The Weary Traveler Has Returned


Hey Guys!
So, I just came back from one of the best and monumental weeks of my life. Also, I just glanced at my blog and realized I haven’t been in touch with you sproutlings since June 12th… ruh roh. I’ll try and see what on earth I have been up to since then…

From the 12th to the 19th life was pretty average I think. I went to a concert in Providence on the 15th with my sisters and the boyfriend; it was a band called Delta Spirit.

They were pretty good and it was beautiful out. Can’t really argue with good company and good music. Afterwards we went to one of the multiple hookah bars in Providence and made a baby dent in my pocket… stupid drinks! I went into Boston for DIG on the 19th but then the peak of my cold finally caught me and I needed to take Wednesday off to sleep and recuperate. Fun times.

After my sole day off, it was nose to the grindstone: work, work, work! The 21st-23rd was a huuuge Round Robin golf tournament at the Country Club, so I practically lived there those three days. To top it all off, I landed (and started on those days) a new job, guys! It’s a part-time nanny-ing position, and I really really like it. It’s for two kids who have a pool and a dog and great personalities; can’t really ask for too much more. The best part is that the hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings, so I get the majority of my salary for the week within a three day window. I’m so happy about it. On the downside though, I only get to work at WCC on rare occasions… oh well, gotta make that skrilla for Europe!

So yeah. Saturday was my last day of work until I bounced out of Rhode Island, and it also happened to be the day of my sisters Graduation Party. Sadly I only could spend two hours there because it was between my two jobs, but I at least got to mange face and taste some sangria, ayeayeaye!

My entire Monday (and most of Sunday, when I wasn’t with the boyfriend) was spent getting my ducks in a row for the road trip and my study abroad nonsense. All I have left to do now is re-send a copy of my passport photo (apparently the French don’t like it when you smile in ID photos, so I have to re-take it. Lamesauce) and then I am ready to rock and roll! Of course I still have my Visa appointment, but that’s all scheduled and ready to roll. Eeeeek, it’s getting kind of close; under two months!

Then came Tuesday, the day of departure. I picked Sarah up at her house at the lovely hour of 4:30 am… ick. We ended up hitting the road at 5:00, and thus began our road trip to Electric Forest!!!! Seriously guys, best.fest.ever. but more of that later. Here’s a quick itinerary of our travels, sans details.

Tuesday: Travel from East Greenwich, Rhode Island to Folly’s End Campground in Girard, Pennsylvania. Approx. 8 hours
Wednesday: Travel from Girard, Pennsylvania to Rothbury, Michigan for Electric Forest. Approx. 9 hours
* We arrived at the festival grounds at about 8:30. They said they were going to let us in at 9, but boy was that a lie. We didn’t end up getting our cars checked and pitching our tent in the actual campsite until 1:45 am. Not that we really cared though; it gave us ample amounts of time to bond with our fellow Rhode Island neighbors, get a wittle crunk, and practice hula hooping. Huzzah!
Thursday: Electric Forest Fun
Friday: Electric Forest Fun
Saturday: Electric Forest Fun
Sunday: Electric Forest Fun
Monday: Travel from Rothbury, Michigan to Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Approx. 7 hours
Tuesday: Travel from Chagrin Falls, Ohio to East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Approx 11 hours

So there you have it: The Reader’s Digest version. I am telling myself that I need to make one of my signature collages with all festival paraphenalia, and that is when I will post up here the concerts we went to with some music recommendations and videos and stuff. For today, I’m just going to post the pictures that I took. In order for me to get videos up here, I need to upload them to youtube first and I just don’t have the energy.

Why I don’t have energy, you may ask? Well let me tell you… traveling is exhausting. I know I shouldn’t complain because it was a completely amazing and fantabulous time, but driving for that many hours straight is beyond tiring. We got back around 8 pm on the 3rd, and both Sarah and I had to work on the 4th because the club puts on a crazy fireworks show. The labor itself wasn’t super intensive, I was a waitress and taking cocktail orders most of the time… but we had to work from 11:30 am – 10:30 pm; an 11 hour day after crazy travel is enough to stretch anyone too thin.

Despite my exhaustion, I dragged myself out of bed today for a 10:15 am hair appointment! You have no idea how excited I was… I haven’t gotten a proper haircut since Vermont, and my hair was in dire need of some TLC. I got my bangs re-trimmed so their looking sharp, and my hair is daaark. Like, black with a navy blue tint kind of dark. I really like it, but it takes some getting used to. My hair is generally really dark, but never raven status. I like it. Stay tuned for a picture so I can show you all my new do =). Anyway, after my hair appointment Max decided to be cute and awesome and took me out to lunch in Wickford. We went to the Beach Rose Cafe, and the food was scrumptious. I got a pastrami sandwich and Max ordered a smoked Gouda sandwich. Then of course we had to have The Inside Scoop for dessert. Someone up there was liking me today because originally I was supposed to work from 3-12 watching the young-ins, but I got a call saying that I could take the day off, yippee! Max also managed to take the second half of the day off so after lunch I got to spend some time with the boy, which is always nice. Being the party animals we are, we napped for like 3 hours. Rock on! We did make a pretty fantastic frozen blueberry lemonade too, directions were easy-peasy lemon squeezy too:
Frozen Blueberry Lemonade
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 cup lemonade
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for serving
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

In a blender, puree the blueberries, lemonade, mint, confectioners’ sugar, and 3 cups ice until smooth.
Garnish with mint sprigs.

For Fresh Lemonade:

  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of fresh lemon juice (4-6 lemons depending on size and juice content)
  • 1 lemon sliced

1. Pour hot water into a pitcher
2. Add sugar and stir until all granules are dissolved
3. Pour in cold water and lemon juice
4. Mix well
5. Toss in sliced lemon and place pitcher in fridge
6. Draaaank

And now, here I am. I don’t have work until 3 tomorrow so I’m pretty excited that I get to sleep in and take the day by storm. I’m going to put all the pictures up in the following post so be sure to cccccheckkkk them out. Plus, stay tuned for a picture of the new hair, a video of my new hula hooping skills (yes, hula hooping, and yes, I am getting pretty good) and the juicy details of Electric Forest when I find the time on my next day off.

Peace and love guys xxoo

About azuremarie

Bonjour, I'm Azure; a healthy dose of eccentricity best taken with a grain of salt. Most people describe me as sassy, and I like that. I love words, and think that anyone who can twist them in their mouth and make something beautiful come out is sexy and someone with whom I want to spend my time. I read a lot (bordering on too much), and am baller at boggle. I happen to be addicted to concerts/live music, and will listen to anything that can carry a beat, and even those that don't. I believe that being normal is boring, and love bright colors. I have a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs and horses, but I am beginning to be a cat person as well. Sometimes, I will admit that I like some animals better than some people - they're great listeners and don't judge. J'adore voyager. Someday I want to be able to look at a map of the world and say "I have been there, there, and there... and there", and have a memory attached to them all. I've recently begun to work at an organic juice bar, and diet/holistic health is starting to become a main passion of mine. I want to be able to experience our world, as well as help save it. Oh, and unicorns exist.

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