Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I Think I'll Go to Boston

Yes, we did hear that song a million times on the radio while we were in Boston. Nuance isn't really their style.

Jenny and I went to Boston this past weekend and we had a blast. Seriously guys, New England is the prettiest part of America. The green, the sea, the cute architecture, everything is wonderful.

We stayed with my one of my favorite old Young Women's leaders, Bekka, and her adorable family. They have the cutest New England house and were so gracious to let us crash for a couple nights and show us around the city. Here are some of things we did:

I'm obsessed with the architecture of this city

The fabulous Joner family!
King's Chapel Burying Ground
The wharf

My main man Ben.


Mike's Pastry has the best cannolis on this green earth.


Gorgeous.
These clam shells were EVERYWHERE on the beach.
Mikey's burying my feet. Though I'm not sure where my legs end and the sand begins... #pastywhite

Mmmmmm.
After the city we chilled at the beach for a couple hours. It was perfect evening followed by an even more perfect meal, LOBSTERS and CLAMS. If you know my love of seafood, then you know I was in heaven. Jenny scored some life points by cracking open her very first lobster. It was a proud moment.

The next day we went to Salem to see the witches. We checked out the Salem Witch Museum, which showed the history of the 1692 trials and the changing perceptions of witches throughout the ages. Interesting stuff. Even more interesting is just how much this town embraces its witchy history. There is literally a witch trail, potions shops, people in costume, and several psychic readers. And yes, I did get a tarot card reading where I was told I need to keep on my current path to be successful. So there's that.

Here are some pics of Salem:


Puritans!

Not tacky at all.
Embracing my inner witch. I didn't have to try too hard. 




Seriously. Obsessed. 

Basically it was a perfect weekend and I need to go back. Here's a video I made about it. Enjoy some more fun facts about witches.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

IT'S CRAZY HOT

Hey all,

It's been a crazy couple weeks. I got a new job, a new apartment, and a perpetual sweat stain. Seriously, it's been so hot lately, I don't remember what it feels like to not be sweating. 

But life has been good (other than the fact that I'm becoming broke faster than I care to admit). This week was Fourth of July weekend, and I realized that I haven't spent the holiday in the same state (or sometimes even country) for four years now. New York's Independence Day was certainly one to remember. We got decked out in patriotic gear and saw the fireworks on the Jersey side of the Hudson. Most spectacular view for a fireworks show I've ever seen. 

Ariana, Jenny, and I dressed for success.

Here's a quick vid I made of my weekend, plus a quick catchup of my life:


Other than that, I've mostly just been hanging out, eating a lot of great but unhealthy food, and seeing shows. Thought I'd give a quick review of the shows I've seen so far:
  • Newsies: Just a super fun musical. The choreography was great, the cast was attractive, and I understood all the nerdy journalism jokes. Loved it. 
  • The Lion King: I had already seen this one on tour, but it was still breathtaking. The sets, costumes, creativity, it's all genius. And who doesn't love the story of Lion King? Or the CIRRRRCLE OF LIIIIIIIIFE song. (Fun fact: that song is how we start most of the road trips in our family. Good times.)
  • Once: Yes, the ending is pretty depressing, yet I still felt hopeful leaving the theater. I loved the raw emotions of the songs and the real-life feel of the production. Definitely one of my favorites so far. I've been humming "Falling Slowly" every day since I've seen it. 
  • Peter and the Star Catcher: SO FUNNY. This prequel to Peter Pan features the most hilarious cast, with the guy who played Capt. Black Stache standing out in particular. They all just seemed like they were having a great time and as a result I did too. And that mermaid scene. My goodness.
  • Chicago: Great songs, terrible message. I guess it works as a parody of the American justice system. Or the glamorization of the 1920s. This musical is worth it, though, if only for the "Cell Block Tango" number. 

What else... Oh! I've been on a SciFi kick lately. I finally got through all of Joss Whedon's Firefly, which was fantastic of course, and I'm halfway through season three of Doctor Who. I've also started Fringe, now that it's on Netflix. Maybe I'm secretly wanting to visit other worlds or something? I don't know, you tell me, psych majors.

Also, here's a new webseries for you all to check out--The Autobiography of Jane Eyre. It's done in a similar style to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and so far the plotting of the particularly dense novel has translated greatly to this format. See for yourself:


That's all for now. I have some ideas for future posts, and since I'm only working part-time right now I should have more time to write!

Peace and Love.

The theme of my summer: