Was it real life? Or was it fantasy?

LET ME TELL YALL ABOUT THE TIME THAT NAT AND I GOT TO GO SEE (the remainder of, ft. Adam Lambert) QUEEN IN CONCERT!!!!!!

I will begin by expressing how reluctant I was to hear Adam as the front man for Queen, one of my favorite bands of all time (and no, I do NOT say that about every band I go see in concert). I remember him from his early 2000s music and though I was impressed at the time, and he didn’t strike me as ‘front man for the one of the greatest rock bands of all time’. Now let me tell you how stinkin wrong I was.

Firstly, he came out STRONG and in a pink suit. ‘I’m up here in the gayest suit trying to live up to one of the greatest rockers of all time’ – a paraphrase of Adam Lambert. IT WAS BRIGHT PINK FOR GODS SAKE. He sang a few songs and gave tribute to our man Mercury and said that he wasn’t trying to fill anyone’s shoes (because no one can do that) but that he was up there trying his best. Totally won me over. He was spunky, had great presence (wasn’t trying to overpower the other members, made sure everyone was recognized throughout the course of the night), and he had an AMAZING vocal range. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Nat and I set out for the United Center around 5pm, 3 hours before the show was supposed to start. This gave us time to drive up, battle traffic and Chicago in general for parking (which we paid like $22 for…. it’s free at Tinley…. #notsalty) and made our way to the shirt booth for our pre-show ritual of buying shirts, going to the bathroom, and finding our seats. As amazing as it was, we ran into someone from high school in the bathroom! It was both shocking and awkward.

Nat and I took the elevators all the way up to the third section, aka nosebleeds as we were about 15 rows from the top of the stadium. This did not decrease anything about the performance, except maybe the quality of the photos and the amount of second hand smoke we inhaled being produced by the lower levels.

Queen was amazing. Adam Lambert was amazing. The awful puns that I was not able to get on camera were a blessing to all those that heard them, and I was in happy tears for most of the performance. Words cannot describe, so here are a bunch of photos of the concert:

 

 

To continue our concert ritual, Nat and I stopped at a Steak N Shake on the way home for post concert munchies. As we were inhaling nuggs, I was informed via text that another one of my friends had been at the concert, same level, but on the other side of the stadium with his family! So I did the only thing appropriate and tagged him in my Instagram photos as though I knew he was sitting there the whole time. It was supposed to be funny, but looking back that might be a little weird. Sorry Ben.

I hope all of you are having a great summer and aren’t still in summer school like me! ENJOY THE WEATHER! ❤

RayeDeSol

Update: Here’s a new article that says the same thing but with more info and better quality photos “http://www.mlive.com/music/index.ssf/2017/07/queen_and_adam_lambert_pay_tri.html”

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Word to your Major

Antidisestablishmentarianism. Bet that caught your attention. I can say that now that I’m an English major. I have special powers and whatnots.

For those of you who don’t know, I was accepted into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to pursue my new major, English- with the intent of being a high school teacher earlier this summer. The change from Urban Planning to English Teaching is a bit of a leap, I know, but I am so excited that it’s happening. Now, as confident as I have been about this transition I can say without a doubt that I am nervous ALL THE TIME that this will not be the right decision for me, but the support that I’ve had from my friends and family has been amazing! There are so many things that I want to do in the future and so many places and areas of expertise that I want to explore that settling on one major after spending two years here at the U of I and being exposed to all that there is and can be! *breathes* is really hard.

There have been a lot of things piling up this summer, so as you can imagine, I am VERY busy. Summer school has essentially kicked my a$$, and it is so hard to focus on work and school when it’s summer! I have to constantly remind myself that this is so that I don’t have to spend the extra year in college (aka money and soul sucking institution).

As the summer progresses I find it harder and harder to get out of bed and go to work, as I feel like I should be sleeping all day or relaxing down a lazy river somewhere. However, in order to afford any of that, I have to go to work. The circle of capitol is irritating. On that note however, if anyone has suggestions for cheap, fun activities, I’d love to hear them and give them a go! I’m especially always looking for new fun things to write about on this here blog of mine. A distinct lack of topics has recently limited my posts as my funds dwindle to ‘necessities only’, so any suggestions are welcome!

