But let’s backup to Friday first, shall we? Friday night started with what else – a concert! Ashley and Johnny’s wedding band, The Conspiracy Band, was playing for free at the Columbus Commons. It was a perfect night to spread out a blanket, enjoy some wine (that I sneaked in using this fancy water bottle Ash gave me for my birthday), eat some fries from a food truck, and dance! The Conspiracy Band is not your typical wedding band – they have 12+ performers, some of whom rap! You guys know how much I love hip-hop – I was on cloud nine! I kept saying to Johnny (much to his annoyance), “OMG, they are SO GOOD!”. Guess I better start saving now for my own wedding…
The next morning, I was back in the Columbus Commons – this time for the Girls on the Run 5K! I wrote a little about GOTR in this post, but it really deserves its own post one of these days. The race didn’t start until 11 – much too late for late May. It was hot, humid, and with just one water station after mile 2, it wasn’t the most pleasant 5K. I ran with Lauryn, and needless to say, by the time we crossed the finish line, we needed this Popsicle! But everyone made it, and I’m so proud of all the girls – I’m always impressed by their maturity and spirit.
After a busy Saturday afternoon including lunch with Caitlin, a trip to Trader Joe’s, and a quick stop at Loft to take advantage of their 50% off sale (priorities!), it was time for the highlight of the weekend – the Stones! My parents have been long time fans — my Mom first heard The Rolling Stones live in 1972 at the Rubber Bowl in Akron. She was just 25 at the time. 40+ years later, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood are still going strong!
I had never seen the Stones perform live before, so when we saw they were coming to Ohio Stadium, my Dad and I jumped on the chance to buy tickets. My Mom and Karen initially didn’t care to go, but then they realized, DUH, why would we skip out on the chance to see the Stones perform in the ‘Shoe?!? We all sat in A deck, my Dad and I in 18A and Mom and Karen in 16A. The Stadium was such an amazing venue – I spent a lot of the night just looking around in awe. It was weird seeing it not full of Scarlet and Grey! The reports estimated 60K people were in attendance, but it had to be closer to 80K. Every seat was full except the south stands, and the floor was full as well.
The concert itself was likely the best I’ll ever see. I’m not much of a concert goer, but I loved every single moment of the night. Even at 71, Mick Jagger is a real entertainer – you could tell how much he really wanted to please the audience, and he did! My favorite song is “Gimme Shelter”, and they didn’t play it when my parents saw them in 2005, so I was thrilled when they did Saturday night. And of course they played Satisfaction as the closer, preceded by You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Sympathy for the Devil, Brown Sugar, and two hours’ worth of other hits. It really was a hell of a concert – I wish I could do it all over again! Worth every penny.
And finally, the next morning, the four of us reconvened (exhausted) and met my cousins Emily and Jim, their 2-yr-old daughter Julia, and my Aunt and Uncle for brunch at Nada. I don’t have a photo of our festive group, but I did mange to photograph my brunch – chorizo and egg enchiladas! They were tasty, and everyone loved the ambiance at Nada. So cozy and cute – even the bathrooms 🙂
The rest of Sunday was jammed packed too – by the time I finally laid on the couch to watch one episode of House of Cards (Season 3 Ep. 1), I was pooped. An adventuresome weekend indeed!
What’s your favorite Stones song?