July 28, 2015

Suspended.

Hello, hello, it’s been so long, and I don’t know where to begin.

I’m tired- like, in my bones tired, and no amount of sleep will help. Trust me, I’ve tried. And no, I’m not sick- unless you can contract Mono by lying in bed, watching Entourage. 

I’ve come to a stark realization that there is so much I want to do, and see, and read, and write, and watch, and the sheer thought of doing any of the former paralyzes me. And the concept that there’s so much to do, but so little time to do it becomes a small, dark room.

And that’s where I’ve been for the past month or so.

Trapped by the notion that there is so much to be done, but I don’t know where to begin. 

Hold tight, won't you? I'll figure it out soon enough.

July 22, 2015

The Avett Brothers: Red Rocks 2015











 



3 nights. 78 songs. No repeats.

Maybe next year I'll bring my real camera? Oh, yeah, we've already started planning next year's trip.

Who's in?

July 17, 2015

Mixtape No. 13



1. Florence + The Machine // Hurricane Drunk
2. Lake Street Dive // Use Me Up
3. The Avett Brothers // Left on Laura, Left on Lisa
4. Amy Winehouse // Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
5. Hozier // Cherry Wine (live)
6. Noah and the Whale // Just Me Before We Met
7. Coldplay // The Scientist
8. The Staves // Gone Tomorrow
9. Liza Anne // Lost

July 9, 2015

Traveling Song



I get called crazy a lot, you know- for all of the traveling. For going to see the same band over and over and over again. For taking time off from work and spending the money to see them.

I get called crazy, and then I get asked a lot of questions.

"But don't they play the same songs every show?"

"Do they recognize you in the crowd?"

And then...

"Where are you going next?"

The answers to those questions are: no, one band member does, yes, and next? Well, next is Red Rocks.

Today, actually. Kelsey and I leave today.

So follow along, won't you? On Instagram, oh, and also Snapchat. I'm going to try my hand at posting Snapchat stories all weekend. Username: lissaerin.

July 1, 2015

Philadelphia

I went to Philly last weekend to visit my cousin, Hilary. It was a long overdue trip- one that I'm impressed we could schedule, considering how busy we both are.

I got in late on Friday because I locked my keys in my car again (!) and I had to wait for my spare set to arrive. Because of that, I took off late and hit a little traffic around Newark. Oh, Newark, I hate you. You smell terrible. There, I said it.

Friday was for catching up (and really good burgers and pulled pork sandwiches, followed by a drink at speakeasy!), and Saturday morning was for a spin class- yes, I've become one of those people who travel and still work out. Quite amazing, no? We got back to her apartment mid-afternoon, took our sweet time getting ready (which involved trying on ~15 different outfit options), and walked outside to find rain...a lot of rain- sideways rain, to be exact.

After stepping outside and realizing our umbrellas were almost completely useless, we abandoned any idea of walking around, and hopped into Hilary's car, and drove ourselves further into the city, towards the promise of shopping and food.

I love Mexican food. I think I've said that once or twice or three hundred times before, but it's one of my favorite things to eat. Tacos, nachos, burritos, guacamole- I don't care, give me all of it. I said this recently while on a date, and the guy responded with two words: how boring.

How boring! How boring??

I resisted every urge to say, "Well, I'm sorry that your mother raised you as a vegetarian, and you've spent the last 10 years trying to make up for that by eating things like chicken liver." Because, well, I'm trying that whole being nice thing, you know? But I really wanted to say that. I wanted to say that and then turn on my heels and run towards the nearest Moe's.

I'm getting off track.

Margaritas and two words that should always be said together: nacho pizza.

Hilary and I took shelter at a Mexican restaurant called El Vez. We had originally planned to go to place called Tequila, but our reservation wasn't until later, and we found ourselves hungry and in the need of a stiff drink. After spending two hours getting ready, only for our hair and outfits to be ruined with one good gust of wind and rain, we figured we deserved one.

After we ate, we headed across the street to do a little shopping. And by shopping, I mean, we wanted $4 chocolates but needed to hit a credit card minimum, so Hilary treated herself to a new Alex and Ani bracelet in order to do so.

It's all about sacrifice, isn't it?

To further sacrifice our hair/outfits, we walked a handful of blocks in the opposite direction of our car to a place called...wait for it...Big Gay Ice Cream.


I could ring my shirt out by the time we got there. Our shoes were soaked and squeaking as we walked toward the counter. But the ice cream? Oh, the ice cream was so so so so worth it. Even if everyone working there, along with the other patrons, stared at us like we took a shower in our clothes before deciding to go get ice cream.

We debated meeting up with some of her friends later that night, but chose to stay in with beer and pizza (and fries! To quote Hilary, "If there's a minimum, I'm ordering fries." We agreed that will be the title of her first memoir), and watch a couple episodes of True Detective instead.


There's a quote from Maya Angelou that goes, "You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

I think we handled that rainy day pretty damn well, don't you?

June 23, 2015

Lately.






READING: My co-worker just let me borrow of her copy of Cheryl Strayed's novel Torch. Since I loved Wild and Tiny, Beautiful Things, I'm hoping to fall in love with this, too. I have to do a book haul soon- maybe once I finish this book?

EATING: Lots of quinoa and steamed broccoli. Not nearly enough pizza. Oatmeal every morning. Handfuls of trail mix.

WATCHING: Well, I cruised through the latest season of Orange is the New Black in a cool 4 days. Anyone else finish it? What did y'all think? Now I'm back to watching Entourage, and also a lot of YouTube. It's been a while since I binged on YouTube- does that mean I'm growing up? Say it ain't so.

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Two words - RED ROCKS. Kelsey and I are headed there in a few weeks to see The Avett Brothers (shocking, I know). I've only been to Colorado once, and it was for work, so I didn't get a chance to really explore. Anyone in the Denver area have any recommendations for places to eat? Shop? Get into a little trouble?

THINKING ABOUT: Those two escaped convicts. Have you heard about them? They've been on the run for two and a half weeks, and the prison they escaped from is roughly 140 miles North of where I live. I'm fascinated by this man hunt. I'm also convinced I will look out my bedroom window one morning and see them standing in the woods behind my house.

June 19, 2015

Mixtape No. 12


1. Shovels & Rope // The Devil is All Around
2. John Prine // All the Best
3. Frank Turner // Tell Tale Signs
4. Langhorne Slim // Colette
5. Neil Young // Heart of Gold
6. Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons // Never Meant to Love You
7. Of Monsters and Men // Slow Life
8. Matt Haeck* // Wonderful Wild Tennessee Child
9. The Avett Brothers // If It's The Beaches

*he played a show at my house last December- his album is on Spotify and iTunes, so check it out!