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08
May
11

Day 3: Touristy in London

Another day of sightseeing under our belts. Went to Tower of London and saw the castle. The tour guide was a complete riot. Got some video of him that I will post later 🙂 For now, some photos:

The castle even had a moat. It was full of grass by now, but I thought it was cool. Turns out this was the place were Anne Boelyn is buried as well…. And everyone knows how much I loved The Other Boelyn girl, lol.

We also went into the chapel, and saw the Crown Jewels as well, but we were not allowed to take photos. Talk about bling that would but these rappers to shame! So ornately beautiful.

We did walk around the grounds a bit and saw this:

And this:

Man those crows are huge! I didn’t realize how big they are until I saw them next to a pigeon… Holy crap. Lol.

After a while, we went up into one of the towers and saw some graffiti:

And I peeked out of where the archers would have been while protecting the castle:

After that Meghan took a lil tiger snooze on a bench…. Not really. But she did take a break on a bench while I went into another tower to see the armor and weapons.

And this was my face after coming out:

Slightly unenthused… You know why? Because this man inside who was old enough to be my dad hit on me. In London! My plague has followed me across the pond. Seriously? Does my face just scream for only old men to come talk to me? Agh I give up! Lol.

After that we were ready to go home. Stopping for another Magnum ice cream…. Nom… We walked to the tube station. Planning on going out to a nearby pub in Kennington. There are so many line cancellations we thought it would be safer to stay local.

Not holding my breath for any hot guys to come up to me…lol. Such a fail.

Til next time,
-L

07
May
11

Day 2: Clumsy in London

I don’t know what it is, but so far Meghan and I have tripped and fallen twice and I nearly twisted my ankle 2 times. Is it the London air? I’m never this clumsy. I think the fates are conspiring against me to look as uncool as possible so I don’t attract any hot guys. FML.

Anyhow, today sightseeing! Oxford Street was like a posh LA I suppose. This is also where I fell mind you. In the middle of a crowd. So suave? Lol.

No I didn’t buy anything… Gotta save for more food and record stores aghhh! Speaking of food, Meg and I saw this little street vendor place where I got these:

Those are my Justin Vernon shades…lol. Long story. We then stopped at an italian restaurant. I got shrimp spaghetti, Meghan, a salad. We both got dessert: tiramisu for her, Chocolate mousse for me. All delicious! I haven’t had one bad meal since I got here.

More sightseeing.. Piccadilly Circus, and Trafalgar Square 🙂

Yea I know there’s dust on my lens, forgot to clean it before it left. But there was a “free hugs” guy in Trafalgar Square! Had to partake in that 😉

Then onto Westminster Abbey and The Eye. Big Ben… Yeah! We totally stuck around to hear the “bongs” too. Haha.

Now mind you they sell those “Magnum” ice cream bars all over the place here. So far I’ve had 2. I plan on having more. So decadently delicious. Hope they sell them around my house when I return because I don’t think I could live without them at this point.

So right now we are relaxing for a bit before heading out to a pub that Chris suggested, and hopefully catch some music.

Til next time…
-L

06
May
11

London… Day 1

It started off innocently enough. Flight went smoothly, dinner service was great. They even had “Killing Bono” as a movie option on the flight. But it couldn’t have continued this way if course….

It just so happens that I managed to buy the only sim card that doesn’t come preloaded with credit, and they didn’t sell any top up card for that carrier..boo. So for now, still phone less.

Then Meghan. Couldn’t find her at the airport for 3 hours,lol. Apparently we were so worried about planning out itinerary we forgot to plan where we would meet. Doh! Then after sitting on a hot tube ride (seriously London? No AC?) we finally made it to Kennington. Meghan and I were so hot and tired we both just laid down on the bed, but not for long because we had reservations at the Royal Court Cafe for 5:45 dinner. Quick shower and a change of clothes later, we were in a cab and the way over.

I was freaking out in the car because we passed by The Eye, and this:

Look at all that lovely architecture! Nom nom! More of that later when we actually go out sightseeing this weekend.

So finally made it to dinner. I had a lamb burger with a mint sauce and some sautéed potatos, Meghan had some delicious ham thing with chutney and relishes.. Then onto Wastwater.

