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

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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

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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!

Another One In The Books

Another birthday rolled by. Bring me presents! Puzzles are still a favorite gift. Meerkats

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A new amazing game!

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Tiny stuff

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And sparkly stuff

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Had a bash with lots of friends and family.

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Then followed it up with a new band in a new venue. We arrived and it was a small crowd. Ok, let’s get right up front then!

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CS found the band based on our similar liking of Pop Evil and Red Line Chemistry. Red Sun Rising!

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It’s been a slow heavy music scene in Indy lately. It was nice to get the headbanging motion going again.

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My HLP was ready for a date. Yes please!

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Bring on the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra!

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I sent the picture above to my Dad. His response, “It’s about time you 2 do something classy.” I have no idea what he is talking about.

Specialty drink of the night, Ol’ blue eyes. 4 cubes 2 fingers of Jack and a dash of water. Yes please!

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4 different singers rotated through Frank Sinatra’s library of songs.

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Even the Ol’ Gray Hairs came out.

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As we were waiting for our valet, I was able to ‘share it forward’ with a couple about the stem cell therapy my Dad just had. Felt pretty good.