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Welcome Home at Programme HQ

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One of my favorite things is making a little change about yourself, and ending up getting way more out of it than you planned. For the last several months I’ve been trying to make an effort to be more outgoing. That probably seems a little crazy to some people, as I am already pretty outgoing. But in many ways I’m still shy and nervous around new people. Thus, I’ve been working on just approaching people and saying hello, striking up conversations or whatever. My Dad is like an expert at this, and I’ve always admired (slash been totally embarrassed) by his ability to do so.

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Back in November I went to a show at The Wedge, a venue I sort of love to make fun of. I mean, it used to be much rougher around the edges (*pun*, it was called The Winning Edge).  Anyway, I went with Dan to watch his friends in Everyday Adventures play. We, of course, stayed to see the headlining band from Saint Louis play.

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For me, going to shows is often more of a social event and a way to support my local community. While I am a huge supporter of local music, it’s typically just not the kind of music that I listen to on my own time. Well, that was so not the case when it came to Welcome Home. These guys started playing there set way back in November and I was hooked. I couldn’t stop telling Dan how awesome I thought they were; the perfect pop punk. Oh, not to mention all these guys are QTz.

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After there set I said to Dan, I’m going to go talk to them..  and Dan was all, DO IT! So I took my nervous self over to their merch table and was like, hey.. you guys are really good.. I loved your set.. Whatever other word vomit came out. Well, lucky for me, the guys in Welcome Home are super approachable and friendly. I ended up chatting with Austin (guitar player, beard, babe), and we’ve ended up as long distance friends on all sort of social media channels. See! Make a little change and maybe something great will happen! Conquer your fears, people are mostly really cool and fear just isn’t a good enough excuse to not make new friends.

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When I next saw Welcome Home at a basement show, I was telling Austin my plan to move to LA. Come to find out they would be on tour shortly after I arrived. I was thrilled, as I figured I likely wouldn’t have really made any friends by then, so it would be awesome to be see some familiar faces and hear some good music.

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At the end of my first full week in LA, I headed out to Programme HQ in Fullerton to catch Welcome Home.  As always, I was totally impressed by their music. I got to hear a bunch of new songs, which will be on their new album coming soon! By then they’d been on tour for almost 2 weeks. I got a tour of the van, which had only suffered one flat fire and a slightly broken window from locking the keys inside. My tour also included a glimpse at their creepy mattress they’re all sleeping on, and their impressive Tetris abilities . I had a blast spending a couple hours hanging out with the dudes. I am so looking forward to seeing where the next couple months takes Welcome Home.  I just can’t imagine them being anything but a total success and I hope to see them all again very soon!

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Check out Welcome Home on the internet, and then make your way to their next show in a city near you:
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Weekend Wrap-Up: 4th of July

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What a wonderful holiday weekend! On Friday I had breakfast with my dear friend Zach. We went on a little walk downtown Waterloo, and stopped in a park to chat for a bit. That afternoon I picked up Jessica and we met Becca at the Cedar Falls Skate Park for the 2nd Annual 4th of July Skate Park show. It was a blast, and supported a great cause this year! The proceeds from the event went to Girls Rock Iowa City, an organization that encourages young girls to be involved in music. Not to mention there were several awesome bands; Strong City, Lipstick Homicide, So Happy To Be Here, and Lover’s Speed to name a few. Around 10 we headed over to Octopus to catch Holy White Hounds, and Dylan Sires & Neighbors. Despite missing 80/35 in Des Moines, I think the Cedar Valley had an equally awesome live music line-up on the 4th!

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On Saturday we went to a cookout at my parents house. Marie, my Mom’s neighbor and good friend, made homemade shortcakes, with homemade whip cream, a favorite of mine! On Sunday Audrey and I went to see Deliver Us From Evil. I thought it was terrifying, and according to Audrey it was “alright”. Went spent much of the weekend lounging as we were both exhausted. Audrey worked all day on the 4th, and I partied all day.

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I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as we did. Tonight Audrey is a featured performer at Ink! Performance Slam at Octopus. She’s playing her new banjo!! I might be more excited than she is. Tomorrow I am going berry picking, and on Thursday I am off to Clear Lake with my Dad to start learning to sail! This week on the blog I will be sharing some of my favorite beauty products, and a little garden update.
Also a big shout to readers Burton and Chloe! They tried the Pork Fajita Salad recipe and reported it a tasty success. They’re getting married next weekend, so congratulations in advance!

Weekend Wrap-Up: Sommer's Birthday Party

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What an absolutely perfect weekend. I’m not sure this is the worst thing to happen, but I was having such a great time I didn’t get too many pictures. On Friday night I stayed home and rested for the big weekend ahead. Audrey and I shared some pizza and she was off to work. I watched Maya Rudolph’s special on the NBC App. That woman is hilarious!

On Saturday I rounded up all the necessary supplies, did a little laundry, and hung out with Audrey at the bar until 7. Then we were off to Hillcrest Farms to celebrate the birthday of the ever wonderful Sommer. The list of bands goes on and on; Emily Otis, God Don’t Make No Trash, Twins, Peas and Carrot, and Dylan Sires & Neighbors, to name a few. Almost all of my favorite people were in attendance. I danced and danced with everyone, especially Audrey. It was SO nice to be able to just enjoy her company while listening to live music. She often has work at shows because so much of the music we go to see is played at the bar she manages. I really appreciated this weekend with her. We stayed up late into the night as people passed acoustic guitars around and enjoyed the camp fire.

