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Edible Six-Pack Rings. YES.

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Baby Loves –

THIS IS AMAZING. I’m so proud of humanity right now. Let’s keep this up.

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A Little Of This, A Little Of That

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How’s it hanging, pretty people?

The last two weeks have been grueling, so please excuse my lack of blogging. I’m about to make up for it, though 🙂

In case you care to know, I had three exams last week (two in optimization/mathematics for economists and one in advanced microeconomic theory), two big homework assignments and then this week I had one major presentation in Econometrics, more homework and I have a final exam for my Mathematics for Economists class on Friday. BLAH. On the bright side, after Friday I will be officially done with one class! That’s a whopping 6 hours of class time and about 3-4 hours of studying every week.
Hopefully after that life will get a little bit calmer. My workout routine/climbing has seriously diminished as well, so that is where some of my free time will go.

Although I have been swamped with school, I have been managing to enjoy myself (because well, why not?). Last week I stopped in to watch a little bit of the Zedd concert, but because I had a crazy week of exams I was only able to fit in an hour. Still, it was a break and a musical one at that. Tonight I will be going to the Passion Pit concert, wahwahweewah.

The first weekend in October (Saturday the 3rd), Max and I attended the first session of the WBRU Craft Brew Fest at Lupo’sit was awesome. Lots of delicious craft beers were consumed and I ended up winning the “hangover basket” raffle which had a bunch of fun goodies. Afterwards, we met up with a friend in Providence and ate at one of my favorite Mexican spots – Viva Mexico Cantina Grille. Overall, a very successful Saturday.

"Stay Pretty And Drink Real Beer" + hangover basket!

“Stay Pretty And Drink Real Beer” + hangover basket!

I’ve also been managing to fit in a little ride time here and there; hopefully more post-Friday. Sunday, October 4th I rode Digger (my mom’s horse) in an Eric Horgan clinic – a fabulous clinician I have been riding with since I was 10. It was a fantastic lesson and we have some high hopes for next show season… he even mentioned I should aim higher than first level, which would be freaking awesome! But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. We did, however, have a wonderful show a few weeks back in Connecticut – we won first place with a score of 70% in Training 3 and second place with a score of 68% in Training 2. For those not aware of dressage scores… those are high. Basically, I self-proclaimed us being official graduates of training level. About damn time!

WinningLet’s see, what else have I been up to…

Did I mention I tried hot yoga? Max and I went a few weeks ago and I highly recommend it. We went to Rhode Island Power Yoga in North Kingstown; they were offering a free class due to their one year anniversary and it was so much fun we both bought their “beginner package” which was 3 classes for $20. Woo! Let me know if anyone wants to give it a try.

I’ve still been working, albeit only once a week, since that’s all I can handle. My juice game hasn’t been as on point lately, but hopefully when I get more time that will be altered.

Oh! Last weekend, I went to Point Street Pianos for a friend’s birthday. It is a dueling piano bar in Providence, and if you have a dirty sense of humor (as I do), or if you enjoy a fun, musical time with a bit of raunchiness mixed in, I highly recommend you check this place out. We went on a Friday night so it was pretty crowded, but we had reservations; I encourage you do that as well to ensure a table. It’s a comical time, but be forewarned: it does get loud, so if you’re looking for a place to sit and talk/be romantic, this should not be your destination.

Yaaaas
The final fun thing I want to touch on is my rock climbing as of late. The Rock Spot (my climbing gym) started this new thing called the “Adult Climbing League”, which is a low-key competitive league that runs on Thursday evenings for 6-weeks; the kickoff event was last Thursday and I scrounged myself up a team! Obviously Max was part of it, but we needed at least one other person, so I convinced one of my fellow ENRE classmates, Kyle, to join us. He’s an amazing climber so that’s a feather in our cap. Our team name: The Crack Fisters. Yes, it is inappropriate, but we only chose that because everyone else had raunchy names as well. Teehee.

Kyle also happens to be friends with some of the really kick-ass climbers at our gym, and on Saturday, Max and I went with him and some other diesel climbers to Lincoln Woods to climb on some real rocks! It was challenging in the best way. Afterwards, we went to this little Venezuelan restaurant called La Arepa in Pawtucket. SOOO GOOD. Go there if you are into that kind of thing and in the area. Seriously, though.

