The trip that infected us with the travel & concert bugs...

Jun 30, 2011

5 years ago, Josh and I went on our first trip with just the two of us.
We believe it was this trip that is to blame for our travel/concert addiction.

We were lucky enough to be offered two 6th row tickets to the Dave Matthews & John Mayer benefit concert for the victims of Virginia Tech. 
The tickets were only released to Virginia Tech students, and a small amount of tickets were released to Dave Matthews fan club members in a lottery format. 
Our good friend Jared Evans won 2 tickets but was unable to make it due to school, so he offered them to us. We had to skip out on our first few days of our sophomore year of college, but who cares about syllabus days, right? :)

Somehow, we convinced our parents to be ok with it and we drove 14 hours nonstop. It seemed like so much driving at the time, but little did we know, 14 hours would eventually seem like 5 minutes to us.

It was my first Dave show (and Josh's 15th!)

 Leroi Moore, Dave Matthews former saxophone player, came out to jam with John Mayer during his set.

We look like little babies :(

John came out to play #41 with Dave. 
I was so excited I was nearly in tears.
To this day, its still one of my favs.

To this day, of all the Dave concerts Josh & I have been to (Josh's count is already over 30!), that show and setlist was hands down the best. 

I was hooked from the beginning.
We had no idea of the spark that was ignited from that trip. 
Since then we've been to countless concerts and festivals from coast to coast (28 different states!)

...and we don't plan on stopping anytime soon :)

JV & his woman

Jun 29, 2011

Here's a video Justin Vernon performing with Kathleen Edwards...who just so happens to be his girlfriend...

AND who just so happens to be opening for him at the Dallas Bon Iver show

Supposedly, Justin actually wrote the lyrics to Calgary as wedding vows to her before he had even met her...

I promise this is my last Bon Iver/Justin Vernon post for a while...until September 12th at least :)

Oh yea, Urban Outfitters is selling a red Bon Iver Vinyl.
Too bad we already bought the regular ol black one...shucks.
Knowing Josh, I won't be surprised if he bought the red one as well...

OK, that's all. For real this time.

Vampire Weekend cover songs

Jun 27, 2011

Lately this song has been playin nonstop in my car.

I just can't get enough of those boys.

(You can buy a much better version on iTunes from their Live EP)

While we're on the subject of cover songs, I also came across this little gem:

The Mumford boys covering Vampire Weekend's song "Cousins":

Happy Monday :)

See ya Ruston

Jun 26, 2011

This weekend was a little bittersweet for Josh.

It was his last weekend in Ruston.

I truly never thought the day would come. 
(Just kidding...kinda)

We celebrated by throwing the possibly the last party ever at 703 West Georgia.

Sparing a lot of details, here's a few pictures:

Peach jungle juice/ honor of Peach Fest of course...

Vin Diesel said "Welcome to 703, slut!"
His eye was the peep hole also...creative, boys, creative

 The aftermath...

Anyways, I am SO proud of Josh for being brave and wanting to begin a new chapter in his life.
College was fun while it lasted, but I think we've worn out our welcome :)

Now Josh is packing up his junk things, and headin to Dallas.

This post goes out to you Kel, self-proclaimed number one fan :)

Every once in a while you come across something this good...

Jun 25, 2011

I ran across this article about the death of the world's oldest man back in April on

In an interview before he died, he gave his secrets to a long life:

— Embrace change, even when the change slaps you in the face. ("Every change is good.")
— Eat two meals a day ("That's all you need.")
— Work as long as you can ("That money's going to come in handy.")
— Help others ("The more you do for others, the better shape you're in.")
Then there's the hardest part. It's a lesson Breuning said he learned from his grandfather: Accept death.

It's a pretty lengthy article, but it's definitely worth the read:

Benefits of a Cold Shower?

Jun 24, 2011

As I was waiting on Josh to finish primping for a wedding shower we planned to attend tonight, he called me in the bathroom (once he was fully dressed, mind you). 

I couldn't imagine what he wanted to show me in there (other than a toilet surprise), so I was stunned to feel the running of freezing shower water.

I truly thought he had lost his mind, but I then received a 20 minute lecture on the many benefits of a cold shower...

He found these facts on a website called (fascinating...)

