Monthly Archives: July 2013

It’s Finally Friday!!! (sort of..)

Adventures in Adulthood is going on vacation!!

And not a minute too soon!

I need some serious fun in the sun in my life.

Don’t worry!

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming August 21st.

If you miss us terribly, feel free to dig up some of your past faves from the archives and give ’em another read 🙂

Quote of the Day:

alice

Climbing the Ladder:

Just start a new gig?? Five tips to becoming the ideal co-worker.

Trying to get an introduction?? How to ask like a pro.

Techie Love:

Are you addicted to Facebook?? 16 reasons to sign off and go live your life!!

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Think cooking is hard?? Learn to cook in 90 seconds!

Round the World:

Is there a road trip in your summer plans?? How to stay healthy while on the road and 10 free apps that will make for smooth sailing.

Inspirational:

Growing up is hard to do and anyone who tells you there’s a point when you stop growing is full of baloney. Here are 7 signs you’re on the road to becoming a better person.

Body Lovin’:

Forgot you couldn’t party like a college student anymore?? Don’t worry, you’re not actually dying, it just feels that way. Try these yoga poses to take the edge off that hangover.

Out and About:

Sick of hearing that whiny, “I’m bored”?? Pack those brats in the car and head to Old Sturbridge Village. Kids 17 and under get free admission for the month of August.

Thirsty Thursday

The Truckstop Troubadours will be headlining Stearns Square tomorrow night. For those of you who have been living under rocks in Western Mass., Springfield puts on a concert each Thursday during the summer, otherwise known as “Bike Night”. The outdoor concert usually starts around 8pm. The Troubadours will also be playing down the street at Theodore’s once the outdoor show is over.

Friday Fun:

For my Connecticut homies:

Goonies never say die! Really wish I was going to be in town for this one!! The Goonies at Goodwin Park. Free popcorn provided by Stew Leonards (the best grocery store EVER), face painting, and a Truffle Shuffle competition! I repeat, a Truffle Shuffle competition!!

For my Western Mass peeps:

Wayne Morphew & The Glorious Unknown will be rocking out at Theodore’s. If you haven’t checked these guys out yet you won’t be disappointed!!

Saturday Shenanigans:

Need an excuse to head down to the beach this weekend?? Baird Souls will be rocking the Windjammer down in Misquamicut. And everyone knows it’s not really summer until you party on the beach! So throw on your cutest suit and boogie on down.

Another shindig I really wish I was going to be around for 😦 Tony Lee Thomas (featuring one of my absolute favorites – the lovely Miss Jenny Porter) will be at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton. I also hear there will be a smorgasbord of super talented musicians collaborating to kick the evening off. Don’t miss this one kids!! Show starts at 10pm.

Giggles and Such:

Ever had your palm read? Learn the basics and impress your friends!

Things millennial girls love.

cool-Netflix-guide-what-watch

hoot

internet

Have a great week(end)!

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

pleasure

Stuff and Things:

Ever had to throw out a favorite white shirt because of unsightly sweat stains? No more!

Techie Love:

I hate throwing away groceries! It’s soooo wasteful 😦 But don’t worry, technology to the rescue! There’s an app for that.

Brush up on your language skills with these apps.

Round the World:

Not every country thinks Americans are rude, fat, and lazy. Check out the top 10 countries with love for the good ole US of A.

Get your nerd on! 49 breathtaking libraries from all over the world.

Nesting:

Looking to hire a contractor? Here are some pro tips so you don’t get hosed.

Climbing the Ladder:

Find co-workers super annoying? Prefer to work alone? These careers might be for you!

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

Cary Grant and Hitchcock! One of my favorite thrillers and good clean fun. If you’ve never seen this classic get down to Riverside Park in Hartford for free movie Fridays!!

The Alchemystics will be rocking out at Max Cap in Chicopee with Bangfield and Joey Batts and Them. Put on your dancing shoes and boogie on down.

On the other side of the river, your beloved 90’s classics will be playing down at The Skybox in Southwick courtesy of Gnome Sane.

Saturday Shenanigans:

Another free event down by the river! The Connecticut Ballet will be performing at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza from 7pm – 9pm. Just a reminder kids, no booze allowed. So get real creative or leave it at home!

For my Southern CT peeps, Bad Rooster will be rocking Sam the Clam’s down in Plantsville. The seafood is amazing and the band does the blues like no one else! And come on! It’s Bad Rooster at Sam the Clam’s!! There’s like a dozen dirty jokes waiting to be told!

You have two chances to see the darling Katelyn Richards on Saturday!! You lucky dogs you 🙂 First up, Falls Fest on the South Hadley Town Green from 1:45pm – 3pm. Then out to Louie B’s in Southwick to rock out all night on the lake.

Sunday Funday:

Couldn’t make it out to the lake last night?? Don’t worry your pretty little head girl! There’s more music on the water in store for you this afternoon!! The Kings will be playing all your favorites from 4pm – 8pm at Louie B’s. Early enough to get some sleep before that dreaded Monday Morning arrives!

Giggles and Such:

van go

feel better

wwjd

Have a great weekend!

