Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Two nights = two concerts

On Friday night, I went to Lady Antebellum with my friend Erin. I liked Lady A, but mostly I was going to hang out with Erin (Ebbs, as she is more commonly known) (at least by me, that is). But then the concert started, and it was amazing! I am now obsessed with the group.




The next night, Missy was going to Shawn Mendes. She's been slightly obsessed with him for awhile, and I've been making fun of her about it for awhile. But lately I've been hearing Shawn on the radio, and I've been thinking about how it would probably be a fun show. By the time Saturday rolled around, I was officially jealous Missy was going and I wasn't. So when she called Saturday morning and had an extra ticket, I jumped at the chance to go with her.



While I didn't know all his songs (like Missy did), I did know a handful. It was amazing being in that room - it was just this kid (he's only 18 or 19), on stage, showcasing his talents. No crazy lights, no fire, no confetti - just a kid with his instruments and his voice. He is a real talent. And the girls who were screaming ALL NIGHT LONG - I commend you for your passion. It's fun being in a room where that many people are having the time of their lives.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Brace Face - Tray 12

I'm seriously so sick of wearing braces this week.

I know it will be worth it but come on..............

Monday, July 31, 2017

37 - that's the oldest I've ever been

Friday I turned 37.

I decided to start celebrating on Thursday night at Stir Cove. Chris Young was playing, and I LOVE him. I have wanted to see him for awhile, so I was totally pumped when I saw he was on the line up this year. All of his songs just speak to me, and the lyrics are literally my inner thoughts. And Missy, because she's a freaking amazing best friend, scored a meet and greet pass for me.

He's so tall! And hot. 
The show was even more awesome than I thought it would be. At the end, he flipped his ball cap around and I just about lost my mind. He is exactly my type. And from my stalking on the internet, I think he's single...so hit up yo girl, Chris Young.

Friday was a really great day at work. I got my annual review, which I was kind of nervous about, but that went really well, and then we ordered tacos in for lunch because not only was it my birthday, but it was Glenda's last day. She is now retired, and I'm so jealous I could die.

After work I went down to Glenwood to have a birthday party with my parents, sisters and brother, nephews and niece. Alex made the event very special, by decorating a cake that Gavin made and hiding to "surprise" me numerous times throughout the night. Quinn has started this new thing where when she first sees someone walk in the door, she just drops whatever she is holding and screams. Then, when she raises her hands for you to pick her up, she hugs you like you are the most important person in her life. I am telling you, it is the best greeting and feeling in the entire world.


After the birthday party, I went to meet Missy and Natalie at Midtown for a night time farmers market type thing. We ran into our friend Katie, who runs Little Mango , an absolutely adorable kids boutique. We also ran into some soap makers, and I bought entirely too much soap for someone who lives alone.



Saturday morning I slept in (which was heavenly, I still haven't been sleeping the best) and then Missy and I went to Schramm Park for a hike. It was pretty easy, which was fine by me (I was really really sore from leg day on Thursday; Missy says I need to drink pickle juice), but usually I enjoy more of a hiking challenge. But the area itself is really pretty and there were lots of people there to watch. And the hike itself was just fun - there were lots of random stairs, meditation areas, and this suspension bridge. I would like to go back, and maybe hike the trails twice to get a decent amount of workout in (and steps, of course).


After that we grabbed lunch and went shopping, and then I headed back down to Glenwood for some family time. Mom made dinner, and Aunt Tammy, Grandma and Kate came over for birthday celebration round 2.

Sunday Kate helped me move some heavy stuff (I got a china hutch from a neighbor who is moving - it was the right price - free - and I absolutely love it), and then we went to the farmers market at Askarben. I had to physically walk away from the soap vendors (seriously, what is my deal with soap now?) and then we went to lunch. After that, I had my usual Sunday chores - laundry, food prep, cleaning - and also I took some time to set up my amazing new china hutch. I ended the day with scaring the crap out of myself (between Stephen King's IT and a few murder documentaries) and couldn't sleep again.

What a great weekend. If this is any indication of how 37 is going to treat me, I'm all for it.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stir Cove X3, tubing and sleeping

I am really enjoying my summer. Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited for football and pumpkin and hoodies and cooler weather. But this past weekend I took in a lot of sun, water and heat and I loved every minute of it.

I decided to start my weekend on Wednesday of last week, and I kicked it off with Garbage at Stir Cove. Then Thursday was Kesha. Missy and I fully embraced the environment with some face glitter.

Friday night was Goo Goo Dolls. I have probably seen them ten times, but every single time I see them I think it's the best time. Friday night was no exception to that.

Saturday I went tubing down the Elk Horn with some work buddies. I was so nervous about doing this - I can't swim, and getting knocked out of my tube was a serious fear. I already knew I wouldn't drink much, because 1. I just don't anymore, and 2. I can't swim and didn't want to drunkenly drown. It was so much fun, I didn't fall out of my tube, and I faced my fear. Plus I got to know some of my coworkers better and bond with the girls in my office.



Sunday I barely moved. Even though I just laid in a tube all day, I was worn out! So my Netflix got a work out. Have I mentioned on here that I don't have cable right now? I HATE IT. I will never be one of those people who can live without cable.

Even though this week is technically my birthday week, I am ready for a slow down.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Brace Face, Tray 10

I start Tray 11 tonight and just realized I haven't reported on Tray 10 yet!

Nothing really new to report. I've noticed in pictures I'm smiling much bigger. I had another dentist appointment last week, and both my dentist and her assistant made comments about how much more confident I seem now. 

Also, during that appointment I had some more teeth filing done. Still the worst sound in the world. 

When I first started this, I was given three boxes of trays, numbered Trays 1-11, Trays 12-22 and Trays 23-28. So after I switch to Tray 11 tonight, I am one box down! 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Adventures in Omaha

On Saturday I had another adventure day with Ryan, Missy and Natalie. This time,Missy put together an "Explore Omaha" day. She wouldn't tell us anything about the day other than the day included breakfast, lunch and a snack and also that we needed $9 to get into one of the attractions. She had envelopes that we opened after each stop to find out where we were headed next. 

We started the day at Harold's Koffee Shop in Florence for breakfast. 





From there, we went to the Mormon Trail Center. This was very interesting, because one of the Sisters walked us through and explained the history of the church and their travels to get to Utah. I had about a million questions I didn't ask. We also walked through the cemetery, which is across the street. Then we went to the Florence Mill, which is the last standing building from the Mormon quarters. 





From there, we went to the Malcolm X house. He lived in Omaha during the first year of his life, and although the house is gone they have declared it a historical site. 





After that, we went to the Crook House on Metro's campus. 



Next was what I had been waiting for, the Gerald Ford birthplace. 


Then came Mount Vernon Gardens, which was almost in Bellevue. I had no idea this lovely place existed. 


Then we stopped for lunch at Orsi's Bakery in Little Italy. 





Then we headed out to Boys Town. I had never been here and it was amazing! We drove around the campus, went to the history hall, Father Flanagan's house and the two churches on campus. 


After that we drove by Wareen Buffet's house and stopped in Dundee. Apparently before World War II the Japanese threw balloon bombs over to the United States (threw?) and one ended up in Dundee! I never knew that. So we went there, and then got ice cream at Ecreamery. Then we went to the Joslyn Castle, and then ended our day with a movie at Film Streams! 

It was a long day, and we have so much more we could have explored! What an amazing city we live in!