Monday, July 25, 2011

Chicks Who Slap-a De Bass

I originally didn't want to play the bass guitar. Only later in life did I realize I had been influenced by my dad's view of bass players as
This is me!
"lazy lead guitarists." He, of course, is a lead guitarist. (The apple didn't fall far from the tree.) Once I discovered the joy of harmony, depth, and rhythm incorporated with the bass guitar, it was hard to follow in the footsteps of the "over-zelous melody player." (Love you, dad) And let me not forget my mom, who helped me learn how to harmonize with my voice. She was so very patient, as I was virtually unable to match my voice to whatever key the music was being played in until I was 11 years old.

I was often asked to play bass in various bands, as it was an anomaly to see a girl playing any instrument besides the piano, much less a rhythm instrument. Apparently, I wasn't bad at it either. I ended up filling the space as the original bass player for ENATION because of a recommendation via one of my previous band mates. It really is a fun instrument.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Memories, in the corner of my mind...



It's not easy to up and decide to try something new when there's a gazillion things in the world to try, so it's nice when someone drops a new experience right in front of you and asks you to have a go with it.

I had such an opportunity two weeks ago when I visited my family in Colorado. My aunt and uncle are regulars when it comes to outdoor activities, and they kindly invited me to engage in one of their favorite recreational pastimes: kayaking. I. Loved. It.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dear Stephen Spielberg

No script. No locations permits. No hair and makeup teams. No studios or networks. No money. Just pure, ridiculous fun. That's what home movies are all about!

I had the privilege of working on a home made video promo with my pals in Enation last weekend. First off, those guys are HILARIOUS, so running around town with a wacky plot left me a bit sore from all the laughing. Second, I can't believe how easy it is nowadays to make home movies look better than a 1990-something blockbuster with nothing but an iPhone and some creativity. Yes, we really did shoot our little adventure using only an iPhone 4.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Traveling 101

We all do it at least one time in our lives...travel that is. Whether it is a camping trip, a visit to a foreign country, or just to see your grandparents, the majority of us have had to travel from our homes to some location that we don't reside.

Truth be told, I rather like traveling. I love meeting new people and seeing places that I don't get to see on a regular basis. I've done it a lot in my life and have learned a few things that I'd like to share with you.

Packing: 

1. Roll. Your. Clothes. 
          Gives. You. Space. For. More. Shoes. 

2. Seriously. Always pack a snack
    You never know when you'll be stuck somewhere longer than you thought without food nearby. 

3. Make sure your iPod
              MP3 player
      laptop, netbook, iPad
            or old fashioned CD player has a fresh charge (or batteries).
                         And don't forget to pack your charger for said device(s)...

4. Invest in the travel size containers. 
            You know, for hair products, toothpaste, body wash, etc... 
And you can now use reusable quart-sized zip top bags for your   
precious products when going through TSA security.
                                  

                 







5. Put a scented sachet, fabric softener, or cedar block in your suitcase to keep your clothes smelling fresh! 



OH! And bring a sack or bag for your dirty clothes.


Traveling:
By Air

1. Dress for the security check. You can always stash those cute bangles and sexy boots in your carry on and change once you make it through security. Everyone will thank you for it.

2. Sign up for email/text notifications with the airline. Just in case they change your gate, or delay your flight, or any of those things that NEVER happen... note the sarcasm.

3. Always have gum.  This is for the greater benefit of your fellow passengers. :)

4. Think ahead. 
About your snacks and entertainment.
About your next flight. 
About needing to use the potty. 

5. Be Considerate. No one really wants to share the tiny space they paid hundreds of dollars for, but like you, they need to get somewhere important to them. Find out their story. Share yours. Make it fun.


By Car (or bus...or train, I suppose, as well...)  

1. Put together some killer road mix tunes. 
(Or have your friends make some for you. I had my friends do this for my cross country road trip a couple of years ago. It. Was. AWESOME.)

2. For real. Load up on the water and snacks.

3. Give yourself time to stop at that random place you keep seeing signs for.  

4. Stay with friends, family, or campsites. 
You'll save soooo much money. Reserve hotels for when you absolutely MUST. Unless you have the cash for the hotels...then do the hotels.  

5. Put a road trip blog together and blog it out! 
This helps keep tabs on you for safety plus it lets everyone else in on the adventure! 


I could write sooo much more, but these are some of things that I consider when traveling by air or by car. The most important things to know are: where you're going, how to be as safe as you possibly can, and to HAVE FUN!

 

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Ahhh, there's nothing like waking up and getting ready for a day of grilling, fireworks, friends & family, and an all around good time in celebration of the United States first major steps towards becoming the United States of America. I read an article this morning that said the declaration of independence was actually signed on July 2nd. We happen to celebrate the day that congress adopted it and made it an official "Hey! King George, we're takin' off. Thanks for everything. Sincerely, US."

At any rate, for US today, and not the magazine...We get to remember that it was a fight for us to have the privileges we have in this country, and for that I am truly grateful. And with my gratitude I thought it would be fun to share a recipe one of my lovely aunts shared with me!

We know about hot dogs, and burgers, and grilled onions, and bell peppers...even pineapples get grilled! But did you also know you can grill lettuce?! It's true. And it's delicious. And I hope you try it!

Here it is:

Grilled Lettuce

Use green leaf, endive, romaine, or radicchio lettuce.
Quarter the lettuce, and roll it in a mixture of:
1/3rd cup sugar
1/3rd cup red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1/3rd cup olive oil
Garlic, salt and pepper to taste (you can add a little freshly squeezed lemon juice to the mix as well)
Grill for about 25 seconds on a side on a medium heat setting

And there you have it! Grilled lettuce. Super simple. Super tasty. And whatever you do I hope that you have a BLAST today with your friends and loved ones! Be safe. Eat well. Have fun.


P.S. I want to say a special thank you to our men and women in the service who are faithfully laying down their freedoms and their lives for us to be able to live like we do. May God truly bless you and keep you safe! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!


~Amber