Category: music

New York in May

So, life happened. A lot. I went to NYC in May for a short trip. I adore friends that want to travel. It’s so nice to have friends that are interested in seeing the world and will follow through! Unfortunately it rained the day I was leaving and I wasn’t able to do too much. Then all flights were delayed. I finally got on a plane to go to Boston around 9PM and stayed overnight. Took another plane from Boston around 5AM to Charlotte, NC then to Atlanta. It was a long day with little sleep. Here are pics from my trip.

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Times Square

Rooftop bars in NYC on Cinco de Mayo..amazeballs.

loved this place and they had great music!

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Rainy day in NYC

sooooo close!!

Central Park

Finally leaving NYC

Helloooo Boston

My sweet room I found on Hotel Tonight

SO EARLY

Peace out Boston

sunrise in Charlotte

November Bucket List Completions

Chomp n Stomp

Brezza Cucina

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar

Empire State South

Sia

Also AMAZING!!

Adele

Adele was AMAZING!!!

 

Hello From the Outside

Holy fucking shit. I think I wrote about Adele’s “Hello” when it first came out.

July 8th I was checking my VM. My ENT’s office called and left me a VM. Apparently even if you block a number they can still leave you a VM. So I saw “Blocked Messages    1 >”. I have very few numbers blocked; I think only random people I’m too stupid to give a fake number to, and M. Upon seeing the number, I knew it was from M. He called June 18 at 9:17AM. The day before Father’s Day was the first thing that stuck out in my head, not sure why. There was nothing to the VM, just a tv in the background, and then breathing right before hanging up. Obvi it wasn’t a pocket dial, even though he would later claim it was. I don’t think so, bud. Its virtually impossible to do that nowadays.

I brought up returning his call to one of my GFs and she suggested I reach out and see what it was about. Natch, I did because, have you met met? The most curious person, almost, ever. He was shocked to say the least. We “caught up”. What you can catch someone up on in your life when you haven’t talked in over a year. I think he told me he would call me later to catch up.. Somehow I knew he’d call me back after his dinner. He did and we “caught up” more. He told me there were a few things he wanted to tell me. I knew exactly what that meant. I was very blunt the last time we talked/I texted him. I believe before we hung up he said he’d call later in the week. Obvi that didn’t happen.

I actually reconnected with a guy 2 days later. So random. Then the anniversary of my dad’s passing day came. He finally called one Sunday morning either at the end of that week or the following, at 1AMish. I was cleaning out my closet (hello irony) and texting with the boy and an old coworker. I decided to answer. I could tell by his voice something wasn’t quite right. He asked me to pick him up and my first thought was, oh fuck, he’s in jail.” Nope, just at a bar?! He said he needed a friend, and I’m a sucker, so I picked him up, and he knew I would because I’m such a great friend/person.

On the ride to my place (not many places are open at 1:45AM) I was asking WTF was happening, why he needed a friend, etc. And he bombs me with he was engaged and he/she/they called it off on Saturday. Insert my calm face on the outside, and my WHAT THE FUCKING SHIT ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME WHY THE FUCK AM I THE PICK ME UP CALL?! Yes those are not complete sentences because my brain was all over the place.

So we talked it out, what little he wanted to talk out. Which consisted of him mostly wanting to hear about me and what was going on in my life.

He did tell me a few things I needed to hear for “closure”. Like how he regretted several things, like never telling me he loved me, not being there for me for my dad’s death, etc. My favorite i think, was that I was the best sex he’d ever had. hahahahaha DUH. Because you actually fell for me. I pointedly asked him why he never told me he loved me. He looked me directly in the eyes and told me he was a coward. Okay, that takes some balls to say that. Or alcohol. Either way, I give him props for finally admitting it.

