Archive for November, 2010


So, to start things off, last Saturday was WEQX’s 26th birthday!  To celebrate, the amazing people that run the show at EQX put together a shin dig at Northern Lights that included a bunch of awesome bands, giveaways, cake, and the sponsoring of a good cause (namely raising donations that went to New England area foodbanks).  The line up included

Deluka at Northern Lights

Lunic, The Velma’s, Ten Year Vamp, and the headliners being the totally awesome Deluka!  By the end of the evening, we were deaf, blind from strobe lights, and mute from trying to shout over the noise…..I mean music 🙂

I had never been to Northern Lights before, so I guess I was expecting…..well, something different I guess.  I was a little more than surprised when we realized our GPS wasn’t lying to us and that it was in fact located between a Dollar General and a 24 hour church in a strip mall beyond the boonies of Clifton Park.  It didn’t matter too much in the end though, because it was an

Jason and I at EQX's 26th Birthday party

 epic evening (and morning….we didn’t get home ’til 2 am) out with great friends and it was fantastic to see all the people who had made my summer so special! 

We sat, we laughed, we cringed, and I think for the most part just enjoyed doing something different, no matter how literally painful it was at points.  It’s neat to attend concerts of bands you love, especially if you are a huge fan, but they are also pretty tough on the mind and body, sometimes physically detrimental.  I think it was just as much fun finding our way there, locating a 24 hour McDonald’s at 12:30 on the way out, and talking all the way home.  Like with life, it’s often the journey that one experiences the most pleasure (not to mention the best company). 

The last few days otherwise have been pretty uneventful ( I haven’t managed to start hunting yet, although a friend sighted in my rifle and cleaned it for me so I am all set).  I have been constantly working to ensure that my Band For Hunger event this Saturday wasn’t a total flop (next blog post for the update on that one).  I think I had a poster in every major town surrounding my own, not to mention Poultney and GMC are covered in them.  I’m excited, but I’m also scared, which is normal for me and I guess a good thing.  I just hope that this will fulfill my independent study…..otherwise, it’s been a hell of a three months for not a whole lot on my end folks 🙂 

A good night out with good friends!Yay for people who can sing!

Yay for people who can sing!

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Learning to Live, Not Survive.

Okay, big news – everyone ready?  Here goes…..I did not do a single piece of homework this weekend.  BOOYA!!! (If anyone’s wondering, yes that is a Kim Possible quote and I don’t care because that show rocks).  Yes, so anyways, I am a straight A, never slouch off once, homework fool.  I don’t mean to say that I love it, just that my parents did way too good a job in raising me to be a good person…..just saying.  Here is my extended weekend in a nutshell: 

Friday:

Okay, Friday I did a lot of homework because I was trying to get it all squared away.  BUT, Friday night was reserved for movie night with friends!  We ate a new ringer of a mexican dish my sister made (we all agreed it was a keeper) and someone brought all the fixings for ice cream sundays for dessert!  We watched What’s Up Doc? first.  If you haven’t seen this film, please, do the world a favor and I am pretty sure it will be at the top of your favorite DVD’s stack – it’s definitely one of mine!  I say it’s probably one of Barbra Streisand‘s best films.  Next, we watched Hoodwinked, also one of my all time fav’s.  If you haven’t noticed, there is a pattern here 🙂  Especially with animated films.  I enjoy just about nothing more than watching Finding Nemo, Flushed Away, Robots, Monsters VS Aliens, all of the Ice Age films, Tarzan is one of my all time favorite comfort movies, and so many more.  There have only been a few that either creeped me out or just were actually aimed at five year olds instead of being chock full of adult humor (it’s the parents taking the kids to the movies and having to sit through it right?  Someone was thinking really well when they decided they should throw in some things to entertain the adults as well). 

