Friday, August 16, 2013

Finish the Sentence Fridays --- I used to love... #FTSF

Today is my first entry in the "Finish the Sentence Friday" blog link up!!

It's a fun weekly event hosted by a bunch of great ladies, click on the button above to learn more about the hosts and how you can join in the fun!

This week's theme: I used to love...

going to concerts! Man, it wasn't that long ago when I was going to a concert in the Tri-State (NY/NJ/CT) area... or was it? I haven't been to a rock concert since 2011 and I haven't frequented the concert circuit since 2009/2010 but I still used to have a blast at them and look back on those times pretty fondly! It all started, honestly, when I used to be the chaperone for my sister Sara who used to go to a lot of metal/hard core/punk concerts at a famous area concert hall called The Chance. I ended up going to a LOT of concerts in 2006/2007 because of her and then started browsing Ticketmaster regularly for bands that I liked or were similar to bands that I liked.
Once I started dating the Hubs in July 2007, we quickly discovered that we had similar tastes in music. It wasn't before long that we started going to a lot of concerts ourselves. The best concert I've ever been to was MuteMath at the (then called) The Filmore at Irving Plaza (NYC). They became my favorite band that night and they are an AMAZING live show - I have never seen anything like them. If you have never heard of them before, I highly recommend you check them out!!

(l to r) Mute Math playing songs from their self-titled debut album,
and the future Hubs and I posing before the show began.

If there was a great concert I couldn't get the Hubs to go with me, my mom was awesome enough to go with me!! She was a good sport - she's seen some pretty awesome bands with me and enjoyed them a lot. But I think the most fun we ever had at a concert was seeing Michael Buble' back in 2008 at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. We were sitting in the 4th or 5th row (I can't remember now) but we were SO close. It was fantastic... what a show. He's quite the artist.


(l to r) Michael Buble' doing it up like a classic crooner,
and my mom and I taking "selfies" in between sets.

 When the Hubs and I moved in together back in 2009, we still went to a couple concerts here and there because we were making good money. But then money got tighter when we got laid off and once we got new jobs, we were engaged and then married and then pregnant and now new parents :). I still have a strong desire to go to fun concerts, but I don't think I'll be able to really go to concerts regularly until Valentina is old enough to come with :)


(l to r) Mom and I at a Mae concert at Irving Plaza in March 2008, my friend Michele and I at Jones Beach in 2010 seeing 311 and the Offspring , and the Hubs and I waiting online for doors to open to see Saliva and Sevendust in April 2008.


Hey Sevendust fans! The band is giving away tickets to their shows for their current tour!
check it out on their Facebook page here!
Thanks for reading! 
Sincerely,
Christina

18 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, what an adorable site you have! Love it!

    So glad you joined FTSF -- this was my third week linking up. I have loved meeting lots of new people and reading lots of great blogs.

    Thanks for stopping by The Pink Roller Coaster! I followed you back on FB and Twitter. Have a great weekend!
    -Brigid
    P.s. I sooooo want to go to a concert after reading your post. :)

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    1. Why thank you!! :)

      I can tell that I am going to absolutely love being a part of FTSF...it's so fun!! And I look forward to following your site. Your family is just beautiful and it must be so interesting to live in Kuwait!! Can't wait to read more

      :) Thanks a lot for following back. I want to go to a concert too!! In time :)

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  2. Christina, I loved hearing about your love of concerts. We too went to our fair share and now with 2 kids just don't seem to have enough time or money to do this right now. Someday, I hope! Thank you so very much for linking up with us and just so happy to have you join in. Hope you will be joining us again in the weeks to come now!!!

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    1. Aww thank you so much. I look forward to being a part of this for a while to come! I also hope to enjoy concerts again someday... when my daughter is old enough to appreciate them :)

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  3. Such a cute idea!!! I used to love.....sleeping in. It's the simple things I miss lol!

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  4. I used to love: drinking coffee at night....but after I had children something changed with my body and I can't do that anymore. I get the jitters and feel awful! So it's mornings only, now....

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    1. Yes!! I used to always drink coffee at night. I actually miss caffeine. I don't drink it because I'm breastfeeding and my daughter already has a quirky sleep schedule lol Don't want to add anything to the mix to keep her up :)

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  5. My last concert was Alice in Chains when I was 4 months pregnant with my first. I missed Metallica last year because I was 9 months pregnant with the second. :-( Either I or the band managers need to improve their timing!

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    1. Oh man! That stinks... a good buddy of mine went to see Killswitch Engage when she was 8 months pregnant. I gave her a lot of props!! How was Alice in Chains live?

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  6. I went to SO MANY concerts back in the day. In high school, I went to basically all of them (I lived in Denver and the venue was Red Rocks). These days, I've gone to less but still love love love them and love them hard when I do...

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    1. yes!!! they are so fun, right? There is NOTHING like seeing great music live. The concerts I talk about here are only the tip of the iceberg of where I've been. Sometimes I really miss it but I know once my girl gets a little bigger I can bring her to some with me!

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  7. Concerts are so exhilarating! There is just such an atmosphere, so much better than just listening to the music. I hope you get to go again soon.

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    1. I completely agree, there is nothing like live music. Maybe the hubs will take me to one for my 30th coming up in November :) Hmmm...

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  8. I love concerts! I still try to get out to shows as often as I can. I just went to see Randy Houser on Friday at our state fair. Very fun!

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    1. Oh that sounds super fun - and summer is definitely the best season for them :)

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  9. Irving Plaza is great! Love the pics!

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    1. Thanks a bunch! Have you been to Irving Plaza? Who have you seen there?

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