I am on a winter vacation, snowboarding in New England! I'm having a great time, but I thought it would be helpful to give some advice for visiting ski resorts. So here's a list of rules I think everyone should follow:
1. Don't take other people's stuff. It's actually kind of amazing that in this day and age there are still places where you can leave your things out in the open and chances of anything getting stolen are slim to none. But every once in a while, something goes missing. So make sure to mark your belongings with your name, or some sort of obvious marker (ex. I have a red ribbon on my bag). So let's keep ski resorts trustworthy, and only handle your own things.
2. When you're done eating/getting dressed, leave the lodge. There are only so many chairs and tables to go around. So once you're ready to hit the slopes, don't dilly-dally. Just get out there! And once you're finished with your snack/lunch, move so that other people who haven't eaten can use the space. Don't be a table/chair hog!
3. If you're slow on the slopes, or a beginner, wait for the faster, more experienced skiers and snowboarders to pass you. Now, I don't consider myself an expert, and I don't like to speed down the mountain. But it is very frustrating when I'm trying to do my thing, and there's a family in front of me traversing the entire mountain at the rate of slugs. I fell several times just trying to avoid hitting people who didn't know what the hell they were doing. If you can't handle it, wait your turn, or stick to the bunny slope.
4*. Snowboarders: When you're waiting in the line for the lift, and one
of your feet is off the board, clip the straps of the loose binding
together. It's difficult if I'm trying to get on the lift with you,
and I keep stepping on your straps. It's not that hard to tuck
everything in nice 'n' tidy.
5. If you're the extra single on the lift, please attempt to make polite conversation. I know some people don't like talking to strangers, but if you're going to be sitting next to some people for the next five minutes, you might as well be friendly. Even if you're just commenting on how great the hills are or how cold it is, that's better than sitting there totally mute (or ragging on our older boards, as one gentleman did to us). It makes the lift ride less awkward and more pleasant, and you might make a friend.
6*. If you're with friends/family on vacation, don't call/text you significant other who isn't with you. Seriously? You can't go a few hours without chit-chatting with your lover-boy/girl? I went several days without talking to my boyfriend before I checked in with him. It is just so rude to talk/text to other people who aren't even present in the room, while ignoring people you're actually with at that very moment.
*My own sister and father are guilty of these.
And a little special rant to ski resorts: WHY must you cater to families? Okay, I get it, ski lessons are expensive, and you want kids to enjoy skiing so that they spend their own money at ski resorts when they grow up. But it must be obvious how less enjoyable to ski experience is for those of us who don't have children. And it's not just the fact that these kids are on the slopes either going super-fast or slow as molasses, messing up my groove. It's actually all of the stuff that has nothing to do with skiing or snowboarding. For example, Cannon Mountain had a bouncy castle IN THE LODGE. I had to eat my sandwich next to a handful of kids jumping and screaming inside this box that is clearly meant to be outside. Yes, I realize it's very cold. Guess what? Don't have a bouncy house. Ski resorts are not required to have bouncy houses. And Bretton Woods had a rock climbing wall inside as well. Why? I'm trying to enjoy my clementine, and instead I have to watch a bunch of kids belay off the walls and hang from the ropes like monkeys. That does not help my appetite.
Friday, February 13, 2015
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However, I watched the music video, and it definitely fell short of my expectations, especially after the video for "Blank Space" which is beautiful and pure genius. The scenes are all choppy and go back-and-forth in no purposeful manner; it's hard to follow. And while I can see the parallel with nature never going out of style (i.e. lightening has always happened), the forest/beach clips seem out-of-place. Also, I was really confused by the mish-mash of images of her face on his face/curtains/shards of glass/etc. and vice versa. I'm not sure what that has to do with never going out of style. That part just seemed artsy for art's sake; I guess that's okay because both music and video ARE art, but with a layperson audience, being literal doesn't have to be a bad thing (see below).
Here is what I would have liked to see: If something never goes out of style, that means it's timeless, right? So this song is about a timeless romance. So why not show a couple (i.e. Swift and some hottie) that gets together and then breaks up every couple of decades? You could have the 1920's Gatsby era, the 1950's Grease time, the 1960's flower-power/hippie phase, the 1980's (which needs no description), and then modern times? And the running themes throughout would be the words in the song: the red lipstick, the white T-shirt, etc. (which the current video does but not in the way I'm imagining).
