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ATLFF ’15, Continued

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Hello Pretties 🙂

As promised, I want to finish up my recap of my Atlanta, Georgia trip where I attended the Atlanta Film Festival for my friends film, Knightsville.

Friday, March 27th: Woke up early with Aly in order to prepare for a panel discussion she was a part of, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me. It was her and 4 other filmmakers and they discussed various things that I don’t really see the need to divulge in. Afterwards we went back to the hotel area of town to putz around, then we all grabbed a delicious lunch at a Thai fusion food restaurant called Poor Calvin’s. The food was great, but the service was horrendous, so I would definitely not recommend going there if you are ever in a rush. SLOW with all capital letters; and I’m not just saying that because I’m a Northerner.

After lunch we headed back to 7 Stages Theater where a second panel discussion was to take place called “Filminism: An Examination of Female Stereotypes in the Film Industry”. No lie, it was the one of the worst hours of my life and I wanted to personally punch out 3 of the 5 panelists, who were all women (I totally could have taken them, too). You would think with that particular discussion topic, the women would be all “power to the females” and such… no. SO wrong. They were horrible women and I don’t even want to talk about this any further because I am starting to fume all over again and I don’t want to finish this post in an angry mood.

Post outrageousness, I branched off with Amanda’s mom and Noelle to explore more of Midtown Atlanta. We did some window shopping, real shopping – where I scored some cute tops for the summer that I can’t wait to break out – and ate some pizza before we met up with the rest of the group. After we met up with everyone, we watched my first feature of the festival, The Sisterhood of Night. Truth be told, it was simply okay. Also, one of the bitches from the panel was the director, so automatically I had a bad taste in my mouth, which was unfortunate. I actually ended up leaving a few minutes early in order to get back to the hotel to change into nighttime attire. Which leads me to the second big party of the festival…

The Group
The second party was pretty cool, but not better than The Goat Farm. It was presented by ACVB and was located at a place called Gallery L1. There was a cool film, lovely live music, free booze and delicious free food being served all night, so it was a big ole win in my book. We ended up staying there for the remainder of the night and from there we just went back to the hotel and snoozed.

Saturday, March 28th: Another early start to the day, but this time we were headed to midtown for the Awards Brunch. Once again, free food and free booze (though to be honest I couldn’t stomach it that early), so I was a happy camper. I scarfed down maybe one too many bacon strips and eggs, but oh well… at least I work out.

Panel Post Short Films
Straight from there we headed to The Palace Theater where the time had finally arrived for Knightsville’s world premiere! It was part of the “New Mavericks” short block, where the film had to be directed by a female and have a strong female lead. There were 7 short films in total, and I enjoyed the majority of them. The best were Knightsville (duh) and another one called The Grey Area, which was outrageously awesome and funny and I suggest you check it out someday if you have the chance. After the debut our large group grabbed some lunch at a local joint that I unfortunately forget the name of; sorry. From there a few of us doubled back to The Palace Theater for another feature, Krisha. Now, this film was amazing. I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. It also happened to win the audience award and the special jury recognition award at SXSW Film Festival, which is apparently a big deal. I feel it was well deserved.

World Premiere!

World Premiere!

Let’s see… after watching Krisha, I headed back to the hotel with the folks also stayed for the feature. During this time I got some pretty serious road rash from falling like a goon in the middle of an Atlanta street. I like to keep things interesting. Mostly I was upset I ripped my tights -_-

Dinner was some light fare at the hotel restaurant, then it was time for the closing party, which was conveniently located at our hotel – score! It was on the top floor and offered a pretty nice view of midtown Atlanta. Once again, free booze and food. Nothing too exciting happened, but it was a great time overall.

Well, that’s a wrap! We all left early on Sunday morning, so it’s not worth recapping that day for y’all. Overall, it was a successful trip despite a torturous hour here and there, and I had a grand time exploring Atlanta, watching films and supporting one of my close friends. 😀

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Unlikely Animal Friendships

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Hi Friends!

Have any of you have seen this adorable Android commercial that’s been circulating? It features unlikely animal friendships. If you haven’t seen it, I did the work for you and posted it below. If you have seen it… well, watch it again! It’s short and puts a smile on your face. At least it did for me.

