Day 2394 – My Rockstar Of A Car Is Approaching A BIG Birthday!

It’s probably not healthy, but I really love my car. His name is Sam, and he’s just been the best car. Though, my van was a really great vehicle too. But Sam has traveled well beyond what my van and I experienced – which was only about 2 years together. We’ve been together just about 12 years now. Sam has taken me across the country three times. He’s taken me to Lake Placid half a dozen time. He was our honeymoon car. He’s taken me to several rock festivals. My first date with Bret took place in Sam. He kept me safe during a hail storm/outskirts of a tornado.

Today, he crossed over the line of 240,000 miles. In less than 10,000 miles, this guy will be a quarter of a million miles old. I cannot believe it. I’ve said my goal is to make it to 250,000, but I think my little guy will make it a lot longer.

My friend said I should have a funeral for him when he finally kicks the bucket. Friends, I think I could cry my eyes out. I don’t even when to think about that yet! Oy. lol, Sam will live forever…..at least until I get my DeLorean…

What about you? Do you love your car?

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Day 2933 – I Never Knew This Was A Lifetime HAVE To Do – or – Thank You Hans Zimmer, Thank You, Thank You

A month or so ago, I found a Facebook event for a concert, Hans Zimmer Live with Orchestra and Chorus. I marked myself as interested, but I wasn’t sure if I would go or not. We’ve been very specific about what we spend our extra money on, if we have any. These days, it’s about paying our bills, eating, and building our businesses. But we are also trying to be purposeful in living our lives and enjoying the journey. Last week, we decided, yes, we will go to the show. I knew deep down, I would regret it if I didn’t. I am so glad that we went, because friends, this concert was the most amazing thing I have experienced in my life.

For the past few years, I have lived off of soundtracks. I play them constantly. My most played playlist includes the soundtracks to TRON: Legacy Reconfigured, Interstellar, and Inception. Once I made the connection that Hans Zimmer composed Interstellar and Inception, I dove deeper into his other work. His brilliant work includes a lot you probably didn’t realize he did. Some top things include The Lion King, The Dark Knight trilogy, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Again, I’m so glad we went to the show.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m a complete dork and do things like look up a setlist for a concert I’m going to attend. Sure, it takes away the surprise of what will be played, but in another way, I feel so prepared. As I compiled the setlist for the show, I was blown away by the range of songs. You can see my setlist on Spotify, the order wasn’t the same, but I’m pretty certain all of the songs were played.

We packed some snacks, a blanket, and two factory sealed water bottles, and headed to Merriweather Post Pavilion. I am ashamed to say I’ve never been to a show here. Or, if I have, it was when I was very young. It was such a fun venue! The fact that we could bring snacks and a blanket was so enjoyable. We arrived before the gates were opened, and snagged a very good spot. I took a quick picture and posted on Instagram using the event hashtag. Little did I know, that a little later, MY photo would be put on the big screen! It was so surreal. We enjoyed a soft pretzel with cheese, our only purchase there, and worth every penny.

The show started with Hans walking across the stage to a piano with a martini glass and shaker on top. Throughout the show, Hans took to the microphone and shared stories about the movies he had scored. He pointed out musicians who had played with him for years. He highlighted their talents, their drive, and their ability to play and have fun. He was gracious, he was heartfelt, and honest. I loved that each musician from his band was highlighted. This was no show with Hans as the star, even though this amazing music started in his mind. This show was filled with many stars, and each quite literally, got their place in the spotlight.

In some respects, I think I expected a nice symphony concert experience. What I received almost cannot be put into words. It was electric, it was magical, it was sweet, it was dark, it rocked my soul, gave me endless goosebumps, a smile almost always on my face, and tears of joy close to leaking out most of the night. It was three hours of glorious music. I love that it was such a varied crowd. One guy exuded such joy when the Lion King set came on. He danced, he clapped, he was our joy personified. There were all walks of life on the stage too. I sat there most of the night wishing I could share this experience with everyone I know. I wish I could bottle it up.

Since I can’t do that, I want to implore you to find a show and go. Make it happen any way you can. This is something you must experience. It is worth every penny. There are still plenty of East Coast shows, and a few West Coast shows, and a few in between left. If you go, I’d love to hear about your experience.

Now excuse me while I blast this playlist, and let the music fill my day.

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Day 2932 – Why I’m Thankful For Long Distance Relationships

I had originally planned to post about Junk Food Day, I mean how fun is that? But as I scrolled through On This Day on Facebook, my status from 10 years ago, was “Missing him….” That him was Bret, and he had been deployed overseas for about a month. We had only recently started officially dating. Bret was only deployed for a little over half a year, but he lived in California, and I lived in Maryland. By the time we got married two and a half years after we met, we had only spent roughly four months in the same time zone….and three of those months were when he moved to Maryland a few months before the wedding.

I forget that such a large chunk of our relationship was long distance. It was our normal – saying hello and saying goodbye at the airport, long phone calls, big phone bills, and lots of sleepless nights from talking late.

But I can point to that time as one of the biggest reasons we have the great marriage we have now. Being that far apart forced us to ONLY have communication. It caused us to be honest with each other, I mean, why not be honest with that much distance between you? During those hours and hours of conversations, we talked about everything. During those hours, we developed a deep friendship, which is one of the core pieces of our marriage.

While long distance relationships aren’t for everyone, I sure am glad that I had one. 🙂

This is a photo of Bret from his first visit to meet my family in 2007.

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Day 2930 – I’ve Always Wanted To Do That – or – Did You Save Your Money? – or – How To Save For A Road trip

One year ago today, I posted a blog titled – How To Go From “I’ve Always Wanted To Do That!” To “I Did That!”. I detailed a good budget for a road trip, very close to what Bret and I did and spent last summer. I also gave a challenge – save $40 a paycheck for 2 years. If you did that, you would have enough saved for a road trip very similar to the one we took. So, I have to ask you, did you save your $40 a check this past year? If you did, you’d have $1,040 saved for your trip. $40 might sound like a big number, but it’s really not, that’s $20 a week, $2.86 a day. What small purchases are you making each week that add up to this? If you said no to a coffee or a meal, you could take your trip.

I’ll check back with you about this next year, where I hope you’ve saved $1,040…..or $2,080. 🙂

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Day 2923 – Teriyaki Madness!

Since Bret worked yesterday, we did a smaller anniversary celebration – dinner at Teriyaki Madness! The food was delicious and we hope to go back again soon!

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