February 27, 2009
Dierks Bentley was first and wow did he suck. I love his music, but his performance consisted of him fake strumming his guitar and giving high fives to people in the audience. He reminded me of that really cocky jackass in high school who became famous because he was mildly good looking and had a mediocre voice. No wonder his career went nowhere.
Speaking of someone who definitely was NOT cool in high school: Brad Paisley. He was amazing! Definitely one of the best concerts I have ever been too. Here was his set list:
1. Mud on the Tires
2. Better Than This
3. The World
4. Wrapped Around Your Finger
5. Waitin' on a Woman
7. Mr. Policeman
8. Jailhouse Rock/Country Boy Can Survive (short medley) led into I'm Still A Guy
9. Letter To Me
10. I'm Gonna Miss Her
12. Whiskey Lullaby
13. When I Get Where I'm Goin'
17. She's Everything
18. Let the Good Times Roll
More then anything I just realized that Brad Paisley's music is just so damn hysterical. Online is my favorite, closely followed Letter to Me.
During the couse of the concert Dan I decided that redneck people scare us. Like for example the group next to us who kept dancing and HITTING US with their oversize cowboy hats. Dan successfully got them kicked out in a manner that will remain nameless...
February 25, 2009
February 22, 2009
February 21, 2009
Alas, the world had not ended, I had just woken up at 2:30 AM. Pissed, I went back to bed only to toss and turn for the next hour and a half with all the things I have to get done in the next month whirling through my head.
So needless to say this morning I was exhausted. But would the two men in my life let me sleep in? No! I woke up to Toby jumping on my face and Dan whining about how I forgot to pick up cereal last night. Excellent.
Which leads me to my real issue. Dan always says I like everything too sweet, from my life motto "nothing ever has TOO much chocolate" to drinking crap blush wines. This may be true, but when it comes to cereal he's like a five year old. He likes the most sugar coated or chocolaty version of whatever cereal is available. Ick. So when I went to the store I literally checked out with these two cereals. One for me. One for him.
The checker smiled "Do you have child who likes sweet cereals for breakfast?" she said knowingly. "Nope. No children." I replied, "just a fiance."
February 20, 2009
February 19, 2009
February 18, 2009
If I could only be so lucky.
Anyways, today she had a really captivating blog that I wanted to take part in. Read it HERE. Essentially, it comes from these facebook threads- which I typically don't take part in on facebook- but I find very intriguing in the blogasphere. So I am participating in this one because it looks like fun, and mostly because I am a blind follower of dooce and all things Heather Armstrong (she's hysterical).
What are your middle names?
Mine is Ann. My mother told me I was named after Saint Ann- but once pressed she could not tell me anything about Saint Ann nor why I was named after her. Secretly I think she just like how the name "Melissa Ann!!!!" sounded when she yelled it in an angry tone. Dan's is Mathyis- which he refused to tell me for months- but I think is beautiful because it is so unique. He rarely uses it....which is why I am unsure of the spelling and am currently going though a "Oh my God, I am a bad fiance because I don't know how to spell my fiances middle name " panic attack. Which, for the record, is similar to the "what is your fiance's cell phone number?" panic attack.
How long have you been together?
20 years in "Dan and Melissa" time. 1 year and three months in this ridiculous real-world way of timing thing...
How long did you know each other before you started dating?
I first saw Dan when I was trying out for the GU Trial Team, and I specifically asked people about him after I made the team. While I definitely remembered him (and had butterflies every time I saw him!) - we didn't start dating until after he asked me to help him with his trial for his Trial Ad class.
Who asked whom out?
Ummm...I don't know that I was ever formally asked OUT on a date...but after three days of "hanging out" Dan canceled his flight home for Thanksgiving and rented a car to drive me home for Thanksgiving. Which I think is better then any "asking out" date could ever have been.
How old are each of you?
I will turn 25 next month and I am THRILLED because the quarter is my favorite piece of change and I'm excited about my impending overuse of the phrase "I think I am going through a quarter life crisis!" I am already brainstorming about what all my crises-es will be. Dan is 28 and I (like Heather) remind him constantly that when he was in high school I was doing the Macaraina in my 6th grade elementary school class.
