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Thursday, September 12, 2013

REVIEW TIME: Laura Marling in Somerville

I feel blessed to have seen Laura Marling perform last week at the Somerville Theater. If you can believe it, she is even more beautiful than I imagined. Her speaking voice is so lovely and soft, much like her singing. She stood upon the stage, alone, with her guitar and wearing light blue toms and a black sweater/dress combination. Looking very comfortable and relaxed, she opened that gorgeous mouth and the entire room went silent.

For research purposes:

Let's talking opening act for a moment. Christian Mcneill, where did you come from fine fellow? He writes his own songs, plays guitar like a mad man, and sings with the passion of Liz Lemon guarding her sandwich. 

I wholly recommend checking him out. And with body, mind, and soul, I urge, I compel you to go see Laura Marling in concert if you can. If she's not playing in a venue near you, go to your local library and burn all of her cds onto your computer. She's brilliant. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Brandi Carlisle, have my bones

It was 4 years ago, listening to WUMB radio when I first heard the beautiful voice of Brandi Carlisle. The song was "What Can I Say" and I felt physically jolted. I stopped what I was doing and listened...and listened...and listened. And when it was over, I had to shake myself back into reality. I had heard the name, Brandi Carlisle before and thought I knew who she was. I was wrong. Oh no. This woman was entirely different. The voice I heard on the radio blew me away.
I was on my laptop at the time, so I made a sticky note of her name. And then, I forgot about it. Even though I fell in love with Brandi Carlisle that destined fall evening, I forgot about her. I am ashamed, but forgive me. I was young and easily distracted. Now I know better and I know never to forget Brandi Carlisle. 1 year ago, she re-entered my life when, listening to WUMB radio, I heard "If There Was No You," for the first time and I fell in love again. This time, I made no mistake of letting other things get in the way. Have my bones Brandi Carlisle, and have my heart. Just continue to make music, for everyone's sake.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Damn Good Show

In my blissful free month of netflix, I found the most brilliant show in the world. I don't say this lightly. "Orange is the new Black" is so incredibly well thought out and cast, that I feel at a loss of words to describe its greatness. I already finished the first season and I cannot wait for the second to come out. 

Here's the concept. There's this woman, engaged to a nice (but boring in my opinion) man, living in a nice house in Brooklyn, making soap for Barney's with her pregnant best friend. BUT; she's about to go to prison for 15 months for drug smuggling 10 years ago with her international drug cartel leader ex-girlfriend, played by Laura Prepon. How hot is she...I'll tell you, extremely hot. 

Watch it for the content. The different story lines all come together in such a beautiful way. And it makes you want to stay the hell out of prison. Every character has their own story, their own reasons for the crimes they committed, and you will become invested in each one. These ladies are superb actors and this show is going to hit big.I have complete faith. 

Friday, June 14, 2013


Let me tell you. There are definite perks of working for the government, well, interning for the government. Getting to see the President himself, Mr. Barry H. Obama, is one of them. What a presence. He had the whole room captivated the second he walked onto the stage.

"I'm not going to talk trash about the hockey game," he said, laughing as the crowd booed him. He has humor and charm. He has intelligence and a voice so powerful, no cat calls from the audience stopped him from continuing his speech. The man is a living, walking political genius. And his sincerity rings through in his words.

Not only did we get to see good ole Barry, but Mayor Menino made a special appearance, as well as Senate rep Sonia Chang-Diaz, City Councillor Ayanna Pressley, and the man who Obama came to talk about...Ed Markey, future senator of Massachusetts.

Of course, the crowd came for the President, but he made a great case for Mr.Markey. I'm telling you, guys. This gig I got here at Boston City Hall; it's outstanding. I've only been working for 2 weeks and I'm already 50 feet closer to the President of the United States. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

America what the what

When you travel for a long period of time, coming home is a whirlwind of emotions...for me: sad, excited, worried, exhausted, happy. It's been nearly 4 days and life seems to be a standstill, like I'll be going back to London in a week or two. Sadly, I will not be. Sorry, family and friends, don't get me wrong. I am so beyond happy to see you all, but I miss London and my API buds like crazy. So far this week, I've done a lot of things (not). It has consisted of...


That says it all. OH and I got my license renewed this morning. That was exciting. And really, you cannot listen to too much Laura just can't.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Winning at Wimbledon/hanging out in 3 hemispheres

 It was a Emma/Heather/Stu week. On Wednesday, we went to Greenwich and got to stand in 3 hemispheres on the Prime Meridian. And on Friday, we went to Wimbledon and got breakfast at The Breakfast Club...mmm, still thinking about that hot chocolate.
Yep. We tredged through rain and sleet. I lost my umbrella to the struggle, but it was worth it, the whole world all around us.
Look how happy I am. It was exactly how it appears. That is also because we finally reached our destination and that is the look of relief.

This is when we won our triples match against Serena and Venus Williams. They basically count as 3 of us (or 10), so it was a huge upset that we won.

Of course, we had to try some swag on and I have to say, we definitely worked it. I'm expecting a phone call from Tim Gunn any day now, or Venus to ask us to model for her tennis line.
Photos by Heather Peterson and Stuart Tunnicliffe.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

with love from Paris

Paris. I don't even know what to say. I was pretty speechless for the first couple of hours we were walking around. It was as beautiful as I thought it would be...and then some. It was raining. It was sleeting. It was even hailing. But with Edith Piaf and Carla Bruni singing in my head, ahead I strode and with a sparkle in my eye, I ventured through the winding streets of Paris, enjoying the historic architecture, the sweet smell of baguettes, and the warm nutella crepe melting in my mouth. Hey you. Yes, you, the one reading this blog. If you have not yet been to Paris, please go. You will not be disappointed, I promise. Go to the Louvre, and Laduree Paris for the best macaroons.