Wastwater is a play which stars Tom Sturridge as Harry. The play was split into 3 parts: Harry explaining to his foster mom the reasons why he desperately needs to flee town, Mark and Lisa – 2 married (not to each other) adults meeting in a hotel room for a tryst, which turns out to be a lot more than he bargained for, and finally Jonathan who somehow wanted to buy a little Vietnamese child. Yea, Meghan and I couldn’t figure out how the last act related to the 1st two. The 2nd did tie in why Harry wanted so desperately to leave though. Overall, Meghan and I did enjoy the 1st 2 acts the most. Tom shines at being a very awkward character…not as aloof and childlike as his character in Waiting for Forever, but still an strong undercurrent of whimsy that makes him perfect for these roles. The woman who plays his foster mum Frieda, also had a strong presence. Her overprotectiveness of Harry adding to the urgency of why he does need to leave. Loved the male actor in the 2nd act though. He was funny and also rather attractive…Win! Also, this act was far more raunchy and sexual which is right up my alley…tawhaw! Kidding! The 3rd act had me feeling a bit like “what is happening here?”… Not much else to say on that front.

Which brings us to the awkward after show bumping into Tom on the street. I swear we weren’t following him, but as we rounded the corner he was just standing there on the phone so Meghan and I decided to say hello and let him know we enjoyed his performance. He looked a bit bewildered, but from by the way he was casually strolling round, not too many folks come up to him on the sidewalk I suppose,lol. No pics, just a short and sweet convo, then we got on the tube home.

But not before I stopped at the store and got some water, and these:

I refuse to leave London without trying the prawn cocktail and roast chicken chips. Oops i mean crisps…smh. Not for nothing, but the prawn ones were damn tasty! We need those in the states. Leaving the roast chicken ones for tomorrow.

And that’s day 1 folks. I promise more interesting things tomorrow once I’m on London time and i’m not rushing everywhere. So far I have to say this is a really cool city. Haven’t felt this relaxed in years. I don’t think anywhere compares to the constant grind and stress of New York though. And the hot guy ratio here is pretty high, not even kidding.

Til tomorrow 🙂

-L

25
Apr
11

Visions of JellyBabies…

Ohhhh k. So here’s the first blog entry from the iPad. Takes some getting used to, but I’ll get the hang of it soon enough.

London. The final frontier. Not really, just wanted to say that,ha! I made a decision to chronicle my time there, Paris and Brighton so that I will never forget it. I think you could consider this a milestone. My first time out of the US, my shiny new passport just begging for a stamp. I’m beyond excited! Looking forward to all the new sights, sounds, smells and accents to bombard my senses. Haha.

While I’m testing this app out, might as well test this photo feature too….

If that’s any indication, Sofarsounds is on the agenda while I’m away as well. Cannot wait to see the talent across the pond.

Well I guess that’s all for now… Next post soon!

L

30
Mar
10

29 on 29.

Heyyyy!! Miss me much? Yes, I know… I know.. I’ve kind of abandoned my blog after 2009 came and went. Truth be told, I had to buckle down and find a job. No more lollygagging. It was really sad how nonchalant I was about the whole unemployed thing anyway. I waited til the last month of benefits to seriously begin looking.

But…. I got lucky and I did find a job!! I work as a Campaign Manager for a global internet search marketing company. I know you’re thinking.. blah.. blah what? Huh? Well to explain in a nutshell, say Sony wants to advertise their new BFT line of televisions – BFT stands for “Big Fucking TV’s” (duh). Anyway, they need to run an ad campaign right? So they come to us. We have ad space on a shitton of websites. So Sony comes in and drops $500,000 for space on our network of sites for a month. Someone needs to manage their campaign to make sure they get what they pay for – that the ad runs for a specific allotment of times per day, and of course to make sure they stay on budget. That’s where I come in. I manage the campaigns. See, not too hard to understand, right?? 🙂

Anyway, yeah. So i’ve found work! On the live show front, so far I’ve been to see John Mayer at Madison Square Garden, and Bobby Long at Mercury Lounge again. John, incredible as always. My seats weren’t on the floor so I didn’t bring my camera, but I still had an amazing time! Much thanks to my friend Steve for inviting me along. 🙂 Bobby Effing Long came back too, and rocked it as usual. But my enthusiasm wasn’t bubbling over just for the simple fact that I cannot stand Mercury Lounge. It’s way too dark in there. Here’s a pic:

That’s with no retouching. That’s how dark it is in there, and the lighting really is that weird. There are like no spotlights. It’s awful! Plus, it gets too packed and way too hot in there. It’s almost unbearable! I’m really hoping that he goes back to Arlene’s whenever he comes back to NY!

