Tuesday, March 15, 2011

stefan lessard. boyd tinsley. and secret stash.

Last week I got word {thanks to Facebook} that Stefan Lessard, bass player of the Dave Matthews Band, was returning to Killington for a live show/charity event.  For those of you who don't know, I love, LOVE, LOVE DMB & Stefan has always been my favorite!  So, when this came across the social network, I was uber excited!!! :-)

The last time Stefan came to Killington, with a random group of musicians, Brad and I were in Jamaica exchanging our wedding vows.  They were called Yukon Cornelius then...this time around, they went by the name of Secret Stash & the group included Eric Fawcett from Spy Mob and N*E*R*D; Brett Scallions from FUEL, Warren DeMartini from RATT, Adam Gardner & Ryan Miller of Guster & the one & only Boyd Tinsley {the violinist of DMB}.

One cannot fathom the excitement I felt for this show.  I knew it would be unlike any DMB show I had been to!  Actually, being that the lead singer from Fuel was there, it reminded me of my high school years when I used to go to Fuel shows & had a few opportunities to meet Brett!  I thought it would be funny, had we had the opportunity/time, to catch up with him & ask him if he remembered me {from 11 years ago}...haha.

We're about an hour and a half away from Killington & it was a Sunday night.  Brad worked the day shift & I had to be at work first thing Monday morning, so there was no hanging out in hopes to meet the band.  This chicky was all about getting home and getting as much sleep as possible before the alarm clocks went off.  I knew it would be bad enough being Daylight Savings {and besides, Brad's not big on hanging out to meet people... he tends not to see famous people as being any different or any more exciting than the average Joe}.  I, on the other hand, get butterflies every time I meet somebody remotely famous!

Now, everything about the remainder of this blog is terrible... well, everything except for the memories I was able to capture.  The lighting was terrible {whoever had control of the lights really liked red} & being that The Pickle Barrel is a teenie tiny club/barn & the music was quite loud, the videos sound aweful, but I'm posting it all anyway because if nobody else appreciates all of this, I know my brothers {Jason & Justin} & sister-in-law {Pam} will appreciate it for what it's worth.  And one of these days I will remember that I won't get a pat down when entering a show anymore & I could totally pull off getting through the door with my Canon... the point and shoot is aweful {a quick, inexpensive purchase Brad and I made when both of our cameras bit the dust & we were headed to Maine on vacation... it serves it's purpose, but I guess I'm just spoiled these days.... seriously, people's cell phones were taking better photos than this camera & unfortunately, I forgot my phone at home, so it's all I had}.  Ok, enough babbling... off to the grainy terribly amazing captured memories.

{the opening band: Pete Kilpatrick Band}

{my favorite shot of the night}

I even caught some of it on video... but, like I said they're pretty bad, so if you don't want to sit through the noise, I won't blame you one bit. :-)

Rolling Stones - Mother's Little Helper

The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go

Bad Company - Feel Like Making Love
{one of my favorites of the night}

Pink Floyd - Another Brick in the Wall
{another favorite... and I think this is the moment Brad enjoyed most}

Dave Matthews Band - #41 with Boyd!!

This will definitely go down as one of my most memorable evenings! :-)
Even Brad enjoyed it {it only took him 3 days to admit it}.
And, when it comes time to leave Vermont, I'm going to have to make trips back for this show, because it is 100% worth every penny!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

welcome miss mustard seed followers!!!

There are so many new followers over here & I couldn't be more excited!
For all of you newbies, I have yet to combine my two blogs
(something I've really been battling with for the past couple of months).
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Sunday, March 6, 2011


...I somehow skipped a week of blogging about my Couch to 5k program.  Maybe because it was still a little too elementary for me.  Honestly, I found it to be extremely tedious.  I'm not a fan of interval training.  I think I would enjoy running for 10 minutes straight rather than 90 seconds on & off between a jog and a walk.

