Wherever I May Roam

Previously.

Let’s roam over to St. Louis!

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Just as we finished up at the Arch, a storm rolled in. Seems like I’m cursed with rain on my first day of travels lately. San Diego, St. Louis, Seattle…  geez.

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We made it back to the room just as the rain hit.

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Once that burned off, we were ready to rock out at Busch Stadium with Volbeat and Metallica!

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What you can’t see in the pictures is the drizzling rain that came back. Everyone was getting wet. Thanks to our ticket snobbery, we were relaxed and dry.

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The stage was magnificent! 5 huge video screens played vibrant images of the band.

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And who doesn’t love it when they add fire! You could feel the heat from our seats. I can’t imagine what it felt like on the floor.

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The crowd loved every bit.

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“It’s unbelievable after 36 years we’re still up here making this noise,” Hetfield told the crowd. “I can’t believe you still like this.” Yes sir we do!

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As soon as we got home, Metallica Guitar Hero battle ensued.

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Set List
*Hardwired
*Atlas, Rise
*For Whom the Bell Tolls
*Fuel
*The Unforgiven
*Now That We’re Dead
*Moth Into Flame
*Wherever I May Roam
*Halo on Fire
*Whiplash
*Sad But True
*One
*Master of Puppets
*Fade to Black
*Seek & Destroy
Encore
*Battery
*Nothing Else Matters
*Enter Sandman

Big Fun for ICC

A new reason to get fancy!

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Grabbed a few friends and attend the annual fundraiser for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. It was not just another chicken dinner.

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Everything was so delicious!

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I heard the dessert was great, not my thing but it looked pretty!

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We didn’t win anything in the silent auction. Maybe the live auction will treat us better! We didn’t get the front row seat, this guy did… well, I guess that’s ok since he and the Mrs. were the event’s Honorary Chairs!

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We were treated to several songs by the different choir groups. Several. Feedback to the group would be to cut down some songs. It was a long event. Long.

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Very grateful for the experience!

Basement Rock

Time for more music @ the Deluxe!

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Red Sun Rising bailed as an opener. Bummer. Bad Flowers kicked us off. He reminded me of AAR cracked out lead singer. That concert a few years back was so disappointing, I didn’t even blog about it.

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They used the whole stage.

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Can’t believe it had been 5 years since the first time I have seen Pop Evil.

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Stop watching through your damn phones people! You are blocking my view too!

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For the encore, Leigh got down into crowd. I’m glad no one was a douchebag and did anything stupid. I want these guys to keep coming back!

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We had a clue this was going to happen.

Bucket List

Turning 39 did not excite me this year. Being with my friends did, so I found a fun way to make them do some work for me!

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Have at it, party people!

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A quick Goodwill trip and a staple gun provided a DIY way to showcase my bucket list ideas.

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Lots of great ideas. A few questionable ones.

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Thanks to JW, this thing follows me around at every birthday since my golden. Luckily she forgot the real deal at home but happily sent a phone pic later. Those are not caterpillars. Those are my eyebrows before this girl learned what sculpting was.

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My event coordinator and I taking a breather after the meatball debacle.

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Black and gold was a fitting color scheme this year.

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We leveled up this year by adding live music. Our youngest guest was loving the Guitarist by cutting it up on the dance floor!

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I love being surrounded by friends and family. I felt loved!

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I don’t throw birthday parties to get presents, but AV picked something special out for me, so I was excited!

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A cupcake puzzle! Can’t think of a better birthday gift! Just need to pick which weekend I’ll be working on it. As the birthday girl, I tried to make the rounds and mingle with everyone which caused me to lose my cup every now and then. Oh well, we can double fist it.

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After all that fun, clean up day was bittersweet.

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After the weekend festivities, a good workout was needed but damn, JL outdid himself. Who needs training?!

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I was ready for a good dinner and a cocktail. I think a martini pairs nicely with filet. Or anything.

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I’m ready to tackle 39 and rock into 40…. I think.

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Ladies Day Out

I love friends with similar interests! K planned a Mom & Daughter day for us. On the agenda, theatre production of The Sound of Music. I’ve never seen the movie but I always think of Ricola when I hear the title. Count Momma & I in! There was a photo opt spot in the lobby, so the family in front of us offered to swap cameraman duties with us. The lady taking the picture was having trouble. She kept saying, “This box thing is popping up?!” So as I walk over to help, she moves my assisted touch dot and got the camera working!

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Sadly K’s momma couldn’t make it with the weather, so Spawn invited a stand in who fit in perfectly!

