Home Sweet Home

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The view from my parent’s living room. I’m sooo buying a pirate flag to hang on that flag pole…

After my parent’s house burned down back in February, they started renting a house a few blocks away on the beach. While this house will never really feel like “home” to any of us, and is too empty and void of memories for any of our liking, it definitely has it’s perks. I think if you have to lose everything, it doesn’t hurt to be living on the beach while you’re trying to rebuild your life.

I’m home for the next week and a half for the 4th of July holiday, and to attempt one last search through the old house before they tear it down. We’re having a huge friends and family BBQ on the 4th, along with attending the town’s annual sand castle contest with my cousin, and watching the firework show at night. I plan on spending the next week swimming and biking as much as possible, taking day trips to Chicago, working on my Etsy store, experimenting with my Blackbird Fly camera, and drinking a lot of the best ever homemade sangria.

It’s due to storm tonight and tomorrow, but I already went for my first swim this afternoon! I’ll be spending as much time down on the beach as possible this week. Preferably with my dog.

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Don’t Let it Go Away, This Feeling Has Got to Stay

Saturday night I saw one of my FAVORITE bands ever, No Doubt, perform live for the first time in SEVEN YEARS!

The last time I saw No Doubt:
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Gwen Stefani, October 2002, Chicago IL.

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I went to three of Gwen’s solo shows, but have really missed No Doubt. This band has had a greater impact on my life than any other band could even come close to. I’ve met some of my best friends, and my old roommates on No Doubt message boards. Traveled great distances to see them live, and even went to an aftershow party with the ND boys (minus Gwen) back in the day.

I was so excited to finally see them reunited on stage in New York, that I cried. Totally embarrassing, but I couldn’t help it! My friend Veronica and I joined the tour club to get presale tickets, so we ended up ultra close in the 7th row! We were so close we could see Gavin and Kingston Rossdale, and later Zuma watching “mom” from the side! I also saw Ken Ehrman, from l.a.m.b their with his family, and of course Curtis, Gwen’s long time body guard walking around.

The whole experience was perfect. The only way it could have possibly been any better would be if they had played my favorite song, “Artificial Sweetner”. The stage, the video backdrops, the costumes–everything was spectacular.
I first saw No Doubt live when I was 14 or 15 years old! They are definitely one of those bands that only improves with age, so this time around they were absolutely breathtaking. I’m pretty sure the show was sold out.

I snapped a few photos with my ancient Sony digicam. I’m slightly embarrassed by the photo quality, but what can you do. (At least you can see Gwen’s costumes, including her gorgeous Ann Demeulemeester boots that I’m very jealous of. ) I’m in desperate need of a new pocket size camera, but wanted to share my photos despite their questionable appearance. I really don’t think anything can compare to the photos I took (with my SLR) at the last ND show anyway…

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