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GETTING QUITE THE TAN

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Between going to the Bahamas, Vegas, and Vermont, I’ve developed quite the tan this summer (for me). Normally I try not to tan, but I didn’t have much choice this year. I’ve been using sunblock when I remember, and haven’t gotten a burn at least. Anyway, Andy and I just got back last night from an awesome trip to Burlington Vermont. It’s one of my favorite places. This time we splurged and stayed at a hotel downtown, so all the bars and restaurants are walking distance. The weather was absolutely beautiful, we lucked out.

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It was really hot there on Thursday, so we didn’t do too many outdoor activities. We (finally) went on the murder mystery lake cruise! It was a fun dinner cruise with a local theater company. Each week they change the mystery. This time it was a pirate theme, which is perfect. Andy and I made some initial guesses who the killer was going to be. I was actually right, and should have stuck to my guns.

The next day, we got bikes from our hotel and went on one half of the bike trail. We checked out this giant sundial along the water, it was really pretty! We also did our third Magic Hat brewery tour, it was fun. I tried some new beers, my favorite being Hocus Pocus. We went downtown for dinner, and I had some amazing kielbasa at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill. I recommend this place, if you’re ever in the Burlington Vermont area.

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The next day, we decided to rent bikes along the waterfront. I regret this choice, as the bikes were heavy AF and refused to glide. So we did the other half of the bike trail, and did 10 miles total. My legs were ready to give way by the end of it, I would have been fine if we had used a standard mountain bike. We did spend our nights getting drinks at various places downtown. One of my favorites is the arcade. We also went to a balloon festival in Stowe. It was really cool! I brought my new DSLR with zoom lens for the occasion. Unfortunately, my stupid memory card is old and on it’s last leg. So it didn’t save some of my pictures. I’m ordering a new one from Amazon.

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Oh yeah, before we left for Vermont, we rode bikes to check out local fireworks. It was a good choice, as the streets were very crowded, and traffic was terrible. We were able to zip around it on our bikes.

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PJ CALAMITY

20180212_091316.jpgI’m not happy it’s Monday, but I’m thinking about the fact it will be a long weekend coming up. So I can’t complain. On Friday night, I went to a Pajama/Mardi Gras party at a bar with some co-workers and a couple of friends. I dressed as Left Shark. The outfit was quite comfortable, I will definitely wear it again. The shark hoodie went well with the shark leggings I had on hand. 

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To get into the spirit, even the bands that played were dressed to impress, with slippers and robes. There was also a face painter, palm reader, plenty of Mardi Gras beads, and masks for all. It was a fun night! The palm reader said I was very good with money. I tried not to LOL, as I’m terrible with money. 

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On Saturday, we went out for a friends birthday party. It was at a new location for Flat Bread Pizza. It was a long wait for bowling, but we made it! I filled the time in by eating pizza, and drinking White Russians and some type of lemonade with blueberry moonshine in it. Fun times! I actually didn’t do that terrible with bowling. I somehow won the first string. Don’t ask me how, as I wasn’t able to replicate my victory on the second string. Oh well! A fun time was had, indeed.

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DOESN’T ANYBODY EVER KNOW (HOW GA TICKETS WORK)?

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Some pictures from the Our Lady Peace show, yes I did take a picture of the giant guy I was stuck behind. 

I went with a couple of friends to see Our Lady Peace this week. It was a good show, I saw them before. I just don’t like this particular venue. I’ve been to shows there dozens of times, and I concluded I can’t pretend to like it anymore. The acoustics are off, and the layout is terrible. They also lack good temperature regulation, it’s always sweltering. Also, the women’s restroom on the first floor is usually disgusting, the one on the mezzanine area is okay enough at least. But good luck trying to get to the mezzanine from the ground though. 

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Much better view after we moved spots!

I think the venue needs to be remodeled as they have these GIANT posts next to the stage which impairs people from being able to see the whole stage from the sides, which is very limiting for a sold out show. It is also general admission, there is no seating in the venue.Anyway, we spent the first half of the show in our obstructed view area. Not only was there a post in our way, I  got stuck behind Andre the Giant. The band had a brief intermission. We used this moment to move spots,  only seeing the guitarist was annoying.

The band came back on, and we liked our new spot much better. Then a crowd of people from Buffalo plowed through the area and bumped into my friend Ginny a few times. She called out “what the hell” or something to that sense, since nobody said “excuse me” as they shoved through. They came back around and one of them complained to my other friend Fiona that we “stole their spot, but it’s fine”. To which she retorted,  “yes, it is fine!”

That shut them right up. I don’t think people really understand how general admission tickets work. If I leave my spot for any amount of time, I don’t expect it will still be there when I return. Also, if you go to a show with a huge group of people, you best choose a venue with assigned seating. You honestly can’t expect your large group will remain together. But apparently this is a difficult concept for people to grasp. Despite the annoying people and sweltering heat, we enjoyed the show. We grabbed a night cap afterwards and I got a ride home. 

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LET’S SKATE?

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So for the first time since 1997, my friend Jamie and I went rollerskating over the long weekend. We were definitely the oldest people there without kids, at the skating rink. That didn’t stop us! Neither of us fell, which was awesome. I actually was able to skate, I remembered it quite quickly. I don’t think I would have been as successful if I had attempted roller blades instead. After skating, we went to a cute shop where I got a couple pairs of sunglasses and some jewelry. 

