May 11, 2018

Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour

1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, AZ 85305, USA
Where do I begin with my love for T-Swift?

I remember hearing Taylor Swift's first album in late 2006. I loved it.

In 2007, my family moved to Virginia. I remember reading in the newspaper that she was coming to perform at the Virginia State Fair. I was so excited, and I wanted to go see her. My parents didn't want to go to the fair, so I missed it.

Also in 2007, she performed at Tim’s II Rivershore on the floating stage on the Potomac River. I missed that too.

In 2008, when her second album, Fearless came out, I told my mom we had to go to Target to get the extended edition, the day it came out. I remember walking through Target, getting the CD and being anxious to get home.

I sat on the floor of my bedroom and listened to each song over and over, reading through the album leaflet and looking at the lyrics to each song. I fell in love with each one and was amazed at the ability she had to relate to individual moments in our lives. Fifteen related to be most at the time, and Best Day. These two totally captured how I felt that year.

In 2010, when her third album, Speak Now was announced, I was ECSTATIC. I had just received my driver's license but it wasn't valid until the exact day Speak Now was released. I made a big plan that the first place I drove legally would be to Target to pick up the extended edition of Speak Now. I remember sitting in the SUV of Target's parking lot on cloud 9...listening to each song and enjoying the moment of being 16.5 (legal age to drive in Virginia).

In 2012, when Red was announced, I was in college living in Idaho. My roommates and I planned a trip to the closest Target (30 minutes away). We drove to pick it up, and couldn't wait to get home. I opened the CD, put it in the car and all the way home we jammed out to 22.

In 2014, I couldn't wait to get 1989. I was again in college living in Idaho. I made a special trip to the Target 30 minutes away, and I remember listening to each song on my way to Big Judd’s (a famous burger place). I can still remember driving on the country roads of Idaho listening to "Welcome to New York" and "You are in Love."

In 2015, I wanted to go to one of the shows for the 1989 World Tour. At the time I was living in Arizona doing an internship. During that summer I traveled to Utah for a week and ended up missing the show in Arizona. When I was back in Arizona, she was in Virginia, and when I went home to Virginia, she was in Utah. I just couldn't win. But I vowed next time she did a tour, I HAD to go.

In 2017, when Taylor announced her new album, I again was ecstatic. I went to Target, picked up the extended edition...and since my car no longer has a CD player (whoops), I had to take it home, and plug in my external DVD drive to my computer just to listen to the songs. It would have been easier to buy it on iTunes...but it has been a tradition for me to go to Target, and I love having the physical CD copies of artists that I want to support.

As soon as the tour dates were announced, I earned all the points so I could be first to get my tickets. I ended up getting to buy tickets right when they opened for Glendale and I bought 3 tickets for myself, my sister in law, and her sister in law.

The days and weeks leading up to the tour, I listened to every song. I know every single song, but it was so fun to refresh and listen to even the oldies. We ended up getting some really fun shirts made with lyrics from our favorite song.

The concert itself was amazing. I must admit I got a little emotional a few times when she was on stage. This was a 12-year dream in the making for me, and to hear them live and see her was a dream come true.

The setlist:

1. …Ready for It? (Reputation)
2. I Did Something Bad (Reputation)
3. Gorgeous (1989)
4. Style (1989)
5. Love Story (Fearless)
6. You Belong With Me (Fearless)
7. Look What You Made Me Do (Reputation)
8. End Game (Reputation)
9. King of My Heart (Reputation)
10. Delicate (Reputation)
11. Shake It Off (1989)
12. Dancing With Our Hands Tied (Reputation)
13. All Too Well (Speak Now)
14. Blank Space (1989)
15. Dress (Reputation)
16. Bad Blood (1989)
17. Should’ve Said No (Fearless)
18. Don’t Blame Me (Reputation)
19. Long Live (Speak Now) -a lot of people didn't know this song...ARE YOU EVEN A TSWIFT FAN? ;)
20. New Year’s Day (Reputation)
21. Getaway Car (Reputation)
22. Call It What You Want (Reputation)
23. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Red)
24. This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (Reputation)

My absolute favorites from the list:
Gorgeous, Style, Love Story, You Belong With Me, King of My Heart, Delicate, Shake It Off, Dancing With Our Hands Tied, All Too Well, Blank Space, Dress, Don't Blame Me, Long Live, New Year's Day, Getaway Car, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

There is a concert at the Rose Bowl next weekend, and I'm trying hard not to buy tickets on a whim and drive there. It was that good, and I can't quite get over it.

April 1, 2018

Desert Botanical Gardens: Butterfly Exhibit

We were invited to go to the Yelp Elite event at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix in early March. It was really fun, and a beautiful day to be outside. My favorite part was looking at all the butterflies!

January 11, 2018


New York, NY, USA
Earlier this year, I was planning my trip home for Christmas. My mom talked about driving from Virginia to New York to go and see The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. It sounded really fun, so we bought tickets.

I had been to New York in December once before and I remember the temperature being pretty mild. Well...when we were there it was the COLDEST EVER. They had some arctic air coming in from Canada so there was an advisory for wind chill. If you've ever been to the east coast during winter, you know that the humidity makes the cold temperatures even worse. It doesn't matter how many layers you put on it, it just goes right through you. We still made the best of it and enjoyed our time, but if we look frozen in these pictures, that is why.

We made sure to get pizza for dinner the first night in New York, because you can't go to NYC without getting pizza the size of your head. After dinner we walked 30 blocks to Levain Bakery to try out their famous cookies. (I love cookies) Warm cookies were a really good incentive when I couldn't feel my toes or hands, or anything.

After the cookies, we visited Times Square for a few minutes, and then headed to Rockefeller Center to get in line for The Rockettes. The chandelier was incredible! I was amazed at how well the Rockettes stayed in sync with each other during each dance. They were phenomenal. The photo of the skyline is a gorgeous view from the hotel room.

The following morning we got up and headed back into the city and saw the One World Trade Center. The last time I was in New York, they were still working on completing this so it was really special to see it in person and remember that day where so many lost their lives.

This trip was so special to me because I was able to be with the 5 people who mean the most to me. I don't get to see my family very often so when I do, my heart is full.

January 3, 2018

Dreams for 2018

I decided to make a REALISTIC bucket list for 2018
  • see Taylor Swift in concert
  •  visit at least one of the following National Parks:
    • yosemite
    • banff
    • mount rainier
    • redwoods
    • crater lake
    • glacier
  • start & finish the 1st year of my master's degree
  • hike the subway in Zion OR  hike The Wave
  • go to the Arizona State fair
  • hike Flat Iron
  • buy a house + make it a home
    • paint
  • master how to cook my favorite meals
  • hang up more photos
  • write in my journal
  • be more present
  • learn a new skill
  • read more books (school books count)
  • save for a rainy day
  • learn how to photograph the milky way
  • visit the Oregon coast
  • be promoted to an information security role at work
  • see the Eiffel Tower sparkle

January 2, 2018





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