Like the good friend person I am, I steered the convo back to his issue. To help him, I asked if he thought this was “it”, it was over, for good. He said something about her taking her ring off and leaving it on the table (I think it was table?) was “like a line in the sand”. I asked if he was positive, and if he was sure he wasn’t being too hard on her, because there were plenty of times he did that to me – stubborn asshole because his feelings were hurt without communicating with her and talking things out. God, I’m such a good ex gf! Around 4AM he took his shirt and shorts off and asked if he could sleep over on my couch. Didn’t leave me much choice did ya? I said yes, gave him a pillow and blanket and offered to charge his phone bc I knew it was either dead or almost dead.

At 7:30AM I woke up to his phone vibrating the fuck out of my makeup table. Annoying. So I got up, peed, took him his phone and told him she had called several times. I think he peed and crawled in bed with me. We cuddled (hey, fuck off I’m human) and talked more about his situation. Definitely did not sleep together or make out, and he left.

We caught up later the following week and I told him I couldn’t be his friend. That was one of the things he mentioned in our convo at 3AM. I told him that he couldn’t look to me to be the first one he told about things, that’s what his fiance/wife/person is for. Not me. Whomever he decided to spend his life with needed to be that person, that I couldn’t do it. It wouldn’t be fair to me. He sounded really sad and said he figured and understood. Super awkward hanging up. Hows that convo supposed to go? “Hi, I can’t be your friend or in your life, have a nice life!” Oh and I mentioned that I was really excited with the possibility of where things were going with this new(ish) guy. Side note: that only lasted a month. Leave it to me to get tired of someone after a month. Ha. In the words of Rihanna, “Didn’t they tell you I was a savage?”

After hanging up with M, I felt like he was wavering on getting back together with his ex. Whether or not he did, I have no idea. I just think that based on the little I know, the things he told me and him turning to me, means he’s not as “in it” as he thought he was. I also told him I found it puzzling that he would want closure with me after proposing to someone. #justsayin

So tonight I had a phone call with the medium I have seen before. Not for any particular reason. She actually brought M up though. She said I finally let go of that situation. It was not good for me. She said specific things, but I can’t remember them now. I’d have to go back and listen to the recording.

We talked about my dad, because we always do at some point. She said, you like butterflies don’t you? I laughed and was like yes. She said he sends me signs and sent me one in butterfly form recently. I laughed because he did. She said butterflies normally aren’t that clumsy, it was a sign. (I was at a friends pool sitting on the edge with her. A butterfly literally flew into my face. I pulled away like, wtf and asked her if she saw it. She said yea, its a sign from your dad. I was like I KNOW!) I told the medium I feel like my dad sends me signs a lot, mostly through songs. She said he did.

After our call, I went to the store, ate dinner, watched tv and gathered the materials I need to write an essay for a paper. I decided to put on some music and decided I wanted to hear Adele. I played most of the songs from her 21 album and sang along. 25 started playing after that and Hello came on. I just listened to it instead of singing along for some reason. The further into the song I had a lightbulb moment. I literally said out loud, HOLY FUCKING SHIT THIS IS SOOOOOO US. Me and M. I originally thought that when I heard the song the firs time, but especially after hearing it after he and I talked in person. So crazy, this life.

You go listen to the song, reread what I said about our convo and tell me that shit doesn’t give you chills. #craycray

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Celeb sighting

It’s not every day you see one of the guys you work with walking Rick Ross out to his car.

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Carrie Underwood in Concert

Whoops… I meant to post this much sooner. Carrie was in Atlanta Feb 1.

OMG. I can’t even. She is beyond amazing. I don’t care too much for country, but I’ve loved Carrie since her Idol days. She has only gotten better with time. I actually played one of her songs at my dad’s funeral. If you’ve seen Carrie perform on tv or heard her on the radio, she’s about 20x better in person. Is that possible? YES. She played the harmonica and the guitar – and was really good at both. I was impressed. I would definitely see her again. I have a feeling I will feel the same about Adele when I see her in October. My videos and pictures aren’t even really worth posting..but for shits n gigs…

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February Bucket List Completions

Carrie Underwood in concert

OMG. I can’t even. She is beyond amazing. I don’t care too much for country, but I’ve loved Carrie since her Idol days. She has only gotten better with time. I actually played one of her songs at my dad’s funeral. If you’ve seen Carrie perform on tv or heard her on the radio, she’s about 20x better in person. Is that possible? YES. I would definitely see her again. I have a feeling I will feel the same about Adele when I see her in October. My videos and pictures aren’t even really worth posting.

