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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.

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!

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.

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┬ámonumental┬áday 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

“Feels Like Summer”

17 Feb

In my last post, I mentioned my “Feels Like Summer” playlist. It is perfect for those days where it is warm and sunny enough that it looks like summer even though you don’t dare open the windows for fear of freezing to death, and of course days like today where it is unusually warm.

Here are some highlights:

  • “How Good it Can Be” by The 88
  • “On the Table” by AC Newman
  • “Snow (Hey Oh)” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers (I know snow is in the title so it’s kind of ironic).
  • “Cruel Summer” by Musik (Ace of Base/Bananarama cover)
  • “The Boys of Summer” by The Ataris or Don Henley
  • “So Here We Are” by Bloc Party
  • “Daisy Duke” by Rooney
  • “That Song in My Head” by Julianne Hough
  • “Soak Up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow
  • “Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)” by Lady Gaga

“How Good it Can Be” is by far my favorite so here it is.

Remember, the music is all about how it makes you feel. This makes me feel like summer, but it doesn’t mean it makes you feel the same. So go out and make your own playlist.

Go For a Drive on a Warm Day

17 Feb

I think we all know, especially if you live in the North, how bad of a winter it has been. There’s been blizzards, feet of snow, ice, all that cold stuff all New Englanders complain about, but never move to avoid.

But today was something of a different note. Here the temperature is supposed to reach the high 40’s, maybe 50. And at home, it is supposed to be almost 60. To say this is unusual would be right, but, again, it’s New England so a weather roller coaster is not too far out of the ordinary.

I hate the cold so today was a great day to be outside. The best part of my day? Simply going for a drive.

Going for a long drive with the sunroof open, my sunglasses on, and my “Feels Like Summer” playlist (See “Feels Like Summer” post for highlights from the playlist) blasting through the car speakers took priority over any homework I had to do job I had to be at. Continue reading