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Call Me, Maybe?

I was talking to my fabulous friend Amina the other day and she looked at me like I was bat.shit.crazy when I told her I frequently go a day or two without talking to anyone.

The fabulous Miss Amina and I

The fabulous Miss Amina and I aka Ebony & Ivory Divas 🙂

I’m notorious for taking “personal days” when I respond to no one and spend a day completely in my own company, ignoring the outside world.

Which she completely understands and occasionally does herself.

But she couldn’t understand that I would regularly go a whole day without texting or calling a friend or family member.

(Please note, she does NOT count Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform as acceptable substitutes for a text or phone call. As someone who works in marketing and uses most of these platforms daily, I strongly disagree, but will humor her for the sake of this post.)

Now, before you also think I’m some psychopathic introvert, let me explain.

Heeeeeere's Johnny!!

Heeeeeere’s Johnny!!

I talk to people every day. These interactions are usually at work, the gym, or the store. They aren’t always people I know personally. But I do talk to people!

I’ve never been a big phone talker.

When I was growing up we had one phone, in the kitchen, where everyone could hear you, so there was really no such thing as a private conversation.

As an adult, I worked for more years than I care to remember as a customer service rep and grew to despise speaking to anyone on the telephone.

That smiling face is a lie. Customer service is the worst.job.ever.

That smiling face is a lie. Customer service is the worst.job.ever.

And quite frankly, I don’t know if I’m going deaf in my old age or cell phone reception just sucks, but I feel like I can never quite hear anyone clearly when talking on the phone these days.

Rather than just “uh huh” and pretend I heard what was said (repeating myself is a huge pet peeve so I try my best not to make others do it) I’d rather just make plans to see you in person. It’s more fun that way anyway!

Her reaction did get me thinking though.

As I’m living alone again these days, if I disappeared, would anyone notice?

Thankfully I’m not a crazy cat lady (or a fan of cats period) so I’m not in any danger of dying and having my face eaten off.

Never, ever, ever!

Nevah, evah, evah!

But I think I might need to start interacting with my friends and family on a more regular basis and not just to make plans.

I don’t want to be that woman discovered dead after neighbors start complaining about a foul odor.

How about you guys?

Do you talk to someone every day?

Is it the same someone?

Do you call people just to say “hi”?

Would anyone notice if you disappeared for a couple days?

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

summer afternoon

Stuff and Things:

Every bride is beautiful on her wedding day. But not every bride knows how to take beautiful pictures. Here’s a how-to guide on posing for you lovelies. (Don’t worry single ladies – you don’t have to be getting married to take a peek!)

Climbing the Ladder:

Networking can be super awkward. Here are five tips to make it feel super easy.

Wine Me, Dine Me:

Did you know Greek yogurt can be substituted for almost anything?? Check out this chart from Chobani:

chobani

Body Lovin’:

For anyone who’s ever worked 2 jobs you know the power of naps. Turns out it’s actually an alternative sleep cycle.

huggingOut and About:

Stanley Park in Westfield, MA is one of my favorite places. And now you can do yoga in the park every Wednesday in July! For free! Well, they ask for a $5 donation to the park, but that’s still the cheapest yoga class I’ve ever taken!!

Friday Fun:

For my Connecticut peeps:

friday movie

The 22nd Annual Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz kicks off this weekend in Bushnell Park. Gates open at 5pm Friday night. The festival runs through Sunday. Admission is free.

For my Western Mass homies:

The 350 Grille in downtown Springfield is one of my favorite restaurants and it just so happens another of my favorites will be providing the melodious mood during tonight’s dining experience! That sounds like a win/win to me!! John Cantalini will delight your auditory senses on guitar while 350’s menu tickles your taste buds.

After you’ve had your full of deliciousness at 350 head on up to Monty’s in Chicopee for your favorite 90’s cover band Gnome Sane. You’ll definitely need to do some serious booty shakin’ to work off that dinner girl! Gnome sane?

Saturday Shenanigans:

There’s not much better than spending a summer afternoon on the lake. Unless it’s spending the afternoon on the lake listening to good tunes! Head out to Louie B’s in Southwick and catch the Baird Souls 6pm – 10pm.

Can’t take the heat even on the water?? Then head to The Still in Agawam for DPR. These guys are one of my faves and will definitely get you up and moving on the dance floor.

For you kids on the other side of the river, The Truckstop Troubadours will be rocking all your favorite country classics at the Munich Haus in Chicopee.

For my Connecticut peeps – Weird Science Saturday will be going on down at the Shamrock Cafe in Suffield. DJ Supercold will be spinning all your favorite 80’s tunes.

Giggles and Such:

We really blue it.

Careless whisper makes everything sexy.

doors

better days are coming

Have a great weekend!

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It Only Hurts If You Let It

I was talking (bitching) to my wicked smart Mom the other day.

All up on my high horse, pointing out the less-than-perfect behavior of another.

And she replied, “why let it bother you?”

I’ll admit, at first, I found her response extremely annoying.

“You’re supposed to be on my side!”

“Well screw you too!”

But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized she was right.

