Week 29: Woodstock

and by Woodstock, i mean 311 & Sublime at Bethel Woods (the home of woodstock!).  this was my first time at a concert here and it was fantastic.  as soon as we got there it started to rain (in true woodstock fashion!) but we didn’t care because we were goin to the museum first! and it was really cool.  if you ever go to a concert in Bethel def go to the museum.  the only sub-par thing about it was the gift shop.  instead of being emblazoned with WOODSTOCK all the shirts and stuff said MUSEUM AT BETHEL WOODS…. not quite as iconic…

the venue itself is quality, it’s a large lawn shaped like an amphitheater, and very pretty.  the food was decent, the drinks were great (margaritas that were largely tequila and beer that filled from the bottom of the cup!) and the music was awesome.  by the time we made our way out of the museum it was only sprinkling and by the time we grabbed, food, drink, chairs and claimed a good spot the sun had come out and the weather was GORGEOUS, not too hot but warm enough for a tank top. while it would have been fun to mud it up like woodstock, i’m pretty glad it stopped raining.  i only wish Sublime played a little more old stuff and a little less new stuff, cause i don’t know the new stuff very well…but they were really good,the new singer sounds good. and man. it takes me right back to high school. i think i need to listen to sublime more often.  it’ll be like my youth serum.   the girls i went with had a great time and i also managed to find a bunch of my other friends there which is always nice.  and even ran into random pppl i knew.  as large a venue as it is, it really does have a small town feel to it.  very peace, love, and happiness.  and pot. 

things of note: guy in head to toe rainbow spandex, like a wetsuit with the hood and all….beanbag chairs in the one video room in the museum, very hippie-chic…..guy behind us with an excellent woodstock shirt that i meant to try and coerce him into giving me, but then he disappeared (he must have sensed my ninja coersion skillz)…..the guy running from security guards that slipped on the wet grass and bit it hard….and of course the crappy tshirts we bought in the parking lot (only $10!) that say “with special guets“, still worth it cause we forgot to even look for others in there.  (i didn’t even see any merchandising booths…).  all in all it was a great night and totally worth the slight hangover and extreme tiredness i feel today.  and bethel woods is only an hour and a hlaf away, totally not bad.  i will def go to another concert there.

so technically this happened in week 30 and not 29, but whatevs. call it creative accounting.  nothing of note happened in 29, and this week we still have make ur own t-shirt night on weds, and LCD on saturday!

movie: bad teacher.  it was fairly bad.  i find i quite dislike cameron diaz.  although per usual i l.o.v.e. jason segal.  still really want to see Horrible Bosses, Captain America, and Friends w/Benefits.  come on Dietrich, pick up the pace!  so before the movie my friend got pulled over (such a rebel, she went straight by twigs instead of turning right) and i walked over to chat with her while we assumed the coperoo was writing her a ticket. i think he was trying to sweat me out, figuring if i stood in the 95* day for long enough i would abandon ship and leave her alone to get a tix.  but my “get out of jail free” powers are too strong and he was compelled to give her a warning, woohoo! apparently we looked like we wanted some trouble because 3 cop cars drove by as we were standing there. just in case he needed back up with two tiny girls in sundresses i suppose.  maybe they thought we were in the Blood Killa gang… for serious tho, took him 10 whole minutes to write a warning.  we suspect he may have been in his car playing words with friends….

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Week 28: I Solemnly Swear I am Up to No Good.

This is it. the final chapter of Harry Potter. i am bereft. between this and Friday Night Lights only having one more episode, i really am sad to say goodbye to all these characters i love so much. it’s a strange phenomenon to have these characters that have been such a huge part of my life.  i mean i have known and read about them and watched them for over 10 years! when we were little there were no overreaching series like Harry Potter. (although i did want to join the babaysitters club and go to sweet valley high…) i am actually dreading going to see the last movie a little.  it’s like every time i read the last book i hate to get to the last page (yeah i’ve read it like 5 times, i’m a dork, you already knew that). especially since she teases us with an epilogue.  don’t show me the future and then choose not to write about it!  i’m debating about whether or not to see it in 3D.  i’m not a fan of this new craze, during action it kind of makes my eyes hurt… plus i think i will be dorky enough to say i’m a harry potter purist, i want to see this film the same way i saw the rest. 

Wednesday

watched movie 7 part 1 to prep for tomorrow.  and i realized one of the reasons i love these movies so much.  don’t get me wrong, i LOVE the books.  but after reading the books which are all so introspective, when you watch the movies you get to see the action while already knowing the emotions and feelings the characters have.  so it’s a richer experience.  and it sucks me in every time! i laugh, i cry, i literally sit on the edge of my seat and fret about the outcome (which i already know). i’m pumped for tomorrow.  my only concern is getting sleepy.  if anyone knows me, they know i don’t go out after 10PM.  if i’m already out, it’s fine and dandy. but to go home and hang out till 10, then go out? not gonna happen. i’ve already put on my jammies and will ignore your phone calls.  so to go to a movie that starts at 12;05?! well good luck to me.  i figure a fine balance of caffine and wine.  and popcorn. and giddy excitement.

