Monthly Archives: June 2010

Random Fact of the Day

Friends, it’s time for a change. I’ve decided that my Random Fact of the Day page must go.  I have been faithfully bringing you random and useless trifles of information for over six months, and though it’s been real and it’s been fun, I have visions of greater things ahead, and it’s just time to say goodbye to that slice of my blog. For those of you who depend on my daily fact to feel whole and complete, I apologize. To those of you who never once clicked on the page or even knew it existed, you probably don’t feel too shaken by this news, and that’s a good thing. In any event, daily random facts are a thing of the past. We are moving forward, people!

But don’t think I’ll be withholding entertaining and mesmerizing facts from you, hoarding them all for myself. No, no, that’s not my style. I will now feature whole blog posts dedicated to factoids, and your world will be at peace once again.

I leave you with this: The voice actors for Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married in real life.

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Three Questions

If you are in the mood to reflect on your life and contemplate what it is you are really made of, ask yourself these three little questions:

1) What do you most often think about?

2) Where does your money go first?

3) What do you do with your time?

The answers you give to these seemingly simple questions are very telling, for they very accurately indicate the things that are most important in your life. If your answers aren’t in line with your ideal version of yourself, do something about it. Your actions stem from your priorities, and if you don’t like what you see, start making choices that lead you toward something worth looking at. Every day, you get to make decisions that take you closer to or further away from who you want to be. Don’t waste this life you’ve been given. Make it count.

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The Bonnaroo that Almost Wasn’t

Remember when I told you that this year I had opted for a different festival instead of Bonnaroo? Well, I somehow ended up at Bonnaroo anyway. I had mentally accepted the fact that I wasn’t going, but my friends are amazing and continued pulling string after string until I ended up in Manchester with a VIP wristband, parking pass, and air-conditioned living quarters, all at zero cost to me. I’m a lucky girl.

These arrangements did not fully materialize until late Friday night, so I set my alarm for early Saturday morning to make the four-hour trek. Although it was unfortunate that I missed some of the early Bonnaroo acts, my late departure did give me the chance to see Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears at the Shell in Memphis, so I wasn’t too disappointed.

                            

Unfortunately, my favorite companion couldn’t accompany me on this trip, as he was staying back to represent us at a wedding. Despite his desire to be there with me, he was so supportive of my good fortune, packing up snacks and camping gear for my travels. Such a sweetheart. Saturday morning I awoke early, SHOWERED (can you imagine being clean on the third day of Bonnaroo?!), then headed due east solo. Upon my arrival, Minda and I immediately made our way to Centeroo in search of good music. Our day was jam-packed with fun, and here are the highlights:

The Avett Brothers: This is a band several of my friends are crazy about, and I am told I would love, but I’ve just never taken the time to get to know them. In hindsight, I have no idea why. Even though I couldn’t sing along, the show was awesome. The heat was sweltering, and at the most opportune time, in sync with an especially heavy music moment, a light rain began to fall, and the whole scene was just surreal. I loved the music, the lyrics, and the feelings behind it all. So much so, that I ordered two of their CDs once back, and I anxiously await their arrival.

Weezer: For this show, we were coaxed up to the front by some friends, where we ended up jumping, singing, and dancing to every song. Weezer played an amazing set, full of all the favorites you would expect – Buddy Holly, Island in the Sun, The Sweater Song, Say It Ain’t So, Beverly Hills, Perfect Situation. The show was much more fun than I expected, and we left thrilled that we had opted for it over The Dead Weather (tough decision).

Jay-Z: I was skeptical going into this, but man oh man, did Jay-Z bring down the house, or what?! He was punctual, gracious, talented, thankful, and just plain awesome (basically, everything Kanye wasn’t). He performed hit after hit, was working with incredible visuals and background displays, and just all around put on a great show. We were lucky enough to be in the first few rows for this show, and it was every bit worth it.

Silent Disco: The Silent Disco is one of my new favorite attractions at Bonnaroo. Upon entering the tent, each person is given a pair of headphones, makes their way to the dance floor, and has their own personal dance party. Everybody is being streamed the same music, but it’s only audible through the headset. Remove your headphones, and the tent is silent, which makes for hilarious entertainment and fun.

Sunday morning I meandered around the grounds before meeting up with my ladies at Ingrid Michaelson, another name I had never heard but to which I am so glad to have been introduced. She was cute and funny and had a great voice. But the show I was most excited for was my beloved Lucero. They aren’t exactly an afternoon performance kind of group, and it certainly wasn’t their best, but I had a blast singing and dancing along. And I know Ben appreciated my support. I stuck around for a couple more  shows – Regina Spector and Space Capone – and a slice of ridiculously oversized pizza before prying myself away and back to the car. The journey home was quick enough, thanks to my book on tape, and my homecoming shower was glorious.

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Free Smoothies for All

From one smoothie lover to another:

Don’t say I never did anything nice for you :-)

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Hazelnut Spread

Hazelnut spread has got to be one of the most heavenly things I have ever tasted. Found in the peanut butter section (another personal favorite, especially Peanut Butter & Co.’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl…

 

Isn’t it beautiful, in all of its peanut buttery glory? But that’s a novel for another time, and not what I came here to share with you. As I was saying before the tempting distraction…

Hazelnut spread was made popular by the brand Nutella, and it is absolutely divine.  For some unknown reason, I was under the impression that Nutella was categorized as a health food and wasn’t all that tasty, therefore I never thought to give it a whirl. Let’s get something straight: it’s not. It’s creamy, it’s rich, it’s chocolaty, and it’s decadent. I’m not quite sure why I decided to randomly grab a jar the other day, but I’m sure glad I did. I’m currently dipping my fingers in Kroger’s version, aptly named Hazelnut Spread, and I cannot get enough of it. If you haven’t enjoyed this luxury, please, oh please, get to your nearest grocery store and indulge yourself.