Aside from that, business as usual. Notice how I skipped over the whole love life topic, because to be honest, there still isn’t any to speak of. Sure, a crush here or there, but nothing substantial. I thought maybe there would be a flicker of something with someone, but like I said before “if a guy is interested in you, you’ll know.” So far, no moves have been made on his side so I’m gonna let that one go. I shouldn’t have to work so hard for that.

Blah, anyway this blog isn’t supposed to be about that, but I felt I should at least explain where the hell I’ve been. The real reason for the blog is my birthday! Yes, today on March 29, I and 29 years old. It feels very strange being almost 30! I seriously feel like I’ve just left high school. I don’t know if that means I’m stuck in a rut or what, but all this has forced me to think about past birthdays. I was trying to remember one birthday when I felt like it was all about me, like I was being intensely celebrated, and I remember it was my 21st birthday. My best friend Keisha threw me a party at the bar her mom owned. I was dating James at the time and I walked in, the place was all dark and I had no idea what was going on. All of a sudden the lights popped on and everyone yelled “SURPRISE” then out walks my boyfriend, looking so intensely happy and proud that he was able to see the look of shock and happiness on my face. It’s something that I will never forget! Then I remember seeing my friends come out of the back area, then my mom comes bouncin out all happy, my brothers walk out, beaming. It was such a great moment in time, I wish I could relive that!! But alas, I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy on my birthday as I was that night.

Now I’m not saying that I haven’t had good birthdays since, I’m just saying that I’ve never felt as happy on my birthday as I did in that moment. And in some strange way, I think that every birthday since I’ve been trying to recapture that feeling of specialness from that night.

Like my last boyfriend’s birthday is the day before mine and I remember visiting his hometown and my birthday always got overshadowed by his, every single time. Of course it made me happy to see him happy, and I loved spending that time with him, but I felt like, once, just once I wanted that spotlight. I wanted to feel all that love and energy directed towards me. Sure maybe that might sound selfish, but it’s honest.

Plus the birthdays always make me think of my dad. I’ve always been daddy’s little girl, and losing my dad before my 16th birthday was something that always stayed with me. I always wonder if he’s proud of me, of who I’ve become as a woman and the choices I’ve made. I know, I know, you all will say ” Of course he is!! You’re fantastic!” But I want to know for certain, and sadly there’s no way to ever know that, and it bothers me.

But I won’t drag you all down that path tonight. There is a lot more of that story for future blogs, I assure you. 🙂

As this birthday comes to a close, I can say without any doubt that I have amazing friends, and a great family, and that’s really all I can ask for at this point. I recall saying to my mom earlier this week “Birthdays are for kids to party their faces off and for adults to have an excuse to drink with wild abandon and not be responsible for their actions in the slightest.” Then i thought about that, and I changed my outlook. As I’ve gotten older, my birthday for me has not been about partying, but more about spending time with people I care about who truly care about me. Today I’ve gotten messages from people that I had no idea who cared that much, people who I second guessed if they would even remember. But I was pleasantly surprised, and so unbelievably greatful. I wonder if they have any idea how much better they made me feel when I read the messages.

