ACL 2012: A review.

 This was our second year in a row to get to attend ACL and we waited anxiously, for over a year, to get to put on our 3-day passes. Last year we just went 1 day but Jordan hit the lottery and scored us passes for $50 each. At the time we had no clue who the line-up would be…so we crossed our fingers and hoped it would not disappoint.

Here are my top 5 (in no particular order):

1. The Avett Brothers. So much energy and just incredibly talented. I have seen them once before as an opening act, but this time they killed it. (While waiting for this show we met some entertaining super fans from North Carolina. One of them told me her personal life story and the other told Jordan way more than he wanted to know about a number of topics.)

2. Weezer. This was a greatest hit show and it was perfect. They were so much fun to watch and I was reminded of just how much I really love that band. AND they played “Greatest Man That Ever Lived” so 100 points to Weezer.  

3. The Civil Wars. Amazing live and the most kind in person. We have officially become super fans. Just quiz me on my Civil Wars knowledge. I will get at least 3/4 of the questions correct.  (It felt like it was 10 billion degrees before this show so I was thankful to have an umbrella. When you are the keeper of the shade it is interesting to see who wants to be your friend. One boy became my best friend and chatted me up about oil until Jordan came back and quickly turned the conversation to zombies.)

4. The Roots. {I silently hoped that Jimmy Fallon would make a cameo, but alas it did not happen.} The Roots were freaking fantastic. The only time they would stop moving  was to “freeze” in various poses which was hilarious. Quest Love, you are precious. Just FYI.  (Prior to this show we got monsooned on for a solid 30 minutes. Our attempt at staying dry was very weak but we were determined to be as close to the stage as possible. One guy made it back to his group saying that he had never been so thankful to hangout in a port-a-potty before.)

5. Father John Misty. I have mentioned my love for FJM before but, people, seeing him dance, crawl, and lounge all over the place was more than I had hoped for. He was truly entertaining and I am putting him on my “Must See Again” list. (Side note: He would tell a short story between each song, kept it classy by tucking his shirt back in, and wore heart-shaped sunglasses. What a man)

Honorable Mention:

1. Jack White. I love Jack White and was so looking forward to seeing him perform. He is such an amazing musician and his band was made up of all girls {points there} but overall I was a little disappointed. So we were ready to leave…but then he went and played Seven Nation Army and totally redeemed himself.

2. The Baylor Choir. Talk about an uplifting experience for your Sunday morning! Such open hearts and beautiful voices. I had chills. And if I closed my eyes I felt like I was back in South Africa. It was an unexpectedly wonderful moment in the weekend.

3. M83. We were warned not to try to see M83 again…but we did not listen. Actually, I did not listen. The memory of seeing them a few months before was still with me and I wanted an equally as incredible show. Big bummer because that did not happen. They were great, but the sound where we were was terrible and there was a random girl shouting about how she was going to get a tattoo like Fiona Apple. When her friends asked her how she felt about being unoriginal she said, “A compliment is the highest form of flattery.”  At this statement I was done and we walked to M.Ward, who was very good live.

4. Gary Clark Jr. This guy. No words for his performance other than ridiculously good.

Favorite Moments:

1. Walking in and seeing all the people with the Austin sky-line in the background.

2. A girl was convinced that was walking in poop while making her way through the mud.

3. Meeting the Civil Wars.

4. The food. Oh mercy. Mighty Cone, you will always have a piece of my heart.

5. I have to give myself a pat on the back for not having to use the port-a-potty 1 time. Yay self!

6. That husband of mine was able to get us $50 3-day passes again! Cheers to next year!

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4 girls and a paddle boat with some bullet points.

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This past weekend I went to the lake with 3 of my most favorite people.  This trip was extra special to me because it will be the last trip that we 4 take together before Jordan and I move/Tanis and Rusty move. Thankfully, you can’t see me right now because I am eating red velvet icecream and crying a little…add in some Adele and I am the epitome of that SNL skit.