Also I had to share this one, too. We have a daschund at my house, and she is the queen of giving kisses. Maybe not to the king of the jungle, but…

Anyway, I’m off to get some rock climbing in while the day is still young. Spring is getting close, I reckon, so don’t lose hope. I know I haven’t been very good with blogging lately, either, but hopefully once the weather picks up my posts will, too. I have a few fun things going on this month so I will definitely have stuff to share!

Stay awesome, dears.

 

Let’s Go See A Moooovie

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Bon soir mes amis!
As you know (or maybe not), while I was away in France for 4 months… I never watched television. I would see the occasional movie, but pretty much my boob tube watching was kept to an absolute minimum. I had better things to do anyway — like read or I don’t know, explore Europe?!

Regardless, now that I’m back on my home turf, televisions are everywhere, just begging to be watched! I’m sure the amount I actually sit down and watch television is still way less than average (books>>>), but I feel like I’ve seen a lot of movies lately. So, being the wonderful specimen that I am 😉 I figured I would share with you the titles, and a quick little synopsis in case you feel like you want to learn more.

Savages
Savages

This is not a movie for the faint of heart. It’s a film about Blake Lively and her two (yes, two) boyfriends who run into some issues with the Mexican Drug Cartel considering that lovely greenery, Marijuana. I would probably give it a 6.


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The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-ManI just finished watching this, like… 30 minutes ago. It has some twists in it with the usual dose of action, and Emma Stone is a pretty cool gal, but I don’t think I would rank this one as being better than the original. A 6 for this one, too.


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Django

Django UnchainedThis movie is freaking gnarly; I’m serious. You can’t expect any slave movie to be clean sans sang… especially a Quentin Tarantino film with Jamie Foxx and Leo DiCaprio. It was close to three-hours long, and each minute was packed with action. I enjoyed myself during this movie, and Christoph Waltz was probably my favorite. 9 for Django.


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Les Miserables

Les MiserablesHow could I not like this movie… the title is French! Not to mention I am a huge sucker for Victor Hugo’s book; but that also meant that I had high expectations. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe did splendid in character, and Amanda Seyfriend’s role was better fitting than Karen from Mean Girls. I love musicals so I’m kind of partial to this, but even if you don’t enjoy that genre, check it out! Les Mis landing with an 8 for me.


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Exit Through The Gift Shop

Exit Through The Gift Shop

So the plot line at the beginning of this movie is pretty believable, but it gets a little far-fetched at the end. Regardless of that though, this movie is pretty brilliant. I am a sucker for art in any shape or form, and street art is just so damn cool! Banksy is a boss, end of story. I give it a 7.


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Well, there you have it, folks! I’m about to gorge on some tasty dinner (salad with herb chicken, goats cheese, beets and maple-candied walnuts), yumyumyum!

Jumping Off Cliffs Like It’s No Big Deal

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Bonjour mes petits munchkins!

…I’m in a bit of a pickle as to how I want to relay my trip to Amsterdam to y’all. Obviously, you guys are well aware as to the culture in Amsterdam, and what is legal, et cetera. I have a multitude of stories that I’m itching to tell, but I also have a nicely functioning brain floating around in my head, and it isn’t really in my best interest to publicly publish this kind of thing. I have hopes of having a successful career in the future, so I’d rather not have any dirt on me that can be dug up, yah know? But at the same time… AMSTERDAM WAS FREAKING CRAZY.

So, I have come up with a solution. I’ll publish the “legal” pictures here in the next post, but I also have a separate post with all the juicy deets if anyone is interested. If you want to read it, either leave a comment on this post with your e-mail, or shoot me an e-mail at halataxi@rocketmail.com, let me know you want the 4-1-1, and I’ll forward you a long the post in an e-mail. Not the easiest of solutions, I know, but I can’t really think of anything else, and this way we all win. Cheers!

On that note, I’ll continue per usual with a gap for the days of October 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st.

Donc.

Monday, October 22nd: THE WEEK OF PURE EVIL. Not like I can complain too much after a weekend of epicness, but still… this week was hell in a hand basket (school-wise, bien sur), and it all started on Monday. Per usual, I had class starting at 10h40, but two of my elective professors – pour l’Histoire d’art et culture et societe – decided that class had to be two hours instead of 1h30… excuse me but NO. Unfair, you suck. Yes, I have taken 3-hour classes in college before, but in freaking ENGLISH… with debates and stuff. Sorry, but 2 straight hours of nonsensical French forces my brain switch into overdrive and I do not appreciate it. I wouldn’t even be shocked if steam started shooting out of my orifices.

