Best Day EVER!!

So one week ago today was my 31st birthday aka the BEST DAY EVER.

Now you are probably wondering why I was so excited about turning 31. Well I wasn’t so much excited about that as I was about meeting my favorite singer Andrew McMahon!

Cheryl had found tickets for the Jack’s Mannequin reunion show on our birthday, so obviously we had to go. Then 2 weeks before on Instagram they announced a meet and greet. WHAT!!

Jack's Mannequin

We got there earlier than we needed to, but I was ok with that. Luckily it was warmer out.

The meet and greet started later than we thought, but it was worth it. We got to go watch sound check first.

Jack's Mannequin

I have never had a seat so close!

Jack's Mannequin

Then after sound check we got to meet Andrew and get pictures.

Jack's Mannequin

While waiting in line I realized I have been listening to Andrew (and all this bands) for 15 years!!

Jack's Mannequin

BEST DAY EVER!!

After the meet and greet we got food and then waited for the show. We had gotten VIP tickets for the show which means we had a separate section upstairs.

Jack's Mannequin

I am so glad we did. The pit was PACKED!

Jack's Mannequin

They played the whole Everything in Transit album. I was rocking out to every single song :) It was an awesome show.

Andrew even crowd surfed!

Jack's Mannequin

I am so glad we shelled out the additional money. It was definitely worth it on my birthday. I also still cannot believe I got to meet Andrew!

It’s Turkey Lurkey Time

This past week was a short one because of Thanksgiving. We got out of work a little early, but that did not change all the traffic on the roads.

Turkey Weekend

For the past few years we have done a Friendsgiving where we have Turducken. I got to Ray’s house around 7. We didn’t eat until around 9:00 because the bird was taking a long time. As always, though, the food was delicious.

Turkey Weekend

A few of our friends have kids and their pack and play just looked so comfy after eating all that turkey.

Turkey Weekend

On Thanksgiving we helped our mom make food and then my aunt and uncle came over. We didn’t have too much food so we wouldn’t overeat, but I always do. After we ate Cheryl and I went for a run.

Cheryl convinced me to do the Runners World Run Streak. You have to run at least one mile a day, every day, from Thanksgiving to New Years. Running after dinner was not the best idea, but we did a mile.

On Friday we decided to skip Black Friday shopping. I have been working on keeping myself to a budget. Instead we helped our mom with yard work (leaves galore) and then we put up outdoor Christmas decorations since it was so nice. After that we went to our cousins house to see the new baby. Then we met up with Cindy, Ralph and Marissa for dinner.

The day didn’t even end there!

After dinner we went to Exit Strategy. It’s one of those escape from the room places. My friends have been doing a bunch of them and we wanted to try it.

Turkey Weekend

We won! It was nerve-wracking, but a lot of fun.

On Saturday we went to the last Rutgers tailgate.

Turkey Weekend

It was actually pretty warm out, but eventually started raining.

Turkey Weekend

We went to the game until half time. When we left Rutgers was winning, but they eventually lost :(

We left the game early because Mark, Jill, Cheryl and myself drove back to Philly for a concert.

Turkey Weekend

We went to see Andrew McMahon at The Fillmore. The venue was awesome. We went upstairs to the balcony section (and the bar) and got great standing area spots.

Turkey Weekend

Turkey Weekend

Andrew is my all-time favorite artist. He is always amazing in concert. I started listening to him when he was the lead singer of Something Corporate, then he started a new band called Jack’s Mannequin and now he is a solo artist.

Turkey Weekend

My life goal is to meet him one day.

Turkey Weekend

After the show we went to Bottle Bar and then headed home.

On Sunday we got up, hungover, and ran 3 miles. Then we went to lunch at The Blue Duck.

All in all a great weekend!

Now it’s Monday :( Try to pull through everyone!

This Night’s A Perfect Shade of Dark Blue

So last Friday after work I headed up to Stroudsburg, PA (my college town) with some friends to see my favorite singer Andrew McMahon.

