Jul 30, 2012

So...I've been slacking.

I don't know what has gotten into me this month (or really the last few months), but my blogging has been on a major back burner. During the month of July I wrote a measly 7 posts....which in my opinion is weak. I have plenty of information to share with you like the day I spent at Coney Island or the time the bus driver decided he was just not going to stop at any of the stops, or the fact that I moved AGAIN this month, or how much my new neighborhood rocks, or I could share with you how much I hate the way a lot of people dress (or don't dress) during the Summer. I might want to tell you that the job hunt is still happening and I'm crossing all fingers/toes that I get a teaching job this school year. I have also moved on from the addiction I had to Draw Something and am now a Templerun fanatic. I might write about the fact that Ryan Lochte went to my high school and my University. I kinda want to share with you the story of how I bruised both of my knees on the way to the laundromat the other day. I also found out that you can cook for an entire month without ever opening the stove, I could share those recipes and I could recap my birthday or lack thereof.

Basically, there is plenty I could write about, but instead I come home from work, find myself catching up on some TV, and then going to sleep. I am really aiming to do better next month, like 10 more posts better.

Jul 26, 2012

It's OK Thursday - Birthday Edition


Its Ok Thursdays


It's OK Thursday is one of my favorite link-ups but I have been slacking lately. I'm back today and it's special because today I turn 25!


It's OK...

to want to tell everyone it's your birthday. It's the one day that is all about you and I want to feel special.

that I painted my nails with glitter just for this week.

to still not know what day it is after Firefly. (except I now know it's Thursday or this link-up wouldn't be right.)

to love my new neighborhood and finally be almost settled.

that I still have no idea what I'm doing about a job next school year. Let's hope it works out.

to wear flip flops everyday during the Summer. (except I have a flip-flop tan.)

to have the urge to bake cookies, frost cakes and blow out candles.

to want someone to go to the laundromat for me.

that turkey burgers from Trader Joe's are my current favorite go-to meal.

to not understand why some friends choose to act the way they do. It's life and sometimes it's not meant to last.

that my birthday party is not scheduled until August 10th because I was too busy the next two weekends.

to be happy that I got a Thursday post written in time for the link-up.


that even though I was in the city last year for my birthday, this feels like the first birthday in the city because I actually know people.

that tomorrow is Friday.




Firefly Music Festival 2012


Last weekend was one of those weekends where you have so much fun that you can't possible put down everything into words and have it sound as fun to those reading the words, but I will try anyways.

This past weekend was the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. My friend Jenny, her cousin Jacob and myself decided to make the journey and attend the inaugural festival. We knew it had an amazing lineup, we knew we had a plot of ground for a tent, and we knew that we needed a buddy system. Other then that, we went in with not a whole lot of expectations. There were rumors floating online, but since it was the first festival no one really knew what security would be like, how strictly the acts would adhere to the schedule, or if there would be decent priced food, etc.
Friday 10:00am -We loaded up the car (quickly and unorganized) and headed out of the rainy dreary Manhattan towards Delaware!

  We made a pit stop in Jersey to buy some forgotten goods (aka a sweatshirt) and repack the car since there was no rain when we stopped.

Heading over the Delaware Memorial Bridge! 


Our trusty passenger, preparing for the weekend.


Dover Downs Stadium. We may have missed the exit and had to ask for directions. 

Wristbands secured for the weekend. It's like we're superheros.
4:30ish - Tent up, car somewhat organized, rain still falling, ready to head into the festival.

The entrance on Friday.


We stopped by the John Legend set.
We headed to Walk The Moon. They were fabulous! If and when they come through New York I definitely want to see them again.

The would be the Silversun Pickups (aka Jenny's favorite band EVAH) She may have made her way to the center of the crowd in the first few rows while Jacob and I wen tin search of food.

Friday night's headliner was Jack White. Apparantly, none of us took pictures of him. It was sorta rainy during his set and his sound messed up in the first few minutes, but after a brief temper tantrum that involved sitting down and throwing his boot iff, his show was good. This is officially the second time I've seen Jack White live and he has thrown a temper tantrum both times. Maybe it's his thing.

Then we headed back to camp. It was about a 25 minute walk from the festival to the campsite and I expected the party to be much louder and crazier then it was. People were pretty tame Friday night, but it was rainy and freezing!

Saturday begin with an epic band and ended on a super high note: 

Imagine Dragons - I have a lot of pics of them because they were who I was most excited about and they delivered. I love that they are so new to the scene and they were super humble about their music and support from fans. I want to see these guys again too! 



Just hanging out between sets. Jake and I were twins with our striped shirts. #FFFF






This guy may have had too much fun, too early.

This is Trampled By Turtles, I liked them a lot and they have a folky sound to them. Saturday also brought Awolnation, Cake, and Grouplove, The Cold War Kids.

Saturday night's headliner was The Killers. Going into the festival I didn't think I was a big fan of theirs, but I soon learned that I knew everyone of their songs, but just didn't realize it was them. The show was phenomenal. They had fireworks, confetti, an amazing set list, and good showmanship. I was really impressed with them and they didn't throw temper tantrums.




On Sunday, we started the day with showers (we had to pay $5), a trip to McDonald's (we walked hoping to secure an outlet to charge our phones). The day had such a good line-up that we forgot to take some pictures. This is Death Cab for Cutie.

 We also saw: Penguin Police, Girl Talk, The Head and The Heart, Reptar, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Tinie Tempah. A few times we split up to watch conflicting sets, but the schedule was pretty great the whole weekend. 
Sunday's headliner was The Black Keys. Considering it's only 2 guys, they were also pretty awesome. I liked them more than Jack White, but not quite as much as The Killers.


They had a disco ball drop from the stage ceiling and when the lights shined on it, it appeared to be FIREFLIES! Clever event planners!





After The Black Keys, we made our final trek to camp with 30,000 of our closest friends.

Monday morning involved lots of cleaning up, tearing down, and repacking. This is my least favorite part of camping. During this part of our morning it was mentioned that we should make our way to a fast food joint that we don;t have in the city. Sonic and Chick-fil-a were mentioned.

Success! As we were driving we hit an intersection with both a Sonic and a Chick-fil-a, so we hit both up because when on a road trip, eat like it.

Overall, the weekend was awesome. We had fun, listened to some amazing music, and I experienced a music festival which I never imagined myself doing. I liked camping (we will camp again next year, even if Jenny thinks she is getting a hotel), I would totally pay to take a shower again, and I thought you could tell that the organizers had spent a lot of time planning out the festival. The maps and schedules were great, the food was decently priced (for us New Yorkers anyways), the cooling down stations were pumping cold air, and the music was fantastic. I am excited to see the line-up for next year because I would like to go again. If for some reason that doesn't happen, I can always say that I went to the very first Firefly Music Festival.

Not everything was birds and rainbows...later this week I'll post about the things that I didn't like so much.