Okay! Well, I think that is enough for me for one day. I should get back to some school work and final exam studying… later my loves ❤ I’ll post a side note later on about some upcoming events that may be of interest to you all.

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Happy Humpday!

I’m currently sitting at my desk at school with an ugly cold wishing I was curled up in my bed right now, but alas… it is what it is.

I really ought to start my Mathematics for Economists homework before my Advanced Microeconomic Theory class starts, so this will be a short post – plus looking at my computer screen in this state gives me a bit of a headache. Fun times.

The past few months I haven’t been attending as many concerts as I would like to, so I’m trying to get back on that horse. After a brief query, I came across a few local concerts coming up; most of which I am definitely planning on attending as long as life doesn’t get in the way. These are:

  • Beats Antique on Friday, October 2nd at 19h00 (Fete Ballroom)
  • Zedd on Tuesday, October 6th at 19h30 (Ryan Center)
  • Passion Pit on Wednesday, October 14th at 20h00 (Ryan Center)
  • Cold War Kids on Thursday, October 22nd at 19h30 (Lupos)
  • Guster on Thursday, November 5th at 20h00 (Lupos)
  • New Politics on Thursday, November 19th at 20h00 (Lupos)

Other than musical concerts, there are two other events that may be of interest to some of you – they certainly are to me.

  • WBRU Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, October 3rd – there are two time slots (Lupos)
  • Kevin Hart on Saturday, October 17th at 19h30 (Dunkin’ Center)
  • Rhode Island Comic Con, November 6th-8th (RICC & Dunkin’)

Well, that’s all I got for now, folks. Stay healthy and awesome and let me know if anyone plans on attending these… maybe I’ll see you there!

x’s and o’s

Some Events To Ponder

Ocean State Oyster Festival

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Hello, Baby Loves.

The day isn’t even over yet and it’s been a good one – I hope you’re kicking off the weekend in a similar fashion. After all, it is the last weekend of summer!

Today, I successfully managed to drag Max to the Ocean State Oyster Festival. To my knowledge this is the first year of them doing it, but I could be wrong. Either way, it was my first rendez-vous and it was fabulous! Max even braved trying oysters for the first time.

Babe's First Oyster

Babe’s First Oyster

The festival was located in Riverwalk Park in Providence and included local beer, 18 local oyster farms, multiple food trucks as well as live music. It was basically a culmination of awesomeness; plus 10% of ticket sales went to Save The Bay. I wasn’t able to try all of the farms oysters, but here were the ones I slurped up:

American Mussel, Beehan Family Farm, Block Island Oyster Company, East Beach Oysters, Jonathan Island Oyster Company, Matunuck Oyster Farm, Salt Water Farms, Walrus & Carpenter

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Every oyster was delicious, staff was incredibly friendly, and yeah… nothing bad to report!  Try them all out if you ever get the chance. For more information on this festival, click here. The day was also gorgeous, so that was icing on the cake.

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After we had our fill of the fest, we trekked northward to Lincoln for a nice rock climbing session. Since Max and I are lead certified now (!!!) we did some mild lead climbing and I am officially plumb tuckered out.

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On that note, I think I am going to hunker down with a good book – either A Wise Man’s Fear or The Catcher in the Rye – and see where this lovely summer evening takes me. Enjoy yourselves, my dears! Take advantage of these beautiful days, for as we know, winter is coming.

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Skinny Love

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Lovelies –

I wanted to share with you a song; a song that I really, truly love, and I have for many years now. It’s had its moments where it makes me cry – though not always – yet it is just so powerfully beautiful that it has to be admired. It also makes me wish I was good at ballet.

The song is called “Skinny Love”; it was originally released in America from Bon Iver’s 2007 debut album called  For Emma, Forever Ago. It was written by Justin Vernon, who happens to be a genius and part of the folk band Bon Iver. Then, in 2011, an English musician called Birdy released a cover and made it extra famous. A few other covers have been released but in my opinion, the original is the best.

First, here’s the original music video by Bon Iver:

Yeah, it’s an “artsy” video; but remember, they’re a folk band.

There was a lot of speculation as to what the song meant, so while Pitchfork was interviewing Justin, they asked. Here’s the conversation:

Pitchfork: Christy once told me that she immediately knew “Skinny Love” was about her when you first sang it to her. It took you a while to mention people like Christy– and especially your ex Sara Emma Jensen– in public. What made you able to talk about it?

