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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

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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!!!

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.

A Quick Thunderstorm

24 Apr

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Alright. Alright. I know I just wrote about waking up to the sun shining being a great thing, and it is. I still hold firm to that statement. But I think there is something to be said about a quick midday thunderstorm. Maybe it is the relief that comes with the blue skies that follow.
As I hinted at before, I’m spending my Easter at Camden Yards watching the Yankees take on the Orioles. A nasty storm just rolled through here. It went from sunshine to dark thundering clouds that were shooting out lightning bolts at what seemed like every two minutes. Still I was seated in my not-under-cover seat until they kicked me out just watching the storm. (Not to mention the rain felt really good on my sunburned shoulders. I told you it was sunny before) Needless to say there was a rain delay.
Just watching this storm and the energy (no pun intended) is very humbling. You can see its power and the destruction it can do. That’s why it is always good to watch from a safe, inside location.
But out in the staircase, where they allowed me to stand, I could see the blue skies in the distance. It was relieving to know that we were going to finish this extra inning tie game.

Raindrops Keep Falling on my Roof…

13 Apr

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Raindrops

Most people find rain utterly depressing, and I agree with them… when it’s cold out. However, on days like today when it is pretty warm, I welcome rain. April showers always seem to be the most enjoyable. They aren’t needed to cool off like in the summer, and they aren’t an okay alternative to snow in the winter. There is something about laying in bed with the windows cracked and being able to just listen to the rain. It’s so relaxing.

Take Sunday night, for example. Well, okay, really early Monday morning. I woke up around 4:30 a.m. (way before my alarm was supposed to go off) and just lay in bed thinking “It’s so nice to be falling back asleep to the sound of rain.” Of course that was before I realized the sunroof in my car was open. That was a nice wake up call. But minus that fact it was super relaxing.

When it is just a little bit warm, the rain smells the best. I’m not sure why rain smells at all considering it is just water, but it always smells good in the spring. It just freshens everything up.

Buying a New CD… and I don’t mean on iTunes

29 Mar

It’s finally March 29th! Most of you are probably thinking “yeah… and?” For me and others who grew up in and still rock out to the music of the late 90’s and early 2000’s it has been an anticipated date because Britney Spears’ new CD Femme Fatale dropped today! (Can you tell I’m excited?)

I’ve been a Britney fan since …Baby One More Time came out in 1998. I’ve watched her climb the charts on TRL everyday after school and watched her crash in the tabloids, but I still love her even more because she can come back. Like Ellen said yesterday, “Britney’s back bitch!”

Needless to say I own every Britney CD (like the actual CDs with cases and everything). Since downloading music (legally and illegally) became so popular not many people buy actual CDs anymore. Billboard even has a special chart just for digital downloads. However, there are certain people, Britney being one, that I always buy the actual CD when it comes out. Typically these are people that I was buying CDs of before I started downloading music (Britney, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake and the likes… Go ahead, call me a nerd, but I still love them). So buying Britney’s new CD was a no brainer.

 Despite never being able to leave home without my iPod, I would much rather pop a CD in when I’m driving around. I feel it’s a much more authentic listening experience because you’re listening to the tracks in the order that the artist or producer wanted them to be heard

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Throwback Song… Thanks Pandora

27 Mar

When left in the hypothetical hands of the mastermind computer behind Pandora Internet Radio, my music preferences tend to pleasantly surprise me. Today, thanks to my *NSYNC and Britney Spears stations, Pandora gave me O-Town’s “All or Nothing.” Don’t remember O-Town? I doubt anyone who isn’t a twenty-something woman does. You know the show Making the Band on MTV? I know it was a few years ago, but really rack your brains. Diddy made two crappy “bands” that didn’t last more than a couple years? Ahh yea, now you’re with me. Well before Diddy took the show to MTV, Lou Pearlman (the man behind Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC) made a band on ABC. That boy band became O-Town, the not as successful competition to BSB and *NSYNC.

I had forgotten all about them! The fact that the song grabbed my attention instead of just being background noise to my thesis thought makes it today’s Song of the Day. When it came on, I found myself singing along and had to pause and go “wait a minute, what is this song I know all the words to?” (We all do that at some point) before clicking to the Pandora tab on my browser to see.

I didn’t choose it because it is this great song from the past or because it brings back these awsome memories for me to share with you, but simply because at one point or another I really appreciated this one. That one point or another was during my boy-band-crazed preteen/teenage years. So for your viewing and listening pleasure, I give you Ashley, Jacob, Trevor, Erik, and Dan’s “All or Nothing.” And just because it fits with the throwback idea, “These are the Days.”