I get that it's hard to top the video for "Blank Space." But I think they could've tried a little harder. But Swift looks to die for (as usual) in this new video, so at least there's that. #GirlCrush
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
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And seeing as that didn't happen, this movie was pretty much a complete wash. For one, there wasn't enough back-story. The past was alluded to, but flashbacks here and there would have been helpful, even perhaps starting the movie far into the past and then racing back into the future. There were too many things that were mentioned but not explained fully, leaving the audience confused and wanting more answers. Also, there is a lack of characterization, especially for the two main actors. You can tell that Channing Tatum's character has some anger issues and a lot of baggage, and Mila Kunis' character is just some pretty girl with zero personality. The fact that they both fall for each other so quickly is 1. immature and stupid and 2. ridiculous because there's nothing there besides good looks! It just was hard for me (and I'm sure for others) to connect to these characters whom we know so little about and really feel no empathy for.
Then there were other things that were just weird. Eddie Redmayne sounds just like he did as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. One character has an Oedipus complex and wants to marry the woman who is the reincarnation of his mother. And I wanted to shave off Tatum's goatee the whole time.
I think the only parts I liked were Kunis' wedding dress in the movie, and the planet where the character Kalique Abrasax lives, since it too is covered in flowers and is so beautiful.
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PS: I realize I mainly write movie reviews about silly movies. I do watch important films! I have seen American Sniper and The Imitation Game, which are both phenomenal, but they are so good I don't know what I'd say in a blog post besides, "Go see this movie!"
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
I went to this concert last year, and it was so good that I had to come again! WMZQ does such a good job on this event; I went last Friday and it was so much fun!
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BUT other than their appearances, I did enjoy the music!
-Wild at Heart
-And something else...I can't remember!
Here are the songs from the other groups:
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-Girl in a Country Song
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-Where I Come From
-If You Ever Stop Loving Me
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-All Country on You
-Don't Give Me No Lip
-And then some song about an old guy (he's got more than one of these); blanking on the name!
The concert wrapped up with all of the bands singing "Luckenbach Texas" by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. I guess I'm too young to know this song, but I think there were plenty of people in the audience who weren't familiar with it. I thought it was unfair to choose this song, mainly because 1. Gloriana admitted that they perform this song a lot already, so they had an unfair advantage and 2. Maddie and Tae didn't know the words! Why didn't they choose a famous country song that everybody knows, performers and concert-goers alike?
But all in all I thought it was a great event, and I look forward to seeing next year's line-up!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- ½ medium chopped onion
- ¼ cup melted butter
- ¼ cup flour
- 2 cups half-and-half cream
- 2 cups chicken stock
- ½ lb fresh broccoli (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup carrot, julienned
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 8 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- Saute the onion in 1 tablespoon melted butter and set aside. In a large pot whisk together the melted butter and flour over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes.
- Slowly whisk in the half and half and chicken stock. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Add the broccoli, carrots, and onions. Let them simmer on medium low for about 25 minutes until the broccoli and carrots are tender.
- Add nutmeg, salt and pepper and sharp cheddar cheese. Let the cheese melt and then serve. For a smoother soup puree it in a blender... but I love the chunks.
Monday, February 2, 2015
I often scroll through the Cosmopolitan Twitter feed, and I came across a link that posted several recipes you could make with boxed cake mixes. I translated that to mean, "Really easy, really yummy desserts," so I thought I'd try one.
I chose to make the Pistachio Pudding Cookies, since I love pistachio pudding. Here's the recipe:
- 1 white cake mix
- 1 small box instant pistachio pudding mix
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1.5 cups white chocolate chips
- (optional nuts)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl combine cake mix, pudding mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and 3/4 teaspoon almond extract. Mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
- Add in 1.5 cups white chocolate chips and stir.
- Measure out 1 tablespoon dough rounds and place on cookie sheet leaving space between each one. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on edges.
Prep Time: 5 mins. Cook time: 12 mins.
Total time: 17 mins.
Recipe inspired by allrecipes.com Cake Mix Cookies IV