Andrew was the lead singer of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin and is now on the road as a solo artist.

We got to Stroudsburg around 7pm and headed to my favorite bar Flood’s for dinner and drinks. The show started at 8pm, but there were two opening acts so we didn’t rush.

Andrew McMahon Concert

Andrew McMahon Concert

The concert was at the Sherman Theater. It’s a nice venue and I was surprised to see they had seats out (removable ones) and there were a lot of people sitting down.

Andrew McMahon Concert

We even relaxed for a little bit before Andrew came on.

It was crowded, but not at the same time, which was nice. We found a nice spot down near the stage, but I didn’t feel like I was being squished. Andrew came on and was flawless. I seriously love his ability to rock out on a piano.

Andrew McMahon Concert

He did a lot of songs from his new solo album In The Wilderness, but also a bunch of stuff from Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin which made me so happy.

At one point he even jumped down into the crowd to sing and dance. That turned into chaos. I tried to get close to him, but I am short and I couldn’t get anywhere near him.

Andrew McMahon Concert

Andrew is an amazing performer. He just loves to perform and makes you love it too. Back in the days of Something Corporate he would always stand on his piano and even though he is using a different one now he ended the show perfectly.

Andrew McMahon Concert

I hope he comes back around to the area soon! My goal is still to meet him one day. A girl can dream!

Throwback Thursday – Andrew McMahon is a friend of mine

Have you ever had an artist who’s music is so important to you? Songs you can listen to over and over and never get sick of? Well for me that is Andrew McMahon.

A few years ago I wrote about Andrew McMahon, his original band Something Corporate, his battle with leukemia (which he won) and his newest band Jack’s Mannequin.

Andrew is now a solo artist and just released a new album called In The Wilderness. If you haven’t heard it yet I suggest you get on it!

In The Wilderness

Well tomorrow I get to see Andrew live again! This time in Stroudsburg, PA (my old college stomping ground) and I am super excited!

Something Corporate 2004

Here’s a throwback to the first time I saw Andrew live on stage. In 2004 we went to Bloomsburg University to see Something Corporate perform. I will never forget him singing and dancing on his piano :)

I am trying to figure out if there is some way I can meet him (dream of mine for like ever), but so far no luck getting info. I guess I will just have to stalk him on Friday and hope.

Who is your favorite artist?

Instagramming April 2013

Another month has flown by. Luckily we are now getting into the warmest and best months of the year so no complaints here!

Here are some April highlights:
1. The month started off with birds! Our infamous work goose showed up squawking at people and protecting it’s nest. Then we had a turkey in our front yard. Who knew turkeys could fly!?!
2. As I previously mentioned, my cousin is pregnant! She is also obsessed with Disney and I found the cutest Disney outfits at Babies R’ Us
3. I tried the new Cool Ranch Dorito taco…delicious!
4. My cousins, along with becoming parents, just bought a house! Lots of renovations, painting and moving have occurred this month. I will have a post once everything is finished with a before/after
5. Andrew McMahon started touring solo playing both Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin music. He also just released a solo album which came out today!
6. Rented a mountain house with some friends and had a crazy fun weekend
7. As everyone knows, two brothers bombed the Boston Marathon. I wore my NYC Marathon shirt in solidarity and I will be wearing my Run for Boston shirt and red socks this weekend at the Broad Street 10 Miler in Philly
8. Spring FINALLY decided to show up! The weather has been back and forth but any step towards warmth is fine by me
9. I went to Miami on a business trip. 80 degree weather, beautiful scenery and not having to pay for any more it! We worked during the day and (kind of) partied at night. I got an awesome margarita/beer drink tower thing that was delicious. I also ran on the South Beach boardwalk which is officially my all time favorite run. It was beautiful and so serene.
10. I got a new work computer! It is awesome because of how fast it is, but really Apple. No CD drive? Now how am I going to watch my movies :(
11. I think Tricky Trays are a New Jersey thing. None of my sister’s NYC co-workers have any idea what it is. I go a lot with my Aunt. A Tricky Tray is where there are themed baskets. Your buy tickets and put them in a bucket for the basket then they pull a winning ticket and you win that basket. I won some kids toys (for my soon to be niece/nephew) and my Aunt won the $1650 50/50! It was a great night!
12. My Uncle and Aunt came to NJ for a wedding. My Uncle Bobby is awesome and worked for Miller. We go visit every summer. For his retirement this past year they made him his own beer! He has KUT tattooed on his arm (last name Kutney) so the label is a pun from that.