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Before the show started, I shared a Tweet – I’m trying to keep up with technology or as the kids call it, social media. At intermission, I got this from the lead actor!

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Mr. Ben Davis, an Indianapolis raised artist! Love seeing these guys come back and entertain in the city that molded them. First, Josh Kaufman. Now Ben. I might look into shows a different way now. Support local! Great show!

My Dreams Come To Life On Stage

Previously.

I’ve started dreaming again. Oh how fun it is! I can never really describe how amazing my dreams are. Until I saw the ISO Yuletide Celebration. Holy shit. This is how I dream come to life.

I have to credit my Mom with this event. She’s been in the past and said get tickets. Sure. Any time I can spend with my parents, I don’t ask questions. I made a large assumption that I was just going to see the symphony for 2 hours play Christmas music. Piep loves to sing, so I figured it’d be a good day for all. Until the night before, I get an email from the ISO that there will be a live reindeer out front before the show. Animals?! Yes please!

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So I’m thinking that was fun, never touched a reindeer before. As I walk into the lobby. Ummmm Yuletide mascot? Not sure, but I need a picture.

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I’m feeling great! Animals, mascots, let’s go hear the symphony. Then I walk into the theatre concourse, and WOAH. I see a sea of holiday mascots. I could hardly contain myself. “Pieper, take my phone! Let’s go!” She’s such a trooper. Reindeer!

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Penguin!

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Tree?

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Mouse!

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Come on! Gingerbread man?!

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I thought we were done until Mom and I found Olaf! And a kid who’s face says “Why is this adult taking a selfie?”

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Best part, my teammates get in on the action without prompting from me. Fun-lovers!

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Fwd: Pic

If you have never been to the ISO Yuletide, please please go. I never in my wildest dreams thought anyone out there had combined my love for theater, mascots, animation, fun, family, hope, goodness, music and sheer happiness into a show. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. And you get treated to Josh Kaufman as the emcee. Yes, the voice winner!

Third Times A Charm

Previously. Previously.

I can’t get enough Fitz! And now I know they release more tour dates as they go on tour. I’m a sucker but I love introducing new people to them. CS even enjoyed it!

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Then he repaid me with a date night concert the next night. Holiday inspired martinis did not disappoint. We had to get some class before we made it to our venue.

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I bet most people were at the concert to see the headliner.

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We were not. CS was interested in the openers. And no one was right up front, so let’s take a spot in the front row to watch Citizen Zero rock out.

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We watched the roadies tune and test the equipment. Then they would go to back area of the stage, take off a hat or a sweatshirt and came out as Citizen Zero. Fake roadies saves money! But there was a mascot, sort of.

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We were there to see Adelita’s Way. I found them back in 2009 with their first single, Invincible. Rick was rockin’ the Grandpas cardigan look. Not the head banging outfit I was expecting but a great show, up close and personal.

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We listened to 1 Scott Stapp song then left. Sorry Scott.

Repeat Fitz

Previously. Time for a road trip with my resident make-up advisor!

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After a quick oh shit moment, we made a hot stop at the Macy’s make-up counter to get some touch ups done. They were closing in 45 minutes and the Bengals game just let out. These girls were eager to help us.

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You have to look good when seeing Fitz & The Tantrums! Sing it please!

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I act like a fool hearing this music. Actually witnessing it, I’m a woo girl. I love these guys! On the drive, I did make a plea to them.

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I got my wish!

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I wonder how much a confetti cannon operator makes?

Music Mash Up

Been to a bunch of concerts this year, mostly new bands and one repeat. CS found us a Halestorm concert with opening act Lita Ford. I’ve been off the heavy music scene for awhile, so it was nice to get back to some head banging-ish.

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On an unseasonably cold May evening, we settled in for some Ellie Goulding.

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Giant screens are all the rage now.

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K keeping me warm.

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Paint me up and lets dance! Do you know this album cover?

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Got to see Fitz and the Tantrums again in an intimate Bloomington, IN venue. I love seeing these guys up close. I just feed off of their energy.

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Left straight from work and still had 7500 steps recorded on my Fitbit doing my best Noelle impression.

Next up was Chad’s favorite, the gorgeous Gwen.

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Even from our seats you could see how incredible her body is.

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We rounded out our summer back outdoors at White River for Ray Lamontange. Rumor was he didn’t have an opening act and felt he didn’t need one. Excuse me?! We sat and waited about 90 minutes for him to take the stage. He’s lost my future ticket sale if he continues down that path.

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At least 3 more to concerts to go!