Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hangout Fest: Day 3; Book Review

Thank you all for your comments on our Hangout Fest trip! We had such a blast - good times with great friends and awesome music! We are now back to Austin's parents in Birmingham for Elliot's graduation from high school. He will be going to Auburn in the fall and we couldn't be more happy for him! So our last day of Hangout Fest was another great day, but a much more chill one. Instead of spending the WHOLE day on the beach listening to shows like we had the past two days, we took it easy, slept in, got some work done, had lunch, relaxed and then walked over to the show around 4 p.m. We saw girltalk but it was PACKED, and then we met up with our group at Black Keys. We watched the show for a while, then headed over to Paul Simon. LOVED Paul Simon - SO FUN. "You Can Call Me Al" was insane - loved it - danced around nonstop! Afterwards me and Austin headed with Ruje to buy t-shirts and they had NONE left - so they gave us 3 Kid's size larges for $2. LOL We put them on, even Austin (after coaxing), took a picture then headed to meet the group. Ruje talked a security guard into giving us a ride back on his golf cart -HILARIOUS!! We then went to Ruje's and had a dance party - gotta love it. (well the girls did - the guys thought we were ridiculous i.e. typical. hehe). Here's a few pics from our last night at Hangout Fest.

fun group!
ze girls
and the boys - love that ferris wheel

On the way home I finished listening to Anita Shreve's Testimony. Wow. In one word - wow. It was about a scandal at a high school/boarding school in Vermont. It started out with a major sex scandal (i.e. 14-year-old girl having sex with 3 older boys in a dorm room after a dance). Alcohol was involved. And it was caught on a film which quickly went wild among the school and later to the public. The story then went through all of the motions, telling the chain of events in pieces from multiple perspectives, including the kids involved, other kids, the parents, the school administrators, etc. It also jumped around in time, slowly unfolding what really happened. The results were tragic for some and it definitely made you think about how quickly your life can change when you don't make the right choices, do the right thing, step up or speak up before you or your friends cross a line. It was pretty intense and I definitely listened QUICK. I give it a 5/5 - a great cautionary tale and a great listen.

Q: What's the last book you read? Did you like it?

Q: Doing anything fun for Memorial Day? We're off to the lake - can't wait! Well, i'm ready to get home first and hug my puppers. I've done laundry here in B'ham.... I still have some catching up to do though! I'm also SO READY to get back to normal programming and blog reading - that's my plan this afternoon. Can't wait to see what you've all been up to!

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