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Many of the guest spent the night on the farm,; this is just a section of the tents that were set up. It was a gorgeous morning in Iowa. Sommer made french toast, bacon, and eggs to order for all of her guests. Audrey, Jessica, and I fixed trays of breakfast potatoes. After the big meal I snuck off to tear down the tent. I was eventually joined by Audrey. We lounged on our pile of pillows and blankets and watched wispy white clouds fly by. It was just an absolutely perfect party, filled with lots of laughs, happy tears, and fireworks!

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On Sunday night after a good long nap and a delicious dinner at Ena’s open house, I sat down for a very long session with one of my favorite guys, Ziggy. While he still has some highlights to add, I am absolutely THRILLED with how beautiful my gypsy lady turned out. She is still very swollen, and sore, but so worth it.

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I was also feautured over on Nicole’s blog again for Spiffy Sunday! Check it out here!

Weekend Wrap-Up: Memorial Day

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Friday at work we celebrated our seniors last day. Sarah brought sweet little Evelyn in. She just keeps getting cuter! I found out that Sarah and her husband put in an offer on a house a block up from ours. I would love to be able to just walk up the street to hang out with her, especially as I won’t be seeing her every day at work anymore.

After work Audrey and I went over to The Hoecker’s. Matt had been smoking pork all day long, what a treat! After dinner I went home and gave myself a much needed mani/pedi. Later I met The Hoeckers and Ethan at The Broken Record.

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Saturday morning Audrey made us stop by a used car lot so she could swoon over this 1987 El Camino. She really wanted it, but is holding out for a ’58. We had lunch at La Calle; Salchipapa is probably my new favorite dish there. We took a nice little break in our busy day to let Audrey’s boss’s dog, Monk, out. After an open house and errands we got ready for the Bob Dylan Tribute Show at Octopus. Audrey played a couple covers both by herself and with her boss’s band. It was an evening of absolutely phenomenal music. I can honestly say it was some of the best music I’ve heard in a while. When Audrey sang “All I Really Want To Do” with The Plaid Shirts, I could have cried. Her voice with Al’s slide guitar was the perfect combination. I wish I had recorded it but per usual my memory card was full up. Lesson learned, deleting some photos.

On Sunday I hung out with my dear old Dad. I always feel a little wiser after our time together. In the next couple months he will be teaching both Audrey and I to sail. We are thrilled to be learning something that could potentially become a family activity for us. He even told us that once we learn we can take the boat out on our own. Not that we wouldn’t want Dad to always come with us, but he’s a busy guy. The two of us went and saw The Railway Man. We both really enjoyed. It was a bit of a history lesson, and a romantic drama. Jeremy Irvine, who plays the main character during his youth, was breath taking. Later that evening we saw several of our friend’s band’s play at 220 East, which was also the opening of Valerie’s art show. I stupidly left my phone on the charger.

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On Memorial Day we met up with most of the Octopus staff for a massive cleaning day. While they filled the bar with bleach fumes, I organize their extremely extensive vinyl collection. Audrey and I had made a rum melon. You shove a bottle of rum in the top of a watermelon, let it soak in for a couple days, and then enjoy! We made smoothies with melon, ice, and sugar. After hours of cleaning Audrey grilled up some Juicy Lucy’s. I don’t even eat beef but these patties have somehow made their way onto my list of likes. How cute is our neighbor dog, Louie. And the peonies are almost blooming, my favorite! We ended our evening at The Broken Record to christen their new kegerator.

This was one of the best weekends I’ve had so far this year. We’ve got a great group of friends, and the next several weekends are full of spending time with them. Not to mention lot’s of live music, parties, camping, and SUMMER VACATION!

Weekend Wrap-Up: Grilling Season

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1. Audrey and Ethan hangin’ in the Beer Garden before Audrey’s shift. Later that night Ethan, Maranda, and I went to Goodwill for Dollar Days. We met up with Maranda’s husband, Matt, at Jameson’s for dinner. Ethan treated me as a belated birthday gift. What a guy!
2. An early morning at Octopus
3. Stolen lilacs
4. We try to have a yard work power hour every weekend. I kept bumping my tattoo on things though, so I gave up pretty quickly. Sally entertained me through the window.
5. A grilling feast – asparagus bacon weave!
6. Pork, pineapple, bell peppers, and onion in various marinades.
7. Audrey and I have really enjoyed spending time together in the kitchen lately. I’ve really enjoyed eating the results too.
8. Julie bought us a firepit!
9. S’Mores with campfire size mallows
10. We swung by the show at Octopus quick to support our friend’s Dylan Sires and Neighbors and wish our dear friend Sommer Happy Birthday. We were both so worn out though we headed home shortly after arriving.
11. Sunday morning light
12. A walk to the gas station to get eggs and cheese. Living just a few blocks away is perfect for things like this, and our neighborhood is so beautiful.
13. Breakfast – bacon bowls!
14. Octopus hosted an all-age show and grill out. It was pretty much the perfect day, both setting up and the actual event. We snagged a watermelon for $3.50 at Aldi, yum!
15. Dinner! Of course Audrey was the grill master, and she did a fabulous job as usual.