Why I Lost My Voice: Meg Took Me to See JT

I don’t have very many friends, but the friends I have are simply amazing. Case in point: Meg. Meg and I are usually found humming along to Justin Timberlake songs at work and especially in the car. Her boyfriend Dave gave her tickets to his concert for Christmas (Meg has an awesome Boyfriend too), and she took little old me with her.

Super Nintendo Sega Genesis…when I was dead broke, man, I couldn’t picture this…

In case you didn’t know, I absolutely LOVE Justin Timberlake. I listened to mostly rock music when I was a teenager, but I was an N*SYNC fan solely because of Justin Timberlake. In fact, I very clearly remember watching MTV in my parent’s kitchen and seeing the “I Want You Back” video. My parent’s house was so freaking loud that I couldn’t hear a single note of the song, but it must’ve been that 90’s bleached blonde, rock solid, gelled down hairdo that stole my heart. I looked them up on Napster because I thought the blonde singer was cute, and he reminded me of Nick Hexum (of 311).

Not so crazy, right? Must’ve been the neon hair that did it for me…

And so my 15 year love affair with Justin began. When I was 15 or 16 I saw N*SYNC at Madison Square Garden, so technically I had seen him in concert before, but I’ve been dying to hear him sing songs from The 20/20 Experience live.  (It’s an amazing album. If you only downloaded the singles, you’re missing out on some amazing stuff!) Music is one thing that I believe uplifts all people, and along with laughter, it is the best medicine. One day when I was feeling particularly down, a JT song came on and instantly perked me up.

I decided to see if any tickets to his concert were still available to his concert were still available, and they were! I sent a text to Meg to see if she wanted to get tickets with me, and she told me she wanted to “talk about it tomorrow” so we could see the available seats. The next day she gave me the tickets, and I totally girly screamed at work. She said she almost panicked the night before because she thought I’d just go ahead and buy the tickets without waiting.

Ready to Dance Our Socks Off!

The concert was on Tuesday, and my throat still hurts from my poor singing and screaming. It was awesome! The band alone was amazing. I don’t know why I never really thought about The Tennessee Kids apart from a few songs where they are called out in the intros. Along with fantastic backup  dancers and vocals, guitarists and bassists, there were two drummers, two keyboardists, and an entire horns section. 

The band was amazing!

JT didn’t just sing. He played the piano and guitar, too ❤

The show opened with “Pusher Love Girl,” which is probably my favorite JT song.  He played a huge mix of old and new songs, and he covered a few other artists as well. He obviously knew I was coming because he played one of my favorite (and go-to karaoke) songs, Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison.” I’m pretty sure that’s when I completely lost my voice.  

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                I have to learn to contain myself at concerts. Thank you soooooo much, Meg, for such a fun night. You truly are and amazing friend, and I am so lucky I got stuck sharing a desk with you at work. I’m pretty sure anyone else would’ve killed me by now! I’m glad we both have each other to laugh at the circus some people like to call “marketing.” You make me laugh everyday and you took me to JT…best of both medicines! ONE TEAM STRONG! 

Now that my daydreams of a JT concert has been fulfilled, I’ll have to dream of another concert: Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. I don’t think it’s such a far-fetched fantasy, but until it happens I’ll just have to settle for this:  


Love Letters

I love decorating for each holiday, especially because it gives me a reason to be crafty. The love letters are the easiest Valentine’s Day decorations you could possibly make. They are very similar to the Noel letters I made for Christmas.


Here, I used a sequence heart for the O in LOVE, and Mod Podged scrap book paper to the other letters. I also added some embellishments to the letter: felt hearts on the L, “pearl” beads on the music notes of the V, and purple and pink rhinestones on the E. I also used different sized letters for a whimsical look.

Most of my Valentine decor is pink and purple, but my friend Sara made her letters in more neutral colors with red accents. Same idea with a totally different look!



I put my “L-O-V-E”  at my entryway table with pictures of my adorable Valentines, my nieces and nephew.



I’m also on a penguin kick. I just painted some ceramic penguins and decided they are my new, unofficial mascots of Valentine’s day. How could you look at adorable penguins and not feel love? 


 I’m not an overly mushy, romantic person, but I do love Valentine’s Day.I think the idea of celebrating love is a wonderful thing. Many people don’t like Valentine’s Day because it can be superficial, materialistic, cliche, just a reason to spend money, all of the above. But I think we should look at Valentine’s day a bit differently. I know Valentine’s Day is a couples holiday, and I’ll certainly be spending it with my Cheese, but even before then when I didn’t have a boyfriend I’d find ways to celebrate. My Dad would always give me a card and me and my friends would buy each other chocolates. Last year my friend Meg and I hosted a root beer float social at work with pretty heart straws and paper goods.  I’ll bring in some cupcakes this year. I’ll probably pick up some special treats for my pets and some flowers for my Mama.

There are all different kinds of love, and maybe if we focused less on “romance” (and the commercialism attached to it) and more on real, actual LOVE, people would appreciate Valentine’s Day more. Be sure to show the people in your life how much you love them, that goes for your significant other and your friends, family pets, and anyone else lucky enough to have your love. 

 To quote the amazing Jane Austen: 
“There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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