Improves circulation. Good blood circulation is vital for overall cardiovascular health. Healthy blood circulation also speeds up recovery time from strenuous exercises and work. Alternating between hot and cold water while you shower is an easy way to improve your circulation. Cold water causes your blood to move to your organs to keep them warm. Warm water reverses the effect by causing the blood to move towards the surface of the skin. Cold shower proponents argue that stimulating the circulatory system in this way keeps them healthier and younger looking than their hot water-loving counterparts.
Relieves depression. Lots of great men from history suffered bouts of depression.  Henry David Thoreau is one such man. But perhaps Thoreau’s baths in chilly Walden Pond helped keep his black dog at bay. Research at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine indicates that short cold showers may stimulate the brain’s “blue spot”- the brain’s primary source of noradrenaline — a chemical that could help mitigate depression. I guess a bout of the blues isn’t so bad after all.
Keeps skin and hair healthy. Hot water dries out skin and hair. If you want to avoid an irritating itch and ashy elbows, turn down the temperature of your showers. Also, cold water can make your manly mane look shinier and your skin look healthier by closing up your cuticles and pores.
Strengthens immunity. According to a study done in 1993 by the Thrombosis Research Institute in England, individuals who took daily cold showers saw an increase in the number of virus fighting white blood cells compared to individuals who took hot showers. Researchers believe that the increased metabolic rate, which results from the body’s attempt to warm itself up, activates the immune system and releases more white blood cells in response.
Increases testosterone. During the 19th century, many doctors and ministers recommended that young men take baths in cold water to reduce the sin of “self-pollution,” i.e. whacking off. Cold water was thought to extinguish a man’s flaming carnal desires. There was even a ghastly device invented on this principle.
How wrong they were! The same study by the Thrombosis Research Institute cited above showed that cold water showers actually increase testosterone production in men. Increased testosterone levels not only boost a man’s libido, but also his overall strength and energy level. If you’re looking to increase your testosterone, instead of juicing up like Mark McGwire, hop into a cold shower.
Increases fertility. Trying to become a dad? Cold showers are good for your little swimmers. Your testes aren’t meant to get too hot; that’s why they hang outside your body. Sperm counts decrease when the temperature of a man’s testes increases. Experiments done in the 1950s showed that hot baths were an effective contraceptive. Men who took a 30 minute hot bath every other day for 3 weeks were infertile for the next six months. More recently, the University of California at San Francisco did a study with men who were exposed to 30 minutes of “wet heat” (hot baths and such) a week. When the men cut this exposure out, their sperm count went up by 491%, and their sperm’s motility improved as well. While switching from a hot to cold shower may not have as dramatic an effect, if you’re trying to create some progeny, it surely won’t hurt.
Increases energy and well-being. Every time I end a shower with cold water, I leave feeling invigorated and energized. Your heart starts pumping, and the rush of blood through your body helps shake off the lethargy of the previous night’s sleep. For me, the spike in energy lasts several hours. It’s almost like drinking a can of Diet Mountain Dew, minus the aspartame. And while it hasn’t been studied, many people swear that cold showers are a surefire stress reducer. I’m a believer.
(I just copied and pasted the 7 Benefits, so these are his opinions...not mine)
Click here for the full link to the article

Northwest Trip Part 3: Seattle

Jun 21, 2011

After our little detour in Vancouver, we headed back to our favorite city in the country, Seattle

This is probably my favorite park in the city...

Conveniently...Eddie Vedder (who is from Seattle) was releasing his solo cd the week we were in town

Our names in the guest book from last time!

After a long night at Floyd's our favorite place in the world to go to is Metropolitan Market
It blows Whole Foods out of the water...

I found this little creature hiding behind the plants...

I'm not usually one to care to much about flowers...but I'm in love with their flower selection

Not to mention their CHEESE selection! mmmmmmmmmm

But the main reason we go there is to get BabyCakes cupcakes...
The check out man laughed hysterically when he saw me holding them.
He said, "Four minutes til we stop selling alcohol...most people get a 6 pack of beer, not a 6 pack of cupcakes..."

The space needle at night...

"They have old antique desks here!"

The next mornin we had a whole day of being obnoxious tourists...

They were making cheese!

THE gum wall! I was so pumped to finally be able to make it here. After finding out about the gum wall in San Luis Obispo, CA right after we returned from Cali, I was pretty bummed that we missed seeing it. But no worries, there are two gum walls in America :)

Always the jokester...that was really his gum, for any of you germaphobes out there...

The original Starbucks...we think

We are getting pretty good at gettin lucky with our restaurant selections

Next stop...REI's flagship store. Josh's dreams come true.

It had everything. Literally. Everything.
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...

We couldn't come to Seattle without stopping at the best record store in the world...Easy Street Records.
After all, they are Sasquatch and Fleet Foxes supporters.

 Our Easy Street Purchases:

We met up with our hitchhiker friends to give them our ice chest (and it's contents) since we couldn't fly back with it all. We didn't want it to go to waste, right?

We were planning on taking a ride on their sailboat, but it was pretty rainy out, so they just gave us a quick tour of the boat and harbor!

I lovvved these little houseboats!

They also took us to see the Fremont Troll!
He was so big, he's holding an actual VW Bug!

 On our drive back to the airport, we grabbed a quick bite at Red Mill Burgers...for the best burger in the world with their famous Red Mill Sauce.
(and forgot to take a picture)

But I did get a pic of their mile high stack of bacon...

Next adventure:

Red Rocks Amphitheater with Maggie for The Avett Brothers & Grace Potter Concert!

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