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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!


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A Magical Vacation

Well, I’m back from my all too short vacation and as promised, I’m here to tell you about my trip to Universal. I’m giddy just thinking about it.

I was pretty tired and co-piloting the 2+ hour trip to Orlando, but by the time we entered the park, I was practically skipping all the way to “London”…my friend could barely keep up with me. IMG_3448As we approached Kings Cross and Grimmauld Place, I spotted the Knight Bus. I snapped a quick picture before finding myself shaking as we crossed into Diagon Alley.

The moment we entered Diagon Alley, a smile never left my face. Everything within it is perfect and magical. The sights, the sounds, everything is perfect. The storefronts make me want to go into every one of them and stock up on supplies for my classes at Hogwarts. The music is exactly the same as the movie which is also in my top three theme musics from movies. Just at the end is of IMG_3462course Gringotts, and as I moved in slow motion towards it, the dragon above blasts fire and it’s perfect. The Gringotts ride is amazing, from as IMG_3464soon as you enter and wait in line to strolling through it’s main hall and getting up close to the goblins to the physical ride itself, down into the vaults.

Knockturn Alley is pretty cool too, and a treat from Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream is the perfect refreshment from the hot Flordia weather. I would have loved to go to The Leaky Cauldron to eat, but everyone else had the same idea, as they did for Ollivander’s. No wand this time.

And then there’s the train ride. Oh, the train ride. I didn’t want to leave Diagon Alley, but I wanted to ride the Hogwarts Express, so back out to London we went and into Kings Cross. You IMG_3492could have fooled me, I actually felt like I was in a train station. I have to admit, I probably would have done the passage through Platform 9 3/4 a little differently, but the feeling is the same as you turn the corner and see that scarlet steam engine. Ugh it’s so cool. And once you’re on in and in your compartment, the show is mesmerizing. I could live on that train.

Of course, we wandered around Hogsmeade and went on all the rides there, fighting the crowds. I’ve been there before and it’s just as magical. The details within both parks are so perfect and the thought that went into designing them really shows the guests the effort in the experience they are supposed to have.

After wandering around all of Island of Adventure, we decided to take the Hogwarts Express IMG_3496back to London. Make sure you do this, because the experience both to and from Hogsmeade is different. It’s also a nice way to end your trip in these magical lands, finishing in London. Sad, but kind of perfect.

Naturally, I’m already planning my return trip. And you all should be planning your trips here too. It’s worth it.


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Pre-Vacation Excitement

Well, it’s finally happening. I’m going to Diagon Alley!!!!! I’m off to Florida today for a mini vacation and part of the trip is heading to Universal Studios all day tomorrow. All I care about is Diagon Alley. And the rest of the Wizarding World, of course. But it’s been four years since I was last in this magical place (see what I did there?) and I’ve spent many days wondering when I’ll eventually get there. Surprise! It’s happening! If only for a day. I hope all the little spring breakers aren’t clogging the streets. I need to see everything. I want to see all the shops. I can’t wait to take a ride through Gringotts. I’m freaking out about going to Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross and taking the Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade. I CAN’T CONTAIN MY EMOTIONS.

Next week I’ll report back with how freaking amazing the place is. Don’t worry, I’ll be knocking muggles out of my way left and right.

 

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Warmer Weather

Spring is finally on its way to the northeast! Just one week ago, we were having a crazy snowstorm here that brought upwards of five inches to most of the New Jersey area. And today, on this glorious Wednesday, the sun was shining and temperatures reached almost 60 degrees. We’ve been beaten down with yet another brutal winter this year and finally it’s releasing us from it’s cold hard grip. The snow is melting and we can walk outside without feeling like our faces are going to fall off from the frigid cold. The official start of spring is next Friday, so let’s hope we’re not taking one step forward and two steps back with this weather. Because you know what I’m anticipating most that’s right around the corner…summer!

