Cute Baby Animal Video of the Day

5 Sep

Just click here and watch the video. I can’t even try to put into words how cute this is.

 

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour Drinks Heineken

30 Aug

If you’ve watched T.V. lately, you’ve had to have seen the latest Heineken commercial. While I’m not a beer drinker,–I’ll take a Stolli salad any day—I do admit they have the best commercials. Don’t believe me? Watch the Super Bowl. Doritos is really the only competition. This new Heineken commercial puts them all to shame though. For me, the star of the commercial isn’t the sexy man making the grand entrance, it’s that song. The Golden Age by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour is infectious. It’s light, fun, clinky vibe just puts a smile on your face. Color me addicted!

Come on, Irene, Rock Me Like a Hurricane

27 Aug

I have lived in Connecticut the entire 21 years and 9 months of my life–minus time college–and we have never had a hurricane. Sure, we get little storms as it tails off into the Atlantic or after it has been downgraded thanks to too much time spent over land, but never a real hurricane… until Irene.

Here in East Haven, we’re looking at the eye of the storm going right over us. (We’re in that neon pinky-purple color. dun dun DUN) At least, that’s what they told me the last time I checked. For those of you not from the area, East Haven is located along the coast line of CT. And, to make it sound worse, I can see the water from my window. Tough life? Not normally, but with a hurricane coming it just might be.

I follow New York Mayor Bloomberg on Twitter so I have been seeing how they are evacuating the city zone by zone and shutting down city transit and begging people to stay safe. It comforts me to know that the Northeast is being cautious with this storm. It is something we haven’t seen often and people could play it dumb by underestimating the power of Mother Nature and not being prepared. It is better to be prepared than to be saying “I should have…”

It’s strange, because you would think that with an impending storm that most people around here have never been exposed to and chaos breaking out at grocery stores, Wal-Marts, and gas stations I would be a little nervous, but I’m actually excited and a little anxious for her to get here.

Black outs can be fun if they don’t last for days, which I have been warned can happen. But we’re prepared. Water? check! Non-perishables? check! Flashlights and batteries? check! Plus we have tons of candles, radios, and board games. Not to mention extra company when Jaime get here. She might be crazy for evacuating an inland apartment for a seaside condo, but at least we’ll all be together.

I might be singing a different tune come tomorrow when we get the brunt of the storm, but for now, I’m a little excited. For updates on Irene’s visit to East Haven follow me on Twitter: Katie__Sullivan

Are Your Ears Ringing?

16 Aug

The old wives’ tales say that if someone is talking about you, your ears ring, and if someone is thinking about you, you get one of those little white specks on the pink of your finger nails. I have a more practical, not to mention realistic, way to figure out if someone is thinking about you. The bring you a little surprise… duh!

If someone is walking around a store, sees something, and thinks “ya know, so-and-so would really love that,” not only are they thinking about you, but, bonus, they know you pretty well too.

Yesterday, my mom stopped at Stop & Shop on her way home from work to grab stuff for me to make dinner. While I was unpacking the grocery bag, I found a pink rice krispie treat in the shape of a flip flop. Anyone who knows me knows I adore flip flops and wear them year round (What? My feet don’t like to feel confined), and my favorite color is pink. These things aren’t hard to figure out, but mom did good. It made me smile

Music Fix

16 Aug

Check out the new page “Music Fix.” Features all the music found on the blog and then some. Time to crank up the speakers!!!

Down N’ Up

15 Aug

This past Tuesday, Virginia and I headed up to Hartford’s XL Center (formerly, and according to the city’s signs still, the Civic Center) for Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale Tour featuring Nicki Minaj and Jersey Shore’s Pauly D. Minus Pauly D–I’m still not sure why he was there–it was an awesome show! Britney and Nicki are both such performers that it was an entertaining stage show as well as a concert.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Nicki Minaj before the concert. In all honesty I only liked her most recent song Super Bass and her contribution to Lil Wayne’s Knock Out. However, after seeing the many faces of Nicki and hearing some of her stuff, I’d have to say it is quite good if you like crossover genre stuff because she is everything from pop to hip hop to R&B to techno. I think what I was most astonished by was that she was a very talented singer in addition to a rapper. Just by hearing stuff on the radio I assumed she had other women singing the choruses like most rappers.

This was my third time seeing Britney. I saw her in 2000 for the Oops… I Did it Again tour in Syracuse and 2009’s Circus at Mohegan Sun. This was by far the best show she has put on. Britney seemed to be really enjoying herself, unlike Circus where it looked like she was drugged up. Not to mention she did not lip sync this time which made me, a super Britney fan, really happy. She just seemed happy and healthy and having a great time on stage like the Britney I remembered from 11 years ago. Plus she had more songs to play with now than she did on the Oops tour. I loved how she remixed mega hits like Baby One More Time and Toxic so they sounded like new songs.

