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Goodbye from Honesty Time.

Dear Friends,

As your most recent Friday Honesty Timer it is my duty to inform you that Honesty Time will be retiring.  We’ve had so much fun with the blog and all of you but unfortunately as our lives take new directions with grad school, full time jobs, etc. we have realized that we don’t always have the time to produce the quality content that we would like and that we feel our readers deserve.

We would like to thank all of you who followed us on this journey.  It’s been a great way for us to keep in touch after college (and then some) and we’re so happy to have had people who have connected to our crazy little corner of the internet.

Most importantly, thanks to my bros.  This, of course, does not mean the end of our friendship.  Honesty time is more than just a title for a blog, it’s the notion that your friends will be there to offer support, guidance, and a shoulder to lean on no matter what, traditionally with an adult beverage.

For those of you concerned about the void that our departure will leave – have no fear, if you want to hear more from all of us (and some other wonderful ladies), we’ll still be kicking over at Food365 until at least mid-August.

Also, Allyssa and Lori have decided to take our blogging venture onto a new website, which will launch next week. They’ve deemed it our “Honesty Time spinoff blog,” but it’s officially called “Truths with Lori and Allyssa” (read about what that means in the EncycBROpedia or Lori’s interview from back in the day with Big Al herself). Here’s a rundown of what is going to be covered there:

Moo Point Mondays: On Mondays, we will review whatever book/music/movie/TV show we are into (or not) at the moment. Who cares about our opinions? No one. Our opinions are like cow’s opinions. They are moo points.

Tuesday Truths with Allyssa: Every Tuesday, Allyssa will break down what she’s thinking about that week.

Whatever Wednesdays: For weeks when there is too much truth to be contained, we will expand into writing on Wednesdays.

Thursday Truths with Lori: Tune in every Thursday to see what Lori has to say about the world.

Flashback Fridays: Nostalgia is so in right now. On Fridays, we’ll take a look back at stuff from our childhoods, or the more recent past, and reminiscence about how much better things were when we were young. We are 25 going on 90.

They’ll cover similar topics that we do on here, just in a different format. And maybe, if they ask really nicely, Amanda, Rachel and I will even stop by every once in a while.

So thanks again everyone – we will miss you very much! And remember, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay.


Honesty Time


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Summer Bucket List

This is that strange time  of  year when it could be snowing one day, and warm enough to wear shorts the next. I mean, just yesterday I had to  clean snow off of  my car before work. Today, it’s 60 degrees and sunny. As I sit at my desk at work, attempting to drown out the cacophony of my coworkers’ coughing, I can’t help but think about all of the things I want to do, once the weather really, finally warms up for a few months. Here’s my list of all the things I want to do this summer:

  1. Go hiking. I love hiking, but I don’t do it enough. Last year, my friends and I decided we wanted to have a summer of hiking, but we only went once when we were in Vermont. But we live in New Jersey, and there is hiking everywhere! Rachel and I have big plans for this summer.
  2. Go to California. This might be cheating to put on this list because I already know for sure it’s happening. I’ve never been to California, but Amanda and I just booked a trip to San Diego for June! I’m so damn excited.
  3. Play hooky to go to the beach. I did this  one day last summer – just took a random day off work to go to the beach with Amanda and Justin. I grew up near the Jersey shore, and I used  to go a million times  a summer. Now that I work, I’m forced to only go during weekends or on holidays, when it’s  sooo  crowded and miserable. There’s something about being at the  beach when you are supposed to be at work that makes it that much better.
  4. Go to the  Camden aquarium. I love aquariums so much. But I’ve  lived in New Jersey my entire life, and I’ve never been to the aquarium in Camden. It’s shameful, really.
  5. Go to concerts. I usually go to at least one concert every summer, but I didn’t go to any last year. I already  have tickets  for June to see Train and The Fray. But I want to go to more! I love live  music.
  6. Have a scavenger hunt. I love scavenger hunts. My friends and I  have talked about doing one  in New York City, and I want it to happen so badly. There are a ton of different options. Like this. Or this. Or this. I’ve never really gotten to be a tourist in NYC, even though I’ve been there a million times. What better way  to see our city than making it a game?
  7. Go geocaching. This goes hand-in-hand with going on a scavenger hunt. It’s a similar idea. I love the idea of geocaching and how it can bring you on an adventure in your own neighborhood. I think it’s so fun, and I want to try it.
  8. Have a  barbecue. This probably shouldn’t be on my list because every summer always has BBQs. It’s not like I have to  go out of my  way to find one. But I’m hungry right now and I want a hamburger.
  9. Go strawberry picking. I’ve been apple picking a million times, but never strawberry picking. New Jersey  has the best strawberries, and I want to eat them  all!
  10. Reread Harry Potter. So I’ve read each book at least three times. Doesn’t mean I love them any less. And, seriously, is there  anything better than sitting outside in the summer, reading and drinking lemonade? No. There isn’t.

