3 Shows in 5 Days

3 Shows In 5 Days

Last week was quite the whirlwind of a week.  I got to go see 3 shows in 5 days and now I’m feeling like napping on this cold Monday morning.  Pardon all my blurry iPhone photos.  I really should have snuck in my big camera!

Wednesday night I got to see Motley Crue.  Talk about an incredibly high-energy show!  There were some pretty spectacular pyrotechnics, including Nikki Sixx’s flame shooting guitar and a whole lot of lighting effects.  Tommy Lee did his famous drum solo over the crowd on a roller coaster (see above photo) and made me dizzy for nearly 10 minutes.  I could hardly hear the whole day afterwards, but hey, that’s rock and roll right?!

Motley Crue

Thursday Night was Paul McCartney night.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I got the ticket months ago and have eagerly awaiting Sir Paul with as much anticipation as I had waiting for my wedding day.


My bestie and I wore our Beatles shirts in celebration and I cried through 60% of the concert.  I had an emotional meltdown during “Let It Be” because it’s my soul song and the concert was probably the best concert I’ve ever been too.  Kidney sale well worth it!


Last night I attended a showing for the documentary “I’ll Be Me” about Glenn Campbell’s final tour after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s.  Even though I had seen the show once before, I was again inspired and moved to tears throughout most of the documentary.  So far, the documentary is only coming to select theaters, but if you have an opportunity to see it, you really should.  It’s so incredible!

I'll Be Me

I officially need to go back to bed now.  Wake me up when it’s not Monday anymore.

How was your weekend?!


When Selfies Have Gone Too Far

When Selfies Have Gone Too Far

The word “selfie” was added to the dictionary just a few months ago.  The idea of having the word “selfie” as acceptable to play in a round of scrabble seems a bit outlandish to me, but maybe I’m overreacting.  I do think you know that selfies have gone to far when you attend a Mötley Crüe concert and all the tough, tattoo-covered, leather wearing men are trying to get selfies with Vince Neil in the background.  Too far, I say.  Too far.  Here are 5 other ways you know when selfies have gone too far.

1. When a selfie is taken near or around a toilet
No matter how pretty you did your hair, if I can see the toilet, I’m thinking about poop.  Do you want me to see your hair and think about poop?

2. When a selfie is taken at a funeral
Your smiling face at a funeral makes me think you might have murdered the person who passed away.  Why are you so happy they are dead?

3. When a selfie is taken of you sleeping
No one in their right mind would take a picture of me sleeping and think it was cute.  I sleep with my mouth open in a drooly frown.  If you look cute in your sleeping selfy, I assume you took the picture yourself and then you obviously weren’t sleeping.  Unless sleep picture taking is now a thing.  And if it is we are all doomed.

4. When a selfie doesn’t have you in it
If your selfie is a picture you took of just your baby, it’s not a selfie.  Unless the baby took the photo himself.  Then kudus for having a very smart child.

5. When a selfie is taken sitting in traffic
When you’re bored sitting in traffic, don’t make the rest of us bored by seeing your bored face.  I sit in enough traffic of my own.

I must admit, I do love taking a selfie now and then, but most of the time I have to put my dog in the picture because he’s so cute he almost makes me cute.  From now on, let’s just have the animals take the selfies.

Lemur takes selfie


Dog Takes A Selfie




20 Of The Best Scary Movies

20 Of The Best Scary Movies

It’s no secret that I love movies.  And since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, I am all about watching scary movies to celebrate.  In case you were looking for some fun (and often terrifying) movies to watch this October, I’ve compiled a list of the what I believe are the best scary movies. There’s a whole lot of Stephen King on the list because he’s my favorite author, and I guess that makes me a little partial to movies based on his novels.  I was also surprised how many of the movies I thought of that are older.  In this day and age of elaborate special effects, gore, and computer-generated imagery, maybe we have lost the art of the truly scary movie that leaves much up to the imagination.

20. Paranormal Activity (2007)
One Sentence Review: Don’t let your friends fool you and tell you this movie is real home footage.