 

We can't wait for the snow to just go away

We can’t wait for the snow to just go away


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Forgetful

Ever since Kaely and I switched days, I’ve forgotten that I’m supposed to post on Wednesdays now. Oops. I should be fired. Sorry. I don’t have anything to write this time around, but hopefully I will before I retreat to Florida next week. Apologies!


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How To Survive The Winter Weather

Why does February, the shortest month of the year, feel like the longest? Oh, right. Because it’s filled with no good holidays to look forward to (sorry all you fans of Valentines Day, but that is NOT my thing) and every day is just cold. It’s a different kind of cold that you feel in November or December because with the holidays coming and only just getting used to the colder temperatures, no one seems to mind it that much. Even January doesn’t feel so bad, maybe because we’re still on our holiday high or haven’t had that first real snowfall. But February, ugh February is the Debbie Downer of all the months. At this point, we’re all just ready for St. Patrick’s Day and spring to come around. I don’t know about all of you, but I just feel lost and stir crazy and don’t know what to do with myself in February. So here I am, anxiously awaiting March 1st in hopes of feeling like we’re turning a corner. Here’s a list of things to do while doing such waiting. Join me, won’t you?

  • Shop for bathing suits, shorts, flip flops, etc. only.
  • Stock up on sunscreen before stores jack up all the prices come Memorial Day.
  • Drool at television and radio commercials for places of warmer weather, beaches, sunshine, tans, vacations….dear god make it stop.
  • Acquire blankets. Become human burrito.
  • Eat all the food because the animals are on to something with this hibernation thing.
  • We all know that drinking hot liquids don’t really warm us up. The only thing that does that is…alcohol. So, cheers.
  • Set computer desktop to a beach. Cover all windows with pictures and posters of tropical places.
  • Take up playing the steel drums.
  • Pretend you’re stuck on a deserted island and send out messages in a bottle aka you’re trapped in your snow covered house and can barely even get to the mailbox.
  • Discard (*destroy) any decorations that are winter related. Shame on you if you still have Christmas decorations up.
  • Study to become a meteorologist because what the hell, everyone else is.
  • Seriously reconsider any friendships you have with people who claim they love the cold and the snow and bundling up in layers.
  • Damn the children who get a snow day from school when you still have to somehow toboggan, sleigh ride, ice skate, skid, and slide your way to work. The joy they have while sledding down hills while you curse the very snow they ride on.
  • Research the proper way to use your body when shoveling snow, because newsflash, you’re only getting older and things start hurting a lot more than they used to. Shoveling snow ain’t no easy task. Oh yeah, you have to shovel. Snow is not fun.

How many days until spring? Dear god hurry up I can’t take it any longer.


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The Gym

Let’s talk about the gym. I have a love-hate relationship with the gym. I love the idea that you go there to work out to better yourself. I enjoy the feeling of having a good workout, even though it may lead to exhaustion. I don’t like everything else about it.

Today, I went to the gym. There’s about 10 ellipticals in a row. There were two open. Little did I know, the one I ended up choosing was the one next to the man who was about 30 minutes into his workout. By the time I got started, it was too late to move to another machine. My goodness, the man stunk. Sweat, pouring down his face. Lifting his shirt to wipe it…bring a towel for god’s sake. I spent the next 30 minutes next to this smelly fool. Not to mention, when you’re going as hard as he was on this machine, he starts hacking up a lung every few minutes, therefore turning and coughing in my direction. It’s bad enough that I’ll likely get sick from just touching a machine. It’s uncomfortable. These machines are too damn close to each other. I don’t want to be practically touching you as our hands fly back and forth. So more ventilation please. And don’t cough in my direction. And don’t touch me. Don’t even look at me.

Also, machine hogs, if you’re gonna sit there and people watch, move it to the front of the building. Don’t sit there on your weight machines as if you’re working out because you’re not even sweating and did three reps. And it’s not social hour at the gym…again, conversations, take ’em to the front. And the texters, oh the texters are the main offenders of this too. Save it for later kids.

Look, I’m not saying I hate the gym completely, but lawd it needs to be warmer out soon so I can take the fitness outside.