The bestie and I took a road trip to Columbia yesterday to see Tegan and Sara. I got to go to a couple of my favorite local places, which was fun. I haven’t been to Columbia just to hang out in quite some time.

Tegan and Sara were great, but the openers were really bad, and I was pretty miserable for a while. I picked what I thought were sensible shoes, but not so much, and I almost cried from how badly my feet hurt by the end of the night.

But it was all worth it because the bestie was so happy (it was her birthday present), and they played Monday, Monday, Monday, which they haven’t done in a very long time.

Most of Saturday was spent at a concert. A large group of friends and acquaintances went to see: The Neighbourhood, Greek Fire, Cage the Elephant, Silversun Pickups, and Imagine Dragons. It was a really great show, though I’m not really into Imagine Dragons (and neither are Dave or Robert) so we left before their set ended. (I don’t understand how they were the headliners, when Silversun is just so awesome, but whatev) Cage and Silversun were so good, like really, really good. I liked both bands before going, and now I like them even more. I was a bit disappointed by The Neighbourhood. They were better when I saw them at Blueberry Hill. Greek Fire was okay. I wasn’t familiar with them before yesterday.

This was my first time sitting in the lawn. I’m not sure I want to do it again. It was too crowded, too hard to get back to your area after bathroom breaks, and there was way too much smoking. As Dave said, we are too rich and too old to sit in the lawn. I totally agree.

I had a blast last night. It was an amazing show. I loved Grace Potter. She’s great live. DMB was awesome. They played my 2 favorite songs: #41 and Halloween. The set list was excellent. I think it’s one of the best of the tour so far. I remembered how to dance and danced through the entire show. I’m feeling it today.

all the things

  • Masterchef is back. Yay.  Some guy’s specialty is cooking roadkill for dinner. Um…puke.  Beaver tail? No thanks.
  • This was a great weekend. The best I’ve had in a long time.
  • Danielle is on her way to being my new bestie.  We have way too much fun together. 
  • My nails look fabulous. Gel french manicure is a major win, as was girls’ afternoon with Danielle and Kristie.
  • I’ve discovered I am now a size 2 dress size.  Fuck yes. My hard work is really paying off. 
  • The down side is that I have a lot of dresses to give away, and a lot of stuff I need to buy. 
  • I went to a family bbq today and had an excellent time. I need to spend more time with that side of the family.  They are amazing.   I have an invitation to spend the 4th with them, and I think I just might.  
  • Week two of rads is completed, and I’m feeling pretty good.  My skin is a little pink and slightly sore, but nothing I can’t handle. I hope it stays that way. 
  • I’m running a Memorial Day 5k tomorrow morning (because my trainer is making me). I’m hoping I’ll set a new post-chemo personal record. I’m also hoping it doesn’t rain. 
  • I had a consultation for lash extensions, and she said my lashes aren’t long enough yet.  I’m supposed to go back in a month.  (I rocked fake lashes for my big date last night, and I must say I did a pretty good job.  We looked really good. I wish I had gotten a pic.)
  • I got to experience three new places this weekend: Top of the Riverfront, Flying Saucer, and Rooster.  I love exploring St. Louis. I plan to make more of an effort to do so. 
  • The Biotin supplements seem to be working.  My eyebrows are really filling in. 
  • One week from now I will be watching The Neighbourhood in concert!  I found out today that my cousin and her husband are going too.  This is going to be super fun. 

Last night was a lot of fun.  There was only one bad point.  We had been standing up for a while, when I suddenly felt really hot, dizzy, and nauseous.  I knew I was going to pass out if I didn’t sit down asap.  I ran off to the bathroom, and made it just in time.  I couldn’t stand up for more than about five minutes without feeling bad, so I figured we were in trouble.  Thankfully, this super nice guy offered me his seat, and we were able to stay.  I’m so glad too, because the band was good, and it’s Dave’s favorite, so it was really important to me to make it until the end.

I probably shouldn’t have been out last night, but it was worth it. Suck it, cancer.

Guess who has tickets to see Dave Matthews Band in July? Me!

I’m excited. I saw Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds back in 1998, but I have never seen DMB. This will be a good birthday present to myself.  Last year I saw Fiona Apple for my birthday, and this year I will see Dave Matthews Band.  I hope it’s awesome, because the tickets weren’t cheap.

I’m going to be 34 years old in July. Any other year, I would complain about how old I am getting.  Now I’m just grateful to be seeing another birthday.

5/22 Tegan & Sara @ The Pageant, St. Louis, MO 3/10/13 (by wojo4hitz)

Tegan and Sara were amazing.  I sang along to every song and cried at least twice.  This video shows how absolutely adorable they are interacting with the crowd, and also shows them performing my favorite song from the new album (I Couldn’t Be Your Friend). 

When they played Call It Off, I totally lost it (in a good way).  Even Ann, who came with me, but wasn’t very familiar with their music, was like OMG this song is amazing.

I’m grateful that I’m able to wrap my arms around my sweet boy tonight, especially knowing that so many little kids lost their lives today.  Words cannot adequately express how horrible a tragedy this is, so I won’t even try.  I’ll just say that my heart is breaking for all of those parents. Losing a child is the worst thing that could ever happen to a person.  It’s wrong on so many levels.  What a disgusting fucking waste.

I met my oncologist today.  He’s very nice.  Next Friday, I have to do an echocardiogram to make sure my heart is healthy enough to withstand chemo. My oncologist is conducting a trial, and has asked me to participate.  The study is being done to find out if using Taxotere and Cytoxan is as good as using different combinations of chemo drugs, which include the drug Adriamycin.  Adriamycin is the go to breast cancer chemo drug, but it has a lot of nasty side effects.  He is hoping to show that using just Taxotere and Cytoxan gives the same (or better) result, with less side effects.  If I’m accepted into the trial, I will be randomly assigned a course of treatment.  I figure it can’t hurt to give it a shot.  If I declined, I would get the standard course of treatment, which would include Adriamycin. So why not give it a go?  Having less side effects would be great.  I’ll lose my hair either way.  Oh well.  I’m starting to get used to the idea. I’d very much like to avoid the potential heart complications and leukemia that can result from taking Adriamycin. 

Dr. Naughton also told me that I should expect to receive radiation therapy after the chemo is over, due to the lymph node involvement.  I haven’t decided whether I will consent to that treatment.  I’m not too keen on having radiation, for a number of reasons, and it is going to take some convincing beyond the standard, “This is what we do just to be safe with someone your age."  That’s not good enough.  I want to see proof that I have a lower risk of recurrence with radiation.  Otherwise, it’s not happening.

I spent a lot of money today on shows.  I bought two tickets to see Tegan & Sara in March. I bought three tickets to see Sesame Street Live in January at the Peabody.  Grant and I are taking Jackson.  I’m excited because we have really great seats.  I know Jackson will be so excited.  Seeing him happy makes me happy.