed with olive oil, curry, turmeric, and cumin…

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… and roasted at 375° for 45 minutes:

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The baking was definitely a success. After the food was done, I received a call from my roommate. Her car had unfortunately broken down and she was stranded in the middle of the road waiting for a AAA tow truck. I quickly transformed from cooking-mode to rescue mission-mode when I went to find her. Since her car had broken down, the heat wasn’t working and it was cold! I pulled car up behind hers, put my hazard lights on, and we waited for the AAA man to come.

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it’s dead!

It took a while, but finally the AAA tow truck arrived! Here’s the man attaching chains to the bottom of the car to pull it up onto the tow:

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He borrowed my roommate’s keys to put the car in neutral and allow it to move forward. There was a slight mishap though when….

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uh-oh, I’m locked out!

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good thing I work for AAA and have a special tool to get into locked cars

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problem solved

How appropriate that this disaster would be prolonged. Finally, the car was brought onto the tow truck and we went home!

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Moral of the story: it’s good to have AAA!