19. Signs (2002)
One Sentence Review: Tinfoil on your head will not protect you from alien invasion.

18. Cujo (1983)
One Sentence Review: Don’t forget those rabies shots!

17. Pet Sematary (1989)
One Sentence Review: Pets are not quite as cuddly when they are raised from the dead.

16. The Sixth Sense (1999)
One Sentence Review: A boy sees dead people.

15. Jaws (1975)
One Sentence Review: I will never swim at the beach again.

14. 28 Days Later (2002)
One Sentence Review: Epidemics are real so don’t forget to wash your hands.

13. Seven (1995)
One Sentence Review: Those seven sins really are deadly.

12.  Deliverance (1972)
One Sentence Review: Watch out for those rural towns and their locals!

11. Carrie (1976)
One Sentence Review: High school was terrifying enough without telekinetic powers

10. The Ring (2002)
One Sentence Review: That girl needed a haircut!

9. Halloween (1978)
One Sentence Review: The movie that sold the most popular masks in the Halloween store.

8. Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
One Sentence Review: As long as you don’t fall asleep, everything will be ok.

7. Friday The 13th (1980)
One Sentence Review: Not your average camp experience.

6. Psycho (1960)
One Sentence Review: I’ll pass on the showers and stick to baths from now on.

5. Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
One Sentence Review: Charming and often helpful serial killers are not your friends.

4. The Shining (1980)
One Sentence Review: No one wants to imagine their husband becoming a homicidal maniac.

3. Poltergeist (1982)
One Sentence Review: It’s enough to make you want to get rid of your television.

2. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
One Sentence Review: There is nothing more terrifying than the idea of having the devil’s baby.

1. The Exorcist (1973)
One Sentence Review: No split-pea soup for me, thanks.

What is your favorite scary movie?  What movies did I miss on my list?



I Am Not What My Scale Says

I Am Not What My Scale Says

My lovely friend Jessica at Beyoutiful Beauty is sharing an awesome series this week about body confidence and acceptance. I was so honored that she allowed me to share a post about my thoughts on the subject.  Today, I’m over at her blog sharing my struggle with not defining myself by what I weigh.  Too often, we allow our pant size or weight to define how we feel about who we are as a person, but I’m learning that I am not what my scale says.  I’d love if you’d check out my post on Beyoutiful Beauty and let me know what you think. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the rest of Jessica’s fabulous blog!

A Letter To My Husband

Letter To My Husband


Two years ago today you asked me one of the most important questions I have ever been asked.  As we sat in that movie theater getting ready to see a Halloween film that you had so kindly agreed to see (even if cartoons don’t make you quite as happy as they make me) I never could have imagined I would be capturing such an important moment on my camera.  It seemed like one of our usual dates.  The movie was followed by dinner at one of our favorite restaurants and a quiet walk around the nearby lake.  It was so perfect because it seemed so normal that I wasn’t expecting what was coming next, yet it was so special that it is still one of my favorite memories.


As we walked around that lake and you told me how you wanted to spend the rest of your life with me I knew the question that was coming next was going to change my life forever.  I said yes to marrying you that day but the more important question was asked when I stood with you in front of our family and friends and said yes to becoming your wife.  We are a little over a year in to our marriage and I am so thankful that I got to say yes to you.

I said yes to coming home to you after a long day at work and looking forward to hearing about your day.  I said yes to Friday night pizza nights and late night walks outside with the dogs.  I said yes to last minute cuddles in the early morning. I said yes to making you dinner and running my fingers through your hair.  I said yes to kisses on my way out the door that leave me feeling like the first time you kissed me.

I know what I said yes to won’t always be easy or sweet or happy.  We haven’t experience a whole lot of that yet, but we will.  And I’ll remember that I said yes to the hard times as well as the good times.  A good friend shared a quote with us a little while ago and I think it captures marriage perfectly.  The quote is from A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman about the yes she said to husband’s proposal of marriage:

A great quote on marriage from Emily P. Freeman's book A Million Little Ways

Zack, I will answer the question of taking you as my husband with my life.  And I hope that my answer is always full of kindness, love, respect, acceptance, and humor.

I love you,