Saturday, April 26, 2014

Allergic Rhinitis? Aint Nobody Got Time For That!

Hello readers of the worlds best secret blog!

My new physician looks like she just graduated from med school.  My old one, Dr. Major, has been my physician since I was a teenager.  He's quite old now and is transitioning a lot of his patients to this doctor.  She looked like a bespectacled Meredith Gray.

It's odd having a younger and somewhat attractive doctor.  I have the same feelings about my new dentist.  I would like people examining me to be unattractive.  It just doesn't seem fair to have someone that good-looking to be so close to your face and not make-out with them.

But I digress.

During my physical exam, I informed my new doctor that I've had trouble breathing.  It's not a lung issue, but a nose issue.  Ever since I went to the South and experience a nosebleed somewhere on the continental divide, I've had trouble breathing through my nose.  My old doctor advised that I should keep my nose moist by using a saline nasal gel.  Four tubes later, it's still no better.

Camping? Nope. I'm allergic to nature!
photo credit: nan palmero via photopin cc
My new doctor examined my nose and saw that my nasal passages are inflamed.  Yup folks, I have developed a seasonal allergy.  I have what is called Allergic Rhinitis, commonly known as Hay Fever!

Dun... dun... dun...

Since I'm not really an outdoorsy kind of guy, I've never really noticed or been bothered by it.  But now that weather is getting warmer, I am running outside more.  Thus exposing myself to pollen and dust that causes my allergy.  

I've never really been allergic to anything before.  I used to joke that I'm allergic to vegetables.  Now that I actually know I am allergic to something, that joke doesn't seem as funny anymore.  At least I have a better reason to NOT go camping aside from the lack out plumbing. 

The good news is that my new doctor prescribed me some antihistamine and nasal spray to help me breath during this allergy season.  The bad news is that I would probably have to rely on them for the rest of my life.  That legitimately sucks, but it inspired to look up some stuff to help with my allergy.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Austin City Limits Music Festival

Austin City Limits Music Festival announced their full lineup earlier this morning.  And let me tell you, it's pretty impressive!

A 3-day General Admission pass is $225. Snag your tickets TODAY at 10AM CT!

For those who wants to enjoy the festival in style, there are VIP packages with special amenities offered with access to complimentary food & drinks, gourmet happy hours, mini spa treatments, air conditioned bathrooms, HD live feeds of the four main stages, among other plush amenities.

But if you're like me, you'd probably just crash with people you know (or kinda know) in Austin. There's always CouchSurfing or AirBnB for cheaper accommodations.

See the full lineup for both weekend and ticket information here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Playlist: New Music To Workout To

Add Some Variety To Your Workout Playlist!

Not all workout should be high impact. As such your workout playlist shouldn't JUST consist of Dub-Step or heavy metal.  Download some of these indie (and some almost mainstream) songs to your MP3 player and get ready to be cut!

Shark Attack by Grouplove

Dangerous - Big Data

Harlem - New Politics

Doses and Mimosas - Cherub

Habits - Tove Lo

Fever by Black Keys

One Minute More - Capital Cities

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Pretty Epic Live Mash-Up That I Didn't Get To See

OMFG! It finally happened!

Yes, I know, this is a week old. But I wasn't at Coachella, so... there you go.

Last week at Coachella, Arcade Fire brought it by inviting Debbie Harry on stage for a  Heart of Glass/Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) mash-up.

Watch it here before it get's shut down!

Here's the studio version of mash-up, which I prefer over the regular edit of Sprawl II.

Send Me To Iceland... Please!

Iceland is on my TOP 10 Places To Visit.

You just know you'll find something interesting to do in a country that's a combination of glacier and volcano.  The Icelandic landscape has often been used as a backdrop for movies and television shows such as The Game of Thrones and Prometheus.

Iceland also gave us awesome musical acts like Of Monster and Men, Sigur Rós, and Björk.  In November they have one of the coolest music festivals... EVER: Iceland Airwaves Music Festival!  I'd been wanting to go ever since I first heard about it a couple of years ago.

I was JUST talking about how going to the festival would make for a really awesome blog post series, when I saw this video.  It was created for the travel site Inspired By Iceland and showcases some the cool stuff you could do in Iceland.


 I definitely inspired!  Someone, please send me to Iceland, preferably in November ;)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Playlist: 5 New (ish) Songs To Cuddle To On A Rainy Day

It's been raining on and off since last night.  Sundays, for me, are usually reserved for browsing the used bookstore and catching up on my favorite publications.  But it has been a while since I had a Sunday all to myself, let alone an entire weekend.

I usually have some work-related function that I had to attend to, and having recently come off a three-month judging gig (not really a gig, since I did not get paid for it) for a friend, followed by a charity fashion show I helped produced - I was overdue for some time off.

But as I mentioned, it's been raining on and off since last night and I'm not really in the mood to go anywhere.  Also, I really must start posting on this website.  I guess this will be my first real post.

Inspired by the rainy day, I came up with a list of 5 new-ish songs that would be a perfect soundtrack to your cuddling session.