Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ To F With.

Well let's just say jail terrifies me and I hopefully will never be there. But if I were:

Macbook Pro With Internet
First off, I love my computer. But secondly, a notorious blog from jail? That stuff will get you on Oprah, which is my dream.

Infinte Jest
If I’m in prison for a year, I might as well conquer that book. Heaven knows, I probably would never have a better opportunity to immerse myself in it.

A Duvet
I can’t sleep without a heavy duvet. Even in summer. I need the weight on me to feel cozy.

Diva!

Hey! Here we go, here it is, my review of the Beyoncé (!!!) concert.  July 20, 2009, at the Molson Amphitheatre. We had lawn seats, right in front of centre stage, and it was an absolutely gorgeous night, no rain, no clouds, no nothing! It was sunny and beautiful. We were there fairly early, in time to get good seats (marked out by our bright-orange-with-fuschia-flowers blanket), have a pizza, people watch (notably: a Jon-and-Kate-Plus-Eight Kate lookalike, and a hilarious man in a turquoise vneck dancing his booty off to RichGirl) and get BEYOND pumped for Beyoncé. :) Eva Avila and RichGirl were opening, and they were enjoyable. I didn’t realize Eva Avila had so many singles, but clearly she does. I liked both acts, I actually really liked Richgirl, but maybe that had something to do with the laughter I experienced watching this guy just lose it when they started singing. We waited a while for The Diva, having four false starts – we’d be sitting down and then people would start screaming due to some lighting change/Drake arriving (I admit, I was also excited), so we would all stand up. Then when nothing happened, we’d sit down. Four times. It got funny.

Then SHE arrived. It was so so so exciting. I should state for the record, before this concert, I enjoyed Beyoncé’s music, but I would in no way call myself a fan. At this point in the concert, however, I was really giddy. Caught up in Beyoncé-mania. And also for the record, I am now beyond a huge fan. I am OBSESSED (haha catch that Beyoncé reference?). I bought her CD, watched her movie on the plane from London, bought Marie Claire to read the interview with her. It’s at the point that currently listening/dancing to one of her songs puts me in a better mood.

Anyways..I can’t describe every song she played (well I could, but I won’t!) But here is her setlist:

1. Crazy In Love  2. Naughty Girl  3. Freakum Dress  4. Get Me Bodied  5. Smash Into You  6. Ave Maria/Angel (Sarah McLaughlin – shoutout to Canada!)  7. Broken-Hearted Girl  8. If I Were A Boy/You Oughta Know (Alanis Morissette – shoutout to Canada!)  9. Diva!  10. Radio!!!!!  11. Me, Myself and I  12. Ego  13. Hello  14. The Mama’s Medley  15. Baby Boy  16. You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)  17. Irreplaceable  18. Destiny’s Child Medley  19. Check On It!!  20. Bootylicious  21. Bug A Boo  22. Jumpin’ Jumpin’ 23. Upgrade U  24. Video Phone  25. Say My Name  26. Survivor  27. At Last  28. Listen  29. Scared of Lonely

Encore: Single Ladies & Halo

Sew epic. As you can see, she played every one of her good songs and then some. She was an awesome performer: dancing all out, singing harder, smiling that beautiful smile, getting the audience involved, being a complete professional. She has a rockin’ bod, I had never really noticed before, but what with the ten or so leotards she wore throughout the concert, it was hard not to notice, and have her automatically replace any preconceived notions of ideal bodies. From now on, I just want to be Beyoncé.

We had an amazing night. We were all dancing our butts off (including Mom) and singing our hearts out. It was the best concert I’ve ever been to, no contest. If you ever get the chance to see Sasha Fierce Live, don’t pass it up. I guarantee she will make a fan out of you.

Get It Together!

Well I've been meditating a lot lately on the subject of total synchronization. In other words, like Dyson vaccuums, I wish everything would just WORK. It seems constantly ridiculous to me that it takes twenty sweaty minutes to set up the dvd player, instead of just a wireless install like you would on a wireless printer. Why not have the TV remotely find any devices nearby and sync with them, in that way playing the dvd without all the unneccessary cords.

Something else that would make everything just work properly would be internet clouds. I know some cities are doing it, but why not have one fee every month, for your phone, house internet, laptop internet and have a key to the city so to speak, a password that allows you to access internet from anywhere all over the city grid.

On that same note: we were traveling around Toronto yesterday, and kept continually having to feed the meter at every stop. Again, why not an option for a parking day pass? Anywhere in the city, just stick it on your dashboard and it says you can park anywhere there's a free space. Or better yet, for people who run around doing errands downtown maybe they should have an option for monthly parking.

Technology is apparently so powerful, and yet we can't seem to get over this little hump that is connection, syncing. It is so key: we can do it on our cell phones, but not on our powerful laptops? That means we sometimes leave our computers at home or search desperately for a connection port. Why not leave that stress behind and give us the option for connection!

And at the same time: why not keep working on that wireless power charging thing. That would be awesome.

London Fog

So tomorrow is the big day. We take off (hopefully) at approximately 8:50 in the morning. No, it’s not ideal. But since we are flying standby to take advantage of a serious discount, we wanted to be sure to get on a flight, and this one (obviously) is wideeee open. Hopefully that means we’ll get to fly first class! My friend ‘I’ said she got a first-class pod on her way over a couple of weeks ago so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. :)

I finished packing a few minutes ago and it was remarkably painless. Of course, when packing is painless it always makes me feel like I have forgotten underwear or something else major. But no, this time I worked in sections, flitting from the bathroom and organizing toiletries to my bedroom, weeding out unnecessary clothes, packing my carry on, fixing up my wallet and separating out my liquids for the plane. Now that I think of it, it was sort of a chaotic way to pack, just moving wherever I felt like and abandoning projects that didn’t work at the time. Eventually I got everything in to its appropriate places and did it with room to spare. I have plenty of room in my suitcase for food, new clothes, souvenirs, more new clothes! I’m bringing one suitcase (looks like a duffel bag but has wheels and is rather ingenious), one backpack as my carry on, one over the shoulder bag for travel and to use during the day sightseeing, my purse (big boho style bag) and one clutch. Or maybe two. I can’t decide between them. I tried to pack fairly light, mostly nice tops, dresses and skirts and some shorts/t-shirts for the sightseeing parts of the day. I hear London is quite posh in dress (I can’t remember from when I was there last) and especially for the theatre and restaurants, it’s important to look nice. So, that’s that!

Since the last post I made on the subject, I have taken some proactive measures against the conflicts that are sure to arise. I created a powerpoint presentation (yes, nerd, yes) highlighting (via cartoons from Bitstrips) the consequences of not planning out our trip vs planning our trip! We also made sure to list absolutely everything we wanted to do in London and made some compromises etc etc. I typed out a loose itinerary for the week and we’re doing everything we want :) This includes but is not limited to: Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guards, British Museum, V&A Museum, Chicago, Sister Act, Camden Lock Market, Trafalgar Square, Little Venice, Picadilly Circus, Oxford Street..so many fun and interesting things. I am so excited to go because I think I will really appreciate the city this time around. Last time I went to Britain we were in London for a week and then Wales for three. Also, I was younger, but really what I remember most was the Wales, our relatives, etc. This time around I have my camera, my friends, my style sense. I am ready to be Taking London!

I might try to type some posts on my friends computer (not bringing my baby to London haha) or else I will just blog blog blog when I get home. Also: stay tuned for my review of the Beyonce concert! :)

Wish me luck and bon voyage, I’m going to have the time of my life. :)

Love, s.