Whose siblings do you see the most?
I think it would be my brother Ryan who lives in Boise..but for the record we don't see any of our siblings as much as we would like.
Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?
Well, me giving up a perfectly good job in a city I loved to move to the hell hole that is Dallas, TX to waste a year of my life on a fluff job while I am a million dollars in debt has caused a lot of stress- I am really proud of Dan for getting a federal clerkship (which as a law student I understand the magnitude of), and I am embracing the move and as growing experience....that he owes me major for.
Did you go to the same school?
Not for undergrad (him Weber, me Gonzaga)- nor for our first year of law school (Me Hofstra him Gonzaga). But I like to think fate intervened and had us end up at the same law school.
Are you from the same home town?
Not even close. While I lived in Idaho Falls my whole life, he moved all over. Hence why he is so much better at the "Name that State's Capital" game then I am.
Who is smarter?
I like to think that we are equally smart...just in different ways.
Who is the most sensitive?
Me. I don't want to talk about it.
Where do you eat out most as a couple?
We are pretty good about rotating restaurants, but the winner would definitely be sushi at sushi.com in downtown Spokane.
Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
Florida Keys for Spring Break last year. My happy place. Literally. If you tell me to go to my "happy place" it will me on the hammock at the Marriott on the beach in Key Largo,
Who has the worst temper?
I might have the quickest temper...Dan definitely has the WORST temper.
Who does the cooking?
Dan. It is so sad. Being engaged to Dan has made me completely give up on ever cooking. For example, I am so dependent on Dan's cooking that tonight when he was gone and couldn't cook dinner I made myself a bowl of popcorn for dinner. I am not kidding.
Who is the neat-freak?
We are both super clean- which is great because I think both of us could not be with messy people. However, we often are not on the same page in regard to neatness. For example, he wants all the spoons of the same size in the same compartments in the drawer. I want the stupid TV trays put away before we go to bed. Ultimately. We have a very neat silverware drawer and living room.
Who is more stubborn?
There was one time where we got in an argument regarding who was more stubborn while I was driving. I parked the car on the side of the road and refused to continue driving until he admitted I am more stubborn. I won. I have no idea why I felt the incessant need to win that particular battle.
Who hogs the bed?
I don't know what you are talking about. We are not married so obviously we don't sleep in the same bed.
Who wakes up earlier?
Dan. Its so annoying. And he picks a different song for his alarm on his blackberry every week. This week is was Eve 6 "Heart in a Blender" - which for the next half hour made me literally DREAM about someone choking on the rhine of their pride for an extra half hour. It was awful. But lord knows he has to get up at 6 AM to play Mario Kart.
Where was your first date?
How long did it take to get serious?
We were always serious. The second we started hanging out there was nobody else.
Who eats more?
Dan. But I totally kick his ass in the chocolate consumption category.
Who does the laundry?
We each do our own laundry. Dan wont let me do his laundry since I shrunk all his J Crew polos. I wont let him do my laundry because he doesn't do a load of just reds. This will work for the rest of our lives because our dogs will not have clothes and we are never having children.
Who's better with the computer?
Me. This answer may cause an argument between Dan and myself -but he does not bring his computer to class which means I have a 6 hour advantage on computer use every week. And lets be honest....who is the blogger in the family?
Who drives when you are together?
Dan. Which I have no idea why because not only have I driven in NEW YORK CITY I have ONE SPEEDING TICKET when I was 16 and it was CRAP. Dan on the other hand...
2. Just Dance - Lady GaGa
3. Dead and Gone - TI feat JT
4. Halo - Beyonce
5. Chasing Pavement - Adele
6. Paper Planes - MIA
7. Sweet Thing - Keith Urban
8. The Best Days - Kellie Pickler
9. Light On - David Cook
10. Take a Bow - Rihanna (in dedication)
February 16, 2009
February 15, 2009
This years Valentines Day was the best Valentines Day ever. I think it was because it was on a Saturday after a really long week. Dan and I both cleared our schedules to spend the whole day with each other without having to run errands or get other things done. Its the first time in a long time that we have actually just been able to spend a whole day with each other without the pressure of a million other things weighing on our minds.
