Concert Series - Matchbox Twenty

The big day arrived! After all these years I was finally going to see Matchbox Twenty. Their first album came out in 1996 but it was sometime in 1997 that I started listening to them. It was around the same time my hubby and I got together and we played their first album all the time. Mainly on the jukebox while doing the dating thing (and I still play what I can find). That was when you could listen to any song on any album that happened to be on the jukebox. One of my pet peeves now is that you can only play top songs by artists (but that's a bitch session for another time). My favorite song from that album is A Girl Like That which I can longer find on the jukebox (although our local bar just installed an iTunes jukebox which I have heard I can play anything from iTunes through my phone..yay, I'll be trying it out soon :o) I couldn't believe my ears when they played that song at the show. Joy! I have recorded a few of their concerts on tv and I have never heard them play it although I am sure they have. I'd rather think they played it just for me, though. I was thrilled! Most of the songs they play remind me so much of my husband. As if he were the one singing and writing them, yeah, as if! lol But they do. It sounds weird but true. Their music reminds me of our stormy but loving relationship and always has. Last fall when they came out with a new album I was hoping they would tour. It seemed destined that the show would be scheduled around our anniversary. Considering they only have a few albums they don't tour very often. The last time I remember they came around was 5 years ago around the time of my 50th birthday. With going to see Kid Rock with the girls the night before and a short road trip with my hubby to see Maroon 5 on my birthday it wasn't in the cards then but their show was definitely worth the wait. I want to go again please! Speaking of birthdays, Rob's is Valentine's Day, our anniversary, something I didn't know until the show. The world is a strange and mysterious place ♥      

Columbus, Ohio, February 16, 2013.

♥ Dress: Modcloth
♥ Tee, sweater tights, belt: Kohl's
♥ Boots: Anne Klein

It was 5 below zero with sleet that stung your face coming down and I saw all kinds of ladies wearing sleeveless, tank-like tops and flat ballet shoes without socks. I couldn't believe my eyes. That's nuts! I bought this dress for work awhile back but after one wear which you can see here I decided it was a bit too short for work but thought it would be nice to wear through the holidays.Well two Christmas seasons have gone by and I haven't worn it so it's just been hanging there waiting for the perfect occasion and it really was perfect for the concert!  


The trouble with going out of town to a show for one night is that you usually can't get into your hotel until 4:00 p.m. and after checking in, parking, packing your stuff to your room and relaxing a minute an hour has gone by. Then you have to get dressed, grab a bite to eat and/or hurry to the show which this go round started at 7:30. The band was playing at the Palace Theatre so we decided to eat at the hotel since food would probably be scarce due to the small venue (which was beautiful by the way). We stayed in the nearest hotel so we only had a short walk around the corner and even felt we were ahead of the game when we sat down to eat at 5:50 in the hotel restaurant. When the gal came to get our drink order she said it would be over an hour before we could be served any food, even an appetizer, and that was if we ordered that minute and there was no guarantee about getting it within an hour even at that point. We were one of only a few tables seated so after questioning we found out they only had two servers and two people working in the kitchen. It wasn't due to anything other than they did not have enough employees. Bad business but what are you gonna do? Nothing but complain a bit. No place nearby to grab a bite either. Oh's what was for dinner!


Last year's American Idol winner Phillip Phillips played first. I don't watch American Idol so I didn't know who he was but he was very good. The unprepared for the weather ladies in the restroom filled me in. He played guitar while another fellow sat on a drum and played the outside of it while he sat. He also had cybils on his shoes. Since Matchbox Twenty didn't start until 8:30 we could have had that appetizer after all. The venue only offered pop, beer, liquor and candy so still nothing to eat but we got to see an excellent performance and had another beer.

