I *almost* bought a three day pass this year, but in the end I just couldn’t convince myself to pull the trigger. One day of Lolla has always been PLENTY exhausting for me, and obviously Lolla and marathon training coincide, which makes the whole Friday thing a bit of a challenge. Part of me wanted to see if I could do it, but not knowing the lineup ahead of time made me too nervous to drop $275 on something that may or may not pan out. To be honest, I’m not DYING over the lineup like I was last year, so I’m fine with just going one day.
I did have a really hard time deciding between Saturday and Sunday, though. RL Grime (<3) is playing Saturday, as is Ryn Weaver, my newest musical obsession. I even pre-ordered her album on iTunes, which is something I’ve never done before. On the other hand, Florence + the Machine and Of Monsters and Men are playing Sunday (though I think they’re both headlining, which means I’ll have some decisions to make and will likely split my time between the two). Saturday’s an easier day to go, but I’ve already seen RL Grime three times…but I’ve never seen Ryn Weaver, and I haven’t heard that she has any plans to play Chicago any time soon. As Tuesday’s post should’ve shown, I obviously like Florence + the Machine, and I’m still kicking myself over missing Of Monsters and Men when they played Chicago in 2013 because I really like them, BUT they’re playing the Aragon in May, BUT it’s $40, which is more than I usually pay for a show and it’s on a Tuesday, which isn’t great because I’d have to skip dance, but at least I’d have the option of seeing them, which it doesn’t seem like I have with Ryn Weaver. WHAT TO DOOOOOOOOOOO.
Well, the rabid teenagers/scalpers scooping up Lolla tickets made my decision for me, as by the time I got past the standby page, all of the Saturday tickets were sold out. So that solved that problem. I’ll be going on Sunday this year, and FOR SURE want to see:
– Florence + the Machine
– Of Monsters and Men
– George Ezra
– and Halsey because apparently everyone at SXSW loved her, and if you can’t trust the trendsetters at SXSW, who CAN you trust, you know? On an unrelated note, attending SXSW is pretty much one of my biggest life goals/dreams.
(Please don’t mind me and my extremely eclectic music taste. I’m that person who when you ask me, “So what kind of music are you into?” and I say, “Everything,” I’m not being difficult: I’m being honest. I mostly rotate between EDM, indie, and pop, depending on my mood, though I also listen to country every day when I wake up. Soo…yeah. It’s pretty hard to do wrong by me when it comes to music haha.)
After they release the actual schedule, I’ll start doing my research (i.e.: tireless YouTubing) to figure out who else I want to see. But having six in mind isn’t so bad to start with. I saw seven acts in some capacity last year and five the year before, so six should be good.
Also, I am ABSOLUTELY taking the Monday after Lolla off work this year. Made that mistake last year, WILL NEVER MAKE THAT MISTAKE AGAIN. Lolla hangovers (induced by too much concerting, not too much drinking — I’ve never had anything but water at Lolla) are no. joke.
2. Once upon two times, I passed out as a result of getting poked (when I got my ears pierced in fifth grade and when I got a flu shot in college). Since The Great Flu Shot Incident of 2010, I’ve kindly requested/demanded to any and all nurses who come at me with needles that they allow me to lie down prior to stabbing me. Fortunately, they’ve all been accommodating, and I’ve found my needle anxiety has greatly decreased as a result. In fact, when I got the first in a series of three shots at my doctor’s appointment in January, I didn’t have any problems whatsoever! Hallelujah — I was cured!
Last Monday, I went to the doctor for shot #2 in the series, and I felt cool as a cucumber…right up until the point where they brought me to the back and the nurse directed me to one of those padded chairs they put you in to draw your blood. I got a bit nervous, but figured that I’m a big girl and not wanting to put the nurse out of her way, I merely told her I’m not very good with shots. She assured me that she used to work in pediatrics, so I would be just fine. She swapped my arm, poked me (not really at all painful), and then offered me a juice box, which of course I took because hello, juice box. She brought me some crackers, too, and then briefly walked away to do whatever nurse-y things she had to do in regards to my shot. I wouldn’t know what these nurse-y things are, because seconds after she left, I passed out cold.
Passed out hot is actually probably the better way of putting it, because when I came to I was 1) sweating bullets 2) nauseous as hell 3) experiencing tingling hands 4) FREAKING THE EFF OUT. I don’t know what passing out is like for everyone, but when I pass out, I’m in a very realistic feeling dream, then hear someone saying my name but feel so tired that I don’t want to wake up (this has happened every single time I’ve passed out), then come to. Let me tell you, it is EXTREMELY jarring to wake up like that and realize all at once what happened. The nurse was very nice about things, placing an ice pack on my face and neck to cool me off (didn’t help), getting me a wheelchair to move me to a room so I could lie down, and consistently reassuring me that I was okay (while I continued alternating between saying, “Oh God, I feel SO SICK,” and “WHY ARE MY HANDS TINGLING?!?!?!?” [she didn’t answer my question, but a different nurse told me it was because of the adrenaline my body released, which made me feel better about things, because I thought I was having a reaction to the shot itself, since I’ve never had tingly hands after passing out before]). Eventually she coaxed me into the wheelchair, after which I promptly threw up. So that was fun.
All told, what should’ve been a five minute doctor’s appointment turned out to be an hour-long stay at the doctor’s office, because it took me for.ev.er. to recover enough from fainting to feel like I could actually, you know, stand using my own power. I still have to get round three of this immunization, obviously, but you better believe I will INSIST on lying down next time. No more chairs for me!
3. It’s almost Easter (!!), which means I’ve now dedicated much of my free time to figuring out what I want to bake. Easter is my favorite day of the whole entire year for many reasons–primarily religious reasons–but also because Easter means Lent is over, which means I can stop turning people down when the offer to take me out for ice cream/frozen yogurt/macarons/to buy me a cookie at Whole Foods (though all of those situations occurred because of the whole breakup/dead dog thing, so hopefully I won’t have too many more occasions where people offer that anyway!). I’ve been MUCH more thorough in my Lenten fast this year and have strictly refrained from my prior forms of “this isn’t really cheating, is it?” cheats, including (but not limited to), granola, sweetened cereal, graham crackers, pancakes, plain frozen yogurt, and any form of sweetener (honey or brown sugar) in my oatmeal. None of it! I set my limit at 4g of sugar in a serving (excluding juice and fruit), and only broke that (thus far) with three Chobani Simply 100s (which only had 6g of sugar, so whatever. Close enough.), and half of a protein bar yesterday, because it was an EMERGENCY (I had forgotten my morning snack, and I needed to save my afternoon snack for afternoon since I went climbing after work and wanted some pre-climb fuel). I’ve lost a whopping zero pounds and zero inches, despite drastically decreasing my usual sugar consumption AND running more, for those curious what kind of effect that has had on my overall health, but since that’s not really the point of Lent, I’m fine with it.
ANYWAY. What I wanted to get to in all of this rambling was that I can start baking again, but as I don’t plan to have any company on Easter, I don’t want to make *too* much. And thus I am at a loss for what I should make. So this is me soliciting suggestions, and/or inviting you over for Easter so you can eat what I bake 🙂
Have you ever fainted?