Can’t wait to see what May will bring! Hopefully a lot more warm weather. I have a lot already to look forward to as well! Baby showers, runs, a wedding in St. Louis. Bring it on!

Motivation Monday: SoCo

Still thinking about the Andrew McMahon concert from last week.

While on Pinterest today I searched for Something Corporate and I was in shock that the quote I did a while ago showed up quite a few times with different people repinning it. That’s why I love Pinterest. Your ideas and creativity can be shown to so many people!

Something Corporate

 

So today I decided to make another image with a quote from their song Konstantine. It is one of their most famous songs and rarely was ever played live because the song is so long. Andrew must have known how many people love the song though because he played it at his show last week.

Throwback Thursday – Something Corporate

When I was a junior in high school we had a film festival. I was in CAST and everyone had to make a film. We decided to collaborate with my friend Brandon and he had a song in mind from a band he recently started listening to. The band was Something Corporate and the song was Konstantine. The idea was unrequited love of two friends. We filmed Frank singing the song in a parking garage all night. I think it took until 3am. He didn’t know the lyrics so we had to keep re-shooting. The rest we did all over Clifton with our other friends. Being that it is such a long song we really could tell a story. Watch the video here.

The band started in Orange County, California in 1998. The lead singer is my all time favorite musician Andrew McMahon.

Something Corporate{Source}

Andrew was unique because not only was he the lead singer. He also played the piano. I dubbed the genre of this band Piano Rock.

Andrew McMahon{Source}

I mean he seriously rocked out. Most times he stood up or stood on the piano! Don’t believe me? This is my favorite song. The band had almost an underground following. They weren’t on the radio, but they were pretty popular (at least in PA)

In 2004 the band took a hiatus. During that time Andrew started wiritng with a side band called Jack’s Mannequin. Andrew changed up his look a little as well.

Jack's Mannequin{Source}

In 2005 I heard very sad news. Andrew had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but has since gone into remission.

Andrew McMahon

In 2009 Andrew started touring again. This time it was just him and his piano. The shows were small and intimate. Cheryl and I drove to Philly to see him at World Live Cafe. (Sorry for the crappy photo)

Andrew McMahon World Live Cafe

In 2010 Andrew announced that Something Corporate would be having a reunion tour at Bamboozle in California. I honestly contemplated getting a plane ticket just to see Something Corporate perform one more time together. As luck would have it a few weeks later they announced they would also be playing in Chicago and East Rutherford, NJ! I grew out of Bamboozle, but I roughed it in the hot sun with the high school kids just to see SoCo play together again <3

Something Corporate Bamboozle NJ

Since then all I have had to listen to was my CD’s of Something Coporate and Jack’s Mannequin. I followed bothon Facebook, but in August of last year Jack’s Mannequin started posting about AndrewMcMahon.com with new merchandise and news. Andrew is now touring solo singing BOTH Something Coporate and Jack’s Mannequin songs. He is also in the process of releasing his first solo album The Pop Underground.

Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin both had different vibes to their music, but the one thing they had in common was Andrew. My goal in life is to meet that man one day.

Yesterday Cheryl and I dragged out friend Ray with us to Philadelphia to the TLA to see Andrew play. It was an amazing concert. More Jack’s then SoCo but he did play Konstantine and it made my night.

I mean how can you not love this man.

Andrew McMahon

His wife is one lucky lady!