Mid-Week Music: Whale by Yellow Ostrich

This song has changed my life. Yes, it is that epic.

Eric (who has forever been my go-to guy for awesome music) gave me 40 songs for my birthday. This is the first song I heard from the mix… and it was love at first listen.

Please, please, please listen to this song. I am begging. It is that amazing! Also check out the acoustic version, I bet Yellow Ostrich would be so amazing live.

 

 

 

Love Rock and Roll? Check out “Million Dollar Quartet” in Portland this week!

Last night, Steven and I went to go see the musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” I went in to the show not knowing what to expect, but I surprisingly thought it was a lot of fun!

It wasn’t the best show I have seen, but if you love old time rock and roll, this show was made for you!

Playing at Portland’s Keller Auditorium until May 27, “Million Dollar Quartet” centers on four of rock and roll’s royalty. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins come to life in this show, which is more concert then anything else.

The show is about an actual event on December 4, 1956, where an impromptu jam session happened between the four stars at Sun Record Studios in Memphis. Known then on as the Million Dollar Quartet, the day has gone down in rock and roll history.

courtesy of Chicago Stage Review

“Million Dollar Quartet” is a very simple show. A lot of old time rock and roll music, very little dialogue. The entire show is set in the recording studio, with a gorgeous set that seemingly transplants you back to sound booths and the upright bass. Between songs, there would be some banter between the singers as well as with the narrator of the show, Sam Phillips, who is the founder of Sun Records and the man who discovered all four singers and brought them to fame. Sam gives background to the singers, how they were discovered, and information about their hit songs.

It’s like being a fly on the wall of rock and roll history. I really enjoyed it!

The actors are phenomenal in this show! They are all so musically talented and really captured each of the singers they were playing. I am in awe of their impersonations and their energy throughout the show! They also played all of their own instruments, super cool.

My favorite had to be Jerry Lee Lewis, played by Martin Kaye. He was hilarious and really entertaining to watch. His character was definitely the comedic, crazy role, and he fit it just perfectly. His rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” was on point, I loved every second of it.

courtesy of Broadway.com

Song highlights include: That’s All Right, Folsom Prison Blues, Riders in the Sky, See You Later Alligator.

Although I had a lot of fun and am happy we went, this show was nothing like I expected it to be. If you are coming to see a typical musical, this isn’t for you. It is a big, glamorized 1950′s rock and roll concert, with some blues and gospel songs thrown in. It’s fun and really entertaining, but it’s also tiring. Especially if you don’t know more then half of the songs (guilty as charged).

Also, if you don’t know any of the singers, you should read up on them and their music. The show does give you some information, but some jokes were totally lost on us. And reading about that day is really interesting.

During the show, I did have a little emotional moment (anyone surprised?!) during the show. The group stopped playing a song so Sam could take their photo. With a giant flash, the lights of the house go out and the real photo of the million dollar quarter is projected on the stage, along with a real recording of one of the songs. It was a sweet, touching moment and real tribute to four of rock and roll’s royalty.

Circa 1956
courtesy of Sun Records

All in all, it was a great show. The actors are really, really talented and they somehow captured an era where music was really coming alive.

Fun Fact: A guy that graduated with Karen is the understudy for Carl Perkins. Epic.

Here’s to Twenty Three!

If my birthday weekend is any indication of how 23 is going to be, then this year is going to rock. I have literally had the best weekend ever. And I have my wonderful family and friends (and my handsome and sneaky boyfriend!) to thank for it!

I hate/love to admit it, but I love my birthday. And I love having any excuse to get all the people I love together. I am so happy and blessed to have these amazing people in my life. And they helped me turn 23 in such a fab way.

Not to brag (which is basically bragging), I had the best birthday weekend ever.

I need a weekend to recover from my crazy wonderful birthday weekend.

Friday

My gorgeous friend Erica drives down from Seattle and surprises me at work

Family dinner (and drinks!) at Deschutes Brewery

My t-shirt quilt made by my talented mom!

Saturday

Lazy morning pool/hot tub with the girls

Lunch (and Long Islands!) with Bridgette & Dannica

Pedi/Manis (and wine!) with Dannica and Erica

Birthday dinner at Bridgeport Brewery

Drinks on 21st

Sunday

Surprise lunch with my best friends (Steven rocks!)

Timbers game (and a win!)

My fav Timbers player tweeted at me… NBD

Monday

Pizza party and homemade lemonade cake (Amy rocks!) with the co-workers

Honestly, I have felt so special and so loved. Thank you to everyone who came out and helped me celebrate this weekend! I love you all so much and am so thankful to have you all in my life!

Here’s to 23  

Race Recap: Hippie Chick Quarter Marathon

I went, I ran, I conquered!