JV: I’m not afraid to talk about it, but how do you guarantee it’s accurate? To say that “Skinny Love” is about Christy would not be entirely accurate. We dated and she’s an incredibly important person that I lived with for a long time, but it’s about that time in a relationship that I was going through; you’re in a relationship because you need help, but that’s not necessarily why you should be in a relationship. And that’s skinny. It doesn’t have weight. Skinny love doesn’t have a chance because it’s not nourished.

While listening/watching the first video, you probably couldn’t pick up on all the words. To kill two birds with one stone, here is Birdy’s version (notice the pun??), so you can listen to it while seeing all the lyrics.

Finally, here are two more covers that have gained popularity. I personally love the Das Kapital cover, it’s got a little womp in it that’s fun. The Edward version has a crap ton of views, so the general public seems to enjoy that one.

Well… now that I’ve saturated your day with Skinny Love, enjoy the rest of it!

Atlanta Film Festival ’15

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Good Evening, Y’all!

I just got back from Atlanta, Georgia this morning; as you know, I left early on Thursday to support one of my closest friends, Aly, at the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival. The short film she directed called Knightsville was accepted into the festival (along with 4 other festivals so far!) in the New Mavericks block, which includes a female director and a strong female lead. I am so proud of her; the film was phenomenal. If you ever come across it, give it a watch!

Per usual, I’ll give you a play-by-play of my trip… so here yah go.

Thursday, March 26th: I had a verrry early flight, but it was well worth it because I was settled and in Atlanta by 10h00 with the whole day ahead of me. We didn’t watch any films this day, but we went into midtown Atlanta to explore and get a better lay of the land. Of course being a juice/smoothie fiend, Aly and I stopped at Arden’s Garden, a juice and smoothie shop next to one of the theaters; I sucked down a wheat grass shot and a spinach/pineapple/mango smoothie. It was a much needed surplus of greens in my system.

Arden's Garden

After our daily dose of greenery, Aly, Amanda (the lead actress of Knightsville), Amanda’s mom and I had lunch at a cool place called The Vortex Bar & Grille.

The Vortex Bar & Grille
It had some crazy burger combinations, and a few that I hope rarely get ordered considering the names were Double & Triple Coronary Bypass… yikes. I went with the Hot Southern Mess sandwich, which was a fried chicken breast topped with a fried egg and bacon, covered with white sausage gravy, and served on Texas Toast. When down in the dirty south, right?

Hot Southern Mess

The Hot Southern Mess

It was epic and I washed it down with Terrapin, Hopsecutioner IPA, brewed in Athens, Georgia.

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Terrapin Hopsecutioner IPA

Post-gorging, we all went home to take a quick digestion nap, then I went with Aly to a Femme Fatales meeting back in midtown that she had organized. I was the resident photographer. From there, we went back to the hotel to change, met up with Aly’s brother and cousin, drank some wine and headed to our party for the evening… it was AWESOME!

Art Installation

Art Installation

The party was located at a place called The Goat Farm Arts Center and if you are ever down in West Midtown Atlanta, check it out! It was featured in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and was just an amazing venue. We had so so much fun; definitely the best party we attended.

(Love Yourself)

(Love Yourself)

Awesome Art (I want to duplicate this!)

Awesome Art (I want to duplicate this!)

The event was put on by ATLFF ’15 and was called ‘Sound + Vision’. The pictures I took aren’t the best, but Aly has some good ones I will steal and post once she makes them public. Stay tuned for the videos of the art and live music I have from the evening, too.

The Goat Farm

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The Goat Farm party ended at midnight, but we were still in fiesta mode, so our group walked to a bar close by called Ormsby’s that was equally as amazing – the entire basement was a game lounge equipped with dart boards, bocce ball courts, pool tables, ski ball, air hockey, shuffleboard and a photo booth, to name some. We also munched down late night snacks that probably saved us all from a brutal hangover the following day.

Art Installation 2.0

Art Installation 2.0

… okay, so I know I alluded to that fact that I was going to recap the entirety of my trip in this post, but I keep getting distracted and I’m pretty sleepy, so I think I will finish up the rest tomorrow. It’ll give you something to look forward to!