Last, but certainly not least, we watched The Italian Job.  It’s one of my dad’s favorite movies and my sister and I see nothing wrong with watching Jason Statham expertly manuever a mini cooper 🙂  

Saturday: 

Finally, had a day where I could sleep a little later, especially after my field trip on Wednesday.  Oh yeah, speaking of which, I had a field trip for my Graphic Communications class to the Queen City Printers Inc. in Burlington.  It was really cool but……two and a half hours in a van at 7 am, half an hour tour of the press factory, and another two and a half hours back……you do the math.  Either way, it was still a nice trip.  However, I haven’t had a good nights sleep since.  SO, then I went outside  and helped my dad chop and stack about a cord and a half of wood.  It was something we definitely needed to do, but boy it hurts!  As soon as we finished, I did something spur of the moment – which is rare for me.  I went down to Cone’s Point general store and bought myself a hunting license for deer season.  Open season starts this coming weekend, so we’ll see.  I haven’t been hunting since I was fifteen, so I know I am a bit rusty.  Usually, school really interferes with any chance at taking time off to get up at the crack of dawn and sit out in the woods to freeze your butt off, but I decided that I would rather be ready to go if I actually got an opportunity.  Hopefully I will be sighting in my hunting rifle with a friend’s help this Friday at his shooting range!  Fingers crossed….

Next, my dad headed off to work and my sister and I BAKED A PUMPKIN!!!  We stuffed it (and I mean stuffed it) with rice, beef, homegrown carrots and squash, and corn and shoved it in the oven for about three hours.  It. was. amazing!  I think it’s a keeper.  We also watched Jaws….because we felt like it.  Okay, it was certainly more annoying than I remember (the typical horror movie commentary: “don’t open the door!  Why don’t you have a gun? and why the hell didn’t you bring a bigger boat!?!?”), BUT it also has a lot of great quotes that I forgot about.  The boat one is pretty well known, but I think my favorite part is when the mother sees a picture of a shark eating a boat  and starts screaming at her son to get off the boat and back in doors…priceless 🙂 

I also had to bring an air tank into the college to help a student with a flat tire for my dad……he was lucky I wasn’t in my PJ’s yet. 

Sunday:  Another latish morning…..except we forgot about changing the clocks, so I actually managed to be bright eyed and bushy-tailed by 9 am.  Not bad.  Next, off to go food shopping.  After that, we came home, got changed, and headed out to dinner with friends at the Lakehouse Pub and Grille in Bomoseen.  We were all a little exhausted, but it was still fun!  I had some New England Clam Chowder that was pretty good and the roast duck special…..not as good, especially if I had paid full price for it (Sunday’s entrees are half-price).  Otherwise, it was just nice to be out with friends.

Monday: 

Yeah……I’ve decided something – Monday’s are ironic.  No really, I can do nothing but laugh at the irony that every Monday since the beginning of this semester something has happened to make my day….well, just a little less pleasant.  Today, for instance, I awoke at 6:30 instead of 7:30 to the sound of….well, to be honest it sounded like a really big mouse (or rat) walking around on bubble wrap.  I tried to wake up a bit more as I grabbed my flashlight and headed into the construction zone that’s known as the upstairs bathroom (directly at the foot of my bed).  Low and behold, I see something large moving around on top of the temporary insolation that’s stapled to the ceiling.  I hear a “mmeeeoowww!!” right before the cat comes crashing down, insolation with it.  After throwing the cat back outside, I grabbed a milk carton and a staple gun, stapled the insolation back to the roof, took a freezing cold shower (yeah, my timing was so unfortunate that neither my sister or I had a warm shower because we took one at the same time in different bathrooms), and then really started my day.  Now, if you live anywhere near Vermont while reading this, you’ll understand that the day didn’t really improve.  Evidence, you ask?  Verified:

Vermont means.....never having a snow day because....well, it snows too much for that.

Okay, so that was taken at 3 pm and isn’t the best example of today, as it has continued to snow right up til…well, I think it’s still going.  We lost power at home for a few hours, my car had about an inch of ice on it all day, and I had to trudge across campus about four times while my face was pelted with ice bullets (I lost my winter hat on Friday, has anyone seen it on campus or picked it up?  It’s gray plaid and soft with a small stiff brim – I’d really appreciate getting it back if anyone has it!!!). 

On a much brighter note, I register for classes tomorrow morning….oh, no wait – that wasn’t the brighter note.  Oh well, the real bright spot is that my morning class is cancelled and I am taking off from workstudy, so I get to stay home on my Tuesday!!!  YAY!!!  Well, I’ve got to have something 🙂  Here, watch this short video clip from Hoodwinked to make your day – be warned though, it will be stuck in your head for the rest of the evening and it contains SPOILERS (so if you plan on seeing this movie later because of my awesome recommendation, don’t watch it)!

Food, Delights, and Frights, Oh My!