I had an unofficial goal of finishing around 1 : 18, and I ended up kicking ass and

finishing at 1 : 15 : 54! 

Just like the Shamrock Run, this run was so thrilling. I had never, ever run more then 5 miles at one time, and here I was entering a 6.55 mile race!

But I did it! And I feel wonderful! 

I would recommend the Hippie Chick Half & Quarter Marathon to any new runner.

I had been so nervous the week leading up to the race. But once I got the Hillsboro Stadium, I was zen. Everything was going so fast and I was so excited, I had no time to be nervous! It also helped to have the best boyfriend ever to distract me/take care of everything!

After taking a gazillion photos (I have to document every aspect of the race!), I could see people lining up at the start. A quick kiss from Steven (and a couple more photos!), I was off running!

I had no time to overthink or freak out, all I did was run. The race was full, but not too crowded at 933 runners. The pacers, with their bright yellow balloons, were easy to spot and to keep pace with. The first mile I found myself weaving between slower runners and walkers, but afterwards I found my stride.

The weather was pretty warm for Oregon so I made sure to grab water at each aide station. After a lot of deliberation, I ended up not bringing my handeld water bottle during the race. The aide stations were roughly every 2 miles and parts of the course were under tree cover. I was feeling great (and hydrated!) during the course! Also, I totally need a pair of running sunglasses. The ones I wore during the race are a pair of Forever 21 sunglasses with leopard print on the sides. Cute, but they don’t scream “I’m a runner damnit!”

The race weaved through the farm lands of Hillsboro. It was very flat, had some pretty scenery, and was an out and back, which seems like a perfect course to me. Be sure to bring music though, I would have been so bored without MGMT blasting in my ears.

What I loved about this race was how supportive all the women were to one anotherHigh fives, cheering, and encouraging words were plentiful during the 6.55 miles. You had so many different types of women of all athletic abilities who were just so supportive and encouraging.

I was so full of adrenaline, that I wasn’t feeling any fatigue or pain during the race. I was so focused on finishing strong, that nothing seemed to matter.

The run started and stopped at Hillsboro Stadium, so by mile 5 I kept looking for the big lights of the stadium. As I turned a corner about a half mile before the finish, I heard my name! And there was my dad and Steven cheering for me! It was one of the best feelings I have had, hearing them cheer for me at the very end. It ended up giving me a huge surge of energy to finish strong.

passing my cheerleaders

Running into the stadium, I heard the announcer call my name. Probably one of the most bad-ass moments of my life! My finisher’s photo makes me look like I about to cry/laugh/dance/freak out. 

Afterwards I was so elated! I ended up placing 9th out of 27 in my age group! Woo! My dad and Steven came to find me right away and it was so wonderful to see them. I love having my cheerleaders at the race!

The expo was really fun afterwards! There was music, massages, food, and running vendors. I of course wanted my post-race mimosa and pancakes right away (so typical!)

Thanks to everyone for all of their support these last couple months! I can’t believe that in November, I decided I wanted to do the Hippie Chick Quarter Marathon. And I did it!

What a great feeling! I definitely will be doing this race again next year!

2012 Hippie Chick Quarter Marathon stats:

Sweat Pink: Re-discovering my inner athlete

My first blog post is up on the Sweat Pink Ambassador’s blog! I was asked my Fit Approach to write about my fitness/health “Aha Moment.”

My moment came last Summer because of my two co-workers Amy and Bridget. I am so lucky to work with these wonderful ladies who continue to inspire me everyday!

Go read Re-discovering my inner athlete and let me know what you think!

(expect my Quarter Marathon race recap soon!!)

My Mom/Best Friend/Mentor

Happy Mother’s Day to my beautiful mom Tammy!

Tammy and I have always had a very special relationship. She is and will always be my best friend and has truly been there for me in every way for my entire life.

In all honestly, I don’t know who I would be without her. She has been such an incredible influence in my life. I can definitely tell you that I would be way less fun without her as my mom.

Each and everyday, I find myself becoming more and more like my mom. And that is such a wonderful thing!

She is such a rock in my life. And I don’t thank her enough for what she has done for me, Kian, and Kara.

Basically my mom is one loving, kick ass, fun lady who has raised me to be the person I am today. And for that, I am so thankful to have her as my mom.

Happy Mother’s Day mom! I love you so much! 

Happy Birthday Steven!

So I have this amazing, wonderful boyfriend. And today he is 25!

What to say about Steven… he’s pretty much the nicest, coolest, cutest, bestest guy ever. And I’m pretty sure we are meant to be with our love of dachshunds, crazy dancing, and frozen yogurt (among other things of course). We also have our own secret language, which basically signifies that we love each other (and are super weird).

He was also the cutest kid ever!

Happy Birthday Steven! I love you!

And you are such an old man now! Does this make you a cradle robber or a manther?