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introvertdear:

Sounds about right.

IKR

introvertdear:

Sounds about right.

IKR

2 days ago
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awoodteachery:

Alright, teacher friends…
I know some of you have already gone back to school, but many of us in my area are awaiting August 25th. I am notoriously bad at starting photo-a-day challenges and not finishing them, so I thought I’d come up with my own to motivate myself and psych myself up for a great new school year! I hope those of you that already started school will still try it too. This is so teacher-nerdy of me, but I do not care.

Self re-blog because my teacher friends are everywhere, haha.

awoodteachery:

Alright, teacher friends…

I know some of you have already gone back to school, but many of us in my area are awaiting August 25th. I am notoriously bad at starting photo-a-day challenges and not finishing them, so I thought I’d come up with my own to motivate myself and psych myself up for a great new school year! I hope those of you that already started school will still try it too. This is so teacher-nerdy of me, but I do not care.

Self re-blog because my teacher friends are everywhere, haha.

2 weeks ago
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Firefly Music Festival | A Premier Music Experience

Next year’s plans (post 4 of 4)

Note: All pre-sale general admission passes are sold out now. I didn’t buy my ticket for this past festival until January (about 6 months before) and it was still worth it.

1. Must find cheap lodging. We are considering renting an RV or camper, and now know of a few of the closest hotels that can be booked through the Firefly website itself. Personally, I have no interest in camping in tent city. It’s not that I mind camping, but I like my old-fart habits, of sleeping, quiet time, and a solid shower. The tent sites are quite literally on top of one another and I would hate to have to lug all of my crap over there in the first place, but that’s just me.

2. Firefly BINGO will be played. First winner earns beverages from the other participants.

3. Before the lineup is announced, say around the holidays, I want to hold a pool of festival performers. 3 points for a main stage act, 2 points for a lawn stage act, and 1 point for a minor stage act. Participants can choose 10 acts. The person with the most points earns beverages from the other participants.

4. Must work out. We covered anywhere from 10-12 miles on a given day just by walking to and from the parking lot and among the various stages. I ran a half marathon in March and gave myself a mild case of runner’s knee. Therefore, I had not really exercised much between then and the festival in June. My legs were sore and my feet hurt like hell.

5. Bring a bandana so as to not suffer from Firefly lung. Sure, I’ll look like a bandit. I kind of like that. If you didn’t read my first post, there is so much dust kicked up by people walking that you will inhale a fair amount of it and end up with black snot if you don’t take preventative measures.

6. Drink more water. I had a dehydration headache during the Foo Fighters set and it was definitely a downer.

7. Pre-order a locker for the whole festival.

8. Get more people to join us! If you are at all interested in coming to Firefly 2015, I hope you’ll contact me, at least for a meetup. That goes for any virtual friends here on Tumblr or Twitter as well. P.S. The weather was quite gorgeous that time of year up in Delaware, though I can’t say the same for when I returned a few weeks later to actually camp. Sweltering. Another reason I don’t want to stay in tent city.

As always, thanks for reading!

1 month ago
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Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
Albert Camus (via introvertdear)

Preach.

2 days ago
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tomorrowsofyesterday:

So @TheCapitolPN tweeted this
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which was promptly deleted. (G-Bb-A-D are the notes to Rue’s whistle.)

But if you had clicked inspect element before it was deleted

image

"You silence our voices, but we are still heard."

HOW COOL IS THIS MARKETING?!?! Like the rebels are hacking into the capitol’s twitter!!!!

(Thanks toastbabeis and mockingjaysource for noticing it and jenliamjosh for reblogging)

The trailers are just as cool.

(via wwbioteach)

1 month ago
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Side quests and non-musical experiences at Firefly 2014. (post 3 of 4)
In addition to our primary objective of seeing as many music performances as possible, I do so love a good side quest.

1. Find Bryce (our free room-and-board for the weekend) to deliver his phone charger. This ended up being my introduction to San Fermin, whom I was not particularly interested in seeing. First of all, they are a band of beautiful people. Secondly, they are orchestral. They are classified as “Chamber Pop” because in addition to three primary vocalists, they have a violin, saxophone, trumpet, keyboard, and I believe also a small percussion pit (I couldn’t quite see that far to the back of the stage… short girl problems plagued me for the entirety of the festival…). They surprised me and I am glad that I ended up seeing them just because of our mini-quest.