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Mulberry Mountain: Wakarusa 2010

Our Mulberry Mountain getaway was full of outdoor fun and good music. When perusing festival options earlier this year, Jax and I decided on Wakarusa over Bonnaroo. Not because we don’t love Bonnaroo, but because we were interested in trying out an unfamiliar festival and having a different experience. By those standards, Wakarusa was greatness. The heat was at Bonnaroo levels, but the crowds were sizeably smaller. The lineup wasn’t quite as impressive, but we still had a blast listening to music in a setting that contrasted with Bonnaroo’s flat acres: there were lush trees and mountains surrounding us! More than the music, I was digging the nature aspect, so we’ll start with that.

In order to escape the intense heat, we headed to a refreshing little watering hole on Saturday. Though it was a short bus ride away and tucked in the trees, throngs of festival goers discovered this relief and gathered there during the afternoons. We soaked in the water, played on the rapids, and floated on a shared Myrtle the Turtle raft before catching our preferred afternoon shows.

On Sunday, we set out on the Ozarks Highland Trails and hiked to a beautiful secluded waterfall. The hike was by far the most strenuous I have ever attempted, but the gorgeous scenery throughout and the waterfall at the other end was worth it. And the uphill climb back was a fun little challenge, minus the times we feared slipping and rolling back down the mountain.  I love the outdoors, and I love being surrounded by nature; throughout the entire climb, I could not stop marveling at the beauty surrounding us.

Here I am attempting to not fall in the water. The balance beam was never my strong event.

And then there was that whole music thing. We saw several good shows, but my favorite was The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band that gives an amazingly authentic Floydian experience. They covered several of my favorites – Breathe, Shine on You Crazy Diamond, Eclipse, and Wish You Were Here, just to name a few. They also had an accompanying psychedelic light show, of which I’ve added a couple pictures below:

   

All in all, we had a wonderful time at Wakarusa and would definitely consider attending next year if the lineup so calls for it. As for the Ozarks, a camping trip back is already in the works!

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2010 Orpheum Movie Lineup

The Orpheum’s 2010 Movie Series Line Up has been released, and I have shared it below so that you may transcribe it into your day planner for easy access and safe keeping. You do keep a day planner, don’t you??

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ~ June 11, 2010
Gone With the Wind ~ June 12, 2010
Philadelphia Story ~ June 17, 2010
North by Northwest ~ June 18, 2010
Caddyshack ~ July 9, 2010
Mary Poppins ~ July 14, 2010
The Godfather ~ July 16, 2010
Back to the Future ~ July 21, 2010
E.T. ~ July 28, 2010
The Sound of Music ~ July 29, 2010
The Wizard of Oz ~ July 30, 2010
Top Gun ~ August 19, 2010
Rocky Horror Picture Show ~ August 20, 2010
Casablanca ~ September 17, 2010

This reminds me of a story. Last year, my friends and I attended The Wizard of Oz showing, and seeing as though I had a Dorothy Halloween costume tucked  in the back of my closet from college, I thought it would be fun to dress the part. I donned my little gingham dress and shiny red shoes, and off to the Orpheum we went. All of the little boys and girls were in awe of me, asking their parents if I was the real Dorothy. This was sweet and touching, sure, until the announcer called the costumed attendees to the stage for a costume contest. A WHAT?!?! I had not signed up for this. You see, I do not participate in costume contests on large stages in front of packed Orpheums. But my entire section was cheering me on, and the little ones thought I was Dorothy in the flesh, and my friends were practically pushing me out of my seat, so I had to. I was really given no choice. Jax walked me down to the stage and sat in the front row, my number one supporter, while I smiled and curtsied in front of a sea of faces. A large sea, mind you. The winner was determined based on crowd applause, and I somehow made it to the final three. I placed either second or third, I really can’t remember now, as the mind tends to block out traumatic experiences. As it turns out, I survived relatively unscathed and ended up having a great time, but beware, if you come dressed in character, there will be consequences!

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Festival Camping Checklist

In two short days, I’ll be heading west to Mulberry Mountain for yet another music festival, Wakarusa. As such, this gives me two short days to do laundry, take into account every possible weather combination, track down and pack my camping gear, hit the grocery store, gather supplies, and load the car. I am currently on step one of this process, which is not unusual for somebody with my procrastination skills.  As I contemplate which clothing and survival items will make the cut, I am fully aware that I pack with little method and zero rhyme or reason. And there is nothing wrong with that. But with festival season upon us, Wakarusa on the horizon, and Bonnaroo the weekend after, I have decided to make your preparation easier by posting this handy Festival Camping Checklist, which I snagged off the Wakarusa forum. This list is quite detailed and brings up several useful items that could easily slip your mind, especially given all the excitement surrounding these events. To all of my fellow festival goers, I hope this helps make your camping experience that much more comfortable! 

After all, camping is in tents….. (tehe, intense!!!) 

Bonnaroo 2009

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