Thursday, June 26, 2014

What I did on a Wednesday night..

I have this friend...let's call him CR.  CR is a huuuuuuge KISS fan.  Huuuuuuuuge.  Now, I thought I was a KISS fan, but compared to CR, I'm not.  I'm a run-of-the-mill fan.  I like the stuff from the '70's, and maybe early '80's, but that's as far as I go.  CR however loves it all- '70's, '80's, '90's, 2000's.  And every Christmas up until the last couple of years, Husband and I comb the internet for unique KISS gifts to get him.

So, when he asked if I wanted to go to the KISS concert tonight, I said yes- the last one we went to was in oh...2003?  I think?  And before that, I saw KISS with my parents in 1977 during the KISS ALIVE II concert when my mom was an entertainment reporter in Ames, Iowa.  And I was 5, and a huge KISS fan, to the horror of my mom.  My uncle bought me my first album- Rock & Roll Over.  She wrote a whole article about it:

Now, CR and I have been talking about the next KISS concert we see together, and possibly getting meet & greet tickets, so when he said he could get them, I said yes, even at the much. much more expensive price.  It's been a dream of mine ever since finding out you could do that!  And then a few days ago he asked if we should upgrade them to backstage passes- complete with hard hats.  I thought maybe that was a little pricey for little back, so I kinda said um no, too much.

Much to my surprise, when we showed up at the Pepsi Center to get our tickets and start the meet & greet, CR had decided to upgrade the tickets and surprised me in line before we picked them up, so presto chango!- we were going to meet the band aaaaaand take a backstage tour!  Here's our package goodies:

 Plus, we got a picture taken with the band in full makeup that we'll get online in a couple of days.

Not only that but the meet & greet included an acoustic performance by the band:

It was awesome....stupendous...magnificent!!  I'd post the videos I took, but I'm afraid I'll crash my blogger site...

Then we got to meet everyone and have autographs signed:

Next, it was off for the backstage tour:

Paul Stanley's guitar- one of many@

One of Gene Simmon's guitars

Me, with one of Paul Stanley's guitars!!

I can't even begin to describe how amazing it was!  And I took at least 4 times as many pictures as I've shown here, and we hadn't even started the concert yet!

Did I mention Def Leppard was opening for KISS?

Def Leppard at soundcheck

Ok, here are a few concert pictures because it is 3 am and I'm tired!  Not to mention I have to work tomorrow!!!

Def Leppard:


I'm thinking this needs to be a 2 parter, cause I have some video to share....

See?  Blogger hates me.

Remember, it's just a ride.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wedding time!

Ok y'all, I know I haven't posted in six months, but I'm hopefully ready to start again after being bummed out over blogger not posting my pictures on my blog, and just generally feeling meh about blogging at all.

I think the last thing I posted about was finally getting a job at the end of last summer, and I might have posted about our crazy flooding here in Colorado, I can't remember.  I just remember thinking "F-Blogger for not letting me upload pictures and not having any actually help on their help site!"

But forget them, there's bigger news afoot- Oldest got married this week!  That would be the other reason for not blogging for a few months.  I know, I could have blogged about all the preparations being made for the big day, and about how we hired and then had to fire our wedding planner, and how Oldest had to basically fire her Maid of Honor and one of her bridesmaids, but the truth is I was too tired to do any of that.  Especially after firing the wedding planner.  I have just completed 4 weeks of wedding hell, making all the decorations for the wedding myself so Oldest wouldn't freak out over it!  I have to say, for not ever having been on any decorating committee myself, I rocked those decorations!

Instead of a guestbook, a fingerprint tree-everyone puts their fingerprint on it and signs their name!

LED candles wrapped with washi tape for the tables

Flowergirl basket

Guest gifts full of chocolate

Basket full of little bubble sticks

Table seating chart
Paper hearts for the flowergirl basket
Box for cards to be placed in on the gift table

Wedding ceremony program booklet

The venue pretty much did everything else for us- set up all the tables, helped the DJ set up, helped the florist put out the flowers, set up the cake with the bakery- easy peasy!  Sooooo, on with the wedding photos!

Of course there will be more pictures when the photographer gets them to us, but these are a few that I took myself while running around like a crazy person trying to make sure everything turned out ok!

Now I'm just going to relax and enjoy the few days I have off until I have to go back to work!

Remember, it's just a ride.