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The Optimist

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Should be studying, buuuuut I can’t get my newest obsession out of my head..

that voice! several of their songs are really good…

this is also an obsession.

Halloween

I have been meaning to post this but things have been hectic.

The night before Halloween I was at dinner with a friend when I got a text from a guy I went to high school with. He asked me to go to a charity event for Big Boi. Of course I said yes. Stankonia made my high school experience. It turns out my friend is a sound engineer for Outkast.

I’ve always believe in the Golden Rule, and thank God. Being nice to everyone, from the jock to the band nerd, pays off. It really paid off because this guy and I weren’t really friends, but my high school wasn’t huge and we knew one another. He spends a lot of time in LA and doesn’t know a lot of people in Atlanta, so he asked me to go. Pretty sweet deal. I talked my friend I was having dinner with into going. Here are some pics.

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Big boi

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There was some huge swing there so we took pics.

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joking around

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if you don’t find this picture funny you have no sense of humor.

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I love cards against humanity!

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more cards. brilliant idea!

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Hashtag! Just kidding, it could have been, but I didn’t ask. I just wanted a pic.

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As you may have guessed, I went as a Dominatrix. I like to think outside of the box and I really just thought the outfit was hot when I bought it a few years ago. I had no other creative ideas for it. It’s funny though because I bruise easily and had several bruises on my legs. I’m either a klutz or I have started sleep walking. I joked saying it was an occupational hazard.

The links below are clips from a performance Big Boi did that I MISSED! Still pissed about that.

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Nicki Minaj

A friend and I decided 3 days before Nicki’s concert in Atlanta to go. We had such a great time. Nicki is pretty awesome a boss. Here are some videos we took.

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Songs I’m Loving Lately

Haunted was featured on the trailer for Fifty Shades. It’s very raw and sexual. Naturally I like it.

This song – it will be played at my wedding. It is dripping with sweetness.

I discovered Ella on The Voice. Love this song.

For some reason I just love this song.

I just think Iggy Azalea is such a badass. She would be fun to hang out with.

Sometimes new songs come out that remind you of an ex.

I discovered this song on Nashville.

Not sure if I have posted about this before, but I love this song! Paul was on Idol and is from Alabama. Their voices together are magic. So sad they are getting divorced.

 I can relate to this a lot.

 Look up the lyrics and meaning to this song. Painfully beautiful.

I can’t believe I like this song. Kanye West, Taylor Swift and John Mayer are the only musicians that have annoying personalities but I like their music. Ironically, they all have a personal connection.

I thought this SNL skit was hilarious. “There’s a new medicine on the market for those affected by vertigo after discovering they love Taylor Swift.”

After watching Lorde perform this on the AMA’s I wanted to listen to it more. It found it’s way onto my playlist.

Black Widow

uhhhhbsessed with this song..

Things I Love Lately

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LA

Lately I have been experiencing extreme sadness at times. About 2 weeks ago I was at my BFFs house talking with her and I broke down in tears. For about 7 years I have been praying for my husband. Not a husband, because that would be settling, and I don’t settle. The. One. The one that was meant for me.

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That’s only a portion of the sadness, really. There are so many changes that I want to happen in my life, but timing is such a bitch. In a lot of ways, there is nothing I can do. I can’t will it to me. I have to actually have patience.

Story. Of. My. Life……

A friend of mine once told me that LA was my city. He said it was me wrapped into a city. I never really understood what he meant by that.