I was talking to a friend on Twitter earlier about what I wanted and I named 3 things… For long lost friends to come back, that I do something that makes me say “best birthday ever” and that a fine man will come into my life,lol. Those long lost friends DEFINITELY came back with a vengeance, and for that I thank them. 🙂 Best birthday ever? Depends on who you ask… Knowing that people really care enough to take 2 seconds out of their day to wish you well means a lot. As for the fine man thing… my friend is working her mojo on that. I think it might take a lil bit longer 😉

So I guess I’ll end this long blog before my birthday ends in 6 minutes with:

Thank you, each one of you for everything. x

08
Jan
10

John Mayer’s Digital Cleanse: The Aftermath

So, today is the 1st day I’ve been off John Mayer’s digital cleanse, since 9am EST precisely. It really wasn’t as hard or dire as i imagined it would be before I took part in it. The first day was a challenge not to go on my phone and check my Facebook and Twitter, as I’ve been so accustomed to. But luckily I was at a friends house, and it helped tremendously. We talked, laughed, and played video games for most of the day. I must tell ya… Silent Hill really helps the time fly by. Day 1 was over before I even noticed.

Day 2 was more of the same. It was a Saturday, and I spent most of it playing old video games on my PS2… namely Shadow of the Colossus and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. Such time sucks. I rode my horse around aimlessly for a few hours,  before I actually beat the next to last colossus. In San Andreas, I entered all the cheat codes I could. Flew around exploring with my jetpack, crashed a stuntplane a few times, and tried in vain to win the motorcross. Good mindless times.

Day 3 was a Sunday. I actually spent it experimenting with some recipes in the kitchen. Nothing amazing, but edible. I noticed by this day that I rarely went on the computer for anything besides checking and responding to email. I had only 1 text message so the temptation wasn’t that high either there. I only spoke on the phone once to my friend. She’s not a phone person either so it was mostly short and sweet. Also, my daily written journals took a backseat. I just don’t enjoy actually writing with pen and paper anymore. I did manage to get a cramp in my thumb muscle from only 2 pages of writing. Goes to show how little I actually write.

Day 4 was a Monday, and that meant my guitar was finally arriving! I spent most of the day watching tv. Was too excited to do much of anything else. When it finally got here, I ripped off the packaging like a starving person. Ran to my computer and Googled beginner guitar chords and got straight to business. I think I played 2 hours on the 1st day of having it. My fingertips were painful, but it was so enjoyable, I managed to push through another 30 minutes after the initial pain had faded to a dull ache. After I couldn’t physically play anymore, I grabbed one of the books my friend lent me and read for a bit. I noticed I was beat at about 12am. Doing this cleanse, my bedtimes got earlier and my up times got earlier too. I think one morning I rose at 6am and job hunted for 3 hours until it was time to take out the dog. Productivity… YES!

Day 5, a Tuesday. More guitar. Mostly fumbling around with making sure the strings were pressed down all the way. More pain of course, and now a weird numbness to accompany it. So I settled on playing more video games and reading. Standard.

Day 6, Wednesday. I got bored of the video games I had so I took myself to Gamestop, an hour bus ride 1 way, to buy more. Used games of course. I’m all about bang for my buck. I came home with: Resident Evil 4, Hitman and God of War II. By far, God of War II was the best game I’ve ever played. So entertaining, glorious graphics, excellent controls. That blew a few hours after I got back home. Then early to bed as usual.

Day 7, Thursday. Almost done. But surprisingly fine. I wasn’t itching to jump back on Twitter or Facebook with a vengeance. Most of my day was very low key. Guitar, TV, Video Games. I ended the night watching Jersey Shore again.. Gotta love “The Situation” LOL.

Which brings us to present day. I woke about 7am. 2 hours to go before I could officially end the cleanse. And that is when the urge hit me. I guess because it was so imminent, I was raring to see what was happening online. 9am hit and I immediately went on MySpace to see if my message was responded to. Nothing. Then on Facebook. Ahhh my friends missed me, what an awesome welcome back! I came back to multiple wall posts, a picture post, and numerous inboxes. I replied to the urgent ones and sent a few of my own, just catching up. Then to Twitter… Very quiet… Then I realized I’m usually not on here until 2 hours later, so of course it’s quiet. 7 @ replies. Most cursing John Mayer for taking me away from them. Hilarious!! I missed my friends there immensely.