In the beginning of week 2, Brad took me to Albany to get fitted for a new pair of sneakers.  I was previously running in a pair of Nike Cross Trainers.  And hands down, they have been the most uncomfortable sneakers I have ever owned.  I haven't liked them since day one!  I will admit, I bought them because they were cute {the guy at Fleet Feet joked with me that most people buy sneakers because they're cute, not because they're practical...oops}.  But, the experience of getting fitted for a pair of sneakers was TOTALLY worth it!  He put me in a pair of pink New Balances {LOVED the color}, but they felt like I was walking on cardboard.  I had always heard great things about New Balance, so I was a little bummed that they reminded me so much of my Nikes.  I then tried on the Asics & the Sauconys {of which I'm noticing EVERYONE pronounces differently... haha... how DO you say that??}.  The Asics & Saucony's were so similar in comfort & fit.  It was a bit of a difficult decision, but the Asics had slightly more padding at the ball of the foot.  They feel like you're running on a cloud.  Brad SWEARS by Asics & I used to always tell him it was in his head.  Now, I'll be surprised if I buy anything but.  When Brad went to the shoe store for his fitting, they put him on the treadmill to see how he landed when running.  I was really bummed they didn't have me do this step.  I really wanted to see how I ran on the tv {besides, I don't get the opportunity to watch myself run all that often}.  But, the assistant was pretty confident in how I walk/run just by watching me run throughout the store.  Now, let me tell you, I've NEVER spent so much money on a pair of sneakers in my life, but it was completely worth every penny!  My first week of running the C25k program, I was getting a lot of calf tightness & pain {mostly in my right leg} & I knew it was all due to the sneakers.  I didn't notice it at all today.  It's a great feeling! 

Today, I completed week 3 of Couch to 5k.  More interval training... I should probably get used to it, that's what the majority of this program is.  I started with a 5 mintue warm-up walk, jogged for 90 seconds, walked for 90 seconds... ran for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes... and repeat.  I have been adding a little more running into the program this week because the 20 minutes was not enough of a workout for me.  I know they tell you to stick with the program, but I figured it couldn't hurt to add an additional 3 minute run, 3 minute walk to the workout.  Next week should be more my speed: I'll be adding 5 minute runs into the intervals. 

Now, I usually LOVE my Sunday workouts.  The gym opens at 1pm & is usually quiet as can be... not today.  Unfortunately, due to the rain, it was PACKED.  I was forced to limit my workout to 30 minutes since people were waiting for equipment.  I just found out that the gym will no longer be open on Sundays beginning April 1st.  This weather better cooperate, otherwise those overly white kicks are going to be brown {the beauties of living on a dirt road during mud season}... and let me tell you, this year is going to be MUDDY!!!

The rain showers today have been nice, actually.  It's good to see a patch of grass across the driveway.  Don't get me wrong, there's still a lot of snow out there & we are a long way from spring, but it's the little things like hearing the river flow again, that put a smile on my face.  I love spring in Vermont & I have been looking forward to it for too long!  When I took Damon out this morning, I heard the geese fly overhead, which is a great sign that it's time for them to come home to warm weather.  This will most likely be our last spring in Vermont & I promise, I will enjoy every second of it while I can!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

no party like snow party

I will be the first to admit that I am not a fan of snow, but last Saturday, I was reminded of the beauties of it.
If only we had a hill in our yard  I think I might enjoy winter more
{I know, how can we live in Vermont and not have a hill in our yard??}, but we have a river instead.
Last Saturday, our friends, the Wrights, were celebrating the oldest's birthday by inviting their closest friends over for a night time sledding party! 
Jamie lit up the yard & Jenn had all sorts of goodies for everyone to enjoy, from hoagies, to dips & of course, hot chocolate!!!  It was a blast for the kids & adults, alike!

{sorry for some of the noise & drowning in the pictures... a flash was a must}
{the birthday boy}

{Jamie built a large fire to warm up next to... I spent a great deal of time up there}

{seconds later, Jamie & JT ended up over the bank, popping this sled... must have been a crazy ride}

{even the adults had fun}

{The birthday boy blows out his candles}

The only things missing were Brad {the downfall to working doubles is missing all of the fun}
and a ski lift to get up the hill.
Happy Birthday, Dylan!  And thanks for such a great time, Jamie & Jenn!