My posting here has been sporadic as of late. It's not that I haven't had anything to say. I've been doing so much lately that I really haven't had time to process it all and post about it. Rather than spend long hours trying to recap the happenings of the last several weeks, I'll just fill you in on some highlights.
First off, our trip to the southern states of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia was as much fun as I knew it would be. We saw five incredible Ben Folds concerts, got introduced to an amazing opening act (the Miniature Tigers - go download them now) and won meet and greet passes for two of those shows. Here's Ben Folds in all his meet and greet splendor:
We drove ahead of a cold front, so the weather was generally colder and rainier than normal. That's okay, though - we had perfect weather in Charleston.
In Asheville, we had some delicious burritos at a place called Mamacitas, just down the road from the concert venue, The Orange Peel. If you're ever in Asheville and want really, really good Mexican food, Mamacitas is the place to go.
I had shrimp and grits at a terrific little place in Durham called Blu Seafood and Bar. It was Fat Tuesday so we had Hurricanes, too. We also spent some time exploring the campus of Duke University. What a beautiful place. Sort of makes UMKC look like one of those University of Phoenix office buildings.
It was a beautiful day when we walked around Charleston. Such a wonderful place - so much history everywhere, and so well-preserved.
I wish we had had more time to explore Charleston. I'd like to go back someday.
We didn't spend enough time in Atlanta to really get a feel for it. We went into the CNN building, and that was alright, but other than that, it was pretty much a drive-by trip.
A huge snowstorm tailed us out of Georgia and dumped a bunch of snow in the mountains a few hours after we passed through. YAY timing!
For the most part, though, the driving weather was good, and we saw lots of scenes like this one:
Once home again, Mr. Awesome and I were happy to spend some time with our pets, especially Finnie.
Our little girl is growing up so fast. She'll be one year old in a couple of weeks. It's only been in the last couple of weeks that she's settled down from puppy madness and is showing us how amazing she'll be as an adult. Finnie is sweet, smart, loving, lovable and makes me smile every time I think of her.
For the record, we feed her plenty. She apparently ate some dirt for fun.
Last Tuesday, we headed to Omaha after work and took in Folds show #21. We also got to see the opener Jukebox the Ghost for the first time. They were fantastic - great performers and great songs. We had another meet and greet for this one - my mom asks me when Ben's coming to dinner. I told her most likely a week from never. He's got shit to do, ya know?
The following night, Mr. Awesome and I went to the Beaumont Club in Westport to see Missy Higgins. Much of the youngish crowd was there to see her opening act, Justin Nozuka, a singer-songwriter from NYC. He was alright, but Missy was fantastic.
So after all that travelling and whatnot, I've been tired. Too tired to write anything here. Until now. So there.