Sorry, that was a mini-rant. Anyway, after my torturous classes were done I had to go next door and take a mo-fricken fake exam. Yes, you read that right. For my three elective classes, our only grade for the semester is our final (eep)… so in an effort to “help us”, our superiors decided that all the Americans get the elite pleasure of studying for exams that don’t even count towards anything so we can see where we stand in the class. It’s complete malarkey if you ask me. If I have to invest the time into studying for something, it might as well count; I mean, what on earth is the point to even study?! But of course, I like being a good student too much, so I studied (on the plane coming home from Amsterdam…), and it turns out that the exam wasn’t that bad – I finished tres vite and now I guess I know how the professor is going to test us. Regardless though… down with fake exams!

I finally arrived back home around 18h30, which left me just enough time to shower before dinner. I 100% wanted to just relax and recuperate from the long day, but noooo. Instead, I had to spend the next few hours doing homework and studying for my three exams on Tuesday. Excuse me, what? Eventually I just passed out from an overload of information.

Tuesday, October 23rd: The apex of evil pour moi thus far in the semester. Tuesdays are a hellish day as it is for me, but add three exams into the mix and you’re better off just not talking to me. My day started at 8h30 with my first batch of classes, which didn’t end until 12h30. During that chunk of time I took my first exam of the day. This one actually counted, and was the 2nd of the semester so it was kind of a big deal. I wasn’t too worried about that since on the first one I got an A+ (chyeah beetches), but it still stunk. After that we had an hour (as opposed to the usual 1h30) break for lunch, where Hannah and I met up with Max and Preston to enjoy our few minutes of freedom.

Lunch ended too soon, and I had my Translation class… and my second exam of the day. Thank the lord this one was just to judge how we are doing, because honestly I think our professor made the exam while smoking meth of equal value. We had to translate the most obscure words ever from English to French… some of them I didn’t even know the definition to, and I’m a freaking English major, so I kind of pride myself on my solid grasp of the English language. Whatevs. I survived it, and had a brief 30-minute break until my final elective class of the week, la litterature. After that class was done I had to go take yet another faux examen, but this one was also pretty easy, and once again I can now get a grasp as to how the final will be.

Needless to say, I was beyond exhausted, and once I got home I showered, ate dinner, did my homework, read some Game of Thrones, then sank into a well-deserved sleep.

Wednesday, October 24th: Another early morning with class at 8h30, but after that I was done for the day (well… kind of), so Nina and I went to the post office to get some international envelopes et les timbres, and I spent about 30-minutes being indecisive as to what I wanted to eat for lunch. I finally settled with Sandwich House and had this delicious sandwich with peppers, tomatoes, cheese and various other veggies on a sesame seed baguette. Nomnomnom. I took my sandwich to the ever-infamous French Coffeeshop, where I paired it with a mochafrio, which was equally dank.

I had every intention of studying for my last fake final of the week (Culture et Societe), but at that point I was at maximum capacity as far as exams were concerned and just sort of said screw it, aka I didn’t take the exam. I felt guilty for about a minute, but then I realized that a bunch of kids in my program skipped one exam, and I mean, it doesn’t count anyway… so the guilt quickly dissipated. Instead, I figured out what classes I want to take for my last semester at UVM, holycrapontoast. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but because I was such a boss with planning out my whole undergraduate career, next semester I only have to take one class: a senior seminar for my European Studies major (I finished my English major last year, holla). In lieu of taking a seminar, I have the option to take an Advanced Readings & Research class, but I’m not really sure what exactly it entails. I e-mailed some people and am trying to get the ball rolling with that, so I’ll see how it ends up. Unfortunately, in order to be a full-time student I have to take at least 12 credits, so I had to pick some others. I think I will be definitely taking Tolkien’s Middle-Earth (an entry-level English class, can you say easy A?), and I need to choose between Francophone Crossings — a 200-level French class… kind of stinks because it’ll be real work, but I need to keep up with speaking French; I refuse to lose all I’ve gained here – and Z Is For Zombies, which is a 100-level English class, and once again will be a walk in the park. So that means I have 9 credits. I also e-mailed my adviser and the English department head to see if I can take this class that is simply called Internship. Basically, I have to find an internship on my own, and I can get 3-6 credits for interning during the semester (I have to write like one paper, but that’s cake). I started e-mailing some people, and I think I may have found a potential: I would be interning at some magazine/newsletter in South Burlington and I would be in charge of planning meetings and kind of being the editors assistant. The best part… it’s paid! If I can get paid and receive credits at the same time I will be a very happy camper. Of course, all of this is still up in the air, but I still have a good amount of time before all of the kinks need to be worked out anyway. With the internship class, I could have up to 15 credits on the table, but of course I’m an overachiever and want to get the most bang for my buck, so I also think that during winter break I’m going to take two classes online: Crime Story: Agatha Christie and Careers and English: What Next? The Agatha course is 2 credits, and the English Career is only 1, so I’ll have a full course load once again. The best part about those two courses though is that they are only during winter break, so during my Spring Semester I’m only going to have class on Tuesdays and Thursdays for like 3 hours… and then whatever it is I have to do for my Research and Internship. HECK YES. I love life.

