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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That Awesome Moment When…

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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