We watched the sunset
And we told ourselves to never forget
Just how good it felt to be surrounded
By a town that we knew
Like the back of our hands
We felt alive
Home for the very first time

-Valencia

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What a great weekend!
Saturday Justin and I made the journey to see Journey =) Also Heart and Cheap Trick, and I have to say everyone was absolutely freaking amazing!
To the right we have the first performance, Cheap Trick. Now I’ll admit, I wasn’t really excited to have to wait a few hours to see Journey, but I can’t believe how amazing these guys were! I’ve really discovered some new (well, technically old) music. For example, Cheap Trick’s “The Flame
Wherever you go, I’ll be with you.
Whatever you want, I’ll give it to you.
Whenever you need someone
to lay your heart and head upon.
Remember: after the fire,
after all the rain,
I will be the flame.
I will be the flame.

I never thought I’d be a classic rock fan. I listened to Britney Spears growing up! Although don’t get me wrong, I’m still all for team Britney, I have to say that rock is quickly surpassing everything as my favorite. After Cheap Trick, Heart performed. Now these women have pipes! It’s actually funny, before Justin and I got together one of my favorite songs that kind of reminded me of how I was feeling about him at the time was Heart’s “Alone
Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone
You don’t know how long I have wanted
To touch your lips and hold you tight.
You don’t know how long I have waited
and I was going to tell you tonight
But the secret is still my own
and my love for you is still unknown
Alone

It was very fitting at the time, because Justin was someone I really was not supposed to have feelings for. Him being my friends boyfriend and one of my ex’s best friends and all…but it’s funny how life works out =) We’re pretty damn cute if I do say so myself. It’s kind of crazy to look back at all the craziness that we’ve gone through to get to where we are, but even if I had the ability to go back and change anything about our past I wouldn’t even mess with it. We have technically been together going on two years now, engaged for almost two months. I still look at him every once in awhile and wonder how I got so lucky. No one makes me smile like he does, and no one ever has. I wonder if there truly is a soul mate out there for everyone. I’m inclined to say yes, but I think it’s a whole other game to actually meet that person. Justin and I met under some interesting circumstances, but through it we became friends and fell in love. I don’t think love like this happens everyday, but I could just be full of it and quoting lines from The Princess Bride . Oh well =)
And the whole reason for the nearly five-hour long drive! That’s FREAKING JOURNEY! Nothing beats hearing “Don’t Stop Believin” and “Faithfully” played live. I actually cried when they played Don’t Stop Believin’. Justin and I sang it to each other =)
Working hard to get my fill,
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin’ anything to roll the dice,
Just one more time
Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on…
Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight people

The whole night was just amazing. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. We were a little worried we were doomed to drink Coors Light, who was sponsoring the event, but they had good beer too 😉 This was definitely my favorite concert ever, but I have my sights set on more to come. I want to do some myspace research and find some local bands to entertain us in the winter when we have to go to a bar to keep warm. haha. I know, no one wants to see that. Too baaad. I have a thing about taking kissy pictures. I have a thing about pictures period. ha. I think I have about 500 pictures in my camera that need to be printed out and put into albums, but I just never think about it while I’m at walmart. One of these days I’m going to be able to fill a dozen bookshelves with all the pictures I take, hooray digital cameras! I’ve taken to taking a zillion pictures of certain things and then simply deleting the ones I don’t like. I wish there was a place for me in the photography industry. I don’t think I’m competitive enough to make anything out of it. One day I hope to just take an amateur class and learn more, but that will come later…much later..when I get all these other classes out of the way.
Speaking of classes. back to school Monday…well, technically Tuesday for me. I only have class Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (score!) So at least this semester won’t kill me too badly. I’m hoping I really only have 3 left. Emphasis on the hope.

Victor Hugo said: “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

Is there really anything better than discovering or rediscovering some truly amazing songs? Now I’m a real late-comer to classic rock songs. Being in my early twenties it’s not my fault, I swear! I have developed a deep love for Journey over the last couple years, and Justin, being the amazing man he is, gave me the oppertunity to go see them. They’re touring with two other big names; Heart and Cheap Trick. Obviously I was only into the concert for Journey, but I figured I should know a couple well-known songs by the others so I have half a clue what’s going on before Journey gets on. I have to say, I have fallen head over heals for these other two bands. I didn’t even know Heart was actually fronted by two sisters. I’m more excited than ever!

Music simply has the ability to change your mood. “This is just a dream” by Carrie Underwood makes me SOB, but five minutes later something else comes on and I’m all happy and smiley. It’s amazing. I cannot even begin to express how excited I am for Saturday! I can’t wait for all that concert energy!

So, I’m a big country girl.  I also am a big country music fan.  Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of songs are geared towards growing up and wising up.

  • Montgomery Gentry – Back When I Knew It All ( I can’t believe all the answers I’ve found since back when I knew it all)
  • Brad Paisley – Letter To Me ( And I’d end by saying have no fear, these are nowhere near the best years of your life)
  • Trace Adkins – You’re Gonna Miss This (You’re gonna miss this, you’re gonna want this back.  You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast)

  • Those are the three that pop into my mind first.  They all make very goods points about being young and crazy, then old and wise.  Personally, back when I knew it all I thought an 11 o’clock bedtime was a horrible, horrible idea.  My father and I went round and round every night about quarter til and I would put up a fight like no other.  Now I would love for someone to make me go to bed at 11 every night…I might be able to get some decent sleep!

    If I could write  a letter to me, what would I tell myself?  First, at 17, I would tell myself simply not to worry so much.  Stop worrying about boys, all  those ones you cried over and worried about are simply drops at the bottom of the bucket of life.  Also, 17 is when I first saw Justin.  Sometimes I wonder what life would be like today if I simply put myself out there and struck up a friendship.  It would take two years and three failed relationships before I finally did.  The river of love sometimes flows upstream and all that.

    Finally, you’re gonna miss this.  Justin and I live in a beautiful two bedroom apartment in the outskirts of Butler in a beautiful setting and even a yard we can use along with fire pit, however that does not deter me in the slightest to future home purchasing endeavors.   Right now we’re just looking, but around this time next year we want to be seriously involved with home plans, maybe even have one picked out and purchased.  That’s a lot of dream for such a young couple, and I probably will miss our just starting out days somewhere down the line.  I know now that I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity to test the waters before making such an investment with Justin, it just makes me all the more confident that this is going to last us a good long while =)

    And to make you smile on this dreary humpday, not exactly one of my own pieces of work but..

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It doesn’t take much to make me happy, for instance:

Wine. I’m currently searching for the perfect wine…and highly enjoying the search.
Discovering an awesome classic rock song. My latest find is Chicago’s You’re the Inspiration.
A ridiculously good book. I just finished The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Incredible.
Getting my nails done. I’m 21 and I got a pink sparkly french today, shazaam.
The weekend where I have nowhere to be and no one to impress.
Curling up on the couch with my man. He’s the best thing of all.
Taking a great picture.

It doesn’t take much to make me happy.  Just give me a glass of wine to hold with my sparkly nails, while reading a book and taking a picture sitting by Justin on our couch.  Not complicated at all 😉

TGIF everyone!