Britney opened the show with a song that was only on the deluxe editions of Femme Fatale, Down N’ Up. It is such a pump up song, and totally infectious. Before Tuesday, Virginia had never heard it, but I think it’s safe to say afterwards she loved it. How safe is that to say? Virginia and I were singing it two nights later as we were walking into the Rascal Flatts show. Not only were we at the wrong concert, we were in the totally wrong genre as we sang a techno-y pop song by the ultimate pop tart wearing cowboy hats and boots. Still don’t believe me? Take a listen. I promise you’ll be singing “down n’ up and down n’ up and down n’ up and down” all day tomorrow.

Auto-tuning

15 Jul

Back in the day, which was a Wednesday (hehe. Last Dane Cook joke I swear), there was no such thing as auto-tune. Bands actually consisted of people playing music and the lead singer sang with their own voice. I know, crazy idea. However, today it seems all you hear on the radio is auto-tuning. Even singers who once never thought of it are allowing producers to change their voice.

Clearly I am totally against auto-tuning. It is what makes me thing Lady Gaga is nothing more than an overly-elaborate gimmick (yes, I know she has a music degree from NYU. Why doesn’t someone tell her to use it and make real music?) and what has made me start listening to 99.1 WPLR more than KC101, my favorite station since I knew how to work a radio.

Today I was perusing PerezHilton.com (don’t judge me) and he posted what Britney Spears’ Hold It Against Me without auto-tune. I don’t hide the fact that she is one of my favorite celebrities and I will continue to buy her music as long as she makes it, so I understand if you think I’m biased, but I don’t think she sounds that terrible. Trust me, she hits her rough spots. I almost wish the producer just had her go back and redo them until they sounded good though because the song as a whole is not too bad. When I first clicked on the link, I was terrified to what it was going to sound like. Did her multi-year smoking stint affect her voice? Had she just lost it? I am happy to report that I was plesantly suprised.

Click here to check it out

Books Can Be Better Than T.V… Seriously

11 Jul

It’s finally summer, like officially. As in, time to be outside (I should know. I have the sunburn to prove it). Being outside soaking up sun means no more being tied to the T.V. with your butt glued to the couch, less time with a video game controller, and more time enjoying the simpler things in life.

Many people, mostly my generation and younger, find reading incredibly boring, mostly because reading is associated with school. It’s a reasonable thought process because, let’s face it, being forced to read something factual and boring isn’t going to turn many people onto the idea of reading for fun. Since school is out in the summer–for us recent grads, it is over permanently–I have always found it the perfect time to read. Of course none of my summer reading was ever on those Summer Required Reading lists they gave out up until high school. As someone who gets bored very easily when not entertained, I have found that the best time to read in the summer is while lying by the pool or at the beach. I mean, you’re just laying there, what better thing can you do?     (Please don’t say sleep, because I do have that sunburn to prove you wrong).

While I’m outside, reading, if the book is super good, is just as good as T.V. In an earlier post I wrote about the Spying in High Heels series by Gemma Halliday and how great it was. A couple months later and I’m done with the series, have lended it out to friends, and just started the spin-off series. These books, as were the Gossip Girl books years ago, are like a T.V. drama for me. I finish one book like I would an episode: craving for more! Sometimes you have to wait for the next one. I used to count down the Continue reading

Rainy Day Attire

8 Jul

Not sure if it’s rainy/cloudy and icky where you are, but here it’s pretty gross outside. On days like today, it is generally hard to wake up and we all feel pretty dreary all day and just want to curl up on the couch. Well feel depressed no more! Cheer yourself up with some fashion tips. I read in Vogue a long time ago that you should wear bright colors on rainy days to avoid that lackluster feeling, but here are a bunch more from College Fashion.

25 Fashion & Style Tips

* Wear a basic pair of jeans and a tee shirt, accessorized with the hugest, boldest pair of earrings you own.

* Buy yourself something cheap and impractical at Forever 21. The cheaper and more impractical, the better – think bright pink, sequins, feathers, studs, or whatever embellishments you love. Ignore the fact that it might not last forever – have fun and live a little!

* Use neon blue or lavender eyeshadow as liner. Keep the rest of your makeup look low-key. Your eyes will really pop!

* Give yourself an at-home manicure. Paint your nails the hottest neon shade you can find (my fave: Orly’sPassion Fruit). Don’t be afraid to get caught checking your own nails out constantly. What? They look good!

* If it’s raining, ditch your standard umbrella for a kid’s umbrella – they come in fun prints and colors and are the perfect size for one person. Even better, they’re cheaper than normal ones.

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Music for the Ride Home

5 Jul

There is something relaxing about the ride home after a long summer day at the beach, or if you’re like me and Virginia the other day baking in the sun at a ballpark followed by a pack train ride.

As I was on my way home from the train station, I had on 99.1 WPLR (a classic rock station in Connecticut that I highly recommend) and Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb came on the radio. At that moment I was so tired and so just ready to collapse, and the song was so relaxing, and the sky was at that point where all the pink of the sunset had just turned into a deep blue. It was a perfect combination. Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven came on next. More perfection.

I’ve always found that the sun takes a lot out of me, even when I’m not really doing anything exhausting. So on my way home I want something relaxing. Since the other night, I’ve made a Led Zeppelin station on Pandora Radio and it is the perfect mix for a summer night ride. Mixing Led Zeppelin with “similar artists” like The Doors and The Who it can work for the ride to the beach as well as home.