Now that I’ve bored you with my future classes, I’ll resume. After the coffeeshop I went to Monoprix to buy treats with Emily and Mike and then went to a Halloween/costume shop to buy tickets for a Halloween Bash for Hannah and I. I ended up buying a costume as well (‘tis a surprise), and the guys who worked there wanted to take a picture of me in it for their shop… I tried not to be 100% weirded out. They were cute though, so I didn’t take too much offense. When that debacle was over I stopped by Ian’s to pick up his sewing kit and chatted with him for a bit, and then headed home for dinner. I had some time to kill before Madeleine came home so I worked on sewing some more patches onto my backpack; it’s starting to fill up! The little things in life that make me happy, haha. Madeleine made an outrageously delicious apple tart, and I think I ate 1/3rd of it for dessert. Woops. I ended my night watching V for Vendetta; a much better day then the previous two.

Thursday, October 25th: AWESOMENESS. I had one class from 10h40 a 12h30, and then hung around on campus for an hour to wait to go PARAPENTING!!!! Parapenting = Paragliding, and it was one of the most amazing experiences ever. Picture this: being on the top of one of the French Alps, running off a hill and suddenly having the ground disappear beneath your feet. Guys, it was so so so unbelievable. At this time of year in Grenoble all the leaves are still changing colors, so the scenery was beyond compare. I videoed the majority of the flight, so definitely take a look at it. Seriously, if you ever get the opportunity to go, DO IT. It was something that I can’t really even use words to describe, and I’m pretty darn good with words. It was something that I’m never going to forget for as long as I live.

After living life to the fullest by running off a mountain, I went home to shower, rest and have dinner before the night began. It was the night of our first Halloween Party in Grenoble, and of course Hannah and I had to do it in style. I dressed up as a Geisha, with my Kimono from China, some tights and high heels. I can pull off a good Asian, if I do say so myself. In her own words, Hannah dressed up “as a slut”, so of course we were magnets. I mean, we’re both tall (and had heels on to boot), I’m a tan American with black hair, and she’s a blonde German, so unfortunately it was inevitable. Once we met up, we walked to Natasha’s friend’s apartment (comically enough, another German) to pre-game before the fiesta. The party didn’t start until 23h30 so we had plenty of time to do our thing. Following all the necessary preparations (i.e. costumes and wine/mixed drinks), we met up with some of Natasha’s friends from school, then made our way to the club where the party was. In all honesty, it was a pretty freaking fun time. I talked French with a lot of different people (and nationalities), got some free drinks, and had a blast breaking it down on the dance floor. One guy tried to show me “typical French dance moves”, but he looked like an epileptic puppet, so I made the excuse that my feet hurt (which they did) and went to sit down for a little. Apparently, sitting down is equivalent to having a giant sign flashing, “come bother me” above my head, because I think a new guy or pair of guys came up to me about every three minutes. One made me a braided necklace out of fake spider webs; honestly, the way people try to court you here… it’s just bizarre. I realized I was exhausted around 3h00 and made the terrible trek home in my heels. About halfway through I went barefoot and didn’t regret it. I got home 30 minutes later and passed out instantly. Sweet success.