I thought I was going to be really creative and get Dan one of those air popcorn poppers that make the really good popcorn with the real butter sprinkled over the top. Mmmmm delicious. Plus we watch so much TV I thought it was a perfect choice. Of course, he had to show my up....
with chocolate covered strawberries...
And a diamond necklace and earrings.
I GOT HIM A POPCORN POPPER!!!!! Like seriously? I am the worst gift giver ever.
I tried to cover up my severely inadequate gift by blurting out "And I got you a 50 inch HD Television!"
But of course I didn't really....but now he's trying to convince me that I did...
February 14, 2009
JenBA and Mama Neill on the stairs in the Administration Building, now renamed "College Hall" which is not only super lame but Gonzaga Alum blasphemy. No self respecting alum will ever call this building anything but "the Ad."
Me and Mama Neill!
While walking over to Crosby we started talking about how freshman year we would always go get steamers instead of coffee everyday to make a dent in the massive amount of money on our food cards. After thoroughly discussing which flavor was best in the steamers, we finally decided it was going to be necessary to buy some- for old times sake.
Jen with the Gonzaga Bear.
Jen and I at the Dollhouse from senior year. There are good memories from this house- such as the velvet wall paper in the living room, the haunted staircase up to the attic, the day Katherine hit my car out front and blamed it on me, Osama Bin Cat who turned out to live up to his name and be a HUGE TRAITOR, and giant spiders that raped and pillaged the basement.
Our senior gift was this Gonzaga Bulldog out in front of the McCarthy center. Not going to lie, I was not a big fan of this as our living legacy, but have since decided its pretty bad ass.
Jen showing off her Kennel Club t-shirt- WORK IT JENBA!
Mama Neill really wanted to get up on the back of the Bulldog. This was her first attempt.
And this was her second.
So she opted for this beautiful senior portrait instead!
February 13, 2009
Check out the dresses HERE and HERE
My favorites: 1. Valerie Bertinelli (by far, how do I buy it?) 2. Amanda Bynes 3. Hillary Duff- yours?
February 11, 2009
I am the luckiest girl in the world.
Two years ago I was dining on frozen pizza and chicken nuggets on a rotational basis. Now I have a fiance who not only is an AMAZING cook, but loves to do it! He is currently making an 8 hour pot roast with potatoes. I might die. I just told him we are so lucky that he can cook otherwise we would starve or be so malnourished we might as well live in a third world country.
February 10, 2009
Luckily, I found it on youtube and its fantastic. Check it out.
February 5, 2009
Okay so obviously Christian Bale is being mocked by everyone for this ridiculous outburst...even Stephen Colbert...
February 4, 2009
Who do you like better?
February 3, 2009
On the weather front, Spokane is at a balmy 20 degrees. Today I left without a jacket merely to celebrate the joy I feel to walk outside and not have any moisture inside my nose automatically freeze.
In criminal news, the creepy neighbor seems to have taken off. This is super creepy since you can only sign a 6 month lease at our apartment complex. Dan and I met the creepy neighbor when he moved in a little before the giant snowstorm of death and destruction. He seemed super nice and cool at the time, but then his creepy stories started to contradict themselves and we began to wonder if he was a child molester. So I checked the child molester registry. Nothing there fellow citizens...but in fairness, he had not really lived there long enough. Then the other day I noticed everything he had on his front porch is gone and his shades are drawn. He has to be gone because his super creepy dogs no longer bark at Toby when we pass. Looks like our complex is safe for another day, until someone even creepier moves in...
In your neighborhood news...Spokane streets still are covered with giant ice berms blocking lanes and causing me to skid out into oncoming traffic . Near death experience count: 11
In sports, Gonzaga plays Memphis this Saturday in a game that we will certainly lose due to the high expectations Zag fans place on our team this year. Luckily my two favorite Jens are coming into town to make the weekend fun and worthwhile.
And that is your news for today. Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.
February 1, 2009
But for me, the real glory of the Superbowl was the return of Jennifer Hudson after the murders of her mother, brother, and nephew. She sang the national anthem and rocked it. Nice to see you back JHud.