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Starting a New Adventure

30 Apr

School nearing an end means the end of, or at least a break from, educational reading. No more falling asleep on text books at 2 in the morning. No more looking up definitions for those big words–cough science majors. It is time to jump into a book you actually want to read.

Starting a new book is kind of like starting a new adventure. It allows you to jump into a world you wouldn’t normally, or maybe you would, experience. The new world becomes a distraction (No one bring up Radway…) from the everyday.

Recently, I’ve discovered my new favorite “world” in Gemma Halliday’s Spying in High Heels. Yea, most guys probably wouldn’t go for this one, but it was 99 cents on my Nook so I gave it a shot. Thank God I did. I am now addicted to the series, having just finished the second book this morning. What woman wouldn’t want to jump into the world of Maddie Springer, children’s shoe designer/fashion-obsessed/accidental detective? And considering it is written in first person, and this person is exactly like me, it is a super fast read. Check it out on Barnes and Noble.

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Need to Smile?

30 Apr

Ever see something so ridiculous that you could do nothing but smile and shake your head? Love that feeling? Then look no further than today’s big event: The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Yes, today was the big day for the happy couple. Kate looked beautiful in her classy, totally-royal-wedding-appropriate, Alexander McQueen gown. However, I cannot say the same about some of the on-lookers. While many of them were dressed nicely, it was their hats that stood out… maybe a little too much.

As I caught glimpses here and there of the wedding guests (yes, just glimpses. The thing came on at 4am! A girl’s got to sleep ya know) I was looking–attempting to look might be a better term–at what they were wearing, ya know, for future reference when my invitation to the next royal wedding comes. However, I found my self gawking–and not in a good way–at what some of these women were wearing on their heads! Baffled! “What were they thinking?” doesn’t begin to cover it!

Check out the collage below for some of the highlights. Princess Beatrice’s reindeer-inspired (that’s the nicer comparison floating around the Internet) is my favorite.

See the full size collage here.

Catching a Foul Ball

24 Apr

Catching a ball at a major league game is something every fan hopes for. Little kids bring their gloves on the off-chance that one might come their way. Grown men wrestle in the stands as one bounces off the plastic seats. Getting a ball is such a rare occasion that for most (except for that guy that caught home run balls three nights in a row a couple years back) that it could be considered once in a lifetime.

At last night’s Orioles game, I caught my first foul ball. By “caught” I mean it bounced all over my section and landed under my seat, but once I got it I was not letting it go. It’s the first time I have gotten a ball not in batting practice, (in batting practice the pitchers catching fly balls in the outfield tend to throw a bunch to the fans) so I was super excited.

Waking Up to the Sun Shining

24 Apr

Waking up and seeing the sun shining bright outside the window is something most of us take for granted. It seems lately that we almost always expect it to be sunny (except maybe if you live in Newport where all it seems to do is rain) and anything else–clouds, rain, etc–is a let down. Anything but sun puts us in a bad mood for at least the morning if not the whole day. I don’t know about you, but when it isn’t sunny outside I can’t usually get up enough energy to do more than go through the motions of my day.

I went away for the long weekend and today, the last day of my vacation, is the only day that the sun has been out when I woke up. In DC it was drizzly everyday and the clouds looming in the sky everyday did not make me super excited about walking around the mall. The sun finally came out yesterday afternoon and has been beaming ever since (well except at night when it’s supposed to be dark out). And today is looking even better than yesterday.

I woke up to the sun shining and ready to take on a gorgeous 80 degree day in Baltimore.

Happy Easter everybody!

A Favorite Song

24 Apr

With over 8,000 songs on my iPod, it is hard to pick just one favorite song, but there comes a point when I catch myself liking a song no matter who is singing it that I know it is the one. This song is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Whether in the deep voice of Leonard Cohen, the raspy voice of Jon Bon Jovi, or the soft voice of Kate Voegele as soon as I hear that first line “I’ve heard there was a sacred chord” come on it is like my mind is just at ease because the song is just so relaxing. However, it is almost ironic that I find it relaxing because the song is filled with so much emotion no matter who is singing it. Cohen just wrote so much emotion into the words it is hard no to empathize pain of heartbreak when listening to it.

I invite you to listen to a few different versions below to get a better grip on what I mean.

A Bottle of Water

27 Mar

Yes, we all need water to survive so clearly a bottle of water is something that gets us through the day, BUT really think about it. How refreshing is a cold bottle of Poland Springs? (Or whatever your favorite brand is) Whether you have just left the gym or are reaching for water to cure that Sunday morning hang over water just hits the spot.

Surprisingly, it even makes for a good procrastination tool. As I’m sitting in the library attempting to work on the rough draft of my senior thesis, my bottle of water is serving as a nice break when that twinge of writer’s block kicks in. Whenever I come to a pause, or don’t know how to start the next paragraph I just reach for a sip. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying water is the cure to writer’s block, because I haven’t really found anything inspiring in the bottom of the plastic bottle, but it does occupy my hands when I know they should be typing away.