Hope you’re all having a great summer and I can’t WAIT to hear all of the suggestions!

RayeDeSol

Just another Manic Monday

So it’s Monday at the office, I got rained on all the way into work, my headache was back before I even sat down, the carpet still smells (but not as bad) from when the ceiling fell through 2 Fridays ago, the computers in the office all needed to be restarted because of the power outage this last Friday, and I my most recent cartilage piercing is infected.

I didn’t think anything of my newest piercing (acquired on the 4th of July) hurting because it has been so long since I’ve gotten my ears pierced and I’ve never had a cartilage piercing before, so I assumed that it hurt more for a longer period of time, despite the care card I was given saying that it should only hurt for a day or two. Yikes. My ear is swollen and throbs constantly, and IT HURTS. After researching what to do with an infected ear piercing, I have decided that the best course of action is to go home at lunch for some Neosporin, and when I get off work, invest in some salt to make whatever salt scrub was recommended by at least 4 piercing websites. Until then I have been icing my ear (with ice, not frosting) in hopes that it stops feeling hot and that the swelling will go down. Until then, wish me luck!

 

Baking with Rachel Raye: Strawberry Pie

Howdy partners!

This summer I have been expanding my Pinterest boards and picking up new sweets and decorating ideas for parties and hang outs with my friends. I’m not really good at cooking ‘real food’, but I love baking. Something I want to do with this blog is start uploading my Pinterest baking results (both fails and not-quite-fails-but-not-really-a-success) so that should you want to try it, you have all of my knowledge of the recipe at your disposal. I’m going to start by giving you the recipe to a favorited strawberry pie that my Grandma Selby gave me the recipe to, that I have changed to fit my Mom’s taste. It’s pretty easy to make (in my novice opinion), it just takes a bit of time.

Selby Strawberry Pie:

  • 9in Baked Pie Shell (My mom prefers the graham cracker crusts- I buy them from Schnucks for ~$5)
  • 6 cups fresh strawberries (~2 qts)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbspns cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pkg (6oz) cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 tbspns sour cream
  • 3 tbspns powdered sugar

(Bake pie shell if not store bought, cool)

Beat cream cheese, sour cream, and powdered sugar until smooth. Spread on bottom of baked shell.

Mash enough strawberries to measure 1 cup (I like to mash and drain them so there are no skins-it looks more like a sauce or a juice rather than a bunch of mashed berries. But if you like that extra bit of texture, it’s all up to you!).

Mix sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; stir in water and crushed berries. Cook over medium hear, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 min and let cool. (Don’t let it cool too much or it will become a jelly that is rather hard to pour. Make sure that you are continuously stirring or the bottom of the mixture will scorch and not only will you be sad, but your mixture will also clump and separate and all of these horrible things that you don’t want to happen to you).

Fill shell with remaining berries and pour cooked berries/ berry mixture on top. (For the remaining berries (raspberries or strawberries, this recipe is interchangeable, I like to cut them in 1/8ths because it makes the pie smoother, but cut chunks at your own discretion. I won’t judge you).

Chill at least 3 hours (you’ve earned it). Let the pie do the same, or let pie chill until set.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you’re going to make these in bulk, I recommend only doing 2 at a time, they turn out better than trying to do 4.
  • When at Walmart or Schnuks, the big boxes of strawberries make 2 pies
  • Don’t let pie chill too long or it will want a pair of RayBans and an ecig.
  • When pitting strawberries, you can use a spoon to dig the core out to eliminate danger of using knives, and it does a really good job.
  • Attached to this post is a really crappy picture of my first attempt at this pie sitting in my boyfriend’s fridge. I’m available for weddings and bat/bar mitzvahs. #professional photographer (please note this picture was taken before the pie set, so it is not the finished product). IMG_20170612_192706
  • The end result will be almost a Jell-O filling for your pie.
  • Cream cheese layer can be hard to put in pie, and should the need arise, it is easy to use fingers to spread, but make sure your hands are clean (duh)