First let me say that New Hampshire is horrible to drive in…..I know, that had nothing to do with Halloween, but it needed to be said.  I spent Thursday and Friday driving through it to find a conference and boy was it stressful.  I think this should be there next “Welcome to New Hampshire!” slogan:  “Where blinkers are useless, driving etiquette is non-existent, and roundabout’s are on every stretch of road!”

I think the highlight of my trip though was eating in Portsmouth.  There were sooooo many places to eat and we were so hungry that we pretty much picked the first one we saw – which just happened to be The Coat of Arms British Pub.  It. was. amazing!  I have been to England/European country-side a few times and there is nothing better than REAL English food (well….except for maybe Welsh, which is to die for)!  The food was so good – I had hand-made shepherds pie and my sister had bangers and mash (in other words, stuffed sausage and mashed potatoes).  Definitely worth all the traffic based aggravation. 

I woke up Saturday to get as much homework as I could done in order to enjoy a bit of my Halloween weekend. 

My failed attempt to plan ahead.....

Unfortunately, I spent so much time concentrating on homework that I didn’t try on my Star Trek costume before Rutland’s Halloween Parade that evening.  Needless to say, it didn’t fit (picture a milk carton costume, except it was red).  So, in a fit of panic and desperation, I dressed in all black, through on a neat dress mask that I had picked up earlier on in the week, and called myself Mardi Graus.  Eh, it worked.

It had snowed for most of the day before hand (thankfully none of it stuck), so it was downright cold.  The parade was…..well, better than last year.  It was raining ice, not EVERY float was a tribute to either the Pirates of the Caribbean or Indiana Jones (although there was one Indiana Jones highschool band theme), and it was fun to hang with great people.  I got to see my two best friends at the same time, both I hadn’t seen for a long time.  It felt good to just goof off and be a little out of the norm (one of the reasons I love Halloween so much).  I didn’t get much candy, but they never give any out to us old people.  Apparently, you have to be five or under to truly enjoy all the benefits of Halloween….go figure.  Some of the candy-carriers are quite evil too – especially the women.  We get such bad looks if we ask for a piece of candy.  Oh well, I guess that is one part of this holiday that is limited to the extreme youth. 

 Sunday began at around 10 am, as we fired up the new oven (yay!) and started baking our hearts out for our friends Halloween party!  We made sooooooo much food!  Here is a list of some of the food we made, as well as some of my best friend’s creations:

Chocolate Toffee Cheesecake

Apple Cheesecake Strudel Bars

Apple Pie

Brownies with bone shaped sprinkles

Witch fingers, made of sugar cookie dough with iced and sprinkled nails and bloody stumps (the scariest and most awesome Halloween creation ever!)

Pretzel Wands, as well as ones with chocolate rats and skeleton fingers

We also stopped at a Christmas Tree Shop while we were in New Hampshire and picked up some amazingly priced Halloween party decorations!  All in all, I think we had more fun baking and decorating for this party than anything!  Although…….this year’s trio costume job was probably the best idea we have had in years!!!  My sister went as

Halloween 2010

the Queen of Hearts, my best friend was an Evil Alice, and I was the Mad Hatter.  It was a blast!  I actually am not that big a fan of Alice in Wonderland, but our costumes were out of this world!  I bought a huge version of the original motion picture hat online, as well as a tie with playing cards on it, playing cards for earrings, stockings with decks of cards on them, and a funky striped skirt.  My costume was more a mish-mash of different items, but it’s the first time it actually really worked and looked good! 

I assumed no one else at our friend’s party would show up in costume, but I was pleasantly surprised yet again.  Everyone had great costumes, with a few ringers!  Not naming names, but there was a husband and wife that swapped costumes and went against the typical grain with the Hooker and Pimp outfits (can you guess?! I gave it Best Costume for the evening! even their dog was dressed up).  Also, there was another husband and wife who dressed in the matching plug and wall-socket costume……I’m not usually a fan of that sort of thing, but they were perfect in it!!  There was a raggedy anne, a Templar knight, the Hamburgler, a mister Monopoly, a lady bug, a zombie, and a wizard.  AND, there was more food than any village could finish off.  The party lasted well into the night (which was unfortunate really, as I had three classes, work-study, and meetings all day on Monday).  Final thought: It was a Halloween I will never forget and I hope we can do it again next year! 

Hope everyone had just as much fun and a safe Halloween! 

Cheers! 

The Alice in Wonderland Tribute!

"Off with their heads!" No!!!!