Thursday

we had to get tickets in 3D.  Why on earth the Dietrich has the 2D in one of the non-fancy theaters is beyond me.  i mean, seriously, do they have another movie they need to show at 12:05 on thursday night in the other fancy theater? can’t they just switch to the old theater on friday? the logistics are killing me here. so: work, gym, moms, hotel opening, random few hours (will be super tempted to watch part 1 again), PART 2.

Friday

wow. tired.  so we did the midnight showing.  the other half of ‘the charmingly nerdy duo’ got there a few minutes before our cheduled 11 pm meetup time and called me in a slight panic, “there is a line out the door already!” well by the time i got there 5 minutes later, the line was out the door, down the block, and around the side. dietrich sold out both theaters! ridic. so we finally made it in, got good seats, popcorn, soda and our wine of course.  and the movie was great.  it had everything, action, comedy, emotion and closed the story in a very satisfying way.  for 2 hours the entire sold out theater was silent.  until the very end when some of the big name baddies are killed off and then people cheered. twice! and at the end of the movie everyone clapped.  it was great.  AND the 3D is the way to go.  sometimes i don’t like it because i think you can’t track the action well enough, but that was not a problem in this movie.  it was really well done and i think better with 3D than without.  i wasn’t as sad as i anticipated at the end, but that may have been due to the wine and the fact it was 2:30 in the damn morning….

on our way to our car we got hassled by 21 year olds coming out of the bar with their 6 packs (beer, not belly). as i got in my car, whilst ignoring them, one of them was like “oh man, is that your car? i already robbed that twice!”  really? so tempted to respond, “why? did you F*** it up the first time?” dumbass kids these days. they aren’t even competent at verbal harrassement.  although i did really want to ask them if they knew any blood killas.  but i didn’t. i just got in my car and locked the doors.

i am pondering what series to fill the void with next.  i thought perhaps hunger games, but man i breezed through those books too fast.  so i am thinking about buying the Game of Thrones books.  i really thought i would be all gung ho Twilight cause i enjoyed those books, but ugh the movies were awful.  plus the protagonist was an asshole.  and annoying in real life.  and i really couldn’t handle Edwards movie hair. it was terrible. so Game of Thrones it is. i’m thinking read the books first, then catch the HBO show when it hits netflix instant.

Random other stuff:

i got goggles for my new swimming habit.  i’ve been trying to swim every nice day when i get home and had to buy goggles cause i kept getting water in my eyes.  don’t be fooled by the seriousness of the goggles, i just swim for like 10 or 20 minutes (swimming is tiring!) and alternate between breast, side, and back strokes.  keep trying to crawl, but my form sucks. and my goggles are pink.  so i now have pink golf and swimming accessories. cause i’m awesome.

my sisters friend is my new favorite person.  she is in advertising and makes her team do fun challenges all the time.  like a new employee has to do the saltine challenge: eat 6 saltines in 30 seconds.  and she just completed the milk challenge: drink a gallon of milk in 30 minutes.  which i have never heard of anyone doing without booting.  and she did it! although she did have an ace in the hole…she grew up on a dairy farm. someone lost a challenge recently and he has to come to work every day in a tuxedo shirt and bike shorts.  at a fancy advertising agency in NYC. i mean who doesn’t want her to be their boss? money was tight and no one on her team could get a raise so she had them each write 3 things they want and she would pick one for each person to balance out no raise.  of course she thought it would be things like, more vacation, work from home, extra training…Nope. for one person the best of the 3 items was “learn to make prison wine”.  so they did. in the office.  with one notable exception, they didn’t use toilet water.  wussies.  but seriously, Cath for Boss of the Year! i want to work for you.

Week 27: The Dual Bachlorette

Atlantic City, 2 brides, 14 girls, and 2 gay guys. it was a bachelorette bonanza. if only i had gotten a pic of the whole group….

Highlights:

1. the food. oh the food…. friday we did white house subs for lunch and lemme tell you, after the girls made us walk a mile down the boardwalk in the 90* sun, into the Taj, and then into a glorified subway looking shop, i was not pleased.  and then we got the food.  probably one of the top 5 cheesesteaks of my life.  (only to be surpassed on sunday…spoiler!). totally worth it. then for dinner we did Buddahkan in Caesars which was ridiculously good.  since we had a huge group we did family style fixed price and ended up with 3 courses and about 15 different choices.  de. li. cious. the sake i tried, not so delicious, but that was my own fault.  saturday we did dinner at Fin in the Trop and it was very good, sushi and the lobster mac and cheese were great.  i drank waaaay too much during the day so i probs didn’t fully appreciate it….oops. and then brunch on sunday at the Continental in Caesars was also pre fix, family style.  OMG. fruit with marshmallow sauce, monkey bread, hummus, pancakes bacon and potatoes, and the highlight: cheesesteak eggrolls with sirracha ketchup.  it may have been the hangover talking, but i thought it was best thing i have ever eaten. easily in the top 2 cheesesteaks of my life. 

