Day Trips from NYC: Storm King

posted on: Sunday, May 25, 2014

I'm currently suffering from a lack of a computer due to my busted machine being in the shop being repaired. Waiting for pay day, you know how it goes. I have some photos on my camera that need downloading, editing, some writing to do, so on and so forth but that will have to wait. In the mean time, here you go, a way overdue post.

A few weeks ago I made one of my girl friends wake up at the crack of dawn to drive upstate to go to Storm King. I'd been before ages ago but she'd never been. It was a pretty rad day, a bit overcast which made all the big ol' sculptures look even cooler if such a thing is possible. Always worth a look... I'm really into big metal art and Storm King is the ultimate in awesome sauce if you're into that. Gorgeous upstate setting, sweet paths for light hiking and rad as all get out installations. So worth the trip. Please indulge me for a minute as I just drop a load of photos in (including a little self portrait - nerrrrd alert). xo

Bike rides: Greenpoint, Newtown Creek and Long Island City

posted on: Saturday, May 10, 2014

I'm SO HAPPY that it's finally getting warm. Today it's a solid 81 degrees. Whhhaaaaaattt! Yes. A couple of weeks ago, Record Store Day to be exact, it wasn't quite as warm but it was pretty close. I woke up early and went for a bit of a bike ride, up to Greenpoint and across the creek and around the Long Island City waterfront. On the way back I bumped into the hubs which sparked off a new thing we're trying to do most Saturdays, me biking along while he runs his 6 miles. Good stuff, y'all.

I'm really trying to be healthier, I'm watching what I eat and I'm on the second week of couch to 10k! Yay! The goal is, this year I finish it and am running 6 miles 3-4 days a week by the time the weather starts to get cold and I'm sooooo addicted to working out that I shell out the cash for a gym membership. And then, that I actually go to the gym. New lifestyle, making it happen. Green smoothies are a good start to a day of exercise and stuff, right?

The lines outside the record stores were pretty epic, both at Academy Records and Permanent Records. I didn't ride by Rough Trade but I'll bet it was crazy. I didn't do any record shopping that day but I did buy a record last weekend! Go me?

Newtown Creek is so gross. Superfund site... Yuck. But hey, look, I'm waving at myself! Hey!

I'm into these chill Saturdays, being outside and seeing stuff. I'll try to carry my camera with me more often. This morning would have been a great one, waking up early to walk through the East Village to drop off my broken laptop. Great energy, great start to the day. And then, a bike ride. Exercise is good for you, you know...

Live tunes: The Knife, Shaking the Habitual Tour at Terminal 5

posted on: Saturday, May 3, 2014

I don't even remember the first time I heard the Knife. Maybe my last year at college? I remember being in someone's car and he played the Jose Gonzalez cover of "Heartbeats" and I knew all the words. Anyway, when I was living in Austin in 2006 they came to NYC and SF on the Silent Shout tour. I wanted to go but tickets were sold out, I was poor as dirt and couldn't fly away, so on and so forth. Not even going to lie, that's one of the reasons I decided to move to New York. I wanted to be somewhere I would be able to see all the bands that don't play shows anywhere else. And wouldn't you know, I moved here, stopped listening to music as much (I haaaate headphones) and stopped going to shows unless it was for something truly epic. Oh well. I have seen some great stuff: Refused at Europa in Greenpoint, Murder City Devils at an outdoor riverfront park during the day, Goat, so on and so forth. And now... The Knife. Finally.

Of course I only had my iPhone so my photos aren't the best quality but that's ok. It's hard to take photos of lasers and dancers and just all around bad assness, especially when you're busy shaking your tail feathers. The show was really great, truly amazing, incredible energy, so on and so forth. Worth the trek through the blinding rain (one of NYC's ten rainiest days of all time!) all the way to the west side. My heart is still reeling. Thanks guys.

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