1. Parade
2. Bent
3. Disease
4. She's So Mean
5. How Far We've Come
6. 3 A.M.
7. Real World
8. Girl Like That
9. If You're Gone
10. Overjoyed
11. All Your Reasons
12. Long Day
13. I Will
14. Unwell
15. Radio/
Stay With Me (The Faces Cover)
16. So Sad So Lonely
17. English Town
18. The Way
19. Bright Lights
20. Sleeping at the Wheel
21. Our Song
22. Back 2 Good
23. Don't Change (INXS cover)
- a wife of a member of INXS was there
24. Push

The show was everything I thought it would be and more! The band was entertaining and the music was amazing! A very talented bunch of fellows!

After the show my hubby was starving so the minute he got me back to the room he went to scour the hallways for a vending machine. It occured to me I hadn't thought to have him take a picture of me in my new coat so I did so in the mirror. Not a very good pic but the only one I took. I love the coat (I got the last one during the Modcloth cabin fever sale) but I must not have been too worried about getting a picture since I only took one. I'm sorry to say the poor fellow came back empty handed so out we went to weather the cold again at midnight to find a scrap of food somewhere. The few cars that were out were sliding all over the place so it was kind of fun watching the idiots slide around. I wouldn't have thought it would be so hard to find some eggs in our state's capital on a Saturday night but I don't think I've ever been so happy to see a Waffle House in my life!   

This next picture was taken by Rob Thomas. He posts a picture of the audience of each show on their Facebook page. If you are a fan you should "like" them. We are on the left side a little more than half way back. I know you can see us! lol

The last song was Push which we've been singing to each other for 15 years now. I guess we keep getting back up. What a fun time we had ♥

                     Video: Matchbox Twenty - Push (Official)

Wedding anniversary

I must say we had a wonderful time celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary! I took a few days off and it was marvelous :o) We headed to Glendale for dinner at the Grand Finale, stopped by the Cock and Bull and then after stopping by the house to let Fadra out we headed out for one more stop. I don't get out much during the week so it was fun going somewhere you normally go on the weekends and meet up with the weekday crowd. Loads of fun!

♥ Boots: De Blossom
♥ Tights:  JC Penney
♥ Belt: Calvin Klein
♥ Coat: Modcloth Sweet and Spicy Coat

When we reorganized our room to closet and storage space I noticed my wedding dress could use a good cleaning. I had it cleaned after the wedding but it's been hanging in my wardrobe since. I decided why not wear it. Now it probably needs cleaning again but at least it still fit. Last year I wore a red Calvin Klein dress you can see here.


Grand Finale - a beautiful old restaurant we go to almost every year


Stay up on the blog is the Matchbox Twenty concert pictures. The concert was so awesome! Love was still in the air ♥

                     Video: Matchbox Twenty - Our Song (Official)

A Red Rose

♥ Sweater and Blouse: Gifted from my mom
♥ Jeans:  Levi Skinny

Last week we celebrated my husband's birthday with the family but I wanted to take him out for something a bit more substantial than pizza, cake and ice cream so we headed to Logans Roadhouse on Saturday. I like the atmosphere there and the food is always great. They have buckets of peanuts you eat and throw the shells on the floor. I try to not get full on those before I order but I can't help it. I love them! Of course, there's lots of country music but I heard some classic rock too.  Before we left Art wanted to snap a couple of pictures of me and Fadra. They weren't actually meant to be outfit pictures but I liked them and wanted to share. We had a wonderful time and I even got a present of my own, a beautiful red rose (which, btw, is my favorite flower).  I love the picture I took of the rose the next day. So pretty! And as you can see I finally got my hair cut :o)  



O my Luve's like a red, red rose

That's newly sprung in June;
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I:
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry:

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o' life shall run.

