California Day 6: So Long, West Coast

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Down on the West Coast, they love their movies
Their golden gods, and rock and roll groupies
And you’ve got the music, you’ve got the music in you, don’t you?

– Lana Del Rey

My final hours in California consisted of eating breakfast at the hotel and watching the morning news on ABC 7. We checked out a little after 10 a.m. in hopes of getting the rental car back in time to arrive at LAX by 11:30.

The traffic could have been worse. We managed through make it through security at 11. I had to go through twice because I had forgotten to finish drinking all the water in my aluminum bottle.

Oops.

There was a huge storm in the Northeast, so the flight was delayed for a half hour. The gate also changed about 4o minutes before we were allowed to board.

The flight back seemed shorter. My aunt ended up sitting in isolation two rows in front of my mom, dad, and I. If it were up to me I would have traded her for my dad, because he kept stealing my cheez-its.

We entertained ourselves with in-flight entertainment for the majority of the flight. The Castle rerun marathon was on TNT, so I was hooked for three hours before falling asleep.

I made sure to put my headphones back in before landing because the clogged ear life is not fun at all.

The runway was still wet when we landed at JFK, but the sky was clear. We made it home in a cab a little before midnight. I wasn’t as jetlagged as I thought I’d be the next day when I woke up for work.

Overall, I had a super fun time on the West Coast. I hope to visit again soon!

Spring 2015 Rainy Day Playlist

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Spring is here, and if you live in New York then that means you’re still seeing bits of snow from the first day of spring’s snowfall.

Unbelievable. Come on, Mother Nature. Cut us some slack here.

We all know that the coming weeks will bring us tons of rain in exchange for some beautiful May flowers. I can live with that.

Here are 17 songs to help you through the rainy days this spring.

1. Thunder, Gold Fields: Just the right mix of melancholy and perfect bliss for the spring season.

2. California Rain, Betty Who: Let the sweet voice of Betty Who soothe your soul as the rain beats on your window pane.

3. Rain, MIKA: We all hate days like this.

 4. Right As Rain, Adele: Who can resist a little bit of Adele on a rainy day?

5. Rainy Zurich, The Fray: This is the song you make out in the rain to. (You’re welcome)

6. Rainy Taxi, Spoon: Give the rain a bit of mischief with this cowboy espionage induced track.

7. It Will Rain, Bruno Mars: Don’t worry, the rain will never leave us. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not but hey, the plants gotta drink too, right?

8. Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain), Klangkarussell: “You only see the stars when they fall like rain.”

9. Umbrella, Rihanna feat. Jay Z: This is the one and only rainy day classic you’ll ever need.

10. When It Rains, Paramore: I present to you the tearjerker on this playlist, courtesy of the members of Paramore.

11. Raindrops (Radio Edit), SNBRN feat. Kerli: Any rainy day’s a party with this one.

12. Before The Storm, Jonas Brothers feat. Miley Cyrus: Let’s relive some Jonas Brothers magic and Miley Cyrus sanity, shall we?

13. Thunder, Boys Like Girls: Will this always be your thunder?

14. Rainy Girl, Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness: What girl wouldn’t want to get stuck in the rain with a guy this romantic?

15. Come Clean, Hilary Duff: Oh, you’ll definitely be clean by the time summer comes.

16. Rain, Astronaut: Are you gonna wait for the rain to come?

17. A Year Without Rain, Selena Gomez: We’re all gonna feel like we’ve gone through a drought once the temperatures get hot, dry and unbearable in June!

 

Happy spring 2015!