Friday, October 26th: Today! I woke up around 10h00, woke up, puked (casual, I know. I officially have realized I can’t have mixed drinks with a lot of sugar. I wasn’t even that drunk the night before; the sugar gets me in the morning every time), and then decided I wasn’t ready to face the world yet (plus it was a very cruddy and rainy day), so I went back to bed. Hannah ended up waking me up by texting me at 13h30, at which point I decided to be a normal human being. At 15h30, I met up with Emily at Mezzo di Pasta where I had a tasty soup and macaroni with pesto, and we started to plan our trip to Morocco!!!! Details on that to come, but I am so beyond excited I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait until December. Eventually Hannah met up with us, and after she finished eating we went to the Pathe Cinema to go see Taken 2. Heh, not my first choice movie to watch while abroad, but Hannah wanted to see it and I promised I would go with her, but it actually wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was pretty much an action film (plus it ended happy), and I was extra proud of myself that the film was in French and I could understand everything; I’m getting better everyday with this French!

Side Note Story: At the beginning of the movie, there was this large group of OBNOXIOUS teenagers that would not stop yelling and dicking around while the film was playing. After 10 minutes, a guy who worked at the theatre approached them and told them to be quiet, but they completely ignored him. A few minutes later, the workers paused the film and forcible removed them from the cinema. One idiot kid tried to punch the large man who was escorting him out, which was pretty hilarious to watch. Once all the perpetrators were gone, they rewound the film and everything continued normally… but 20 minutes later 5 police officers went out the same exit as the idiot kids. I’m sure they were being stupid and up to no good. Honestly, never a dull moment over here in Grenoble, France. I can’t say I hate it.

When the movie was over, I headed back to my apartment and then had soup and ratatouille pizza with Madeleine for dinner. It was extremely tasty. Now, I’m just lying in bed typing this up for all of you lovely individuals. I’ll probably go to bed early because this weekend is an excursion with the rest of my group to Aix-en-Provence. Stay tuned for the crazy stories that I’m sure will ensue.

❤ Love, peace and afrogrease.

Let’s Play A Game… of Ice and Fire

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She sat there with pieces of her past strewn on the floor in front of her. Numbly, she fingered the black and white photographs, looking without really seeing.

^ So this was in my drafts folder; looks like I started writing a story but didn’t get far at all. Maybe I’ll work on it some day. But in the mean time…

I came across the Game of Thrones online store, and it’s sort of a bad thing I did. I pretty much want everything from sigil pint glasses to Stark banners and the Stark sigil ring (I love the Starks, mostly because they have direwolves and I want one), but unfortunately I don’t get any because I’m too broke. MER. Here are a few of my favorite gems; figured I would share and spread the wealth of knowledge.

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A cookbook endorsed by George R. R. Martin that contains more than 100 recipes and is divided by region:

• The Wall: Rack of Lamb and Herbs; Pork Pie; Mutton in Onion-Ale Broth; Mulled Wine; Pease Porridge
• The North: Beef and Bacon Pie; Honeyed Chicken; Aurochs with Roasted Leeks; Baked Apples
• The South: Cream Swans; Trout Wrapped in Bacon; Stewed Rabbit; Sister’s Stew; Blueberry Tarts
• King’s Landing: Lemon Cakes; Quails Drowned in Butter; Almond Crusted Trout; Bowls of Brown; Iced Milk with Honey
• Dorne: Stuffed Grape Leaves; Duck with Lemons; Chickpea Paste
• Across the Narrow Sea: Biscuits and Bacon; Tyroshi Honeyfingers; Wintercakes; Honey-Spiced Locusts

Um… YUM. If anyone wants to buy it for me I’ll cook you a plethora of tasty old school meals (kidding… but not really at all).

A map of Westeros and Essos, but poster sized. Chill.

Who doesn’t want a nice dragon egg paperweight? Too bad it won’t hatch…

Okay, so THIS is outrageous. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Iron Throne. This bad boy is made of hand-finished/painted fiberglass and fire-proof resin. It stands over 7′ in height, 6′ in depth and 5.5′ in width, and weighs in at a whopping 35o pounds.
Excuse me? If you have an extra $30,000 lying around, by all means buy it… but seriously? Some day…

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I clearly have a minor major obsession with Game of Thrones, and even more so now that I finally finished the second book! HOLLER. It was oh, only 969 pages… these books are seriously messing with the amount of books I wanted to read over the summer since one book equals like two or three normal books, but no matter. They are beyond worth it. Of course, I already bought the third one and can’t wait to crack it open, but first I told myself I needed to read my orientation packet for France, since that kind of takes precedence.