2. Dogfish Head Brewery. This is kind of self-explanatory, but it was a great tour, good beer, and riddled with interesting anecdotes.
3. Finding the Silent Disco. Ever since I watched a British romance (can’t for the life of me find the title), but not, “Tonight You’re Mine,” I’ve been intrigued by a silent disco. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it’s the same as a dance club, but everyone is wearing headphones and listening to either whatever the deejay is transmitting, or you can wear your own headphones and jam to your own music. So yeah… everyone’s dancing in an enclosed space, often with a light show, but it’s completely silent. I know it sounds weird, but it has made its way onto my bucket list. 
Unfortunately, the area dubbed by Firefly organizers as “The Thicket” was apparently some sort of mirage. Sure, it was on the map, but I walked by that area several times on my trek between the main stage and the Lawn Stage, and I only saw that joker once! On our last night, I was determined to find it before we left, and we did so, but there was a surprisingly (and disappointingly) long line to get into the place. It’s on my to-do list for next year.
4. Waking up Quintin. Remember that Beer garden that I mentioned in post #1? It was outside of the Dogfish Head Beer Tent, and it was set up like your traditional Biergarten with loads of long, crowded picnic tables. We were getting hungry and needed a break from all of the trekking, so we were pretty interested in finding a spot there to hang out for a while. My friend and I spotted a large expanse of picnic table that was occupied by only two other people. One was a guy with his head down, a passed-out day-drunk. The other was his friend that was obviously bored to tears at having to babysit his passed out friend. We asked if he minded if we sat down and hung out for a while listening to Imagine Dragons on the main stage before going on a food trek. To help pass the time, we may have made a game out of getting Quintin (the day-drunk) to wake up. At one point, I photobombed him, he wore a pink fedora, and we might have poked fun at him a little (see photo). He finally woke up three hours later. Like the good samaritans that we are, we gave him some water and our leftover food. At least he woke up in time to see Outkast.
5. Creating BINGO for next year. Sadly, this was not an original idea, as I found one posted on Facebook the other day. However, I think ours is better, and because I’m a teacher, I know about BINGO-card-making websites so we can actually have different cards for our participants. I kind of want to find a BINGO-creating app. I bet it exists. Personally, I think that whoever gets BINGO first should be bought a beverage at some point during the festival by each person participating in the game. Here’s our list so far (I also added a few gimmes to the end of the list, but I am probably forgetting a few too):
Story/Comic book character (we found Waldo!)
Mythological creature (we saw a pegasus flag and a man in a dragon hat)
Matching parent/child attendees
Day-drunk cuddling and passed out couple
Audible (as in OVER the music) snoring
Stolen Signage (i.e. dude with “General Admission” arrow)
Side boob
Dark side of an ass
Giant face of childhood sitcom star (i.e. Uncle Jesse and Urkel)
Giant face of movie star (i.e. Nicholas Cage and Leonardo DiCaprio)
Giant face of self (i.e. random dude with giant face of himself)
Inflatable item (i.e. palm tree, monkey)
Girl wearing only a bikini
Multicolored hair (i.e. green AND blue AND purple)
Person dressed a produce (i.e. Banana Man)
Professional Hula-hooper (AKA crowd hypnotist)
Sun poisoning
Normally Healthy Supertrooper (person wearing a boot, knee brace, etc.)
Shoeless (not just in the grass)
Photobomb
Obscene PDA 
Extremely patriotic clothing displays
Butt crack
A baby
VERY pregnant 
Kilt
Body paint
Crutches
Public urination
Did you really make it to the end of this? Seriously?!?! Thanks for reading! Have I convinced you to check this out next year, or what?

Side quests and non-musical experiences at Firefly 2014. (post 3 of 4)

In addition to our primary objective of seeing as many music performances as possible, I do so love a good side quest.

