A Concert Pictorial: Taylor Swift

Ok, so the highlight of my life so far is the Taylor Swift concert in Atlanta. I am so grateful Taylor got sick and rescheduled so that I could attend as a VIP.

Here is our concert story through pictures. All photo credits belong to Betsy (and Sehar, the waiter at Taco Mac, and random concert people for taking them). This is basically the next-best-thing to being there and actually hanging out with yours truly.

We were a little hungover from the night before, but we managed to pull ourselves together and get beautiful for Taylor. I decided to go with the full on cowgirl look. Betsy went with the partial cowgirl (see the boots!).

We rode the MARTA to get to Taylor. We tweeted at her in our last ditch effort to get her to meet us at Taco Mac. Hey. I tried.

We made it!!!

We hung out with Taylor pre-show. She got dressed up for us too. I didn’t want to embarrass her by telling her she forgot her hat…

We went to Taco Mac and waited for Taylor to join us again… she failed to show up and she completely forgot to let us know!!!

She must have been busy getting ready for this or something… So, we forgave her and still managed to make it (read: stumble) our way in to the suite

This is our ‘OMG TAYLOR IS ON’ face. See how excited we are?!?

We love Taylor!!!

Our suite was a little boring. Not as lively as we would have liked. Betsy, myself, and another girl were the only people dancing and having actual fun… soo Betsy made us new friends and we went to their suite.

Come to find out – our new friends were married to executives at AT&T. We only roll with other VIP’s. They had food in their suite… I had a hot dog and got in trouble by the suite ‘bouncer’ even though the President of AT&T International told me I could have one (so did his wife…) I still ate it…

We remained in the AT&T suite for the rest of the concert. They had a way better view of Taylor. I just kept my hands off of the hot dogs… We (I) managed not to get kicked out. TI made a surprise appearance for us and they sang ‘Live Your Life.’ He knows how much I love rap and wanted to celebrate being out of jail with me!!! I thought that was pretty cool of him.

While Betsy and I did go all out for this concert and sometimes acted ridiculous (read: awesome), it was 100% worth it. I have been to many concerts in my day, and this was by far the best one I have ever been to. Taylor put on a great show, and I can’t wait to see her again! I plan on reliving the concert again and again via CD in my car. I may or may not have a voice after my next road trip. Deal with it.

5K Day

Me and 17,000 people ran/walked the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure today. Check this video out… pretty cool. They raised $1 million dollars through this Charlotte race alone (thanks, Mom for your donation!). It felt good to be running for such an important cause.

Between all the people, survivors, and supporters, and me realizing ‘whoa, I am actually going to run a 5K,’ I got emotional before the race.. I held back tears but I could hardly control them! It was pretty crazy – I have done a few 5K’s before, but for some reason this one really just hit me.

On a less serious note, let’s back up to earlier this morning. Of course, I did a pre-race photo shoot (please excuse the crazed look in my eyes – it was 7 AM), and ate a piece of peanut butter and banana toast for fuel!

Today was the day that I have been ‘training’ for for two months. My own personal couch to 5K program, and I am very proud to say that I did it. I finished the race in 40:50… my goal was to finish in 40 minutes or less and to walk as little as possible, so I got pretty close. I made it about 2.5 miles before I had to take a 1/2 song walk break. This was right at the very end after going up a killer hill. I got a cramp. But I saw that 3 mile flag and finished the race strong. I sprinted to the finish line so I could finish under 41 minutes. Not too bad for a first time 5K run.

I still can’t believe I did it – I never thought in a million years that I would be able to run a 5K. Feels so good to have accomplished something I have worked so hard for.

My reward? A (free) pumpkin coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts (I found a coupon) and a 4 hour drive to Atlanta… the 4 hour drive isn’t so much a reward as it is a way to get to the reward! I get to spend the weekend with great friends (and Taylor Swift, NBD).

Speaking of, I better get moving or else I won’t ever get on the road! I have a big day of shopping and eating ahead of me once I arrive.