The daunting task now is getting back up to speed. I remember thinking if i was logged off for a day, or even a few hours I would be so behind! Now 7 days have passed, I feel a bit disoriented… and strangely enough, I don’t feel the overwhelming pull to be online all waking hours of the day. I enjoyed this time off, much more than one would expect. I do intend on keeping up with my book reading, guitar practicing, and even getting in some of that awesome PS2 action. Not to mention I’m still in dire need of a job ASAP. Unemployment runs out in about a month and a half. I’m trying like hell to avoid returning to retail, but it sadly looks like I will be forced to join those ranks again soon. Sad but true, my bills need to be paid, and I gotta do what I gotta do, no matter how morale draining it may be. Sorry to anyone who may love retail, it’s just not my ideal job situation.

So yea, I guess that’s all in a nutshell. The Digital Cleanse was a roaring success. Thanks John, for giving me the push to get back to what’s most important. Not saying everyone I talk to on social networking isn’t important… just saying that there is more to living life than being “connected” all the time. I think everyone should give it a try if you can!

And by the way, if you were wondering… my guitar’s name is Violet.

26
Dec
09

My Top Albums of 2009

Of course, this is in my opinion.. 🙂 And by top albums of 2009, I mean the top albums I’ve listened to and have dominated my itunes/ipod. They don’t necessarily need to have come out in 2009. So let’s get started!! I really tried to narrow it down to 10, but it was virtually impossible. So, in no particular order…