2. the beach.  i mean who doesn’t LOVE the beach.  the water, the sand, the lifeguards posing pensively by their lifeboats…. not to mention the beach bar where we watched a drunken gaggle of girls dancing in their bikinis.  while the guys did a modified fist pump because they were too cool to dance with the girls. and some of the girls did backflips so we guessed cheerleading team.  it was entertaining.  not so entertaining was the woman way too old for her bikini dancing REALLY energetically.  she was dropping it like it was hot. and it wasn’t.  it was terrifying.

3. the gambling.  i LOVE to gamble. i SUCK at gambling.  needless to say i have to look at it as more of an entertainment and decide how much i want to spend on that entertainment.  so we played roulette. i lost. and we played the slots (fish game!). i lost. my sister played blackjack. she won, i didn’t even play (i have learned over the years that i can make my money last quite long at roulette and slots, but i lose it within 5 minutes playing blackjack). so i lost all my gambling money which i totally anticipated.  but man the fish game is fun. there are these bonuses with jazzy music and dancing fish and you get to pick clams.  it’s great. 

4. pedicabs! the little “cabs” on the boardwalk where you sit in the rickshaw-type thing (minus the harness thing on front) and the guy pushes you around. we had a pedicab race on the way back from dinner and we totally won.  AND we had 4 people in our and the other cab only had 2. suckers. although i think it was only because our driver got excited and was doing fancy spins around trash cans and walking super fast and the other driver i don’t think gave a shit.  but still. winners!

5. the cabana.  on saturday we got a cabana at the Chelsea pool for the day and it was delightful. food, drink, sun, chaise lounges, pool, and even a friend from NYC (hi KFlip!) AND, thanks to our handy word of the day “re-application” no one really got an asshole tan.  i mean we are getting close to the wedding people, that could have been a crisis.

6. the speeding ticket i talked my way out of on the way home.  just kidding. i was way to tired to talk my way out of anything, the cop went to my high school. and i think didn’t give me a ticket cause he felt bad that he said “holy shit!” when i told him i graduated in ’99.   he graduated in ’08. yeah i’m old. thanks for making that obvious super young coperoo. however, i do think my good ‘not getting tickets’ luck cancels out my ‘shitty at gambling’ luck.  so i think i can safely say i broke even this weekend.

Week 26: The 2nd Annual Transcareyautic

Transcareyautic= across the lake we swim.

Monday- the 2nd annual transcareyautic.  (Ian i hope i spelled that right!).  it’s a new tradition for our family, but it’s catching on fast.  most of the cousins participate either by swimming or by being a safety kayak, or by cheering and taking pics :).  next year we may even make up some t-shirts, and have matching goggles (pretty necessary for the contact wearers).  and there was talk of an orange slice and gatorade spread when we finish next year.  this is our celebratory jump.

i gotta say, swimming across the lake is HARD.  my sister and i took the easy way and i swam over while she kayaked, then she swam back while i kayaked.  next year i will have to swim more before so i can do both ways.  the rest of monday involved eating, laying on the dock, laying on the rafts in the lake, laying in the chairs, cornhole, and more eating. 

Saturday: Clairebear’s 5th birthday party was pinkalicious! got to swim and play with the kiddos for a while, hang with adults, and enjoy a mexican fiesta.  and the weather was gorgeous!  after that i headed back to PA for the groves annual fireworks extravaganza (Hi Erin!).  per usual the food was incredible and the fireworks were even better.  seriously, the groves fireworks display is far better than the high schools (which isn’t terribly hard to beat, but still). i mean, the guy that buys the fireworks has a platinum card to the fireworks place.  as soon as he walks in they usher him to the back room for the “super sneaky special reserved” fireworks.  foodwise they had these delicious graham crackers with peanut butter in the middle covered all over with chocolate.  so good. not to mention the brisket and pork bbq.  and margaritas made with the gas powered blender with a pull start.

sunday: CHICKENS! another family tradition is chickens over the firepit.  my dad does this every year for the extended family, using his dad’s super secret recipe for the basting sauce and they are AWESOME.  in the midst of all this chicken cookin, my sister, cousin and I saved the 4th of July.  no big deal.  we are just everyday heroes.  during the 20 minutes of monsoon-type rain, we kept the chickens dry with giant golf umbrellas and then a complicated tinfoil tent. and thus, the chickens were saved. phew. later that night we gathered round the fire for smores, made with those jumbo marshmallows AND peanut butter cups.  very fancy smores indeed.  as we ate we watched the fireworks display around the lake, some people really get HUGE fireworks.  also my cousin wrote a song about the blood killas picture.  (see last weeks post). had a nice country, bluesy twang to it.  HI-larious. i seriously want a recorded version.

Sidenote: For those of you NOT in the know- Backyard Ale House has a beer club! with free swag and rewards for different levels achieved. only 96 more beers till i hit level one! ha.