And fare thee well, my only Luve
And fare thee well, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile. 
                                       ~ Robert Burns    

iPhone Camera Apps


Another item I had on my agenda of things I needed to do was to organize my apps on my iPhone. My granddaughter was over one evening and wanted to take a picture and couldn't figure out what app to use and it occurred to me that I needed to reposition my apps to be more accessible. I don't have that many but they were all willy nilly on my phone. Just the normal ones that you pop into daily or occassionally depending on what you like to look at or read up on. I currently use Instagram, Pinterest, Blogger, eBay, MySpace, Facebook, AccuWeather, iHeart radio, Flashlight and iTunes. I just discovered Pose which seems to be Instagram for outfits only. I haven't had a chance to mess with it much but so far it's pretty cool! I'm not into the whole "gotta have this app and gotta have that app" but I do enjoy the ones I have downloaded so far. Sometimes there's just too much new before I get a chance to get a handle on the old. Getting a hold on what I've got right now is my goal.  
I've taken an interest in some of the camera apps since I've been interested in photography lately. Although it seems I got my new camera and forgot about my iPhone. However, I do want to be able to take nice photos with my phone when my camera is not along for the ride so I'm back to looking at phone apps. I initially used the Camera app which came on the phone and then moved on to Camera+ which I like ok but it just seemed to me like there should be something better out there.  One of the reasons I thought I would like it is that you can zoom where you cannot on the camera app. I found zooming can mean blur, though. Also although I don't take much video there's no link to take video on this app. I have found I can take some nice pictures in the right lighting but there's alot to be desired if you want to zoom or if you don't have enough or too much light. One other thing when I posted to Facebook through the Camera+ app using an edited photo (red eyes out) the original picture taken posted rather than the edited picture when that was the one that was supposed to post. That could have somehow been my error. I need to mess with the editing functions of this app some more before I make any judgments on that aspect of it. Here's a link to alternatives to the Camera app which you might enjoy looking at which includes a few others.  
I also tried Hipstamatic which claims to give an analog feel to photos. Quite frankly it must be me but I don't see much of a difference in any of the photos I take with different settings on this app. It may be ok for landscape or photos that you have time to mess with but for a regular everyday camera app this is not for me but kind of fun depending on your needs. Photos I have taken have been clear even though the different settings didn't appear to make much a difference. Maybe I just need to use it more.  
The photo app I decided upon to try next is Kit Cam. The above two pictures were taken using it. I noticed there is a blur at the top and bottom. Since I just started using this app I am unsure as to what I tapped on to get this effect but I do remember pinching the screen on something that must have been one of the lens. I did notice right off that the few pictures I have taken have been very clear and their color is good. There are lots of functions and a ton of great things you can do with this app. I look forward to figuring this one out. You can read an informative review here since I don't know much yet. Here are two photos I took without any effects. I did notice it loads slowly when first turned on and that it sucks some battery.

I actually like the Facebook mobile camera if you want to post a picture quickly that you just took or look at your friends pictures they have posted.  I like to bring it up to look at everyone's pictures when I'm not in the mood to read everyone's news. I can only look at what everyone is having for breakfast or dinner a few times a week! lol I highly recommend this app if you venture over to Facebook alot or a little. I don't use the app for pictures not going straight to Facebook, though.

I took the above picture with the KitCam app and then edited it in Instagram below. 

This next one was taken and edited with the Instagram camera app. Your final pictures are square which is kind of cool! All of my Instagram photos are taken with my phone.
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These next two were taken with the Camera+ app.


The grasshopper picture was taken with Camera+ and edited with the Color Splash app.
Ashley was snapped with the Facebook camera app.


I also downloaded Snapseed for editing. I like this one too! I'm not a gamer but I think everyone needs at least one game on their phone if they need to pass the time. I chose Angry Birds. I beat Poached Eggs already :o) It's alot of fun but I have grown to hate those piggies!

I'm pleased to say that all my iPhone apps are now organized. There was even a group box that came up for photography so I added the photography apps I use rarely to that. I have the KitCam camera app ready to go for taking pictures. I think I'm gonna like that one best but time will tell. Now to just figure out all my apps and see which one I like the best. I'll keep you posted!