It’s easy to focus on what’s going wrong, how someone else isn’t doing the right thing, but ultimately you are the one who allows outside forces to effect your inner peace.

inner peace

This is NOT a free pass for bad behavior.

“Don’t be a dick” is a code I think everyone should follow.

But there will always be assholes walking the earth.

And you will more than likely have to interact with them on a regular basis.

You have choices in these situations.

life is all about choices

You can allow them to bring you down to their level and return that asshole behavior tit for tat.

While this may feel really good at the time, if you’re anything like me you will then spend the next week chastising yourself for allowing said asshole to elicit such a response from you. (You really are better than that!)

You can say/do nothing.

Take the high road and let your resentment fester and grow by continuously turning that nugget of assholery over and over in your head while complaining about said assholery to friends and family. (This will certainly give you agada. That’s indigestion for all you non-Italians.)

Or

You can accept the fact that sometimes people suck.

It’s not your job to make them suck less.

It’s not your job to point out their massive amount of suckiness (suckitude?).

All you can do is take a deep breathe, accept it, and move on.

acceptance

Because really – ain’t nobody got time for that!

And for all you know, someone did piss in their Cheerios and it’s not personal.

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Quote of the Day:

impossible

Dollars and Sense:

Single with no kids?? 5 ways to plan for your financial future.

Techie Love:

Facebook rolled out their new Graph Search this week. Learn how to lock down your privacy settings.

I’m sure you’ve heard of the “Bing It On Challenge”. Well, it might be time to take it. Only 13% of Google search results are real 😦

Wine Me, Dine Me:

400 companies that DO NOT use GMOs in their products.

Fashion Forward:

The most ingenious accessory EVER!!

Out and About:

Friday Fun:

Who you gonna call?? Ghostbusters! Playing at 7pm in Pope Park in Hartford.

For my Connecticut peeps, The Juicy Grapes will be at Arch Street Tavern in Hartford with Rythmic Circus. Sure to be a funky good time! Show starts at 10pm. Put on your dancing shoes at get your boogie on girl!

For you kids east of the river, The John Cantalini Band will be rocking out at the Skybox in Southwick. Show starts at 9:30pm. Just a reminder, John Cantalini is that guitar genius you love from The Kings. A guaranteed good time!

For you westside kiddos, The Truckstop Troubadours will be playing all your favorite country classics out at The Wales Irish Pub. If you haven’t seen these guys, you’re in for a real treat! Front man Brian Chicoine channels The Man in Black better than Johnny Cash himself!!

Saturday Shenanigans:

Camp Bisco is this weekend. For those of you who are too broke or too busy to rock out for all three days, Saturday passes are available. Saturday’s lineup includes The Disco Biscuits and Passion Pit.

Another one for you Connecticut peeps, Stanley Maxwell will be at The Main Pub in Manchester. This funky jazz quartet has a soulful sound and they love to jam. They were the Hartford Advocate Jazz Band of the year for 2010, 2009, and 2007. Show starts at 8pm. All ages.

Sunday Funday:

Couldn’t make it out to Wales to get your country on Friday night?? Then head over to Geraldine’s in West Springfield for a special local acoustic country showcase. The one and only Brian Chicoine will be hosting with Southern Rain Acoustic, Northern Lights (featuring one of my favorites Richie Lexington Hernandez), and The Honky-Tonk Saints. Show starts early (4pm – 8pm) so you can get plenty of sleep before work Monday morning!

Giggles and Such:

30 signs you’re almost 30

I hate cats, but this might be the funniest cat video I’ve ever seen!!

prison orange is not your color

we accept walkens

the dark side of the moon

Have a great weekend!

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Good Enough

As much as I am head over heels in love with my new job, it takes up far more of my time than anticipated.

Lately, I feel as though I’ve been phoning in certain areas of my life in order to accommodate all that I would like to accomplish.

Sadly, one of the victims of my time crunch is Adventures in Adulthood.

Instead of having the time to fully form my thoughts and craft witty, clever posts, I’ve been slacking – just a bit.

slacking off

It doesn’t help that it’s summertime and there are a thousand things I would rather do on a sunny afternoon than sit inside banging away on my laptop.

When I was bartending I could work on the blog during slow weeknights.

Which gave me time to revise and edit until I found the perfect wording for what I was trying to say.

Now 300 or so coherent words on a relevant topic and that’s good enough.

At first I was disappointed in myself for not having prepared better.

feels bad man

But the accelerated pace at which I must now write and post has actually helped.

Being a Type A Perfectionist, I have never enjoyed the quote:

voltaire quote

But, it has become quite accurate for my circumstances.

I’ve come to the understanding that if I want to continue with my blogging adventure (and I very much do) I will need to do more with less.

It has made me far more focused, as I don’t have the time to just write and see where it takes me.

Which has made me think about the other aspects of my life that could benefit from a little less over-thinking.

overthinking

Yes, I know thinking about over-thinking is over-thinking.

It’s my Achilles heel 😦

I blame the Girl Scouts for teaching us to always be prepared.

But, I’m working on it.

And that will just have to be good enough.

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