  • The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind
    When this album came out, I can’t even remember what else I was listening to, but I know I loved this one as soon as it came out. Guest appearances from Darien Brockington and Phonte made it all the more worth while. Favorites: “Daykeeper”, “House of Cards”
    Foreign Exchange - Leave it All Behind
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows
    I remember when this one came out, I didn’t pay it much attention as I wasn’t a huge Radiohead fan. I know, blasphemy. But I listened to this one and it instantly drew me in with Thom Yorke’s sometimes mumbling incoherent lyrics and the haunting melodies. Always one of my favorites to listen to on a crowded subway ride. Favorites:  “All I Need”, “House of Cards” “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”
    Radiohead - In Rainbows
  • The Fray – The Fray
    I’m not even sure how I stumbled onto this band. I think it must have been someone on Twitter who blipped a song or something, but nevertheless I became obsessed with them after a short while. Favorites: “Vienna”, “How To Save A Life” “Hundred”
  • Ray Lamontagne – Gossip in the Grain
    1st time I came across was in a romantic comedy with Katherine Heigl called “27 Dresses”. A song called “Be Here Now” was included in the film, and I set out to find out who the hell was that man singing with a voice like raspy silk?? I had to find out, and that’s when I fell under his spell. Favorites: “Sarah”, “A Falling Through”, “I Still Care For You” “Winter Birds”
  • MUTEMATH – Armistice
    This band has been my favorite for a while and I was anticipating this album for so very long. Of course they did not disappoint. While the frantic drumming and complex rhythms remained, there were new sounds such as violin and trumpets included. Adding another layer of genius onto an already genius band. Favorites: “Lost Year”, “Burden”, “Odds”, “No Response”, “Pins and Needles”
  • Mayer Hawthorne – A Strange Arrangement
    Perhaps the most soulful and refreshing album released in 2009, Mayer Hawthorne came out of nowhere for me. I was thoroughly surprised to hear what I heard after seeing major musicians like Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and John Mayer all say how impressed they were by this. Curiosity got the best of me, and I bought the album on iTunes. So glad I did. Favorites: “The Ills”, “Green Eyed Love”, “I Wish That It Would Rain”
  • Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
    Once again, I stumbled upon a song called “Cold Desert” online that I fell in love with immediately. Before then I had no idea who KOL was or heard any of their music. Then I heard “Sex on Fire” and I knew this band was worthy of me giving it a deeper listen. The whole album was great, IMO, so then I listened to all their old stuff and I’ve been hooked ever since. Favorites: “Cold Desert”, “Sex on Fire”, “Use Somebody”, “Notion”
  • John Mayer – Battle Studies
    Ok, I admit when I heard the 1st single “Who Says” I had very low hopes for this album. It was lackluster, boring and so unlike John. I thought it was an all out lazy song, and I was so pissed because I knew he was better than that. Then I heard the snippets of the album, and one song called out to me right away called “Edge of Desire.” That song alone compelled me to purchase the whole thing and I was so glad I did because it’s become one of my favorite albums this year. Such an easy listen all around. Time can only tell if he will ever surpass the genius of “Continuum”, but this album is brilliant in its own right. Favorites: “Edge of Desire”, “Assassin”, “Heartbreak Warfare”, “War of My Life”
  • Black Milk – Tronic
    Yet another talented artist from Detroit, Michigan. I remember when I first heard this, I had to put all my other albums on the back burner,lol. It’s just hip hop done extremely fucking well. That’s all I can say about this. If you haven’t listened to this and you call yourself a hip hop fan, you’re a damn liar. Favorites: “Give The Drummer Sum”, “Losing Out”, “The Matrix”, “Long Story Short”, “Bounce”
  • Marcus Foster – Marcus Foster
    So, I’m not sure if he classifies this as an extremely long EP, or an unofficial album.. but it says EP on the cover… hmm. I dunno. There are 11 songs total on this, but it was only sold at his shows while he toured. A shorter, 6 song version was sold on iTunes. Lucky for me, I got the long one and I find myself coming back to this over and over again. Beautiful melodies, excellent songwriting. Just pure music. Pure as it can possibly get and that’s why this is a brilliant album. Sometimes something so simple can be so perfect, and there’s nothing about this I would change. Congratulations Marcus. The only artist to make me shed a tear this year,lol. Favorites: “Tumble Down”, “In Your Head”, “Movement”, “Circle In The Square”, “Make It Easy”
  • Coldplay – Prospekt’s March
    Being the complete Coldplay fan I am, I was always searching for unreleased music of theirs online, because they are the type of band to have all that kind of stuff floating out there, you just have to dig around a bit to find it. I found out about this one in my internet travels, and was so excited about it. While there were a few reworked versions of a few of my faves on “Viva La Vida” , there were a few new tunes added into the mix. A lovely little compliment for the full length album. Favorites: “Glass of Water”, “Prospekt’s March”, “Rainy Day”
  • Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night
    Last time I fell for Maxwell and his damn crooning ass voice, I was shelling out $180 dollars for tickets to see him at Jones Beach and I didn’t think twice about it. Maxwell is one of those artists that I would blindly buy anything they put out because I know it’s gonna be damn good. And this album was good! If I had a boyfriend at the time, no one would ever see me because I’d be having tons of sex to this album. It’s one of those albums. Unluckily for me I’m single, so all I could do was save up ideas of what I will be doing to whomever takes that boyfriend spot next. He’ll be back next year with the second installment, and I can’t wait. Favorites: “Cold”, “Pretty Wings” “Bad Habits” “Fisful of Tears” “Stop The World”
  • D’Angelo – Voodoo
    I’m not sure what possessed me to pull out a nearly 10 year old album and have it become one of my 2009 faves, but I suppose it’s just a testament to how talented he is and how timeless this album is. I still have faith that one day D’Angelo will be back out again, giving us another album that will go over everyone’s head who isn’t ready for his type of genius yet. I can only hope… Favorites: “The Root”, “Untitled”, “Spanish Joint”, “One Mo’ Gin”
  • As Tall As Lions – As Tall As Lions
    I admit I had no idea who this band was until I looked them up. I saw they were opening for MUTEMATH, and I wanted to at least listen to them and decide if I liked them before I had to endure their opening set. So glad I did, because this band gave me one of the most touching songs of 2009. A tiny acoustic song called “Kicking Myself” found its way into my heart and buried itself there. How convenient that song came along at the exact time I could relate to it so perfectly. And oh no, they aren’t all about heartfelt ballads. These guys can rock out like nobody’s business. The lead singer has one of the best voices I’ve heard all year. Damn near perfection, really. Favorites: “Kicking Myself”, “Ghosts of York”, “Stab City”
  • MUTEMATH – MUTEMATH
    I think I can honestly say this album has been in my favorites for almost 2 years straight now. It never gets old to me. I really can’t say a bad word about this album at all to be honest, it’s pretty muct spot on perfect, LOL. Favorites: “Noticed”, “Stall Out”, “Picture”, “Typical”, “You Are Mine”

And that’s all folks. Why don’t you tell me a few of your favorites. I’m always interested in adding more to the bunch 🙂








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