1. Find Bryce (our free room-and-board for the weekend) to deliver his phone charger. This ended up being my introduction to San Fermin, whom I was not particularly interested in seeing. First of all, they are a band of beautiful people. Secondly, they are orchestral. They are classified as “Chamber Pop” because in addition to three primary vocalists, they have a violin, saxophone, trumpet, keyboard, and I believe also a small percussion pit (I couldn’t quite see that far to the back of the stage… short girl problems plagued me for the entirety of the festival…). They surprised me and I am glad that I ended up seeing them just because of our mini-quest.

2. Dogfish Head Brewery. This is kind of self-explanatory, but it was a great tour, good beer, and riddled with interesting anecdotes.

3. Finding the Silent Disco. Ever since I watched a British romance (can’t for the life of me find the title), but not, “Tonight You’re Mine,” I’ve been intrigued by a silent disco. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it’s the same as a dance club, but everyone is wearing headphones and listening to either whatever the deejay is transmitting, or you can wear your own headphones and jam to your own music. So yeah… everyone’s dancing in an enclosed space, often with a light show, but it’s completely silent. I know it sounds weird, but it has made its way onto my bucket list.

Unfortunately, the area dubbed by Firefly organizers as “The Thicket” was apparently some sort of mirage. Sure, it was on the map, but I walked by that area several times on my trek between the main stage and the Lawn Stage, and I only saw that joker once! On our last night, I was determined to find it before we left, and we did so, but there was a surprisingly (and disappointingly) long line to get into the place. It’s on my to-do list for next year.

4. Waking up Quintin. Remember that Beer garden that I mentioned in post #1? It was outside of the Dogfish Head Beer Tent, and it was set up like your traditional Biergarten with loads of long, crowded picnic tables. We were getting hungry and needed a break from all of the trekking, so we were pretty interested in finding a spot there to hang out for a while. My friend and I spotted a large expanse of picnic table that was occupied by only two other people. One was a guy with his head down, a passed-out day-drunk. The other was his friend that was obviously bored to tears at having to babysit his passed out friend. We asked if he minded if we sat down and hung out for a while listening to Imagine Dragons on the main stage before going on a food trek. To help pass the time, we may have made a game out of getting Quintin (the day-drunk) to wake up. At one point, I photobombed him, he wore a pink fedora, and we might have poked fun at him a little (see photo). He finally woke up three hours later. Like the good samaritans that we are, we gave him some water and our leftover food. At least he woke up in time to see Outkast.

5. Creating BINGO for next year. Sadly, this was not an original idea, as I found one posted on Facebook the other day. However, I think ours is better, and because I’m a teacher, I know about BINGO-card-making websites so we can actually have different cards for our participants. I kind of want to find a BINGO-creating app. I bet it exists. Personally, I think that whoever gets BINGO first should be bought a beverage at some point during the festival by each person participating in the game. Here’s our list so far (I also added a few gimmes to the end of the list, but I am probably forgetting a few too):

  • Story/Comic book character (we found Waldo!)
  • Mythological creature (we saw a pegasus flag and a man in a dragon hat)
  • Matching parent/child attendees
  • Day-drunk cuddling and passed out couple
  • Audible (as in OVER the music) snoring
  • Stolen Signage (i.e. dude with “General Admission” arrow)
  • Side boob
  • Dark side of an ass
  • Giant face of childhood sitcom star (i.e. Uncle Jesse and Urkel)
  • Giant face of movie star (i.e. Nicholas Cage and Leonardo DiCaprio)
  • Giant face of self (i.e. random dude with giant face of himself)
  • Inflatable item (i.e. palm tree, monkey)
  • Girl wearing only a bikini
  • Multicolored hair (i.e. green AND blue AND purple)
  • Person dressed a produce (i.e. Banana Man)
  • Professional Hula-hooper (AKA crowd hypnotist)
  • Sun poisoning
  • Normally Healthy Supertrooper (person wearing a boot, knee brace, etc.)
  • Shoeless (not just in the grass)
  • Photobomb
  • Obscene PDA
  • Extremely patriotic clothing displays
  • Butt crack
  • A baby
  • VERY pregnant
  • Kilt
  • Body paint
  • Crutches
  • Public urination

Did you really make it to the end of this? Seriously?!?! Thanks for reading! Have I convinced you to check this out next year, or what?

1 month ago
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