Speaking of books read this summer, I wanted to make a list of the ones I’ve conquered. It’s kind of a sad listing, but…
Game of Thrones (Book One)
The Hunger Games (Book One)
Catching Fire (Book Two Hunger Games)
A Clash of Kings (Book Two Game of Thrones)

For an English major who is used to cranking out three or four books a week, this is child’s play; but, I guess that’s what happens when I have to work and intern all the damned time. I also read the majority of Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, but I still need to finish it up. I wish I could have read more, but I may still get a chance since I have about a week of nothingness before I leave for Europe. We shall see! If anyone has any book recommendations – I bought Water For Elephants and plan to get to that, and I have The Help and Divine by Choice in line as well – feel free to send them my way! All genres welcome, and length need not be taken into consideration.

Okay, guys… I gotta get back to work. I tried eating as slowly as possible, but a sandwich and an orange can only take so long to consume. Stay awesome 0_O

Holy Cannoli

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Good eveningg!
First off, I wanted to say how awesome it was (hence the title) to see how many people peeped my Electric Forest photos from my last post – it was something like 280 views in a day. Huzzah. That’s a shitton more than usual and I’m pretty souped about it. I think I gained another follower or so too, which is always a bonus. I like knowing there are eyeballs out there who like glancing over mah wordsz.

Today was my one day off until next Sunday. Boosauce. I must say; this whole working thing can be quite the drag sometimes… especially since two of my entire days are dedicated to free work. Internships are cool and all, but come on! We’re broke college students; we should at least be paid in large quantities of food or useful things like recorders or toothpaste. Roh well… c’est la vie.

On a very important side note: MY HULA HOOP CAME IN! It’s a biggie alright, but I’m pretty in love with it. We don’t quite see 100% eye-to-eye yet concerning the over-the-head trick, but the relationship is still young. I have faith. So yeah, here’s a picture of the beast (note: my newly dark hair… although in a raggedy state). The faded looking yellow tape glows in the dark, my name is on the side aaaand it has noise makers inside of it! All the bells and whistles. Eeee! Now I think I’ve begun a hula hopping addiction or something, because now I desperately want a LED one where I choose the colors and someone solders them together for me. I proposed the idea to the boyfriend and now he’d determined to teach me himself so I can do it myself. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to be a skilled solderer. If anyone has any tips, feel free to enlighten me!

Back on topic… my day off was pretty superb. This weekend was bumping in Rhode Island! This weekend (tomorrow as well) is the Ocean State Tall Ships Festival, where

The historic Newport waterfront will be filled with sails and sailors from 14 Tall Ships®. Climb aboard over a dozen majestic vessels from the era when tall ships ruled the seas.  This interactive, educational family-friendly event also features exhibits, food and family entertainment.

I personally have never been to this before… and I slap my own wrist for that wrongdoing. Thankfully though, I am from the Ocean State and a lot of life ahead of me, so there is still time. I didn’t waste the free day though! Max and I went to the Wickford Art Festival; another Rhode Island gem that has become increasingly more popular. The artists there were phenomenal, and I will have a ton of new artsy things to show you guys when I get some more free time. I swear, I could make a hat out of all the business cards I picked up today. You guys are going to love all the cool stuff. Unfortunately the festival was only this weekend, but you can live vicariously through me. It was a day like today though that made me a little bummed that I a) don’t have my own home to decorate and b) have no spending money because it all is being saved for Europe. Oh well — someday!

The other interesting thing I did today (there was a lot of napping and lamping involved, as well as a boat load of eating) was go to the movies with the boyfriend and see Ted. Now, I’m going to put the preview below in case someone is living under a rock (or is just too cool for television) but I must warn you: this is not an appropriate movie. It is raunchy beyond belief, but that just happens to be one of the branches of my humor, so I was cracking up the majority of the time. But yeah, so if you’re more of the ooshy-gooshy romantic type or don’t appreciate dirty humor, I would say refrain from watching the preview. If that’s up your alley, get your butt to the movies! It’s a riot, I promise you.