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After burning calories gliding around on skates, we had a delicious meal. It was at a flatbread pizza place. We had to wait for a table, as it was a happening spot. The food was really good, so I understand why there was a wait. I felt bad though, I barely made a dent in my giant hunks of fried chicken and I couldn’t take it home with me since we were heading out for drinks after dinner. 

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After dinner, we went out for nitrogen ice cream. It was delicious! I got the cake batter flavor. As if the ice cream place wasn’t awesome enough, they have a speakeasy in the back!!

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I did the honor of turning on the light, for delight! A window swung open, and we were greeted with a bartender. He checked our ID’s, and showed us to an empty spot at the bar. It’s not a place where you can just stand around, you have to have a seat. It was very cool! I think next time we’ll eat there instead of the pizza place, so we can sample their cheese platters and such. 

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To complete our adventure, we went to a brewery. I actually really liked it. Unlike tons of other breweries out there, the beer wasn’t hoppy (unless you selected the beer in the “Hoppy” section). I was very happy with our brews. We listened to some live music before closing our adventure. 

 

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RICK ROLLED IRL

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Saturday was an interesting night. Andy and I wanted to grab some burgers and booze for dinner. We had plans to see a friends cover band play in the area. We didn’t intend to stay for the whole set. The cover band was playing in the Foundation Room of the House of Blues. Meanwhile, down in the actual concert venue, Rick Astley was having a concert. I guess it was the last night of his tour for a while. We watched him on the TV’s upstairs, and they piped in the concert audio for us.

I give Rick a lot of credit. He played a 45 minute encore! Once his show was done, the cover band started to play. They were good, loads of Step Brothers references thrown in, they won me over just on that alone. About an hour into their set, none other than Rick Astley himself shows up. He asked to play with the band (Mr. Doubtfire) for a bit. This was a huge surprise, and we weren’t being Rick Rolled. I figured he would play a few songs, and be on his way. His tour manager told us they had to leave back to England early in the morning, so he was trying to keep Rick on a tight schedule.

It was quite the spectacle to see Rick Astley basically have a private concert for us. There was probably only about 40 or 50 people at the Foundation Room. I have to give him serious props, he played various cover songs with Mr. Doubtfire for a good hour and a half before calling it quits. So much for trying to leave early! We stayed until almost closing time. Which means there was a huge line for hot dogs when we left, so we couldn’t get any food from Sausage Guy. Bummer! But hey, we got a free private concert from Rick Astley, so I can’t complain. 

 

 

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I GUESS I’LL JUST PEE AT HOME THEN…

After dress shopping this weekend, I went out for a friends birthday in Cambridge. We started off with dinner and drinks at The Beat Brasserie inside The Beat Hotel. We all got the steak, not the same steak, we each had our very own! We listened to some live jazz, and enjoyed the atmosphere. 

After dinner, we met up with more people at Charlie’s Kitchen. We opted to drink on the patio, since it was warm for a winter night in New England. I was quite tired. I haven’t been sleeping well for a couple of weeks for some reason and it was catching up with me. So I was a little out of it. When the time came to use the bathroom, I tried to use the one in the patio, but it was locked.  There wasn’t anyone in it, it was just simply locked. I didn’t realize that at the time, just thought someone was taking forever in there. 

 So I went upstairs to go inside the restaurant.  I have never been in the restaurant before. I almost walked into the men’s room by mistake, because I thought it was a single stall unisex bathroom, like the one outside. Nope. At this point, I gave up, and made my way back outside. I figured the unisex stall would be open by then.  Again, nope.  

So I adnitted defeat and went home to pee in my own darn bathroom. I should note, I didn’t go home just to pee. I was actually planning to leave, and thought I should use the facilities before getting an Uber. Haha! 

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I’LL HAVE THE ARISTOCAT BURGER

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I went to the I Love The 90’s tour over the weekend in Worcester. I don’t think I’ve gone to the DCU center before, so it was fun. I went with a fun group of friends, and we danced our faces off from the stands. Jamie got us good seats, so we weren’t with the crowds on the floor, but were in second row in the stands.

The show had  Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, All-4-One, Coolio, Tone Loc, and Young MC. I think we arrived a tad too late to catch Young MC. We had dinner beforehand at The Citizen. I had jeweled cat ears, painted whiskers, and a cat face shirt on for the show. I ordered the aristocrat burger, but I purposely kept calling it the aristocat burger. HAR! I probably made far too many cat jokes that evening, but my friends still love me. So they are good people…even after I said I had to use the litter box.

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I have to say, I was very impressed with Lizz’s light up vest. I totally want one now, but have no idea when I would wear it…except for a 90s’ concert (of course!). Well, the tour is coming back around next year. So maybe a light up vest is in my future? All the performers did a great job. I was a little bummed Coolio didn’t perform the theme to Kenan & Kel, but I’ll forgive him because he shook my hand!

Vanilla Ice was the headliner, and he really wanted to party. He invited some audience members on stage to dance with him. Even after the concert was over, the DJ was spinning 90’s hits, and good ol’ V.Ice was still dancing and singing with people on stage. HOW AWESOME?!

 

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