I also find water to be a mind trick/comfort when eating. I hate to admit this, but I like to pretend that if I have a minor binge eating day, drinking mass amounts of water will flush the food through my body faster so the calories don’t count. I know I sound like Izzie Stevens in Grey’s Anatomy when she says she thinks that is no one sees her eat a stick of butter then it doesn’t count, but whatever helps get me through right? Everything is okay when justifiable… okay maybe no everything… Don’t judge me just go drink some water.

Coming Home

22 Mar

Many people long for a vacation. We all sit at our desks with out heads in La-La-Land daydreaming about laying on a beach somewhere warm. At least that’s usually where my mind is, especially after this winter. And sure vacation is nice. Okay, vacation is usually amazing. But what about how good it feels to come home.

I love coming home to my own bed. There’s just something about that worn in spot that is so comforting. Hotel beds are usually nice, ya know, if you don’t stay at the Cockroach Inn, but there is nothing like curling up under your own blankets.

When children are little their beds are their safe places. It is where they hide under the covers from the monsters in their closets and when they have nightmares. Your own bed offers a certain comfort from the outside world and gives this feeling that you can finally be at peace and really get a good night’s sleep.

Live Music

6 Mar

Maybe it is because I am a music fanatic, or maybe it is because I just love to dance and sing along, but there is nothing better than live music. Be it a cover band, karaoke, or the real thing live on tour, the atmosphere live music offers is always energizing and fun.
When I’ve had a bad day, walking into a bar and stumbling upon a band/person playing will always cheer me up. Since the people that play at bars aren’t typically very good they always welcome the audience to sing along. What is better than belting out a chorus of “Don’t Stop Believin'” with your best friends at your local bar? Sure you could do it when the DJ plays or when it comes on the radio, but there’s something so much more to it when it is live. Seeing the music being played right in front of you allows you to really feel it. You can see the emotion in the lead singer’s face (if they are any kind of showman that is).
So if you’re going out this weekend or next, consider ditching the same old for something a little more energizing and fun. As Dane Cook said just “dance it out” and sing it out too. Go find live music and just enjoy yourself.

Side note: If you are in the Connecticut area, I highly recommend going to Margaritaville at Mohegan Sun on Saturday night. Great live band playing all of your favorite 90’s music.

Anticipation

5 Mar

Many people say they get antsy when they are waiting for something to come–a package, an event, a visitor, etc–but it is that feeling of anticipation that makes it all worth it. If something is not worth anticipating, how great can it really be?

Knowing that something exciting is only days away helps get us through the sludge of work and responsibilities that come before it. (After all, this is what the blog is about).

For the last 38 days I have had 2 countdowns going on the homescreen of my phone (thanks to the Countdown Widget from the Droid App Market): one for the day I leave for Florida, and the other for tomorrow, the Bon Jovi concert. A minimum of 38 days of anticipation have all led up to this weekend.

The anticipation that has been building for those 38 days has been the driving force that has gotten me motivated to do homework, work work, and push harder at the gym (Florida’s beaches and bathing suits may be the direct cause of that last one). I feel without something to look forward to the mundane would seem just, well, mundane and boring. Anticipating something great will at least distract long enough to get through what has to get done so that the fun can begin.

So go pick something exciting coming up in your future and build it up in your head so that you can’t wait to do it. And if you don’t think you have anything exciting coming up, make it happen. Call up and friend and make plans to get together, or pick a specific date to go make that big purchase you’ve been saving up forward. I promise, having something to look forward to will make all the stuff you have to do while waiting totally worth it, almost like you paid your dues for this great ending.

The Beginning of Spring

26 Feb

The moment you realize that spring is about to, well, spring is one of the best moments of the year in my opinion. It gives this sense that there is hope that the snow will end and you will be able to go outside in shorts again (not just to the gym) and it will be sociably acceptable.

Of course this moment of realization is different for everyone in timing and what triggers it. For my mom, it is seeing the first Crocus pop out of the ground. For my roommate, it was the sun still being up past six o’clock. For me, today was the day. Why you might ask. Today was the first Yankees spring training game. Being a huge Yankee (and baseball in general) fan, this is a monumental day every year. The journey to 28 has officially begun.

For those of you who are not into baseball or sports let me fill you in on why baseball=spring:

  • It is called spring training for a reason even if it does start in February
  • Just being able to watch them play in Florida or Arizona makes you feel warmer
  • The warm memories of summers past sitting in the stands at the Stadium fill your mind
  • They are the “Boys of Summer” after all

It also helps that today was a rather warm day in Newport (and by warm I mean I think it hit 40 degrees) and I’m only 14 days away from joining the Yankees in Tampa