End of the Month Wrap Up: July 2014


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This was a busy month and I’m going to stray from the music news a little bit in this post (and even insert a selfie! Oh my, what is this blog coming to?!?!).

First things first: I JUMPED OFF A BUILDING! Okay, rappelled. Let’s not get technical though.

Dressed in full cat lady gear as seen above. It was amazing, breathtaking, stunning, f@$#ing awesome, I don’t even have words to continue on about what an experience it was. I got in the harness (may not be able to have babies, damn it was tight!) and headed up to the roof to prepare. After a safety explanation and practice rappel off a five foot ledge, it was on to 22 stories of the Hyatt.

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Clipped in, I slowly glanced down the side and for a split second, I asked myself what the heck I was doing up there but it was time. I scooted up onto the ledge, grabbed the bar and slowly leaned into the harness. Five minutes later, I was midway down, waving to my mom, aunt and roommate as they cheered. Yes, I could hear them all at the top! When I hit the bottom, my legs were a bit weak, like sea legs after a day of boating but it was so worth it! I ended up raising just under $1200.00 but my fundraising page is still open!

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Every $500.00 I earn, covers an athlete for the year. We’re talking transportation, training and equipment. I was able to meet a few athletes and they’re truly inspiring. Not only do they train hard every day, they worked hard at the rappel and made sure we were all set on the way up to the roof and cheered for us at the bottom. Still, why would I just go out and do something so extreme? I think it’s just another piece of my dad in my heart. He raised a weirdo obsessive collector, with an adventurous soul that wants to help people, just like him (don’t forget the fart jokes!).

Aside from the biggest fundraiser I’ve taken part of to date, July was also a month of music for me. I blogged a whole bunch, saw some local performers and there were some great links out there so I felt immersed this month.

FolkFest

The Lowell Folk Fest was the 25th – 27th so I headed down Saturday and Sunday with friends and family. It was so much fun and I think I managed to walk off all the fried dough I ate. Ya know, Lowell sometimes gets crapped on but I love it here. It’s certainly not crack town USA anymore and the diversity is amazing. Honestly, I think there might be more ethnicities in Lowell than all of Massachusetts because of our mill history. Do you know how much yummy food and great folk music performances that makes for!?!

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By far, the most popular line was for the Polish tent. These ladies are NOTORIOUS. My family is partly Polish so I’ve known of these magical bites of heaven for ever. Above is one of the ladies actually demonstrating how to make pierogis.

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There was a LOT of great music, but I only managed to grab one picture to share with you. Above is the bluegrass group that played, but there were street performers, steel drum groups, a Japanese drumming group (they were SO COOL!) and a traditional Greek folk group that all played ass well.

Like I mentioned, there were a lot of great lists out there this month. Ladies, if you’re sick of “bro country”, head over to THIS Buzzfeed post so listen to some bad ass ladies. I’ll admit, I’m not a big country fan, but it’s not fair to exclude the genre, especially on this blog! Also, on the new music side of things, there is a group of hard rocking 8th graders out there kicking some major metal butt. Learn more about the group from another Buzzfeed article HERE.

Do you have Spotify? Hit up THIS Billboard article for an awesome summer playlist. Thirty songs should give you a great start to that cook out, picnic, party, rafting down the river trip or whatever your adventure is! Summer’s also the time for lo-oO-OoO-v-eeee so if you’re feeling a little romantic, I have a Buzzfeed link for ya! Head over to it HERE. Speaking of Summer, Billboard had a great list of songs from the 1970s for the summer. Check it out!

Well, that’s about all for July! It felt very busy, hopefully August will just be relaxing beach days, blogging and a baby watch for two amazing ladies (not me!)!

Where Have You Been All My Life?


I’m here, I swear! It’s been a busy month for me. I had a bunch of doctor’s appointments and have been going into the office alot. I’ll be back to regular daily updates this week. I do have a few little updates for y’all in the meantime:

I had to get rid of the image page in the interest of saving space. You of course, can still find the images on my Facebook page!

Also, in the interest of saving space, I’ll be creating a new blog soon for just the singles. Be on the look out for that!

Wear Your Music


Daria and I are still obsessing over the album purses I had previously posted, but now we’ve got some accessories and T-shirts to add to my “want it now” list. I think she’s been hiding in my drawers and shopping bags as a sign too.

You should make your way over to Vling! to check out their jewelry and more. I definitely want the artist palette necklace, but the bracelets are pretty neat too!

If you’re not really into jewelry, there’s always these T-shirts from Junior Massive in Austrailia. I definitely want the bird one! They do ship internationally as well.

Have you guys seen examples of albums used in fashion? Where’s the Project Runway challange for this?

When Beer Meets Vinyl…


…Heaven happens.

Okay, that might be a tad extreme. But that should show how excited I am for this! Dogfish Head Brewery has teamed up with Deltron 3030 to create Postive Contact – a beer / cider hybrid. It was released in a box set of six 750-ml bottles with a 10-inch vinyl EP of four new Deltron 3030 remixes created exclusively for this project, and a list of Deltron 3030-inspired recipes from a small group of renowned chefs.

 I was lucky to snag one of the albums before the hipsters got their hands on them (one of the many perks of working in a liquor store) so look for that entry soon! And remember, drink lots of water to fight off those hangovers!!

Change: It’s A-Comin’


I’ve been thinking about switching up the appearance of the blog for a while now. Ya know, make it fresher, not so dark but I wanted a similar layout. Then, I happened across a theme called Yoko and figure it’s just as fitting as Piano Black for a music related blog! Dawson’s in shock as you can tell, but he’ll have to get over since I’m pretty happy with how everything will look.

In other randomly related to the collection news, I’m so close to having 500 albums entered!!! If I stay on track, I’ll easily surpass 500 by July. I’m trying to set tiny goals for each month so I don’t get overwhelmed or burn out. I’m proud of the progress so far, so on I go, song by song, day by day! At least I have Daria’s precious face to curl up at the end of the day.

Insanely Awesome Use of Used Albums


I figured it would only be appropriate if my two little fashionistas presented this link for purses made from recycled albums.

When I was in college my mom and I happened in a store that sold similar purses and it’s been stuck in my head since. They were small, between a wallet and clutch size. These new ones seem to be a lot more refined than those originals. I love everything about these from the lid to the use of both the cover and album. I absolutely can’t wait to get one! What would you get?

Cover to Cover Purses

Hmmm, An Idea For My Jukebox?


 Dawson is a TV junkie. Seriously, he loves TV and video games (especially Mario Kart) and even has his own “spot” on our couch. One of his favorite shows is “Tanked” on the Animal Planet. you should check out the link below to learn more about his favorite show!

TANKED!

What does Dawson’s TV addiction have to do with this blog? Well, the guys at ATM made an AMAZING tank from an old juke box! I know, crazy right? You can catch the guys as they show it off to the new owner below. I suggest you do, because this fish tank is seriously incredible!!

Watch the Reveal Here