Friday, May 31, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Outdoor Living With The SunBrite TV Veranda Series Outdoor 4K UHD HDR TV

It's that lovely time of year again! We're all spending more time outdoors right now, whether it be just to enjoy the weather or inviting friends and family over for get togethers, it is definitely time to get out and enjoy that sunshine!



As those of you who read my blog regularly already know, we recently bought our first home. The project I'm currently working on is our firepit and outdoor area and have been looking for fun ways to incorporate activities for the entire family. This includes weatherproof electronics, specifically televisions, so that I can get the kids (and their dad!) outside, even if it's just to get that fresh air and sunshine while they are gaming!



So, I have been looking for inspo pictures and shopping around and came across the Sunbrite TV Veranda Series and I am totally in love! The Sunbrite TV outdoor televisions are designed specifically for outdoor use in screened in porches or full shade outdoor spaces. They have been engineered to withstand any climate North America can throw at you and resist rain, snow, dust, insects, and extreme temperatures. It comes standard with a direct lit 4K UHD screen with HDR, which is 50% brighter than indoor televisions so the bright outdoor light does not affect your viewing (or gaming, heh). It's much more durable and safer than using an indoor TV outdoors, that's for sure! 

You have to start somewhere when planning your new outdoor space, and I decided to start with the small things and work my way up! I am going to design my entire outdoor living space around this television and I am finding inspiration everywhere I look! 

This is life goals right here:

I don't ask for much, just this entire patio, pleaseandthankyou!


This summer the best seat in the house is outside and I am going to take full advantage of it! Hopefully, I will have pics to post of my own outdoor living space soon. In the meantime, back to pinterest for more inspiration!

What are your plans for an outdoor space? I'd love even more ideas so leave them in the comments below!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Epic Fail Of The Epicenter Festival

**THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS ARTICLE ARE MY OWN.**

This weekend I had the good fortune ( HA ) to attend the Epicenter Festival in Rockingham, NC. I was out of my MIND excited. TOOL has been my favorite band since the first time I heard them around 1994 and I'd only seen them once! I was going to see Rob Zombie, Korn, The Cult, Tom Morello, so.very.many.bands in 3 days!!

If this happened when I was in my 20s, I would have spontaneously combusted.

Our friends that were coming with us had to drive four hours to get to our hotel and we only had to drive 2 hours to the hotel after we all got off of work. 


So, we all really wanted to see Korn Friday night, so when we met up at the hotel, we rolled out.

And then sat in stand still traffic.
For 5 hours.
2 miles away from the venue.

I am not even close to kidding. Not only did no one know what they were doing with the parking, it was only a 2 lane road so it was almost impossible to turn around. Traffic was a nightmare, nightmare, the worst. And it wasn't that there wasn't ENOUGH parking, there was plenty (in the dark, of course, because there was NO lighting in the parking lots). The people directing it were having troubles with communications and the confusion was REAL.

We got there in time to see the last 4 songs of Korn and then we had to leave.



I don't even want to talk about people trying to leave the parking lot. It was ridiculous.



We get back to the hotel and just flop out. I just wanted to get some sleep because the next day, Saturday, I was going to see my most favorite band in the world. I'll just forget the cigarette stains in the bathtub in this musty hotel that we only took because it was the ONLY one available ONE MONTH after the event was announced (and was STILL 45 minutes away from the festival). Forget that I missed almost all of Friday's show. Forget that I feel like I need to power wash and fumigate the hotel room we were in...just forget it all and dream of Tool and Tom Morello and all of the awesome bands I had always dreamed of seeing and was going to, finally! I mean, we'd just leave early to beat the traffic and spend all day rocking out to other new bands. What could possibly go wrong?

THIS. This is what could possibly go wrong.

We woke up to a severe weather alert (that later turned into a tornado warning) and for the safety of all fans, the venue cancelled the show (as they should have so no fault there). We drove out to see if they were letting anyone in so we could at least check out the vendors and grab some merch while we could but nope, they weren't letting anyone in.

So, back to the middle of Assthumb, North Carolina for a hotel party!


As of this writing, people are working on getting refunds, but it looks dismal.  Hopefully, they do after the ABSOLUTE INSULT of charging $1 for tickets after selling them for $200+ (when we, of course, bought them ugh). While I absolutely do not fault the vendors and of course the bands for the weather, I do fault DWP for the worst organization of a festival I have ever seen! We were so bummed and didn't know what was going to happen so we just left on Sunday. Which means, I missed Tom Morello.

Le sigh. 



WRAL did a great report you can read here: https://www.wral.com/after-traffic-security-concerns-severe-weather-day-3-at-epicenter-sees-sun-fewer-fans/18380612/  I didn't camp so there's more about the situations for the campers, there.


FINAL VERDICT: Nope. I would definitely not attend ANY event thrown together by DWP ever again



UPDATE 5/16/2019: PAYPAL is honoring and giving refunds. I got a full refund. Once I hear of more banks, etc giving refunds, I will post them.

UPDATE 5/24/2019: PayPal is now being weird about refunds but I have heard from many different folks that almost all of their banks are cooperating. DWP is offering a 50% refund for Saturday (because they just can't stop insulting the people who spent a lot of money to come to this festival). For anyone worried about the bands not getting paid because of refunds, they get paid regardless (thank goodness).

Wednesday, May 8, 2019