The week ahead is going to be much calmer than last week. As of right now, the only thing on my agenda is painting. Love it. As much as I love being busy, it's also nice to have a bit of downtime. Once I get the painting done today, I'm going to do arts & crafts, science projects and other things of the like with the kidlets.
Alright, let's talk a little business before getting to some fun stuff.
Last week's weigh in: All the water weight was gone and another .5 went with it.
This week's weigh in: Honestly, I don't think it's going to go so well. I am swollen again and the last few days I haven't been focused. I'm quite disappointed in myself, really. I've been doing really well with keeping the stress eating and every-other-emotional eating at bay. The last few days have been another story. I'm not on the "oh screw it" diet. I certainly haven't gone off the cliff, just a bit too much in the deep end. I have a plan in place for the current week. Now it's time for some good execution.
Enough about all of that. I want to talk about all the fun-stuff from the last week or so. I won't bore you with it all at once though. Today I'm just talking Jovi...
He put on a "Boston Strong" t-shirt that someone in the audience handed to him.
I am still humming along and smiling from ear-to-ear from the great time I had at the show! To be honest, even though we had great seats (Row 17, center floor), I wasn't too enthused about going. Gillette and the town of Foxboro were in a tiff about whether or not to allow the summer concerts to go on due to some insurance woes. There was much chatter about the concert being canceled. I was secretly hoping that it would be.
What? How can I say that, you ask? Well, the last show I went to was very political. I hated it. It angered me that I spent all that money to see a band that I've been a big fan of since I was in the sixth grade (that's a LONG time, folks!) only to "listen" to political rhetoric. OK, so it wasn't that bad. The political stuff was shown up on the jumbotron. I was very annoyed. Just like I get annoyed with all the political crap during the 4th of July parade. There is a time and place for all that...please leave it out of concerts and parades. Thanks.
OK, off of my soapbox.
As I was saying, this show was much better! They played a lot of the old mixed in with the new.
I remember from a past show that Jon mentioned how he doesn't like to talk much during the show because we all paid good money to hear them sing. When he does speak though, he's usually pretty funny. Jon made mention of the other controversy happening in Foxboro; Gillette had asked for a later curfew for the "older" crowd for this concert in particular. Jon said something like this: "I've been reading the papers and hear that if I don't get out of here by midnight, I'll be arrested. Who will come bail me out?" (ummmm....)
Later, he spoke about Mr. Bob Kraft and the camera panned to he and his son who were sitting in the front row. He looked like he was having a great old time. Wonder how much he paid for those seats? ;-)
He took someone's Patriots hat.
He also made mention of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. He said that he needed to wrap things up before Bill came out to kick him off of his field. My favorite moment though was when he "f'ed up the words" (his words, not mine) while singing. Somehow, it made him human. :)
One of the many things I have always admired about the band is how grounded they are. They never got too big for their britches. Jon always seems to be a very humble man who remembers where he came from and never forgets "the little people". He genuinely seems to care for the fans, I can see it in his eyes. There were a few moments in particular that gave me goose bumps (OK, so the man gives me constant goose bumps)...towards the end of the show, he just looked out into the crowd with this sweet smile and a look of "love" and appreciation. He is just so beautiful.
My absolute favorite part of the show was when he went "out back" to dry off and came back out onto a platform not too far from where we were sitting. O.M.G! Seriously, you guys have no idea! I was shaking. Now, I have been a bit closer to him once before in the past. This time though, I had my camera. I didn't make a complete fool of myself when I "rushed the stage". I just got a little teary eyed, shook, and kept saying "I can't believe this is happening again." The last time I saw him up close, I cried like a teenage girl. The song was "(You want to) Make a Memory"...both. times. Shivers. Tears. More Shivers.
Needless to say, I had a great time. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not a psycho fan. I don't follow his every move. I don't know everything there is about him. He's just a man. He puts his pants on the same way we all do. I've only been "in love" with him since I was a kid. There is something about his voice that soothes my soul. I told my girl friend that night that I need to make it my life's mission to meet that man. Truth is though, that cannot ever happen. I would make a fool of myself. Seriously, I wouldn't know what to say. I would choke on my tears. You would probably read about me in the papers. So, I will continue to admire for a far with my teenage girl crush.
Don't worry Jon, you made a great memory for me!