Last night I was catching up on my DVR and I decided I should watch the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Jared Leto’s band, 30 Seconds to Mars performed “City of Angels”. It was late and I thought pausing it before his song would be a good stopping point so I could head to bed. For some reason I decided to watch it.

After watching, I understood what my friend meant.

LA does seem like my city. For some reason it makes me hopeful and a little less sad. Isn’t it crazy how music can do that?

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Look what came by UPS last Thursday! SO pumped!!!

Music I’m Loving

 

Weekly Roundup

After getting on his daughter’s computer, this dad writes this letter. I think more dads should be like this man.

13 ways to know you’re dating a grown-ass man.

13 ways to know you’re dating a high-quality woman.

15 things you didn’t know your iPhone could do.

This video makes me want to have all. the. dogs.

I’m not an AC/DC fan, but the fact that this can be done with a cello is amazing.

HOLY MELTDOWN! This little boy’s reaction to a gender reveal is funny. “It’s always girls, girls girls. I hate girls. No more girls.”

Tell me all the bad words you know..

I read in Cosmo that there actually is a reason we say we want to eat babies. A newborn’s scent triggers an area of the brain that releases dopamine, the same hormone that lights up when you eat, according to a study from the Technical University of Dresden.

I let go of fear and the peace came quickly

I’ve never watched Glee, but Lea Michele was on Jimmy Fallon to perform her new song Cannonball. I instantly liked it and purchased on iTunes.

I don’t know if this is normal, but I think at some point each one of my [close] friends has confided in me their thoughts on suicide. I feel like this is one of those songs that can [help] push you back to the other side. Maybe that’s just me, though. I know it takes a lot more than a song, but this is a great one.

I know I generally come across as poised, sassy, and sometimes even conceited. I think it has a lot to do with being the total opposite when I was younger. I’m sure that makes no sense, but I think I had enough therapy sessions when I was younger to realize my self worth.

Whether its fear, suicide, depression or just a bad day, I think this is such a positive song. The title is my favorite lyric.

Footloose

This past Friday Kevin Bacon was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. I’ve loved Kevin since Footloose. That is one of my all time favorite movies. I was indifferent to watching him, but Jimmy is unpredictable.. This year is the 30th anniversary to Footloose. Jimmy told the crowd that dancing is outlawed on The Tonight Show.

This happened, and I loved it.

Weekly Roundup

If you want to send a letter to your dog, you can here.

Watch how dogs drink water. Pretty amazing and I never realized this is how they drink!

A man built a house in Thailand for $9,000. And it’s pretty awesome.

Denver news station puts a penis on the air. High much?

Gretchen explained to me what drinking watermelon means..

All Of Me

I love this song. John Legend wrote it for his wife. She has said that when she first heard it, she bawled. If a man that I loved wrote this for me, I would too!

I love the first verse..

“What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You’ve got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright”

If you live under a rock don’t know who she is, a great example of her smart mouth can be found here. I personally find her refreshing. She’s prob the only celeb that doesn’t filter her thoughts.

Kings

Ashley and I went to the Kings of Leon concert three weeks ago and had the best time. It was her first time seeing them and my second. We sold our bodies to pay for our seats scored some amazing seats. FYI Stub Hub is the way to go. We were on the floor at the front of the stage on Row Q. I think the only thing that would have topped our night would have been if we met the band and got pics. The next day my throat hurt so bad from screaming my head off. Towards the end of the show they had a ton of bubbles fall from the ceiling which was so cool. I left my camera battery at home by mistake and my phone died early on, which totally bummed me out. Here are the pics we did take..

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(I snagged this from their DC show off Instagram). Bubbles!

Unfortunately iPhone cameras suck. Especially with the flash so the best pics were taken in the bathroom. Go figure.

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This sweet random girl friended us in the bathroom line.

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Stage! SO CLOSE

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They played a good mix of older songs and current ones. Freaking love them. Best concert experience so far.

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