So, there you have it. All of the things I could think of, off the top of my head, that I definitely want to do this summer. What am I missing? What’s on  your list? Are you as ready for this  winter to be over as I am?

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Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival took place this past weekend in Miami. I’ve told my self many times over I’m not sure I can handle a festival on the scale of Ultra, but every year when I sit down and watch the live streams, I find myself wanting to be there. I’m not necessarily a fan of the enormous crowds, the insane weather, and definitely not the drug scene; note: there have been many, many reports of the festival being much better with this this year, so don’t go being judgmental with the whole festival/EDM culture and the drugs that find their way there…there’s lots of people like me who are there for just the music. That being said, I want to be there because I want to hear this music on such this kind of scale, dance around all crazy without others around me thinking I’m insane, and hearing all the new music that the DJs bring out just for this festival. I had a friend who was there and she kept sending me video after video of all the music we love, as well as some new tracks. I tried keeping up with what was being live streamed, though I did miss some (which was fine, because quite a few of them were not my style, or just straight up terrible). So I’ve listed (in no particular order) some of my favorite sets. I’ll be listening to these until next year’s festival…one that I’ve decided I should probably attend.

Armin van Buuren: this set is just another reminder why he is king. He just does it all right. In my opinion, he went a bit harder with his typical trancey stuff, but I liked it. All these years liking this music and I have yet to see AVB. This year, it’s gotta happen. He’s the best.


Alesso: this set is filled with great vocal tracks that definitely kept the crowd wanting to sing along. Even in the rain, it looks incredible.


Hardwell: He definitely bounced back this year from last year. His 2013 set was so unbelievable (check out how many Youtube views that one has) that he was brought back to close the festival in 2014. I didn’t think that set was as great. Maybe this year, because he didn’t have the pressure of closing, he was able to put something more himself together. Oh, and he brought out my FAVORITE and the most beautiful DJ and his best friend Dannic to play their new song. Marry me, Daan?


Makj: I love this kid. He absolutely killed it last year, and I love how with pretty much anything he plays, I find myself literally bouncing and jumping up and down. I’m not a fan of how much hip-hop he plays in his sets, but when he’s not, holy energy. Plus he throws some old school tracks in there. Bounce bounce bounce.


Nicky Romero: I’ve liked him for a long, long time. He just plays such good music. I feel happy listening to him.


Knife Party: I can’t remember if this set was live streamed and I missed it or if it wasn’t aired at all, but I was ordered by my friend to listen. Holy crap. So hard and I love it. Plus one of my favorite songs of the year so far at 38 minutes.


I can’t seem to find Steve Angello’s set, but his was amazing and I was super pissed when the live stream cut him off to go to some rando DJ. Tiesto was decent, considering I don’t typically like him, and Axwell^Ingrosso were alright, though I felt majority of their set was somewhat repetitive of show they played as SHM. And obviously they played almost all of SHM’s hits. Steve Angello didn’t have to do that, guys…

Anyway, here’s my list of what I still need to listen to: Galantis, 3lau, Porter Robinson, Kaskade, W&W, Blasterjaxx, Dash Berlin, Vinai, Fedde Le Grand, Kygo, and all the beach/pool/afterparty sets. I think I’m set with music for the gym for a while!