Well, I think I’ve just about run out of steam, folks. My laundry is successfully in the dryer, so my work clothes will be ready for tomorrow (oh joy, oh rapture), and my eyes are steadily closing on me with each passing moment. I realize that I have a lot of things I still need to blog about for y’all, so for my own sake, as well as for yours, I am jotting down a quick list of the things I plan on talking about the next time I have a few hours to myself… which is pretty much never…

~ Austria
~ Belgium
~ Electric Forest Videos / Line-up
~ Wickford Festival Artists
~ Game of Thrones (I finally finished the first book and am dying to blab on and on about it. Hopefully some of you have read the book and will be able to relate)
~ My new life’s plan. Stay tuned for this one. It’s intense… and just, yeah.

Night daaaahhhlings. Hope your weekend was bright and sunny just like the weather! Onward to a new week of summer.

“A Change In The Weather Is Sufficient To Recreate The World And Ourselves”

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Well bonjourrr.
I slacked again as far as writing frequently, but I’m not really that sorry about it. My excuse was that I was out living life. I’m sure the topic of weather seems just about exhausted by this point but seriously, my goodness! I don’t think I’ve ever been so contented in the middle of March in Burlington. I mean, look at this forecast – and this is even cooler than what it actually ended up being!

Apocalypse now, baby.

I was actually able to wear dresses three consistent days in a row. Life is grand. Now if only UVM decided to actually be eco-friendly and turn off the heat. Really though, how much sense does this make? It was obviously going to be outrageously warm for at least 4/5 days in a row, yet UVM – a school that constantly boasts about being one with the environment and saving the planet – we waste absurd amounts of energy keeping the heat on during these insane heat waves!  Not only does it waste money, but we as students are melting. Seriously, I do not find it appealing at all to be sitting in class trying to learn while I start to sweat balls because heat is blasting at me in the 80+ degree weather. Let’s use our noggins’, people. Now, I could understand if they wouldn’t turn the heat off for one hot day, but if we know in advance of multiple days, we really should try and penny pinch, the trees will thank us.

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues. And I’m asking you sir, at the top of my lungs – that thing! That horrible thing that I see! What’s that thing you’ve made out of my truffula tree?


If you guys haven’t been able to see “The Lorax” yet, I highly recommend it. I saw it with my sisters over spring break in 3D and it did not disappoint; and I was an avid The Lorax reader, so I would pretty much call myself a scholar. Yeahup. I also want these bears as pets to snuggle:

I digress.

I’ve been making some progress on the coffeehouse hunt, too. To aid those who actually care about this kind of stuff, and for me for future reference, I decided to be legitimate about this. I just fiddled around on excel for a solid 20 minutes trying to make a pretty chart, but I will call this a fail. If anyone knows how to skillfully work their way around, I would love to learn =) For the time being, I’ll just do a make-shift chart-thing here. Don’t worry, I’m still not super far along, so the list will definitely be growing.

Name                       Muddy Waters                        Uncommon Grounds         Radio Bean

Drink                      Mocha ***                                  Mocha ****                          Raspberry Italian Soda *****

Atmosphere         Super cozy, nice seats              Brighter                                Upbeat, very social
”               ”              Lighting to read by                    Smaller tables                     Arrangement of seats, outdoors
”               ”               ****                                               ***                                         *****

Clientele              Medley ***                                   Medley ***                           Performers ****
”             ”                 Studiers, Gossipers                    Studiers, Readers               Music Lovers
”             ”                 Hangers, Chess Players            Dates, Chess Players          Eccentric, Friendly

Music                   Coffee Shop Jams ****              Coffee Shop Jams ***         Live Awesome Mixture *****

I didn’t put price down because it seems like drinks in this area are all relatively the same unless you’re getting something extravagant or alcoholic.

It’s probably pretty obvious which one is my favorite so far. I actually went to Radio Bean two days in a row so I missed out on trying another shop, it was that good! I took my boyfriend there though and he commented on how he would never get anything done there with all the noise and music and distractions, which is more than true. I happen to have an extraordinary talent where I am capable of tuning out virtually everything around me in order to do homework and read wherever I want – I think it’s a talent acquired from being in a family of 6 with many, many animals and humans constantly running about. So, I have no issue reading a book and planning a paper while artists are performing to adoring friends [and fans], but take heed if you don’t share the same capacity. If you want a place to study a book or read, go to Muddy Waters. If you want a place to do homework that is more like a desk atmosphere, then I recommend heading to Uncommon Grounds. They all have their niche which makes them unique and enjoyable, so get out there and soak in the culture!

Well, my computer is dying, so it looks like I’m signing off. Ten-four.