Moving on Up

I has been a little over two months since my big move (and since I last posted…oops!) and to say that I am thoroughly inspired and in love with my new neighborhood would be an understatement.  It is such a relief to be in a neighborhood where people actually walk around and where I see a diverse set of people.  In my old ‘hood, it was more car and bus oriented so it always felt weird to walk anywhere and in some instances, the sidewalk would just abruptly stop and you would be forced to trudge through foliage to get to your destination.  Now I am surrounded by urban gardens, sidewalk cafes, boutiques, and restaurants galore. The apartment complex across the street from me has a fountain in their courtyard, so anytime the weather is nice, I can open my windows and zen out to the sound of the water. On Friday and Saturday nights, I do have to deal with all of the drunken people and loud motorcycles en route to the local bars, but I don’t mind since pros of the apartment far outweigh the cons. My favorite thing about the apartment is that I have a great view of the city skyline from my bedroom window, and it looks even better at night when the buildings are illuminated in various colors. I will do a series on apartment hunting, living with a roommate, decorating, and how to put together Ikea furniture without losing your mind (you are going to love that one).
P.S. Check out the new blog header! It was designed by MerelyBlogDesign. If you are in need of design services for your blog or website, definitely get in contact with her. I have been admiring her work for a while now and I am excited that I got to work with her.

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Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto Tour

I am a huge Coldplay fan.  There is not a Coldplay album that I don’t own nor song that I dislike. Their music is very mellow, inspiring, and perfectly balanced. When I heard nearly seven months ago that they were going to go on tour, I made sure to mark my calendar so that I could attempt to get a ticket. Within five minutes of the tickets going on sale, the only seats I could find were in the nosebleed sections.  The particular ticket site that I was using only allowed you 10 minutes to enter all of your payment information before they release your tickets to someone else.  Somehow, I managed to take more than 10 minutes to type everything in, so I lost my seats. However, when I refreshed the page and tried again, one solitary floor seat had opened up. I originally wanted to get a ticket for myself and a friend, but a floor seat was too good to pass up.  

The concert was simply amazing. I’m a very visual person, and the visual effects that they had did not disappoint at all. They had confetti cannons, laser beams, and wristbands that lit up and blinked to the music – it was quite intense. The crowd knew every word to every song.  I had a really good time and would highly recommend that if you have the chance to go to a Coldplay concert that you take advantage of the opportunity.  It was the best concert that I have ever been to by far.

That Awesome Moment When…

Taken with Instagram

I had a great time at all of the Philly 4th of July activities.  It was HOT outside. Like 105 degrees hot.  Standing in a crowd of 30,000+ sweaty, funky smelling people was definitely not preferable, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless. Each year Philly shuts down the street leading up to the Art Museum (where Rocky does his famous run up the stairs in the movie) and hosts a concert and a 4th of July fireworks extravaganza.

I made my way down to Center City and arrived early.  I was meeting up with a few friends, so I waited for them at the base of a statue on a corner in front of the Four Seasons Hotel.  Less than 1 minute later, I saw a convoy of police motorcycles and big white vans headed directly my way. Little girls started running and screaming. I, of course, assumed the worse and thought that someone got hurt.  However, as the vans passed me, I realized that Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers) were in one of the vans. Apparently they were performing at the concert. Then I saw more people start to go crazy. The next two vans that passed me were Common and Queen Latifah!

I met up with my friends and we walked to the concert area. First up were Queen Latifah and The Roots. I wasn’t really that impressed with her set. She performed some slow songs. People were getting angry because they wanted to hear some of her rap stuff.  Then Joe Jonas performed…and yeah. That’s all I have to say about that.  Then Common came on and did a 45 minute set! He had the crowd going c-r-a-z-y. Then Queen Latifah surprised everyone and came out and performed some songs with Common.  Then some country guy performed. I don’t even remember his name, lol.

Then, Common announced that he had a surprise for the crowd. Everyone was wondering what was going on.  MS. LAURYN HILL WALKED ONTO THE STAGE. I about died. Everyone was going nuts! She performed Ex-Factor, Ready or Not, Could You Be Loved (Bob Marley), Fu Gee La, and Doo Wop (That Thing).  Everybody was on their feet dancing and singing along. She looked fabulous and sounded amazing. I really hope that she doesn’t end up going to prison :-(.  #FreeLauryn! Then, we watched some fireworks and headed home. I hope that you all had a great 4th!

-Sylvia

Spontaneity

Rittenhouse Park (Taken with my Instagram)

I am a planner. Not in terms of my occupation, but in terms of my mindset. I’m that annoying person who always has to know “Who, what, where, when, and why.”  I hate surprises. Not knowing is not an option for me.  It makes me quite anxious. When I go on vacation, I am not able to relax unless I have a full itinerary planned out and Google Maps directions ready to go for each destination. Yes, it is that bad.

This morning, I knew that I had to buy a dress for one of my best friend’s upcoming wedding, so I picked out several stores to visit and got ready to head out the door. Right when I was putting on my sandals, one of my friends texted me to let me know that her phone was on the fritz, and that she was wondering if I was headed to Center City (Downtown Philadelphia) so that we could meet up and so that she could get her phone fixed at the phone store. She would not be able to call me once she got to Center City since her phone was not working, so I let her know the names of the 3 stores that I would be visiting and had her write down my number so that if she was able to find a phone, she could call me. She assured me that she would would somehow find me when she got there. My friend is very much the opposite of me. She is very free-spirited and has a “go with the flow mentality.” She was confident that she would be able to find me, but I was not so sure.

I was stressing out big time. I hated not knowing how I was going to find her and how she was going to try and find me without a phone.  Long story short, she was able to borrow a phone, and ended up being in the same building that I was in. Things worked out after all! We spent hours meandering  around the city, spending entirely too much money at Macy’s, stumbling upon a huge fountain at a park, and sitting on a park bench eating water ice (It is kind of like a sno cone).

Rita’s Water Ice (Taken with my Instagram)

I guess all of this is my long winded way of saying that it doesn’t hurt to go without a plan every once in a while. In my mind, going without a plan guarantees that everything is bound to go wrong, but today proved me wrong.  I ended up having a great day and I got some shoes. (Ok, several pairs of cute shoes.)  Are you up for some adventure in your life? Throw out that to-do list and see where your day takes you. Let me know how it works out for you.

-Sylvia