Our trip was short but perfect:

  •  we out smarted a wasp the size of a Tracker Jacker
  •  paddle boated like champs
  •  went antiquing
  • spent a few hours out on Alan Henry on the way back to Lubbock
  •  I have officially made the switch from tanning oil to SPF 80. Thanks to Tanis’ little niece for unknowingly sharing her Coppertone with me.
  • sat outside and read without the pages blowing all over the place. I don’t need a kindle for outdoor reading, I just need to live in a less windy environment.
  • all things The Hunger Games and discovering that there is a direct correlation between my obsession with these books and my new-found love for “arrow” jewelry.
  • I seriously could not have asked for better friends than these three and I miss you already and have not even left yet.

The Graduate.

Oh, hey blog. I forgot you were here. Sorry about that. Life has been a non-stop road trip for us lately and it does not look like it will slow down any time soon. But, we have had the chance to spend time with some of our most favorite people and for that we are so thankful.
A couple of weekends ago we set off for ATX so Jordan could graduate with his masters in Social Work from UT! It has been a long road for him (all the other graduates) to get to that stage and I was so proud.
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Round Rock Donuts. We would drive the 20 minutes to get them. Why? Because they are that good.
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Puppy bonding time. Tank loved Lemon and Lemon tolerated Tank.
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Friday night we went to see M83 with Seth and Erin. Probably one of my top 5 shows to go to.
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love love these two.
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Double Master Parnell.
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Jordan and some the lovely ladies he graduated with.
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Beautiful prego sister.
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Lil Ken and Ray Ray were proud too.
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The Tower changed colors with each college that was represented at the parade of graduates.
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It was a long day but such a wonderful experience to get to share with Jordan.

Also: a couple of weeks ago Jordan, Shelley and Jacob all graduated from LCU! Congrats to my sweet family!

 
I leave you with Father John Misty… My new favorite who will be at ACL this year and I am so ready to see him live. Happy Tuesday!

Thursday Thankfuls.

I can not even begin to express to you the insanity of the week that I have had so far. Work has been abnormally crazy, my alarm has begun a full out attack on me, and Lemon has developed a super sniffing nose that requires her to linger on every single thing that has any bit of scent. Needless to say, I have been craving some calm/me time. However, I am determined to not be overwhelmed at every moment of each day. So I have decided to stop at least once a week and physically write/type what I am thankful for. In doing so, here is a list of my current thankfuls:

1. My wonderful brother in law coming to town. Jacob and Jordan got to spend a couple days together of brotherly bonding this week by going to a concert, talking about the future (ex: discussing in length the future pizza place they want to open, called “Slice of Life”  and the detailed “Man V. Food” type challenges that they will offer), watching shows about epic battles/ Hell’s Kitchen, and exploring Austin through the lens of Instagram.

(The wall at Rounders, a new pizza place we have come to love)

(Action shot at its best)

(The Sniffing Diva.)

2. A new office. I have to say that I work with some of the greatest people on the planet. I could devote an entire post to the folks in my office, they are just that cool. Before the big move on Monday, there was a constant 4 people sharing 1 office. Our VP (Alexis) and I shared a desk, Cassie (of classiecassie on my side bar) had her own desk, and Kim (intern extraordinaire) had a baby sized desk. Recently, we brought on a new girl to take care of finances…desk space was obviously limited. Thankfully, there was an opening in an office just down the hall so Alexis and I got moved. I miss the  random moments of office yoga, celeb gossip, and other girl type chatter but I have loved being in this new space.

3. A moment of calm which is being spent blogging and listening to my Decemberists pandora station.

4. A Skype date with Lauren Sportsman, as well as finishing her care package which will be sent to Colorado asap.

5. Short hair, new shoes, and scoring the best blue pen in the office.

Okay, peace time over. Back to the insanity that is my job right now. I hope your Thursday has been happy and that you have found a moment of peace in your own crazy.