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.

TV Time and Taylor

Fall 2011 TV is in full swing, and Mr. TiVo is completely overwhelmed. Luckily I have had this week “off” of school, and have had some good TV watching time. I am very much looking forward to tomorrow night – a black bean burger from Tavern on the Tracks, TV time, and not working or thinking about work for at least 48 hours.

The rest of my weekend is far more exciting. 5K on Saturday Morning. I am challenging myself to how far I can run – yesterday I did 1.5 miles (with a few good uphills that I NEVER thought I would be able to run), with a 1 mile walk break, and finished the last half mile with a jog. I stopped the first leg of running because I got stopped at a light, and couldn’t get up the momentum when I was able to go again. I am hoping with a 5K course and not having to stop, I will be able to make it further. We shall see.

Then off to Atlanta for an afternoon of shopping with Betsy and Sehar. Then dinner by Chef Matt (yay!) Particularly excited about his creme brulee. Matt, I know you’re reading… Sunday is girl day! We are making my favorite breakfast recipe – sausage pinwheels (see below), catching up on shows, and then getting ready for the Taylor Swift concert. We are hoping to get her to meet us at Taco Mac before the show – it’s worth a shot right?? Twitter is awesome. Then a few days of training for work, and back to Charlotte. I am looking forward to spending some quality time with some good friends.

Sausage pinwheels are way too easy.

1 roll reduced fat sausage
1/4 bag reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese (optional – adjust amounts to your taste)
2 cans reduced fat crescent rolls

1 – Remove the crescent roll dough from the cans, but do not separate rolls. On top of a piece of plastic wrap or aluminum foil, pinch the triangles together and form a long rectangle, gently pulling dough as needed.
2 – Spread the sausage in an thin layer over the dough. Sprinkle some cheese on top.
3 – Roll the dough lengthwise to form a long roll.
4 – Using a serrated knife, cut dough into 1/2 inch thick slices. You can freeze roll for 10 – 15 minutes beforehand to make slicing easier. Place on baking sheet.
5 – Bake according to directions on crescent roll package, or until the sausage is cooked through and then enjoy! These keep well in the fridge and can be reheated in the toaster oven or microwave.

Back to fall TV. Some of my old favorites are back: Grey’s, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives (how sad is it that this is the last season?!), The Middle, Modern Family, Sister Wives, Glee, Gossip Girl… the list could go on and on…

And it does, with new shows. I am trying to determine if they are worth watching. I watched the first episode of Suburgatory tonight – it reminds me of Mean Girls, but the TV version. I will keep watching! Still undecided on Two Broke Girls, and the endearing-ness of Zooey Deschanel is keeping me engaged in New Girl. Up All Night with Christina Applegate is super cute – I feel like if I ever have kids, that will be my life.

Has anyone seen the show Revenge? I have heard good things from other bloggers. I have the first two episodes taped and it looks really good. I like Emily VanCamp from her Everwood days. Remember the WB?!

What are you all doing this weekend?? Who is so glad that tomorrow is Friday?!

These girls are. Just hangin’ out with Taylor. See ya again on Sunday!!!

Weekend Adventures

Two of my oldest and most favorite best friends came to visit this weekend – Casey and Meredith! We always have so much fun together, and no matter how old we get, and how much time passes between our last visit, it feels just like the old days and like we had seen each other yesterday!

We had lots of weekend adventures. Adventures with food, malls, cabs, and bars.

We ate… and ate… and ate some more. Luckily we all have the same (diverse) taste in food so there was never any restaurant selection drama! Friday night, we went to 131 Main in Dilworth. Part of me doesn’t want to announce this here, because I feel like it is a well-kept secret, but they are a BYO restaurant – this really kept our meal costs down! We brought in a bottle of champagne and a bottle of wine. I also had a free appetizer coupon. Best pimento cheese in the whole world. The unique thing about 131 Main is that they do not have freezers; everything they make is super fresh! And super delicious I might add. We shared the dip platter (salsa, guacamole, and pimento cheese). We also shared the Ahi Tuna Salad and Shrimp and Grits. This goes down as one of my favorite meals ever.

We went out to the bars at Montfort that night and made new friends! It was fun. The most entertaining part of the night was the cab ride home. The cab driver had some specialty burned CD’s that he decided to play for us. Weirdest. Music. Ever. I was so confused. He was really in to the music too… Well we all made it home in one piece only slightly emotionally scarred from that strange sound coming from the cab’s speakers.

“Brunch” the next morning took place at the Midnight Diner.

We forgot to take pictures, but this was by far the unhealthiest meal we had. It surely was delicious though… Casey got Chicken and Waffles, Meredith got a slider and onion rings, and I got a hot dog and onion rings (they really have the best waffles). It was a delicious.. breakfast??? Afternoon laziness ensued. We watched Napoleon Dynamite and napped. Well, me and Casey napped. And Meredith took pictures.

We then got off of our behinds and went to the mall. I had to pick up a necklace that was getting repaired and my race bib for Saturday’s 5K. We all had a successful shopping day and cute dresses to wear out that night at Francesca’s. Look how cute we are! I will not bore all of you with the photo shoot that took place in my bathroom while getting ready… hey, we know how to have fun.

Dinner that night was at The Cowfish. If you haven’t heard of The Cowfish, it is a combo sushi bar/boutique burger bar. The food is so delicious! My favorite part of The Cowfish is the Bento Box. You get the best of both worlds: thai cucumbers, sweet potato fries (I subbed for the pickle chips), edamame, sushi, and a slider!

We also had crab rangoon dip and I got a cucumber mojito! Nom nom!

We got back to my apartment and more laziness ensued. We were about 10 minutes away from not going out that night… but we got our act together and started playing drinking skip-bo, which is basically my favorite game.

After we each won a round, we again got our behinds in gear and began the getting ready process. And I lied… this wouldnt be a true recap of the weekend if I didn’t include at least one picture of our bathroom photo shoot.

We went to Epicenter that night – Strike City is a bowling alley. I know what you all are thinking: Katie? Bowling? And no, I did not bowl. I stood there and looked pretty. It was fun. We met up with our new friends there, and went to some random bar – I still don’t know what the name was but we had fun!!!

All in all, it was a successful girls weekend and I miss them!!!

Dear Casey and Meredith,

Come back soon! But, not too soon. This girl can only handle that much awesomeness every so often.


P.S. I will be in Raleigh in a few weeks so let’s have part two then.

Until then, I get to look forward to this coming Saturday in Atlanta with more of my best friends! Including but not limited to Betsy, Matt, Sehar, and you know, TAYLOR SWIFT.

Betsy got us tickets in the suite at Phillips Arena. NBD. We are hoping if we tweet at her, we can get her to meet us at Taco Mac before the show. We’ll be the girls dressed like cowgirls. I’ll probably be eating popcorn and drinking beer. Betsy will be the one screaming like a crazy person. We won’t be hard to find at ALL.